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 of over 13,000 and by posting to major listservs and social media (primarily Facebook and Twitter).
  • 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 encourage reference linking of DOIs cited in papers' references to make it easier for readers to find the sources.
  • We notify each paper's reviewers when it is published.