How to ensure that your article is put into the review pipeline

Authors must comply with five rules if they want to ensure that their article actually makes it into the review process: once there, the article can stand on its own merits.

First, AfJARE is focussed on publishing scholarly articles that contribute to the existing literature by providing new insights, either through the problems they address, the methods they employ or the theoretical and practical insights gained from the results. Authors are advised to explicitly state the contribution of their article upfront.

Second, the Journal has a Guide to Authors (see below). We expect authors to submit articles that comply with these guidelines, especially with respect to language editing and compliance with the Journal’s style of presentation of references, Tables and Figures, etc.

Third, context is important, because our Journal covers the whole of the (very heterogeneous) continent and one cannot assume that readers from one part of the continent have detailed knowledge of another part of the continent, or that readers who have an interest in one commodity know much about other commodities. The interpretation of the results of your study is dependent, at least partly, on the recent performance of agriculture in [country x] in terms of factors such as output (growth, per capita output growth, the portfolio of production and changes), export and import trends (changes in composition, in countries of destination and origin, etc.) – agriculture in general and the commodity in question specifically. Obviously not all of this information is always required, but readers do require a paragraph or two of context.

Fourth, the weight of references should be to peer-reviewed work, and especially that published in the past five years: it is difficult to gauge the contribution of an article that does not engage the most recent literature.

Fifth, AfJARE tries its best not to publish articles that cite work from the so-called Predatory Journals. These are not difficult to identify - in this regard, Beall’s list is consulted extensively  The fewer citations these journals get the better.