A formal proceedings of the conference will be published as an online government proceedings publication through the US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.  All presenters at the conference are encouraged to submit a summary of their presentation or poster for publication in the Conference Proceedings. Submissions may be full papers, extended abstracts, or abstracts. No distinction will be made between presentations or posters. All abstracts accepted to the Conference will be published as originally submitted unless the authors submit a revised abstract by the proceedings deadline.

Extended Deadline: July 2, 2018

Online Submission Form 

Why submit?
Proceedings provide a lasting record of the content covered during the Conference. By submitting a summary of the work you presented at the Conference, others can learn from and cite your contribution. Extended abstracts in particular are a great option to provide readers with more detail of your project compared to a short abstract, but they do not preclude publication in other outlets.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

  • All proceedings manuscripts must be reviewed by two qualified experts. Forest Service authors must follow their unit’s review procedures; non-Forest Service papers should be reviewed following their organization’s/agency’s procedures. Authors should keep personal copies of reviews and responses. These do not have to be submitted with the manuscripts, but the Proceedings Committee reserves the right to request reviews and responses.
  • All submitted manuscripts must be formatted to the US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station guidelines (See below for more information, and click here for an example document with formatting details.)
  • The manuscript will be reviewed by the Proceedings Committee before final acceptance into the Proceedings
  • All manuscript packages must be submitted by July 2, 2018 for inclusion into the conference proceedings.
  • Submissions may be full papers, extended abstracts, or abstracts. Submission Requirements (word limit includes all text from the Introduction through the end of the Reference section, including figure and table captions)
    • Full papers: 8000 word limit
    • Extended Abstracts: 2500 word limit + 2 tables and/or figures total max
    • Abstracts: All poster and presentation abstracts accepted to the conference will be published in the proceedings. Authors have until July 2, 2018 to submit revised abstracts, otherwise the abstract submitted to the conference will be printed.

Proceedings Manuscript Style Requirements

Manuscripts must follow Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture Authors Standards. All submissions must follow the RMRS guidelines for format, style, citations, tables and figures. Please see the guidelines below to ensure that the format is correct. Be especially careful about the headers, citations, and references. Click here for an example document with formatting details.

  • Microsoft Word is the preferred program for creation of your text and tables.
  • Double space all text. For references: use single-space within references, and double-space between them.
  • Use only one space after periods.
  • Use tabs set at .25 inch to indent the first line of each paragraph in the text.
  • Number the pages.
  • Do not manually divide words – allow them to wrap to the next line.
  • Type all text in the same font.
  • Use “Styles” to format levels of headings.
  • Label the files with the lead author’s name, underscore, submission type, underscore, text, fig, or table (example for main text: Keane_extendedabstract_text.docx).

Headings—Use the following format:

  • FIRST-LEVEL HEADING (centered, initial caps, bold)
  • Second-Level Heading (left aligned, initial caps, bold)
  • Third-Level Heading (left aligned, initial caps, italics)
  • Fourth-Level Heading (left aligned, initial caps, italic, underlined) (Fourth-Level Headings are discouraged. Use only if absolutely necessary.)

Equations—Use the Equations function in Word to create equations. (See Equations for complete directions.)

Figures—Do not embed in text. Send each graphic, or figure, as a separate high resolution electronic file. The word “figure” is not capitalized in the text unless it begins a sentence (see Figure Standards for complete directions.)

Tables—Do not embed in text. Send each table as a separate Word file. Do not repeat material from a table in a figure and vice versa. Choose the best format in which to display the information once. Do not embed tables as pictures in your manuscript. Tables embedded as pictures cannot be formatted.

Footnotes to Text—Please avoid footnotes. According to the Council of Science Editors, Scientific Style and Format, “Footnotes on text pages should generally be avoided. They increase the difficulty and cost of page mark-up, reduce text areas on facing pages to uneven depths, disarrange the orderly appearance of the page, and may interrupt the flow of reading.”

Acronyms—For more information about common acronyms and abbreviations, see Acronyms and Abbreviations.

  • Acronyms must be defined at their first occurrence.
  • Introduce an acronym only if it will be used to substitute for a recurring phrase or term or if the acronym has broader recognition than the definition (for example, DNA and RNA). If recognition is sufficiently broad, like DNA, there is no need to define the term.
  • Once an acronym is introduced, it should be used consistently.
  • Introduce acronyms in the abstract only if the phrase is cumbersome and will be repeated several times in the abstract; redefine acronyms at the first occurrence in the text proper.
  • Acronyms can be spelled out again in the conclusions, for clarity.
  • To make an acronym plural, simply add a lowercase “s”; for example, LVDT, LVDTs.

References to the Forest Service—When the agency name is first mentioned in a publication, write “Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.” Subsequently, “the Forest Service” will suffice (FSM 1022).

