Editorial contributions to the New Zealand Journal of Forestry should be sent to The Editor.
The editor welcomes material for all sections of the journal, and especially articles, critical reviews and shorter technical notes.
Papers should be written with precision, clarity and economy and should be interesting to read. Use the active voice and first person wherever appropriate. Humour may sometimes be useful and acceptable. Write with your potential reader in mind and try to imagine yourself in his position. Before you write your paper you should have clearly defined the main objectives of the work and the conclusions you wish to communicate.
The title is very important and will determine to a large extent whether readers will decide to read further. It also influences how your article will be indexed and abstracted. The abstract which follows should state clearly the purpose, methods used, results obtained and conclusions.
It is not necessary to keep to the strict traditional layout of introduction, methods, results and discussion, although this may sometimes be the best approach. This type of layout may help in presenting experimental results but often leads to a sterile paper which is seldom read in depth by a large readership. However, the way a paper is introduced is important in that it needs to capture the interest of the reader and put the paper into context. Similarly, try to make your conclusions clear and, if possible, thought-provoking.
Authors are encouraged to suggest or include illustrations, photographic or drawn, as this adds interest and clarity. Most papers should aim to have 2-4 such illustrations, but again this will depend on the topic. Feel free to send additional illustrations to be considered for the front cover.
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