|Important notice from the editor of Annals of Forest Science to authors (September 2010)|
You probably are aware that the peer-review system has trouble keeping up with the number of manuscript submissions. This is also the case for AFS. Our referees are overloaded with manuscripts. Each takes quite some time to answer.
In parallel, we observe that an increasing number of submitted manuscripts are not at a stage where they have reasonable chances to be accepted.
To avoid an overload of work to our editors and referees, we decided to decline publication of such manuscripts without external review. This happened, unfortunately, quite frequently in the last months. To improve the chances that your manuscript will acceptable to AFS,
In addition, we expect you to prepare a cover letter outlining the novelty and significance of your work, and providing arguments why you believe your paper is important and relevant for the readership of AFS. Please be convincing!
Taking these suggestions into account will contribute to a smooth, efficient and fast handling of your manuscript.
AFS thanks you for your contribution to the quality of the journal, and looks forward having the pleasure to consider your manuscripts for publication.
Erwin DREYER, Editor.