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About Agriculture & Food Security

This page includes information about the aims and scope of Agriculture & Food Security, 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

Agriculture & Food Security is a peer-reviewed open access journal that addresses the challenge of global food security. It publishes articles within the field of food security research, with a particular focus on research that may inform more sustainable agriculture and food systems that better address local, regional, national and/or global food and nutritional insecurity. The journal considers cutting-edge contributions across the breadth of relevant academic disciplines, including agricultural, ecological, environmental, nutritional, and socio-economic sciences, public health and policy.

The scope of the journal includes, but is not limited to:

  • Agricultural and environmental sciences, including genetics and systems ecology
  • Animal husbandry, fisheries science and plant science
  • Global change, biodiversity, climatology and abiotic stresses
  • Food technology and balancing agricultural outputs across food, feed, fibre and fuel
  • Economics, information sciences and decision theory
  • Strategies for the implementation of new policies and practices
  • Public health in relation to the condition of food and nutritional security

The pioneering advances in research reported in Agriculture & Food Security have far reaching implications both for the developing world and for sustainability in the developed world. The published articles are accessible not only to researchers, but are also of special interest to the wider community of farmers, development and public health workers, policy makers and the general public.

Open access

All articles published by Agriculture & Food Security 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 Agriculture & Food Security 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 BioMed Central 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.

Article-processing charges

Open access publishing is not without costs. Agriculture & Food Security therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1520/$2545/€1835 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting 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. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.

Indexing services

All articles published in Agriculture & Food Security are included in:

  • CABI
  • DOAJ
  • Google Scholar

The full text of all research articles is deposited in digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands).

The full text of all research articles published by BioMed Central is also available on SpringerLink.

BioMed Central is working closely with Thomson Reuters (ISI) to ensure that citation analysis of articles published in Agriculture & Food Security will be available.

Publication and peer review process

Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My Agriculture & Food Security, a personalized section of the site.

Copyediting and proofs

Agriculture & Food Security will copyedit manuscripts before they are published.

Following the acceptance of an article, it is published in Agriculture & Food Security as a provisional PDF file with minimal delay (subject to formatting checks, copyediting and author verification). Fully formatted PDF and full-text (HTML) versions are made available shortly after that.

Reprints

High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.

Supplements

Agriculture & Food Security 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.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Agriculture & Food Security should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Agriculture & Food Security

Articles in Agriculture & Food Security 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 Secur [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 Secur 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Why publish your article in Agriculture & Food Security?

High visibility

Agriculture & Food Security'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

Agriculture & Food Security 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 Agriculture & Food Security and BioMed Central.

Flexibility

Online publication in Agriculture & Food Security 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 PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Agriculture & Food Security are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on Agriculture & Food Security's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.

In addition, articles published in Agriculture & Food Security 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 Agriculture & Food Security. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.

Authors of articles published in Agriculture & Food Security retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement).

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