Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The purpose of BioResources is to promote scientific discourse and to foster scientific developments related to sustainable manufacture involving lignocellulosic or woody biomass resources, including wood and agricultural residues. BioResources will focus on advances in science and technology. Emphasis will be placed on bioproducts, bioenergy, papermaking technology, wood products, new manufacturing materials, composite structures, and chemicals derived from lignocellulosic biomass.


Section Policies

Editorials (Opinion Pieces)

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Research Articles (Peer Reviewed)

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Review Articles (Peer Reviewed)

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Peer Review Process

All research articles and review articles are subject to a single-blind peer review process managed by the co-editors. In each case the co-editors select three or more experts to provide input regarding how well a submitted article meets the criteria of "new, true, and important." These reviewers also are asked to provide suggestions for ways in which submitted articles can be improved. BioResources employs an automated system for web-based submission of articles and efficient tracking of the review and approval process.


Publication Frequency

BioResources is published on a quarterly schedule, with issues completed during the following months: February, May, August, issues November. Each new issue starts to become populated with articles, uploading onto the web, as soon as such articles have fully completed the approval and editing process.


Open Access Policy

BioResources follows an open-access policy of publication. Research articles, scholarly reviews, and editorial items accepted for publication by BioResources will be made available for viewing and downlaod, without restriction and without charge, to users of the Internet. Such users are entitled to fair use of the material for research and educational purposes, but they do not have permission to publish or to sell the material or to quote it without attribution. The author(s) retain rights to use the submitted and published material without restriction.



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About BioResources

The online journal BioResources serves a growing interest in environmental compatibility. Current practices of manufacturing and energy production, being heavily dependent on fossel fuels, probably cannot be sustained far into the future at current levels.

In our opinion, lignocellulosic substances - including wood and agricultural residues - are likely to become the primary materials upon which society will build its next generation of sustainable technologies. By relying more on renewable, photosynthetic materials, our reliance upon fossil fuels and the consequent net increases in greenhouse gases in the environment can start to be brought under control.

With a goal of promoting scientific discourse in an area of research that is critical to the future of all of us, the editors decided that BioResources should have an open-access, web-based format. That means that the article can be downloaded without cost by researchers around the word, helping to speed progress toward the solution of some pressing environmental issues.

Each research article and each review article which appears in BioResources will have undergone a rigorous peer-review process. That means that drafts of the articles have been critically judged by other scientists, and that the authors have addressed the concerns of the reviewer and corrected any deficiencies that were identified during that process. The peer review process for BioResources is essentially the same as for any reputable scientific journal. Opinion pieces appearing in BioResources are clearly marked as such, and such pieces are not subject to peer review. Rather, they are invited by the editors or selected from among unsolicited submissions.

The home base of BioResources is the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University, in the USA. As one of the "land-grant" institutions, NC State University has a commitment to supporting the greater good. Likewise the college has a commitment to promote progress in natural resources science and technology. Departments within the college are Wood and Paper Science, Forestry and Environmental Resources, and Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management.

BioResources is pleased to receive submissions of research articles, and we also will select a limited number of review articles and opinion pieces that the editors think will complement the scholarly discourse.