Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

"Mathematical and Computational Forestry & Natural-Resource Sciences" (MCFNS) is an international scientific journal dedicated to the promotion, publication, and public discussion, of high quality studies on the basic mathematical and computational research in forestry and natural resource sciences.  The title of the journal is intended to be descriptive of this journal's main focus and scope.  The journal is all-inclusive in the sense that it invites publications from a range of topics varying in scope from "Mathematical Forestry" to "Mathematical Natural-Resource Sciences," and from "Computational Forestry" to "Computational Natural-Resource Sciences." The notions of "Mathematical" and "Computational" sciences are intended to indicate a double focus on two opposite ends of the contemporary natural resource sciences spectrum.  One end is the traditional Rationalist, derivation-based foundation of theoretical thinking that was the origin of all the sciences, but in recent decades, with the growing availability of inexpensive computers, is losing ground to the overriding usage of data-analysis-based studies.  The other end of the spectrum is inevitably what many aspects of natural sciences must converge to in taking advantage of emerging and ever-growing and more readily available super-computing power.  Inasmuch as the increasing computing resources demote the basic analytical research, replacing it with expedient empirical solutions, they promote a different kind of analytical research by opening new ways of structuring scientific pursuits, asking formerly unanswerable questions, and solving formerly insolvable problems with the use of computer-based modeling and simulations.  Exploring the new research possibilities based on ever growing computing capabilities gives foundation to new computational sciences in Forestry and Natural Resources in the same manner in which the expanding computer capabilities helped to found such sciences as ``Computational Genetics'' and ``Computational Physics.'' The predominant 21st-century model of scientific pursuit in Forestry and Natural Resource Scientific publishing is right in between the two extremes covered by this journal.  The main modus of that model is to collect data and analyze them using statistical software.  This journal provides a publishing platform for the Forestry and Natural Resource Sciences outside this model by virtue of the journal's focus on theoretical derivations and simulations, discussions, reviews and implementations of new computer-based technologies.  Derivations are encouraged on all scientific bases, such as algebra, geometry, and plain logic.  Similarly, computer simulations are within the scope of this journal's interests whether they are based on theoretical pseudo-data or massive collections of empirical survey data.  In essence the "Mathematical and Computational" aspects of natural resource sciences are viewed by this journal as sharing the common platform of the Rationalist approach to research that is in contrast to the more mainstream Empiricist studies (statistical analysis of collected data) dominating the present natural resource sciences and predominantly covered by the other excellent forestry and natural resource sciences journals.  By no means is the use of data in describing studies a detriment to publishing manuscripts in this journal, nor is use of data considered inferior in any way to the more theoretical approaches invited by this journal.  Rather, the use of data alone is not a viable reason for publishing in this journal as it could be for publishing in the other forestry and natural resource science related journals.  Also, absence of data is not a ground for rejecting a manuscript from publication in this journal as it could be for the other journals.

 

Section Policies

REGULAR SECTIONS

Starting with Vol. 3, No. 2, the MCFNS journal publications will be organized in the subject sections described below.  The choice of the submission section is left to the authors; however, it will be at the discretion of the editors as to which of the sections the manuscript will eventually be assigned.

In principle, each section will be administrated by the designated Section Editor. However, depending on workloads and individual circumstances different editors may take a part or whole responsibility for various manuscripts.

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Editors
  • Section Editors
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Bayesian Methods

Manuscripts in all formats describing original research in application of Bayesian methods to problems in natural resource management. Especially welcome are applications of existing Bayesian models to new problems and development of novel Bayesian methods including application of Bayesian spatial models.

Editors
  • Edwin Green
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Biomass Supply and Sustainability Analysis

Manuscripts of all formats describing original research in biomass and carbon assessments and sustainability analysis under various theoretical assumptions and operational constraints.

Editors
  • Kevin Boston
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Mathematical Modeling

Manuscripts in all formats describing original research in mathematical derivations and modeling relating to various subjects ranging from single plant morphology through monospecific stand growth and yield to mixed forest population dynamics.

