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Special Topic on “Martensitic and bainitic transformations in steels; fundamentals and their applications” (Deadline : 28th, April 2023, Schedule for issue: January 2024)

Call for Papers

Martensitic and bainitic transformations have been widely utilized to develop high strength and/or high ductility steels, iron-based shape memory alloys and superior vibration-damping alloys and so on. In order to control martensitic and bainitic transformations for better properties, in-depth understanding of the transformation behavior, and the relationship between properties and microstructures are essential. Although martensitic and bainitic transformations are classical research subjects in steels, recent advances in electron microscopies, x-ray and quantum beam analyses as well as first-principles calculations, molecular dynamics, and phase-field modelling have deepened our understanding of structures and properties of martensite and bainite.

Therefore, this special topic features the cutting-edge research on martensitic and bainitic transformations and their properties in steels from basic to application. This issue will include papers on thermodynamics, crystallography, and modeling of martensitic and bainitic transformations that occur in low-, high-alloyed steels as well as special steels. Deformation, fracture, strength, ductility, toughness, shape memory properties, and corrosion resistance of martensite and bainite steels are also within the scope of this special topic. It also includes rapid heating and quenching treatments such as welding and 3D additive, and martensitic and bainitic transformations in duplex steels such as DP and TRIP steels.

1. Scope

This special topic comprehensively gathers the latest research results on martensitic and bainitic transformations in steels from basic to application toward the deepening of essential understanding and further utilization of martensitic and bainitic transformations.

2. Submission of manuscript

  1. Submission deadline is 28th, April, 2023.
  2. Manuscript should be submitted in a style consistent with the “Instruction to Authors”.
  3. The manuscript should be submitted via ISIJ International online submission site on the following
    URL :
    If you have any questions on the operation of electronic submission, please contact the Editorial group of ISIJ.
    E-mail :
  4. Authors wishing to submit review papers should contact to the following guest editor:
    Associate Professor Goro Miyamoto
    Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University
    2-1-1, Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, 980-8577 Japan
    Phone : +81-22-215-2049, Fax : +81-22-215-2046, E-mail :

    Professor Nobuo Nakada
    School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology
    4259 Nagatsuta-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 226-8503 Japan
    Phone : +81-45-924-5622, Fax : +81-45-924-5622, E-mail :

    Principal Researcher Natsuko Sugiura
    Steel Research Laboratories, Research & Development, Nippon Steel Corporation
    20-1, Shintomi, Futtsu-shi, Chiba 293-8511 Japan
    Phone : +81-70-3514-8020, Fax : +81-439-80-2752, E-mail :

3. Schedule for the special topic

ISIJ International、 Vol. 64 (2024)、 No.1 (January、 2024)