Reviewed by: Christine Oka, Library Instruction Coordinator, Northeastern University Libraries
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) is “an online, international, peer-reviewed publication focused on the practice and applied research interests of agriculture and food systems development professionals. The journal emphasizes best practices and tools related to the planning community economic development and ecological protection of local and regional agriculture and food systems and works to bridge the interests of practitioners and academics.” [from the journal site]
Articles include applied research-based papers, case studies, project post-mortems, descriptions of effective strategies, impact analyses, and other discussions of interest to professionals in government, nonprofit, and private sectors.
Recently published articles range from a study of “The Feasibility of Regional Food Systems in Metropolitan Areas: An Investigation of Philadelphia’s Foodshed” to “Welcoming Animals Back to the City: Navigating the Tensions of Urban Livestock Through Municipal Ordinances,” to “Unfolding Farm Practices: Working Toward Sustainable Food Production in the Netherlands and Spain.”
The practical focus of the journal carries over into its manuscript submission process with the Consulting Editor Program (CEP), to help new or non-native English-speaking authors who may have an important contribution to make to the journal, but whose manuscript does not meet JAFSCD editorial standards. The author may request to work with a consulting editor for feedback on any manuscript weaknesses, such as poor writing, structure, logic, or nonstandard English usage to improve manuscript review. Work with a consulting editor won’t guarantee publication, and to avoid conflict of interest, JAFSCD and its publisher facilitate the consulting editor program, but are not directly involved with a CEP contract.