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Scientific and Technical Concurrent Sessions

Abstract Submission Deadline — March 11, 2012

Abstract Submissions for Oral and Panel Presentations

Submissions relating to the convention theme are encouraged; however submissions are welcome on any of the many facets of forestry, including certification, climate change, consulting, education and communication, genetics, physiology, history, international forestry, inventory and biometrics, recreation, wilderness, utilization and engineering, and wildlife & fisheries ecology and management.

The number of submissions that can be accepted for the program will be limited by the number of rooms available and the number of time slots scheduled.

Presentation abstracts will be reviewed against the following criteria:

Review Criteria

  1. Clarity: the thought/expression/concept should be reasonable and comprehensible.
  2. Scientific approach: including definition of the problem, hypothesis, methodology, application, results, analysis.
  3. Practice of Forestry: should bridge the gap between science and decision making in the field of forest management.
  4. Originality: should report preliminary or novel results on limited data sets or applications of existing methodologies to new areas.

All submissions must meet criterion 1. Submissions must meet at least one of the other three criteria or be judged as potentially appealing to a large number of attendees and contributing significantly to professional development. Abstracts selected to be part of the program will be published in a special Convention Proceedings section in the December 2012 Journal of Forestry. If you do not wish your abstract to be submitted for publication, contact the SAF Director of Science and Education at or 866-897-8720.

All authors are encouraged to submit their full paper to the Journal of Forestry, Forest Science or to one of the Regional Journals of Applied Forestry. Paper submissions will follow the submission and review guidelines prescribed by each journal's Editorial Policy. (For more detailed information, see The publication of an accepted conference abstract in the December 2012 Journal of Forestry does not guarantee future publication of the full article.

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