Wear journal is dedicated to the advancement of basic and applied knowledge concerning the nature of wear of materials. Broadly, topics of interest range from development of fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of wear to innovative solutions to practical engineering problems. Authors of experimental studies are expected to comment on the repeatability of the data, and whenever possible, conduct multiple measurements under similar testing conditions. Further, Wear embraces the highest standards of professional ethics, and the detection of matching content, either in written or graphical form, from other publications by the current authors or by others, may result in rejection.

Submissions are invited on such subjects as:

(a) Wear modelling and validation. This includes modelling of fundamental mechanisms as well as the modelling of tribosystems. Approaches may employ contact mechanics, frictional considerations and lubrication concepts in the development of the model, and will always include physical validation of the model.

(b) The development and use of new wear testing methods and standards. This includes the rationale behind their development (including a critique of existing test methodologies where appropriate).

(c) New wear diagnostic tools. The need for these tools and examples of their use in either basic research or engineering should be illustrated.

(d) The development of wear-resistant materials, coatings, or surface treatments. Such papers should include, for example, benchmarking against materials currently employed in targeted engineering applications, or presenting a basic hypothesis underlying the work that can be validated as an advance over the current state-of-the-art. The criteria used to select the test methods employed (and the conditions under which those tests were conducted) must be robustly justified with regard to the targeted engineering applications. The proposed mechanisms of wear must be discussed in the context of data and observations that support those conclusions.

(e) Relationships between the composition, structure, properties, and processing of materials and their wear behavior. Such submissions should include the basic rationale for the work, its foundation in prior knowledge, and how the current approach is implemented to explore these relationships. The criteria used to select the tests or analytical methods employed shall be explained with respect to the purpose of the research, be it fundamental or applied.

(f) The role of lubricants or other interfacial species in the wear of materials. Such submissions will focus on the mechanisms of wear in the presence of well-characterized interfacial environments.

The Abstracts of all submissions, whether a full paper or a shorter communication, should summarize the purpose and approach to the given problem, indicate the materials under investigation, and present the primary conclusions in a brief and concise manner. Overt commercialism or product promotion is unacceptable. Submissions to Wear will be peer-reviewed to assess their archival quality, clarity of communication, and the novelty of their contributions to the science and technology of wear.

For the very high volume of submissions that we are experiencing at this time and for the problems and disruptions by the ongoing pandemic WEAR is currently not accepting any unsolicited review papers, white papers or perspectives.

Editorial board


  • A. Fischer Prof. Dr.-Ing.
    Max Planck Institute for Iron Research GmbH, 40237, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • M. Papini
    Ryerson University Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, M5N 2K3, Ontario, Canada

Associate Editors

  • M. Dienwiebel
    Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Microtribology Center µTC, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • R. Neu
    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
  • Y. Sawae Dr. Eng.
    National University Corporation Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

Editors Emeritus

  • I. M. Hutchings
    University of Cambridge Saint John's College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • P.H. Shipway
    University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • P. J. Blau
    Blau Tribology Consulting, Enka, North Carolina, United States of America

Editorial Board

  • K. Adachi
    Tohoku University, Miyagi, Japan
  • A.T. Alpas
    University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • P. J. Blau
    Blau Tribology Consulting, Enka, North Carolina, United States of America
  • T. H. C. Childs
    University of Leeds School of Mechanical Engineering, Leeds, United Kingdom
  • N. Espallargas
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • L. Fang
    Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China
  • C. Gachot
    TU Wien University, Vienna, Austria
  • M. Lee
    Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas, United States of America
  • A.A. Lubrecht
    National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon, Villeurbanne, France
  • S. Mischler
    Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • A. Neville
    University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
  • W. G. Sawyer
    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America
  • T. W. Scharf
    University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, United States of America
  • P.H. Shipway
    University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • C.B. Solnordal
    CSIRO Mineral Resources, Clayton, Australia