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  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
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Author Guidelines

The Journal of Forest and Livelihood aims to inform environmental policy process by facilitating dialogue among politicians, professionals, activists, researchers and policy makers. The Journal documents and disseminates the insights, lessons and innovations taking place in socio-cultural, political and economic aspects of environmental governance and rural livelihoods in Nepal. Original scientific papers, short communications and review articles are published in the journal. In this connection, we welcome articles analysing contemporary issues on nature-society interactions that have direct implications both on local livelihoods and resource sustainability. We particularly encourage the papers that are guided by critical social sciences perspectives and enriched by insights from deliberative governance, political economy, political ecology, social learning and institutional theories. The authors are fully responsible for the originality of the paper and formal correctness and should ensure that the paper is not published previously.

Abstract and key words: Abstract is a short summary of the whole paper. Authors are required to include an abstract not exceeding 150 words and 5 key words. It should describe all essential facts of a scientific paper. Keywords must be included and should not be the repeated words that are included in the title of the papers. Key words should be taken from the main body of the paper. The abstract is an important part of the paper and cited in world databases.

Introduction should outline the main reasons why the research was conducted; describe a brief review of literature consisting of refereed periodicals, journals and books, and the goal of the authors.

Language: Articles should be submitted in English (British), bear in mind that there should be uniformity in the language used.

Mode of submission: Articles should be submitted in electronic form in the e-mail address provided.

Formatting: Standard size of paper (A4 format), type size 12 font in Times New Roman, 2.5 cm margins on each edge of the page. The heading levels should be properly identified.

Author details: give full name, organizational affiliation and position, and email address. In the case of multiple authors, identify the corresponding author.

References: All publications cited in the text should be given in a reference list following the text. Authors are strongly advised to follow the standard scientific conventions of referencing and should be formatted in the following way:

  1. Journal article

Baral, J. C. 2002. Depleting Forests, Silent Spectators: Who Should Manage Nepal’s Terai Forest? Forest and Livelihood: 2(1): 34-40.

Khadka, S.R. and Schmidt-Vogt, D. 2008. Integrating Biodiversity Conservation and Addressing Economic Needs: An Experience with Nepal's Community Forestry. Local Environment, 13(1): 1-13.

Lachapelle, P., Smith, P. and McCool, S. 2004. Access to Power or Genuine Empowerment? An Analysis of Three Community Forest Groups in Nepal. Human Ecology Review, 11(1): 1-12.

  1. Book

Regmi, M. C. 1978. Thatched Huts and Stucco Palaces. Delhi: Adroit Publishers.

Blaikie, P. and Brookfield, H. 1987. Land Degradation and Society. London: Methuen and Co.

Blaikie, P. M., Cameron, J. and Seddon, D. 2001. Nepal in Crisis: Growth and Stagnation at the Periphery. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

  1. Edited book

Hutt, M. (Ed). 2004. Himalayan 'People's War': Nepal's Maoist Rebellion. London: C. Hurst and Co.

Nelson, N. and Wright, S. (Eds.). 1995. Power and Participatory Development: Theory and Practice. London: Intermediate Technology Publications.

Gellner, D. N., Pfaff-Czarnecka, J. and Welpton, J. (Eds.). 1997. Nationalism and Ethnicity in a Hindu Kingdom: The Politics of Culture in Contemporary Nepal. Studies in Anthropology and History. Amsterdam: Overseas Publishers Association.

  1. Book chapter

Libecap, G. D. 1995. The Conditions for Successful Collective Action. In: R. Keohane and E. Ostrom (Eds.), Local Commons and Global Interdependence, Heterogeneity and Cooperations in Two Domains (pp 161-190). London: Sage Publications.

Bondi, L. and Davidson, J. 2003. Troubling the Place of Gender. In: K. Anderson, M. Domosh, S. Pile and N. Thrift (Eds.), Handbook of Cultural Geography (pp 325-344). London: Sage Publications.

Ojha, H. R., Paudel, N. S., Banjade, M. R., McDougall, C. and Cameron, J. 2010. The

Deliberative Scientist: Integrating Science and Politics in Forest Resource Governance in Nepal. In: L. German, J. J. Ramisch and R. Verma (Eds.), Beyond the Biophysical: Knowledge, Culture, and Politics in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (pp 167-191). London: Springer.

  1. Proceedings

Pokharel, B.K. and Niraula, D. 2004. Community Forestry Governance in Nepal: Achievements, Challenges and Options for the Future. In K.R. Kanel, P. Mathema, B.R. Kandel, D.R. Niraula, A.R. Sharma, and M. Gautam (Eds.), Proceeding of the Fourth National Workshop on Community Forestry (pp 298-316). Kathmandu: Department of Forest.

  1. Grey literature

Ojha, H. 2002. A Critical Assessment of Scientific and Political Aspects of the Issue of Community Forest Inventory in Nepal. Kathmandu: ForestAction Nepal.

Banjade, M. R. and Paudel, N. S. 2008. Improving Equity and Livelihoods in Community Forestry: Suspa Community Forest User Group Site Report. ForestAction, Nepal.

Bhattarai, B., Ojha, H., Banjade, M. R. and Luintel, H. S. 2003. The Effect of NTFP Market Expansion on Sustainable Local Livelihoods - A Case of Nepal. ForestAction, Nepal.

Note: Responsibility for the accuracy of bibliographic data rests entirely with the author.

  1. Newspaper article

Bista, R. 2010. Biodiversity Conservation: Challenge for 21st Century. The Kathmandu Post, 21 July, pp 5.

Davies, P. 1996. Key Mistake Wreaks Havoc. Australian, 18 June, pp 1, viewed 12 August 1997, dav18jn.htm

  1. Documents on the world wide web

ForestAction Nepal. 2010. Challenges and Opportunities in Community Forestry, viewed on 20 March 2011, dopportunitis.pdf

Callaghan, S. and Martin, B. 2004. Igniting Concern about Refugee Injustice’, Paper Presented at the Education and Social Action Conference, 6-8 December 2004, viewed on 5 May 2005, /04esa.html

Remuneration: No remuneration is available for the published articles.

Timing of publication: While we adhere to the planned timing, the exact date of publication depends on the availability of adequate and appropriate contributions in time, standard of writing and time availability of editors.

Right to accept or reject: Editorial board reserves the right to either accept or reject the submitted articles. Articles not selected for publication are not returned to the author.

Editing: Articles may be edited for clarity. Edited manuscript will be sent back to the author (s) for approval.

For further information please contact to

ForestAction Nepal,
Satdobato, Kathmandu, Nepal

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