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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines


1. Editorial policy


SUO–Mires and Peat is a quarterly journal publishing original papers on all aspects of mire and peat research, conservation and utilisation. Review articles as well as congress and symposium reports, travel reports, book reviews and news may also be published.


The article categories are:


Research articles report findings of original research. They follow a structure that best fits to the research problem, e.g. when reporting experimental work, the structure must be Introduction – Material and methods – Results – Discussion – References. The research articles are following the referee practice.


Review articles are literature-based critical surveys summarising and analysing particular fields or topics related to peat or peatlands. The review articles are reviewed by external referees.


Research notes report preliminary or tentative results of projects underway (e.g. test of a research methodology), or completed research with limited scope but relevant to a national or international readership.


Conversation articles put forward new ideas or views about the theory and practice of science, point out problems needing the attention of researchers, or comment on topical issues. Conversation articles are revised by the Editors.


Travel reports present popularized descriptions of the national or international scientific trips related to peat or peatlands. The reports are revised by the editors


Book reviews present new text books of the scope of SUO. The style of the article can be popularized and author is encouraged to present constructive critical opinions. The editor may also invite authors to write a book review on an interesting new book. The book reviews are revised by the editors


News are short bulletins written by editors. Suggestions of news topics are warmly welcome.


2. Submission of manuscripts


SUO uses the Open Journal System (OJS) for manuscript processing. All types of manuscripts must be submitted using the OJS page of SUO-Mires and Peat to which you have to register as an author. In the first submission, you must submit the complete manuscript as a single MS Word or RTF file. Make sure that the manuscript is complete with all tables and figures and that pages and lines are numbered continuously.


You must accept the copyright statement of SUO-Mires and Peat before submitting a manuscript.

During the manuscript submission, you must submit complete information of all authors, including affiliations, addresses, and e-mail addresses, in the OJS page. An e-mail message acknowledging receipt will be sent to the corresponding author.


3 Review process


Manuscripts are usually sent to two reviewers. Upon receiving and considering the reviewers' reports, the editor will send a letter of response to the corresponding author. If the editor's response calls for revision, a revised manuscript must be sent to the editorial office in one month. The Editor will then inform the corresponding author about his/her final decision.


4. Arrangement


4.1. General structure and the title page


Manuscripts must follow this sequence:

Title page

Abstract and Key words




Tables (incl. Table headings)

Figures (incl. Figure legends)



They must be double-spaced with a generous margin, and pages must be numbered consecutively, including those containing acknowledgements, references, tables and figures. Do not hyphenate, justify or use other special features. Use "Normal" -text style, only.


The title page must contain the full addresses of the author(s), including affiliations. If there are several authors, the corresponding author, if not the first-named, must be indicated. The telephone and fax numbers and, preferably, the e-mail address of the corresponding author must be given.


All papers must start with an abstract, not exceeding 250 words, followed by key words in alphabetical order.


4.2. Headings


Three headings are to be used: PRINCIPAL HEADING (in upper case), First subheading (in boldface) and Second subheading (in italics). Normally, the following headings must be used: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion.


4.3. Citing references and reference format


Text references must be written thus: Cajander (1913), Bubier et al. (1993) (if more than two authors) or (Botch & Masing 1979, Jauhiainen & Vasander 1994), in chronological order. The references in the reference list must be in alphabetical order with the journal names unabbreviated. Give titles of papers cited in the language in which they have been written, but include the name of an English (or other congress language) abstract/ summary, if available. If the paper is in English, Finnish/ Swedish names need not be given. If several works by the same author are cited, please order the references as follows:


     Author: chronologically

     Author & coauthor: alphabetically according to coauthor,

     then chronologically.

     Author et al. (several coauthors): chronologically.


References must only be cited as ‘in press’ if the paper has been accepted for publication. Unpublished documents should not be cited. For transliteration of Cyrillic characters, use British Standard 2979: 1958, simplest version, for English text and SFS 4900: 1983 for Finnish and Swedish (or consult the Editor).




Aarne, M. (ed.) 1992. Yearbook of forest statistics 1990– 91. Folia Forestalia 790: 1–281.


Botch, M. S. & Masing, V. V. 1979. Ekosistemy bolot SSSR. Nauka, Leningrad. 187 pp.


Bubier, J. L., Moore, T. R. & Roulet, N. T. 1993. Methane emissions from wetlands in the midboreal region of northern Ontario, Canada. Ecology 74: 2240–2254.


Cajander, A. K. 1913. Studien über die Moore Finnlands. Acta Forestalia Fennica 2(3): 1–208.


Hotanen, J.-P. 1990. Esimerkki pseudolajien runsauskynnysten muuntelun vaikutuksesta TWINSPAN-luokittelussa (Summary: The effect of pseudospecies cut level settings on the results of TWINSPAN classification). Suo 41: 43–53.


Jauhiainen, J. & Vasander, H. 1994. The effects of elevated N-input and CO2 on Sphagna with different trophic levels. In: Kanninen, M. & Heikinheimo, P. (eds). The Finnish Research Programme on Climate Change. Second progress report. Publications of the Academy of Finland 1/94, pp. 251–256. Painatuskeskus, Helsinki.


4.4. References to Internet sources with DOI number


Hökkä, H., Uusitalo, J., Lindeman, H. & Ala-Ilomäki, J. 2016. Performance of weather parameters in predicting growing season water table depth variations on drained forested peatlands – a case study from southern Finland. Silva Fennica 50 (4): https://doi.org/10.14214/sf.1687


4.5. References to Internet sources without DOI number


Turveinfo. 2017. http://www.turveinfo.fi. [Cited 29 March 2017].


Finnish Statistical Yearbook of Forestry. 2014. Forest Resources. http://www.metla.fi/metinfo/tilasto/julkaisut/vsk/2014/vsk14_01.pdf. [Cited 21 Aug 2015].



4.6. Tables and figures


Tables and Figures must be numbered with an explanatory heading, each on a separate sheet. They must be comprehensible independent of the text itself. Tables are numbered continuously through the paper. Vertical dividers are not allowed. Prepare the tables using a table editor. Never enter a paragraph break or a line break within a table cell.


Figures must be of high quality prints (files: TIFF/JPEG, min. 300 ppi. Tables and Figs. should be planned to appear with a maximum final width of 68 mm (column width) or 142 mm (page width), and a height up to but not exceeding 180 mm, depending on the length of the figure legend. Indicate the approximate locations within the text in the margin.


4.7. Summary


Manuscripts in Finnish and Swedish must have an English summary, table headings and figure legends. Manuscripts in English must have the summary, table headings and figure legends in Finnish. For contributors illiterate in Finnish, translation will be taken care of by the publisher.


5. Offprints


Full texts of articles in pdf-format are freely available at www.suo.fi. Offprints can also be ordered from the printers — a price list will be sent on request.


If you need any further information, please consult Editor!



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