• Katarina Čufar
  • Jože Kropivšek




Dear readers of Les / Wood,
We present the second issue of Les / Wood in 2018. It contains one review and five scientific articles. The topics of the articles are related to wood anatomy, dendrochronology, wood properties, gluing of wood and composites, as well as questions of digitalization of education.
The first author of two articles is Jaša Saražin, an early career researcher and doctoral student at the Department of Wood Science and Technology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana (DWST). His first article on the dendrochronology of oak in the transition between the sub-Mediterranean and temperate continental climatic zones in Slovenia, is co-authored by two early stage researchers who are publishing in Les / Wood for the first time. Dr. Angela Balzano works at the DWST as a researcher, while Giulia Resente, who received her master’s degree at the University of Padua, worked at the DWST in the framework of an international praxis. For Giulia Resente this is the first publication in a scientific journal. Congratulations. In another article, Jaša Saražin and Milan Šernek present the quality of the adhesive bonding between wood and steel.
Alan Crivellaro from the University of Padua and co-authors present new findings in the field of wood anatomy and special wood structures. Their article presents how »blue rings« record the lack of lignification due to the effects of environmental change and how this affects wood quality. For Marco Reverenna, this is also the first scientific article that has been published. Congratulations. The other co-authors are experienced scientists from various universities in Italy and from Cambridge University.
Željko Gorišek and his co-authors present the less-known non-native and partially invasive wood species Ailanthus altissima studied in the framework of the ­APPLAUSE project. Bogdan Šega and Milan Šernek prepared a review article on cross-laminated wood. Jože Kropivšek highlighted a conceptual model of the digitalization of education, exemplified by higher educati­on in the wood sector in Slovenia. In this issue we also present news relevant in the field of the wood sector.
Four articles are written in Slovene and two in English. According to the objectives of the journal, the articles in Slovene help to maintain and develop the Slovenian professional terminology and communicate new findings to a Slovene audience. With articles in English, however, we intend to address the wider international scientific and professional audience. The visibility of the articles is assured through indexation in bibliographic databases. Les / Wood is indexed by the CAB Abstracts database, and since 2017 all the articles have a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which, among other things, enables their visibility on the World Wide Web. The articles are also referred to in the personal bibliographies of the researchers in COBISS and SICRIS databases. Furthermore, the authors can make them available through databases such as ResearchGate and Google Scholar. To increase their visibility, we are preparing for indexation in the Open Access Journals (DOAJ) database. This will be hopefully followed by inclusion in other databases, such as SCOPUS.
The editors wish to thank all the authors for publishing in Les / Wood. We also gratefully acknowledge the referees who undertook their work professionally, ethically, quickly and with much care. We also thank the editors/proofreaders of the Slovene and English language, the INDOK - library service at the DWST, and the technical editor for their work. Last but not least, we thank the management of the DWST for great support. Many thanks!
For the future success of the journal we still need high-quality articles, loyal readers and dedicated reviewers. We thus invite you to publish and cooperate with us in the future. 


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