Become a Library Shareholder and Bring the Benefits of Shareholding to Your Academic Community

To further its transformative impact, JAFSCD became open access freely available, worldwide, as of January 1, 2018. We have modeled our open access campaign on a model familiar to those involved with food systems — community supported agriculture — to become the world's first community-supported journal.

In the CSJ model, instead of the usual subscription base, allied academic, research, extension and outreach libraries, programs, foundations, and national nonprofit organizations purchase “shares” annually and join an OA Shareholder Consortium.

Shares support an unusual range of services provided by the JAFSCD staff, including a consulting editor program for authors whose native language is not English, an author mentor program to assist any authors with limited experience in scholarly writing, as well as the publication of non–peer-reviewed submissions from professionals in the field called “Voices of the Grassroots.” Libraries at HBCUs, Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic-serving Institutions are invited to join the Consortium at no cost.

Download our information sheet for prospective library shareholders


Benefits to Libraries

● No Article Publishing Charge (APC) for authors affiliated with shareholding libraries — a savings of US$500

●  Authors encouraged to submit their published papers in their institutional repository

● Listed in and metadata deposited with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

● No reprint permissions or payments

● Open access with no embargo

● Creative Commons licensing

● No individual subscriptions

● Altmetric provides metrics of social media impact

● Libraries can appoint a food and farming program at their institution to serve as their representative on the JAFSCD Shareholder Consortium

Library Shares are based on the number of full-time equivalent students attending the institution (2021 rates in US$):


JAFSCD cover of vol. 5, issue 4 (2015)