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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Preparation


Solicited and contributed manuscripts must be submitted online via journal site. Reforesta Journal will consider only original manuscripts that have not been published elsewhere and are not under consideration by another journal.


Title page – required information

Title. Concise and informative. Since the Title page will not be visible to reviewers, repeat the title on the second page, before abstract. 

  • Author names and affiliations. Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled. Present the authors' affiliation addresses. Indicate all affiliations with a lowercase superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and the e-mail address of each author. Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any request for changes in the authorship list should be made by the corresponding author to the Editor only before the manuscript has been accepted. Such request should contain: (1) the reason for the change in author list and (2) e-mail from all authors that they agree with the addition, including author being added or removed.
  • Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author. 
  • Suggested reviewers. Authors are required to suggest four peers qualified to serve as reviewers, with their full names, affiliation and working e-mail address. Authors are requested not to suggest reviewers with whom they have a personal or professional relationship.


Text language, length and format

All manuscripts must be submitted in Standard English.

In Word, set language as: English (United States)

There is no upper limit for text length.

Please number the lines, when submitting a paper for review.


Text Formatting

Manuscripts should be submitted as Microsoft Word document.

Use standard Letter page size, with normal margins.

Use a Arial font (11-point for text and 10-point for figure titles and references).

For the main text use Left alignment and for figure and table titles and captions use Center alignment.

Use italics for emphasis.

Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.

Do not use field functions.

Indentation from left hand of page = 0

First line of paragraph = No indent

Use 0 pt before and 10 pt after paragraph for spacing.

Use 1.5 line for spacing within paragraph.

Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.

Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.

Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).



Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.



Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.



Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. They should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographic details of a reference. They should also not contain any figures or tables.

Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data). Footnotes to the title or the authors of the article are not given reference symbols.

Always use footnotes instead of endnotes.



Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section on the title page. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.



The Latin scientific name of a genus and species should be in italics. When a species and genus name is formally introduced, both scientific name (including the name of the author - the person who first described the species in academic literature) and common name should be given. After introduction, the authors can choose which name to use, as long as the use is consistent.

Please use internationally accepted signs and symbols for units (Système International d'unités - SI units), except where common usage dictates otherwise. Examples of non-SI that may be more appropriate are ha rather than m2, year rather than second. Use Mg ha-1, not tonnes ha-1, and use μg g-1, not ppm (or for volume, μL L-1 or equivalent). Units should be in the following style: kg ha-1 year-1, kg m-3 (not kg/ha/year, kg/m3). Non-SI units should be spelled in full (e.g. year). Do not insert 'non-units' within compound units: for example, write 300 kg ha-1 of nitrogen (or N), not 300 kg N ha-1.

Please submit math equations as editable text and not as images. Present simple formulae in line with normal text where possible and use the solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line for small fractional terms, e.g., X/Y. In principle, variables are to be presented in italics. For complex equations use the equation editor or MathType. Powers of e are often more conveniently denoted by exp. Number consecutively any equations that have to be displayed separately from the text (if referred to explicitly in the text).



References Citation in text. Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses (example 1) or directly (example 2). More than one reference in the same parentheses should be divided by semicolon (example 3). More than one reference from the same author(s) in different years should be separated by comma (example 4). More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication (example 5). 


  • Seedling survival and growth depends on inherent growth potential as well as planting site conditions (Grossnickle 2000).
  • Our results supports findings of South and Mexal (1984).
  • Many studies showed a relationship between the initial morphological attributes and post-planting success (Mexal and Landis 1990; South et al. 2005; Mexal et al. 2009; Oliet et al. 2009; Grossnickle 2012; Ivetić et al. 2016).
  • Publications in the form of books (Landis et al. 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2010; Wagner and Colombo 2001) or reviews (Burdett 1990; Grossnickle 2005, 2012) specifically related to nursery practices and forest restoration programs are available with an ecophysiological perspective.
  • Further information on ecophysiological processes of plants can be found in a number of publications (Landsberg 1986; Kozlowski et al. 1991; Larcher 2003; Smith and Hinckley 1995a; Lange et al. 2011a,b; Osmond et al. 2011a,b).


Reference List

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text.

The names of all authors should be provided.

Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work. 

Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations, see ISSN LTWA. If you are unsure, please use the full journal title.

Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

Use 1,5 cm (0.59 in) left Hanging Indent for reference list.



Journal article

Burdett AN (1983) Quality control in the production of forest planting stock. For Chron 59:132-138.

Folk RS, Grossnickle SC, Russell JH (1995) Gas exchange, water relations and morphology of yellow-cedar seedlings and stecklings before planting and during field establishment. New For 9:1-20.


