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Forestry Journal

The Journal of National Forest Centre – Forest Research Institute Zvolen

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    Lesnícky časopis - Forestry Journal is a professional peer-reviewed scientific journal on forestry and game management topics. Journal is published 4-time a year. The journal contains original papers of basic and applied research from all fields of forestry and game management, further, review papers, reports, book reviews and chronicles. The editorial office accepts the manuscripts within the focus of the journal in English language, and exceptionally in Slovak and Czech languages.

    Aims and Scope

    Aspects of forest ecology, management planning, protection, monitoring, economics, but also silviculture, game management, landscape creation and ecology in the Central and also other regions of Europe.

    Why subscribe and read
    The journal presents the new knowledge, experiences and information from forestry research and science and related fields from the Slovak and Czech Republic, the Central but also other regions of Europe. It publishes the useful information for forestry practice. The journal is a platform for contacts of the Slovak, Czech and Central Europe scientific community in the field of forestry and some related fields.

    Why submit
    Lesnícky časopis - Forestry journal has over a 60-year tradition in the Slovak Republic. It has been issued since 1954 under the auspices of the Slovak Academy of Sciences as a journal for forestry science and research in the former Czechoslovakia. Currently it is issued by the National Forest Centre - Forest Research Institute Zvolen (the Slovak Republic) together with the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences  (the Czech Republic).

    Lesnícky časopis - Forestry Journal publishes the newest results of forestry science, research and related fields based on the knowledge gathered by scientists during around the 120 years of existence of forestry research institution in Slovakia. Forestry science and research has a long tradition in the territory of Slovakia. It dates back to the establishment of forestry university education in 1807 and forestry research institution in the city of Banská Štiavnica in 1898.

    The recent contributors of papers are researchers from forestry and related fields originating from scientific and research institutions, universities in Slovakia, Czech Republic and other European countries.


    Type of Publication:

    Submission of Manuscripts

    Instructions for Authors

    Lesnícky časopis – Forestry Journal, abbreviation: Lesn. Cas. For. J., publishes original papers of basic and applied research from all fields of forestry and related scientific areas, and review papers. A separate section of the journal is devoted to reports from important forestry events, reviews of scientific or professional publications, and chronicles.

    The journal focuses on forestry issues relevant for Europe, primarily Central European regions. Original works and review papers can be submitted only in English language. Reviews, reports, or chronicles can be written also in Slovak or Czech, but English is preferred.

    The corresponding author is responsible for the originality of the submitted manuscript. The manuscript must not be submitted for review or publication elsewhere at the same time. The content and the format of the submitted papers are peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. The editor of the journal decides on the acceptance, rejection, or the need for the revision of the paper upon the reviews. If the editor decides that the manuscript needs to be revised, the authors are obliged to prepare a letter, in which they react to fundamental reviewers’ comments.

    The authors must submit their papers online via Editorial Manager on the web page: http://www.editorialmanager.com/forestryjournal/default.asp. In case of any questions concerning the use of Editorial Manager service, please contact the technical assistance on the following e-mail address: bosela@nlcsk.org

    During formatting of manuscripts the authors can follow the published papers starting from Lesnícky časopis - Forestry Journal Volume 2016, No. 1 or contact the Editorial Office on the following e-mail address: pilna@nlcsk.org.

    Formal requirements for the layout of the manuscript are as follows:

    • A4 paper size with 2.5 cm margins on all sides, 1.5 lines spacing, Font 12 Times New Roman in MS Word.
    • All pages are numbered. Lines are consecutively numbered throughout the entire document.
    • Abbreviations must be explained at their first use and must be subsequently used in the whole text.
    • Abbreviations must not be used in the titles of chapters, tables and figures.
    • Hyphenation at the end of the line should not be used in the text.

    At the first submission of the manuscript, all figures and tables should be placed at a particular place in the text. They do not have to be uploaded via Editorial Manager as separate files. The whole paper may be sent as one file in MS Word format.

    Upon the acceptance of the manuscript, all source files have to be sent via Editorial Manager as follows:

    • Figures in a printing quality of min. 300 dpi, in tif or jpg formats. Graphs have to be provided in source files of MS Excel.
    • Diagrams or any figures that include text have to be sent in such a format that the text parts can be edited in a source file of programs such as Corel, Illustrator, etc.

    The journal Editorial Office reserves the right to make stylistic and formal adjustments of the manuscript accepted for the publication. Editorially processed texts in pdf format will be sent to authors for proof corrections before printing. The authors should indicate their final changes and corrections as comments inserted directly to pdf file.


    The original scientific paper must not exceed 20 pages. The structure of the work must be as follows:

    Title – a clear and concise title, which informs about the main goal or the result of the study. The titles using the wording such as “Contribution to the knowledge…”, “Analysis of communities…”, etc. should be avoided.

    Contact information - first names and surnames of author(s) without the academic degrees. The authors’ affiliations should be indicated after authors’ names using superscript numbers and should be listed under the list of authors. The corresponding author should be marked with asterisk (*). The affiliation of the corresponding author should include his/her e-mail address and telephone number.

