Natural Resource Modeling

Cover image for Vol. 30 Issue 4

Edited By: Shandelle M. Henson

Impact Factor: 0.426

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 92/100 (Mathematics Interdisciplinary Applications); 219/229 (Environmental Sciences)

Online ISSN: 1939-7445

Author Guidelines

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Initial submission 

Natural Resource Modeling is an international journal devoted to mathematical modeling of natural resource systems.  It reflects the conceptual and methodological core that is common to model building throughout disciplines including such fields as forestry, fisheries, economics and ecology.

Submissions apply mathematical analysis to a wide variety of resources: renewable and exhaustible resources, terrestrial, atmospheric and marine resources, energy, minerals and materials, land and soils, water resources, problems of pollution and residuals, managed biological populations, integrated pest management, agriculture and fisheries, rangeland and forest, wildlife and wilderness, preservation of endangered species and of genetic diversity, and others.

Natural Resource Modeling is intended to serve as an antidote to disciplinary fragmentation, to provide a common forum for the exchange of ideas, and to promote an orderly scientific approach to the broad issues of conservation and resource management. The journal publishes primary research papers, including application research papers, as well as short communications, review papers, synthesis papers, perspective pieces, and letters.


Manuscripts should be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. Support can be contacted by phone (888) 503 1050, or via the red 'Get Help Now' link in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. If you cannot submit online, please contact the Editorial Office by e-mail at:

The submission should be a single file, with a distinctive name. The Editor would appreciate any suggestions as to who on the editorial board would be best qualified to handle the review of the manuscript. Submission of a paper is a representation by the author that the manuscript has not been copyrighted, published, or submitted elsewhere, and that the manuscript will not be submitted elsewhere while it is being considered by Natural Resource Modeling.

The manuscript should be concise, logical, and unequivocal. Publication is facilitated if authors double-check for typographical and other errors and ensure that manuscripts and figures meet the requirements outlined below. Manuscripts that do not conform will be returned for correction before consideration. If in doubt, consult the Editorial Office. Authors are charged for excessive changes in proof.

A submission should include a title page, abstract, keywords, text, acknowledgments, literature citations, tables, figure captions, and figures.

All parts of the manuscript, including footnotes, tables, and figure captions, should be typewritten, double-spaced with margins at least 2.5 cm wide.

Types of Submissions

Research Article Peer-reviewed original research paper focusing on the mathematical modeling of natural resources. Includes a technical abstract as well as a 3-5 bullet Recommendations for Resource Managers in non-technical terminology. These articles are more theoretical, with interesting mathematical investigations that shed light on natural resource management.

Application Article Peer-reviewed original research paper that applies a mathematical technique to a real system, thereby generating new mathematical and management insights. Includes a technical abstract as well as a 3-5 bullet Recommendations for Resource Managers in non-technical terminology.

Short Communication Peer-reviewed short original research article or technique paper without subheadings. Includes a technical abstract as well as a 3-5 bullet Recommendations for Resource Managers in non-technical terminology.

Review Article Peer-reviewed, brings together and synthesizes the literature on one topic or a methodology, not focused on the author’s own work. Includes a technical abstract as well as a 3-5 bullet Recommendations for Resource Managers in non-technical terminology.

Synthesis Article Peer-reviewed, synthesizes the author’s or group’s thematic work or methodology over a period of time in the context of the discipline. Includes a technical abstract as well as a 3-5 bullet Recommendations for Resource Managers in non-technical terminology.

Perspective Opinion article, peer-reviewed by referees who then may be invited by the editor to write Responses. May deal with opposing views and “debates”.

Editorial Written by a member of the editorial board or a guest editor to introduce thematic issues, special issues, and items of interest. Not peer-reviewed. No abstract required.

Letter Solicited or unsolicited by editor. Usually not peer reviewed. Comments on a paper or letter in this or another journal. No abstract required.


The first page should contain only the title and the name, affiliation, and complete address (plus current address, if different) of the author(s). The title should be brief and contain words useful for indexing and information retrieval. 

Abstract, Recommendations for Resource Managers, and Key Words 

An Abstract of 150 words or less should be on a separate page and should reflect the contents of the paper. It should focus attention on the purpose of the study, the principal results, the conclusions, and their significance. The Recommendations for Resource Managers should appear directly below the Abstract. This section should be accessible to laypersons and should state clearly, in 150 words or less and in three to five bullet points, the primary implications for resource management. Below the Recommendations, provide and identify as such three to ten key words that will assist in cross-indexing your article.


As a general guide, The Chicago Manual of Style is recommended. Spelling should be standard U.S. (not British) to conform to Webster's Third New International Dictionary. Units should conform to the Système International d'Unités (SI). Non-standard abbreviations must be defined the first time they appear. Mathematical symbols, Greek letters, and unusual symbols should be identified clearly; superscripts and subscripts should be legible and carefully placed.


In the initial submission, all figures should be included in the one manuscript file.

For the final submission, illustrations and figures should be submitted as electronic files at the appropriate resolution and the size intended for publication. Color images should be submitted in CMYK color. For file format, submit line artwork (vector graphics) as Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), and halftones or photographic images (bitmap files) as Tagged Image File Format (TIFF). Minimum acceptable resolution at final, published size is 300 dpi for color figures, 500 dpi for grayscale images, and 1200 dpi for line art. For uploading large files more quickly, LZW compression will reduce file size without affecting quality. Further information on preparing electronic figures is available at

Submissions with electronic illustrations in native file formats or of insufficient resolution will not be considered.  


References should be cited in the text by author and (in parentheses) year of publication. References at the end of the manuscript should be arranged alphabetically by author and follow the style of these examples:

A. Brooke, D. Jendrick and A. Meeraus [1992], GAMS: A User’s Guide, Scientific Press, So. San Francisco, CA

R. Newall and W. Pizer [2003], Discounting and Uncertainty in Climate Change Policy Analysis, Land Econ. 79, 369-381. 


If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below: CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

After Acceptance

After a paper is accepted, Natural Resource Modeling would like to receive any computer files associated with the paper. Do not send any materials to the office until you are contacted by the editorial office. We prefer TeX or LaTeX files (no special style sheet is required) but will gladly accept whatever files you can send. If you have figures please send them in both the original program format and, if possible, in PostScript format. Please make 1 figure per file with no caption (we will insert the caption) and entitle the files, fig2.bmp, etc. so we can easily identify the correct figure numbers. If figure files are unavailable please send original pen and ink or mainframe output. Output from a duplicating machine, such as a Xerox copy, does not reproduce very well. 

It is very important that the office be notified of any changes in your email address. 


Proofs are sent directly to the corresponding author from Wiley-Blackwell. Alterations initiated in proof, special handling of figures, etc. are billed to the author. An electronic pdf version of the article is provided to the corresponding author free of charge; a hardcopy reprint order form is sent with proofs.

Author Services enables authors to track their article -- once it has been accepted -- through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production so they don't need to contact the production editor to check on progress. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission, and more.

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