Peer Review Process

Forest Systems is a peer review journal. Authors are invited to nominate a list of four potential expert reviewers in their accompanying letter. These reviewers must not have a conflict of interest with the authors or the paper content, and the Editorial Board may decline to contact any of the reviewers suggested by the authors.

Forest Systems will confirm receipt of all original manuscripts received.

Upon submission, the manuscript will be inspected by the editor-in-chief for compliance with the author instructions. Manuscripts that do not achieve the prerequisites for publication (please refer to these guidelines) will be immediately rejected.

Remaining manuscripts will be assigned to the corresponding Associate Editor, depending on the topic, who is responsible for identifying relevant referees for single-blind peer review (the referees know the identity of the authors, but the authors do not know the identity of the referees). The anonymity of reviewers will be maintained; however, the lists of external reviewers who have collaborated with the journal in previous years will be published periodically, with prior authorization.

At least two referees are invited to comment on each submission. When the opinions of the referees differ significantly, the manuscript is usually sent to a third referee. When a decision has been reached, the decision is communicated to the author.

The editors' decision is final unless there is a proven error in the process of manuscript evaluation or peer review. If you believe that there has been a process error in the handling of your manuscript, please address your concerns to the Editor-in-Chief indicating the manuscript submission number.

We usually undergo a maximum of two rounds of evaluation. After the second round the paper will be either accepted or declined. In the last case, a new submission could be suggested.

After the author has submitted the final version and this has been accepted for publication, the manuscript undergoes a copyediting process. The copyeditor performs the clean-up edit. This edit occasionally generates new queries, which are sent to the author. Forest Systems reserves the right to correct grammar, improve clarity, and impose the journal style. Authors are responsible for content, including the spelling of personal and place names. Forest Systems reserves the right to refuse publication of articles that, upon repeated resubmission, do not meet stylistic standards. After copyediting is complete, the issue is produced.

Criteria used in evaluating the papers are the novelty and interest for a broad audience, the quality of the paper, and the adequate methodology, statistical analyses and interpretation of the results provided by the authors. Authors must provide a complete answer to all the questions raised by the reviewers when uploading an improved version of the paper.