    Abstract – a brief description of the paper of maximum 250 words. The abstract must provide the information that explains the context of the study, objectives, methods, main results and conclusions. Abstracts that only indicatively describe the focus of the study are not acceptable.

    Keywords – 5-6 keywords, which should not repeat the title of the study. Keywords should be separated by a semicolon.

    Introduction – The formulation of a scientific problem and the relation of the presented study to previous works dealing with similar issues. Clearly formulated goals of the study, scientific hypotheses and the importance of the proposed solution must be indicated.

    Material and methods – Transparent documentation of experimental and background material in such a way that the research can be repeated following the presented description. Insufficient or unclear documentation of used methods and data is a reason for the rejection of the manuscript.

    Results – Results are to be presented in the form of coherent, logically organised overviews of new and original knowledge supported by graphs, figures, formulas, tables and other ways of presenting the results of analyses. Discussion aimed at evaluating the results and comparing them with the findings of other authors, etc. must be clearly separated from the results.

    Discussion – A critical comparison of the obtained results with other published works. Discussion should comprehensively answer the questions formulated in the introduction. It is advisable to determine the possibilities for the generalisation of the results and the limits of the applied methods.

    Conclusion – Factual conclusions from the results of the work, author´s own contribution or view based on the presented results and discussion. Conclusion should not repeat the obtained results, but should represent their extension, i.e. their generalisation and possible utilisation.

    Acknowledgement – contains acknowledgements of different types of support during the preparation of the manuscript including the projects and agencies that financially supported the presented research.

    Citations in the text and in "References" section A complete agreement must be between the citations in the text and the list of references ("References" section). Original sources of the presented knowledge or facts need to be cited.

    Examples of citations in the text:

    • if the name of the author is a part of a sentence, the year of the publication is given after the author´s name in parentheses (round brackets) – …Šmelko (2013). If the name of the author is not mentioned in the text, both the name and the year of the publication are given in parentheses – … (Šmelko 2013).
    • Citations to works by two authors should always give both authors’ surnames – (Konôpka & Lukac 2012), works by three or more authors should be cited using the surname of the first author only followed by „et al.“ (Hlásny et al. 2010),
    • Several citations at one place in the text should be separated by a semicolon – …(Šmelko 2010; Konôpka 2012; Bošeľa et al. 2013). The citations should be listed in chronological order starting with the oldest work up to the newest one.

    Unpublished works, project reports and works published in regional proceedings in national languages should be used only exceptionally.

    The reference list (References section) should be in alphabetical order. If several references of the same author are cited, they should be listed in chronological order according to the year of publication, starting with the oldest work up to the newest one. If the work was written by six or less authors, all authors are listed in the reference. If there are more than six authors, only the names of the first six authors are listed followed by „et al.“. The titles of the works should be written in their original languages, i.e. they should not be translated into English.

    Examples of references (in References section):

    • books: Barna, M., Kulfan, J., Bublinec, E., 2011: Beech and beech ecosystems of Slovakia. Bratislava, Veda, 634 p.
    • papers in journals: Hlásny, T., Mátyás, Cs., Seidl, R., Kulla, L., Merganičová, K., Trombik, J. et al. 2014: Climate change increases the drought risk in central European forests: What are the options for adaptation? Lesnícky časopis - Forestry Journal, 60:5–18.
    • book chapters or papers in proceedings: Longauer, R., Gömöry, D., Pacalaj, M., Krajmerová, D., 2010: Genetic aspects of stress tolerance and adaptability of Norway spruce. In: Hlásny, T., Sitková, Z. (eds.): Spruce forests decline in the Beskids. National Forest Centre – Forest Research Institute Zvolen, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Forestry and Game Management Research Institute Jíloviště Strnady. Zvolen, Slovakia, p. 131–144.

    In case of online documents, the reference must include the information identifying the source with its precise location on internet.

    Tables and figures In the text, tables are referred to as "Table 1", figures are referred to as "Fig. 1". The same term "Table 1" or "Fig. 1" is used in table or figure captions, respectively. The cost of printing colour figures is of € 100 per figure. By submitting the manuscript with colour figure, the author automatically agrees with the charges. In justified cases, e.g. satellite images, complex graphs, etc., the figures can be colour in the electronic edition (i.e. final pdf format of the paper), and black and white in the print version (free of charge). In such a case, the author is obliged to send both versions of figures, and to indicate this way of publishing in figure description written in red.


    A review paper is a study that follows the formal guidelines for the original scientific work. The structure can differ from the original scientific paper. A review paper analyses or discusses scientific knowledge published by other authors and only partially presents new results obtained from author´s own experiments. Review papers can have either of two standard forms: literature review papers (present summary information from the most important papers dealing with the particular subject), and systematic review papers (include information from the papers fulfilling undefined criteria and compare their results).


    Short information about important conferences, workshops, transfer of knowledge to practice, etc., that does not exceed 4 pages. It does not contain the reference list. It can contain figures and tables.


    A critical assessment of a professional or a scientific book prepared not later than 2 years after the book publication. The review should not exceed 3 pages. The image of the front page of the publication should be attached to the review.


