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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor it is before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • If authors are non-native speakers of English, language has to be revised using an independent professional editing service. Please, attach the editing service certificate.
  • The entire manuscript may be 1.5 spaced, leaving 3.0-cm margin at the left, 2.5 cm on top and bottom. The A4-size.  Submitted papers should be prepared with a font size no smaller than 11 pt for the word-processed manuscripts, fonts of the text Times New Roman, text in a tables and figures is in Calibri or Arial fonts.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Author Guidelines


Baltic Forestry accepts original scientific papers, short communications (brief reports), and review papers. Each manuscript will be checked for plagiarism and grammar.

Baltic Forestry only accepts manuscripts written in English. Please note that Baltic Forestry will not edit submitted manuscripts for style or language, and editors may reject immediately a manuscript if it is compromised by plagiarism, grammatical errors or inadequate style or technical arrangement.

Therefore,  authors which are non-native speakers of English or which do not have excellent skills in writing scientific English, are asked to make use of an independent professional editing service. This is mandatory. All services are paid for and arranged by the authors themselves.

 It is recommended that the text of original research paper (research reports) should not be longer than 20 printed pages, including tables, illustrations, references and summary. The authors should aim to submit their work, as concisely as possible, longer papers could be accepted under exceptional circumstances. The Brief Report may be up to 10 pages. The style should be the same as in original articles. Authors are encouraged to submit results from studies with limited scope in the form of Breef Report. The Chronicle should include brief surveys of the different kind of scientific and respective events etc. The Brief Reports and Chronicle are published in addition to submission of the original research papers. Baltic Forestry uses the Open Journal System (OJS) for manuscript processing. All types of manuscripts must be submitted using the OJS. The manuscript should be complete with all tables and figures, and pages and lines should be numbered continuously. The accepted manuscript formats are .doc, .docx, .rtf. Upon receipt, the paper will be given a received date and ID. 

Submission of a manuscript implies that it is new, it has not been published elsewhere, and it is not being considered for publication in any other journals.

The entire manuscript should be 1.5 spaced, leaving 2.5-cm margin at the left, at the right and on top and bottom. Use left intend at the begining of each paragraph and chapter title. The A 4-size paper is preferred. Use font size of 12 pt for the main text, 11 pt for the abstract and references. Use only Normal style settings of word processing software. Other unusual formatting (including capitalisation, multiple spaces or tabulators etc.) is unacceptable. Keep format as simple as possible. Separate headings with blank line. Do not number headings of chapters and sub-chapters.

Number all pages consecutively in the bottom right-hand corner. The approximate position of the tables and figures should be indicated in the left-hand margin. Scientific names must be italized. Use British spelling. Manuscripts, which are not written in good English nor adheres to the stylish reguirements of the journal, will be rejected without peer-review.

The manuscripts should include:

• Title; • Author(s)name(s);• Address(es):department(s),institution(s), location(s), postal code, country (use only English letters);• Abstract;• Key words;• Introduction;• Materials and methods;• Results; • Discussion and conclusions;• Short acknowledgements (if you wish); • References;  • Figure Captions; • Figures; • Tables

 Title: Title (in bold) should be as brief as clarity permits (max. 120 characters). Authors' names (in bold) and addresses of institutions should be included below. Insert "and" (ampersand is unacceptable) before the last name of authors. The name of the corresponding author, to whom all correspondence will be sent, should be marked with '*', and the electronic address and phone number should be indicated below the addresses.


The text of an abstract should not exceed 350 words for original papers and 150 words for the Brief Reports. Problems, objectives, methods employed and main results and conclusuons should be stated. Do not include figures, tables, undefined abbreviations, equations and references in the abstract.

Key words: Provide all relevant key words, including those already in the title.

Text: Following headings should be used such as Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions. Align headings to the left of the page and use left indent.

The Introduction should provide a general orientation of the subject of the article and present the reasons for and the main aims of the study. It should be as concise as possible.

The Materials and Methods must provide information detailed enough to permit exact replication of the research. The methods should be described in details: type and amount of material, location of trials/sample plots, design and structure of trials, measured traits, time and number of measurements, methods and instruments/equipment used in measurements, methods of analysis/estimates, statistical methods, data transformations,  models of ANOVA or/and regression, assumptions and software used.

The Results should be concise and as objective and descriptive as possible. Refer to the figures and tables as Figure and Table. Common Latin abbreviations as e.g. (exempli gratia), i.e. (id est), etc. (et cetera), and other, should not be italized. Latin words and phrases should be italized i.e. in situin vivoin vitro etc. Statistical abbreviations should also be italized e.g.: Prtt-test, F-test, CV. Put a space before and after all statistical abbreviations, mathematical symbols, mathematical operators ( + , - , > , < etc.) and numbers, e.g. r = 0.55, P < 0.001. Do not use abbreviation of the word "Figure".  No discussion of the results is permitted in this part of the paper.

The Discussion and Conclusions should not repeat results and should be as consise as possible. The Discussion should point out the biological meaning and relevance of the results.

In-text citations. All the references cited in the text should be indicated by the author's name followed by the year of publication in brackets. For more than two authors, the first author's name should be followed by 'et al'. If several references are cited together, they should be arranged chronologically and then alphabetically, such as (Ellenberg et al. 1992, Kouki et al. 2001). If two or more documents have the same author and year, they should be distinguished by lower-case letters (a, b, c, etc.), following the year and within the parentheses. For cited documents with no author, issuing institution should be mentioned, otherwise use 'Anon'. Where there are two authors, the ampersands are unacceptable. Please use 'and' instead (Jensen and Hofmann 2002). 