Editors
  • MCFNS Editor
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

GIS and Remote Sensing

Manuscripts in all formats describing original research related to all theoretical and applied GIS and Remote Sensing problems.  Spatial analysis that might involve Bayesian methods may be submitted either to this section or the Bayesian Methods section; however, it will be in the discretion of the editors to which of the section will the manuscript be eventually assigned to.

Editors
  • Pete Bettinger
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Growth & Yield and Quantitative Silviculture

Manuscripts of all formats describing original research in Growth and Yield modeling and assessment, and in quantification of natural resource responses to various treatments and management regimes.

Editors
  • Kevin Boston
  • MCFNS Editor
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Hydrology & Water Resources

Research topics relating to the properties of the earth's water and its movements within the land as well as any of its interactions with all other relevant factors.

Editors
  • Rhett Jackson
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Natural Resource Econometrics

Publications of all formats describing original research in natural resource economics, especially those with strong quantitative content.

Editors
  • MCFNS Editor
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Operations Research and Decision Support Systems

Manuscripts in all formats describing original research in development, applicators, and analysis involving Operations Research methods or Decision Support Systems.

Editors
  • Pete Bettinger
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Programming and Software Development

Manuscripts in all formats describing original research in computer sofware development, application of computational algorithms, optimization, and numerical solutions to challenging computational problems.

Editors
  • Kevin Boston
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Sampling and Natural Resource Inventories

Manuscripts of all formats describing original research in sampling methods and inventory systems.

Editors
  • John Kershaw
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Scientific Computing

Manuscripts in all formats describing original theoretical or applied research in computer modeling and computer simulations in Forestry and Natural-Resource Sciences.

Editors
  • Shangbin Liu
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Editorials

Articles, Notes, or Comments expressing the opinions of MCFNS editors on any given subject matter or event relating to MCFNS function, policy or production, and their accounts of thereof.

Editors
  • MCFNS Editor
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Selected Reviews

Referees' manuscript reviews that are considered by the editors to be either exemplary or otherwise complementary to the published manuscripts will be published as Reviews named or anonymous depending on the consent of their authors. Only editors can submit Reviews for consideration of publication in the MCFNS journal.

Editors
  • Section Editors
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Letters to MCFNS

These are essentially Letters to Editor, which are considered Non-refereed and are published subject to minimum editorial and peer-review scrutiny regarding their relevance to the professional content of this journal and its mission and contents.

Editors
  • MCFNS Editor
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SPECIAL SECTIONS

The Special Section contain publications originated from an identifiable event, such as a Conference, Workshop, or a solicitation of submissions on a selected common theme.  Some publications that may have originated outside of this common event may also be included in this section if they match the same theme.  The publications in this section may be in any or all of the types published by this journal (Articles, Comments, Editorials, etc.) as well as any other forms defined by the Section Editor. The event originating the Special Section content will be identified by an introductory editorial within this section.

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Just Data

Do you have some interesting data hidden on some drive or disk that never got analyzed? Or perhaps an experiment that failed or got damaged part way through? Or a small experiment with interesting results, but not sufficient for a publication? MCFNS has a new outlet for such data sets. Our new Just Data section is looking for data sets that we can archive on the journal site and make available to biometricians looking for interesting data for classroom or proof of concept exercises.
To submit a dataset to our Just Data section we ask for a brief write up describing the rationale for the data, what variables were collected, the basic experimental design, how treatments were applied, and, if applicable, what went wrong. Maps showing treatment layouts or plot designs are encouraged. Variable descriptions should include how the measurements were made or calculated, what units were used, and their precision. Data should be submitted in a csv file format with a header line identifying the variables. All submissions will be peer reviewed to determine usefulness of the data, and subsequent comments accepted showing novel analyses of the submitted data.

Editors
  • John Kershaw
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Special Section on Forest Micro-Detail Detections and Their Seemingly Unrelated Scientific Inquiries

All manuscripts in any branch of sciences describing high quality research related to, or linkable to, any forest related micro-detail detection or tracking problems. These include studies in even the most diverse disciplines that can be deemed to be synergistic and relevant to micro-detail detections within forest monitoring areas. The initial selection of publications in this section has been invited from the Smolensk Conference.

