About PCI Forest and Wood Sciences

What is PCI Forest and Wood Sciences​ ?

PCI Forest and Wood Sciences is a community of researchers working in the scientific fields mobilised for understanding: (i) the large dynamics in forest ecosystems at all relevant scales and their responses to global and local changes (climate, land use, pathogens, …..) and (ii) the valuation of the services produced by these ecosystems. The community gathers forest scientists as well as specialists in biology, ecology, economy, engineering, chemistry, social sciences and humanities, whose skills are required to understand, organize and define politics around the complex dynamics undergone by forests and the services they provide. These issues enter into a context of intensive changes of land use, climate, and other factors and the need to develop an innovative bioeconomy based on forests and their products. PCI Forest and Wood Sciences is a community of recommenders playing the role of editors who recommend unpublished articles based on peer-reviews to make them complete, reliable and citable articles. It will concentrate whenever possible to those preprints with a focus on long term dynamics of forests and of a forest based bioeconomy. To a lesser extent, PCI Forest and Wood Sciences will recommend particularly interesting published articles dealing with important or debated issues in forest and wood sciences. Evaluation and recommendation by PCI Forest and Wood Sciences are free of charge. When a recommender decides to recommend an article, he/she writes a recommendation text that is published along with all the editorial correspondence (reviews, recommender's decisions, authors’ replies) by PCI Forest and Wood Sciences. The article itself is not published by PCI Forest and Wood Sciences; it remains in the preprint server where it has been posted by the authors and can still be submitted to a journal after taking comments, criticism and suggestions into account.



PCI Forest and Wood Sciences is a community of the parent project Peer Community In, an original idea of Denis Bourguet, Benoit Facon and Thomas Guillemaud.
PCI Forest and Wood Sciences is not designed to be a free peer-reviewing service for authors aiming to improve their articles before submission to a journal. It is, of course, possible, for authors to then submit their recommended article to a traditional journal, but this is not the goal of PCI Forest and Wood Sciences.
  • PCI Forest and Wood Sciences is stimulating: it recommends remarkable articles.
  • PCI Forest and Wood Sciences is free: there are no fees associated with the evaluation process, and no charge for access to the comments and recommendations. The website is freely accessible.
  • PCI Forest and Wood Sciences is transparent: Reviews and recommendations (for unpublished articles) and recommendations (for published articles) are freely available for consultation. Recommendations are signed by the recommenders. Reviews may also be signed if the reviewers agree to do so.
  • PCI Forest and Wood Sciences is not exclusive: An article may be recommended by different Peer Communities in X (a feature of particular interest for articles relating to multidisciplinary studies) and may even be published in a traditional journal (although this is not the goal of PCI Forest and Wood Sciences).

Managing board of PCI Forest and Wood Sciences​​

The PCI Forest and Wood Science is still under construction. The names of the Managing Board are coming soon.

To contact the Managing Board please send a message to contact@forestwoodsci.peercommunityin.org


Which manuscripts can be recommended?

PCI Forest and Wood Sciences will evaluate preprints, and to a lesser extent articles published in journals, dealing with all fields of forest and wood sciences and in particular with these thematic fields:
  • Tree biology and physiology: integrative biology, ecophysiology, adaptation to global change;
  • Biology of wood in living trees: cambial activity and wood formation, dendrochronology, wood anatomy and tree functioning or evolution, wood traits and tree ecology, tree biomechanics and mechanoperception;
  • Interactions between trees and microorganisms: symbioses, pathogens, decomposers; forest pathology and epidemiology;
  • Forests and animals: entomology, pests, fauna, population dynamics;
  • Functional forest ecology (carbon, water and energy cycles): interactions with the environment, adaptation to climate change;
  • Forest soils and nutrient cycles: soil biology and soil science, fertility and site factors;
  • Population dynamics and genetics of forest trees, genomics, biotechnologies;
  • Forest history: historical forest ecology, responses to global change, wood as historical tracers;
  • Conservation and restoration of forests;
  • Inventory and assessment of forest ressources and forest dynamics;
  • Silviculture and forest management: adaptive forestry, multifunctional forestry, forest engineering and logistics, forest regeneration;
  • Urban forestry;
  • Wood properties and wood products: quantification of the variability at different scales ranging from intra ring level up to the forest resources; understanding the relationships between  wood anatomy and wood physical, chemical and mechanical properties ; interactions between the growth conditions of the trees and the wood properties of the end products; optimization of the conversion of logs into end products by including interactions between wood, processes and end products;
  • Forest ecosystem services and forest conservation: biodiversity, water quality, recreation and others;
  • Forest economics: risks, environmental aspects, ecosystem services. and others;
  • Forest policies and social aspects of forests and forest products;
  • Forest based bioeconomy: new products, new uses, innovation, social issues; systemic approaches like life cycle analyses …, sustainable impact assessment of forest-wood chains (modeling, territorial LCA, economic geography …).

The articles recommended may have diverse formats: reviews, comments, opinion papers, research articles, data papers, technical notes, computer notes, movies, etc. No editing, formatting or proofing of the recommended papers is required but we provide the authors with a template if they want to format their article. We also ask the authors of recommended article to add a sentence in the acknowledgements stating that their article has been recommended by PCI Forest and Wood Sciences.    


PCI Forest and Wood Sciences welcomes anonymous submissions (see details). 
PCI Forest and Wood Sciences also welcomes submissions of preregistrations (see details). 

