Print ISSN: 1937-5247 Online ISSN: 1937-5255

Frequency: Bi-annually (April/May & Nov/Dec) and continuously as preprint online

Print ISSN: 1937-5247 Online ISSN: 1937-5255

Frequency: Bi-annually (April/May & Nov/Dec) and continuously as preprint online

DFI Journal - The Journal of the Deep Foundations Institute


The DFI Journal is an international peer-reviewed publication that supports authors whose research and practice covers a broad range of subjects on deep foundation engineering and sub-surface construction. We take a particular interest in research and case studies related to all systems designed and constructed for the support of heavy structures and excavations. We specialize in translating research to practice and seek to improve the deep foundation engineering industry through dissemination of innovative research and publication of state-of-the art practice.

Manuscripts submitted to the Journal will be peer-reviewed and handled as described in the submission and review process. Upon acceptance, each paper will be prepared for online publication ahead of print (see Preprints) and receive a digital object identifier (DOI). The DFI Journal publishes on a bi-annual basis (April/May and November/December).

Areas of Interest

The areas of interest for publication in the DFI Journal include but are not limited to deep foundation engineering, including different piling systems (such as drilled shafts, driven piles, etc.), load testing, case studies, ground improvement, soil nailing and anchors, foundation elements for landslide and slope stabilization, earth retention systems and structures, BIM and digitalization, energy foundations, seismic issues of foundation engineering, sustainability, seepage control, design standards, codes, and contracts, tunneling, other areas of foundation design, innovative construction technologies,  re-use of foundations, material research, quality control, quality assurance, and non-destructive testing and evaluation, or historical evolution of deep foundations.

Submission and Review Process

Submissions should be made using DFI’s Editorial Manager which can be accessed at Types of papers included in the DFI Journal are: Research Papers, Technical Notes, State-of-the-Art Reviews, Case Studies, Book Reviews, Forum Papers, and Discussions. For more specific information on how to prepare a manuscript and its technical content, please review our Author Guidelines. Guidance on publications ethics and requirements are provided in the Author Guidelines as in the DFI Journal’s guide for Publication Ethics and Code of Conduct. The DFI Journal subscribes to Similarity Check, which utilizes the plagiarism software Turnitin to maintain high publication ethics.

All submissions to the DFI Journal are subject to a single-blind peer-review process. All papers will receive at least two independent reviews from qualified reviewers in the subject field of the paper. Authors will receive anonymous feedback on their submissions. The Editors in Chief will make the final acceptance decision based on the reviewers’ feedback and the Editors’ recommendations. A detailed description of the peer review process and some recommendations on how to perform an effective and valuable peer review can be found in our Peer Review Guidelines. A list of the complete editorial board can be found here.

Accessing the Journal

An online subscription to the Journal is available to DFI members at no additional cost by signing into the member portal – MyDFI. If you are not a member, join DFI for $125 to receive an online subscription to the Journal. (Individual journal articles are $25 each.)

Members and nonmembers can order printed copies of the 2007-2020 volumes of the Journal from the DFI Publications Store; members receive preferential rates. (Note some issues have limited availability in print.) Please contact, if you have further questions about ordering print copies.