Emerging from discussions within the Small-scale Forestry group of The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Small-scale Forestry was founded in 2002 as Small-scale Forest Economics, Management and Policy. Its aim is to provide an international forum for publishing high quality, peer-reviewed papers on pure and applied research into small-scale forestry.

The journal presents empirical, theoretical, modeling, and methodological papers. The range of topics extends from the role of small-scale forestry in rural development, to financial modeling and decision support systems, to wood harvesting and processing and beyond. The result is a thorough examination of the social, economic and technical dimensions of farm, family, non-industrial and community forestry.

Of particular interest to the global research community, Small-scale Forestry is also useful to both policy makers and forest managers.

  • An international forum for pure and applied research on small-scale forestry
  • Presents empirical, theoretical, modeling, and methodological papers
  • Thoroughly examines the dimensions of farm, family, non-industrial and community forestry

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  • Brett J. Butler
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1.453 (2019)
Impact factor
1.521 (2019)
Five year impact factor
127 days
Submission to first decision
514 days
Submission to acceptance
36,703 (2020)

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  • Call for Papers: New Paradigms in Forest Certification...

    Forest CertificationWe are pleased to announce an upcoming Special Issue on 'New Paradigms in Forest Certification for Ensuring the Sustainability of Wood and Non-Wood Products in Developed and Developing Countries' to help collate the latest research in this field. 

    This Special Issue is currently open for the submission of abstracts until 18th December 2020. Click here for more information.

  • Latest Small-scale Forestry blog published

    Do environmental worldviews and distrust in science affect those who care for our land?Do environmental worldviews and distrust in science affect those who care for our land?

    Find out with this blog written by Gabriel Hemery, co-author of a recent article published in Small-scale Forestry.

  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    © sdecoret / stock.adobe.comAs a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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