Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies is a scientific peer-reviewed journal encouraging new perspectives for research and analysis in economics and sociology on the topics of production, agricultural markets and trade, agricultural and food industry production, food consumption, the environment and natural resources, and rural areas and land use. The Review welcomes theoretical and empirical research, in English. In economics, only articles in English must be submitted. In sociology, articles may be submitted in French or in English but the publication in the end will be in English - if the article is accepted, authors have to translate it into English.
The Review also invites submissions of replication of empirical results in the fields covered by the journal. “News and views” papers, or collections of papers, can also be submitted to the editors. In these short pieces (2000-3000 words), authors express their position on a major political and/or scientific issue. These articles are intended to inform researchers, professionals, or policy makers, and have to be comprehensible to a non-specialist audience. RAFE is indexed in, among others, Journal of Economic Literature, Sociological abstracts, REPEC.

  • Scientific peer reviewed journal
  • Previously Cahiers d’Economie et de Sociologie Rurales, Revue d'Etudes en Agriculture et Environnement
  • Focus on research and analysis in economics and sociology on the topics of production, agricultural markets and trade, agricultural and food industry production, food consumption, the environment and natural resources, and rural areas and land use

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  • Stephan Marette,
  • Ronan Le Velly
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Hybrid. Open Access options available

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85 days
Submission to first decision
290 days
Submission to acceptance
7,906 (2018)

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  • COVID 19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • Green Open Access

    The final publisher version of articles published in Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies will be made freely available under a .pdf format in an open archive after a period of embargo of 12 months. The whole archive of Cahiers d'économie et de sociologie rurales, Revue d'études en agriculture et environnement and Review of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Studies is available in the repositories for scientific publication REPEC and EconLit. They should also be available soon in HAL.

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  • Special Issue Call for Papers

    Food and Territory

    Deadline for manuscript submissions: July 5th, 2020.

    Accepted papers should be published during the second semester of 2021.

    Invited editors: Youenn Lohéac, Béatrice Sommier

    This special issue addresses the question of food production and consumption and interactions with the territory from economic and sociological perspectives. One of the key questions is: what organizations, governance, innovations and information can promote virtuous behaviours for oneself and benefits for the territory?

    The issue of healthier, more local, more sustainable agriculture and food produce is becoming increasingly important, whether in the agendas of public policy makers, in research or, very concretely, in the daily life of consumers and farmers. More and more, consumers want their food to come from areas or channels they can identify, in order to feel secure about what they eat. Representations of health and proximity are associated, whether through the food itself or through the environmental impacts of production systems. How do these elements fit together when seeking to give assurance about what we ingest in a context where information is available in quantity, particularly through social networks, sometimes with contradictory content, in a context of mistrust between actors in the food chain?

    What does this imply in terms of governance? What are the impacts on agricultural organisations and agricultural practices? What are the new behaviours, social and organizational innovations that emerge from these issues for consumers and farmers alike? Many experiments have been developed (from local sales to more ambitious territorial food projects). What are their impacts on the representations and behaviours of economic agents (farmers, consumers, stakeholders, etc.) and on the sustainability of our agri-food systems?

    Different topics are possible, as long as papers contribute to understanding the food-territory relationship: Territories and food supply chains; New food practices; Evolution in the representations of food; Evolutions in production and distribution systems; Cities in transition and sustainable food; Food waste and responsible practices; Digital information and food practices.

    This special issue is associated with the 1st Interdisciplinary Research Day on “Food practices,  health and territory” organised in Brest (France) on June 4th 2020. This call for papers is associated with this conference but is not limited to its participants.

    Manuscripts should be submitted online by following the instructions provided on the RAFE website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All manuscripts will be thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. For this special issue, all the papers should be submitted in English (even if communication during the conference can be in French). Please indicate in your cover letter that this article is being submitted for the special issue.

    All papers will be subject to a double-blind evaluation. With each evaluation feedback, a team of two (a review editor and a special issue coordinator) will take the decision (rejection, minor revision, major revision, acceptance). The review anticipates publishing these papers at the end of 2021. Papers not accepted before the publication of the special issue, if eventually accepted, will be published in a later issue. To ensure the coherence of the special issue, it is envisaged that the special issue coordinators may, if they esteem necessary, refuse the publication of an accepted paper in the special issue. If this is the case, the paper will be published in the following issue of the RAFE.

    Manuscripts can be submitted until July 5th 2020. The reviewing process will finish in October-November 2020 and selected authors will have to resubmit their revised draft before February-March 2021.

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