INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS
Scope and policy
BOSQUE publishes original works in the field of management and production of forestry resources, wood science and technology, silviculture, forestry ecology, natural resources conservation, and rural development linked to forestry ecosystems. Contributions may be articles, reviews, notes or opinions; either in Spanish or English.
Once the Editor Board has decided to send the manuscript for arbitrage, the referee's observations will be evaluated by the Editor Board, which will inform the authors about development of the publication process. If the manuscript is accepted, the Editor Board will send the author a letter of acceptance of the manuscript, indicating the necessary modifications. Within four weeks, the corresponding author will have to send back, to the journal, a revised version so that the Editor Board analyze the manuscript once more. A contribution may be rejected by the Editor Board at any instance during the publication process, either by structural or basis problems.
Articles. They inform about unpublished scientific investigations projecting updated knowledge from a particular field included in the scope of the journal and are sustained on procedure data, either of their own or generated from other studies previously published. The maximum extension for a manuscript will be 8,000 words, including summary, tables, figures, and bibliographical references; considering all of its subject matter (including all manuscript files with its total contents).
Reviews. Synthesis and discussion of the most current scientific information with regard to a relevant topic in the area of the journal. The maximum extension of the manuscripts will be 8.000 words, including summary, tables, figures and bibliographical references; considering all of its content.
Opinions. They analyze, either from a personal perspective, or sustained by bibliographical support, an updated topic related with the purpose of the journal; they can also analyze and criticize existing publications. The maximum extension of manuscripts will be 3,000 words, including summary, tables, figures, and bibliographical references; considering all of its content.
Notes. They describe new methodologies or techniques within the scope of the journal or inform about developing investigations, with preliminary results. The maximum extension of manuscripts will be 3,000 words, including summary, tables, figures, and bibliographical references; considering all of its content.
Authors must accompany their manuscripts by a submission letter stating that the work is original; it has neither been previously published nor is being considered for publication elsewhere. The type of contribution of the manuscript must be clearly indicated (Article, Review, Opinion, Note). The letter must be signed by the corresponding author at least.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
The organization of Articles and Notes must follow the following structure:
Title. The title should be precise and concise. Choose very thoroughly all the words included in the title; their association with other words should be carefully checked. Due to the international access of the journal, authors have been advised to include relevant information about the geographical localization of the study in their titles, when it corresponds.
Authors: Indicate name and surname of all the authors in small letter, and the initials letters in capitals. The authors separated by commas. Order every address mentioning the necessary data; first the main institution (for example, university), afterwards, dependences inside it decreasingly arranged (for example, faculty, department, laboratory); next, indicate city and country of residence of the author. Use the format given by the following example:
Name1 Surname1 a, Name2 Surname2 b*, Name3 Surname3 a,b
a University Uuu, Faculty Ffff, Department Dddd, City, Country.
*Mailing Author: b Institution, Department or Section, Street name and number, City, Country, phone: 56-63-221056, email@example.com.
Summary. Must include problem stating, the objective, methodological foundations, relevant results and conclusions, in a maximum of 250 words. Avoid long descriptions of methods and do not include bibliographical references or statistical significance levels.
Key words. Five words at most (two or three small phrases having three words at most) that clearly identify the topic of the work. The use of words not included in the title is suggested.
Introduction. Includes problem statement, topic importance, hypothesis if necessary, objectives, work scopes and limitations for its development, if they existed. A synthesis and interpretation of literature directly related with the title and objectives of the work will be carried out in this chapter.
Methods. Provides sufficient and concise information so that the problem or experiment could be reproduced or easily understood by scholars. Technical specifications and precedence of materials used should be clearly indicated, without describing trivial materials. Biotic organisms should be conveniently identified according to the international policies that correspond. The experimental procedures or data gathering and statistical methods, as well as computer programs must be clearly stated in Methods. If the method were not original, it should be bibliographically indicated. If it were original or modified, it should be conveniently described. Any case, the presentation of various methods will be chronological.
Results. Includes a synthetic, ordered and elaborate presentation of the information obtained. Gives written results in the form of written text supported by tables and figures, if necessary, together with analyses and data interpretation. Both, repetition of details given in other chapters and description of facts evident when analyzing tables or figures presented should be avoided.
