Individual and Panel Submissions

Abstract Submission Deadline - March 31, 2018

Submissions for individual and panel presentations can also include proposals for professional development seminars. Abstracts relating to the convention theme are encouraged; however, submissions are welcome on any of the many facets of forestry.


Abstracts will be reviewed against the following criteria.


The thought/expression/concept should be reasonable and comprehensible.

Scientific Approach

The proposal should define the problem, hypothesis, methodology, application, results, analysis.

Practice of Forestry

The proposal should bridge the gap between science and decision making in the field of forest management.


The proposal should report preliminary or novel results on limited data sets or applications of existing methodologies to new areas.

Contemporary Topics

The proposal should be relevant to the convention or track themes, will appeal to a large number of attendees, and contribute to professional development.

All submissions must meet the first criterion and at least one of the other four criteria. Abstracts selected for the program will be published in a special Convention Proceedings section of the Journal of Forestry. By submitting an abstract you confer permission for SAF to publish this material, however copyright remains with the authors. All submitters will be asked to make financial disclosures on behalf of themselves and coauthors, which will be published within the proceedings.

All authors are encouraged to submit a full paper to the Journal of Forestry or Forest Science. Paper submissions will follow the submission and review guidelines prescribed by each journal’s Editorial Policy. The publication of an accepted abstract in the conference proceedings does not guarantee future publication of the full article.

Instruction for Submitting Panel Presentations

Please follow the following process to submit a panel presentation (an organized session(s) with a group of invited speakers) proposal. First, submit an abstract for the panel proposal itself.
   1) Select ‘presentation’ as the abstract type.
   2) Select the basis for the session content and answer additional questions, if any.
   3) Answer the Funding Sources and Financial Disclosures questions as appropriate.
   4) Select the track.
   5) Enter the title of the panel/session.
   6) Select “Yes” for “Is your presentation part of an organized panel/session?”
   7) Provide the name of the Working Group lead or the coordinator name in the coordinator box.
   8) Re-enter the panel/session title in the Session Title box.
   9) Provide the following information in the “Full Abstract” text box:
  • "This is a panel presentation proposed by X Working Group or name of individual.
  • The panel will discuss XXXX. We are requesting X 90 minute sessions (or how much time in 30 minute increments).
  • The speakers are: A- title or topic of the talk, B – title or topic of the talk, C – title or topic of the talk, etc.
Each speaker must then submit his/her own abstract to the same track, with the title of his/her talk and description, etc. In addition to entering:
  • The title of the session/panel in the Session Title box. (Preferably the same one as you submitted.)
  • The session/panel leader’s name in the Working Group or Lead Coordinator box. (Preferably the same one you submitted.)