Contributor Guidelines

BC Forest Professional (BCFP) publishes four editions per year: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. BCFP 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 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.

Purpose of BC Forest Professional

  1. To contribute to ABCFP registrants’ continuing professional development.
  2. To keep ABCFP registrants informed of association business and professional issues.
  3. To give ABCFP registrants a vehicle to freely express their opinions about the ABCFP and professional issues.
  4. To inform others about professional forestry.

Editorial Process

All submissions are reviewed by an editorial board comprised of ABCFP registrants. The editorial board determines which submissions will be printed. If your submission is approved, the editor will work with you to ensure the article meets BCFP publishing requirements. All articles are returned to the author for final review before publication. 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. Review the “Purpose of BC Forest Professional” at the beginning of this document to ensure your article meets at least one of these requirements.

Submission Categories

Letters
Intended primarily for feedback on recent BCFP articles and for brief statements about current professional forestry issues. The editor reserves the right to edit and condense letters. Anonymous letters are not accepted. Maximum word count: 300.

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.

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: 300.

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.

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

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

Issue Submission Deadline
Winter 2021  October 5, 2020
Spring 2021  January 4, 2021
Summer 2021 April 5, 2021
Fall 2021 July 5, 2021
Winter 2022 October 4, 2021

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.