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About Agricultural and Food Economics
This page includes information about the aims and scope of Agricultural and Food Economics, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.
Aims & scope
Agricultural and Food Economics (AFE) is an international peer-reviewed and open access journal published on behalf of the Italian Association of Agricultural Economics. AFE welcomes research articles from economists, scholars and researchers from all over the world to publish problem-oriented and high quality articles. AFE publishes only original articles from a wide variety of economic perspectives that address current and relevant issues related to the agricultural and food system. AFE publishes articles focused on applied analysis, the discussion of innovative results, and relevant policy and managerial implications. AFE seeks clearly written articles from experts in the field, to promote insightful understanding of the current trends in the agri-food system.
Topics of specific interest to AFE include agricultural and food market analysis, agri-food firm management and marketing, organization of the agri-food chains, consumer behavior, food quality and safety issues, economics of nutrition and food security, food and health economics, agri-food policy and trade, sustainable rural development, natural and marine resource economics, land economics.
All articles published by Agricultural and Food Economics are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
Authors of articles published in Agricultural and Food Economics are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.
For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.
Open access publishing is not without costs. Agricultural and Food Economics therefore levies an article-processing charge of £80/$125/€100 for each article accepted for publication. If the corresponding author's institution is a Member, the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. For other countries, article-processing charge waivers or discounts are granted on a case-by-case basis to authors with insufficient funds. Authors can request a waiver or discount during the submission process. For further details, see our article-processing charge page.
SpringerOpen is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Agricultural and Food Economics will be available.
Publication and peer review process
Agricultural and Food Economics will publish three types of articles:
Research articles: Research articles are original contributions addressing relevant research questions. Key aims of research articles are to discuss new and interesting results of sound and rigorous scientific analysis and to disseminate new knowledge about the agri-food system. Research articles will be prevalent in AFE.
Review articles: Review articles are summaries of recent insights in specific research areas within the scope of AFE. Key aims of reviews are to provide systematic and substantial coverage of mature subjects, evaluations of progress in specified areas, and/or critical assessments of emerging technologies.
Short notes: Short articles discussing current issues of general interest in the agri-food system.
Peer review is an essential part of the publication process in AFE. It ensures that the rigorous scientific standards are met and helps authors improving their articles. The AFE editors consider peer review as a collaborative process where editors, referees and authors cooperate to achieve excellence in scientific publications.
AFE adopts double-blind peer review process to ensure independent assessment of the articles. Each article, with no exception, is reviewed independently by at least two referees of different nationalities. In case of divided judgment a third referee (or the editor) will be asked to decide.
The Editors’ choice of the referees is based on many factors, including expertise, reputation, specific recommendations and our own previous experience of a reviewer's characteristics such as reliability, timeliness and cooperative attitude. As a general rule, experts of the same nationality as the authors will not be chosen as referees.
Peer review criteria
Referees are called to evaluate articles according to three main criteria:
1. Scientific soundness. Published article must meet rigorous scientific standards. The reviewers are asked explicitly to evaluate
- that conclusions are supported by adequate (and correct) scientific evidence
- the absence of reductionism bias
- the original contribution to scientific knowledge
- the consistency between the topic (problem) and the methodology
2. Relevance. Published articles must be of interest for the food system stakeholders and consistent with the aims and scope of the journal. The reviewers are asked to assess the importance of the results, the relevance of the discussion and the problem-oriented attitude of the article.
3.Clarity. Published articles must be well-written, concise, clear and accessible to a broad and diverse audience. Reviewers are asked to evaluate the style of the article with a special emphasis on clarity, consistency between the discussion and the methodology, and the avoiding of unnecessary complications.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Agricultural and Food Economics, a personalized section of the site.
Portability of peer review
In order to support efficient and thorough peer review, we aim to reduce the number of times a manuscript is re-reviewed after rejection from Agricultural and Food Economics, thereby speeding up the publication process and reducing the burden on peer reviewers. Therefore, please note that, if a manuscript is not accepted for publication in Agricultural and Food Economics and the authors choose to submit a revised version to another SpringerOpen journal, we will pass the reviews on to the other journal's editors at the authors' request. We will reveal the reviewers' names to the handling editor for editorial purposes unless reviewers let us know when they return their report that they do not wish us to share their report with another SpringerOpen journal.
Please see our reprints website for information about reprinting articles.
Agricultural and Food Economics will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. For further information, please contact us.
Any manuscript, or substantial parts of it, submitted to the journal must not be under consideration by any other journal. In general, the manuscript should not have already been published in any journal or other citable form, although it may have been deposited on a preprint server. Authors are required to ensure that no material submitted as part of a manuscript infringes existing copyrights, or the rights of a third party.
Correspondence concerning articles published in Agricultural and Food Economics is encouraged. A 'post a comment' feature is available on all articles published by Agricultural and Food Economics. Comments will be moderated by the editorial office (see our Comment policy for further information) and linked to the full-text version of the article, if suitable.
SpringerOpen is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). In order to safeguard the quality of SpringerOpen journal publications, Springer has developed a policy on Publishing Integrity which is in line with the philosophy of COPE.
We follow the principle that we have a prime duty to maintain the integrity of the scientific record. Springer’s Policy on Publishing Integrity addresses:
- Clear definitions of what violation of Publishing Integrity is.
- A manual on how to identify such a violation (in the document referred to as an Act of Misconduct).
- Clear (COPE) examples of what such an Act of Misconduct looks like in practice.
- Clearly defined actions which have to be undertaken by the Editor and Springer when such an Act is a clearly proven fact.
- Q & A – a useful list of Questions and Answers on the definition of Publishing Integrity.
Please find the full document of Springer's Policy on Publishing Integrity here.
Data and materials release
Submission of a manuscript to Agricultural and Food Economics implies that readily reproducible materials described in the manuscript, including all relevant raw data, will be freely available to any scientist wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes.
Any 'in press' articles cited within the references and necessary for the reviewers' assessment of the manuscript should be made available if requested by the editorial office.
Appeals and complaints
Authors who wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint should, in the first instance, contact the Editor-in-Chief who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.
Agricultural and Food Economics requires authors to declare any competing financial or other interest in relation to their work. All competing interests that are declared will be listed at the end of published articles. Where an author gives no competing interests, the listing will read 'The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests'.
Agricultural and Food Economics's publisher, SpringerOpen, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. In cases of suspected plagiarism CrossCheck is available to the editors of Agricultural and Food Economics to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts by using the plagiarism detection tool iThenticate. CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative allowing screening of published and submitted content for originality.
Citing articles in Agricultural and Food Economics
Articles in Agricultural and Food Economics should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. Agric Food Econ [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Agric Food Econ 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in Agricultural and Food Economics?
Agricultural and Food Economics's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.
Speed of publication
Agricultural and Food Economics offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Agricultural and Food Economics and SpringerOpen.
Online publication in Agricultural and Food Economics gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example to relevant databases and papers).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in Agricultural and Food Economics are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Agricultural and Food Economics's pages and on the SpringerOpen homepage.
In addition, articles published in Agricultural and Food Economics may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Agricultural and Food Economics.
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