Journal of Agrarian Change

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Edited By: Deborah Johnston, Cristóbal Kay, Jens Lerche and Carlos Oya

Impact Factor: 2.302

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 4/55 (Planning & Development); 41/332 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1471-0366

Author Guidelines

About the Journal
The Journal of Agrarian Change is the leading journal of agrarian political economy. It promotes investigation of the social relations and dynamics of production, property and power in agrarian formations and their processes of change, both historical and contemporary. It encourages work within a broad interdisciplinary framework, informed by theory, and serves as a forum for serious comparative analysis and scholarly debate. Contributions are welcomed from political economists, historians, anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, economists, geographers, lawyers, and others committed to the rigorous study and analysis of agrarian structure and change, past and present, in different parts of the world.

As well as original research, the journal features review articles and essays and a substantial book review section. Occasional special thematic issues are published.

Submitting Papers
(i) Articles submitted to the journal should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication. Exceptions to this rule should be clearly indicated at the time of submission.

(ii) Manuscripts should be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. Support can be contacted by phone (+1 434 946 4100 or +1 888 503 1050) Monday-Friday, or at

(iii) While every care is taken, the Editors and Publisher cannot accept responsibility for loss of, or damage to, authors’ manuscripts. Authors should keep at least one copy of their article. Unsolicited manuscripts cannot be returned.

The Journal of Agrarian Change is a refereed journal. Submissions are first read by the editors. They may be rejected without further review; those we wish to consider further are normally sent to external referees. We aim to give authors a decision within four months, though we cannot guarantee always to do so. That decision may be a conditional or unconditional acceptance, a rejection, or an invitation to revise and resubmit. We will only invite resubmission if we envisage publishing the paper providing appropriate changes are made. We will indicate to authors what changes we would like to see. Resubmitted papers are usually sent out for a second round of external reviews.

Pre-submission English-language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

There is no standard length for articles but 7,000–12,000 words (including notes and references) are a useful target. Articles should include an abstract of between 100 and 150 words. Longer articles will be considered where this seems justified. Authors should provide a total word count (for text, abstract, notes and references, i.e. the total size of the manuscript without figures and tables) at the time of submission.

Manuscript Preparation
(i) JOAC operates a double blinded review policy. Authors should upload a separate file using the file designation ‘Title page’ This should include the title of the manuscript with the author’s name in capitals centred underneath. The author’s institutional affiliation and full address (or home address, where appropriate), along with the email address, should appear as an unnumbered footnote. Acknowledgements should also be made here and should at least include some acknowledgements to the anonymous reviewers of the article.

(ii) Manuscripts must be fully anonymised and should be double spaced with ample margins throughout, including all quotations, notes and references. All pages should be numbered consecutively. We prefer page numbers centred at the bottom of the page.

Manuscript Styling
(i) The article should begin with an indented and italicized abstract summarizing the content of the article. The author should also supply a list of between 3 and 5 key words underneath the abstract.

(ii) Spelling: Use British and ‘z’ spellings: e.g. labour and organize.

(iii) Use ‘per cent’ not ‘%’.

(iv) et al. should be in roman

(v) Spell out the number in nineteenth century

(vi) Numerals: 1,000 and 10,000; with units: for example, 5 years, 10 months, 15 kilometres, £6, US$5,000, 21 August 2007. Numbers in the text not with a unit spell out up to and including ten, then use numerals for 11 upwards. For example, ‘50 people joined the organisation’; ‘five pigs and three goats’. Minimal number ranges (21–3; 96–101; 205–10), but don’t contract number ranges within 10–19.

(vii) Quotations of less than five lines in length should be included in the body of the text within single quotation marks; longer quotations should be indented as a separate paragraph and without quotation marks.

(viii) Tables, figures and maps should be kept to a minimum. If tables are produced in Excel or Word documents, please provide the original source file in .xls files or Word documents. For figures, please provide EPS, TIFF or JPG files. Heading, sources and notes will be set separately; please provide typed in journal style. Technical matter should be kept to a minimum, including equations. Symbols or Greek letters must be absolutely clear. As artwork cannot be corrected at proof stage, double check for accuracy, especially spelling and totals. For further information, see the electronic artwork guidelines in Author Services

(ix) The journal uses the following hierarchy of headings within the text:
Heading level A: INTRODUCTION
Heading level B: Italic, Capital Letters for Main Words Ranged Left
Heading level C: Italic, capital letter for first word and proper names only, ranged left

(x) Numbered lists should flush left, hang indent and in Arabic numbers followed by full point. In-line numbered lists should be lower case roman numerals – e.g. (i) this is the first itme; (ii) this is the second; then (ii) this is the third. Bulleted lists should flush left, hang indent in medium bullets.

