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Author Guidelines

The guidelines given here are an abbreviated version of Author Instructions and Editorial Policies provided in the main website of the journal, at
To download the template that you will need for preparation of items for submission, please select "FOR_AUTHORS" from the navigation bar. That selection will take you to the following web page: First, decide whether your article is to be a research article, a scholarly review, or an editorial. Then you can download the corresponding template either as a WORD file or as a RTF file. Once you have completed your article, paying close attention to the requirements (also described below), you will need to return to this location in the web page. The main site of BioResources has a link "Author Submissions" that will direct you toward the resources that you will need. All articles and opinion pieces to be considered for publication in BioResources are to be submitted online, using the features provided within the "Author Guidelines" function.

Formatting and instructions are slightly different for (a) scientific papers, (b) review articles, and (c) opinion pieces (editorials). If you are interested in submitting an Opinion Piece or a Review Article, then please scroll down (below the discussion of peer-review article submissions).

Peer-review articles: In the case of original research articles, prospective authors are requested to please use the extact format as exhibited in the downloadable MS WORD or RTF (Rich Text Format) article template document. Click on the appropriate link in the website identified above, depending on the word processing system that you will be using to format your article. Just replace the title and other contents of the downloaded template document with your own title and other contents. Don't worry about the header and footer; the editors will take care of those details. (You also can download a PDF version of the article template, but you won't be able to edit it.) Within the text of the template you will find further author instructions. The following is a summary:

Abstract length: Target 150 words; maximum 200 words
Article length: Typically 4 to 20 pages, following the required format
Scope: Science and engineering of biomass from lignocellulosic sources for new end uses and new capabilities; examples include advances in wood science, new uses of crop residues, biofuels, biocomposites, papermaking, and chemical production that is based on plant material that contains substantial amounts of cellulose or lignin. The journal scope does not include consideration of articles mainly dealing with waste remediation, food, pharmaceuticals (except as derived form lignocellulosic sources), and soils.
Audience: Bear in mind that the likely audience will be multi-disciplinary; your work needs to be understood by scientists and specialists who may have very different backgrounds from your own.

Opinion pieces: The editors will have sole discretion in accepting a limited number of suitable opinion pieces. These items will not be peer-reivewed. Suitable opinion pieces will be selected based on the judgment of the editors that the ideas will help to stimulate a discussion amoung practitioners in the field of lignocellulosic bioresources. Prospective authors should use the extact format as exhibited in the downloadable MS WORD or RTF (revisable text format) opinion peice template document. Note that this template is different in detail from that used for peer-review articles (see previous item).

Length: Typically 1 to 2 pages, following the required format
Scope: We are particularly interested in opinions related to the pace, direction, and barriers to implementation of sustainable, environmentally responsible solutions to society's needs for energy, materials, and products.

Review aricles: The editors may either request review articles or consider articles that are submitted without request. Review articles that appear to generally fall within the scope and other requirements of the journal will be subject to the same peer-review process which was discussed in the case of research articles.

Format: The required format similar to that required for research articles, with the exception that headings such as "Experimental," "Results and Discussion," and "Conclusions" should be replaced with more appropriate headings, consistent with the contents of the article.
Length: Generally within the range of 6 to 30 pages, not counting the References Cited section; the editors reserve the right to waive the page limit. However, it is well appreciated that many articles can be improved in quality by shortening them.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in the Acknowledgements section).
  2. The article has been prepared for submission by use of the correct template corresponding to either a Research Article, a Scholarly Review, or an Editorial
  3. We have noticed the "cover graphic candidate" option in "Author instrucitons". Also, the submission file is in Microsoft Word file format (Version 2003 preferred) or Open Office (ODT).
  4. I/we intend later to make a payment to compensate for the page expenses (requested $125 per page), based on the final length of the published version (if accepted and published after peer review); I/we have read the explanation of page expenses in the “Author instructions” at

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The Editors of BioResources grant full copyright to the contributing authors and shall in no way infringe on that right. All material in this journal is made publically available on the Internet, but remains the property of the contributing authors. A print edition, with content matching the online edition also has the same policies. Internet users are authorized to make fair use of the material for research and education, but such authorization does not include publication, sales, or quotation without proper attribution of its source.


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