International Forestry Review

Aims and scope

The International Forestry Review is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes original research and review papers on forest policy and science, with an emphasis on issues of transnational significance. It is published four times per year, in March, June, September and December. Special Issues are a regular feature and attract a wide audience. Click here for subscription details.

Latest issue

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We are currently inviting authors to contribute papers for a Special Issue of the International Forestry Review to be developed in collaboration with the IUFRO Special Project World Forests, Society and Environment (IUFRO-WFSE): Socioeconomic, political and cultural aspects of forest restoration - What can we learn from forest restoration practice?

Publication date: 2024

Editorial Board 

Editor Alan Pottinger  
Editorial Board - Chair     Jeffrey Sayer University of British Columbia, Canada
Editorial Board Fred Babweteera Budongo Conservation Field Station, Uganda
  Eberhard Bruenig University of Hamburg, Germany
  Neil Byron University of Canberra, Australia
  José Joaquin Campos  CATIE, Costa Rica
  Jim Carle Independent, New Zealand
  Ebby Chagala Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Kenya
  Ben Chikamai Executive Secretary, Network for Natural Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA)
  Mafa Chipeta Independent, Malawi
  Jonathan Cornelius World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Peru
  Julian Evans Independent, UK
  Lukas Giessen TU-Dresden, Germany
  Verina Ingram CIFOR, Indonesia and LEI Wageningen UR, The Netherlands
  John Innes University of British Columbia, Canada
  Peter Kanowski Australian National University, Australia
  Roger Leakey James Cook University, Australia
  Bill Mason Forest Research, UK
  Roger Mills Independent, UK
  John Palmer University of British Columbia, Canada
  Gill Petrokofsky University of Oxford, UK
  Jack Putz University of Florida, USA
  Lee Su See Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Malaysia
  Changyou Sun Mississippi State University, USA
  Terry Sunderland University of British Columbia, Canada
  Jermome Vanclay Southern Cross University, Australia
  Michael J. Wingfield Food and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), South Africa

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Special Issues 

Special Issues of the International Forestry Review provide the most up-to-date synthesis of major forestry issues.  The following Special Issues have been produced:

  • Social impacts of logging
  • Indigenous and Traditional Peoples and Forests
  • Commonwealth Forestry Conference 2021 - Abstracts
  • Multi-stakeholder forums in forestry
  • John Spears - a life in forestry
  • The forestry sector and other land uses in Africa
  • Forest landscape restoration in hilly and mountainous regions
  • Forest concessions in Central Africa
  • Shifting global development discourses - Implications for forests and livelihoods
  • Valuing the Camerooninan Forest
  • Gender in Agroforestry
  • Climate change and forestry in Africa
  • Global Dry forests
  • Smallholders and forest landscape transitions: locally devised development strategies of the tropical Americas
  • Gender in agroforestry
  • Climate change and forestry in Africa
  • Forests, biodiversity and food security
  • Forests and gender
  • Forest taxation and tropical forest management
  • Equity in Community Forestry -  Insights from the North and South
  • REDD and the Evolution of an International Forest Regime
  • The Indian Forest Sector - Current Trends and Future Challenges
  • Africa - its forests and their future
  • Forestry in China: policy, consumption and production in forestry’s newest superpower 
  • Illegal logging
  • NTFPs revisited

Special Issues have been supported by the following organisations:

Open Access publishing

The option of Open Access publishing is available to authors at £800 per paper.  For more details please contact the Editor at

Fast-Track publishing

A Fast-Track option is available for authors wanting to publish online immediately a paper has been approved, and therefore before it appears in the hard copy, at £120 per paper.  For more details please contact the Editor at

Copy editing

Copy editing services are available via our partner Charlesworth.  Click here for more details.

Back issues and missing issues 

Back issues of the IFR are available for £15 per copy, plus postage.

Missing issues (i.e. those that fail to be delivered) should be reported within 60 days of the publication month in question whereupon a replacement copy will be sent.  Requests from members received later than this, or repeated requests for a missing issue, will be dealt with as back issues, and charged accordingly.


Copyright for all material published in the International Forestry Review resides with the Commonwealth Forestry Association. 

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