Footwear Science Journal

Aims and scope

Footwear Science publishes reports of original research in the disciplines of biomechanics, ergonomics, physiology, clinical science, kinanthropometry, physics, engineering, and mathematics. The use of footwear or footwear components or application of the results to footwear is a major component of the research published in this international, peer-reviewed Journal. Methodological as well as experimental papers may be submitted, and the journal accepts original articles, reviews and perspective articles (usually by editorial invitation only), book reviews and letters to the Editor. The criteria for acceptance of manuscripts include scientific excellence and rigor, novelty, significance, clarity, conciseness, and interest to our broad readership.

Papers published in the journal may cover a wide range of topics within the broad scope of footwear science, including, but not limited to:

  • Influence of footwear on kinematics and kinetics of human movement
  • Influence of footwear and footwear design on human performance
  • Applications of research to design of all types of functional and purpose-built footwear 
  • Research applied to casual, dress, fashion, duty, athletic, and specialty footwear
  • Footwear in the prevention and treatment of diseases of lower extremity
  • Role of footwear in the prevention and treatment of athletic injury
  • Shoe properties and human perceptions
  • Human factors applied to fit and function of footwear
  • Measurement of footwear biomechanical and physical properties

Review Articles

Footwear Science accepts submission of manuscripts that review the literature on a particular topic and present an analysis of the current status of that topic. These are not original research articles with new data but represent well-balanced summaries of timely subjects, with reference to the literature. Review articles are usually invited by the Editor-in-Chief, although they can be submitted unsolicited. All review articles, even if invited, are peer reviewed. To help to facilitate this process it is suggested that the author of the review contact the Editor-in-Chief in advance of submission to discuss the proposed topic. 

The required format for review articles is similar to that used for research articles, with the exception that headings such as “Methodolgy,” “Results and Discussion,” and “Conclusions” should be replaced with more appropriate headings, consistent with the contents of the article.

Review articles published by Footwear Science are intended primarily for informed scientists who works in the broad disciplines that encompass footwear science, for example: biomechanics, ergonomics, physiology, clinical science, kinanthropometry, physics, engineering, materials science, and mathematics.. Manuscripts should both present a summary and a critical evaluation of significant investigations and provide suggestions for further research.  We also welcome reviews that discuss recent technical or theoretical advances, topics of unusual interest, or, core questions about the foundations of footwear science. Theoretical papers should clearly identify the focus of the study, review the relevant literature, and develop approaches to new levels of understanding.

We are always looking for a balanced approach in Footwear Science review articles. Whenever possible the author should include all relevant literature showing the broadest possible basis for the review and the author’s perspectives. Although the main thrust of reviews should be to summarize what is known about a particular topic area based on a rigorous review of the scientific literature, we expect that review authors may wish to offer some opinion and give a perspective, or, perhaps even speculate, if such speculation has a basis in scientific evidence. 

An abstract of 200 to 250 words is required; for more information on the format, see instructions for authors. We have no limit on the length of review articles, however, we are always looking for concise and lucid treatments of the topic under review. 

All published research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous double-blind peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by independent expert referees.