Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Forest Systems is an international peer-reviewed journal. The main aim of Forest Systems is to integrate multidisciplinary research with forest management in complex systems with different social and ecological background. To fulfil this integrative approach, Forest Systems gives preference to papers that bring together two or more disciplines, organisms, or forest products and services. Studies about all kind of forest systems are welcomed, in particular those that provide a wide variety of wood and non-wood products and ecosystem services such as the forests in regions with a Mediterranean climate. Forest systems covers research findings dealing with all aspects of forestry, such as genetics (including breeding), ecology, silviculture, forest management and policy, and forest products and technology.

 

Section Policies

Research Articles

Research articles make an original and significant contribution to the field of study within the scope of the journal. These will be of interest to a broad audience, scientifically sound, well written and concise.
Research articles should not be longer than 7000 words, including tables and figures. They will present a Front page, an Abstract in English and in Spanish and up to seven keywords. The main text should have the following sections: (1) Introduction; (2) Material and methods; (3) Results; (4) Discussion; (5) Acknowledgments; (6) References; (7) Tables and figures (see suggested layout below).

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Resource communications

Resource communications include all types of papers dealing with resources or tools of interest for the study and management of forest systems (e.g. methodologies, software, primer notes, growth models, etc.). They must report completed work, not preliminary findings. Papers reporting sequence data: Manuscripts containing primary nucleotide sequence data must be accompanied by (an) accession number(s) from a public nucleotide database (e.g. GenBank, EMBL). Papers reporting software: software should be available in a public website at least for a period of two years after publication of the manuscript.
Resource communications should be no longer than 2000 words, including tables/figures. They will have an Abstract (English and Spanish), main text (divided into sections that could vary depending on the aim of the paper), References, and a maximum of three Tables/figures. Results and discussion may be combined, allowing a greater flexibility in the format.

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Short Communications

Short communications must report completed work, not preliminary findings. Articles with local-regional interest may only be accepted here or in the Resources Communications section.
Short communications should be no longer than 2000 words, including tables/figures. They will have an Abstract (English and Spanish), main text (divided into sections that could vary depending on the aim of the paper), References, and a maximum of three Tables/figures. Results and discussion may be combined, allowing a greater flexibility in the format.

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Reviews

Reviews aim to give an overall view of an issue of great interest or topicality. They will be invited by the Editorial Board. A potential author could suggest a topic to the Editor-in-chief.
Review articles will follow the same instructions applicable to regular length articles.

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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.

 

NIPOS

Paper edition – 730-13-004-8

Online edition – 730-13-003-2 



Webpage: www.inia.es/Forestsystems