Submission Information

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For Prospective Contributors:

The International Journal of Wilderness (IJW) invites contributions pertinent to wilderness worldwide, including issues about stewardship, planning, management, education, research, international perspectives, and inspirational articles. The IJW solicits manuscripts not previously published and not simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Materials revised or reoriented by the author(s) sufficiently to constitute a new contribution are also welcome.

Authors are requested to accompany their manuscripts with a cover letter explaining: (a) any previous use of data or information in the manuscript and how the submitted manuscript is different, or (b) that it has not been submitted elsewhere for publication. Please indicate the type of manuscript you are submitting (e.g., peer-reviewed). The WILD Foundation holds copyright for materials printed in the IJW. Authors will be asked, prior to publication, to assign their rights to the WILD Foundation, unless the work is not subject to copyright, such as government employees.

IJW reviews all manuscripts submitted before deciding on accepting it for publication or not. No manuscript of any type is accepted prior to IJW review of the manuscript as submitted by the author(s). IJW reserves the right to edit all manuscripts prior to publication.

***Please read below to review the types of articles published in the IJW and the style and form guidelines prior to submitting a manuscript.**

Questions and Submissions: Direct all correspondence pertaining to manuscripts, including name, address, business phone, fax, and e-mail address of the lead author, to

Robert Dvorak
Managing Editor, International Journal of Wilderness
Department of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration
Central Michigan University
Finch 108
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Telephone: 989-774-7269
Fax: 989-774-2161

Types of Articles


Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts

These are science reports of wilderness-related research. It is strongly advised the Results (factual) and Discussion (interpretive) sections be kept separate to enhance clarity; sections reporting recommendations and implications are encouraged. Peer-reviewed manuscripts must have an Abstract of 50 to 100 words, in which objectives, methods, and major findings are clearly summarized. Photos, with figure captions illustrating key points in the submitted text, are strongly encouraged. Target length of articles is 3,000 to 3,500 words; longer articles will be considered through consultation with the Editor.


Editor-Reviewed Manuscripts: Feature Manuscripts

These are reports of wilderness-related stewardship, planning, management, international, and education issues presented in a factual manner. Sections reporting recommendations and implications are encouraged. Photos, with figure captions illustrating key points in the submitted text, are strongly encouraged. Target length of articles is 3,000 to 3,500 words; longer articles will be considered through consultation with the Editor


Letters to the Editor and Commentaries

Commentaries and letters consist of a reasoned argument (approximately 500-1,000 words) on an important wilderness issue, such as a research program, a change in administrative procedure, etc. and may culminate in recommendations or proposals for some action. Photos with figure captions are encouraged.


Social Media, Film Reviews, and Book Reviews

Announcements of meetings, conferences, important events, film reviews, administrative policy updates, and special event information are welcome IJW’s online and print content. Suggestions for books to review are welcome, but book reviews are solicited by the Book Review editor, Patrick Kelly (


Style and Form

Manuscripts must be submitted in final form. The author is responsible for accuracy of data, names, quotations, citations, and statistical analysis. Submissions from the U.S.A. will use English units, followed by metric units in parenthesis. Submissions from outside the U.S.A. will feature metric followed by English units in parenthesis. Target length of articles is 3,000 to 3,500 words; Longer articles will be considered in consultation with the Editor.

First Submission

Initially, an electronic version of the manuscript and cover letter should be submitted to the Managing Editor via email. All accompanying tables, charts, and photo captions should be included.

Final Submission

Once manuscripts have been reviewed, accepted, and review comments have been incorporated, the final manuscript should be submitted electronically via e-mail. Paragraphs must be double-spaced. Subheadings are desirable. Article titles should be short and explicit. The title, author’s name(s), and the abstract (if peer-reviewed) should be found at the top of the first page.

About the Author

A photo of the author, waist up and outdoors should be sent with each final manuscript submittal. At the end of the final manuscript, please include a one-sentence biography for each author with affiliation, location, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Figures and Tables

All figures, tables, and other graphics (e.g. as pie charts, maps, bar graphs, etc.,) should be submitted electronically as separate files. Files should be as high resolution (e.g.300 dpi or higher) as possible for online printing and layout.

Captions should be listed at the very end of the manuscript and keyed to numbered figures, tables, and graphics.

Literature Citations

Cite references parenthetically at the appropriate location in the text by author and year (Hendee 1995). List all references alphabetically by senior author, and in chronological order for multiple publications by the same author, at the end of the article. Do not use footnotes or endnotes. Citations should include full name(s) of authors, year of publication, title, source, publisher, and place of publication. Theses and unpublished manuscripts or occasional papers may be included sparingly.