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ISSN: 0022-1201

Don C. Bragg


Supplemental Guidelines Regarding Submissions on International Forests and Forestry

As a membership benefit of the Society of American Foresters, the Journal of Forestry represents the forestry profession in the United States. Although it is not international in scope, the Journal will consider publishing articles on forests, forest management, and forest policy from other parts of the world under certain circumstances. Contributions on forestry tools, technologies, and applications based on international forests and forestry should express their relevance to forest management in North America. Note that papers on international forests and forestry do NOT have to focus on North American species. However, manuscripts on North American species found elsewhere will be of particular interest to the readership, as will forest threats (e.g., insect pests, invasive plants, new diseases) or management practices relevant to North American forests, or socioeconomic issues and other human dimensions that could influence the practice of forestry in North America.

International forests and forestry submissions to the Journal must be complete and appropriately documented, preferably with readily accessible English language sources (when possible). All information must be presented in an accessible, cohesive fashion that provides a logical and orderly narrative. Authors are also reminded to write for a general audience (non-specialists) and to avoid excessive use of terminology not applied in North America. Contributions that lack North American relevance, are overly technical, narrowly focused, include too much jargon, or have only limited forestry application are probably more appropriate for other journals and will likely be rejected without further review.

Authors are strongly encouraged to help the readership understand international forests and the management and policy issues that affect them through a clear articulation of the concepts, including brief yet detailed descriptions of the trees, forests, geography, and history of the issues, when relevant. For example, international authors should not assume that the readers will be familiar with the geography of the region, and should consider providing a map with key landmarks, especially those referenced in the manuscript. In addition, full-color images showing examples of the trees, forests, forest threats, or other environmental conditions being described in the manuscript would be very beneficial.

International submissions can fall under any of the conventional Journal of Forestry manuscript categories and are expected to follow the same requirements, including content, length, and style. In addition to submissions consistent with the more conventional editorial and scientific features, manuscripts that are largely descriptive of the forests or forest practices of a country or region outside of North America will also be considered. These descriptions should be sufficiently detailed and include visual aids to help the Journal's readership better understand forest and management conditions. These aids may include (but are not restricted to): maps of forest cover; images of characteristic tree species, forest types, management practices, and/or forest threats; tables of forest cover (including current or historic), productivity by forest type, land-use patterns/trends, and/or other demographic trends; and charts explaining attributes of the forests.

Style and Form

Submissions on international forests and forestry must follow Journal style and formatting conventions when submitted—manuscripts that do not will be returned to authors without peer review. Unless English is their first language, international authors are strongly encouraged to get a native English-speaking colleague to review their manuscript PRIOR to submission to ensure terminology, grammar, and technical references are appropriate for the readership. If collegial review is not available, a number of commercial technical writing services can be suggested by the Managing Editor (contact Matthew Walls, wallsm@safnet.org, for further information). The use of a commercial technical writing service does not imply an agreement to accept a submission for publication, nor will it guarantee the manuscript will even be reviewed if deemed ill-suited for the Journal of Forestry.

Nomenclature and Terminology—Taxonomic references should follow accepted conventions stated in the Melbourne Code of 2011 (International Code of Nomenclature; McNeill et al. 2012). Common names are used for most plants, animals, and fungi (when possible). Scientific names must accompany common names, and should be italicized and placed in parentheses following the first use of a common name. Proper usage of singular or plural for genera references is also required-a single species is abbreviated as "sp.", while multiple species are "spp." For example: "Of the various maples (Acer spp.) possible on this urban site, the ability of hedge maple (Acer campestre) to tolerate dry conditions and compacted soils made it preferable to Norway (Acer platanoides) and sugar (Acer saccharum) maples." Species naming authorities are not required, but if used should follow international conventions and be consistently applied for all scientific name references (for example: Acer campestre L.). The Checklist of United States Trees (Native and Naturalized) (Little 1979), The PLANTS Database (USDA NRCS 2013), and the appendixes of Forest Cover Types of the United States and Canada (Eyre 1980) are useful references for plant names and include many species from outside of North America.

The use of forestry terms should be consistent with The Dictionary of Forestry produced by the Society of American Foresters (www.dictionaryofforestry.org; Helms 1998). Country- or region-specific technical terms or jargon not found in The Dictionary of Forestry should be clearly defined in the text, a footnote, or a brief glossary accompanying the article. American versions of English words (including spellings) should be used—for example, use "center" not "centre" or "tons" not "tonnes" or "truck" not "lorry". In addition, English units of measurement are strongly preferred. If metric units are used, they must be included parenthetically after the English units [e.g., "After treatment, the pines averaged 100 ft (30.5 m) tall and 20 in. (50 cm) in dbh."]. Be consistent in unit usage throughout the manuscript.

Literature Cited—Do not abbreviate the names or titles of foreign references, as it can be very difficult to locate these without the full text. When at all possible, references from international sources should parenthetically provide an English translation for the title, especially when the material comes from a hard-to-access source. For example: Asan, √ú. 1995. Orman Kaynaklarinin Rasyonel Kullanimi ve √úlkemizdeki Durum (Status of rational use of forest resources in our country). Istanbul University Journal of the Faculty of Forestry B(3-4):15-27.

Literature Cited

Eyre, F.H. (editor). 1980. Forest cover types of the United States and Canada. Society of American Foresters, Bethesda, MD. 148 p.

Helms, J.A. (editor). 1998. The dictionary of forestry. Society of American Foresters, Bethesda, MD. 210 p. Available online at www.dictionaryofforestry.org.

Little, Jr., E.L. 1979. Checklist of United States trees (native and naturalized). USDA Agriculture Handbook 541. 375 p.

McNeill, J., F.R. Barrie, W.R. Buck, V. Demoulin, W. Greuter, D.L. Hawksworth, P.S. Herendeen, et al. 2012. International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants (Melbourne Code). International Association for Plant Taxonomy, Koeltz Scientific Books, Koenigstein, Germany. 240 p.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS). 2013. The PLANTS Database. Available online at www.plants.usda.gov; last accessed Feb. 15 2013..

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