Forest Science seeks manuscripts that either report fundamental and significant research in subjects related to forestry broadly defined, or report investigations into the application of Forest Science in management and practice in any of the forested ecosystems of the world. Manuscripts submitted to Forest Science must not have been previously published and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. At the time of submission, authors must provide information describing the extent to which data or text in the manuscript have been used in other papers or books that are published, in press, submitted, or soon to be submitted elsewhere. Authors who wish to use material such as figures or tables from previous publications are responsible for obtaining permission to do so from the previous publisher(s). All manuscripts submitted to Forest Science undergo peer review. Manuscripts revised and returned to Forest Science more than 6 months after review will be treated as new manuscripts. The Society of American Foresters (SAF) holds copyright to Forest Science, and authors will be asked to assign their rights before their contributions are published. A form will be provided for this purpose. Authors whose work is not subject to copyright, e.g., federal government employees, should so state when they submit their manuscripts.
Editorial correspondence should be addressed to W. Keith Moser, Editor-in-Chief, Forest Science. Direct all correspondence pertaining to manuscript submission and status to Jennifer Kuhn, Senior Managing Editor, Forest Science, 10100 Laureate Way, Bethesda, MD 20814; (866) 897-8720, ext. 130; fax (301) 897-3690.
Forest Science credits authorship to those who have made a substantial contribution to the submitted manuscript. Authorship constitutes the following roles in manuscript development:
• The individual has participated sufficiently in the research, design, or analysis of the study
• The individual has participated in the drafting, critical review, and evaluation of the manuscript.
• The individual agrees to be accountable for their work following publication.
All others may be listed in the acknowledgments section of the manuscript. Additional details about SAF’s authorship policy are available here.
SAF is committed to advancing the science, education, technology, and practice of forestry. In support of this mission, all journals published by SAF allow authors to post the accepted, pre-print version of their manuscript on the author's personal website or deposit the article into any institutional repository maintained by the author's employer. This is often referred to as "Green Open Access".
The pre-print version of the manuscript is the author-created, peer-reviewed, accepted manuscript. We ask that authors link to the published version via the article DOI wherever possible.
For a complete list of all rights retained by authors published within the Forest Science, see Rights & Permissions.
For those authors wishing to make available the published, typeset version of their article, SAF offers a "Gold Open Access" option. Gold Open Access articles can be viewed by anyone with an internet connection anywhere in the world without the need for a current subscription.
Gold Open Access articles undergo the same rigorous peer review as those published under the traditional subscription-access model; however, since the peer review and publishing services costs cannot be recovered from subscription revenue for Open Access content, authors wishing to have their articles published under this option are charged an Article Processing Charge. Article Processing Charges are separate from and additional to any other publication charges, such as color figure charges or reprints. Our Article Processing Charge is $2,800 USD.
Unlike articles published under the traditional model, authors choosing the Gold Open Access option are not required to transfer copyright to the Society of American Foresters. Instead, articles are published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC-BY-NC) license. This license permits users to use, reproduce, adapt, disseminate, or display the article provided that the author is attributed as the original creator and that the reuse is restricted to non-commercial purposes, i.e. research or educational use.
Gold Open Access articles can be shared, copied, adapted, or redistributed in any medium or format, including the final published, typeset version, and may be uploaded to any personal, institutional, or public repository subject to acknowledgement of the author and journal. We ask that authors link to the published version via the article DOI wherever possible. Gold Open Access articles will appear in both the electronic and print editions of the journal; the electronic edition will be tagged with an OA icon to note its availability.
Authors will be offered the choice of Open Access publication after their article is accepted. Payment of the Article Processing Charge will be required before publication of the article.
Forest Science permits authors to upload supplementary data for online storage and distribution with their accepted manuscripts. By definition, supplementary materials are not essential to the manuscript but are specifically relevant to their article and may help readers better understand their work, particularly if available in a format (e.g., data sets, video or audio files, maps, other images, detailed calculations or equation derivations, examples, source code or programs, statistical analysis code) not conducive for a printed outlet.
Supplementary data should be uploaded in Rapid Review at the time of submission, or early in the review process if specifically requested by an associate editor or reviewer and agreed to by the authors. To avoid any possible errors in presentation, supplemental material(s) are not edited or peer-reviewed, and hence should be provided in final form when submitted. It is therefore the authors' sole responsibility to ensure that supplemental materials are accurate. Authors must certify that there are no copyright issues with any supplemental materials, and avoid including any previously published materials without appropriate permissions. Supplemental documents should stand-alone and be fully referenced as appropriate, but avoid using internet links or references. Reference to each piece of supplemental material should be made in proper context in the text of the article, with an "S" placed in front of each reference (e.g., Table S1, Figure S2, Video Clip S3).
A list of supplementary materials should be provided by the authors at the end of their manuscript (following the Literature Cited section) with a descriptive, one-line caption included for each unique supplement. The following example demonstrates this formatting:
Supplement 1. Video clip of modified skyline logging system using new rigging structure in steep terrain.
Supplement 2. FORTRAN code of program developed to simulate different stress loads of modified skyline logging system under different wind conditions, soil conditions, and types of timber.
Supplement 3. R program written to conduct nonlinear ordinary least squares regression on modified skyline logging productivity function.
Supplement 4. ASCII text file of an example data set required by the R program in Supplement 3.
Supplement 5. PDF of survey mailed to skyline logging operations in the Pacific Northwest used to identify the most popular current systems in use.
All files uploaded as supplements should have their preferred version of the commercial software listed, and if possible be presented in formats that can be read in free, publicly available programs (e.g., PDF or ASCII files for text documents rather than those in a native (proprietary) word processor or spreadsheet format). There is a 10 MB limit to supplemental files that can be uploaded. Supplementary data should not contain certain types of files, such as executable files (e.g., *.exe, *.com) or those script or macro files (e.g., *.vbs) or compressed files (e.g., *.zip) that are vulnerable to malware. Inappropriate materials should not be included.
The Society of American Foresters holds copyright to Forest Science, and authors will be asked to assign their rights before their contributions are published. A form will be provided for this purpose. Authors whose work is not subject to copyright, e.g., federal government employees, should so state when they submit their manuscripts.
Authors of articles published within Forest Science retain the following rights:
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