AbstractDuring sequential bleaching operations, pulp fiber properties are gradually changed due to mechanical and chemical treatments. In this study, the correlations between pulp or fiber properties such as kappa number, viscosity, total charge, fiber length, and zero-span tensile strength as well as Scott bond of elemental chlorine free (ECF) bleached softwood kraft pulps was investigated. The influence of zero-span tensile strength and Scott bond on tensile and tear strength was also discussed. The Scott bond and zero-span tensile strength showed a strong logarithmic correlation with pulp kappa number and pulp viscosity, while the regression coefficient for Scott bond was negative. An overall deterioration of paper tensile and tear strength from pulps whether beaten or not were observed along the multi-stage ECF bleaching operations. Changing contributions to sheet tensile or tear strength could be mostly attributed to changes in zero-span tensile strength rather than Scott bond during ECF bleaching.