Submission of Manuscripts

Official Journal of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources

Society and Natural Resources has been turned over to a new editorial team: David A. Sonnenfeld and Peter Leigh Taylor as Editors-in-Chief and Stacia Ryder as Assistant Editor.

Please click here for the 2015 Editor Introduction.

Please direct all correspondence for the journal to:
Stacia Ryder, Assistant Editor, SNR

Our Author’ Instructions are now in PDF Format. Please click here to download the SNR Submission Instructions (PDF)

Instructions for Authors: Society and Natural Resources

Submission of Manuscripts:

This journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts (previously Manuscript Central) to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the Guide for ScholarOne authors ( before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided below.

Society and Natural Resources receives all manuscript submissions electronically via their Scholar One website located at Scholar One Manuscripts allows for rapid and easy submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as reviewing and internal communication between authors, editors and reviewers via a web-based platform.

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Authors are also strongly encouraged to include a cover letter explaining how their manuscript meets the goals of the journal for new and transformative scholarship and insights which appeal to the broad readership of Society and Natural Resources. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to complete an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher.


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. Manuscript length varies by type of article:

  • General Research Articles: 7,300 words
  • Insights and Applications: 4,500 words
  • Policy Reviews and Essays: 3,500 words
  • Forum: 2,200 words
  • Research Note: 1,500 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 or near 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:



Include only references to books, articles, and bulletins actually cited in the text. All references must follow the University of Chicago Manual of Style-Author/Date System Style B. References in the text should cite the author’s last name, year of publication, and page (where appropriate); thus (Collins and Smith 2002, p. 298) or (Schafft 2006). All references should appear at the end of the typescript in alphabetical order. Examples:


Oliver-Smith, A., and S.M. Hoffman. 1999. The angry earth. New York, NY: Routledge.

Book Chapter:

Zaman, M.Q. 1999. Vulnerability, disaster, and survival in Bangladesh: Three case studies.
In The angry earth, eds. A. Oliver-Smith and S.M. Hoffman, pp. 192-212. New York, NY: Routledge.

Journal Article:

Gosnell, H., J.H. Haggerty, and W.R. Travis. 2006. Ranchland ownership change in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, 1990-2001: Implications for conservation. Society and Natural Resources 19(8): 743-758.

Electronic sources/documents:

When citing electronic documents in Society and Natural Resources, use the Author/Date system:

(USFWS 2002)

In the reference list:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). 2002. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Http:// (accessed 14 November 2003).

Citing your own work:

Authors should not refer to themselves in a way that reveals their identity. This compromises the double-blind review process used by Society and Natural Resources. We realize that authors must cite their own work at times; however, we ask that you do so in a way that does not identify the author. For example:

INCORRECT: “In our previous study, we found similarities in values orientation between agricultural farm families and family forest owners (Fulana and Smith 2001).”

CORRECT: “Similarities in values orientation have been found between agricultural farm families and family forest owners (Fulana and Smith 2001).”

On acceptance of your manuscript, you will have the opportunity to change the wording if you wish to clarify that you were the author of a study cited.

Tables and Figures:

Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate or files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included.

Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction. Captions should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet. Please refer to the University of Chicago Manual of Style or a recent issue of the journal for examples of properly formatted tables.

Tables should be compiled into one Word document

Figures should be uploaded separately; TIFF format preferable.

Author’s Check List for Manuscript Submission:

Please only submit your manuscript once you have completed the Author’s Check List below:

  • Have you checked to make sure that your manuscript is within the word limit for the article type. Count each figure as 300 words.
  • Have you removed all identifiers (authors name, affiliation) from your manuscript, including acknowledgements. Society and Natural Resources honors a blind review process.
  • MAIN TEXT: Is the main text in Word format; we do not accept PDF files.
  • TABLES: Are all tables in one Word document; we cannot accept MS Excel files.
  • FIGURES: For initial submissions it is OK to have figures in JPG or Word format. For accepted manuscripts figures must be submitted as a TIFF document, and additional requirements apply (see below)
  • For Revised Manuscripts (revisions or resubmissions), in addition to the above, please also be sure that you have removed identifiers (name, affiliation, etc.) from your response to reviewers comments.

Illustrations for Accepted Manuscripts:

Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:


300 dpi or higher

sized to fit on journal page

TIFF format only

submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files

Color Illustrations:

Color illustrations will be considered for publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in their printing and publication. The charge for the first figure is $900.00. The next three pages with color are $450.00 each. These prices are subject to change. A custom quote will be provided for color art totaling more than 4 journal pages. Good-quality color prints should be provided in their final size. The publisher has the right to refuse publication of color prints deemed unacceptable.


All proofs must be corrected and returned to the publisher within 48 hours of receipt. If the manuscript is not returned within the allotted time, the editor will proofread the article and it will be printed per his instruction. Only correction of typographical errors is permitted at the proof stage.



Each corresponding author will receive 50 reprints of their article upon registration with Rightslink, our authorized reprint provider. Authors will need to create a unique account and register with Rightslink for this free service. The link is provided at the time of page proof review. Complimentary reprints are not available post publication.