Publications

Arboriculture & Urban Forestry

Arboriculture & Urban Forestry (AUF) is the International Society of Arboriculture’s bimonthly, peer-reviewed journal. This scholarly publication serves as ISA’s main outlet for disseminating new and original research findings centered on the care and management of trees in urban environments. Originally titled the Journal of Arboriculture, AUF has been regularly published since 1975. Its long tenure demonstrates ISA’s commitment to fostering a greater appreciation of trees and promoting the research, technology, and practice of professional arboriculture.

Recent Issues

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March 2018

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January 2018

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November 2017

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September 2017

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July 2017

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May 2017

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For issues prior to 2005 you may view the AUF archives.

How to Submit to AUF

The journal welcomes reports of original research, reviews, and analyses that advance the professions of arboriculture and urban forestry. Subjects appropriate for submission include: tree biology, entomology, pathology, horticulture, biomechanics, risk management, soil science, urban forest benefits and management, and utility forestry.

To be considered for publication, manuscripts must make a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in arboriculture and urban forestry and have broad applicability and interest to an international audience. Contributions will be considered in the following categories.

  1. Original Research: Original fundamental or applied research that contributes to the scientific foundations that support the disciplines of arboriculture and urban forestry;
  2. Reviews: These include literature reviews or syntheses of previous work that identify trends, designate areas for new work, and/or compare competing theories.
  3. Empirical Analyses: Appropriate for analysis of procedures, equipment, or management systems that will lead to the improvement of best management practices.
  4. Short Communications: Appropriate for original research investigations that report preliminary or novel results on limited data sets. They are subject to the same review policies as research articles.
  5. Commentaries: These short opinion pieces are evaluated for content by the Editors and may be sent to outside reviewers. Submit directly to the Editor-in-Chief, Jason C. Grabosky.
  6. Letters: Letters should directly address ideas or facts presented in the Journal and should be submitted directly to the Editor-in-Chief.

Authors can learn more about special instructions for writing and submitting to the publication.

Video Abstracts

What are AUF Video Abstracts?

AUF Video Abstracts are a new way for authors to communicate their research and analyses. By incorporating site/lab footage, animations, imagery, and author narration into a short video, authors can go beyond the constraints of the written article to personally explain the importance and applicability of their work to readers. This addition to AUF article publications aims to widen the reach of the articles to those in the general field of arboriculture.

Sample Video Abstract

ISA Headquarters has worked with Dr. Clifford S. Sadof and Dr. Matthew D. Ginzel to create a sample video abstract on their January 2017 article Tools for Staging and Managing Emerald Ash Borer in the Urban Forest.

Where will I find future video abstracts?

The AUF video abstracts will be embedded into each issue of AUF. The videos can also be found on ISA’s YouTube channel. On YouTube, the videos will be open to the general public and will not require a subscription to AUF.

Peer Review Process

Acceptance for publication is based on both editorial criteria and peer review. Manuscripts are evaluated for appropriateness of content, contribution, applicability, methodology, and accuracy and clarity of presentation. Manuscripts submitted for publication are reviewed by an Associate Editor who solicits at least two additional peer reviews.

Recommendations from reviewers will be provided to the author. Some revision is usually necessary after the reviews, and final acceptance generally depends on satisfactory revision. The final decision on acceptance is made by the Editor-in-Chief.

A completed Conflict of Interest form must be on file prior to a(n) reviewed/accepted manuscript appearing in the journal.

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