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 (http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/). The fewer citations these journals get the better.
Guidelines for Authors
· Articles will be accepted in English or French and will be published in the language of submission.
Submission of manuscripts
Preparation of manuscripts
References and citations
The following examples show the styles to use in the list of references:
Mapule R, 2000. The environment in Lesotho. Journal of Green Economies 2(3): 470–98.
Greene WH, 2003. Econometric analysis. Fifth edition. New Jersey, Prentice Hall.
ILO, 2012. ILO Global estimate of forced labour: results and methodology. Geneva, International Labour Office Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labour.
Chapter in book or article in edited work
Anselin L, 2001. Spatial econometrics. In Baltagi B (ed.), A Companion to Theoretical Econometrics. Oxford: Blackwell.
Unpublished report, departmental working paper, thesis etc.
Vermeulen H, Jordaan D, Korsten L& Kirsten J, 2006. Private standards, handling and hygiene in fruit export supply chains: A preliminary evaluation of the economic impact of parallel standards. Working paper No. 2, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Delgado, CL & Siamwalla, A, 1997. Diversification in developing countries. Paper read at the 23rd International Conference of Agricultural Economists, 10–16 August, Sacramento, California, USA
Shoprite, 2012. Available at http://www.shopriteholdings.co.za/pages/1019812640/about-our-company/Geographical-spread.asp (Accessed 15 October 2012)