Keith A. Blatner
Below are the answers to the most commonly asked questions regarding the merger of the Northern, Southern, and Western Journals of Applied Forestry into Forest Science. If you have a question or concern about the merger that is not answered below, please contact Matthew Walls, Senior Director of Publications for the Society of American Foresters, at firstname.lastname@example.org.Authors
Each regional applied journal will complete its regularly scheduled issues for 2013. Once a sufficient number of articles has been accepted for each regional applied journal to fill its remaining issues, any remaining accepted articles will be moved to the Forest Science publication queue and be printed in order of acceptance.
Manuscripts remaining in review for publication in any of the regional applied journals will continue to be evaluated for potential publication. If deemed acceptable by the regional editor overseeing the completion of its review, the submission will be published in Forest Science.
In most cases, revised articles should be resubmitted to the journal for which they were originally submitted, and the regional editor who oversaw review of the prior version(s) will continue to oversee that review until the manuscript reaches a terminal decision (either acceptance or rejection). However, if a revised article is being submitted more than a year after receiving its decision, the manuscript should be submitted as a new "applied research" article to Forest Science, and the author should make note of the prior manuscript number in the cover letter accompanying this resubmission.
The standards and requirements for applied research submissions will remain the same as for any manuscript previously submitted to a regional applied journal. The editorial staffs of each regional applied journal are now part of the editorial staff of Forest Science, so applied research submissions will be evaluated by the same editors who would have reviewed their regional applied journal submission.
These short articles have been a popular staple of the regional applied journals, but their purpose-to disseminate information useful to practicing foresters that is otherwise inappropriate for full-length research articles, such as descriptions of new field techniques, computer algorithms, or results from non-replicated studies or case studiesis incredibly similar to the purpose of the Practice of Forestry article type published in the Journal of Forestrywhich is intended to bridge the gap between science and decisionmaking in the field of forest management, including case studies of particular problems or techniques-and/or our Brief Communication article type-which is intended to report preliminary or novel results on limited data sets or applications of existing methodologies to new areas. Given this similarity in purpose, the editors have agreed that Field/Technical Notes would find a better home within the Journal of Forestry than Forest Science, and we are prepared to work with the authors of these submissions to help them meet the requirementsnecessary publishing their Field/Technical Note in one of these alternate categories. All articles submitted to the Journal of Forestry should be written as to be readable to a nonspecialist of the field being discussed, and topics of limited geographic or research scope should include a discussion of its implications beyond the initial area of research.
All membership levels include subscription to SAF's monthly newspaper, The Forestry Source, and weekly e-newsletter, The E-Forester. Membership at the GOLD level will continue to include subscription to the Journal of Forestry (print+online) as well as online access to Forest Science. Membership at the PLATINUM level includes print+online subscriptions to both the Journal of Forestry and Forest Science.
Due to the significant differences in costs associated with producing Forest Science versus the Journal of Forestry, we are unable to offer Forest Science as a membership subscription exchange. If you are not interested in receiving the Journal of Forestry, we recommend that you renew your membership at the SILVER level.
To make the most of your family's membership to the Society of American Foresters, we strongly encourage married members to consider having one partner join at the PLATINUM level and the other at the SILVER level. This will avoid duplicate mailings of the Journal of Forestry to your household, while maintaining all of the other benefits of membership for both partners.
The Society of American Foresters will continue to offer CFE quizzes based on the applied research articles that will now be appearing within Forest Science. Nonmembers
While we strongly believe that membership in the Society of American Foresters provides the best value for anyone who works in or cares for forest ecosystems, our staff is ready and eager to help you find a solution that fits both your informational and financial needs. Contact Matthew Walls at email@example.com for assistance. Institutions
2014 subscription prices will be set in June 2013. While an increase in subscription price will be necessary to cover the increased production costs for this new, larger Forest Science, it will not double. Interestingly, an analysis of our subscriber data has determined that in most cases, our institutional subscribers maintain subscriptions to both Forest Science and at least one regional journal of applied forestry, so you may find your total subscription expenditure less in 2014 than it was in 2013.
The Northern, Southern, and Western Journals of Applied Forestry archives will continue to remain available on IngentaConnect. Institutions who in the past have purchased a subscription that includes online access will continue to retain access to the years to which they subscribed.