By the end of 2011 the publication of the Austrian Journal of Forest Science as one of the first peer-reviewed forest journals changed to a mere appearance as an e-paper. This brings us to the responsibility to preserve the scientific continuity of the journal, which is existing since 1875. In the same time we establish new impetus for a successful development.

Together with my co-editor, director, Dr. Peter Mayer, Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape, and with support from the agricultural publishing house so we can pass on the benefits of a publication as an e-paper:
– new standards for science journals, by full-text search of the issues back to 1998
faster and worldwide access to our publications

– better positioning in the international research environment through improved international availability

– improve findability of items and thus more attractive for authors to publish in our journal (more citations, impact factor)

– assure our place in the academic journal landscape

After the appeal of a scientific journal, first and foremost on the quality of the contributions submitted depends, my call is to all of you: Send us your research results and use the Austrian Journal of Forest Science for publication. The editors and the scientific advisory board will assist in this endeavor. Posts in the English language are strongly encouraged.

In this sense, I'm looking forward to a successful collaboration.

Vienna, July 2012


Hubert Hasenauer, editor-in-chieve