(xi) Footnotes rather than endnotes are used. Such notes should be numbered sequentially throughout the text.

Styling References
(i) The author-date style, rather than the humanities style, of citing references is followed. References should be inserted at the appropriate place in the text in round brackets stating author’s surname publication date of work cited, and relevant pages, in the following form: (Breman 1996, 22–3) (Patnaik 1986, 152–3). Note that abbreviations for editor, compiler, and translator are omitted from the text citations. If reference is made to more than one work in the same year by the author, a lower case letter should be used to distinguish them: (Scott 1974a) (Scott 1974b). Where there are two authors ‘and’ rather than an ampersand should be used: i.e. (Aston and Philpin) rather than (Aston & Philpin). If there is more than one reference cited for an example, please arrange by alphabetical order followed by year (Smith 2004, 2005; Jones et al. 2000; Williams and Jackson 1999, 22).

(ii) A reference list should appear at the end of the paper, containing all the works cited, listed alphabetically by author’s surname (or by name of sponsoring body where there is no identifiable author). This should be titled References, and should be in capitals and left-aligned. Please ensure that all works cited in the text are listed, with the same spelling of names, and that they are in correct alphabetical order. References should be set out as follows. Note especially punctuation and the flush-and-hang style, with the full information they illustrate. Also note that initials and not full first names are used. No space between author initials: P.R. Jones.

Aston, T.H. and C.H.E. Philpin, eds., 1985. The Brenner Debate. Agrarian Class Structure and Economic Development in Pre- Industrial Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Brenner, R., 1996. ‘The Rises and Falls of Serfdom in Mediaeval and Early Modern Europe’. In Serfdom and Slavery. Studies in Legal Bondage, ed. M.L. Bush, 247–76. London: Longman.

Government of India, Planning Commission, 1951. The First Five Year Plan. A Draft Outline. Delhi: The Manager of Publications, Government of India Press.

Government of India, Planning Commission, 2005. Report of the Task Force on Development of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. [accessed on 7 April 2007]

Jonsson, U. and R. Peterson, 1989. ‘Friends or Foes? Peasants, Capitalists, and Markets in West European Agriculture, 1850–1939’. Review, Fall, 12 (4): 535–71.

McPhee, P., 1992a. The Politics of Rural Life. Political Mobilization in the French Countryside 1846–1852. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

McPhee, P., 1992b. A Social History of France 1780–1880. London: Routledge.

Book Reviews
(i) Book reviews should be headed with the reviewer’s name, in capitals. Beneath the reviewer’s name, and ranged to the right, should come with full publication information, in the following form:

The Peasantries of Europe: From the Fourteenth to the Eighteenth Centuries, by Tom Scott (ed.). London and New York: Longman. 1998. Pp. xi+416. £ 44 (hb); £19.99 (pb). ISBN 0-582-10132-8 and 0-582-10131-X

(ii) The reviewer’s institutional affiliation should appear (ranged to the left) as an unnumbered footnote on the first page of the review. Acknowledgements, if any, should also be made there. Book reviews should be submitted to the Manuscript Central following invitation by the Review Editor.

Accepted Papers
Once a paper has been accepted for publication, the author must provide us with a final text that conforms exactly to the above guidelines. Papers that do not meet these guidelines will be returned to authors for correction.

Books for Review
Books for review should be submitted to the following address:

Book Reviews Editor
Journal of Agrarian Change
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences
School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street, Russel Square
London WC1H 0XG

For queries to the Book Review Editors, please write to

Early View
Journal of Agrarian Change is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors‟ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Author Services
Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell Author Services.

Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Proofs and Publication
(i) The corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file from this site. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following web site:

This will enable the file to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. No substantive changes or additions are allowed at proof stage. When reading proofs, authors must make a final check of their article for content, style, proper names, quotations and references, and check especially consistency of: capitalization, use of italics, hyphenation (minimal use of these is preferable), and spelling (e.g. of place names), and that there is no missing or duplicated numbering of footnotes.

(ii) Each contributor is able to download a PDF offprint of his/her article or book review via Author Services. Corresponding authors of articles will also receive one copy of the journal issue in which that article appears.

License Agreements
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:
CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):
Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

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The Journal of Agrarian Change employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal, you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.