Instructions for Authors

About the journal

Leather and Footwear is an international, peer reviewed journal, publishing professional and scientific articles in field of leather, footwear technology and design. Please see the journal’s Aim and Scope for information about its focus.

Editing your article

Please use our template to edit your article before submitting for review.

  • Volume of a manuscript should not exceed 20 standard journal pages (60.000 cha­rac­ters with spaces), including Tables, Figures and Images.
  • Title of a manuscript should not exceed 120 characters with spaces.
  • Full names and surnames of the authors, as well as full names of the authors’ affiliation – university, institute, company, de­part­ment, town and country should be clearly given. Corresponding author should be indicated, and their e-mail address provided.
  • Abstract of a manuscript should be no longer than 250 words.
  • Key-words should be within 3-7 items.
  • SI units should be used throughout.
  • Abbreviations should be used according to IUPAC and ISO standards and defined when first used.
  • Footnotes should be avoided. When their use is absolutely necessary, they should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and appended at the end of the manuscript.
  • References should be cited consecutively in order of appearance in the text, using numbers in square brackets,  according to the Vancouver system:
  • For a print journal article – Alia JP, Ramanathan G, Fathima NN, Uma TS, Rao JR. Fish skin and exotic leathers. Journal of the American Leather Chemists Association. 2017 Feb;112(2):36-43.
    • Author AA, Author BB, Author CC, Author DD. Title of article. Title of journal. Date of publication YYYY Mon DD;volume number(issue number):page numbers.
  • For a electronic journal article – Niculescu O, Deselnicu DC, Georgescu M, Nituica M. Finishing product for improving antifugal properties of leather. Leather and Footwear Journal [Internet]. 2017 [cited 2017 Apr 22];17(1):31-38. Available from:
    • Author AA, Author BB. Title of article. Title of Journal [Internet]. Date of publication YYYY MM [cited YYYY Mon DD];volume number(issue number):page numbers. Available from: URL
  • For a book – Carter AR, Whittaker RE. Polymers and Footwear Materials. London: Applied Science Publ; 1983. 69 p.
    • Author AA. Title of book. # edition [if not first]. Place of Publication: Publisher; Year of publication. Pagination.
  • For a edited book – Luximon A, editor. Handbook of Footwear Design and Manufacture. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing Limited; 2013. 86 p.
    • Editor AA, Editor BB, editors. Title of book. # edition[if not first]. Place of Publication: Publisher; Year. Pagination.
  • For a chapter in a book – Luximon A, editor. Handbook of Footwear Design and Manufacture. Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing Limited; 2013. Chapter 5, Foot problems and their implications for footwear design; p. [90-114].
    • Author AA, Author BB. Title of book. # edition. Place of Publication: Publisher; Year of publication. Chapter number, Chapter title; p. [page numbers of chapter].
  • For a electronic book – Strasser J. Bangladesh’s Leather Industry: Local Production Networks in the Global Economy [Internet]. s.l.: Springer International Publishing; 2015 [cited 2017 Feb 07]. 96 p. Available from:
    • Author AA. Title of web page [Internet]. Place of Publication: Sponsor of Website/Publisher; Year published [cited YYYY Mon DD]. Number of pages. Available from: URL DOI: (if available)
  • For conference papers – Ferreira NG, Nobrega LCO, Held MSB. The need of Fashion Accessories. In: Mijović B. editor. Innovative textile for high future demands. Proceedings 12th World Textile Conference AUTEX; 13-15 June 2012; Zadar, Croatia. Zagreb: Faculty of Textile Technology, University of Zagreb; 2012. p. 1253-1257.
    • Author AA. Title of paper. In: Editor AA, editor. Title of book. Proceedings of the Title of the Conference; Date of conference; Place of Conference. Place of publication: Publisher’s name; Year of Publication. p. page numbers.
  • For a thesis/dissertation – Sujeevini J. Studies on the hydro-thermal and viscoelastic properties of leather [dissertation]. Leicester: University of Leicester; 2004. 144 p.
    • Author AA. Title of thesis [dissertation]. Place of publication: Publisher; Year. Number of pages
  • For a electronic thesis/dissertation – Covington AD. Studies in leather science [dissertation on the internet]. Northampton: University of Northampton; 2010. [cited 2017 Jan 09]. Available from:
    • Author AA. Title of thesis [dissertation on the Internet]. Place of publication: Publisher; Year. [cited YYYY abb. month DD]. Available from: URL
  • Figures and illustrations with a title and legend should be numbered consecutively (with Arabic numerals) and must be referred in the text. Images should be numbered as Figures. Additionally, Figures should be supplied as a separate file saved as jpg or tif at 300 dpi minimum. Type size in the description of axes should be proportional to the size of the Figure.
  • Tables with a title and optional legend should be numbered consecutively and must be referred in the text.
  • Acknowledgements may be included and should be placed after Conclusions and before References.

Categorization of papers

Distinguishing scientific from professional papers

The importance of usefulness of a paper is not determined by whether it is scientific or professional. The difference between a scientific and a professional work is the originality of the results of research, debate and conclusions obtained by verified scientific methods. A professional paper can be more important for spreading knowledge and profession and economically more useful in application, but this does not mean it is a new contribution to the increase of scientific knowledge.

The papers received are categorized into following groups:

Original scientific papers means it is the first publication of original research. It must be presented so that the research can be repeated giving results with equal precision within the limits of the trial error, which means that the correctness of analyses and conclusions can be checked.

Scientific review is a complete review of a problem or a field of research based on already published work but contains original analyses synthesis or suggestions for further research. It has a more comprehensive introduction than the original scientific paper.

Preliminary communication includes new scientific results demanding urgent publication while the research is underway. This kind of article does not have to ensure the repetition and checking the presented results. It is published only with the author’s obligation to publish the original scientific paper when the research is completed.

Conference paper is the work presented at a professional conference organized on local, regional or state level. It will be published if it has not been published in full in Proceedings, as a report, a study etc.

Professional paper deals with the problems in the profession. It gives professional instructions and suggestions for how to solve the problem (technique, technology, methodology).

Professional review is a complete review of a professional problem (technique, technology, methodology) based on already published work indicating the best ways for solving the problem.

The papers that are not categorized include:

Presentations and communication from practical experience. These deal with solving the problems of particular laboratories, institutions or industry and serve to inform interested parties of the solutions applied.

Papers taken from other journals include valuable papers already published elsewhere, serving as a contribution to the contents of the journal.

Commentaries are papers connected with actual news and conditions in science and textile/clothing industry.