This guide describes how to prepare contributions for submission. We strongly recommend you read this in full if you have not previously submitted a contribution to IJFSE. We also suggest that before submission you familiarize yourself with IJFSE 's style and content by reading the journals, either in print or online, especially if you have not submitted to our journals recently.
Formats for IJFSE contributions
- Format of Research Articles, Letters and Review
Manuscripts are preferred to be presented in the following order:
Titles do not exceed two lines in print. This equates to 90 characters (including spaces) for Letters or 75 characters (including spaces) for Research Articles. Titles do not normally include numbers, acronyms, abbreviations or punctuation. They should include sufficient detail for indexing purposes but be general enough for readers outside the field to appreciate what the paper is about.
We suggest each manuscript should accompany a structured abstract to explain to the general reader why the research was done and why the results are significant. A structured abstract should include such contents: the purpose of the research, the materials and methods and the results. Please do not include citations or undefined abbreviations in the abstract. The preferred length of the abstract is less than 300.
Research articles should fill no more than 4-5 printed pages, and Letters no more than 3 printed pages. A typical Research article contains about printed 3,500 words of text and, additionally, up to six small display items (figures and/or tables) with brief legends, reference list and methods section if applicable. A typical Letter to IJFSE contains about 2,500 words of text (including the first paragraph of Letters, figure legends, reference list and the methods section if applicable) and four small display items (figures and/or tables) with brief legends. A composite figure (with several panels) usually needs to take about half a page, equivalent to about 600 words, in order for all the elements to be visible. Our preferred format for is APA. We prefer the use of a 'standard' font, preferably 10-point Times New Roman. For mathematical symbols, Greek letters and other special characters, use normal text or Symbol font. Word Equation Editor/Math Type should be used only for formulae that cannot be produced using normal text or Symbol font.
If brief (less than 200 words), they can be included in the text at an appropriate place. Otherwise, they should be described at the end of the text in a 400-word (maximum) 'Methods Summary'. Detailed descriptions of methods already published should be avoided. If more space is required for Methods, the author should include the section 'Methods Summary' and provide an additional 'Methods' section at the paper. The Methods section should not normally exceed 1,000 words of text, and should be subdivided by short bold headings referring to methods used. If both a Methods Summary and additional Methods section are required, the Methods Summary will appear in print only but will not appear in the online version of the paper. Therefore, any critical information in the Methods Summary should also be incorporated into the Methods section.
References are each numbered, ordered sequentially as they appear in the text, methods summary, tables, boxes, figure legends, online-only methods in our nature science and engineering journals. When cited in the text, reference numbers are superscript, not in brackets unless they are likely to be confused with a superscript number. The maximum number of references, strictly enforced, is 60 for Research articles and 30 for Letters. Only one publication can be listed for each number. We preferred articles that have been published or submitted to a named publication in the reference list; papers in preparation should be mentioned in the text with a list of authors (or initials if any of the authors are co-authors of the present contribution).Published conference abstracts, numbered patents and preprints on recognized servers may be included in reference lists, but text, grant details and acknowledgements may not. Please follow the style below in the published edition of IJFSE in preparing reference lists.
We advise the authors to use the APA style to write the references list. You can visit http://www.apastyle.org/ for detail information. There are some examples for APA style.
Author A A, Author B B & Author C C (Year). Title of article, Title of Periodical, xx(xx), xxx-xxx. doi: xx.xxxxxxxxxx
Author A A, Author B B & Author C C (in press). Title of article, Title of Periodical. Retrieved from http://xxx.xxx.xxx
Article title. (Year, Month). Newsletter source. Retrived from http://xxx.xxx.xxx
Author A A (Year, Month Day). Article title. Newspaper title. pp.xx-xx.
Author A A (Year). Book title [Version]. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx
Author A A (Year). Book title [Version]. Retrieved from http://xxx.xxx.xxx
Author A A (Year). Book title. Location: Publisher.
Tables should each be presented portrait (not landscape) direction and upright on the page, not sideways. Tables have a short, one-line title in bold text. Tables should be as small as possible. Symbols and abbreviations are definite immediately below the table, followed by essential descriptive material as briefly as possible, all in double-spaced text. We also use APA format on tables you can visit http://www.apastyle.org/ for detail information. Here is the example.
Figures should be as small and simple as is compatible with clarity. The goal is for figures to be comprehensible to readers in other or related disciplines, and to assist their understanding of the paper. Unnecessary figures and parts (panels) of figures should be avoided. Avoid unnecessary complexity, colorful and over amount of details. For instruction, IJFSE standard figure sizes are 95 mm (single column) and 190mm (double column) and the full depth of the page is 283mm.
Units should have a single space between the number and the unit, and follow SI nomenclature or the nomenclature common to a particular field. Thousands should be separated by commas (1,000). Unusual units or abbreviations are defined in the legend.
Scale bars should be used rather than magnification factors.
Where possible, text, including keys to symbols, should be provided in the legend rather than on the figure itself.
At initial submission, figures should be at good quality to be assessed by referees, ideally as JPEGs (is preferred), PNGs, and BMPs. The suggest size of each figure is less than 600KB since we cannot accept large attachments.
