Author Guidelines

The themes of the submitted article should be on social aspects of forest management, community-based management of forest-related resources, and forest governance and policy. Other related themes will be considered on a case by case basis.

The language of the article should be written in English.

Files and Length
The authors should submit the manuscript in two formats: a) A4 default page with double-spaced typescript, not exceeding 10,000 words (including notes and references), and b) IJSF default page (download it at with single-spaced typescript, not exceeding 10,000 words (including notes and references), where both files are written in (Word) .doc or (preferred) .rtf files. If the total pages exceed this maximum preferred length, the author should first write to the Editors with reasons for needing to exceed the maximum length .

Abstract and Keywords
Total words of abstract are 100-250 words while that of keywords are 3-10 words (Italic, Book Antigua, 11 point)

Contents Order
Use the contents’ order of the manuscript, as follows: title; author(s); affiliations and email address (in a footnote); abstract; keywords; introduction; theoretical framework or literature review (if any), methodology (if any), main text/discussion; conclusion; notes/ endnotes; references. If there be an acknowledgment, it should be placed after the conclusion. Tables, Figure Captions, Figures, etc should be embedded in the manuscript (in one file), but they could be placed in the main text or as appendices. For the latter, use a reference style in the main text as follows: (see Appendix 1), (see Table 1 in Appendices), etc.

Fonts and Headings
Use font style “Book Antigua” for all text, where the font size of the main text and references is 11 point, and that of footnotes and endnotes is 9 point. Use indention style for paragraphs and hanging style for references. The hierarchy of headings as well as their font size are as follows:
- Title: Bold Capitals, 14 point
- Authors' names: Bold Title Case, 12 point
- Affiliations and email address: Title Case, 9 point, in a footnote.
- Abstract: Bold Title Case, 11 point
- Main Heading: Bold Title Case, 11 point
- Sub-Headings: Italic, Bold Title Case, 11 point (use numerical sequence if necessary)
- Table, Figure: Title Case, 11 point (should be placed above the Table/Figure with numerical sequence).

References should be mentioned directly in the text using “(Last-name Year)” format; for example (Dougal 2007), (Black & Vaughan 2006), (Henry, Rodds & Kelly 2004). If the authors are more than three, use “et al.”; for instance: (Blackburn et al. 2007). Add page number for references of the citation; for example: (Dougal 2007:114).

Only cited publications in the main text could be placed in the References, with the following styles:

Peluso, Nancy Lee. 1992. Rich Forests, Poor People: Resource Control and Resistance in Java. Berkeley, Los Angeles, Oxford: University California Press.

Book Chapters
Lindayati, Rita. 2002. “Ideas and Institutions in Social Forestry Policy.” In Colfer, Carol J., and Resosudarmo, Ida Aju Pradnja. Which Way Forward? People, Forests, and Policymaking in Indonesia. Washington: Resources for the Future

Journal papers:
Homer-Dixon, Thomas. 1994. "Environmental Scarcities and Violent Conflict: Evidence from Cases." International Security 2(2):5-40

John, B. 2007. “The Management of Forest Resources.” Paper presented at the Intternational Conference on Natural Resource Management. Bangkok, University of Chulalongkorn, December 12.

Internet Resources:
Vallejo, Nancy, and Hauselmann, Pierre. 2004. Governance and Multi-stakeholder Processes. Winnipeg, Canada: International Institute for Sustainable Development. (Accessed on June 18, 2006)
Levy, Marc. n.d. Environmental Scarcity and Violent Conflict: A Debate. organiza/affil/WWICS/PROGRAMS/DIS/ECS/report2/debate.htm (Accessed on May 6, 2001).

Submission and Statement
Send the manuscript files as mentioned above via email to with carbon copies (CCs) to other email addresses mentioned in the IJSF website (

Along with the manuscript, the author should fill and send a statement form mentioning the submitted article is an original work of the author(s), has never published nor is it in the process of publication elsewhere. As well, the author(s) should state that he/she/they agree(s) to transfer the copyright to the publisher. The filled form could be scanned and send its file to the Editors in .jpg or .PDF format.

Procedures, Peer Reviewers, and Letter of Acceptance
The Editors will first check the submitted article whether it fits with the scope of the journal and the theme of the upcoming edition, or whether it is well written. The results could be a rejection of the article at this stage. However, the author could appeal the editors’ decision; and the complaint will be brought to the Board of Editors. The decision of the Board of Editor is final.

The article will be normally reviewed by two peer reviewers. In certain cases, the member of Board of Editors could become a reviewer.

The result of the reviewed article could be: a) an acceptance without revision, b) an acceptance with minor revisions, c) an acceptance with major revisions, or d) a rejection of the article. For cases b) and c), a deadline will be given for revisions. For an accepted article (without revisions) and the re-submission of the revised article, a Letter of Acceptance will be normally sent to the author.

Prior to publishing articles, page proofs will usually be sent to the author(s) for correction, and a deadline will be given in returning such proofs. If the author fails to meet the deadline, the editor has the rights to publish articles without author’s correction.

The authors are responsible in obtaining permission to publish copyrighted materials. The copyright of the published articles in IJSF is in the hand of the publisher.

Offprint, Published Journal
Offprint or published journal will be sent to or could be accessed by the author(s) for free, either in the form of electronic file or hardcopy. In case of hardcopy, additional copies could be ordered with certain charges.

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