Finnish Society of Forest Science started science publishing in 1913 by establishing the journal Acta Forestalia Fennica. The first issue of Acta Forestalia Fennica contained two monograph-style research reports written in German. During the early years, the publications of the Society were commonly edited in Finnish or German but some papers appeared in English or French.

Silva Fennica was established in 1926 for publishing ”short” research reports. At that time, the research reports were usually tens of pages long, often written in monograph style. Short report referred to articles written in the concise style of today’s research articles. Silva Fennica first appeared occasionally, after enough suitable papers were submitted. In 1967, Silva Fennica was converted to a quarterly scientific journal: Silva Fennica number 121 was also the first issue of volume 1 of the renovated journal. The Finnish Society of Forest Science started publishing cooperation with the Finnish Forest Research Institute in 1994, which continued till 2016. English became the only publishing language of Silva Fennica. The same year, online publication of the abstracts began. Open access publication of whole text articles in the Internet began in 1998. Thus, Silva Fennica was among the first international scientific journals to go online. The monograph series of the Finnish Forest Research Institute, Communicationes Instituti Forestalis Fenniae, merged with Acta Forestalia Fennica in 1998. In 2000, Acta Forestalia Fennica merged with Silva Fennica because submission of monographs almost ceased.

Silva Fennica has established reputation as one of leading forest science journals of the world. The 100th year of forest science publishing by the Finnish Society of Forest Science, 2013, brought another important change for Silva Fennica because it went online only. Open access publishing continued. All articles of Silva Fennica are published in html and pdf formats.

All monographs and journals published by the Finnish Society of Forest Science during the past 100 years are now available in electronic form. The Foundation Metsämiesten säätiö funded the scanning of all old paper publications. The work was completed by the end of 2012. The main publications of the Society, Acta Forestalia Fennica and Silva Fennica can be found through the web site of Silva Fennica. Several occasional publications by the Society are now deposited in the University of Helsinki Library’s Digital Archives (HELDA).

At the moment, the Finnish Society of Forest Science publishes three journals in co-operation with other forest research organisations:

Silva Fennica

Silva Fennica is a scientific journal published in English. Full text articles published from 1998 onwards are available on the journal’s home page. For older articles, scroll down to archive links.



Metsätieteen aikakauskirja

Metsätieteen Aikakauskirja is an online journal published in Finnish. It publishes peer-reviewed scientific articles, and discussion and opinion papers.


Dissertationes Forestales

Dissertationes Forestales was established by the Finnish Society of Forest Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry at the University of Helsinki, and the School of Forest Sciences at the University of Eastern Finland for publishing doctoral dissertations in forest sciences.


Links to the archive in HELDA

Forest dictionaries

Lexicon forestale. Metsäsanakirja. Skogsordbok. Forest dictionary. Forstwörterbuch. Lesnoj slovar'. - WSOY. 1979. 592 s. (Finnish - Swedish - English - German - Russian)

Lexicon forestale. Supplementum fenniae-polonicae. Suomalais-puolalainen metsäsanasto. Slownik lesny finsko-polski. - 1986. 289 s. (Finnish - Polish)

Metsäsanasto espanja-suomi-espanja. Terminología forestal español-finlandés-español. - 1994. 218 s. (Finnish - Spanish)


Occasional publications of the Finnish Society of Forest Science