    This section presents the contributions to life jubilees (60 and older), anniversaries, obituaries, etc. of notable forestry scientists. The chronicle should not exceed two pages. It is recommended to attach a photo of the person the article refers to.

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    Editorial Information

    Editor-in- Chief
    Doc. Dr. Ing. Bohdan Konôpka, National Forest Centre, T. G. Masaryka 2175/22, 960 92 Zvolen, Slovak Republic, e-mail: bkonopka@nlcsk.org

    Executive Editors
    Doc. RNDr. Tomáš Hlásny, PhD., National Forest Centre, T. G. Masaryka 2175/22, 960 92 Zvolen, Slovak Republic, e-mail: hlasny@nlcsk.org

    Prof. Jaroslav Holuša, Ph.D., Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Kamýcká 129, 165 21 Praha 6 - Suchdol, Czech Republic, e-mail: holusa@fld.czu.cz

    Members of Editorioal board
    Ing. Milan Barna, PhD., Institute of Forest Ecology SAS, Ľ. Štúra 2, 960 53 Zvolen, Slovak Republic, e-mail: barna@sav.sk

    Ing. Michal Bošeľa, PhD., National Forest Centre, T. G. Masaryka 2175/22, 960 92 Zvolen, Slovak Republic, e-mail: bosela@nlcsk.org

    Dr. Ing. Tomáš Bucha, National Forest Centre, T. G. Masaryka 2175/22, 960 92 Zvolen, Slovak Republic, e-mail: bucha@nlcsk.org

    Dr. György Csóka, Forest Research Institute, Mátrafüred Experimental Station, Hegyalja út 18, 3232 Mátrafüred, Hungary, e-mail: csokagy@erti.hu

    Ing. Jiří Foit, Ph.D., Mendel University in Brno, Zemědělská 1/1665, 613 00 Brno, Czech Republic, e-mail: jiri.foit@mendelu.cz

    prof. Ing. Dušan Gömöry, DrSc., Technical University in Zvolen, T. G. Masaryka 24, 960 53 Zvolen, Slovak Republic, e-mail: gomory@tuzvo.sk

    Doc. Ing. Erika Gömöryová, PhD., Technical University in Zvolen, T. G. Masaryka 24, 960 53 Zvolen, Slovak Republic, e-mail: gomoryova@tuzvo.sk

    Doc. Ing. Miroslav Hájek, Ph.D., Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Kamýcká 129, 165 21 Praha 6 - Suchdol, Czech Republic, e-mail: hajek@fld.czu.cz

    Dr. Ing. Magdalena Kacprzyk, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Aleja Adama Mickiewicza 21, Kraków, Poland, e-mail: m.kacprzyk@ur.krakow.pl

    Doc. Ing. Jozef Konôpka, CSc., National Forest Centre, T. G. Masaryka 2175/22, 960 92 Zvolen, Slovak Republic, e-mail: jkonopka@nlcsk.org

    Prof. Milan Lstibůrek, Ph.D., MSc., Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Kamýcká 129, 165 21 Praha 6 - Suchdol, Czech Republic, e-mail: lstiburek@fld.czu.cz

    Dr. Martin Lukac, University of Reading Whiteknights, Whiteknights, Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AH, United Kingdom, e-mail: m.lukac@reading.ac.uk

    Prof. Róbert Marušák, PhD., Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Kamýcká 129, 165 21 Praha 6 - Suchdol, Czech Republic, e-mail: marusak@fld.czu.cz

    Ing. Jiří Novák, Ph.D., Forestry and Game Management Research Institute, Jiloviste-Strnady (Prague), Forest Station, Na Olive 550, 517 73 Opocno, Czech Republic, e.mail: novak@vulhmop.cz

    Dr. Ivika Ostonen, University of Tartu, Vanemuise 46, 51014 Tartu, Estonia, e-mail: ivika.ostonen@ut.ee

    Dr. Ing. Ionel Popa, Forest Research and Management Institute, Calea Bucovinei 73bis, 725100 Câmpulung Moldovenesc, Romania, e-mail: popaicas@gmail.com

    Dr. Jaroslav Socha, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Aleja Adama Mickiewicza 21, Kraków, Poland, e-mail: rlsocha@cyf-kr.edu.pl

    Doc. Ing. Miroslav Svoboda, Ph.D., Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, Kamýcká 129, 165 21 Praha 6 - Suchdol, Czech Republic, e-mail: svobodam@fld.czu.cz

    Doc. Ing. Igor Štefančík, CSc., National Forest Centre, T. G. Masaryka 2175/22, 960 92 Zvolen, Slovak Republic, e-mail: stefancik@nlcsk.org

    Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Bernhard Wolfslehner, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Gregor-Mendel-Straße 33, 1180 Wien, Austria, e-mail: bernhard.wolfslehner@boku.ac.at

    Editorial office address:
    National Forest Centre
    T. G. Masaryka 2175/22
    SK-960 92 Zvolen, Slovakia
    Telephone number: 00421 45 5320316

    e-mail: hlasny@nlcsk.org, forestry.journal@nlcsk.org

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