Call for Paper: Virtual Special Issue on Petroleum Rock Mechanics (PRM)

In recent years, petroleum rock mechanics (PRM) has been playing a more and more important role with the development of tight ultra-deep oil and gas reservoirs. Rock mechanics runs through the whole chain of exploration, drilling, pattern design, reservoir reconstruction, productivity prediction and geological hazard assessment, especially in the aspects of wellbore stability analysis, fracture propagation in hydraulic fracturing, casing damage prediction and protection, sand production prevention and control, earthquake risk assessment and so on. With the in-depth development of multidisciplinary intersection, multi-physical field coupling theory, 3D printing technology, artificial intelligence algorithm and other methods have been introduced into petroleum rock mechanics, and a number of new research results are emerging. This special issue is organized for the purpose of exchanging new developments in petroleum rock mechanics.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluation of physical and mechanical properties of reservoir rocks;
  • Wellbore stability and trajectory optimization;
  • Fracture propagation process and fracturing technology;
  • Sand production mechanism and prevention;
  • Numerical simulation of fluid - solid coupling reservoir
  • Spatial-temporal evolution of reservoir stress field;
  • Monitoring and testing techniques for in-situ stress and deformation
  • Casing damage prediction and prevention;
  • High temperature and high pressure rock mechanics;
  • Seismic mechanism and risk assessment in oil and gas exploitation;
  • Application of geostress in oil and gas resource exploration


Guest editors:

  • Prof. Jianjun Liu, Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China, Email:
  • Prof. Bohu Zhang, School of Geoscience and Technology, Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu, China, Email:
  • Prof. Dawei Hu, Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China, Email:

Submission Guidelines

  • All submitted papers must be clearly written in excellent English and contain only original work, which has not been published by or is currently under review for any other journals. All papers will be peer-reviewed according to the reviewing policy of AGER. This is virtual special issue, in which all accepted papers will be published immediately. Requests for additional information should be addressed to the guest editors.
  • Author guidelines for preparation of manuscript can be found at Papers should be submitted via the AGER online submission system that can be found at To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for consideration for this special issue, it is important that authors select VSI: PRM as the ‘Article Type’ during the submission process.

About AGER

  • AGER is indexed by Scopus, DOAJ, J-Gate, CAS etc. The current CiteSore=6.5 (Dec. 2020).


  • SI open for submission: January 1, 2021;
  • First submission deadline: June 31, 2021;
  • First decision deadline: August 31, 2021;
  • Final decision deadline: December 1, 2021.

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