Society & Natural Resources
Official Journal of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources
Description of Types of Articles Published in
SOCIETY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Society and Natural Resources will always report cutting edge research, wild card ideas, and intellectually stimulating and sound scholarship. To this end, the Journal is an eclectic publication, and we plan to keep it that way. There is a place for scholarship of discovery (regular articles) and scholarship of application (Insights and Applications articles). Interspliced between these kinds of articles are opportunities for scientists to debate policy (Policy Reviews), comment on contemporary issues and science agendas (Forum) and report on events or happenings of interest to social scientists (Announcements). We encourage contributions to all areas of the journal and provide the following descriptions of the various categories of articles to guide contributors.
A general article is research based with a theoretical foundation that advances new knowledge for a study or provides theoretical insights and understanding into the relationships of people and the environment. These articles should have a sound methodology/research design and a well-developed analysis (data section). General articles should not exceed 25 pages, double spaced (12 pt. font), including all references, notes, tables, and figures.
Insights and Application
An Insights and Applications article should be a tightly written descriptive case study of a human-environment issue. It should include a concise, brief description of methods employed and attempt to illustrate a specific relationship or set of relationships about human behavior and the environment. Insights and Applications articles could describe a particular problem and draw attention to the implications of the work for the larger field of study of natural resources and social science. The piece should provide a contextual framework – what is the issue that drives the research question? It does not test theory or propose new theory, but instead uses theory as a guide to the analysis. Total length, including tables, figures, references, and notes should not exceed 15 pages, double spaced (12 pt. font).
Policy Reviews and Essays
Policy Reviews examine current or proposed policies associated with natural resource management. These articles can raise questions of policy, propose alternate action, or critique current or proposed policy. An essay is a creative article discussing social science issues related to natural resources or the environment. Total length of these manuscripts should not exceed 12 double spaced, typed pages (12 pt. font).
The Forum section offers a medium where authors can present editorial remarks and their perspectives and observations about social behavior, natural resources, and the environment. These comments can be gleaned from the author’s travels and derived from the author’s particular disciplinary orientation, previous experiences, and the like. Such observations might focus on similarities or differences (and the likely bases for these) in the nature of problems, institutions, or social processes they encounter. Hypotheses and research questions prompted by such experiences are welcome. Editorial or professional reaction to published material in the journal is also welcome. Total length of a Forum article should be five to eight double spaced pages (12 pt. font).
A research note is a short article on a methodological or research design employed to study the relationship of social behavior, natural resources, and the environment. Research notes should be no longer than five or six double spaced pages (12 pt. font).
This section of the journal is intended to communicate to readers information about events, happenings, and wild card ideas about our interdisciplinary field. Submissions will be reviewed more for style and accuracy than content.