Place: House of Sciences and Letters (Tieteiden talo), Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki
Date and time: Friday, 16 October 2015, 8:30 – 12:00

Finnish Society of Forest Science and IUFRO’s (International Union of Forest Research Organisations) Working Party on Forest Science Publishing organised on Friday, 16 October 2015 a half-day seminar for early-career scientists on scientific writing and publishing. The aim of the seminar was to provide an overview on the publishing process for authors and deal with some key issues on scientific writing. The speakers were editors of leading forest science journals. Although the seminar emphasised forest sciences, many of the publishing issues are common to several academic disciplines. Thus, doctoral students and post-doc scientists of many natural resource, biological, and environmental sciences. Supervisors of doctoral students attended the seminar.

The keynote speaker was Dr Pierre Bernier who has served in several editorial duties of Canadian Journal of Forest Research, the last five years as the Editor-in-Chief. He gave an overview of the manuscript review process from the editors’ point of view. The other speakers were Prof. Johanna Witzell, Editor-in-Chief of Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, Dr Pekka Nygren, Associate Editor of Silva Fennica, and Dr Sari Palmroth, Managing Editor of Tree Physiology. The seminar was chaired by Dr Erwin Dreyer, Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Forest Science. Abstracts of the seminar presentations are included in the Proceedings of the International Workshop on Forest Science Publishing.


8:30 – 8:35 Opening, Dr Erwin Dreyer, Annals of Forest Science

8:35 – 9:30 Scientific publication viewed from the Editor’s chair, Dr Pierre Bernier, Canadian Journal of Forest Research
Dr Bernier gave an overview on the review and publication process of your manuscript as seen by an editor of a scientific journal.

9:30 – 10:00 Selecting the right journal for a manuscript, Prof. Johanna Witzell, Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research
Prof. Witzell dealt with key issues of selecting the correct journal for your manuscript and gives some practical advice.

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 11:00 Reproducibility in forest sciences, Dr Pekka Nygren, Silva Fennica
Dr Nygren talked about writing the Materials and Methods and Results sections of your article in a way that make it possible to reproduce your work - a necessary condition for advancement of scientific knowledge.

11:00 – 11:30 Respond to peer review in the spirit of helpfulness, Dr Sari Palmroth, Tree Physiology
Dr Palmroth spoke on efficiently responding to the reviewers’ and editors’ comments on your manuscript.

11:30 – 12:00 Questions and answers
The speakers and other journal editors gathered to the IUFRO Working Party meeting were available for responding the questions of the audience about scientific publishing.