2021-2022 NFAR: Call for Papers Open!

To the podiatry classes of 2022, 2023, 2024, and 2025:

The National Foot & Ankle Review is an annual student-produced journal, created 20 years ago by Dr. Burns to help students gain experience in podiatric medical research and showcase your research interests during the clerkship/residency application process. NFAR is being led by Dr. Stamps for the eighth year in a row at the California School of Podiatric Medicine (CSPM) at Samuel Merritt University. NFAR accepts original manuscripts from all schools of podiatric medicine. The finished product is distributed to schools, clerkship programs, and residencies around the country.

Submission guidelines:

Please submit a proposed topic and await approval as we do not want repeats from previous years or duplicates for the current year’s publication. Articles published in the past have been predominantly limited to reviews, meta-analyses, and case reports. A list of NFAR articles from 2005-2021 can be found in the attached documents. Topic submissions are due October 10th, 2021 at 11:59pm PST. To make things clear, all you need to submit is just a phrase i.e. Flexible Fixation of Lisfranc Injuries. There is no written proposal. The NFAR editors will help you improve your paper over the next few months and the manuscript will be finalized mid-late spring. You do NOT need a team to submit a topic but is highly recommended so you don’t get overwhelmed with the workload. Please email your topic to nationalfootandanklereview@pilot.samuelmerritt.edu. Note: the earlier you submit your topic for approval, the more time you have to write your articles.

When writing your paper, pay special attention to the NFAR guidelines, which details the types of sections that are typically included in each type of article, as well as, instructions for proper text and file formatting. Submissions that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted for publication. The abstract must be submitted by October 24th, 2021 at 11:59pm PST. All completed articles must be received by November 7th, 2021 at 11:59pm PST in order for the journal to be sent out to all the residency programs in the country, as well as to CSPM alumni and associates. A guideline for proper formatting of submissions can be found in the attached documents.

If you would like to submit an article, but are having trouble picking a topic, utilize your faculty members and faculty clinicians. Also, it is a great idea to use your clinical experience as a starting point for finding topics of interest.

Please let us know if you have any questions.


Tiffany Tran, Editor-in-Chief of National Foot & Ankle Review


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