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Annals of Forest Science is an international journal that publishes papers describing basic and applied research about forest science in the context of global change.

The scope covers following aspects:

  • biology of trees and associated organisms (symbionts, pathogens, pests);
  • forest dynamics and ecosystem processes under environmental or management drivers (ecology, genetics);
  • risks and disturbances affecting forest ecosystems: biology, ecology, economics;
  • forestry wood chain including tree breeding, forest management and productivity, ecosystem services, silviculture and plantation management;
  • wood sciences, with an emphasis on the relationships between wood structure and tree functioning, and between forest management or environment and wood properties;

The Editorial Board encourages:

  • Review articles on timely topics in the scope of the journal;
  • Multidisciplinary studies that address large forest areas and/or time spans;
  • New ideas or methods for measuring or monitoring any property of interest for tree biology, forest ecosystem dynamics, wood, …;
  • Model-based papers focused on the Forestry Wood Chain, including carbon accounting investigations, ecosystem services, quantification of the relationships between forest management and the properties of end products;
  • Papers addressing economic and social issues of forest management under climate change;
  • Extended data bases made available to a wider community.

The Editorial Board does not encourage:

  • Local case studies based on single stand experiments unless the addressed questions are innovative and timely;
  • Wood science papers that address purely technological questions unless the topic is very innovative or in relation with tree biology, forest ecology or forest management.

Editorial Board of Annals of Forest Science:

Annals of Forest Science is managed by a board of associate editors with expertise in the different fields of the scope:


Associate editor in charge
Biology of trees and associated organisms Erwin Dreyer, Nancy

Andrew Merchant, Sydney

Ana Rincon, Madrid

Michael Tausz, Melbourne

Forest dynamics (ecology and genetics) Ricardo Alia, Madrid

Laurent Bergès, Aix en Provence

Bruno Fady, Avignon

Risks and disturbances (ecology and economics) Barry Gardiner, Bordeaux

Marc Hanewinkel, Freiburg

Aurélien Salle, Orléans

Cécile Robin, Bordeaux

Forestry wood chain (management, products, services)  Andreas Bolte, Eberswalde

Jean-Michel Leban, Nancy

Shuqing Zhao, Beijing

Wood sciences Barry Gardiner, Bordeaux

Jean-Michel Leban, Nancy


AFS publishes five major types of papers:

  • Research papers: providing novel findings around an experimental approach;
  • Review papers: providing a comprehensive analysis of the literature, sometimes through a meta-analysis of published information;
  • Opinion papers and Letters to the editor: papers providing a novel view on a given topic without necessarily original research results, or papers commenting on important issues;
  • Data papers: short papers providing a description of existing and open-data bases that would be made available to other scientists. The procedure to be used for submitting such papers is given in the detailed instructions.

AFS produces thematic issues under the responsibility of guest editors.

Thematic issues may contain a series of papers produced after a symposium, a congress, a working group meeting, or even a research project. All manuscripts will be submitted to the usual peer-review procedure like any other paper, and the types of papers are the same than the usual ones (research, review, opinion and data papers). Accepted papers will be published on-line as soon as they are ready, and grouped into a specific issue as soon as all papers are processed. Annals of Forest science is examining every potential project in this direction: if you have an idea, please contact for an exchange of information, and a final decision about the suitability of the project will be produced rapidly. Thematic issues are usually edited by a guest associated editor invited specifically for that purpose.

Annals of Forest Science uses a double-blind review process to warrant an optimal and fast review of the submitted manuscript.

The refereeing process aims to checking the scientific quality and originality as well as the interest to the AFS’s international readership. The manuscripts submitted via the editorial manager ( ) will be first viewed by the chief editor, who checks whether the manuscript fits within the scope and meets the quality requirements of the journal; he may decline any further processes for manuscripts that do not fulfil these basic requirements.

The manuscripts are then assigned to an associate editor with specific expertise in the field, who selects referees (usually 2-3), and after receiving the advice of the referees, produces a tentative decision. The final decision is then produced by the chief editor (or the deputy chief editor).This process usually takes 2 months depending on the availability of referees.

Annals of Forest Science is published by Springer and fits with the requirements for a green Open Access journal

All papers published by Annals of Forest Science will be made freely available after a period of embargo of 12 months. The whole archive of Annals of Forest Science is now available in the repository for scientific publication HAL (“Hyper Articles en Ligne”; ) with two specific portals : Annales des Sciences Forestières (1964-1998) ( ) and Annals of Forest Science (1999- to date) ( ).