Current issue: 51(1B)
Under compilation: 51(2)
Research articles report findings of original research. They follow a structure that best fits to the research problem, e.g. when reporting experimental work, the structure must be Introduction – Material and methods – Results – Discussion – References. Results and discussion items should never be combined. Modelling studies must include an adequate validation of the model, verification of enhanced performance, or applications. Research article text is normally not longer than 8 000 words. Abstract may not be longer than 250 words (submission of longer abstracts is disabled).Editors
Review articles are literature-based critical surveys summarising and analysing particular fields or topics in forest science. Authors planning to submit a review article are encouraged to contact the editor before hand about the proposed review topic. The editor may also invite reknown scientists to write a review article on a topical issue of general relevance. No specific length recommendation is set for review articles. However, the authors are requested to write as concisely as possible. Abstract may not be longer than 400 words (submission of longer abstracts is disabled).Editors
Research notes report preliminary or tentative results of projects underway (e.g. test of a research methodology), or completed research with limited scope but relevant to an international readership. Research note must not be longer than 2 500 words and include more than 4 tables and/or figures. Abstracts may not be longer than 250 words (submission of longer abstracts is disabled).Editors
Discussion articles put forward fresh ideas or new views about the theory and practice of science, point out problems needing the attention of researchers, or comment on topical issues. The views presented must be justified with adequate references to earlier work. Discussion articles are revised by the scientific editors of Silva Fennica. Discussion article is normally not longer than 2 500 words and includes no more than 4 tables and/or figures.Editors
Commentaries are always invited by the editor. He/she may ask a reknown scientist to write a comment on an important manuscript submitted to Silva Fennica or another topical issue.Editors
Special sections may be occasionally published, e.g. for publishing selected presentations from a scientific conference or for publishing main results of a large research programme in one issue. Proposals for special sections must be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief. Manuscripts submitted to a special section must follow the author guidelines of Silva Fennica and they are submitted to the normal peer-review of the journal. The journal recieves the right to accept or reject any manuscript submitted to a special section on the basis of the recommendation of the reviewers.Editors
Double blind review process is employed to ensure that manuscripts are evaluated objectively. Normally, two reviews by qualified scientists are sought for each manuscript. If a manuscript has an interdisciplinary approach, reviewers are chosen accordingly. In addition to reviewer reports, recommendations of an Associate Editor may be sought. Final decision on publication is made by the Editor-in-Chief.
A contribution should be novel and have broad and international interest for being published in Silva Fennica. A reviewer should always reason his/her opinion about these criteria in the review statement. If a study does not fulfil these criteria, the manuscript is not qualified for publication in Silva Fennica. The relevance of methods used is always carefully evaluated.
Accepted articles are published immediately after copy editing and proof reading. Published articles are collected in five annual issues. An e-mail alert is sent after appearance of each issue to readers who have subscribed the alert.