Journal of Agricultural Economics

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Edited By: David Harvey

Impact Factor: 1.545

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 3/17 (Agricultural Economics & Policy); 81/345 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1477-9552

Associated Title(s): EuroChoices

Author Guidelines

Online Manuscript Submission

The JAE uses ScholarOne Manuscripts, the electronic editorial system which enables quick and easy submission, reduced and more efficient administration and significant improvement in peer review times.

All submissions to the journal must now be made via this online electronic editorial office. Full instructions and a help facility are available at Please ensure that a completed e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript.

If you require technical assistance with ScholarOne Manuscripts, you will find details of how to contact ScholarOne Support directly by clicking the GET HELP NOW link that appears at the top of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page. Alternatively, please contact the Editorial Office by telephone or by e-mail.

Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article production, submission and more.

Wiley now offers English Language Editing Services for authors wishing to submit to JAE. The following website details the services offered:
Contributors to the JAE should note that, in choosing subjects for articles, the objects of the Society are ‘to promote the study and teaching of agricultural economics and relevant disciplines, and their application to issues in the agricultural, food and related industries, rural communities and the environment. The relevant disciplines include economics, statistics, marketing, business management, politics, history and sociology'. Preference will be given to articles which deal either with new developments in research and methods of analysis, or apply existing methods and techniques to new problems and situations which are likely to be of general interest to the Journal’s international readership. The Journal is not a suitable publication for articles of purely local interest.  Articles should be clearly and concisely written and should normally not exceed 7,000 words. Articles greatly in excess of this limit cannot be considered for publication.

Notes and Comments:
Shorter papers and comments, of up to 1,500 words, will also be considered for publication. Such notes might appropriately deal with the economic aspects of current questions of agricultural policy, with the results of small research projects not justifying a full-length article, or comment on articles previously published.

Anyone wishing to submit a comment on an article appearing in the JAE, should in the first instance, send a copy of their comment to the author as well as the Editor. This enables clarification of any points of misunderstanding and also allows the author to prepare a reply in the same issue of the Journal. The Editor has sole responsibility regarding the suitability of correspondence published in the Journal.

Editorial Process:
The Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors assess the initial suitability of articles submitted. Submissions considered to be suitable for the JAE will be sent out to at least two reviewers who will referee the article. Unsuitable articles are returned to the authors with a short note of explanation from the Editor-in-Chief. The refereeing process is “double-blind”: the identity of the author remains anonymous to the referee and vice versa. Authors may be asked to re-submit their article in revised form, though in all but exceptional circumstances, the Editor will consider only one re-submission. Upon completion of the refereeing and editorial processes, authors and referees will be notified of the Editor's decision about publication with explanatory feedback, including referees’ reports. The lag between receipt of submission and first response varies, but a three-month turnaround should be expected. Every effort is made to ensure that this target is achieved, though it cannot be guaranteed.  

Preparation of Manuscript:

Please submit your paper using a 12 point type face with line spacing of 1.5. Equations should appear on a separate line with equation numbers (where necessary) aligned at the right hand margin. References should be cited according to the Harvard System, i.e. author(s)’ names and date of publication to be given in the body of the text and the references collected alphabetically at the end of the paper. The title of the journal or source should be given in full. Please see a recent issue of the JAE for guidance.

Figures and Tables:
- Figures and tables should be arranged, as far as possible, in portrait with headings and labels orientated horizontally, using black and white only.
- All figures and tables must be cited in the article. The final placement of figures and tables within your article will be determined by where they are first cited.
- Tables should be submitted in MS Word. They should not be submitted as images or in a graphic format. Tables created using Excel should be converted to MS Word.
- Please try and fit tables into a single page. If more than one page is required, please ensure that the correct column headings are repeated on each page.
- Please use the superscript letters a, b, and c for explanatory footnotes within the table.
- Standard errors should be in parentheses (…), and placed below their corresponding coefficient.
- Report only two decimal places for all statistics.

Where appropriate, full mathematical workings should accompany the articles in order to assist the referees. These workings will not be published. In the case of articles quoting statistics (such as regression coefficients) based on unquoted data, authors should be prepared to send to the Editor a copy of the data and details of the methodology used (possibly in the form of a self-explanatory computer printout) so that the referee may test the derivation of such statistics.

Reference Style:

- All references must be complete and accurate. They should be listed in the following style: 

Marette, S., Roosen, J., Bieberstein, A., Blanchemanche, S. and Vandermoere, F. ‘Impact of environmental, societal and health information on consumers’ choices for nanofood’, Journalof Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, Vol. 7(11), (2009) pp. 1–27.

Siegrist, M. Consumer Attitudes to Food Innovation and Technology (Cambridge, England: Woodhead Publishing, 2007).

Brown, A. and Clark, D. The Willingess To Pay Effect, Working Paper No. 111 (The Economics Insitute: The Hague, 2015).

Gale, F. and Huang, K. Demand for Food Quantity and Quality in China. USDA Economic Research Report No. (ERR-32) 40 pp. 2007. Available at: (last accessed 30 March 2015).

Supporting Information
Supporting Information can be a useful way for an author to include important but ancillary information with the online version of an article. Examples of Supporting Information include additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files.

Supporting Information should be cited within the article text, and a descriptive legend should be included. It is published as supplied by the author, and a proof is not made available prior to publication; for these reasons, authors should provide any Supporting Information in the desired final format.

For further information on recommended file types and requirements for submission, please visit:

Page Charges and Submission Fees:
There are no page charges or submission fees at the JAE. Non-members wishing to submit an article are required to join the Society, and confirm that they have done so when they submit.

Copyright Assignment Form:
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. The journal uses "Standard Society Copyright Transfer Agreement Form".

For authors signing the CAF
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the Copyright Assignment Form (CAF) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CAF can be previewed below:

CAF Terms and Conditions

Please do not complete this PDF until you are prompted to login into Author Services as described above.

Note to Contributors on Deposit of Accepted Version

Funder arrangements
Certain funders, including the NIH, members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) and Wellcome Trust require deposit of the Accepted Version in a repository after an embargo period. Details of funding arrangements are set out at the following website: Please contact the Journal production editor if you have additional funding requirements.

Wiley has arrangements with certain academic institutions to permit the deposit of the Accepted Version in the institutional repository after an embargo period. Details of such arrangements are set out at the following website:

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

Book Reviews:
The JAE publishes reviews typically around 1500 words in length, of relevant books listed in the publications received section of each issue. Anyone wishing to act as a reviewer should contact David Harvey, Book Review Editor, Email:    

Early View:
The Journal of Agricultural Economics is included in 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 article.

Online Open:
OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Wiley's Author Services:
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General Information:
General information and enquiries should be addressed to the JAE Office at or Ms. Nicola Forster, JAE Office, Centre for Rural Economy, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK. Telephone: 44 (0)191 222 6623, Facsimile: 44 (0)191 222 5411. Further details are available on the Agricultural Economics Society’s website: