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Forest Products Journal publication style sheet.

The Forest Products Journal is published by the Forest Products Society. The Journal's primary purposes include communicating research findings at the applied or practical level, communicating news and items of current interest to the membership, and describing Society programs and activities. Technical manuscripts submitted for publication are reviewed by referees selected by the editor; however, final evaluation of the material rests with the editor. Authors speaking English as a second language should have their manuscripts edited by a native English speaker prior to original submission.

Form of Manuscripts

The original submission of a manuscript for review must be printed on a letter-quality printer with double spacing throughout and furnished in triplicate (original plus two copies) on 8-1/2- by 11-inch paper. All pages, except the title page, should be numbered consecutively. The sequence of material in the manuscript as submitted should be: title page, abstract, text, literature cited, captions for figures, tables, and figures (i.e., drawings and photographs). Do not incorporate tables in the text.

A) The title page should include the manuscript title, authors' names, titles, affiliations, complete addresses of the affiliations, and e-mail address. The title should be as concise as possible. If acknowledgments are necessary, they should be made as a footnote on the title page.

B) The abstract should contain, in very condensed form (250 words for an article, 75 for a note), the essence of the whole work. It should summarize why the work was done, what was done and how, and results and conclusions, perhaps with a mention of the significance.

C) In the text, make certain all figures, tables, and references are mentioned. If fewer than six references are mentioned, they should be typed as footnotes at the bottom of the page. If six or more references are mentioned, they should be cited in parentheses at the appropriate location in the text using the author-date style. For example: ... (Brown and Banks 1985, Adams 1997, Evans et al. 1999).

D) References should be listed at the end of the manuscript in a section called "Literature cited." They should be listed alphabetically (if an author is repeated, the sequence is single author first, then two authors etc.) Use lowercase for periodical titles and uppercase for main words in book titles. Translate foreign titles, then indicate what language and if an English abstract is available.


Adams, R. 1997. Wood is good. Forest Prod. J. 47(1):68-70.

Adams, R. and T. Banks. 1995. Drying Wood. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ. 550 pp.

Adams, R., P. Abner, and H. Collins. 1998. Drying hickory. In: Proc. Drying Various Woods. Proc. No. 7432. Forest Prod. Soc., Madison, WI. pp. 43-52.

Banks, T. 1991. Drying Wood for Fun and Profit. Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York. 485 pp.

E) All tables should be typed on separate sheets and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Tables should be kept simple and used for summary data, rather than raw data, if possible.

F) Photographs must be clear, detailed prints of standard 4 by 5, 5 by 7, or 8 by 10 size. The use of color photographs is extremely limited. Drawings must be made with black ink on good vellum or white paper, and lettered in a size that will allow reduction to widths of approximately 2-1/4 to 4-1/4 inches. Do not incorporate drawings or photos in the text. Number lightly and assemble them separately. Preceding them should be a list of captions, numbered consecutively. Remember to include copies of the figures in the review copies. For more details regarding style, use the U.S. Government Printing Office style manual.

G) Technical manuscripts published in the Forest Products Journal are subject to a page charge of $135 per printed page ($155 per page if none of the first three authors are members of the Forest Products Society). Mail submissions to the Editor, Forest Products Journal, 2801 Marshall Court, Madison, WI 53705.

Final Format Guidelines

Revised manuscripts must be provided on an IBM-compatible, high-density floppy disk that contains the manuscript, tables, figures and captions.

When first submitting a manuscript, do not send a disk. If your submission is accepted for publication, you will be sent detailed instructions on the types of file formats that are acceptable for revised manuscripts.
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