Consulting Editor Program

JAFSCD's Consulting Editor Program (CEP) assists new authors or non–native English-speaking authors who have an important contribution to make to the agriculture, food system, and community development literature, but whose manuscript fails to meet JAFSCD editorial criteria or has other weaknesses (e.g., poor writing, structure, logic, nonstandard usage of English). It helps match these authors with editors who can help improve their manuscripts so they are more likely to be approved to be reviewed in the JAFSCD peer-review system and perhaps accepted for publication (depending on the outcome of the blind peer-review process).

Please note that participating in the CEP does not guarantee submission for review; it simply may increase the chance of the manuscript being reviewed. Also note that while JAFSCD and its publisher, the Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems, facilitate the consulting editor program, they are not directly involved with a CEP contract since doing so would create a conflict of interest.

If you are interested in being added to our list of consulting editors, please contact editor in chief Duncan Hilchey.

If you would like to contact a consulting editor about your draft or completed manuscript, use the contact information below.

How CEP Works

STEP 1. An author who would like editorial assistance directly contacts a consulting editor from the list below. Attach the manuscript to the email and include details such as:

  1. the stage of the manuscript (e.g. early draft, completed draft, etc.);
  2. any specific needs of the paper (e.g., light editing, heavy editing);
  3. compensatory arrangements offered (payment, coauthorship, acknowledgement, or a combination); and
  4. a time frame.

STEP 2. The consulting editor (CE) conducts a quick review of the manuscript and responds promptly to the author with details on what he or she believes the manuscript requires and what compensatory arrangement he or she is willing to accept. If a fee is required, the CE provides a rate per hour and an estimate of the number of hours needed.

STEP 3. The author responds to the CE to confirm the details of the agreement and copies (cc's) Duncan Hilchey ( on the email.

Keys to a Successful CE Arrangement

We have found the following to make for the most successful arrangements:

  • Clear agreement on terms
  • Open dialog and frank disclosure
  • Friendly and supportive interaction
  • Timely responses and brisk process
  • Fair compensation


JAFSCD Consulting Editors

Please fill out our brief online form if you are interested in being added to JAFSCD's list of consulting editors. If you are an author looking for the assistance of a consulting editor, review the experience and credentials of these consulting editors and contact the one you feel matches your needs the best.

Sandip Banerjee

Sandip Banerjee would be happy to be associated with the project as a consultant editor. Sandip is from India, He has a rich experience in both research and academics. Sandip has a bachelors in agriculture and animal husbandry, masters and Ph.D. in Animal breeding and genetics, followed by a course on sustainable agriculture from Wageningen UR, The Netherlands. He has also carried out research with Invermay AgResearch, New Zealand. Sandip has 100+ research publications to his credit and has been leading a couple of international projects. Sandip is presently an adviser to 18 MSc. students and 6 Ph.D. students. So far, he has advised more than 60 Masters students specializing in the fields of, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Livestock Production and Animal Nutrition. Presently he teaches several courses pertaining to livestock genetics and breeding, and livestock production for DVM,  BSc, MSc and Ph.D. students. He also is associated with commercial livestock farming ventures, organic certification and farming, and contract farming in India with small and marginal farmers. He is concerned about domestic animal diversity and is a regular contributor to FAO, DAD-Net and panel-level discussions. Sandip also is on editorial board of some other reputed journals and is presently reviewing for six international journals. He is presently serving as an expatriate staff for the last 10 years with the School of Animal and Range Sciences, Hawassa University, Ethiopia. His studies also include those associated with community based livestock breeding projects, traditional livestock selection methods and also on environmental issues including, soil plant and animal relationships, specializing in trace mineral. Sandip would be happy to assist authors in improving their presentation skills, developing protocols pertaining to developing methodologies, and assisting in analyzing and interpreting data — or with overall project concerns. He can be reached at or