Discussion. Includes the integrated interpretation of results, and when corresponds, a contrast between them and previous publications. It is a critical analysis of results according to the objectives and hypothesis, if corresponds. Significance and validity of results should be commented, according to the realms defined for the work and the methods applied. Results should not be repeated in this chapter.
Conclusions. Can be included in an only Conclusions chapter, or integrated in Discussion. If they are presented as a chapter, all the most relevant ideas that directly derive from the work will be precisely and concisely included. They must give an answer to the hypothesis and/or objectives stated in the Introduction. They must be clearly and objectively redacted without including bibliographical references. They may include recommendations for future works.
Acknowledges. In this section, a brief introduction of persons and institutions contributing to the work either by funding or by any other source must be included.
References. References from all bibliographical quotations mentioned in the text, alphabetically ordered, should be indicated. Precision and veracity of data given in bibliographical references are responsibility of the authors and must correspond to original publications. The maximum number of references will be 25 for articles, notes and opinions; and 40 for revisions. Use modern and relevant literature which must be directly related with your work. At least 2/3 of references must correspond to main stream scientific journals.
The structure stated before is not compulsory for Opinions and Reviews. In any case, should contain the following sections: Title, Authors, Summary, Key words, Introduction, development work appropriately divided into chapters, Acknowledgments, and References.
In general, the Summary, Methods, and Results from your manuscript should be in past tense; and the Introduction and Discussion, in present tense. When referring to results previously published, use present tense; this helps to make the difference between findings from your research and those from any other. In the text, do not use acronyms or abbreviations; write full names. Exceptions permitted are those of global dominance, such as ADN, pH, C02 and a few others. Symbols for chemical elements are not permitted in the text. Observe grammatical rules throughout the manuscript, including tables and figures.
The work should be written in letter size paper (279 x 216 mm), margins of 2 cm on each side, one and half lead space line, Times New Roman type, size 12, numerating pages on their bottom right side and correlative line number for all the work, on the left. Separate paragraphs at right after line and indenting eight characters on the left on the first line. It must be presented in electronic files with Word processor or RTF format.
The main title should be in bold and small letter, centred. Authors should not indicate scientific names in it; nevertheless, they will be introduced the first time they are mentioned in the text; starting from the introduction. An abbreviated title holding a maximum of 60 characters and spaces must be included in the right top headline.
Equations should be numerated on the right margin with square brackets "[ ]"; in the text, they will be mentioned according to this numeration.
Measurement units should be circumscribed to the International System (IS). Concerning numeric notation, decimals should be separated by comma (,) and thousands by dots (.). In English texts, decimals are separated by dots, and thousands by commas. Zero should be used at the beginning of numbers inferior to a unit, including probability values (for example, P < 0.001).
The description of results of each statistic test in the text should include the exact value of the associated probability P. For P values lower than 0.001, indicate how P < 0.001. In tables and figures use asterisks to indicate the significance level of the statistic tests: * = P < 0.05; ** = P < 0.01; *** = P < 0.001; ns = no significant.
The scientific name of all biological organisms included in the text must be indicated according to the international respective nomenclature. If a common name is used for a species, the first time it is mentioned in the text, its scientific name should immediately appear between parenthesis and in cursive, for example: coihue (Nothofagus dombeyi (Mirb.) Oerst.). Subsequent references can appear bearing the genus name abbreviated, followed by the adjective of the scientific name, for example: N. dombeyi, only if this fact does not produce any confusion with other species mentioned in the manuscript. When beginning a sentence with a species name, write the full genus and do not abbreviate it with its initial letter. Authors of scientific names should not be mentioned, either in the summary or the title.
