Why Publish in JAFSCD?

JAFSCD endeavors to break away from the confines of traditional academic publishing and contribute to the community of practice where practitioners who work on agriculture and food system issues (e.g., staff of nonprofit groups, public agencies, consultants, activists, and others) can collaborate with academics (scholars, researchers, students, educators, etc.).

The basic benefits of publishing in JAFSCD include:

  • Contributing to and filling the gaps in the emerging body of literature in the nascent field of agriculture and food systems.
  • Proliferating best practices, including new strategies, techniques, and approaches.
  • Contributing to the critical dialog between practitioners and academia and encouraging collaboration in applied research and publishing.
  • Taking the opportunity for personal and professional development.

Publishing in JAFSCD gives your work wide distribution.

  • JAFSCD is open access—freely available to all, worldwide, with no paywall.
  • JAFSCD staff work with you to promote your content, providing a press release template and best practices for social media activity.
  • We distribute your work via an email list with over 16,000 emails and by posting to major listservs and social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).
  • We share your work with the FAO's Agroecology Knowledge Hub and the Family Farming and Agroecology community of practice.

Your work is indexed broadly (see the complete list):

  • Google Scholar
  • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
  • USDA National Agriculture Library AGRICOLA database
  • Web of Science's Emerging Sources Citation Index

We follow best practices for scholarly publishing:

  • We maintain rigorous standards, starting with double-blind peer review and ending with thoroughly copy-editing all articles and fact-checking every reference.
  • We assign all articles a DOI (digital object identifier) as a permanent link.
  • We help authors use DOIS in their references section, and we deposit the DOIs in all papers' references sections to complete the circle of cite-by linking.
  • We encourage authors to register and use their ORCID iDs to authenticate their authorship. We encourage authors to make their ORCiD listings public.
  • We notify the reviewers of each manuscript when the final article is posted so they can read and share out the published version.