African Journal of Wood Science and Forestry

About this Journal 

Aims and scope

African Journal of Wood Science and Forestry ISSN 2375-0979 is a cross-disciplinary, scholarly open access peer-reviewed journal that publishes reviews, regular research papers and short communications in all areas of the subjects. AJWSF provides a means for the publication of the results of practice and research in forestry in its widest sense, including the management of forests, the production and harvesting of forest produce, and other techniques for realizing the objects of management, together with basic sciences such as forest physiology, ecology, soils, mycology, zoology, economics, wood structure, etc.

African Journal of Wood Science and Forestry aims to advance the wood science and forestry professions by keeping wood scientists and professional foresters informed about developments and ideas related to the practice of forestry. The journal publishes editorials related to topics of general interest to natural resource and forest management. Articles are generally written for an audience of non-specialists, with topics spanning the many facets or disciplines of forestry.

Modern wood science and forestry generally embraces a broad range of concerns, in what is known as multiple-use management, including the provision of timber, fuel wood, wildlife habitat, natural water quality management, recreation, landscape and community protection, employment, aesthetically appealing landscapes, biodiversity management, watershed management, erosion control, and preserving forests as 'sinks' for atmospheric carbon dioxide.


Topics covered by AJWSF include:

  • Agroforestry
  • Analog forestry
  • Applied forestry
  • Bamboo cultivation
  • Boreal forestry
  • Close to nature forestry
  • Community forestry
  • Dendrology
  • Ecoforestry
  • Energy forestry
  • Forest ecology
  • Forest ecology and management
  • Forest economics
  • Forest economics
  • Forest engineering, forest science and forest technology
  • Forest entomology, forest pathology
  • Forest hydrology
  • Forest management
  • Forest mensuration
  • Forest meteorology
  • Forest pathology
  • Hardwood timber
  • Mycoforestry
  • National and international forest management
  • Permaforestry
  • Plantation forestry
  • Research, practice and policy
  • Short rotation coppice
  • Short rotation forestry
  • Silviculture
  • Social forestry
  • Sustainable development of forests, woodlands and trees
  • Sustainable forest
  • Sustainable forestry
  • Tree breeding
  • Tree farm
  • Tropical forest, rain forest
  • Tropical forestry
  • Urban forestry
  • World forestry


The mission of this journal is to publish the most complete and reliable source of information on the discoveries and current developments in all areas of the field, thus making them freely available online without any restrictions or any other subscriptions to researchers worldwide.


Open Access 

All articles published by this journal are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers.

Also, authors of articles published in this journal are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate articles.


Article-processing charges

African Journal of Wood Science and Forestry levies an article-processing charge of $500 (USD) for each article accepted for publication. The journal does not charge a submission fee. Authors are required to pay the manuscript handling fee only after their manuscripts have been reviewed and accepted for publication by an editor. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process as the journal routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries.

ISJ offsets publication expenses – including the cost of peer review management, journal production, and online hosting and archiving – by charging an Article Processing Charge (APC), to authors, institutions or funders for each article published. This publication fees vary by journal and are payable upon article acceptance. 


Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used by ‎ African Journal of Wood Science and Forestry to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Qualified researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published or not. 

African Journal of Tropical Agriculture operates a double-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers of the paper won't get to know the identity of the author(s), and the author(s) won't get to know the identity of the reviewer. The advantage of double-blind peer review is that it eliminates bias.

Manuscripts submitted to this journal will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be required to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board. 


Publication Ethics

International Scholars Journals (ISJ)  is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and abides by its Code of Conduct and aims to adhere to its Best Practice Guidelines.

All journals published by ISJ are committed to publishing only innovative and original material i.e., material that has neither been published elsewhere, nor is it under consideration for publication by another publisher.


Benefits of publishing in this journal

At ISJ, we continue to work hard to support our authors who trust us with their works. Here are just some of the benefits we provide:

  • Open Access: Our research is freely available to all, from the time of publication. Readers do not need a subscription or to register before they can access our articles.
  • High visibility: ISJ allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to the widest possible scientific outreach, including to the general public.
  • Rapid publication: The timeframe between acceptance and publication is about 3 weeks. All ISJ journals offer a fast publication schedule.
  • Rigorous peer-review: ISJ is operated by a team of experienced professional editors. We work closely with academic editors and reviewers to provide authors with an efficient, fair, and constructive reviews.
  • Post-publication comments: ISJ allows readers and authors to exchange ideas that are directly accessible from the full-text article.
  • International readership: All articles are being accessed from over 200 countries worldwide.
  • Promotion and press coverage: Articles published in this journal are included in article alerts and regular email updates.
  • Access and reach: We continue to submit our journals to all known abstracting and indexing services.
  • Flexibility: ISJ journals gives you the opportunity to publish at your convenience.
  • Copyright: Authors retain the copyright to their works. Authors are allowed unlimited use and/or distribution of their work without any form of restriction. As an author of an article published in any ISJ journal, you retain the copyright of your article and you are free to reproduce and disseminate your work.


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