Alphanumerical data should be included in tables, ordered into rows and columns, written in Times New Roman type, size 12 (minimum size 9), without bold. Only column headlines and general titles are separated with horizontal lines; data columns should be separated by spaces rather than vertical lines. Other forms of data or information presentation, such as graphs, drawings, photographs, and maps are included in figures. Explanatory titles in Spanish and English, consecutively enumerated are included in tables and figures (table 1., table 2.,....; figure 1., figure 2.,...). Figures hold the title on the lower margin, and tables, on the upper margin. Tables and figures must possess such a resolution so as to permit to be reduced without losing legibility. Only black, white, and grey shades are permitted. Nevertheless, colours may be used in the figures only if they are compulsory for a clear understanding. The inclusion of coloured figures will be on the author expenses, being also his responsibility to previously communicate with the editor. The space occupied by them in the work should be inferior to 50 % of the total printing. Tables and their respective titles must be included in the main text file, locating them as close as possible to their first citing in the text. Tables must be in table format (editable, not as images). Figures must be delivered in a separate file, in an editable format. Location of figures in the main text, including their title, must be informed.
In the figures, all titles and legends must be written in Times New Roman type, size from 9 to 12, without bold and respecting grammar and writing norms of the Journal. Small figures must be designed with a maximum width of 8 cm (one column in the Journal) and big figures with a maximum of 16 cm width (two columns in the Journal). Exceptionally, a figure may be 23 cm width (and 14 cm tall as maximum) to be presented in landscape format. Figures must be organized so as to gather common objects in only one figure (e.g. graphs containing the same type of information) and identified by means of a capital letter (A, B, C...), which will be explained in the figure's title.
Manuscripts in Spanish must include in a separate file the respective English translations of:
If the manuscript is in English, the respective text in Spanish must be included.
It is important that manuscript digital files to be sent by authors be adequately labelled:
Figures.doc : Figures with their titles in Spanish.
English.doc : Texts in English with the following order: work title, summary, key words, titles of tables and figures.
Manuscript digital files should be sending to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bibliographic references will be indicated in the text on the surname of the author(s), followed by the publication year. Some examples of the most frequent bibliographic references are:
Bibliographic references from one and two authors:
Bibliographic references from more than two authors:
Bibliographic references from the same author, published in the same year:
References from more than a publication at the same time, they are chronologically ordered: Ceron (1980), García and Villanueva (1994) and Suarez et al. (2001) when analyzing the edafoclimatic components...
In the References chapter, bibliographic references must include the first surname and initials of the names of all authors, the year of publication, the title, and the complementary information that permits to locate the origin of the document under discussion. Some examples of the most frequent bibliographic references are:
Guddants S. 1998. Replicating sawmill sawing with topsan using C.T. images of a full-length hardwood log. Forest Products Journal 48(1):72-75.
Keyes M, C Grieg. 1981. Above and below-ground biomass net production in 40-year-old-Douglas- fir stand on low and high productivity sites. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 11:599-605.
Karzulovic JT, MI Dinator, J Morales, V Gaete, A Barrios. 2005. Determination of the diameter of the defective central cylinder on trimmed log radiata pine (Pinus radiata) by means of gamma radiation attenuation. Bosque 26(1): 109-122.
Morales EH. 2005. Experimental design through variance analysis and lineal regression model. Santiago, Chile. Andros. 248 p.
CONAF (Corporación Nacional Forestal, CL). 1997. Visitors statistics entries pertaining to protected wild areas in the Tenth Region of Los Lagos. 52 p. (Statistic Report Nº 47).
Gutiérrez B, R Ipinza. 2000. Genetic parameters evaluation in Nothofagus. In Ipinza R, B Gutiérrez, V Emhart eds. Domestication and genetic improvement of rauli and oak. Valdivia, Chile. Exion. p. 371-390.
Emhart V. 1996. Design and establishment of a clone seed nursery of Eucalyptus nitens (Deane et Maiden) with production, research and teaching purposes. Forestry Engineer Thesis. Valdivia, Chile. Forestry Sciences Faculty, Universidad Austral de Chile. 79 p.
Aparicio J. 2001. Biomass and yield of Eucalyptus nitens with nutritional alternatives for a sustainable silviculture in clay reddish soil. Science Master Thesis. Valdivia, Chile. Forestry Sciences Faculty, Universidad Austral de Chile. 234 p.
DeAngelis JD. 1999. European pine shoot moth. Oregon State University Extension (Urban Entomology Notes). Consulted 10 jul. 2005. Available in http://www.ent.orst.edu/urban/home.html.
For further information concerning other specific cases related to the bibliographic quotations and references, the following documents may be consulted. Nevertheless, the order and typography of the elements constituting bibliographical quotations and references must obey BOSQUE policies.
