The New Zealand Journal of Forestry covers subjects of relevance to forestry in New Zealand and the South Pacific. Contributions can be sent to the Editor. The Editor welcomes material for all sections of the journal, especially refereed papers and professional papers (un-refereed articles).


No paper should be submitted which is being offered to any other journal for prior or simultaneous publication. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically in a single-spaced Word document. All submissions may be sent by the Editor to suitable people for comment before being published.

Titles, abstract and bioline

The title of the paper should be brief and only the author's name should follow under the title. There can be up to four co-authors. All papers, but not material submitted for other sections, should have a short abstract following the authors name. A brief bioline should be provided at the end, e.g. John Smith is Managing Director of Forest Products in Rotorua. Email: If there is more than one author please insert at the end of the bioline: Corresponding author:

Length of paper and text

Feature or professional papers are usually between 2500 and 4500 words including table, figure and photo text and captions, as well as references. Those submitting other types of material such as book reviews and obituaries will be given the word length at the time.

Spelling should follow the "New Zealand Oxford Dictionary". No sentence should start with an abbreviation and, where possible, avoid new abbreviations and acronyms. All abbreviations should be spelt out at first use. Italics are used for Latin words, names of journals and volume numbers, and titles of books in the reference list. Italics are not used for et al., i.e., e.g., vs., etc. Use metric units except where common usage is otherwise (e.g. board feet).

Tables, figures and photos

Tables and figures should be as simple as possible with clear explanatory captions. They should be numbered consecutively and referenced in the text. Photos are captioned underneath without a number and need not necessarily be referenced. Please keep all captions brief. Photos need to be sent as jpegs separately in an email at approximately 1 MB each. Figures need to be sent separately in an email in their original form, e.g. if they were created in Excel then send this file. The resolution should be sufficient to withstand reproduction in the published journal.


Please use the abbreviations in the text, figures and tables as set out in the chart below:

  • kilometre - km (e.g. 4 km)
  • metre - m
  • centimetre - cm
  • cubic metres - m3
  • square metres - m2
  • hectares - ha (e.g. 50 ha)
  • cubic metres per hectare - m3/ha
  • per cent - % (except when first word in sentence)
  • per - /
  • gross domestic product - GDP
  • diameter at breast height - DBH


Please avoid using footnotes as they take the reader’s eye away from the main text and are often not read. Re-write the paragraph concerned in the main text to include the information in the footnote.


References should be listed at the end of the paper and before the bioline in alphabetical order. Reference styles for books, journals and websites, respectively, are:

Levinson, M. 2008. "The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger". Princeton, MA: Princeton University Press.

Brockerhoff, E.G. and Bulman, L. 2014. "Biosecurity Risks to New Zealand: Plantation Forests and the Rationale for Pathway Risk Management". New Zealand Journal of Forestry, 59(2): 3-8.

Orwin, Joanna. 2014. "Kauri Forest". Te Ara The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand. Retrieved from on 5 December 2013.

Refereed papers

If you would like your paper refereed it will need to be sent well in advance of publication and a list provided of three possible referees. The editorial committee reserves the right to choose alternative referees and the appropriate people will be contacted. This process can take up to three months. If the paper has already been refereed, the names of the referees and their comments should be provided.

Deadline and proofing

Authors will be informed of a deadline for a specific issue. Please keep to the deadline, but if there are unforseen circumstances contact the Editor as soon as possible for an extension. The Word document must be correct when finally submitted by the authors.

The first step in the proofing process is that the Editor checks the content of this version, and if there are no queries it will go forward for processing. You will then be sent a formatted and proofed Word version which may have some track changed suggestions. Once the queries on this version are completed, a PDF is designed which shows exactly how the paper will appear in the journal and this is a final chance to check for errors. Note that these two stages are not about introducing new writing into the paper, but about proofing material sent originally.

Copies of paper and publication dates

If you would like to have a copy of the paper for your records, you will receive the final version of the PDF as part of the process. A hard copy of the whole journal can be sent on request, by mail once published.

The journal is published in February, May, August and November each year.

Fair Copying Declaration and reproduction of abstracts

The journal subscribes to the Fair Copying Declaration issued by the Royal Society (London). Reproduction of authors’ abstracts, with acknowledgment, is authorised.



The authors will be granted (without the need to obtain further permission) rights to use the published journal paper for personal use and internal institutional use. If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the paper.

Photo copyright is always with the photographer, with very few exceptions. It is important to get their permission every single time they are used, unless they are released as copyright free.


Authors are free to:

  • copy, distribute and transmit the work, and
  • adapt the work

subject to making proper attribution of the work, publication, publisher and author, but without suggesting that the publisher or author endorses you or your use of the work.

Nothing in this licence abrogates the authors’ moral rights in the work.