To leverage the success of the IAWA-IUFRO International Symposium on Wood Identification recently held in Beijing, IAWA Journal is organizing a Special Issue called “Challenges and Opportunities for Advancing Wood Identification: from Traditional Wood Anatomy to Novel Applications of Technology” to be edited by Yafang Yin, Alex Wiedenhoeft and Lloyd Donaldson. Participants in the Beijing symposium, IAWA members, and others are invited to contribute reviews, original research articles, and viewpoint papers relating to wood identification and wood forensics with a special emphasis on recent advances in wood anatomy and multidisciplinary approaches. The deadline to submit manuscripts for consideration in the Special Issue is February 15, 2020. We expect to publish this Special Issue as IAWA Journal Volume 41, Issue 4 (2020). Please contact the editors Yafang Yin (, Alex Wiedenhoeft (, or Lloyd Donaldson ( to indicate your interest and the topics your manuscript will address - the editors will strive to include a balanced group of high-quality papers. Manuscripts can be submitted to the IAWA Journal at Please indicate in the cover letter your wish to be included in this Special Issue.

Lichao Jiao and Tuo He, Beijing