Technical Regulations from IICA and CATIE. Consulted Oct. 21. 2005. Available in http://orton.catie.ac.cr/bco/normasderedaccion.html.
The Council of Biology Editors (CBE). 1994. Scientific style and format: The CBE manual for authors, editors, and publishers. 6 ed. Cambridge, New York. Cambridge University Press. 704 p.
The complete accomplishment of these instructions for authors is reflected in less time in the editing process. The Publishing Board checks manuscripts to verify both whether they belong to the journal scope and if authors fulfill instructions. Should these conditions not be accomplished, the manuscript is sent back to the corresponding author, informing about this situation. Once satisfied the before stated conditions, that date is registered as manuscript reception and the Publishing Board sends the manuscript to at least two external evaluator referees or peers, in a double-blind system. Referees are asked to decline revision of a manuscript when they observe the presence of conflicts of interest or when they feel they will not be able to perform a fair and objective revision. Referees evaluate the manuscript based on the guideline delivered by the journal. If the referees or the editor board considers it as pertinent, they are entitled to ask the authors, through the editor, for additional information about the manuscript (data, proceedings, etc.) for a better assessment. The referee's answer may be: to publish with minor modifications, to publish with major modifications or not to publish. Observations posed by the referees are evaluated by the Publishing Board, which informs the authors by written about the decision to continue or not in the publication process and if their manuscript should again be assessed by referees. Once the manuscript is accepted, the Publishing Board sends the author a letter informing about the manuscript acceptance, indicating the necessary modifications. Within no more than eight weeks, the author must send a modified version to the journal, so that the Publishing Board analyzes the manuscript again. The Publishing Board decides the order published works will present in each issue. A contribution may be rejected by the Publishing Board in any of the phases of the publication process, either by problems of content or form not accomplishing instructions given for authors. Should any suspect of unethical or dishonest behaviour in authors submitting a manuscript to the editing process arise, the editor has the right of informing the sponsoring institutions or any other pertinent authority, so that they can carry out the corresponding investigation.
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Policies for referees
Referees or peers revising manuscripts are key integrants of the editing process of the Journal. They have the mission of contributing towards the advancement of sciences through their involvement in guaranteeing works quality before they are published. Their work is altruist and anonymous regarding manuscripts' authors.
The editor sends every manuscript to at least two referees considered as suitable for the topic, thus the editing board may consider different scholars opinions to decide about the editorial process.
Referees have the responsibility of rigorously evaluating the manuscripts within the deadline proposed by the Journal.
Referees must decline a manuscript revision when they observe the presence of conflicts of interest or they feel they will not be able to perform a fair and objective revision. An appropriate arbitrage includes weaknesses and strengths of the manuscript, suggestions for its improvement, specific questions to be answered by the authors and guidelines to improve work quality and acceptance by future readers. Referees must keep confidentiality of manuscripts received for revision and must not use or diffuse data or information belonging to them, which is considered as an unethical behaviour. Referees are forbidden to ask for inclusion of aspects whose answer is not sought by the manuscript and to insinuate that their own works be cited.
In front of the Journal, referees must be solicitous about quality and celerity of their revisions and avoid conflicts of interest. Referees must fulfill deadlines and formats asked by the Journal. When arbitrage is not possible, they must decline it opportunely. When they require additional time for a manuscript revision, they must inform the editor. If referees present conflicts of interest concerning a manuscript, they must abstain from making the revision, informing the editor about it. When a referee proposes either not publishing a manuscript or publishing it only after major changes, then he or she may receive a new version, corrected by the authors accepting the improvement suggestions. Arbitrage is an efficient tool to improve works quality.
The editor is allowed to diffuse arbitrage reports among referees (keeping anonymity) so as to promote good performance, solve controversy and improve the edition process. Referees will be informed about the destiny of the manuscript they have revised. As a way to compensate their valuable contribution, the editor will send them a thank letter for each arbitrage and their names will be published at the beginning of the following year, after their collaboration.
Sending of manuscripts
Contributions will be send to email@example.com. The sender will receive an acknowledgement letter from the Editor-in-Chief.
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