How to Submit

Purpose and Scope

Fire Ecology is an online publication of the Association for Fire Ecology. The journal strives to publish high quality, peer reviewed articles on topics primarily focusing on fire ecology. Articles that deal with other fire science or fire management topics must establish a relationship with fire ecology.

Submission Procedures

Fire Ecology is now being published by Springer Open.  All manuscripts should be submitted on their website: using their submission guidelines.

Review Procedures

All papers will be reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers. The reviewers will be selected from suggestions by the authors and from the area specialists on the Fire Ecology editorial board. Authors must address all comments and rebut those comments that have been rejected.

Poorly written and incomplete manuscripts of low technical quality will be returned by the managing editor without additional review. Editors may provide suggestions on how the article could be improved to warrant publication.

All authors are expected to revise their articles in a timely manner after receiving review comments. After a paper has been out for revision for six months, the author may be asked for a status report. Any article not revised within 12 months of receiving review comments will be withdrawn from consideration.


Adherence to Code of Ethics

Authors should adhere to the Association of Fire Ecology’s (AFE) Publication Code of Ethics (see below).  Manuscripts submitted to the Fire Ecology journal are confidential. We will not normally reveal whether an author has submitted a manuscript to us or what a particular manuscript might contain, unless the authors ask that we do so. To do otherwise would be to compromise the ability of an author to obtain proper credit for his or her discoveries. In the event that a private individual reports to us concerns about the ethics of a particular author, we will take note of such concerns and watch for any manuscript by that author that might represent questionable ethical practices.

If the Fire Ecology journal staff has reason to doubt the ethical practices of an author of a manuscript, either because of concern raised by an editor, or because of information obtained from some other source, the Editor-in-Chief will process the manuscript in accordance with normal practice, but will simultaneously refer the matter to the AFE Publications Committee for review. The Committee will conduct whatever investigation it feels appropriate, taking care not to inadvertently damage the reputation of any of the parties concerned. The Editor-in-Chief will receive the advice of the Committee and decide a course of action in consultation with the President of AFE.

Fire Ecology Publication Code of Ethics

This material was taken mostly from the Ecological Society of America (ESA) website (link)

The following principles of ethical professional conduct apply to members reviewing, editing, or publishing grant proposals and papers in the professional literature in general, and particularly to all ecologists seeking publication in the journal Fire Ecology:

  1. Researchers will claim authorship of a paper only if they have made a substantial contribution. Authorship may legitimately be claimed if researchers conceived the ideas or experimental design; participated actively in execution of the study; analyzed and interpreted the data; or wrote the manuscript.
  2. Researchers will not add or delete authors from a manuscript submitted for publication without consent of those authors.
  3. Researchers will not include as coauthor(s) any individual who has not agreed to the content of the final version of the manuscript.
  4. Researchers will not submit for publication any manuscript containing data they are not authorized to use. ESA assumes the principal investigator(s) of a research project retain the right to control use of resulting unpublished data unless otherwise specified by contract or explicit agreement.
  5. Researchers will not represent research results as new if they have been published or submitted elsewhere, or submit a manuscript for publication while it is under review for possible publication elsewhere.
  6. Editors or reviewers will treat manuscripts under review as confidential, recognizing them as intellectual property of the author(s).
  7. When using ideas or results of others in manuscripts submitted for publication, researchers will give full attribution of sources. If the ideas or results have not been published, they may not be used without permission of the original researcher. Illustrations or tables from other publications or manuscripts may be used only with permission of the copyright owner.
  8. Ecologists will not serve as editors or reviewers of a manuscript if present or past connections with the author or the author’s institution may prevent objective evaluation of the work.
  9. Ecologists will not purposefully delay publication of another person’s manuscript to gain advantage over that person.
  10. Ecologists submitting manuscripts for publication will promptly report to editors any errors in research results or interpretations discovered after submission or publication.