About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment (JTFE) is a semiannual international refereed journal that publishes high quality research and review articles to inform and stimulate discussions relevant to tropical forestry and environmental management. It appeals to a wider audience including academics, practitioners, industrial professionals, and students who are interest in the above fields. The journal is published in both online and print formats. The main objectives of the Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment are to;

  • Provide a high quality platform for communication and publishing of original research works in forestry and environmental sciences
  • Contribute to the advancement of forestry and environmental sciences disciplines in the tropics

JTFE covers all aspects of tropical forestry and environmental sciences which includes, but not limited to, the following;

  • Forest and Natural Resource Management
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management
  • Wood science and timber technology
  • Agroforestry and Social forestry
  • Forest products and services
  • Socio-Economics of Natural Resources
  • Waste Management and Pollution Control
  • Environmental chemistry and biogeochemistry
  • Environmental management, engineering and technologies
  • Other environment related research

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.

Peer Review Process

Peer Review Statement

Articles submitted to the Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment (JTFE) will be subjected to double blind peer review process. If their decision varies the article will be sent to a third reviewer and the editorial board’s decision is final. To expedite the review process, authors are welcome to nominate two well-qualified reviewers outside the author’s affiliated institution who can review the manuscript. All book review papers will undergo editorial screening by a designated book reviews editor.


Paper Acceptance

JTFE accepts original full length research papers, theory-based empirical papers, review articles, case studies, feature articles, research notes, and book reviews. In submitting an article to JTFE, the author guarantees that the same manuscript has not been previously published in another journal, proceedings or any other form (except thesis or dissertation), nor it’s being under consideration for publication in another journal.

Final decision on acceptance of a paper is with the editorial board. Promotion in any form will lead to rejection of the manuscript. Selected papers will be put in queue for publication. Once the article is published author will get a confirmation mail from the chief editor. In no case articles having more than 5 authors will be considered unless justification is provided for the work done by co-authors.

Publication Frequency

JTFE is published twice-yearly (March-April and September-October). The journal follows “Online First” publishing method where articles accepted for publication will appear online initially. The printed edition will follow. Authors are free to download their papers at any time; no complimentary reprints or hardcopies of accepted articles will be provided.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Creative Commons License
Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment by University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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


While the advice and information in this journal are believed to be true and accurate on the date of its going to press, neither the editors nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein. The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, and so forth in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations.

Abstracting and indexing

JTFE is listed in major databases including Directory of Open Access Journals (DOJA) and Google Scholar. Publishers are currently working on strategic content sharing partnerships with many leading databases so that articles published through JTFE are available to the international research fraternity.

Editorial Adivisory Board

Prof. Richard P. Vlosky, Louisiana State University, USA
Prof. Carla Bossard, St. Mary's College of California, USA
Prof. Mark Ashton, Yale University, USA
Prof. Patrick Hettiarachchi, University of Calgary, Canada
Prof. Carla Bossard, St. Mary's College of California, USA
Prof C. Visvanathan, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Prof. A. K Mani, FC & RI, Mettupalayam, India

Journal History

The journal publishes original research articles and review articles on forestry, environment and natural resources relevant to Sri Lanka and other tropical regions.

Research areas include, but are not exclusive to:

  • Forest and Natural Resource Management
  • Waste Management and Pollution Control
  • Biodiversity Conservation and Management
  • Climate Change
  • Socio-Economics of Natural Resources
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Agroforestry and Social forestry