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Aims and Scope

The Journal of Wood Science is the official journal of the Japan Wood Research Society. This journal provides an international forum for the exchange of knowledge and the discussion of current issues in wood and its utilization. The journal publishes original articles on basic and applied research dealing with the science, technology, and engineering of wood, wood components, wood and wood-based products, and wood constructions. Articles concerned with pulp and paper, fiber resources from non-woody plants, wood-inhabiting insects and fungi, wood biomass, and environmental and ecological issues in forest products are also included. In addition to original articles, the journal publishes review articles on selected topics concerning wood science and related fields. The editors welcome the submission of manuscripts from any country.

Instructions for Authors

Revised April 1, 2018

Manuscripts for publication and correspondence: Please submit all manuscripts and send all correspondence to the electronic submission-tracking site of the Journal of Wood Science (JWS), at (English) or (Japanese), the Web site of the Japan Wood Research Society (JWRS).

Prerequisites for publication: The first author must be a member of the Japan Wood Research Society; however, nonmembers from outside Japan are also accepted as authors. Upon submission of the manuscript, both the Certification form and the Submission form, which can be downloaded from the above-mentioned site, must be submitted electronically. Please note that the Certification form must be submitted as a pdf file showing the author's signature.

Ethical responsibilities of authors: This journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) the journal will follow the COPE guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of misconduct.

Authors should refrain from misrepresenting research results which could damage the trust in the journal and ultimately the entire scientific endeavor. Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice, which includes:

Important note: the journal may use software to screen for plagiarism.

In addition:

If there is a suspicion of misconduct, the journal will carry out an investigation following the COPE guidelines. If, after investigation, the allegation seems to raise valid concerns, the accused author will be contacted and given an opportunity to address the issue. If misconduct has been proven, this may result in the Editor-in-Chief's implementation of the following measures, including, but not limited to:

Disclosure of potential conflict of interests: Authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could influence or bias the work. Although an author may not feel there are conflicts, disclosure of relationships and interests affords a more transparent process, leading to an accurate and objective assessment of the work. Awareness of real or perceived conflicts of interests is a perspective to which the readers are entitled and is not meant to imply that a financial relationship with an organization that sponsored the research or compensation for consultancy work is inappropriate. Examples of potential conflicts of interests that are directly or indirectly related to the research may include but are not limited to the following:

In addition, interests that go beyond financial interests and compensation (non-financial interests) that may be important to readers should be disclosed. These may include but are not limited to personal relationships or competing interests directly or indirectly tied to this research, or professional interests or personal beliefs that may influence your research.

The corresponding author collects the conflict of interest disclosure forms from all authors. In author collaborations where formal agreements for representation allow it, it is sufficient for the corresponding author to sign the disclosure form on behalf of all authors. Examples of forms can be found at

The corresponding author will include a summary statement in the text of the manuscript in a separate section before the reference list, that reflects what is recorded in the potential conflict of interest disclosure form(s).

See below examples of disclosures:

Funding: This study was funded by X (grant number X).

Conflict of Interest: Author A has received research grants from Company A. Author B has received a speaker honorarium from Company X and owns stock in Company Y. Author C is a member of committee Z.

If no conflict exists, the authors should state:

Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Statement of Human and Animal Rights: When reporting studies that involve human participants, authors should include a statement that the studies have been approved by the appropriate institutional and/or national research ethics committee and have been performed in accordance with the ethical standards as laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration or comparable standards, the authors must explain the reasons for their approach, and demonstrate that the independent ethics committee or institutional review board explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study.

The following statements should be included in the text before the References section:

Ethical approval: "All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards."

The welfare of animals used for research must be respected. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and/or national guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed.

For studies with animals, the following statement should be included:

"All applicable institutional and/or national guidelines for the care and use of animals were followed."
If articles do not contain studies with human participants or animals by any of the authors, Springer recommends including the following sentence:

"This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors."
For retrospective studies, please add the following sentence:

"For this type of study formal consent is not required."


Informed consent

All individuals have individual rights that are not to be infringed. Individual participants in studies e.g. have the right to decide what happens to the (identifiable) personal data gathered and to what they have said e.g. during a study or an interview as well as to any photograph that was taken. Hence it is important that all participants gave their informed consent in writing prior to inclusion in the study. Identifying details (names, dates of birth, identity numbers and other information) of the participants that were studied should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and genetic profiles unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the participant (or parent or guardian if the participant is incapable) has given written informed consent for publication. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve in some cases, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of participants is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic profiles, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning.

The following statement should be included:

Informed consent: "Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study."

If identifying information about participants is available in the article, the following statement should be included:

"Additional informed consent was obtained from all individual participants for whom identifying information is included in this article."

