Focus and scope
The Revista Chapingo Serie Ciencias Forestales y del Ambiente (RCHSCFA) is a scientific journal that aims to raise awareness of high-quality research products related to forest, arid, temperate and tropical environments in the world. Since its foundation in 1994, the RCHSCFA has served as a space for scientific dissemination and discussion at a national and international level among academics, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, forest managers and public/private entities that are interested in the forest environment.
All content published in the journal first goes through a strict triple-blind review process and is published in the following formats: Scientific Articles, Review Articles, Methodologies, Technical or Technological Notes.
The RCHSCFA has a printed version (ISSN 2007-3828) and an electronic version (ISSN 2007-4018) in Open Access; it is published triannually, at the beginning of January, May and September, and all its content is bilingual (Spanish and English). The publishing body is the Universidad Autónoma Chapingo.
La RCHSCFA considers, for editorial review, peer review and subsequent publication, those papers that contribute to the investigation of forest environments (arid, temperate and tropical), and that fall within the following subject areas:
|Forestry and Management||Forest nurseries, fire ecology, forest ecology, animal and plant species in danger of extinction, forest management, commercial plantations, forest health and timber and non-timber forest products technology.|
|Forest Economics and Sociology||Natural resource economics, markets and marketing of forest products, environmental economics, project formulation and evaluation, and forest sociology.|
|Statistics, Computation and Mathematics||Quantitative models for forest management; production and yield of stands and social measurements.|
|Environment||Environmental impact, carbon capture and pollution by industrial processes.|
Any contribution that is considered for editorial and peer review must be unpublished and the product of original research; in addition, submissions have to fall into one of the following formats accepted by the RCHSCFA:
It is a scientific and technological contribution that is original, unpublished, developed with ethical practices, and resulting from either a rigorous experimental process or from well-founded theoretical developments. All information necessary for an experiment to be replicated by other researchers must be included. It includes: a title, abstract, highlights, keywords, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, conclusions and literature cited. Its maximum length is 6,500 words.
It is the written product of an in-depth, comprehensive and up-to-date review of a topic of recent interest within the field of forest, arid, temperate and tropical environments. It must be based on a critical analysis, which covers the state of the art and allows us to glimpse current and future research needs and, where appropriate, technology transfer. It includes: a title, abstract, highlights, keywords, introduction, methods and criteria used for the search and selection of references, a critical literature review, discussion, conclusions and literature cited. Its maximum length is 6,500 words.
Scientific or technological notes
It is a short report of original research. It has the same objective as the scientific article, but this type of contribution is expressed in a brief way, although it has no less importance because of that. It includes: a title, abstract, highlights, keywords, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, conclusions and literature cited. Its maximum length is 4,000 words.
It is a technical report that explains in detail the development of a new methodology for the study of forest, arid, temperate and tropical environments in the world, the modification of an existing one, or the preliminary results of its application. It includes: a title, abstract, highlights, keywords, introduction, critical literature review, discussion, conclusions and literature cited. Its maximum length is 4,000 words.
The RCHSCFA only receives original and unpublished contributions (written in Spanish or English) that fall within the journal’s scope and format typologies set out in the Policies Section.
The submission process, review and opinion issued for each contribution is carried out through the Editorial Manager® (EM) platform, through the RCHSCFA website (http://www.editorialmanager.com/rchscfa/default.aspx). The author responsible for the contribution’s application process within EM is the one designated in the list of authors as the “corresponding author.”
The documents required to start the reception process are:
- file_download Submission application
- file_download Identification sheet
- file_download Text of the contribution
It includes the adscription and personal data of all authors, as well as their signature. In this, the authors expressly state that their contribution is the product of original research, which is unpublished, that is not being simultaneously submitted to another journal and that has not been previously published in another journal, platform or information system. A contribution is considered as "previously published" when: 1) The work submitted to the journal is partially or wholly contained in the published proceedings of a scientific event. 2) The full text has been published in its entirety in any language, both in printed and electronic formats, and has an ISSN or ISBN.
All documents submitted to the RCHSCFA are reviewed with specialized software packages to determine the degree, if any, of content duplication, which ensures the originality of the submission. If this tool finds an appreciable similarity with other works previously published in the introduction, results and discussion, and conclusions sections, the submitted text will be rejected outright.
If the submitted document meets the requirements of the editorial review and passes the accreditation process performed through specialized software packages, a key is assigned and the peer review process is initiated, which is communicated via email, through the Editorial Manager® platform.
Within this letter, the authors must indicate if there was a conflict of interest.
It includes the title of the contribution, type of document submitted, author names, institutional affiliation, country and ORCID number of all authors.
It contains all the characteristics indicated in the "Author’s Guide," without including either author names or institutional affiliation.
The Editor-in-chief together with the Assistant Editor assigns the reviewers for the scientific review of the content, which is carried out under the triple-blind modality. The reviewers must be experts in the subject matter of the contribution and unaffiliated with the institution of the authors. The review process is conducted through the Editorial Manager® platform.
The results of this evaluation may be:
- Accepted for publication.
- Accepted with minor modifications: minor modifications are proposals for changes related to grammatical, technical and format deficiencies, which can be expressly identified as basic, public domain knowledge, especially within the field of forest and environmental sciences.
- Significant modifications: significant changes are proposals for changes that focus on the methodological design, presentation of results, clarification of techniques or experiments, or include complementary data that give scientific validity to the results and conclusions of the contribution.
