Best Paper Award

The Forests Best Paper Award is granted annually to highlight publications of high quality, scientific significance, and extensive influence. The evaluation committee members will choose four articles of exceptional quality that were published in the journal the year before last and announce the winners online by the end of March.

The Prize:
– Two research articles and two reviews will be selected.
– Each winner will receive CHF 500, a certificate, and a voucher to cover applicable article processing charges (valid for one year).

 
Forests Best Paper Award
 

Eligibility and Requirements

– All papers published in Forests are eligible for this award (both regular and Special Issue submissions).

Selection Criteria

– Scientific merit and broad impact;
– Originality of the research objectives and/or the ideas presented;
– Creativity of the study design or uniqueness of the approaches and concepts;
– Clarity of presentation;
– Citations and downloads.

 
Past Winners
 
Year: 

Winner

19 pages, 5502 KiB  
Article
Global Wildfire Susceptibility Mapping Based on Machine Learning Models
by Assaf Shmuel and Eyal Heifetz
Forests 2022, 13(7), 1050; https://doi.org/10.3390/f13071050 - 3 Jul 2022
18 pages, 7929 KiB  
Article
A Vision-Based Detection and Spatial Localization Scheme for Forest Fire Inspection from UAV
by Kangjie Lu, Renjie Xu, Junhui Li, Yuhao Lv, Haifeng Lin and Yunfei Liu
Forests 2022, 13(3), 383; https://doi.org/10.3390/f13030383 - 25 Feb 2022
46 pages, 4818 KiB  
Review
Review of Wood Modification and Wood Functionalization Technologies
by Samuel L. Zelinka, Michael Altgen, Lukas Emmerich, Nathanael Guigo, Tobias Keplinger, Maija Kymäläinen, Emil E. Thybring and Lisbeth G. Thygesen
Forests 2022, 13(7), 1004; https://doi.org/10.3390/f13071004 - 26 Jun 2022
31 pages, 4562 KiB  
Review
Recent Advances in Forest Insect Pests and Diseases Monitoring Using UAV-Based Data: A Systematic Review
by André Duarte, Nuno Borralho, Pedro Cabral and Mário Caetano
Forests 2022, 13(6), 911; https://doi.org/10.3390/f13060911 - 10 Jun 2022

Award Committee

Dr. Cate Macinnis-Ng Chairman
University of Auckland
Prof. Dr. Zeki Candan
Istanbul University
Dr. Radu-Daniel Pintilii
University of Bucharest - Faculty of Geography
Dr. Michele Salis
National Research Council of Italy - Institute of BioEconomy
Dr. Mahadev Sharma
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Winner

27 pages, 2507 KiB  
Review
Global Change and Forest Disturbances in the Mediterranean Basin: Breakthroughs, Knowledge Gaps, and Recommendations
by Josep Peñuelas and Jordi Sardans
Forests 2021, 12(5), 603; https://doi.org/10.3390/f12050603 - 11 May 2021
41 pages, 1032 KiB  
Review
Recent Advances in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Forest Remote Sensing—A Systematic Review. Part II: Research Applications
by Riccardo Dainelli, Piero Toscano, Salvatore Filippo Di Gennaro and Alessandro Matese
Forests 2021, 12(4), 397; https://doi.org/10.3390/f12040397 - 27 Mar 2021
24 pages, 5671 KiB  
Article
Xylem Phenology and Growth Response of European Beech, Silver Fir and Scots Pine along an Elevational Gradient during the Extreme Drought Year 2018
by Elena Larysch, Dominik Florian Stangler, Mona Nazari, Thomas Seifert and Hans-Peter Kahle
Forests 2021, 12(1), 75; https://doi.org/10.3390/f12010075 - 10 Jan 2021
13 pages, 4340 KiB  
Article
Emerald Ash Borer Approaches the Borders of the European Union and Kazakhstan and Is Confirmed to Infest European Ash
by Mark G. Volkovitsh, Andrzej O. Bieńkowski and Marina J. Orlova-Bienkowskaja
Forests 2021, 12(6), 691; https://doi.org/10.3390/f12060691 - 27 May 2021

Award Committee

Dr. Timothy A. Martin Chairman
University of Florida

Winner

18 pages, 4030 KiB  
Article
Coastal Pine-Oak Glacial Refugia in the Mediterranean Basin: A Biogeographic Approach Based on Charcoal Analysis and Spatial Modelling
by Gaetano Di Pasquale, Antonio Saracino, Luciano Bosso, Danilo Russo, Adriana Moroni, Giuliano Bonanomi and Emilia Allevato
Forests 2020, 11(6), 673; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11060673 - 12 Jun 2020
30 pages, 12275 KiB  
Article
A Survey in Natural Forest Ecosystems of Vietnam Reveals High Diversity of both New and Described Phytophthora Taxa including P. ramorum
by Thomas Jung, Bruno Scanu, Clive M. Brasier, Joan Webber, Ivan Milenković, Tamara Corcobado, Michal Tomšovský, Matěj Pánek, József Bakonyi, Cristiana Maia, Aneta Bačová, Milica Raco, Helen Rees, Ana Pérez-Sierra and Marília Horta Jung
Forests 2020, 11(1), 93; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11010093 - 12 Jan 2020
21 pages, 1677 KiB  
Review
Advances and Promises of Epigenetics for Forest Trees
by Joana Amaral, Zoé Ribeyre, Julien Vigneaud, Mamadou Dia Sow, Régis Fichot, Christian Messier, Gloria Pinto, Philippe Nolet and Stéphane Maury
Forests 2020, 11(9), 976; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11090976 - 10 Sep 2020
23 pages, 3179 KiB  
Review
Living in Drylands: Functional Adaptations of Trees and Shrubs to Cope with High Temperatures and Water Scarcity
by José Javier Peguero-Pina, Alberto Vilagrosa, David Alonso-Forn, Juan Pedro Ferrio, Domingo Sancho-Knapik and Eustaquio Gil-Pelegrín
Forests 2020, 11(10), 1028; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11101028 - 23 Sep 2020

Award Committee

Dr. Timothy A. Martin Chairman
University of Florida

Winner

Johan Gielis
Department of Biosciences Engineering, University of Antwerp, Antwerp B-2020, Belgium paper link: https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/9/11/714
Jude Ndzifon Kimengsi
Institute for Tropical Forestry & Forest Products, Technische Universität Dresden, 01737 Tharandt, Germany paper link: https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/10/2/81
Jacques Régnière
Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, P.O. Box 10380 Stn Ste-Foy, Quebec, QC G1V-4C7, Canada paper link: https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/10/9/748
Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, 1-26 Earth Sciences Building, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E7, Canada paper link: https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/10/5/443
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