Editors
  • Edwin Green
  • Bob Megraw
  • Jacek Siry
  • Piotr Witakowski
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Special Section on Systems Analysis in Forest Resources

This Special Section is dedicated to publications originated from the Symposium on Systems Analysis in Forest Resources.  Some publications that may have originated outside of this Symposium may also be included in this section if they match the same theme and were processed and accepted for publication at the time of compiling this Special Section.  The publications in this section comply with the general rules defined in the Special Sections definition.

Editors
  • Marc McDill
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Special Section on Decision Support Tools for Sustainable Forest Management

This Special Section is dedicated to publications originated from the Workshop on Decision Support Tools for Sustainable Forest Management.  Some publications that may have originated outside of this Symposium may also be included in this section if they match the same theme and were processed and accepted for publication at the time of compiling this Special Section.  The publications in this section comply with the general rules defined in the Special Sections definition.

Editors
  • André Falcão
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Special Section on the Southern Forestry GIS Conference

This Special Section is dedicated to publications originated from the Southern Forestry GIS Conference.  Some publications that may have originated outside of this Symposium may also be included in this section if they match the same theme and were processed and accepted for publication at the time of compiling this Special Section.  The publications in this section comply with the general rules defined in the Special Sections definition.

Editors
  • Pete Bettinger
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Special Section on Forest Measurements and Quantitative Methods & Management

This Special Section is dedicated to publications originated from the Southern Mensurationists' Conferences and the International Conferences on Forest Measurements and Quantitative Methods and Management. Some publications that may have originated outside of these Conferences may also be included in this section if they match the same theme and were processed and accepted for publication through a peer-review process at the time of preparing this Special Section. The publications in this section comply with the general rules defined in the Special Sections definition of the MCFNS journal.

Editors
  • Section Editors
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Special Section on Advanced FIA Data Analysis

All works representing original high quality research related to the FIA data analysis, design, and practices.

Editors
  • Charles Canham
  • Greg Liknes
  • Randall Morin
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Obituaries

Obituaries of individuals in the field of the journal or involved with the journal logistics.

Editors
  • MCFNS Editor
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

The Section Policies lists the journal sections in the order of the MCFNS peer review intensity.  In general, the MonographsArticlesReviews, and Technical Notes, require the highest level of review intensity and the highest number of Referees.  The CommentsEditorials and Errata, require lesser review with fewer referees and higher latitude with regard to review confidentiality, manuscript contents and manner of expression.  The Covers and Letters to Editors require only consideration by selected Editorial Board members and are not considered Peer-reviewed publications.  A consideration by multiple Editorial Board members is the minimum MCFNS requirement for publishing any contents on the journal website; nothing can be published on the  MCFNS website without consent from at least two Editorial Board members.

The MCFNS peer-review process consists of up to three stages with varying intensity of reviews between the different sections of the journal.

The first stage of the MCFNS peer-review process is an initial consideration by at least two Editorial Board members.  All publications of MCFNS are subject to this stage.  At this stage the editors decide if the topic of a candidate manuscript matches the Focus and Scope of the MCFNS journal and what, if any, changes need to be done to the content of the manuscript to fit the journal domain.  Three potential outcomes of this stage are: forwarding of the manuscript to the second stage of the MCFNS review process; redirecting the manuscript to another journal; or recommending changes in the manuscript content to make it compatible with the MCFNS Focus and Scope.  This first review stage usually takes a few days.  The names of the selected Editorial Board members deciding on topic suitability are confidential, but the reasoning behind the decision is disclosed, and the authors are welcome to provide their rationale for any disagreements with the assessment.

