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Agroforestry Systems

Agroforestry Systems

An International Journal incorporating Agroforestry Forum

Editor-in-Chief: Shibu Jose

ISSN: 0167-4366 (print version)
ISSN: 1572-9680 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10457

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Agroforestry Systems

Editorial procedure

Reviewing procedure  

All manuscripts will be peer−reviewed by at least two competent reviewers (members of the Editorial Board or outside experts), and the reviewers' comments will be forwarded to the authors. The reviewers will remain anonymous to the authors. Under special circumstances, however, a reviewer may discuss a paper directly with the author(s), with prior approval of the editor. While submitting the revised manuscript, the authors should explain how the reviewers' comments have been addressed. If the authors disagree with the reviewers' comments, the reason(s) should be explained.

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Authors are requested to submit a covering letter to the Editor-in-Chief with their manuscript, outlining how the submitted manuscript falls within the scope of Agroforestry Systems. Any other information from the authors to the Editor-in-Chief should also be included in this letter.

Manuscript structure 

The Abstract should not exceed 200 words and should address the following:
- Aims (stating the main purposes and research question)
- Brief methods
- Results (stating the main findings)
- Conclusions (relevance of the findings in a broader context).
The manuscript should be divided into the following sections:
- Author names and affiliations (including Country)
- Abstract
- Keywords
- Abbreviations (if any)
- Introduction
- Materials and Methods
- Results
- Discussion
- Acknowledgements
- References
- Table Captions (List the Table titles on a fresh page)
- Tables
- Figure Captions (list the Figure titles on a fresh page)
- Figures

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    Publication Policy: 

    Agroforestry Systems is an international scientific journal that publishes results of novel, high impact original research, critical reviews and short communications on any aspect of agroforestry. The journal particularly encourages contributions that demonstrate the role of agroforestry in providing commodity as well non-commodity benefits such as ecosystem services.  Papers dealing with both biophysical and socioeconomic aspects are welcome. These include results of investigations of a fundamental or applied nature dealing with integrated systems involving trees and crops and/or livestock.  Manuscripts that are purely descriptive in nature or confirmatory in nature of well-established findings, and with limited international scope are discouraged.  To be acceptable for publication, the information presented must be relevant to a context wider than the specific location where the study was undertaken, and provide new insight or make a significant contribution to the agroforestry knowledge base. 

    Frequency of Publication: 

    The journal publishes one volume with six issues every year. Each issue contains approximately 200-225 printed pages (1 printed page is approx. 500-600 words).

    Presentation and Style:

    The journal's language is English. `American' or `British' English may be used. However, the entire text of each paper should follow any one style only. Detailed `Instructions to Authors' are published at the end of each volume of the journal and are available on request from the Publishers or the Editor-in-Chief. Prospective contributors are advised to follow these instructions as well as consult a recent issue of the journal for style and format.

    Peer Review and Editorial Process:

    All manuscripts, including short communications and special-issue articles, will be peer-reviewed by at least two independent reviewers, who may be members of the Editorial Board or outside experts. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the overall editorial process and coordination. He is assisted by four Associate Editors, who will coordinate the review process of manuscripts dealing with subjects of their respective expertise.

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