Virtual and Physical Prototyping

Now an Open Access Journal

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Virtual and Physical Prototyping is converting to Open Access from its 2023 volume

Virtual and Physical Protoytping (VPP) was launched in 2006 when the the additive manufacturing community was relatively small, and has undergone significant development since then. In 2015 the journal was refreshed to focus on additive manufacturing in response to the explosive growth of the additive manufacturing community, with the reformed editorial board leading VPP to be accepted into the SCI in 2018. Since then, VPP has thrived as a reputable journal in additive manufacturing.

Recently, as we see the rapidly increasing demands on open access from VPP authors and the subject field, and our intention to further expand VPP’s impact in both academia and industry, we believe it is the right time for VPP to convert to fully open access. This transition ensures that the research published in VPP will be disseminated freely to anyone, anywhere. In converting to fully open access, VPP will be able to publish as much high quality content as possible, as well as consider a greater number of excellent special issue proposals, without the limitations that an Open Select model can pose.

As part of this transition, all manuscripts received after 12th May 2022 will proceed through VPP’s new Open Access submission portal. Authors who submit after this date will, if their article is accepted, be required to pay an article publishing charge (APC) which can be covered by an author’s funder or institution. We look forward to receiving your submissions and hope you join us to embrace VPP’s Open Access future.

Contribute to Virtual and Physical Prototyping

Virtual and Physical Prototyping is particularly interested in receiving manuscripts on:

  • Virtual and rapid prototyping

  • Design for additive manufacturing

  • 4D printing

  • Hybrid manufacturing

There is a comprehensive description of the journal scope as well as a clear set of instructions for authors in the  journal website.  

Interested authors should visit the Taylor & Francis Open Access Members and  Open Access Agreements pages to find out if they are based at an institution that may have funds available to authors wishing to publish in Virtual and Physical Prototyping. Interested readers may also want to sign up to receive  latest article alerts to keep up-to-date with the latest research published in the journal. 

We look forward to receiving your submissions and hope you join us to embrace  Virtual and Physical Prototyping’s Open Access future. 


Professor Chee Kai Chua is the Head of Pillar for Engineering Product Development (EPD) and Cheng Tsang Man Chair Professor at SUTD. His research area is in 3D Printing & Rapid Prototyping or Additive Manufacturing.

He is the foremost expert in Singapore in this area and was awarded the prestigious International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award in 2018. Prof Chua is also the most published and most cited scientist in “Rapid Prototyping / Additive Manufacturing” (3D Printing) according to the Web of Science.

He has published in more than 500 international journals, conference papers, books, book chapters and patents.

Virtual and Physical Prototyping Editor in Chief

Why publish open access?

  • Increase the visibility and readership of your research by publishing in a fully open access journal.

  • Make an impact beyond the academy by making your article accessible to anyone, anywhere (including readers in industry and even policy-makers).

  • Freely share your work with no restrictions or paywall.

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