The second stage of the MCFNS peer-review process is a double-blind peer review by at least two to four referees of whom at least one referee must be an expert in the manuscript's topic and at least one referee must be markedly fluent in English language style and grammar and be able to understand and follow the manuscript's topic.  The double-blind aspect of the review may be waived by the editors for CommentsEditorials and Errata, while individual referees can choose to be identified by names in their reviews of any sections.  The authors are encouraged to submit in their submission letter a list of qualified potential reviewers.  The reviews by Referees take usually several weeks, but the journal has also in place an accelerated review process if needed.  The main focus of the second stage of peer-review is scrutiny of technical content of the manuscript and making sure that the manuscript is clear in its communication, as well as identifying any other opportunities for improving the manuscript.  The journal policy is to give maximum latitude to the authors' individual styles, but at the same time, the journal has a zero-tolerance policy for any refutable algebraic or otherwise factual errors.  The reviewers at this stage are not asked to judge the manuscript topic suitability for the journal publication, but rather for identifying any factual errors that must be corrected before the manuscript can be published.  If authors do not agree with any deficiencies that might be claimed by reviewers, the reviewers will be encouraged to publish their critiques of the reviewed manuscript along with the manuscript itself.  Occasionally, outstanding reviews that the editors deem complementary to the manuscript's content may be published, subject to the reviewer's consent, along with the manuscript, or in the absence of such consent they may be anonymously quoted by the editors in the journal editorial.

The third, additional stage of the MCFNS peer-review process, is an Open Public Peer-Review of the journal PREPRINTS.  This stage is intended for an Open-Access worldwide PREPRINT scrutiny enabling all potential readers to assume the reviewer role for any MCFNS manuscript prior to its final publication on the official MCFNS journal website.  The Open Public Peer-Review System is one of the distinguishing marks that sets the MCFNS journal apart from the conventional hard copy based journals, and puts it into the class of the most progressive contemporary journals, such as those of the Copernicus Publications, which originated the Public Peer-Review idea.  The MCFNS journal treats the Public Peer-Review option as a complement to the traditional peer review described above, rather than as a replacement for it, so that the MCFNS publications can benefit from the combined strengths of both of these systems.  The Open Public Peer-Review is available on the OPR website until the manuscript is published in its designated issue.  The publication issue may be subject to balancing of the manuscript backlog versus consistency of the journal production.

 

Publication Frequency

Journal items will be published collectively, as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents on March 30 and September 30 of each year (note that until issue 4(1) the schedule was February 28 and August 28 of each year).

 

Author Self-Archiving

This journal permits anyone and encourages authors to post items submitted to the journal, which have passed the MCFNS Double-Blind Refereeing stage, on personal websites or institutional repositories both prior to and after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit, if applicable, its publication in this journal and while providing the journal URL address. Anyone can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, and/or link to the full texts of any articles published on the MCFNS.COM website.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Contemporary Journal Concept

The MCFNS concept of contemporary refereed journal is based on principles of combining strengths of modern technologies, such as computerized networks, with values of traditionally proven practices, such as double-blind reviews by appointed referees.  In this respect three major pillars of quality journal production are: Peer Review; Professional Publishing, such as publication typesetting and manuscript production; and publication-related public Peer Exchange or interaction.

The MCFNS Peer Review system combines strengths of expedient editorial decisiveness and traditional Double-Blind and Single-Blind refereeing systems, which are conducted by Manuscript Editors, Appointed referees, and Internet and Networking based open public refereeing (OPR) by members of the public at large.  For the best online journal functionality the MCFNS uses the Open Journal System (OJS), MySQL Database, and commercial Linux server.

The journal uses a state of the art Professional Publishing system based on LaTeX 2e, AMSTeX and TeX.  To minimize the possibility of errors in typesetting of equations they are compiled from the original computer code provided by the authors rather than typed manually.  In addition, the online journal software is set up to allow for comments and public discussion of the articles and the journal are provisioned with an e-errata system that allows to correct the manuscript errors even after its publication.

Finally, following the excellent example of the Nature journal MCFNS holds an associate Peer Exchange blog (Peer-To-Peer) designated for public discussions of related topics and as a repository of non-refereed materials that might be related to the MCFNS journal publications, but suitable for publication in the journal.

