Types of Articles

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 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.

Research Articles/Findings describe research based work guided by a theoretical foundation that contributes significantly new scholarship by advancing new theory or knowledge for transforming practice on the relationships between society and natural resources. Empirically based articles should have a clearly described sound methodology/research design and a well-developed data analysis section. Articles should not exceed 7500 words, including all references, notes, tables and figures.

Practice-Based Knowledge articles provide lessons learned from practitioners and academics working alone or together. Rather than attempting to test a hypothesis or establish new theory, what distinguishes practice-based articles is that they ground new insights into interactions between society and natural resources in particular places and actions, and provide clear descriptions of both the context and arrangements under which the work was conducted and what constitutes the data or evidence behind their assertions. We encourage submissions that reflect on why decisions, approaches to problem solving, practices, and ideas worked or did not work and how those lessons might be applicable to other contexts. Authors should be explicit and clear as to their positions and roles in the places or actions being described. Total maximum length including tables, figures, references and notes should not exceed 5000 words.

Policy Reviews/Analyses examine current or proposed policies associated with social dynamics related to natural resource management. These articles can raise questions of policy, propose alternate action, or critique current or proposed policy. Total maximum length including tables, figures, references and notes should not exceed 5000 words.

Comments/Rejoinders offer a forum where authors can present editorial remarks and their perspectives and observations about social behavior, natural resources, and the environment. These comments may be 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 have encountered. This forum is also the place for editorial or professional reaction to published material in the journal. Total maximum length including tables, figures, references and notes should not exceed 2500 words.

A Research Note is a short article on an innovative methodological or other aspect of the research process employed to study the relationship of social behavior, natural resources, and the environment. In particular a research note should clearly state the kind of contribution the author(s) want to make to the research methods/design in the field, advance a solid argument in favor of a particular methodology or approach, clarify an important methodological or design issues, and/or bring a novel methodological problem to the attention of the journal’s readers. Total maximum length including tables, figures, references and notes should not exceed 2500 words.

All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced with 12-point font and with margins of at least one inch on all sides. All content, including abstracts, footnotes, appendices, and references should be double-spaced. There is no minimum length so long as the article sufficiently fulfills the criteria for that article type; maximum manuscript length varies by type of article:

General Research Articles: 7,500 words

Practice-Based Knowledge: 5,000 words

Policy Reviews/Analyses: 5,000 words

Comments/Rejoinders: 2,500 words

Research Notes: 2,000 words

Word limits include all references, notes, tables, appendices, and figures. Word limits do not include the title page, abstract, and keywords. Each figure is equivalent to about 300 words (2 figures equal 600 words, and so on). Please keep the length of your manuscript at these limits. The abstract should not exceed 150 words. Please include 5-10 alphabetized keywords

Please Note: Manuscripts that exceed the length limits will be returned without review.

Book Reviews:

In general, reviews are solicited and include reviews of meetings, videos, films, bulletins, and books. Contact the book review editor if you wish to participate in these innovative formats.
Book Review Editor: Dave D. White, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, e-mail: dave.white@asu.edu