Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Jurnal Sylva Lestari (JSL) publishes a wide variety of articles relevant to forestry and environment sciences. When submitting an article to JSL, authors shall certify that the article has not been published or submitted elsewhere, which is written in a statement.


To simply follow the JSL's guideline for manuscript preparation, authors are encouraged to use the downloadable article template documents. Just replace the title and other contents of the downloaded template document with your own title and other contents. When pasting, please use a paste special/unformatted sequence so that your copying does not introduce unintended changes in fonts, margins, or various auto-format settings of the software. Within the text of the template, you will find further author instructions. The following is a summary:

File types: The article should be submitted in MS Word format. Other word processing applications are not accepted.

Format: All submissions should be typed on A4 size pages. The manuscript is typed on A4 paper with Times New Roman font and one column for the entire article.

Article length: Full Length Research Article length must be a minimum of 10 pages and a maximum of 20 pages; Short-Communication Article length must be a minimum of 7 pages and a maximum of 10 pages; Review Article length must be a minimum of 15 pages and a maximum of 50 pages.

Language:  Article should be written in English.

Title:  The title should identify the main issue of the paper. It should be accurate, unambiguous, specific, and comprehensive. The length of the title is recommended to not exceed fifteen words.

Authors Name and Affiliations

Author(s) names should be written in the order of First, Middle, and Last names without title and professional positions such as Prof, Dr, Production Manager, etc. Affiliation of all authors should be written clearly, includes the name of department/unit, faculty, name of university, address, country. Corresponding Author should be indicated behind the name and should provide e-mail and/or phone number for correspondence.

Abstract: The abstract should be clear, concise, and descriptive. This abstract should provide a brief introduction to the problem, objective of the paper, followed by a statement regarding the methodology and a brief summary of results. The abstract should end with a comment on the significance of the results or a brief conclusion. Acronyms and citations are discouraged in the abstract. The Abstract should not exceed 200 words and be followed by keywords (not more than 5 words or phrases arranged in alphabetical order). Keywords are covering scientific and local name (if any), research theme, and special methods which used; and sorted from A to Z.

Introduction: The introduction should cover the background, importance, and objectives of the study. It should be sufficient, well-argued and backed with available references that are relevant to the study.

Materials and MethodsMaterials and methods section describes materials used in research and steps followed in the execution of the study. A brief justification for the method used is also stated so the readers can evaluate the appropriateness of the method, reliability, and validity of the results.

Results and Discussion (Separation or combination of Results and Discussion section is accepted): Results should be presented clearly and concisely. The results should summarize (scientific) findings rather than providing data in great detail. Authors are encouraged to use figures or tables, whichever are the most appropriate, to clearly elucidate the research findings. The discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. Separation or combination of the Results and Discussion section is accepted.

Tables and Figures

All figures and tables should be cited in the main text as Figure 1, Table 1, etc. Figures or tables should be placed close to the location where they are first mentioned in the text. Table titles should be written above the tables while figure titles are below the figures. Tables should be written without a vertical line in the table. There is only a horizontal line should be shown within the table. All figures should be cited in the paper in consecutive order. Images should be of 300 dpi resolution at least unless the resolution is intentionally set to a lower level for scientific reasons.

Units, Abbreviations, and Symbols

SI units (metric units) should be used throughout, always be written in roman and separated from the numerical value by a space. Define abbreviations and symbols for the first time as they are introduced in the text.

ConclusionsConclusions should answer the objectives of the research. Conclusions should not repeat the abstracts or just list experimental results. The author should provide a clear scientific justification for the study and indicate possible applications and extensions. Authors also encouraged to suggest future works and/or policy implications.

AcknowledgmentRecognize those who helped in the research, especially funding supporters of your research. Include individuals who have assisted you in your study: Advisors, Financial supporters, or may other supporters i.e. Proofreaders, Typists, and Suppliers who may have given materials.

ReferencesAll published works referred to in the text should be presents in a list of references and arranged alphabetically by the author without serial numbering. The author-year system is used in the text. Use the list of periodicals indexed in abstracts for the abbreviation of journal names: If there is any doubt, give the full name of the periodical. They should be referred to in the text by the name(s) of the first author and the year of publication in parentheses, using the following format: (Jordano and Godoy 2002) or Jordano and Godoy (2002). Use the first author's name and "et al." when there are more than two authors. The order for references within parentheses in the text should be typed start from the oldest year (Cobo et al. 2002; Kwabiah et al. 2003; Lupwayi et al. 2005). If the references have the same year, place them alphabetically. For works by the same author(s) in the year, append a lowercase a, b, c, etc. to the year of publication. At least 80% of the cited references shall be from scientific journals and recent references (published within the last 5 years) are strongly encouraged. The author is strongly recommended to use Mendeley software to facilitate writing citations and references automatically.