Agricultural Economics

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Edited By: Awudu Abdulai and Ashok Mishra

Impact Factor: 1.758

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 5/17 (Agricultural Economics & Policy); 80/347 (Economics)

Online ISSN: 1574-0862

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

Agricultural Economics is the journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, and aims to serve IAAE members by disseminating the most important research results and policy analyses in our discipline from around the world. The editors are selected by the Executive Committee of the IAAE, serving for a three-year term renewable once.

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, to ensure its widest possible dissemination. Authors of accepted articles are also encouraged to prepare supporting materials including complete datasets and computer models for posting on the journal's website, to facilitate citation and use of that research.

The journal maintains a double-blind reviewing procedure. Manuscripts for consideration should be submitted electronically in PDF format, without indication of authorship, following the instructions provided online at:

This procedure ensures that manuscripts and associated correspondence will be handled securely, with password-protected access from anywhere in the world.  Use of the PDF format ensures that the anonymity of authors and the integrity of the paper are maintained.

Authors with limited internet access may also contact the editor directly:

Professor Awudu Abdulai
Chair of Food Economics and Food Policy
Department of Food Economics and Consumption Studies
University of Kiel
Olshausenstrasse 40
24908 Kiel, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)431 880-4426
Fax: +49 (0)431 880-7308

Book reviews will be included in the journal on a range of relevant books which are not more than 2 years old. We are particularly interested in themed reviews comparing multiple books in an area of broad interest to our readership.  Unsolicited complete reviews will not usually be accepted, but suggestions for reviews may be sent to the Editors.

Preparation of manuscripts

1. Articles should be written in American English. Authors are strongly advised to have their manuscripts checked carefully for spelling, grammar and usage before submission.

2. Manuscripts can be prepared using any document-processing software. They should then be converted to PDF format for submission.  Conversion to PDF can be done using a wide range of software tools, from the originator of this standard ( or from other firms (such as 

3. The first page of the manuscript should show the paper’s title. The manuscript should make no reference to author names since refereeing will follow a double-blind procedure.  For ease of reading, manuscripts should use wide margins, double spaced text, with all pages numbered consecutively. 

4. A separate cover page with author names and affiliations is to be submitted simultaneously as a PDF file or in plain text, for the editors’ use only.

5. A brief abstract, typically on the order of 100-200 words, should be prepared and will be entered as plain text at the time of submission.

6. Formatting should be as in previous issues of the journal, except that figures and tables should be presented together at the end of the manuscript.

7. Manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words, or word-equivalents, including abstract, figures, tables, and graphs.

Tables and figures

1. In presenting data, authors should anticipate the limitations set by the size and layout of the journal.  Large and complex tables, figures and maps should be avoided in the main paper, but can be included in a data appendix for use by reviewers.  Authors are encouraged to prepare such an appendix, ideally including all data and model code needed to replicate the paper’s main results.  Doing so will make each paper much more useful after publication.  These data can be disseminated by the journal alongside the article itself, or authors can do so themselves if they prefer.

2. Any tables and figures that are included in the main text of the paper should be numbered separately, in the sequence that they are mentioned in the text.

3. Each table and figure should be presented on a separate page of the manuscript, with a brief and self-explanatory title.  All text should be clearly legible, and all graphics and legends should be easily distinguished when printed in black and white. Tables should use horizontal lines only, with only blank space to separate columns.

4. Notes under each table and figure should be used to explain and specify the source of all data shown.


1. Formulae should be composed in an equations editor where possible, to ensure appropriate spacing and lettering when printed.

2. Equations should be presented on a separate line and numbered sequentially at the right-hand margin of the page, in parentheses. 

3. All variable names, symbols, subscripts and superscripts should be explained in the text where they are first used.


1. Footnotes should be used sparingly. In many cases it will be possible to incorporate the information in normal text.

2. If used, footnotes should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers, and kept as brief as possible.  Equations or other complex text should not appear in footnotes, since they will be difficult to read.


1. All sources used should be cited in the text using the author’s surname and publication year, with a complete list of references given in alphabetical order following the text of the manuscript. The manuscript should be carefully checked for errors in author's names, dates and publication details, and to ensure that all citations are in the reference list while all references listed are cited in the text.

2. Citation style should follow the example of past issues. In the text refer to the author's name (without initial) and year of publication, followed - if necessary - by a short reference to appropriate pages. Examples: 'Since Peterson (1993) has shown that ...' 'This is in agreement with results obtained later (Peterson and Kramer, 1994 pp.12-16)'.  In referring to a personal communication the two words are followed by the year, e.g., '(J. McNary, personal communication, 1984)'.

3. If reference is made in the text to a publication written by more than two authors the name of the first author should be used followed by 'et al.'. This indication, however, should never be used in the list of references. In this list names of first author and all co-authors should be mentioned.

4. References cited together in the text should be arranged chronologically. The list of references should be arranged alphabetically on authors' names, and chronologically per author. If an author's name in the list is also mentioned with co-authors the following order should be used: publications of the single author, arranged according to publication dates - publications of the same author with one co-author - publications of the author with more than one co-author. Publications by the same author(s) in the same year should be listed as 1974a, 1974b, etc.

5. Reference lists for final publication should follow the example of past issues, for example using the following formats:
a.    For periodicals
Foster, K. A., Mwanaumo, A., 1995. Estimation of dynamic maize supply response in Zambia. Agric. Econ. 12, 99–107.
b.   For books
Alston, J. M., Norton, G. W., Pardey, P. G., 1995. Science under Scarcity: Principles and Practice for Agricultural Research and Priority Setting. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, NY.
c.   For edited volumes
Koo, W., Jinding, L., 1992. An intersectoral perspective on the relationship between the agricultural and industrial sectors in Chinese economic development, in M. Bellamy and B. Greenshields, eds., Issues in Agricultural Development—Sustainability and Cooperation. Dartmouth, Aldershot.
d.  For unpublished reports, departmental notes, etc.
International Seed Federation (ISF), 2002. Estimated values of the commercial markets for seed and planting material for some countries. Accessed October 2002, available at


1. Authors should ensure that publication of material quoted or reproduced from previous work would not infringe copyright.  Brief quotations may generally be reproduced freely, but detailed excerpts and images may require written permission from the copyright holder before publication.  Suitable acknowledgement must always be made for the use of others’ work.


1. On acceptance, after typesetting the author will be asked to check the galley proofs for typographical errors and to answer queries from the copy editor.

2. Blackwell, at its discretion, is entitled to recover from the author(s) of any paper or report published in the journal, any cost occasioned by alterations made by the author(s) in the printer's proofs other than correction of typesetting errors and essential additions which update information in the paper: the latter preferably as sentences at the end of existent paragraphs or as new paragraphs.

Accepted Articles

'Accepted Articles' have been accepted for publication and undergone full peer review but have not been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process. Accepted Articles are published online a few days after final acceptance, appear in PDF format only (without the accompanying full-text HTML) and are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows them to be cited and tracked.


1. The Publisher will supply the author with a free PDF offprint. An offprint order form will be included with the page proofs should authors wish  to order printed offprints. UNESCO coupons are acceptable in payment of extra offprints.


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 teh funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see:

Copyright Transfer Agreement

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

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