Editorial Criteria

PCI Forest and Wood Sciences recommends preprints that are not been published or under consideration for evaluation elsewhere at the time of its submission to PCI Forest and Wood Sciences. 

The preprints recommended may describe empirical or theoretical studies, and be based on observations from experiments or nature, or previously acquired data. They may also report the results of verbal, computer or mathematical models. Studies of methodologies for evolutionary biology are also appreciated. Perspectives, reviews and opinions, as well as comments on previously published articles are also welcome. 

PCI Forest and Wood Sciences recommends only preprints of high scientific quality that are methodologically and ethically sound. To this end, PCI Forest and Wood Sciences: 
Requires data, computer codes and mathematical and statistical analysis scripts to be made available to reviewers and recommenders at the time of submission and to readers after recommendation. 
- Welcomes reproductions of studies
- Welcomes preregistration submissions and preprint submissions based on preregistrations (whether or not reviewed) 
- Welcomes preprints reporting negative results, provided that the questions addressed and the methodology are sound. 
- Does not accept submissions of preprints presenting financial conflicts of interest. Other conflicts of interest must be minimal and declared. 
- Ensures that, as far as possible, the reviewers and referees have no conflict of interest with the content or authors of the study being evaluated. 

PCI Forest and Wood Sciences does not guarantee the evaluation or recommendation of all submitted preprints. Only preprints considered interesting by at least one competent recommender (equivalent to an associate editor in a classical journal) will be peer-reviewed. The interest of the preprint, as determined by the recommender, can relate to its context, the scientific question addressed, the methodology, or the results. PCI Forest and Wood Sciences has a large number of recommenders, ensuring a considerable diversity of interests. The recommendations published by PCI Forest and Wood Sciences are designed to draw the attention of the research community to the qualities of the article, including the subjective reasons for the recommender’s interest in it. 

Peer Community In promotes the repeatability of science

PCI wants to promote scientific repeatability to improve the overall robustness and integrity of our scientific conclusions. To this aim, PCI has set up 3 mandatory rules and made 2 suggestions to authors: 


Mandatory rules:

Articles recommended by PCI must provide the readers: 
-Raw data by making them available either in the text or through an open data repository such as Zenodo, Dryad or some other institutional repositories (see Directory of Open Access Repositories). Data must be reusable, thus metadata and accompanying text must carefully describe the data. 
-Details on the quantitative analyses (e.g., data treatment and statistical scripts in R, bioinformatic pipeline scripts, etc.) and details concerning simulations (scripts, codes) in the text, as appendices, or through an open data repository, such as Zenodo, Dryad or some other institutional repositories (see Directory of Open Access Repositories). The scripts or codes must be carefully described such that another researcher can run them. 
-Details on experimental procedures. These details must be given in the text or as appendices at the end of the article. 

Suggestions to authors:

-PCI encourages authors to use preregistrations: Authors may post their research questions and analysis plan to an independent registry before observing the research outcomes, and thus before writing and submitting their article. This provides a way for them to clarify their hypotheses, avoid confusing “postdictions” and predictions, and carefully plan appropriate statistical treatment of the data (eg see 10.1073/pnas.1708274114). 
-PCI also welcomes submissions of preregistrations. Authors can submit their preregistrations to a PCI before beginning their study, and thus before acquiring the data. Preregistrations are then evaluated by recommenders based on independent reviews, in exactly the same way as preprint articles. Preregistrations can thus be rejected or undergo revisions, improving the quality and robustness of the experimental design. When a preregistration is accepted, the subsequent article submitted to the corresponding PCI would be recommended provided the study has been conducted as described in the preregistration (or with any modifications clearly justified). In this way, an article cannot be rejected due to the outcome of the study only. Details on preregistration submissions can be found for example here

PCI Forest and Wood Sciences​​ friendly journals

The Editors-in-Chief of the following journals have indicated (or have been asked by their scientific Society) they will consider submissions of articles recommended by a PCI and that they may use PCI reviews and recommendations for their own review processes, if appropriate: 

Annals of Forest Science
PLoS Biology 
Trends in Ecology and Evolution 
Trends in Plant Science 
Global Ecology and Biogeography 
Ecology Letters 
Evolution Letters 
BMC Evolutionary Biology 
Molecular Ecology 
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 
Nordic Journal of Botany 
Journal of Avian Biology 
Evolutionary Applications 
Frontiers of Biogeography 
Journal of Biogeography 
Evolutionary Ecology 
Rethinking Ecology 
Molecular Ecology Resources 

Attention! The following journals are NOT PCI friendly (they would not accept preprints recommended by PCI as submissions): 
American Naturalist 
Behavioral Ecology 

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​Inclusiveness and equity

PCI is attentive to equity and inclusion at all steps of the process of scientific article evaluation. PCI focuses on bringing more people underrepresented in academia among authors submitting to PCI, and reviewers, recommenders and managing board members working for PCI. Underrepresentation is hereby linked to many factors including career stage, gender and geography.
Specific recommendations are made to reviewers, recommenders and managing board members to increase equity and inclusiveness in each of their tasks. 
Tools to increase equity and inclusiveness:
-Possibility to submit articles anonymously

-Transparency in the evaluation of articles

-Managing Board members take into account underrepresentation in academia when appointing new recommenders

-Template messages to recommenders and reviewers include recommendations about equity and inclusiveness 

-Possibility to review anonymously
PCI is signatory of the Joint Statement of Principles of the Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communication (C4DISC, https://c4disc.org/principles/)​​