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Author Guidelines

The Journal appears twice a year and publishes a wide variety of articles relevant to forestry and environment in all its aspects (please refer to updated aims and scope of the journal for details). Although the journal has a specific geographical focus, it also welcomes high quality, original submissions of research and review manuscripts on issues of global importance.

All articles submit to the JTFE must be original. If any of the material has been published or submitted elsewhere, this must be made clear to the Chief Editor in written and should be resolved. All submissions should be made through the online submission system.

JTFE does not charge a publication fee from Authors. 

Article length: Full length research/review articles should not exceed 6000 words in length. Research notes providing a digest of research findings should not exceed 2500 words.

File types: Authors should be submitted in MS-word 2007 or 2010 format. No other word processing applications are accepted. If figures are used,

Language: Language of the articles should be only in English, we are not processing articles in any other languages

Format: All submissions should be typed on A4 size pages with 1 inch margins all sides. Articles should be typed in font Times New Roman, with double line spacing. Following guidelines should be adopted.

For title: 14 points and Bold 
Main headings: 12 points, Bold

Sub headings: 12 points, Bold, Italic
Content of article: 12 points

Do not capitalize titles.

Submission order: The following order should be strictly followed in preparation of manuscripts.

Front page: Title of article, authors' names, full information on authors' institutional affiliations including contact information (phone and email contacts mandatory)

Second page: An Abstract of about 200-250 words exactly conveying the content of the article. Abstract should specifically contain the background/importance of the study, objectives, methods used, key findings and major conclusions. The abstract should be self-contained and citation-free. Authors should include five keywords after the abstract.

 

From third page: Main content text with all tables and figures aligned in their location. The contents should follow the following format;

  1. Introduction: should cover the background of the study, rationale and objectives. It should be sufficient, well-argued and backed with current citations/references. To maintain high scholarly standards, JTFE requires all articles to contain a minimum of 15 current references related to the topic discussed.
  2. Methodology: should clearly describe research methods and statistical techniques used
  3. Results: should be described with appropriate statistical techniques, tables and figures if needed.
  4. Discussion
  5. Conclusions
  6. Acknowledgements (optional, should be very concise)
  7. References

 

References

Authors are required to pay special attention to the accuracy and correct presentation of references. All references must be arranged first alphabetically and then chronologically.

In-text references should be cited by giving the author's name and year of publication (McDonald, 1928). In case of two authors (McDonald and Smith, 2011), in case of more than two authors (McDonald et al., 2006). If the reference is provided from the same Author (s) in the same year it must be identified by the letter “a”, “b”, “c”, etc which is placed after the publication year (Smith, 2000a). Groups of references should be listed first alphabetically, then chronologically. Examples: "as demonstrated (Allan, 1996a, 1996b, 1999; Allan and Jones, 1995).

Journal article:
Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J.A.J., Lupton, R.A., 2000. The art of writing a scientific article. Journal of Science. 163, 51–59. 
Book: 
Strunk Jr., W., White, E.B., 1979. The Elements of Style, third ed. Macmillan, New York. 
Book chapter in an edited book:
Mettam, G.R., Adams, L.B., 1999. How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in: Jones, B.S., Smith, R.Z. (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age. E-Publishing Inc., New York, pp. 281–304.

Conference Proceedings:

Ganeshkumar.B,, 2010. Geospatial technology for disaster management, International Conference on Disaster Mitigation and Management, PSNA College of Engineering and Technology, Dindigul, pp 234-238.

Web pages: Sympson, J., 2009. How to draw in Computers. IOP Publishing Physics Web. http://company.org/articles/news/11/6/16/2. Accessed 26 June 2010.

Units of Measurement: Units of measurement should be presented simply and concisely using System International (SI) units.

Preparation of Figures

Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to provide the source files of the figures. Each figure should be supplied in a separate electronic file. All figures should be cited in the paper in a consecutive order. Figures should be supplied as Photoshop, TIFF, GIF or JPEG formats. Images should be of 300 dpi resolution at least unless the resolution is intentionally set to a lower level for scientific reasons. If an image has labels, the image and labels should be embedded in separate layers.

 

Preparation of Tables

Tables should be cited consecutively in the text. Every table must have a descriptive title and if numerical measurements are given (eg. Table 1: Table showing the number of villages covered under this study), the units should be included in the column heading. Vertical rules should not be used (please refer to an already published paper in JTFE).

Equations

All equations should be numbered in order from starting and the notations used in the various equations should be given after abstract. Authors are insisted to follow standard notations and SI units system even though it’s not mandatory. All equations should be prepared using Microsoft Equation Editor.

Author fees 

JTFE does not charge a submission or publication fee from Authors.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF
 

Copyright Notice

The publisher retain the copyrights of contents published, and all open access articles are distributed under the terms of the  Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License[U1], which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.

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Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment,

University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka