International Association of Agricultural Economics

towards a prosperous, sustainable, well-nourished world

Journal Policies

Aims and Scope

The purpose of Agricultural Economics is to disseminate the most important research results and policy analyses in our discipline, from all regions of the world. Topical coverage ranges from consumption and nutrition to land use and the environment, at every scale of analysis from households to markets and the macro-economy. Applicable methodologies include econometric estimation and statistical hypothesis testing, optimization and simulation models, descriptive reviews and policy analyses. We particularly encourage submission of empirical work that can be replicated and extended by others.

Access to the journal is free for IAAE members, using your membership number and password through the link above. In addition, the libraries of most non-profit organizations in low-income countries are entitled to free access through the AGORA program. Wherever possible, we encourage readers to ensure that their libraries maintain active subscriptions. Paid subscriptions fund almost all of the journal's operations, supplemented by a small contribution from the IAAE.

Journal Contents and Management

The best guide to what we publish is the journal itself. There are six regular issues per year, which feature peer-reviewed articles submitted by individual authors, plus a small section of commissioned book reviews. There is also an annual supplement, which typically publishes a selection of papers presented at IAAE-sponsored meetings around the world.

Journal content is managed by one or more Editors, appointed by the Executive Committee of the IAAE for a three-year term renewable once. The Editors in turn appoint an editorial team, which is currently composed of an Advisory Board plus a slate of Associate Editors. The Advisory Board is composed of senior scholars who are asked to monitor and guide the overall quality and direction of the journal. The Associate Editors are asked to manage the review process for specific manuscripts, by assigning referees, suggesting recommendations to authors, and advising the Editors towards final publication.

Intellectual Property and Supporting Data

Submission of a manuscript is understood to imply that the article is original and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Upon acceptance by the journal, the author(s) will be asked to transfer the copyright of the article to the publisher. This allows the publisher to recover the costs of publication through subscription revenue. In addition to the copyrighted article, authors of accepted manuscripts are encouraged to prepare supporting materials, including complete datasets and computer models, from which a reader could replicate the article's main results. In some cases, such a "data appendix" may be required as a condition for publication.

On publication, copyright of the article's text and figures is transferred to the publisher, but the data appendix remains the property of the authors. In most cases, we expect the data appendix to be posted on the publisher's website alongside the paper. A few authors may prefer to disseminate their data by other means. Disclosure is needed to permit replication, and is also desirable to facilitate follow-on research in which some or all of the paper's data and code is combined with other elements. Authors and their employers may choose to limit such follow-on uses by enforcing their copyright over the data appendix, but promoting freer use will lead to more citation of the original article.

Submission of New Articles and Special Issues

Most articles in AE are submitted independently by their authors. We encourage individual submissions, but also invite the organizers of conferences, workshops or collaborative research projects to consider the simultaneous submission of several papers. Such cluster submissions would be subject to our standard policies, but accepted papers would be published together and would offer clear recognition of the organizers' role. The size of each cluster could be as small as two papers, or as large as a whole "special issue" of the journal. This flexible approach would give organizers an easily-managed outlet for the best work from their projects, with no need for pre-commitment to a specific number of articles.