Article by DOI

Slifka MK, Whitton JL (2000) Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. J Mol Med. doi:10.1007/s001090000086



Binkley D (1986) Forest nutrition management. John Wiley & Sons, NY.


Book chapter

Mexal JG, South DB (1991) Bareroot seedling culture. In: Duryea ML, Dougherty PM (eds) Forest regeneration manual. Kluwer Academic Publ, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, pp 89-115.


Online document - As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. 

Alberta Forestry Division of Environment Sustainable Resource Development (2009) Alberta Forest Genetic Resource Management and Conservation Standards. Accessed 15 January 2015.



Škorić M (2014) Effect of stocktype and provenance on Austrian pine (Pinus nigra Arnold) seedling quality and planting success. Dissertation, University of Belgrade – Faculty of Forestry, Belgrade, Serbia. 143 pp. [In Serbian]



Tables and captions

Tables, with their captions, should be placed at the main text.

Each table (numbered in sequence using Arabic numerals - i.e., Table 1, 2, etc.) must be preceded by a self-explaining caption.

Tables should be referred to in the text in the form Table 1, Tables 1 and 2.

Avoid as far as possible large tables.

Do not use special formats like borders, paragraph sign, cell unions, etc.

Wherever apply, column headers should be labelled with abbreviations referred to in the caption.

Detailed legends may follow the table, but should be concise.

Commas should not be used to indicate numerical values.

Color and shading should not be used in tables.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce tables that have previously been published elsewhere.


Figure legends

For each figure, the following information should be provided: Figure number (in sequence, using Arabic numerals - i.e., Figure 1, 2, 3 etc); short title of figure (maximum 15 words); detailed legend, up to 300 words.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures that have previously been published elsewhere.


Guidance for Figure Preparation

Figures should be inserted in the main text.

Figures should be of good quality, 300dpi or above in EPS/PDF format especially suitable for diagrams (MSOffice files are also acceptable) or JPEG/TIFF format (preferred format for photos or images). Other accepted formats (though deprecated) are: PNG, BMP, GIF.

Graphs should not be gridded.

Each figure should be closely cropped to minimize the amount of white space surrounding the illustration.

Complex figures should be avoided.

Subdivisions of figures in panels should be labeled with lower case letters in parentheses [e.g., (a), (b)] and referred to in the text in the form Fig. 1a, Fig. 1a, b.

Figure lettering should be in a clear, sans-serif typeface (for example, Arial, Helvetica); if possible, the same typeface in approximately the same font size should be used for all figures in a paper. Use symbol font for Greek letters.

Symbols should be approximately 3 mm across. The preferred symbols are open and closed circles, squares, triangles. The same symbol and color should be used for the same entity in different figures.

The scale marks on graphs should be inside the axes. Axes should be clearly marked with units in parentheses after the axis title. Units should follow SI nomenclature or the nomenclature common to a particular field. Unusual units or abbreviations should be defined in the legend.

Lettering (labelling of axes and so on) should be in lower-case type, with the first letter capitalized and no full stop.

Where possible, text, including keys to symbols, should be provided in the legend rather than on the figure itself.

Photographs should be provided with a scale bar if appropriate, as well as high-resolution component files.


Supplementary Materials

Although Reforesta do not restrict the length and quantity of data in a paper, there may still be occasions where an author wishes to provide data sets, tables, movie files, or other information as additional information.

Supplementary materials will not be displayed in the final article, but a link will be provided to the files as supplied by the author.

Tabular data provided as supplementary material can be uploaded as an Excel spreadsheet (.xls) or Adobe Acrobat files (.pdf). As with all files, please use the standard file extensions.

The maximum file size for additional files is 10 MB each, and files will be virus-scanned on submission.

If supplementary material is provided, please list the following information in a separate section at the end of the manuscript text:

File name

File format (including name and a URL of an appropriate viewer if format is unusual)

Title of data

Description of data

Supplementary materials should be referenced explicitly by file name within the body of the article, e.g. See supplementary Material 1: Data set 1 for the original data used to perform this analysis.

Ideally, file formats for supplementary materials should not be platform-specific, and should be viewable using free or widely available tools. The following are examples of suitable formats.

Additional documentation: (preferred) PDF (Adobe Acrobat), DOC/DOCX (MS Word), RTF (Rich Text Format)

Movies: MOV (QuickTime), MPG (MPEG) or AVI

XLS (Excel spreadsheet)

As with figure files, files should be given the standard file extensions. This is especially important for Macintosh users, since the Mac OS does not enforce the use of standard extensions. Please also make sure that each additional file is a single table, figure or movie (please do not upload linked worksheets or PDF files larger than one sheet).


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