FORMATH Editorial System

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The FORMATH journal is an official journal of the FORMATH Research Society, and a peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary forestry journal dealing with all aspects related to "Forest Resources and Mathematical Modeling".

Its aims are to publish original papers and to enhance communications amongst researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and specialists concerned with forest resource management.

The FORMATH journal is currently published by one issue per year consisting of papers mostly presented at its annual meeting of the FORMATH Research Society, that are considered suitable for publication. Papers considered for publications are not limited to those presented at the annual meeting. All submitted papers must be previously unpublished, they should be well-written, and we encourage grace as well as clarity. The papers should also be written in a style that is understandable to broad readers including students, researchers, specialists, and policymakers working on forest resource management.

It must be noted that acceptance for publication is subject to a vigorous refereeing process. There are four categories for publication. "Methodological Category" emphasizes on methodological advancement in scientific works while "Application Category" is devoted to a new issue requiring scientific works. "Review Category" is to provide a comprehensive summary or discussion of an area of scientific research alongside a new perspective or conclusion. The last category is "Rapid Communication Category", which may be a short, peer-reviewed articles focusing on a high-quality, activity-driven, self-contained piece of original work and/or the report of focused activities based on existing research. They should be of significance and broad interest to readers of The FORMATH journal. The suitable category is determined through the review process.

 

Section Policies

Articles

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Peer Review Process

All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editor, and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review. All peer review is single-blinded and submission is online via FORMATH Editorial System.

Authors:

  • By submitting a manuscript, the author(s) warrant that the manuscript is their own, original work and that it has neither been published previously nor is currently being considered for publication elsewhere. 
  • Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. 
  • Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. 
  • The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.
  • When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. 
  • The authors have the right to appeal against any editorial decision. A statement with rebuttal should be motivated. 


Editors:

  • Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. 
  • The editor of our journal is responsible for deciding which of the papers submitted to the journal should be published. 
  • The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. 
  • 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. 
  • An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. 
  • Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper. 
  • The editor's opinion may not always be supported by the editorial board of the FORMATH journal


Reviewers:

  • Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. 
  • The review process may take approximately three weeks to be completed for the first round.
  • Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. 
  • Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. 
  • Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used by reviewer without the express written consent of the author. 
  • Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments. 
  • Any referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. 
  • Reviewers should not consider 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 papers. Peer reviewers' identities are protected.

 

Publication Frequency

The FORMATH journal is published annually on every May.

 

Open Access Policy

The FORMATH journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge under the term of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

 

Archiving

The FORMATH journal utilizes the Portico system under J-Stage initiatives to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of FORMATH journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.