The ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics invites papers for a special issue drawing on papers from the 45th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference (MR), held as part of the 2021 International Design and Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE 2021). Sponsored by the Mechanisms and Robotics Technical Committee of the ASME Design Engineering Division, this annual gathering will take place virtually on August 17–20, 2021.

The 45th ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference provides the exchange of technical and scientific information on the theory and practice of mechanical and robotic systems. Topics will range throughout areas central to design and control of mechanical, mechatronic, and robotic systems including kinematics, dynamics, design, analysis and validation, reconfigurable mechanisms, novel mechanisms and robots, software systems, educational practices, and various applications. Papers are specially invited from the upcoming areas in sensor-controlled robotic systems; rehabilitation-, soft-, and medical-robotics; prostheses; and exoskeleton design and development.

Publication Target Dates

Invitations sent to authors by: September 17, 2021

Deadline to submit: October 15, 2021

Assignment of reviewers; October 22, 2021

Reviews back: November 24, 2021

Decisions: December 3, 2021

Final manuscripts: December 31, 2021

Papers will be published online as soon as they are ready for production and in the April 2022 print issue.

Submission Instructions

Papers should be submitted electronically to the Journal at If you already have an account, log in as author and select Submit Paper at the bottom of the page. If you do not have an account, select Submissions and follow the steps. In either case, at the Paper Submittal page, select the Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, and then in the special-issue dropdown menu, choose Selected Papers from IDETC2021.

Papers received after the deadline or papers not selected for inclusion in the special issue may be accepted for publication in a regular issue.

Additional Instructions

Only papers submitted and presented at the Mechanisms and Robotics 2021 Conference will be eligible for consideration in this special issue. Information about the Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics can be found at

Special Issue Guest Editors