Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

An Online Extension Journal for British Columbia

The Journal of Ecosystems and Management (JEM) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal covering natural resource and ecosystem management issues relevant to British Columbia. In addition to scientific articles, JEM provides a forum for commentary on current natural resource challenges. JEM’s broad readership includes natural resource practitioners, professionals, policymakers and researchers. The Journal extends research results, indigenous knowledge, management applications, socio-economic analyses and scholarly opinions. JEM is an open-source journal, freely available to the public at www.jem-online.org

JEM brings together a broad range of topics and perspectives with clear relevance to sustainable management of our natural resources. JEM fills a niche by:

  • Delivering content requested by our audience, including syntheses of research information, science-based evaluations and recommendations, practical land management applications, technology transfer, views on public policy and natural resource issues, and research needs.
  • Peer reviewing all JEM articles to ensure quality and relevance.
  • Publishing a variety of article formats, including Research Reports, Discussion Papers, Extension Notes, and Perspectives.
  • Assisting organizations and individuals to deliver and access information.
  • Offering free unlimited public access to JEM articles published on-line.
  • Allowing for dialogue on published papers through a reader response section.

What Does JEM publish?
The pages of the Journal are open to anyone who wants to write or read an informed, well-reasoned, and relevant article that will support sustainable natural resource management decisions. The Journal welcomes contributions on all related topics, including the following:

  • Aquatic ecology and management
  • Community development
  • Conservation biology
  • Culture
  • Decision-support tools
  • Economic development
  • Ecosystem management
  • Experiential knowledge
  • Extension
  • First Nations
  • Forest ecology and management
  • Geomorphology
  • Grasslands
  • Hydrology
  • Information management
  • Landscape ecology and management
  • Problem solving
  • Range
  • Research
  • Silviculture
  • Socio-economics
  • Soils
  • Technology transfer
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Wildlife ecology and management

We invite original manuscripts including synthesis papers that meet the goals of JEM. Authors are encouraged to contact the Managing Editor during preparation of their manuscripts. JEM papers should fall into one of three categories:

PERSPECTIVES:
Commentaries on the current and future status of natural resource management. Papers may state an opinion, offer a challenge, or present a thought-provoking idea on natural resource management issues.
Up to 3500 words — Peer Review by one internal and one external reviewer.

EXTENSION NOTES:
Focus on simplified syntheses of existing or new research, operational trials, case studies, preliminary field results, techniques, and new tools or technology. Papers may offer suggestions to improve ecosystem management activities or provide accounts of how research results have been adopted and applied.
Up to 3500 words — Peer Reviewed by two reviewers.

RESEARCH REPORTS OR DISCUSSION PAPERS:
Full-length scientific research and discussion papers that cover major research projects or programs, develop new concepts in natural resource management, test ideas with data from field and laboratory experiments, observations, or simulations. Like Extension Notes, these papers should emphasize management implications of the research they report on or summarize.
Up to 3500 words — Peer Review by 2 reviewers.

BOOK REVIEWS

Reviews on books that speak to ecosystem management are welcomed. Before you submit a book review, please make your book review suggestion known to our Managing Editor who will seek approval to have it published.
500-850 words - not peer reviewed.

Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does JEM function?

All manuscripts that complete the peer-review process and are accepted for publication will be published on-line in an "Issue-in-Progress." When a sufficient number of articles have accumulated, issues will be closed. Once an issue is closed, volume, issue, and page numbers will be assigned and a limited number of print copies will be distributed to major repositories and subscribers. On-line readers will be able to view and download the content of individual papers and issues. Readers may register for on-line notification of new issues.

2. What is an extension note?
Extension notes focus on simplified syntheses of existing or new research, operational trials, case studies, preliminary field results, techniques, new tools or technology, and other knowledge areas. Their main purpose is to provide key messages to improve ecosystem management activities and provide accounts of how research results have been adopted and placed into practice. In general, they are shorter papers and don't necessarily provide as much detail regarding experimental design.

3. How the peer review and revision process work?
Please see Submission Guidelines for Authors for details on submission requirements and the review process.

4. How can I receive notification about new articles?
Click on "Subscribe" and fill in your details. Subscribers receive announcements of new articles, special issues, and calls for papers.

 

Section Policies

Articles

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Research Reports

Full-length scientific research and discussion papers that cover major research projects or programs, develop new concepts in natural resource management, or test ideas with data from field and laboratory experiments, observations, or simulations.

Length: Up to 3,500 words

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Perspectives

Commentaries on the current or future status of natural resource management. Papers may state an opinion, offer a challenge, or present a thought-provoking idea on natural resource management issues.

Length: Up to 3,500 words

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Extension Notes

Focus on simplified syntheses of existing or new research, operational trials, case studies, preliminary field results, techniques, and new tools or technology. Papers may offer suggestions to improve ecosystem management activities or provide accounts of how research results have been adopted and placed into practice.

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Other

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Discussion Papers

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News

Articles in the Link section of JEM feature articles that highlight current research, innovative applications, and recent events related to sustainable natural resource management. Short articles emphasize “take-home” messages and provide links to further information.

Authors may submit their articles electronically to the JEM website: www.jem.forrex.org . Text (including tables) should be provided as a Microsft Word file (not a .docx file) and be no longer than 650 words. Longer articles may be considered, but the author must contact the Managing Editor for approval before submission. If figures or illustrations are to be included with the article, please submit these separately under supplementary files. Figures and illustrations should be high-resolution JPEG or TIFF files. Please note their desired position in the text with an appropriate caption and photo credit.

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Wildlife Habitat Decision Aid

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Editorial

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Editor-in-Chief's Report

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Strategic Perspectives

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Guest Editorial

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Adding Value

Mini report by editor detailing what has been published under FORREX publications.

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Extension Note B

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Introduction

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Stand Establishment Decision Aid

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Conclusion

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Book Reviews

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Commentary

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Special Issue

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Editorial Board

Don Gayton  editor@jem-online.org

Marilyn Bittman managing_editor@jem-online.org