 

Mission and Accuracy

The mission of MCFNS is to publish peer-reviewed basic and applied research in Mathematical and Computational Forestry and Natural Resource sciences.  This research can include theoretical solutions, proofs, derivations, software developments, and simulations, in forest management, growth and yield modeling, and other natural resource related studies.  Journal items will be published collectively as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents biannually in March and September of each year (note that until the issue 4(1) the times were February and August of each year respectively).  However, the journal preprints under Open Public Peer-Review will be posted on the journal preprint website as soon as they satisfy the first two stages of the journal peer review process.

The idea of the described below Open Public Peer-review would be impractical for paper-based journals and inconceivable without the Internet.  The realization of this idea is possible because the journal is in electronic format and is Internet-based.  We believe that this kind of review is a great idea and we take this concept even further.  Unlike the paper-based publishing, the correction of errors in publications can be handled more effectively in electronic journals than it has been in paper-based journals.  In addition to the traditional publication of Errata, which alert the readers about any newly discovered errors, the MCFNS implements the ``Last Correction'' date record in the header of the published manuscripts.  Any typos, minor errors in type setting, or mere spelling mistakes discovered in the future by the authors or the readers will be corrected on the journal website copies of the publications with the recorded date of the ``Last Correction''.  This way instead of circulating various copies of the same paper with different handmade corrections, the authors will be able to send the reader to the journal website with confidence that it will always contain the most up to date and correct copies of the publications.

In addition to the above, the editors of the MCFNS journal make a pledge to uphold the utmost accuracy of presented technical material in the journal publications regardless of the date or review or publication phase.  Obviously it is impossible to never make an error; however, if any errors or misrepresentations of technical material are reported to, and substantiated by the MCFNS editors, they will make sure that the necessary corrections are made in an expedient and streamlined manner to revise or amend the erroneous content.  In that sense, even though the MCFNS manuscripts are processed swiftly and made available to the public with no usual production delays, they can be considered to be permanently under the Open Public Peer-review process even after their publication.

The MCFNS has the ambition to be the preeminently authoritative journal of mathematical forestry worldwide, and it will not only unconditionally correct its own errors, but it will also publish corrections of any mathematical errors or inaccuracies in other forestry or natural resource journals that do not uphold the same policy or make the implementation of their policy in that regard in any way inconvenient, awkward, or inexpedient.  The forestry and natural resource sciences deserve a place with refutability and corrections of errors readily available for anyone to access, and the MCFNS journal will be such a place.

The MCFNS policy on correction of inaccurate mathematical content is simple:

1.      a reader reports an error to the editors and provides them with supporting evidence;

2.      the editors acknowledge and express gratitude for it, and communicate the report to the authors of the publication containing the error; and

3.      the authors (preferably) and/or the editors follow up with a verification and correction of the error in the form of Errata, Comment, or Discussion Article, and in the case of MCFNS publications given consent from the authors, with the correction of the actual article content updated at a new ``Last Correction'' date reported in the article's header.

Anything short of the above 1-2-3 process would, in the opinion of these editors, undermine the journal's accountability, to which this journal is unequivocally committed.  Keeping this in mind, the readers may rest assured that any equation found in MCFNS may be safely cited, copied, used and quoted with regards to its origin with the utmost degree of accuracy and reliability.  Correction of errors in other journals can be done simply by submitting a manuscript to the journal in a format of Errata (by the original author), Comment, or Discussion Article, which are all encouraged by this journal.

While the insistence on technical accuracy and refutability of this journal contents is non-negotiable, the journal editors will be extremely flexible with regard to various authors' styles and manners of expression.  The editors will exercise maximum tolerance with respect to individual author preferences regarding manuscript and citation styles.  The authors may choose between name-based and number-based citations depending on their preferences and the manuscript type (e.g., Research Article versus Review Article), and in addition they may use footnote-number-based citations with these styles to achieve an inconspicuous citation effect, similar to the ``Nature'' journal.  Overall, the editors will only insist vigorously on grammatical correctness and compliance with rules dictated by external criteria of important journal rankings, such as the ISI indexing.  However, if there is a conflict between the required rules and a style preferred by an author, and the author requests so, the editors will gladly publish the original unedited version of the manuscript along with the official compliant version of the edited manuscript as an appendix, or cited within the manuscript non-refereed report published at the non-refereed section of the journal.