References: Do not number references. List all references cited at the end of paper alphabetically according to the first author. Abbreviations of journal titles should be avoided. Journal titles should be italized. Do not use the abbreviation pp. for journal citations. Do use pp. (plural) for citations of books, reports and booklets.

Authors must provide doi numbers for all of the references if they are available.

For periodicals
Verbylaitė, R., Pliūra, A., Lygis, V., Suchockas, V., Jankauskienė, J. and Labokas, J. 2017. Genetic diversity and its spatial distribution in self-regenerating Norway spruce and Scots pine stands. Forests 8(12): 470-487. doi:10.3390/f8120470

For edited symposia, special issues
Iwata, M., Hirano, T. and Hasewaga, S. 1982. Radial variation in black alder. Genetics of Alders. Proc. 13th NEFTIC conf., 1981: 17-25.

For books

Eckerberg, K. 1987. Environmental protection in Swedish forestry: A study of the implementation process. University of Umeå, Umeå, 220 pp.

For multi-author books
Kandler, O. 1992. The German forest decline situation: a complex of diseases. In: P.D. Manion and D. Lanchance (Editors): Forest decline concepts. St. Paul, Minnesota, p. 181-190.

For unpublished reports, departmental notes, etc.
Arminas, A. 1995. Forest conditions in Lithuania. Lith. For. Res. Inst., Dep. Note SIN/261 (unpubl.). 9 pp.

The non-English references (e.g. Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, etc.) must be translated into English. Directly after a non-English title, insert the English translation in angle brackets [ ] followed by the punctuation of the mother sentence. The original title is to be retained and a notation (in Russian) or (in Lithuanian with English abstract) should be added

Vilčinskas, J. 1931. Medynų prieaugis Lietuvos miškuose [Wood increment in Lithuanian forests]. Mūsų girios 7: 315-328, (in Lithuanian)


Tables are to be submitted as editable supplementary Word files in Table format, not as pictures. Tables, planned to fit a printed width of either 8 or 16 cm, should be typed on separate pages, and collected at the end of the text. Larger tables should be avoided. Their approximate position should be indicated in the margin of paper. Tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals and furnished with explanatory headings. Do not use vertical and inner horizontal lines to separate each column and row (include horizontal lines above and below the column header, and at the bottom of table only). Leave some space between columns instead. Text and numbers within tables have to be in Arial fonts, 9-10 pt. All explanations important to the understanding of the table should be given as a footnote at the bottom of the table. 


Figures should be only of high-resolution at a minimum of 1000x1000 px , suitable for the direct reproduction and on a scale for reduction to half their original size. Authors should ensure that numerical and alphabetic notations are large enough to be fully legible after reduction (a suitable final size for fonts, symbols and numbers there is 2-3 mm). Graphs should be made preferably by using their initial format as Excel. Figures should be planned to appear with a maximum final width of 8, 12 or 16 cm. Figures are numbered in Arabic numerals. The list of captions should be typed on the separate page. Figures should be prepared exclusively with black-and-white or grey-scale settings unless they are meant to be printed in colour. Colour figures in print could be used only in cases where there is a clear need. The additional costs for printing illustrations must be paid after paper acceptance for publication. If authors are willing and able to pay the associated charges, they should indicate their request, preferably upon submission, and indicate which figures are intended for colour in print version. To avoid inaccuracies please check all information.

Changes in Authorship: Requests to add / remove an author or to re-arrange the author names are acceptable from the corresponding author of the paper before its acceptance for publication. If the author order changes from the initial submission during peer reviewing, the corresponding author must provide evidence of approval by all the authors. If an author is being added after the initial submission, the corresponding author must provide an explanation of the addition as well as approval by all the initial authors and approval of the author being added.



1. Register yourself in the system filling in all fields in the form,  checking the box 'Author'and clicking on "Register" button at the bottom.
(If registration fails, open this Baltic Forestry site with another web browser, preferably Internet Explorer). 

2. Login as author, then in upper left menu click on 'Make a new Submission'.

3. From the drop meniu select a coresponding section.

4. Check all items in Submission Preparation Checklist.

5. In a box 'Comments for the Editor' provide names, affilations and emails of four potential reviewers

6. Upload MS Word .doc file with manuscript text. File exceeding 9 Mb cannot be uploaded.

7. Step-by-step fill in all boxes with information on manuscript requested, including names and institutions of all authors, summary and keywords.

8. Use link 'Add a supplementing files' to upload files with figures, tables and supplements. Files exceeding 9 Mb cannot be uploaded.

9. Finish submission.



All communications with Managing editor or Subject editors should be done exclusively via Baltic Forestry OJS system.

Your submission will be assigned to corresponding Subject editor who will manage whole review and editing processes. Subject editor will assign two external annonymous reviewers to review the submission.

Corresponding author will be informed both via email and in OJS submission site on review results upon receiving all reviews from two reviewers.

Authors have to revise the paper addressing all concerns, comments and recommendations from both reviewers as well as Subject editor and/or Managing editor.

Please note that in order to evaluate the revision made, along with the revised version of the manuscript we will need to have the accompanying letter in which all reviewers' comments that have been indicated on Review form and directly on your manuscript are addressed point-by-point.

After each review cycle a revised manuscript file(s) and accompanying letter on revisions made should be uploaded onto 'Revisions' section of the 'Review' window of your submission in the Baltic Forestry Online System.

As usual, the revised manuscript will be resent to referees to check the improvements made. Second review round could be initiated if revisions are not satisfactory.

When paper is accepted for publishing, the file with revised final 'clean' manuscript should be uploaded onto 'Revisions' section of the 'Review' window  by substituting previous file of revised manuscript. 



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