Types of articles: The Journal of Wood Science publishes peer-reviewed Original articles, Notes, Rapid communications, and Review articles, based on the principles and theories of wood science. These articles should be no longer than 8, 5, 3, and 10 printed pages, respectively. Original articles should describe novel ideas based on new results that provide new perspectives in the scientific community. Notes should be short reports of original studies of limited scope. Rapid communications should be for rapid, preliminary publication of a significant discovery, thus the manuscript must be accompanied by a letter from the author stating reasons that would justify publication as a rapid communication. Review articles should be overview articles of recent advances in the research of selected topics. Letters to the editor should be short discussions on recently published articles in the journal, published together with response(s) from the original article's author(s). The text of the letter should be no longer than 750 words. All manuscripts for all types of articles should be written in English.

Peer-review: All received manuscripts are subject to peer-review by at least two referees appointed by the editorial board. After peer-review, the editorial board decides in consultation with referees whether the submitted manuscripts are to be accepted. The board aims to send the results of the review to the author within 2 weeks after manuscript submission. The editor often recommends revisions. When this occurs, the author(s) must submit a revised version within 1 month after receiving the review results. Otherwise, the submission will be treated as having been retracted by the author.

Manuscript submission: The work described in the manuscript must not have been published in whole or in part elsewhere nor can it be under consideration elsewhere, and its publication must have been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible, should there be any claims for compensation. Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors. Manuscripts, excluding figures, should be submitted in Word in 12-point Times New Roman. Save your files in .docx format (Word2007 or higher) or .doc format (older Word versions).

Title page: The title page includes the title, which should be brief, specific, and informative; the type of article; the authors' full names, affiliations, and addresses; the e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the corresponding author to which proofs are to be sent; and 3–5 key words or phrases for indexing. If part or all of the paper has been presented at any scientific meeting, this must be stated in a footnote to the title page.

Abstract: For Original articles, Notes, and Review articles, provide an abstract of not more than 200 words containing a concise description of the purpose, methods, results, and conclusions of the article. Give only the most essential data, emphasizing new and important aspects of the research. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.

Text: For Original articles and Notes, the text should be, if possible, divided into the following sections: Introduction, Theory, Materials and methods (or Experimental), Results, and Discussion. Headings should be no more than three levels. Abbreviations should be defined at first appearance and used consistently thereafter. However, their use in the title and abstract should be avoided. Footnotes should be used sparingly and numbered consecutively.

Conclusions: A "Conclusions" section is optional. If it is included, it should highlight as succinctly as possible the research achievements described in the article.

Acknowledgments: Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section immediately before the reference list.

References: References in the text should be cited using numbers, e.g., "Ross et al. [1], Suzuki and Tanaka [2], and Harada [3] show that...." in the order of their appearance. For cited works that were written in Japanese, follow the style shown below. The list of references should include only those works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. The accuracy of reference data is the authors' responsibility. Personal communications and works not yet accepted for publication should not be included in the reference list but may be cited in parentheses in the text. If such a citation is from someone other than the authors, a letter should be submitted in which the direct quotation is given with the signature of its author. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list. Unpublished papers accepted for publication may be included in the list by designating the journal followed by the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) of the article. In the reference list, provide inclusive page numbers for all references and give the names of all authors (the use of "et al." in the reference list is unacceptable). Listing of a Web site as a reference should be avoided except as the equivalent of a published reference. If a site is listed, the date it was most recently accessed should be included. Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal's name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations, available at

  1. Watanabe U, Abe H, Yoshida K, Sugiyama J (2015) Quantitative evaluation of properties of residual DNA in Cryptomeria japonica wood. J Wood Sci 61:1–9
  2. Suzuki T, Tanaka J (1987) Engineering plastics from lignin (in Japanese). Mokuzai Gakkaishi 33:213–218
  3. Slifka MK, Whitton JL (2000) Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. J Mol Med. doi:10.1007/s001090000086
  4. Timell TE (1986) Compression wood in gymnosperms. Springer, New York
  5. Harada H (1965) Ultrastructure and organization of gymnosperm cell walls. In: Côté WA Jr (ed) Cellular ultrastructure of woody plants. Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, pp215–233
  6. Minami E, Saka S (2004) Chemical conversion of woody biomass in supercritical methanol to liquid fuels and chemicals. Science in thermal and chemical biomass conversion (Poster), Victoria, Canada, 30 Aug - 2 Sep 2004. Accessed 29 May 2009
  7. Kim JS (2011) Immunolocalization of hemicelluloses in differentiating xylem of Cryptomeria japonica. Dissertation, Kyoto University, Japan
  8. JIS Z2101-1994 (2000) Methods of test for woods (in Japanese). Japanese Standard Association, Tokyo, Japan, p 295

Tables: Use the table functions of Word, not spreadsheets, to make tables. Tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in the order cited in the text. Each table should be given a brief informative title. Explain in footnotes all abbreviations used. Submit all tables as separate files and do not integrate them within the text.

