|Society of American Foresters||International Society of Tropical Foresters|
|Forests and Forestry in the Americas: An Encyclopedia is a web-based encyclopedia, which will have approximately 300 separate entries, contributed by forest and natural resource scholars and experts. The audience for the encyclopedia generally will be persons not familiar with forestry, including the general public and students through graduate work, teachers, journalists, and professionals who want a brief summary of a subject outside their area of expertise.
|Contributing to the encyclopedia:|
|The articles in the encyclopedia will range between 1,000 to 5,000 words. We will balance short, medium, and long essays, as well as disciplines, regions, and value perspectives of forests. The subjects of tropical to temperate forest in Latin America are likely to be of equal interest to all readers in the Americas, and a web-based encyclopedia should facilitate wider and cheaper distribution of the articles than a traditional book. Thus the encyclopedia will have a reasonable distribution of articles for each region. We will have some core, similar articles for all major regions—Canada, U.S.A., Central America, and South America. But we will avoid replicating the same technical subject titles in four different regions for the entire encyclopedia, so authors should try to write each technical entry broadly to cover the principles that might apply to all regions in the Americas to the extent possible. Subject categories identified are: countries and regions, forest biology and ecology, forest management, forest measurements and monitoring, forest ownership, tenure and social systems, forest policies and administration, forest products and manufacturing, contemporary issues, historical events, and leading figures.
|All entries will be undergo a sequential submission, review, posting, and further review process. Articles will first be submitted and reviewed by one of the Associate Editors or the Editor before being posted to the web site in initial form, perhaps with technical changes being required. Second, entries will be reviewed by colleagues who are contributing to the encyclopedia or by SAF/ISTF members for technical comments and suggestions. These secondary review comments will be provided to the for the authors to revise and update the article. The encyclopedia will use English as the preferred language, but Spanish or Portuguese are acceptable if appropriate for the entry and region. As such, grammatical correctness and editing are the joint responsibility of the author and the respective Associate Editor most familiar with the language and the subject matter. We will use the Journal of Forestry author (date) citation form, with alphabetic references at the end of the entries for cited works or for useful references.|
|Works in this Forestry Encyclopedia may be cited as: Author Last Name, First Name. Year. Entry title. In: Forests and Forestry in the Americas: An Encyclopedia. Edited by: F. W. Cubbage. Society of American Foresters and International Society of Tropical Foresters. Accessed at: http://188.8.131.52/index.php/Main_Page. Date, month, and year accessed.|
|Timing and Contributions:|
|This work has been compiled since 2007. It is updated and maintained continually. We are continuing to post articles that have been submitted, and are seeking authors and articles to continue to expand our coverage and content. We have identified more than 300 subjects that cover much of the subject of forests and forestry in the Americas, and have articles or commitments for almost half of those entries.
Contact -- Fred Cubbage