QJF Guidelines for Authors

Contributions to the Quarterly Journal of Forestry

The Editor is always glad to receive papers, articles and correspondence on any aspect of forestry that may be of interest to members of the Society. It would be helpful if the following recommendations are followed, and potential contributors are strongly advised to examine a current copy of the journal to appreciate our content and style.

Papers and articles

The Journal makes a clear distinction between submitted papers, which will undergo external peer review, and submitted/commissioned feature articles, which are assessed internally. Papers should follow traditional academic style complete with a summary and references (see below), while articles can have a more relaxed style. The Editor is always keen to discuss the content well in advance of submission. Contributions should follow as closely as possible the style of recent issues of the Journal.

Word count

Papers and articles of around 2,500 – 3,000 words are preferred under most circumstances. Divisional meeting reports should not exceed 600 words.

Format of submissions

Text should be submitted in digital format either by e-mail as Microsoft Word or similar files. You may also use the free file transfer service https://www.wetransfer.com to send large files.

Illustrations

Illustrations are welcome and can be submitted in digital format (jpegs of 2- 5MB in size) wherever possible. Each illustration should be sent as a separate file – please DO NOT embed them in the Word file. The originals need to be sharply focussed and with some contrast. Under most circumstances, no more than about five photos would be used with an article. If you submit more, please indicate which have priority should they have to be reduced in number. The pictures’ approximate positions should be indicated in the text, e.g. [Photo 2 about here]. Captions should be included at the end of the text. If the photographs were not taken by the author, please state who owns the copyright, and confirm that you have obtained their permission.

Tables and figures

Tables should be typed at the end of the text and numbered. Indicate their approximate position in the text, e.g. [Table 3 about here]. Charts may be submitted as Excel files but please use plain shades of fill in contrasting shades rather than patterns. DO NOT embed them in the Word file. Under most circumstances, no more than about three figures would be used with an article. If you submit more, please indicate which have priority should they have to be reduced in number. Again, their approximate position should be indicated in the text, e.g. [Fig 1 about here]. Captions for figures should be put at the end of the text. If tables and figures were not complied by the author, please state who owns the copyright, and confirm that you have obtained their permission.

Paper summary

Papers should include brief summaries of no more than 100 words at the beginning of the text. These should give the main facts and conclusions, and be self-contained.

Author details

Please give details about the authors at the end of the text. These should include the authors’ contact details for correspondence and a couple of sentences about each author (e.g. current job, forestry background, special interests).

References

Literature references should be shown in the text by the author’s surname and year of publication in brackets, e.g. (Jones, 1984). All references should be collected at the end of the paper/article and listed in alphabetical order by authors, with year, title, source, page number, etc. Please refer to a current issue for formatting.

Please note that the journal does NOT use footnotes.

Publication of articles

Apart from news items, articles will normally be published in the Journal only if they have not been published previously elsewhere. The Editor must be informed where an article has also been submitted to other journals or magazines.

Proofs

Authors of accepted papers/articles will see page proofs for checking prior to publication. Proofs will normally be sent as pdf files via email. If hard copies are preferred, please supply a postal address to facilitate this.

Copies of papers/articles

Authors will receive a pdf copy of their paper/article via email following publication in the journal.

Submission

Please send contributions to qjf@rfs.org.uk