Mihaela Begea

Mihaela Begea has experience editing scientific writing and has also assisted with public outreach for food safety and food research in Romania. Currently Mihaela works at the Institute of Food Research Bucharest (Romania) as a scientific researcher specializing in fermentation technologies. She is involved in standardization, consumer protection, certification and accreditation activity in Romania, and is an independent expert evaluator for several European research&development programs. Her key qualifications are food science and technologies, food fermentation technologies, food microbiology, operations and equipment for the food industry, quality systems and control, food safety and quality, standardization, project management, and Food Safety and Quality Management (HACCP). She can be reached at

Pat Dutt

For nearly 20 years, Patricia Dutt wrote environmental science articles for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She holds a BA and an MS in geology. She is also a successful grant writer and a published fiction writer. Her agriculture knowledge comes from personal experience (she's a vegetable and fruit gardener), and she writes an edible garden and permaculture blog for a local garden center where she works. While working as a science teacher (at the high school and college levels) she found that she enjoyed working with others, and she would be honored to work with you. Fees are negotiable. Pat can be reached at

Cathy Rozel Farnworth

Cathy Rozel Farnworth, PhD., is happy to offer her services as a consulting editor to help ensure that your ideas are transmitted effectively. 

Cathy is a social scientist with a strong theoretical and practical background on gender issues in agriculture, value chains, and climate change. As commissioning editor/lead editor of several books, Cathy has worked closely with authors from many countries to finalize their manuscripts. These books include Gender-transformative Approaches to Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa (SIANI/SEI, 2013), Participatory Plant Breeding (CGIAR-PRGA), and Creating Food Futures: Ethics, Trade & the Environment (Gower). Cathy was a lecturer at the University of Flensburg, Germany, on gender, program management, etc., and guided a number of masters theses to completion while there. She was a global author for the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) on indigenous technical knowledge/gender and she prepared "Module 5, Gender and Agricultural Markets" for the Gender and Agricultural Livelihoods Sourcebook (World Bank). She has also co-authored a number of peer-reviewed papers, most recently on addressing the gender dimensions of adopting climate-smart agricultural practices in India and  Bangladesh, in conservation agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa, in aquaculture interventions in Bangladesh, and on livestock in Ethiopia. Her country experience includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Syria, Zambia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ghana, Cameroon, Togo, Germany, Uganda, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Denmark, as well as two years each in China, Kenya, and Madagascar. She can be reached at

Luis Freire

The research phase is a time-consuming and error-prone process that can be alleviated with the right type of editing support. I started this line of work by returning to the Rutgers University English Department as a writing and research tutor. Since that time, my responsibilities have expanded into private mentoring for master level and doctoral level research. I have flexibility with scheduling and will make the editing of drafts a seamless project. Contact:

Radhika Johari

Radhika is a Ph.D. candidate in social anthropology with extensive research and professional experience in the field of international development. Her area of expertise is sustainable and equitable natural resource management and its developmental linkages. This has spanned the areas of community forestry, agroforestry, water resources management, cultivation of medicinal and aromatic plants for community livelihoods, and other related areas. Apart from her academic background and relevant publications in this field, Radhika has several years of professional consulting and programmatic experience working with internationally reputed organizations such as the Ford Foundation, the International Development Research Center of Canada, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Centre for International Forestry Research on environment and development related issues. This has enriched and grounded her understanding of concepts and programs in this field.

Radhika currently works as a freelance academic editor for several leading editing companies based in Japan, China, and Taiwan. She thus has considerable experience working with non–native English speakers — graduate students as well as established academics — substantively editing and reshaping their documents to meet journals' requirements for publishing. She also helps authors to develop abstracts and cover letters for submission to journals. Her academic editing has covered a wide variety of topics that include agricultural development and policies, land use and land cover change, biodiversity policies and planning, rural and urban planning, economics, and public health policy to mention just a few. She is also currently a consultant editor with the World Agroforestry Centre in Indonesia. Her editing fees are negotiable and she can be contacted at

