The scientific articles published in the Acta Scientiarum Polonorum - Silvarum Colendarum Ratio et Industria Lignaria journal cover all aspects of forestry and wood sciences. It is edited in half-year periods (June, December).
- Manuscripts for publishing must confirm to the manuscript proceedings. All submitted papers written in English must be prepared according to the following rules.
- Paper length – in general papers should not exceed 12 pages (A4-format) inclusive of tables and illustrations (standard margins 2.5 cm).
- Manuscripts’ style – the use of font type of Times New Roman and size of 12 pt 1.5-spaced is required. Font styles like bold and italic are accepted but without underlying of letters, words and sentences.
- Tables and illustrations should not exceed 12.5 cm × 19.5 cm. Tables and illustrations should be numbered consistently and given a suitable caption. Illustration best to be sent in authentic source files (e.g. if a drawing has been created in Corel Draw or Excel, you are kindly asked to attach it in the files of these programs).
- Tables descriptions, descriptions of illustrations and figures must be written in English. Tables’ and figures’ numbers in Arabic numerals.
- Units: the SI system should be used, e.g. g·dm-3 or g/dm3.
- Literature references in text – the author’s last names and year of publications should be given in brackets, e.g. (Kowalski and Lewandowski, 2000; Lewandowski, 2001; Zalewski et al., 2003) or “...according to Kowalski (2000)”. All literature data mentioned in the text must be given in the literature references. The publisher reserves the right to the abbreviations and changes.
- Literature references – must be listed alphabetically in the form as following: the author’s (authors’), last name(-s) with initials, year of publication (if more than one publication of the same authors, each should be marked by the letter a, b, c, etc. placed after year), article’s title (original Polish and translated into English), place, volume number, issue number, page numbering.
- Title (please use capital letters only when needed).
- Names of authors.
- Affiliations of all authors.
- Structured summary. The summary should be divided into small chapters: background, material and methods, results (principal), conclusion.
- Up to 6 key words.
- Main text should contains: Introduction, Material and methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, Reference s, tables, and figures. Figure captions (including full legend describing the figure and explaining all the symbols used) must be pasted below respective figures (do not repeat them).
- Last page: title, abstract, key words in Polish (Polish speaking authors only).
- Detailed mailing and e-mail address of the corresponding author.
- Each publication is evaluated by editor-in-chief and if the basic requirements are fulfilled the text is sent to review.
We have therefore decided that the criteria for acceptance must be rigorously enforced to ensure quality. Two key questions authors (and reviewers) must ask themselves are:
- Is the paper an addition to knowledge?
Is it of interest to an international audience?
If the answer to either of these questions is no, then the paper wall not be deemed suitable for publication. If, however, the answer to both these questions is yes then the paper will be subjected to rigorous scientific review.
- Each publication is evaluated by at least two independent Reviewers.
- If the text was written in a foreign language, at least one of the Reviewers is affiliated in a foreign institution, which is different than the Author’s nationality.
- The double-blind review process is applied, where neither the Authors nor the Reviewers know each other’s identities.
- The review is a written document, which ends with a definite conclusion whether the article should be published or rejected.
The following evaluation criteria and procedures are applied:
A – very good article – accept
The article is accepted for printing without sending back to the Author. The Author receives a message about the positive review.
B – good article – accept when the Reviewer’s comments have been fulfilled
The article is sent back to the author to make changes suggested by the Reviewer. Then the Author resends a corrected copy of the article with the opinion about the remarks in the review to the editors. The Editor-in-Chief makes a decision whether the article should be accepted for printing
C – acceptable after general reconstruction
The article is sent back to the Author to make general changes suggested by the Reviewer. Then the Author sends a corrected copy of the article with the opinion about the remarks in the review to the Editors. The Editors send the article for another review. The Author may be committed to pay extra costs of the review of the corrected article.
D – poor – the article should not be published in Acta Scientiarum Polonorum
The article is not accepted for publication and cannot be resent to the Editors.
- A – very good article – accept
- Every year a list of reviewers collaborating with the Editors is published in the last (fourth) issue of the quarterly and on the website, when all the four issues of the journal have been sent to printing.
An assessment of the reviewed paper is expected to consider both the scientific and formal aspects.
The primary objective of the reviewer's evaluation is to provide sufficient and unambiguous answers to the following questions and also recommendations for possible changes and improvements to the paper:
- does the title match the subject of the paper and does the subject of the paper correspond with the area of interest of the journal (according to " Aim and Scope "),
- is the Abstract correct, i.e. short but presenting the main results of the researches and conclusions based on these results,
- does the Introduction present the subject and the objective of the researches correctly,
- are the implemented methods used properly and is the research material sufficient,
- are the results described, analyzed, commented on and presented correctly, without repetitions of data in tables and diagrams,
- is the discussion presented correctly, based on actual knowledge and with the use of properly chosen scientific literature (as recent as possible),
- do the conclusions generalize the obtained results and provide recommendations, which are appropriately prepared on the basis of results and are not merely the repetition of those results,
- does the paper introduce new and interesting information and does it have sufficient impact and add to the knowledge base.
In regard to review papers, the most important information required is the judgment, whether the paper is based on corrected and recent scientific literature and discusses the area, which is essential to our Journal.
The formal evaluation of the paper should include answers to the following questions:
- whether the layout and contents of tables, graphs and diagrams is readable and convenient for recipients,
- is the information in tables not repeated in diagrams and vice versa,
- are there no reservations about the length of the paper, its linguistic correctness, the method of citation of the literature and usage of units, etc.?
When making a final recommendation, it should be clearly stated whether the paper is suitable for publication in Acta. In the case of a positive answer, please indicate whether:
- it might be accepted without changes,
- it might be accepted after minor changes, suggested by the reviewer in the manuscript or in his/her opinion,
- it might be accepted after major changes (please indicate them).