Journal History

2010 The inaugural issue was released. Forests was published as a quarterly journal.
2013 Forests was indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)/Web of Science.
Forests received its first Impact Factor (1.094), ranked 25/60 (Q2) in "Forestry", the highest ranking open access journal.
2014 Forests adopted a monthly publication schedule.
Forests received its Impact Factor (2013) of 1.139.
2015 Forests received its Impact Factor (2014) of 1.449.
2016 Forests received its Impact Factor (2015) of 1.583.
2017 Forests received its Impact Factor (2016) of 1.951.
Forests instituted a Section Editor-In-Chief structure to spread all submissions to four sections.
Forests established the following sections:
  • Forest Ecology and Management;
  • Forest Ecophysiology and Biology;
  • Forest Economics, Policy, and Social Science;
  • Forest Inventory, Modeling and Remote Sensing.
2018 Forests received its Impact Factor (2017) of 1.956.
2019 Forests received its Impact Factor (2018) of 2.116.
Forests established the following section:
  • Wood Science.
2020 Forests received its Impact Factor (2019) of 2.221, ranked 17/68 (Q1) in "Forestry".
Forests established the following section:
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology.
2021 Forests received its Impact Factor (2020) of 2.634, ranked 13/67 (Q1) in "Forestry".
Forests established the following sections:
  • Forest Health;
  • Forest Operations and Engineering.
2022 Forests received its Impact Factor (2021) of 3.282, ranked 14/69 (Q1) in "Forestry".
Forests established the following sections:
  • Natural Hazards and Risk Management;
  • Urban Forestry;
  • Forest Biodiversity;
  • Forest Hydrology;
  • Forest Soil;
  • Forest Meteorology and Climate Change.


2010–2016 Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Eric J. Jokela
2017–present Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Timothy A. Martin
2022–present Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Cate Macinnis-Ng

Section Editor-in-Chief

2017–present Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Timothy A. Martin for the section on Forest Ecology and Management
2018–present Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Damian C. Adams for the section on Forest Economics, Policy, and Social Science
2019–present Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Cate Macinnis-Ng for the section on Forest Ecophysiology and Biology
Section Editor-in-Chief: 
Prof. Dr. Stefan Arndt for the section on Forest Ecophysiology and Biology
Section Editor-in-Chief: 
Prof. Dr. Luis Diaz-Balteiro for the section on Forest Economics, Policy, and Social Science
Section Editor-in-Chief: 
Prof. Dr. Angela Lo Monaco for the section on Wood Science and Forest Products
2020–2023 Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Olga Viedma for the section on Forest Inventory, Modeling and Remote Sensing
2020–present Section Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Carol A. Loopstra for the section on Genetics and Molecular Biology
2021–present Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Rodolfo Picchio for the section on Forest Operations and Engineering
2022–present Section Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Víctor Resco de Dios for the section on Natural Hazards and Risk Management
Section Editor-in-Chief: 
Prof. Dr. Young-Seuk Park for the section on Forest Health
Section Editor-in-Chief: 
Prof. Dr. Giacomo Alessandro Gerosaa for the section on Forest Meteorology and Climate Change
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