Serving as the first Editor-in-Chief of Forest Research: Open Access, I have frequently been asked by authors, reviewers and colleagues “What are the roles of the journal?” I usually explain to them that Forest Research: Open Access is a journal that publishes the most exciting research on all aspects of forest science and to provide a rapid turn-around time for reviewing, publishing, disseminating the articles freely for research, plus teaching and referencing purposes. The scope of the journal includes all forest ecosystems of the world. It aims to encourage communication between scientists in the fields who share a common interest in forest science and to bridge the gap between forest researches and land managers in the field to the benefit of both. With the benefits of open access for the public, all articles published in Forest Research: Open Access is freely accessible to everyone with internet connection immediately after publication. Ideally, Forest Research: Open Access should publish new knowledge, research, practices, ideas, and policies, and should make great efforts to reach more readers worldwide, larger than that of any subscription based journal. I would like to see forest professionals, regardless of sub discipline, feel he or she should read this journal in order to stay current in the field. If Forest Research: Open Access is to achieve this position, the articles must be exciting, important, of broad general interests, and span all areas of forest research. Moreover, the time between submission and publication must be as short as possible.
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