Scientia Silvae Sinicae(Linye Kexue) is a monthly academic journal of forestry science, published by the Chinese Society of Forestry (CSF). The journal was founded in 1955 on the basis of FOREST, a journal of the CSF, which was created in March 1921. As a leading forestry science journal in China, it provides a platform for dissemination of original research and facilitating the exchange of ideas in the forestry science community. The scientific papers or review articles published in the journal mainly reflect current research advances of forest sciences in China and internationally rush issues closely concerned with forest, forestry and forestry policy. The scope of the journal includes silviculture, forest ecology, forest genetics and tree breeding, forest management, forest health, conservation and utilization of forest gene resources, horticulture, cash tree crops and agroforestry, watershed management and desertification combating, sustainable forestry development, wood science and technology, forest engineering, forest product processing and non-timber forest products, forestry economy.
Scientia Silvae Sinicae is included in some leading index publications and database systems, including Ei, Scopus, CA, AJ, CAB, CSA, ZR, IC, JST, UIPD, AGRIS, AGRICOLA; CSCD, CSTPCD, CJFD, et al.
Scientia Silvae Sinicae won the 1st and the 2nd National Journal Prize of China in 1999, 2003; the Nominated Award of the 3rd National Journal Prize of China in 2005; 100 Outstanding Academic Journals of China from 2001 to 2012; the Award of Most Influential Periodical in the Past 60 Years in China in 2009; the Excellent International Impact Academic Journal of China by CNKI from 2012 to 2014; Top 100 Newspapers and Journals by State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China in 2013.
Publication Ethics for Peer Reviewers All manuscripts submitted to Scientia Silvae Sinicae are peer reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers. Peer review plays an important role in ensuring the integrity of the scholarly record. The process depends to a large extent on trust and requires that everyone involved behaves responsibly and ethically. Peer reviewers play a central and critical part in that process. [Contribution to editorial decisions] Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the manuscript. [Promptness] Any invited referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the editor so that alternative reviewers can be contacted. [Confidentiality] Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except if authorized by the editor. [Standards of objectivity] Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author(s) is inacceptable. Referees should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments. [Acknowledgement of sources] Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the author(s). Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. Reviewers should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published data of which they have knowledge. [Disclosure and conflict of interest] Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider evaluating manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the submission.
Publication Ethics for Editors The editor of Scientia Silvae Sinicae is responsible for deciding preliminarily which articles submitted to the journal should be published based on the peer review, guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board. [Fair] The editor should evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content. The editor should seek so ensure a fair and appropriate peer-review process, in which the peer reviewers have not conflicts of interests resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors. The editor should maintain the integrity of the academic record, preclude business needs, powerful interference and private interests from compromising intellectual and ethical standards, and always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed. [Confidentiality] The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. Editors should protect the peer reviewers' identities from knowing of authors unless the peer reviewers are willing to exchange ideas with the authors personally. [Conflicts of interest] Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the explicit written consent of the author(s). Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
Publication Ethics for Authors Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be named in an Acknowledgement section. It is necessary that all authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission to Scientia Silvae Sinicae. [Originality] The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works. The manuscripts submitted to Scientia Silvae Sinicae are solely the authors' own work. Information from published articles must always be cited explicitly. The manuscripts must not contain any results that have been, or will be reported in other medium in any form. [Concurrent publication] The manuscripts solely submitted to Scientia Silvae Sinicae will be acceptable. An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. [Reporting standards] Authors reporting results of orginal research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the manuscript. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. [Correction]When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify editors and cooperation with them to either retract the paper or to publish an appropriate correction statement.