Bethann Garramon Merkle

Bethann Garramon Merkle is an Associate Academic Professional Research Scientist with the Wyoming Migration Initiative, part of the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. She is also co-founder and director of the Wyoming Science Communication Initiative (WySCI). In these and several other capacities, she leads efforts to 1) enhance science communication skills among scientists at all career strategies and 2) enhance broader impacts projects. In her own work, I employ strategies from the arts and humanities, such as drawing and storytelling techniques, to engage citizens in art-science integration projects. Currently, Bethann's editorial affiliations, in addition to JAFSCD, include: • Founding editor, Communicating Science department, The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America• Editor, Journal of Natural Science Illustration • Co-Founder and Past Chair, Communication and Engagement Section of the Ecological Society of America. She can be reached at b.g.merkle (at)

Nicholas Parrott

I am a freelance journalist and independent English language editor, and editor for Ecology and Farming and Farming Matters. I was the lead author of The Real Green Revolution (Greenpeace, 2002) and several well received and highly cited reports and articles on organic farming, regional foods and rural development. I have a degree in Human Ecology and a master's and PhD in Environmental Assessment.

For the past 10 years I have been working as as independent English language editor, helping academics and NGOs "get the best" out of their material. With a multidisciplinary background, I am able to deal with natural and social sciences and the places where the two meet. While most of my clients are non–native English speakers, my service covers more than just proofreading or editing. It also draws on an in-depth understanding of a wide range of sustainability issues, a keen eye for scientific detail, and an ability to help authors to find the right tone for the audience that they want to reach (be it policy makers, academics or the general public).

I also have practical experience in JAFSCD's fields of interest — having worked (usually voluntarily) on organic farms, with distributors, box and CSA schemes, and currently with a community garden project in Brussels, where I am now based. I have previously worked for an author submitting to (and having his paper accepted by) JAFSCD. Details of commissions, clients etc., can be found at Contact me at

Antonio Roman-Alcalá

Antonio is happy to provide his services as a consulting editor. He is an urban farming activist and academic who completed his degree at University of California, Berkeley, in the "Cultural Prospects For Sustainability." He writes for the Civil Eats blog (, has edited and published his own print publications for the past 10 years, and is a documentary filmmaker; more information on his work (including writing samples) can be found at Antonio is also fluent in Spanish, and would be happy to help with translation corrections as well. He can also be reached at

William Swanson (Bill)

Bill has over 30 years of experience in education, scientific research, landscape design, civil engineering, habitat delineation, restoration and management, landscape ecology, agriculture, small business ownership/management, and consultation. In 1982 Bill received his Master of Science in Botany and Plant Ecology from Miami University. For more detailed information visit his  Linkedin profile. He started his career as a museum curator and educator. He gained professional skills in museum management and research of plant and animal collections, pedagogy and curriculum development for classroom and informal educational settings. He moved into landscape and civil engineering design for the next 20 years, first as founder of his own landscape architectural and consulting company, and later working with other civil engineering, landscape architectural and architectural firms. During this time, he also worked toward a Masters in Landscape Architecture to enhance his design and presentation skills.

Since 2009, he has refined his scientific, educational and design skills operating an ecologically sustainable chemical-free produce farm, bakery and native plant nursery. This farm brings all his scientific content, teaching capabilities, agriculture and design skills together. The peri-urban farm has allowed him to reach diverse audiences and present local food production, distribution and land use constraints affecting local farmers and consumers ( For the past five years, he has been a peer reviewer for the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development ( You may contact him at Bill. Pricing is negotiable based on your needs.

Bobby Wengronowitz

Bobby Wengronowitz would be happy to be a consulting editor for your project. Bobby has extensive experience in academic and professional writing. Most recently, he completed his master of arts in the social sciences at the University of Chicago. His bachelor of arts is in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bobby is working on his PhD in Sociology at Boston College, where he examines the social and noneconomic motives for novel community organizational arrangements. Bobby is happy to help with editing as well as methodological, theoretical, or overall project concerns. Price or acknowledgment is negotiable. He can be reached at