Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Forest Systems is an international and open access peer-reviewed journal with free fees for authors. Forest Systems aims to integrate multidisciplinary and multi-scale research with forest management in complex systems subject to diverse social and ecological background. Papers that bring together two or more disciplines, forest products and services, interactions between ecological factors and species are given preference in Forest Systems. Manuscripts in relation to climate change effects on forest dynamics, resilience and vulnerability are welcome. Papers that highlight implications of forests products and services on bioeconomy are into the scope of this journal. Studies of all kind of forest systems can be submitted, in particular those that provide a variety of wood and non-wood products and ecosystem services in Regions of Mediterranean climate. Forest Systems covers research findings dealing with all aspects of forest ecosystems and forestry such as (in alphabetic order):
  • Agroforestry

  • Biodiversity and conservation (including plants and animals)

  • Biometry, silviculture and forest management

  • Dendroecology and paleoecology

  • Ecology and forest dynamics

  • Ecophysiology

  • Genetics (including breeding) and biotechnology

  • Pathology, biotic interactions and pests

  • Policy and economics

  • Remote sensing and landscape

  • Science and technology of forest products: wood, cellulose and non-wood products (including new applications or capabilities of lignocellulosic material and biorefineries)

  • Soils, hydrology and restoration

  • Wildfires, fire ecology and management

 

Section Policies

Research Articles

Research articles make an original and significant contribution to the field of study within the scope of the journal. These articles should be of interest to a broad audience, scientifically sound, well written and concise.
Research articles should not be longer than 28 pages (or 8,500 words), including front page, references, tables and figures, and excluding the supplementary material. Research articles should contain a front page, an abstract, up to seven keywords and the abbreviations used. The main text should have the following sections (see suggested layout below): introduction; material and methods; results; discussion; acknowledgments; references; tables and figures; and supplementary material, if any.

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Resource communications

Resource communications include all types of papers on resources or tools of interest for the study and management of forest systems (e.g., methodologies, software and growth models). They must report a completed work, not preliminary findings.
Resource communications should be no longer than 10 pages (or 3,500 words), including front page, list of references, and up to three tables and figures. The main text should include the following sections: introduction; material and methods; results and discussion combined sections; acknowledgments; a shortened list of references; tables and figures; and supplementary material, if any. The manuscript title must start as “Resource communication”.

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Short communications

Short communications should cover a concise study of wide interest, novelty and/or high quality. Papers must report relevant information, not preliminary findings. Articles with local-regional interest may only be accepted here or in the Resource Communications section.
Short communications should be no longer than 10 pages (or 3,500 words), including front page, list of references, and up to three tables and figures. The main text should include the following sections: introduction; material and methods; results and discussion combined sections; acknowledgments; a shortened list of references; tables and figures; and supplementary material, if any. The manuscript title must start as "Short communication".

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Reviews

Reviews or minireviews aim to provide an overview for an issue of great interest or topicality. Reviews will be invited by the Editorial Board. However, potential authors can suggest topics to the Editor-in-Chief. Authors must be experts and have several publications on the subject.
Review articles (typically invited by the Editor) do not have page limitation or maximum number of references. They should include a front page (the manuscript title must contain the word "Review"); an abstract; up to seven keywords; abbreviations used; a variable main text (the introduction should be based on general coverage of the issue, followed by a critical assessment of the most important references); acknowledgments; references; tables/figures (encouraged); and supplementary material, if any. Reviews will also be submitted to the peer-review process.

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Peer Review Process

Forest Systems is a peer review journal. Manuscripts are typically reviewed by two referees, from the International Scientific Committee or by external reviewers. We usually undergo a maximum of two rounds of evaluation. After finishn the second round the paper will be either accepted or declined. In the last case, a new submission can be encouraged.
Authors may nominate a list of four potential expert reviewers in their accompanying letter. These reviewers must not have a conflict of interest with the authors or paper, and the Editorial board may not contact any of the reviewers suggested by the authors. Criteria used in evaluating the papers are the novelty and interest for a broad audience, the quality of the paper, and the adecuate methodology, statistical analysisi and interpretationof the results provided by the authors. Auhtors must provide a complete answer to all the questions raised by the reviewers when uploading an improved version of the paper.

 

Publication Frequency

The journal is published four-monthly (April, August and December).

 

Open Access Policy

An open-access article has limited copyright and licensing restrictions which means anyone, anywhere, with access to the Internet may read, download, copy, and distribute that article.