BC Forest Professional Magazine Contributor Guidelines

BC Forest Professional (BCFP) publishes four editions per year: Winter (January), Spring (April), Summer (July), and Fall (October) and is circulated to over 5,600 Registered Professional Foresters, Registered Forest Technologists, associate registrants, trainees, as well as other interested stakeholders. BCFP is also available to the public on the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) website.

To ensure your submission is considered, you must not miss our deadlines. If you are interested in contributing an article, letter, case study, obituary, or image to BC Forest Professional, please contact the editor.

Self-promotional or marketing pieces will not be accepted. If you are interested in advertising opportunities in BC Forest Professional, contact the editor.

Unfortunately, due to space limitations and the interests of our readers, we cannot publish every submission we receive.

The opinions expressed in BC Forest Professional are those of the article or letter author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of the ABCFP, council, or staff.

Purpose of BC Forest Professional

BC Forest Professional magazine is written for and targeted at ABCFP registrants. It has three primary goals:

  1. Contribute to ABCFP registrant ongoing competency by providing articles spotlighting the latest research, case studies, and information relating to the practice of professional forestry;
  2. Keep ABCFP registrants informed of news, bylaws, requirements, and professional issues that may affect their registration and/or practice; and
  3. Provide ABCFP registrants with a vehicle in which they can express in a respectful and professional manner their opinions and contribute to collegial debate on issues affecting the practice of professional forestry.

Editorial Process

Features, case studies, research updates, science in action, and opinion articles are reviewed by an editorial advisory panel comprised of ABCFP registrants and the editor of BCFP. The editorial advisory panel provides feedback and suggestions for improving the article.

The editor will work with the article author to address concerns and issues raised by the advisory panel. Authors are expected to receive the advisory panel feedback professionally and non-judgementally and work with the editor in a collegial and collaborative manner to revise the article so it meets the standards acceptable for publication in BCFP.

The following criteria are considered:

  • The topic is relevant and of interest to our readers.
  • The article must be well organized, flow logically, and offer a unique or interesting point of view. Ensure you present a question or problem, discuss it, and then offer a potential solution.
  • Readers must benefit from reading your article; they must learn something new. The article should meet one of the magazine’s four goals.

Submission Guidelines

Letters

  • The letters section is for readers responding to recent articles or letters and for brief statements about current professional forestry related issues.
  • The editor reserves the right to edit and condense letters.
  • Letters must adhere to standards of fairness, accuracy, legality, and the ABCFP Code of Ethical and Professional Conduct.
  • Opinions must be presented in a professional and respectful manner.
  • Anonymous letters and letters that are unduly critical of individuals, organizations, ABCFP registrants, and/or ABCFP Council or staff are not accepted.
  • Maximum word count: 350.

Feature articles

  • Feature articles must be on issues relevant to the profession of forestry and our readers.
  • Priority is given to articles written by ABCFP registrants.
  • Submissions should include high resolution photos and short biographies (50 words max.) of all authors.
  • Accompanying images are encouraged.
  • Maximum word count: 1,000.

Case studies/research updates/science in action

  • Though not a science journal, we do publish articles about forestry-related research. Submissions should explain the research and relate it to our readers.
  • Submissions should include high resolution photos and short biographies (50 words max.) of all authors.
  • Accompanying images are encouraged.
  • Maximum word count: 1,000.

Opinion articles

  • Opinion articles must be on issues relevant to the profession of forestry and our readers.
  • Submissions must adhere to standards of fairness, accuracy, legality, and civility.
  • Opinions must be presented in a professional and respectful manner.
  • Submissions should include high resolution photos and short biographies (50 words max.) of all authors.
  • Accompanying images are encouraged.
  • Maximum word count: 1,000.

Obituaries

  • It is very important to ABCFP registrants to receive word of the passing of a colleague. The editorial team relies on ABCFP registrants and/or family members to provide obituaries for publication.
  • Submissions should include a high resolution image.
  • Maximum word count: 350.

Submission Technical Requirements

  • Word count: Maximum word counts are provided for each submission category. Letter, article, case study, and obituary submissions may not be published if they exceed the maximum word count.
  • Submission format: Please send us your submissions in Word (DOC or DOCX) format.
  • Image requirements: Please send us your digital, colour photos saved as JPG or TIF files. Please ensure you have the rights to use any images you submit. They must be print quality (at least 300 dpi). Ensure your camera is set on ‘high’ or ‘fine’ to ensure the best quality. Send your image(s) as an email attachment. Do not embed them in a Word document.

Editorial Schedule

Note: If you are planning on submitting an article, please contact the editor as soon as possible before the due date.

Letter and obituary due dates

  • Summer 2022 draft submission deadline: May 16, 2022.
  • Fall 2022 draft submission deadline: August 15, 2022.
  • Winter 2023 draft submission deadline: November 14, 2022.
  • Spring 2023 draft submission deadline: February 13, 2023.

Article due dates

  • Summer 2022 draft submission deadline: April 4, 2022.
  • Fall 2022 draft submission deadline: July 4, 2022.
  • Winter 2023 draft submission deadline: October 3, 2022.
  • Spring 2023 draft submission deadline: January 3, 2023.

Writers' Recognition

We are unable to pay authors for the articles we publish; however, all article and case study submissions are eligible for the annual BC Forest Professional Best Article Award, which recognize outstanding contributions. This award is presented during the ABCFP annual forestry conference and AGM.

Questions: If you are interested in submitting an article and want feedback on the relevance of your story idea, and/or how to craft your piece, please contact the editor.