Figures: All figures, whether photographs, graphs, or diagrams, should be cited in the text in consecutive numerical order with Arabic numerals. Submit all figures as separate files and do not integrate them within the text. For line-drawing figures, the preferred format is EPS; for halftone figures, please use TIFF format. Microsoft Office files are also acceptable. Each figure should be of publication quality (halftone figures: minimum 300dpi, line drawings and other figures: minimum 600dpi) without requiring any retouching by the printer. In photomicrographs, a bar should be used to show magnification, with the length of the bar indicated on the micrograph. Including a magnification factor in the legend is not acceptable. Previously published figures usually are not accepted. If used, however, the previously published material must be identified by giving the original source in the form of a reference citation at the end of the figure legend. Figure legends must be brief, self-sufficient explanations of the illustrations. The legends should be placed at the end of the main text. Color figures will always be published in color in the online version. In print, however, they will only appear in color if the author agrees to pay the extra cost for the color printing (See details below). Otherwise the figures will be printed in black and white. Please note that, in such cases, it is authors' responsibility to prepare figures to be illustrative enough to convey the necessary information even after they are converted into black and white. The publisher reserves the right to reduce or enlarge figures.

Terminology: Always use internationally accepted signs and symbols for units, i.e., SI units. Insofar as possible, authors should use systematic names similar to those used by the Chemical Abstract Service or IUPAC. Genus and species names should be in italics. The common names of animals should not be capitalized. Generic names of chemicals are preferred; if trade names are used, the generic name should be given at first appearance. Please use the standard mathematical notation for formulae, symbols, etc. Use italics for single letters that denote mathematical constants, variables, and unknown quantities; use roman/upright for numerals, operators, punctuation, and commonly defined functions or abbreviations, e.g., cos, det, e or exp, lim, log, max, min, sin, tan, d (for derivative); use bold for vectors, tensors, and matrices.

Electronic Supplementary Material: Springer accepts electronic multimedia files (animations, movies, audio, etc.) and other supplementary files to be published online along with an article or a book chapter. This feature can add dimension to the author's article, as certain information cannot be printed or is more convenient in electronic form.


Audio, Video, and Animations

Text and Presentations


Specialized Formats

Collecting Multiple Files



Processing of supplementary files

In order to give people of all abilities and disabilities access to the content of your supplementary files, please make sure that

Research Data Policy: The journal encourages authors, where possible and applicable, to deposit data that support the findings of their research in a public repository. Authors and editors who do not have a preferred repository should consult Springer Nature's list of repositories and research data policy.

List of Repositories

Research Data Policy

General repositories - for all types of research data - such as figshare and Dryad may also be used.

Datasets that are assigned digital object identifiers (DOIs) by a data repository may be cited in the reference list. Data citations should include the minimum information recommended by DataCite: authors, title, publisher (repository name), identifier.


Springer Nature provides a research data policy support service for authors and editors, which can be contacted at

This service provides advice on research data policy compliance and on finding research data repositories. It is independent of journal, book and conference proceedings editorial offices and does not advise on specific manuscripts.


Proofreading: The purpose of the proof is to check for typesetting, conversion errors, and the completeness and accuracy of the text, tables and figures. Substantial changes in content, e.g., new results, corrected values, changes in title and authorship, are not allowed without the approval of the Editor. After online publication, further changes can be made only in the form of an Erratum, which will be hyperlinked to the article.

Copyright transfer: Authors will be asked to transfer copyright of the article to the Japan Wood Research Society. This will ensure the widest possible protection and dissemination of information under copyright laws. Even after the copyright transfer, the first author of the article is permitted to use his/her paper in print and electronic versions of dissertations or theses, provided he/she duly cites the article.

Fees: The authors of accepted papers, not including Review articles invited by the Editorial Board, are requested to pay part of the publication fee as follows: The cost for Original articles, Notes, Rapid communications, and Review articles is ¥10,000 per page. For residents of Japan, the above costs are subject to an 8% consumption tax. Authors are requested to pay the extra cost for color illustrations: €950/US$1,150 (plus VAT) per article.

Offprints: Authors will receive the PDF file (with cover) of their article for free. Offprints can be ordered by the corresponding author.

Online First: The article will be published online after receipt of the corrected proofs. This is the official first publication citable with the DOI. After release of the printed version, the paper can also be cited by issue and page numbers.

Editorial Office:
The Editorial Office of the Journal of Wood Science
c/o Prof. Yoshihisa Fujii (Editor-in-Chief)
Devision of Forest and Biomaterials Science,
Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University,
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan
Phone +81-75-753-6245, Fax: +81-75-753-6245
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