Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Forest and Society is an international and interdisciplinary journal, which publishes peer-reviewed social, political and economic research relating to people, land, and forests. Forest and Society has a specific focus on Southeast Asia but we do not limit research possibilities that compare between and across regions.


Section Policies

Regular Research Articles

Regular research articles which have not been published previously, except in a preliminary form, may be submitted as regular papers/original research papers. The word limit is 8000 words (but not restricted), excluding Tables, Figures and Reference.

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Review Articles

Reviw papers exists for the expression of opinions, and allows authors to submit material which may not be appropriate for original research articles but which contains ideas worthy of publication, which include letter from editor or letter to editor 

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Special Section: Land, Society, and Disaster

This special section examines the interactions between changing dynamics of land across Southeast Asia and its most debilitating effects: disaster.

  • Micah Fisher
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Special Section: Power game and recentralization in Indonesian land use politics

This section invites scholars that use power theories, bureaucratic politics, including recentralization while decentralizing forest or other land use sectors in Indonesia. This could be a theoretical overview as well as an empirical examination of specific case in Indonesian land use politics landscape. This section is also open for particular policy case in Indonesia e.g. Forest Management Unit, Social Corporate Responsibility, and community forestry

  • Micah Fisher
  • Muhammad Alif Sahide
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Special Section: Agrarian transformation in Thailand - commodities, landscapes, and livelihoods

      Over the last two decades, there have been extensive discussions about the priorities and processes of agrarian and rural transformation in Thailand. The production and value systems surrounding agricultural transformation involves the overall restructuring of a subsistence-oriented economy to a market-oriented one. Agricultural households are increasingly prioritizing and becoming more dependent on intensive and specialized production of cash crops. Rural livelihoods are also relying more on off-farm income generated by local urban centers or remittances sent back from migrant workers. Although outmigration and the remittance economy has supported rural households, there are also other consequences, most evident in the scarcity and changing labor practices in agricultural sectors. This transformation is affecting rural society in perplexing ways, such as the decline in poverty rates, the increasing levels of economic differentiation, improving access to education, and the perceived withering of community solidarity. These trends of agrarian transformation reflexively interact with broader developments in Thai society, related to an increasing population, processes of urbanization, public policy interventions, natural resources limitations, and changing societal values.

      This special section attempts to provide a picture of the processes of transformation over time and examine the current conjunctures taking place across rural communities in Thailand. Our entry point is through the lens of agricultural commodities. We believe that explaining the multiple sources and effects of certain commodities in particular locations in Thailand provides distinct explanatory potential. For example, rubber, a crop originally grown in the South of Thailand has been widely introduced in the northeast region for the past 30 years, affecting local community dynamics, creating new projects, changing cultivation practices, and initiating new ways of interacting with the state and international markets. Another example is rice, an important staple crop for rural households, grown widespread across the country. Rice farmers have been directly affected by agricultural policies from various government policies in the last two decades. Currently, vast stretches of paddy fields are being converted to other cash crops. Farmers are facing new choices to choose a staple, plant cash crops, and migrate seasonally to find work in other business sectors. Other examples include agricultural commodities geared to supporting a vision of tourism, illicit agricultural production of poppies in upland and border areas, and a multitude of others. Agrarian transformation provides perplexing, contradictory, and paradoxical effects, which can at once empower and dispossess. We are open to any papers that examine agrarian transformation through the lens of longstanding or newly introduced (or lack thereof) commodities that allows for a better understanding of change taking place across Thai rural society. 

  • Sukanlaya Choenkwan
  • Micah Fisher
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Special Section: People-centred Forestry in Thailand

This special section examines the people-centred on forestry management in Thailand. These may include, but are not limited to, rights and tenure discussion, governance and institution issues, share of benefits mechanism, forest conflict management, community forest and climate change, as well as securing local livelihoods

  • Ahmad Dhiaulhaq
  • David Gritten
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Reports, Book Reviews and Conference Reports

The Reports section consists of brief factual summaries of research and reports from institutions. Reports and Review Papers should comprise 500-5000 words. 

Book reviews should comprise 800-2000 words and conference reports 1000-2500 words. 

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Forthcoming Meetings

Notices of forthcoming meetings for listing in the Calendar section are welcomed. Entries must be received at least three months before publication.

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Peer Review Process

Editor in Chief will assign the manuscript to a corresponding Editor or Managing Editor for further handling. The Editor or Managing Editor will request at least two scientists to review the manuscript. All manuscripts are subject to single blind peer review whose reviewers' identities will remain anonymous to the authors and are expected to meet standards of academic excellence. Reviewers are aware of the identity of the authors, but authors are unaware of the identity of reviewers. 


Publication Frequency

Forest and Society categorized the research field for open access journals to be published bi-yearly, in April and November. Forest and Society is also possible to published special issue and special section. A special issue and special section enables us to publish papers focusing on specific themes, often related to a “hot topic” 


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. 

All contents is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.



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