You can download IJFSE template file here. (Please use this format before submitting your manuscript.
International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE)
ISSN 2251-6387 [PRINT] 2251-824X [Online]
General duties and responsibilities of Editors forInternational Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE)
In International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) we adopt the COPE guidelines on publication ethics.
In International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE), editor-in-chief and editorial boards are held responsible for all published materials in their journals. They do their best
• to meet the necessary requirements of readers and authors; • for continues improvement on the journal’s materials; • to make sure about the quality of published materials; • to ensure about freedom of expression; • to keep the integrity of all academic record; • to include all business requirements from compromising intellectual standards; • and to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when they are necessary.
Relations with readers
Readers are always informed about the people who funded research and on the role of any funders in the research.
Relations with authors
In International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE), editors are held responsible to take any necessary actions to make sure the quality of published materials, recognizing that journals and sections within journals will have various objectives and standards.
In International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) Editors’ decisions to accept or reject any paper for publication are solely based on the paper’s importance, originality, and clarity, and the research’s relevance to the remit of the journal.
A description of peer review processes are published, and editors also constantly justify any important deviation from the described processes.
In International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) has a declared mechanism for authors to appeal against Editorial decisions and they could ask editors to reconsider their decision by providing necessary facts and reasons.
In International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE), all editors publish guidance to authors on everything, which is expected. This guidance are also regularly updated.
Editors do not reverse decisions to accept submissions unless serious problems are detected with the submission. International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE), our new editors do not have the permission to overturn decisions to publish submissions made by the previous editor unless serious problems are determined.
Relations with reviewers
In International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE), editors are responsible to publish guidance to reviewers on everything, which is expected. This guidance are regularly updated and all interested parties are referred or related links.
In International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE), editors have appropriate systems to make sure that peer reviewers’ identities are protected.
The peer-review process
In International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE), editors have the access to appropriate systems to make sure that material submitted to their journal are kept confidential while they are under review process.
InInternational Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE), Editors follow the procedure set out in the COPE flowchart. All editors respond to complaints quickly and make sure there is a way for dissatisfied complainants to take complaints further by sending an email to editor-in-chief of the journal. This mechanism are made clear in the Journal and include information on how to refer unresolved matters to COPE.
In International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE), cogent criticisms of published works are welcome for publication unless editors have convincing reasons on why they are not entitled for publication. Authors of criticized material are also given the opportunity to respond.
Submitting a manuscript to International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) means that the authors have properly read the policies and agreed that the manuscript meets the requirements of these policies.
According to the Office of Research Integrity, a person claiming authorship of a scholarly publication must have met the following criteria:
Substantial participation in conception and design of the study, or in analysis and interpretation of data;
Substantial participation in the drafting of the manuscript or in the substantive editing of the manuscript;
Final approval of the version of the manuscript to be published;
Ability to explain and defend the study in public or scholarly settings.
Corresponding or primary author
International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) requires one author, called the corresponding or primary author, to take responsibility for all aspects of publication, including:
the correctness of the data,
the list of authors names ensuring no deserving author is neglected,
When there is a need for change in authorship, International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) requires the corresponding author to send us a direct mail requesting for a change in authorship of a submitted manuscript or published article. Corresponding authors can also fill and submit the Change in Authorship Form. If there is prolonged dispute amongst the authors regarding authorship that cannot be suitably resolved between the authors, the authors should contact their institution(s) for a binding decision. The Editor is not responsible for settling authorship disagreement. A change in authorship of a published article will be amended following our criteria for publication of a Correction Article. International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) will follow guidelines COPE – flowcharts as regards to changes in authorship.
The acknowledgement section of a manuscript should be used to list all contributors to the study that do not meet the requirement for authorship stated above. Financial contributors should be acknowledged.
Submission of Manuscript
Submitted manuscripts should conform to the requirements of International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE). Therefore, authors should endeavor to read our Editorial Policies, Ethic policy and Instruction for Authors before submitting a manuscript to our editorial office. Make sure the following guidelines are met:
ensure that the work has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review or thesis),
ensure that the manuscript is not currently being processed elsewhere,
ensure that duplicate submission is not made within International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE),
ensure there is no breach of any copyright by submitting it for publication,
ensure that the submission and publication has been agreed on by all co-authors and responsible authorities,
ensure there is no default in ethical standard,
ensure it follows the prescription in our instruction for authors.
In addition, the accurate contact information of all authors (Surname, other names in full, affiliation, email for each author, and a phone number) should be available on the manuscript. Disclosure of conflicts of interest should also be available on the manuscript.
Materials and Data Availability
Authors should make materials, data, and related procedures available. This will allow others to replicate and build on the work after publication. Upon submission, authors must disclose if any restriction was made on the accessibility of materials or information. With the unavailability of data and materials, there will be no proof to support claims in the study.
Conflict of interest
Conflict of interest is a situation in which financial or other personal interests are likely to make professional judgment and objectivity bias and untrustworthy.