 

Typesetting and Publishing

The MCFNS journal strives for the highest possible publishing standards. This journal applies the highest standards of publishing and professionalism and uses professional publishing systems with rule-based computer typesetting, such as TeX and LaTeX and the professional online journal administration and public delivery system based on the open source Open Journal System (OJS). The use of TeX and LaTeX produces typesetting of outstanding quality and consistency and is applied by all of the highest quality modern publishers, especially for works containing mathematical formulas. However, since many scientists still use word processors in their daily routine work the journal will be accepting camera-ready submissions in MS Word, RTF, PDF, and Open Office formats. Note that in order to publish these manuscripts a substantial amount of work will need to be done to convert them from their original formats to LaTeX. For this reason and for the reasons of accuracy of conversion and typesetting the authors must submit a working programming code for all equations in the manuscript in one of the common computer languages, such as C, FORTRAN, SAS, SPSS, S+, Maple, TeX, LaTeX, or even just Excel code with clearly defined names of all relevant cells. Providing the working code (as opposed to an equation image) may not be necessary for simple equations typeset using Mathtype in MS Word, since those may be translated with available conversion programs. Manuscript objects, such as tables, will need to be produced in MS Word using its Table Object tool, rather than using tabs and spaces, and objects such as figures will need to be submitted separately in EPS postscript format in addition to being embedded within the manuscript for review. In general the manuscripts are peer-reviewed in camera ready format with single spacing and tables and figures embedded in their final intended locations. The journal editors will be grateful to those who submit their manuscripts in LaTeX format.

 

Peer Exchange

The MCFNS Blog & PEER-TO-PEER Communications website provides a space and forum for any items relating to public discussions and documentations pertaining to the MCFNS journal functions and discussions thereof.  The MCFNS Peer-to-Peer website is a moderated document repository and Blog with discussions between the MCFNS Peers. This site may contain any opinions and supporting materials that contribute to understanding of MCFNS publications, journal functions, policies, mission, and other issues.

 

Free Registration & Logging

The MCFNS journal provides Open Access to all of its published contents, preprints, and its double-blind peer reviewed manuscripts with Free Registration and Logging.  In addition, some of the published contents are made available without the registration and logging.

 

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice

The MCFNS journal is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and takes all possible measures against any publication malpractices. All authors submitting their works to the MCFNS journal for publication as original articles attest that the submitted works represent their authors’ contributions and have not been copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other works. The authors acknowledge that they have disclosed all and any actual or potential conflicts of interest with their work or partial benefits associated with it. In the same manner the MCFNS journal is committed to objective and fair double-blind peer-review of the submitted for publication works and to preventing any actual or potential conflict of interests between the editorial and review personnel and the reviewed material. Any departures from the above-defined rules should be reported directly to the Editors-in-Chief who are unequivocally committed to providing swift resolutions to any of such type of problems.

Further to the above, the MCFNS journal provides a platform for the open public discussion of the journal contents.  To secure accountability and to encourage sincere professional inputs without incivilities the system is set up to require registration and logging for recording of inputs.  Some of the website contents will be available without logging but no peer review comments can be posted on the website without the disclosure of the reviewer identity to the journal editors.

 

Manuscript Formats

Monographs

Seminal works and extensive in-depth treatments of broad topics with exhaustive elaboration on the subject matter and its nuances

Articles

Full-length articles with substantial technical content that can be Research Articles, Review Articles, and Discussion Articles. |

Research Notes

Technical Notes are essentially short articles (one to two pages) with substantial technical content.

Comments

Comments contain such short communications as: Discussions of other articles, Error Reports on any publications in any outlets, Refutations, Technical Disputes, Commentaries, Rejoinders and outstanding Reviews of articles considered for publication in MCF.

