Focus and Scope

Irish Forestry publishes high quality articles and reviews covering all aspects of research, practice, history, policy and related areas of interest primarily to forestry in Ireland. Since the readership is largely composed of professional foresters, the Journal particularly welcomes general and review papers covering topical issues of relevance to Irish forestry. The Journal also welcomes papers from international authors. The aim of the journal is to provide information that promotes the sustainable development of forests and woodlands. The Journal also seeks to foster tree cultures and traditions.

Peer Review Process

Scientific and review papers are normally evaluated in a two-stage process. A preliminary stage will involve an evaluation of the manuscript by the Editors to assess its suitability for the Journal and for review. This examination may result in a “Revision prior to Review” decision. Thereafter (assuming that the paper is deemed acceptable for review), one or more independent international referee(s) will assess the paper. The author(s) will be asked to consider the comments of the reviewer(s) and to revise the paper accordingly, or provide a reason if not. In submitting a revised manuscript, authors are asked to include a separate document providing a response to every review comment, as well as assurance that co-authors are in agreement with responses to the comments of the reviewer(s). The second stage commences after the revised paper is received. The Editorial Board may request further major or minor revisions. A final decision on acceptance will be made after the Editorial Board has been satisfied that the required changes have been implemented.

Non-scientific papers will be reviewed by the Editorial Board only, although an external review may be requested if deemed necessary.

The Journal's Editorial Board does not enter into negotiations concerning a manuscript. The Editor's decision is final.

Papers accepted for publication become the copyright of Irish Forestry, but author(s) will be allowed to use the material for scholarly communication and to be posted on their institutional or professional website. 

Journal History

Irish Forestry has been published continuously by the Society of Irish Foresters since 1943. It is Ireland’s only academic and technical publication on forestry. Full text articles from 1943 onwards are available free of charge as PDF files for all but the most recent three volumes.

Author Self-Archiving

This journal permits and encourages authors to post items submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories both prior to and after publication, while providing bibliographic details that credit, if applicable, its publication in this journal.