Product disclaimer—Avoid mention of commercial firms or trade names unless it is in the public interest to include them (DR 1410). If you mention such product information in your manuscript, please include the following product disclaimer in your text Word file.

The use of trade or firm names in this publication is for reader information and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of any product or service.

Pesticide disclaimer—A pesticide precautionary statement must be included in every publication that discusses pesticides. If you have included information about pesticides in your manuscript, please include the following pesticide disclaimer in your text Word file.

This publication reports research involving pesticides. It does not contain recommendations for their use, nor does it imply that the uses discussed here have been registered. All uses of pesticides must be registered by appropriate State and/or Federal agencies before they can be recommended.

CAUTION: Pesticides can be injurious to humans, domestic animals, desirable plants, and fish or other wildlife–if they are not handled or applied properly. Use all pesticides selectively and carefully. Follow recommended practices for the disposal of surplus pesticides and pesticide containers.

References (Refer to RMRS Authors Standards Version 1.3 for full description of how to format references)

IN-TEXT CITATIONS: To cite a reference within the text, list the authors’ last names in alphabetical order, and separate authors with semicolons (Bancroft 1985; Bonnicksen 1982). If there are multiple citations by the same author(s), list them chronologically by year, with commas separating the years. If there are multiple citations by the same author(s) for the same year, use “a,” “b” etc., to distinguish between the citations; separate letters with a comma and no space (Joyce 2015a,b,c). (They will be listed alphabetically by title, under the shared author(s) name, in the References section at the end of the manuscript). If there are two authors for a publication, use “and,” use “et al.” if a single reference has more than two authors.

(Adams 2004; Bartleby and Scribner 2001; Cole 1998a,b; Lemos et al. 2010; O’Brien 1992, 2000;)

JOURNAL ARTICLES: To avoid confusion over names, do not abbreviate periodical (journal) titles, spell out titles completely. If there is an issue number, list it in parentheses followed by a colon before the page numbers.

Massman, William J. 2000. A simple method for estimating frequency response corrections for eddy covariance systems. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 104(3): 185–198.

JOURNAL ARTICLES ONLINE: An article number is often assigned instead of page numbers and access is through the doi number. Insert the article number between the volume number and the doi.

Wonsuck, Kim; Dai, Albert; Muto, Tetsuji; [et al.]. 2009. Delta progradation driven by an advancing sediment source: coupled theory and experiment describing the evolution of elongated deltas. Water Resources Research. 45: W06428. doi: 10.1029/2008WR007382.

BOOKS: Use the same basic format, using author, date, title, location and name of publisher, and number of pages. If the place of publication is an internationally recognized city, like New York, the city name is sufficient. Titles are lowercase except for proper names and proper nouns regardless of how the title appears on the book jacket.

Tannen, Deborah. 1994. Talking from 9 to 5. New York: William Morrow and Company. 367 p.

Dix, Mary Ellen; Bishaw, Badege; Workman, Sarah W.; [et al.]. 1999. Pest management in energy- and labor-intensive agroforestry systems. In: Buck, Louise E.; Lassoie, James P.; Fernandez, M., eds. Agroforestry in sustainable agricultural systems. Boca Raton, FL: Lewis Publishers: 131–155.

THESIS/DISSERTATIONS: Include any stable, open-access link (not Proquest or other subscription sites).

Byrne, Michael W. 2002. Habitat use by female greater sage grouse in relation to fire at Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Oregon. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University. Thesis. 57 p. https:// [Accessed August 5, 2015].

GOVERNMENT SERIAL PUBLICATIONS: Serial reports The identifying series information is entered directly after the title and before the publishing Research Station’s location and name. This is General Technical Report 125, published by the Northern Research Station. The series title is abbreviated, as shown above. The city’s full name is written, followed by the U.S. Postal Service abbreviation for the State. A colon separates the Station’s location from the Station’s full name.

Greenfield, Eric J.; Nowak, David J. 2013. Tree cover and aridity projections to 2060: A technical document supporting the Forest Service 2010 RPA assessment. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-GTR-125. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 35 p.

Fettig, Chris J. 2012. Chapter 2: Forest health and bark beetles. In: North, Malcom, ed. 2012. Managing Sierra Nevada forests. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-237. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: 13–22.

Groninger, John W.; Holzmueller, Eric J.; Nielsen, Clayton K.; [et al.], eds. 2014. Proceedings 19th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2014 March 10–12; Carbondale, IL. Proceedings NRS-P-142. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 388 p.

Bragg, Don C.; Scott, D. Andrew. 2014. A preliminary aboveground live biomass model for understory hardwoods from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. In: Groninger, John W.; Holzmueller, Eric J.; Nielsen, Clayton K.; et al., eds. Proceedings, 19th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2014 March 10– 12; Carbondale, IL. Proceedings NRS-P-142. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 251–260.


See the full RMRS Authors Standards Version 1.3 for additional information and style tips.

For more information, contact Sharon Hood ( or 406-329-4818)