Errata

Brief corrections of factual errors, typos, or print errors, in existing articles by the editors or the article authors.

 

Forestry and Reasoning

By Boris Zeide

Although forestry is commonly viewed as purely an empirical discipline, it actually employs a great deal of reasoning. For starters, simple arithmetic and geometry help a lot. Instead of measuring each tree on a 100 hectare tract, we sample a fraction of the land and multiply the results by the reciprocal of the fraction. Also, we don't climb to the top of a tree to obtain its height. Trig does the trick. But reasoning also includes much more than arithmetic and geometry. For centuries, foresters have tried to determine experimentally whether normal density (density at which growth equals mortality) is optimal--that is, whether it maximizes current stand volume increment. This problem can only be solved analytically because optimal density turns out to be greater than normal density and, therefore, cannot be observed in principle. Mathematical models and the virtual forests they create are not esoteric frills decorating the "real" disciplines of ecology, silviculture, or forest management. Rather, the virtual forest is ecology, physiology, silviculture, mensuration, and everything else that constitutes forestry knowledge. Our methods of obtaining this knowledge are first based on trial-and-error, but later evolve to more efficient ways of reasoning based on logic, mathematics, and computer algorithms. Whether intentionally or not, all scientific publications contribute to this evolution. The International Journal of Mathematical and Computational Forestry intends to make this contribution deliberately, with open eyes.

 

Fast-Track Review Option

MCFNS Fast-Track Review fee pays for symbolic Referee intensives to provide fast and comprehensive reviews, and for speedy processing of the manuscript, LaTeX programming, typesetting and Proofreading. 50% discount for former reviewers with a good review dependability record (fast and comprehensive reviews with 5 point rating) and for the journal Section Editors is taken out of the typesetting cost portion, which is about half of the fee. The Fast-Track fees guarantee a 4-week turnaround time. Without these fees the Referees are assigned by the editors with a request of returning the reviews within 3 weeks, which in theory would return similar overall 4-week turnaround time. Henceforth, on the surface, the Fast-Track Fees do not offer any extra expediency. However, the fact is that requests for free reviews usually get responded to less frequently with less thorough reviews, which may call for additional reviews, and are returned later than the paid requests. This is why Fast-Track fees can play an important role in expediting the manuscript review.

If the timeliness of the publication is an issue for the authors, they should choose the option of Fast-Truck processing even if they don’t have explicit funding for it: Since the MCFNS journal will waive the publication fees for those who cannot afford them, the authors that are in a hurry to publish, and who have only enough funding for the publication fees, can apply the funding to the Fast-Truck fees and concurrently apply for the publication-fee waiver based on the urgency of publication and the stated limitation of funds.

At the time of writing this note nobody has ever used the Fast-Track processing option, but when they do one day, they will not only expedite the processing of their manuscripts but will also likely boost the morale of the reviewers, making them feel more appreciated. Peer-reviewers are great contributors and a valuable resource in scientific publication. However, few bystanders realize and fully appreciate the fact that the Referees work most of the time for free and are not only entitled to gratitude but also to flexibility in fitting the free work into their busy schedules. MCFNS Fast-Tracking fees are merely a polite way of saying that the expediency of this review is extremely important for the authors who are willing to compensate the reviewers for the inconvenience of doing it right a way as opposed to when it would be the most convenient.

 

Indexing/Abstracting

The MCFNS journal indexing/abstracting by:

Scopus
EBSCO;
- Compendex;
- Paperchem;
- SciVerse;
- DOAJ;
- CABI;
Index Copernicus
Open J-Gate;
- MediaFinder®;
- e-journals.org;
- Universität Trier;
- WorldCat
Urlich
ProQuest
NewJour
OAJSE
CiteFactor
ImpactFactor
Infobaseindex
B.O.U.
Prescopus
- ULR Electronic Journals Library;
- Genamics JournalSeek;
- ABC Chemistry (also 1, 2, 3, 4);
- Google; and
- Google Scholar.

Provisions have been made for future application for ISI indexing. However, the ISI rules require about a two-year waiting period before the actual application can be made.