Agriculture and Human Values is the journal of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society. The Journal, like the Society, is dedicated to an open and free discussion of the values that shape and the structures that underlie current and alternative visions of food and agricultural systems.

The Journal publishes research that critically examines the values, relationships, conflicts and contradictions within contemporary agricultural and food systems and that addresses the impact of agricultural and food related institutions, policies, and practices on human populations, the environment, democratic governance, and social equity.
• Offers open discussion of the values that shape and the structures that support food and agricultural systems in industrial and developing countries
• Welcomes interdisciplinary research from sociology, anthropology, development, economics, geography, philosophy, environmental studies, health and nutrition science, crop and soil science, and other social and physical sciences that critically examines contemporary and alternative food and agricultural systems
• Publishes the following types of articles:
• Regular Articles present original, unpublished research, and are up to 10,000 words in length including main text, table, and figures, but not including references.
• Literature Reviews compile and evaluate existing literature on an important topic pertaining to agriculture, food, and human values.  Literature reviews should contribute novel, unpublished insights that exceed a standard review of existing literature, and are up to 8,000 words in length including main text, table, and figures, but not including references.  Literature reviews must conform to style requirements of the journal.
• Discussion papers make novel, distinctive, incisive arguments on topics within the journal’s aims and scope. Discussion papers should: (a) emphasize current advances and future directions; (b) be clearly grounded in theoretical and/or empirical discussion, with appropriate citations as necessary; and (c) be designed to stimulate further research and engagement in the relevant fields. Discussion papers should not exceed 5,000 words, including main text, table, and figures, but not including references, and must conform to style guidelines of the journal.
• Field Reports highlight novel research findings from applied settings of interest to the community of scholars and practitioners working in the areas of food, agriculture, and human values.  Field reports should not exceed 2,500 words, including main text, table, and figures, but not including references.  Field Reports are evaluated under the same peer review process as regular articles, and they must conform to the style guidelines of the journal.  
* Book Reviews on topics relevant to the aims and scope of the journal. A list of books received and available for review is included in each issue of the journal. Book reviews are between 800-1000 words in length and follow formatting guidelines described here:
* Occasionally, the journal will include Symposia on issues relevant to broad readerships.  Unsolicited proposals for symposia can be made to the Editor in Chief.

  • Offers open discussion of the values that shape and the structures that support food and agricultural systems in industrial and developing countries
  • Welcomes interdisciplinary research from sociology, anthropology, development, economics, geography, philosophy, environmental studies, health and nutrition science, crop and soil science, and other social and physical sciences that critically examines contemporary and alternative food and agricultural systems
  • Publishes original theoretical and empirical research; Discussion pieces to stimulate thinking in new directions and/or address debates in the field; Field reports that relay insightful observations from research sites and/or time-sensitive accounts pertinent to research; Reviews of the literature that integrate and synthesize knowledge in and/or across substantive fields of inquiry; Reviews of new or recently published monographs; and, occasionally, Symposia on issues relevant to broad readerships.

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