Supplementary definitions include:
Conflicts of interest are "situations in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, an investigator's judgment in conducting or reporting research." AAMC, 1990
"A conflict of interest in research exists when the individual has interests in the outcome of the research that may lead to a personal advantage and that might therefore, in actuality or appearance compromise the integrity of the research." NAS, Integrity in Scientific Research.
All authors, representatives, reviewers, and editors must disclose any potential Conflict of Interest associated with the manuscript. Authors must also acknowledge all sources of funds that sustained the work.
In cases of Academic Conflict of Interest where an individual (reviewer, editor or editorial board member) has bias or personal interest that can obstruct the peer-review, the individual should declare their conflicts of interest and refuse participation in the review process.
On rare occasions, International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) may make corrections so as to maintain the standard of the articles in its academic archive. Minor or major corrections will require authorization of the editor of the journal.
Depending on the magnitude of the correction to be made, corrections may be made directly on the originally published article for cases of minor corrections. Major corrections will be made available through a new download link leaving the originally published article untouched. Reasons for the change will also be stated alongside.
In other cases where the content of an article is observed to be violating certain rights or offensive we may have to remove that article from our site. Article may also be retracted due to scientific errors, misconduct, or plagiarism.
International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) will retract articles according to COPE guidelines.
Authors and their representatives should avoid releasing details about their article to representatives of the media until that article has been published online. Authors may only present detailed information at professional conferences before publication, but authors should abstain from giving out significant material from their articles before online publication. Officers of the press, public affairs, and others can have free access to copies of articles after publication.
The Editorial Team of International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) comprises of the Editorial Committee, Committee on Ethics, Editors, Editorial Board and Editorial Office Team (editorial assistants). Editors and editorial board members are selected by the Editorial Committee based on:
Their qualifications and professional experiences,
The Journal’s need for international representation and
The need to maintain a high journal standard and editorial policies.
All manuscripts submitted to International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) go through a peer-review process that determines if a manuscript is fit or unfit for publication. International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) requires that individuals who are highly competent and recognized in the particular field of the submitted manuscript review each manuscript. Manuscripts undergo a double peer review process.
The Review Process
The Editorial Office will contact those reviewers that have been identified as qualified and the reviewers that may be recommended by the authors. Once potential reviewers agree to read a manuscript, they are given a period to complete the review. International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) ensures that at least two reviewers undertake the review.
Appeals or complaints
Authors can make an appeal after the rejection of their manuscript. Appeals that are perceived to request a skip in our editorial process will not be accepted. Appeals should rather have a scientific base about how the content of the manuscript might be adjusted to become suitable for publication. Appeal emails should be addressed to the Editor of the specific journal. The Editor will give the final decision on the appeal.
Equally, All complains by the Authors should first be addressed to the Editor of the journal who will try to resolve them following the Journal’s procedure. If the author believes that the complaint cannot be properly handled with the Editor, the authors should address the complaint to the Publisher.
International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) maintains its stand on the following ethical issues:
Data fabrication/falsification, plagiarism, authorship, duplicate submission, duplicate publication, unethical citations, copyright infringement and non-compliance with regulatory standards affecting research.
Our ethics committee will use the recommendations of COPE in dealing with the actual and suspected unethical cases. Read our Ethics Policy for more information.
International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) will consider as misconduct, any behavior or action that goes against its editorial and ethics policies. Other cases of miscounts includes failure to report identified misconduct, baseless false reports of misconduct, restriction of information pertinent to a claim or misconduct, vengeance against persons involved in the accusation or investigation, rendering insults when corresponding with our staff members and editors.
The Ethics Committee of International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) will follow COPE guidelines to handle cases of suspected misconducts. In some cases, it may be essential for Editors to contact institution(s) of the author(s).
International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) will treat every manuscript with confidentiality. No manuscript will give to anyone outside the editorial process, the editorial office and the editorial board members. Every reviewer is obliged to fill and accept a confidentiality agreement form/ document. This form constitutes an agreement by the reviewers to keep as confidential every manuscript sent to them for review. It also includes an agreement not to share or use for any other purpose any part of the content of the manuscripts being reviewed by them.
Proofs and Reprints
A proof copy is a final version of a manuscript that is sent to the corresponding author for final approval before publication. International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) has restrictions on author alterations in proof. Corrections are only permitted for realistic errors, copyediting errors, improvement in quality of figures. All necessary fees must be paid before a manuscript will be published.
Open Access Policy
Open Access is an unrestricted online model that allows the distribution of research papers through the internet to everyone in global community with no price restraint. Thus, all articles published under open access can be accessed by anyone with internet access. International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) employs the Open Access initiative. All abstracts and full texts (in PDF and other formats) of articles published by International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) are freely accessible online to the global community immediately after publication.
Creative Common Attribution License
All works published by International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) are covered by Creative Common Attribution License. This license allows anyone to copy, distribute, transmit and replicate the work provided the original work and source is properly cited.
Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published before and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) currently allows authors to retain copyright for any article published in a journal. The article may be reused according to the Creative Common Attribution License. The author is only required to grant International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) publication right.
Processing / Publication Fee
International Journal of Forest, Soil and Erosion (IJFSE) will require authors to pay a processing / publication fee. See fees and waiver for more information