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Four Decades of Forest Science

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Forest Science was launched in 1955. Publication patterns reveal that most authors have been affiliated with US universities and most papers have been in the area of forest ecology, mensuration, and forest biology. During the 1970s and 1980s there was a trend toward longer papers and more authors per paper; in 1994 the first trend reversed but not the second. Forest Science is well respected as one of, if not the leading scientific outlet for forestry publications. But the advent of related journals and increasing specialization of fields could change its publication patterns.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Superintendent and Assistant Scientist, Kemp Natural Resources Station, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Woodruff, Wisconsin

Publication date: 1999-11-01

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    The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2016 Impact Factor: 1.675 (Rank 20/64 in forestry)

    Average time from submission to first decision: 39.6 days*
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