For all evaluation results, the reviewers must clearly provide arguments for their opinion. For cases 1, 2 and 3 above, the reviewers must indicate, in a concise manner, the suggested changes and the reasons for making them. In the event that a reviewer does not comply with his/her assignment in the period indicated, the Editor-in-chief issues a new request for an opinion -according to his/her criteria- to the same reviewer or to a specialist in the area.
After receiving the opinions of the reviewers, the Editor-in-Chief forwards the review request to the Assistant Editor through Editorial Manager®, where the following documents are available: "Evaluation Form", the contribution reviewed by the referee, and the "Opinion Evaluation Form," which is used to assess whether the reviewers have adequately evaluated the contribution. Within a period of 15 working days the Assistant Editor has the responsibility of:
- play_arrow Reviewing the opinion of the reviewers.
- play_arrow Reviewing the submitted contribution, meaning he/she has to apply the same evaluation criteria as the reviewers.
- play_arrow Reviewing and resolving contradictory aspects between the opinions of the two reviewers.
- play_arrow Issuing an opinion on both the evaluation of the reviewers and the submitted text, which is reviewed by the Editor-in-chief who must check whether an adequate evaluation was carried out in accordance with the current Editorial Policy. In the event that the Editor-in-chief finds the review by the Assistant Editor inadequate, the former carries out an evaluation that replaces the evaluation of the latter.
According to the results of the evaluation of the reviewer and the Assistant Editor, the opinion and the process is as follows:According to the results of the evaluation of the reviewers and the Assistant Editor, the process is as follows:
- The contribution is forwarded to Coordinación de Revistas Institucionales (CORI) to start the publication process (style correction, translation, design, layout and metadata marking). The Editor-in-chief issues the "Letter of Acceptance" to the corresponding author, who has a period of five working days to communicate approval of modifications and is responsible for sending the letters of cessation of patrimonial rights of all authors who sign a document whose format can be downloaded on the RCHSCFA website: (https://www.chapingo.mx/revistas/forestales/). The Editor-in-chief has the duty to indicate the issue and date on which the article will be published.
- Accepted with minor modifications. The corresponding author receives the opinion and the suggested changes. Within ten working days he/she must return the manuscript with the suggested modifications that the authors accept. If the corresponding author does not send the modifications in the indicated period, the contribution begins the opinion process again.
- Significant modifications. TThe corresponding author receives the opinion and suggestion for changes. Within ten working days, he/she must return the manuscript with the suggested changes that the authors accept. If the corresponding author does not send the corrected contribution in the indicated period, the contribution may be rejected.
In the case of texts accepted with minor and significant modifications, after receipt of the updated version of the document, the Editor-in-chief forwards the contribution to the Assistant Editor who reviews the changes made and, if such be the case, the reasons given -in theoretical, methodological and empirical terms- not to make the suggested modifications. If the opinion is to accept the contribution, it is forwarded to CORI to start the publication process (style correction, translation, design, layout and metadata marking). The Editor-in-chief issues the "Letter of Acceptance" to the corresponding author, who has a period of five working days to communicate approval of modifications and is responsible for sending the letter of cessation of patrimonial rights of all authors who sign a document whose format can be downloaded on the RCHSFA website. The Editor-in-chief reserves the right to indicate the issue and date on which the contribution will be published.
Contributions accepted for publication are subject to a $200 USD recovery fee to cover part of the expenses of the publication process (administrative management, style correction, translation, design and metadata marking). Deposits are made in Banco Santander S. A., account no. 65501084813 in the name of Universidad Autónoma Chapingo (for national deposits CLABE: 014180655010848131 and SWIFT: 021000021, Beneficiary Bank: BMSXMXMM, for international deposits).
In certain cases, the Institutional Editorial Committee may waive the recovery fee –upon request and justification– for some contributions, especially from authors attached to institutions in developing countries.
The manuscript submission has no charges.
Open Access Policy
The RCHSCFA of the Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo recognizes that to improve the processes of diffusion and dissemination of scientific knowledge, it must be available to any user without any legal or economic barrier. Therefore, authors who publish in RCHSCFA must accept the following conditions:
Based on copyright legislation, the RCHSCFA recognizes and respects the moral rights of the authors, as well as the ownership of the patrimonial rights of their work that will be ceded to the Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo for its dissemination in open access.
Thus, any author who publishes in the RCHSCFA must have signed a letter of cessation of rights, in which he/she explicitly recognizes that his/her work will be disseminated under the principles of open access and that, in addition, he/she can perform other independent and additional contractual agreements for the non-exclusive distribution of the final version of the article published in RCHSCFA (such as including it in an institutional or thematic repository, placing it in an academic social network, disseminating it in some other electronic or printed platform), on condition that it is clearly and explicitly pointed out that the document was first published in RHCSCFA and that the respective digital object identifier (DOI) is listed.
All content published in this journal is under a Creative Commons 4.0 license Atribución-No Comercial (CC BY-NC 4.0 Internacional), so that readers/users can freely access all content published in RCHSCFA, as well as quote, share (in printed and electronic format), print and distribute the documents published in the journal, with the requirement that it be clearly and explicitly mentioned that the document was first published in the RCHSFA.
This work is under a Creative Commons Atribución-NoComercial 4.0 Internacional license.
Frequency of Publication
RCHSCFA publishes three issues per year: January-April, May-August and September-December, in printed and electronic versions. Publishing is the responsibility of the Coordinación de Revistas Institucionales (CORI) of the Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Mexico.
Code of Ethics
RCHSCFA subscribes to the code of ethics of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for the evaluation of the dynamics related to the publication process and the actions of the actors involved in it (editors, editorial committee, authors and reviewers). For more information, consult: publicationethics.org