Acta Silvae et Ligni ISSN = 2335 - 3112


INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

Acta Silvae et Ligni publishes contributions from all fields of forestry and forest sciences, forest ecology and forest space, wood technology, nature and environmental sciences. Papers reporting on original research, review papers, and professional papers, which notably contribute to focus areas, significantly contribute to Slovenian terminology and practices.

Page charges and fees
Authors are not paid for publishing in Acta Silvae Ligni and the journal has no page charges.

Ethics in publishing and copyright issues
Ethics in publishing in Acta Silvae et Ligni follows the general principles given in PERK (
http://www.elsevier.com/editors/perk). Authors agree to follow these principles by signing and to agree on all copyright issues between authors and by signing the Authorship Agreement. The document needs to be signed by all (co)authors - link to the "Permission for publishing".
In particular we suggest authors to resolve any potential conflict concerning authorship (please see the paper »How to handle authorship disputes: a guide for new researches« available here).

Detailed publication ethics is available here.

Submission declaration
Submission of an article implies that the contribution:
•    has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis);
•    is not under consideration for publication elsewhere;
•    is approved by all co-authors;
•    is approved by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and
•    if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form or in other language without the prior written consent by the copyright holder.

Conflict of interest
All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest, including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations. The potential conflicts of interest within the organisation of the journal (staff, authors, reviewers or Editorial board members) will be addressed within the (extended) Editorial board and appropriate measures will be taken to avoid the conflicts of interest on an individual conflict basis.

Revision process
All scientific and professional papers in Acta Silvae et Ligni rely on double blind peer review processes by at least three reviewers. In particular all institution and names are removed from the digital documents. Each manuscript received at the Editorial office is firstly distributed among the core Editorial board to check for general suitability and quality of the manuscript to be published in Acta Silvae et Ligni.

All manuscripts are checked for potential plagiarism using one of the available programmes. Results of the test are available for reviewers upon a request.

Manuscript is then forwarded to regional (topic-oriented) editor to select the reviewers. The revision process itself is described in details under the »Instruction for reviewers« link. Authors can appeal against Editorial decisions relating revision process directly to the Editor in chief, stating the number of the submitted manuscript and clear description of the complaint, submitted in written form to the address of the Editorial office

Open access policy
Acta Silvae et Ligni ensures immediate full text online accessibility of all published papers, to guarantee world-wide and researchers friendly access and exchange of knowledge.

Confidentiality of the submitted materials
All materials (e.g. manuscript, figures, tables, databases and any supplementary material) and individual information is treated as confidential while under the revision process.

Complaints
Any complaints against any stage in the publishing of the journal Acta Silvae et Ligni may be referred by any party involved in the process, namely authors, reviewers, readers or any members of the Editorial board. The complaint shall be addressed to the Editorial office and will be re-directed to the responsible person. The Editorial office will organise a temporal complaint board consisted of the editor in chief, the person responsible for the area / process against which the complaint is about and an additional member(s) of the editorial board. The temporal complaint board will prepare the written answer addressed to the complaining entity in no more than 2 months and execute the necessary corrective measures in reasonable time.

The Editorial board and the Temporal complaint board will take all reasonable effort to ensure proper investigation of the complaints. If complaints are not resolved satisfactorily in six months, the complaint shall be further passed to the responsible bodies of the publishers and will be treated in scope of their internal procedures.

In case the complaint fail to be resolved in the procedure above, the complaints including all the previous communication shall be forwarded to the COPE (Committee On Publication Ethics) following their procedures.

All final decisions at any stage of the complaint will be incorporated into the flowchart and corrective measures will be taken at the Acta Silvae et Ligni organisation and running tasks or the complaining entity will be fully informed about the end decisions.


MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION

Text formatting and language
Authors are suggested to prepare their manuscripts in Times New Roman (Normal style), size 12, single spacing, in black colour. Italics shall only be used for Latin names of taxa. Tables and graphics shall be placed directly in text, to the appropriate position. Submitted manuscripts have to be prepared according to the stated instructions. One manuscript should not exceed 30,000 characters (including spaces), unless a need for more text is adjusted in the cover letter.

Acta Silvae et Ligni publishes manuscripts in Slovenian, English or any other IUFRO official language. Authors are responsible for translation of Abstract and Summary except for invited papers. Journal will ensure the proofreading of texts in English or Slovenian. Authors are not charged for proofreading.

Title
Title shall be concise and informative, clear and needs to sum up the essence of the presented research. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

Author names and affiliations
Names and affiliations of all authors of the manuscript are stated, including full postal address of each affiliation, the country name, and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

Abstract
Each paper must be equipped with an abstract in English and in language of the manuscript (if not English). Abstract shall not exceed 150 words. Summary shall briefly explain aims, methodology used, key results and major outcomes of the research. Authors are encouraged to point out also the limitations and applicability of their findings.

Summary
Each paper must be equipped with a summary. For manuscripts in Slovenian, the summary shall be in English and shall not exceed 3,800 characters, while for manuscripts in English or other IUFRO language, an extended (up to 7,000 characters) summary in Slovenian language needs to be provided. In case of problems with ensuring translation to Slovenian, please contact the Editorial Office.

Keywords
Authors are encouraged to provide up to ten (10) keywords in Slovenian and English. Keywords are used for indexing purpose and shall support (and not duplicate) the title. Decimal classification of the manuscript is provided by the Editorial Office.

Organising of the manuscript
Please arrange the manuscript in IMRaD chapters. All chapters and subchapters shall have informative name, organised as shown below and translated into Slovenian and English (or the language of the manuscript).

3        MAIN CHAPTER
3.1        1st ORDER SUBCHAPTER
3.1.1        2nd Order subchapter

Tables and figures
Prepare tables and figures in high quality/resolution, formatted to the size and shape of the journal. You are kindly requested to number tables and figures consistently and to refer to all in text. Place tables and figures in the final position in text. Provide captions for all tables and figures, which shall be understandable as stand-alone text explaining the content.

Latin names of taxa
Write names of genera, species of phytocoenology associations throughout the text in Latin. For names of plants, animals and fungi, provide the authorities upon the first usage of the name.

References
All references need to be cited in text and listed in list of references. For accurate use of references, please follow the instructions available here. EndNote format is available here.

Manuscript submission
Manuscripts shall be submitted through the online submission tools available at
Acta Editorial system. For any problems related to the online submission, please contact the Editorial Office: zgl@gozdis.si


(Instructions for authors were last updated on March, 27th, 2014)