- Focus and Scope
- Section Policies
- Peer Review Process
- Publication Frequency
- Open Access Policy
Focus and Scope
The primary purpose of the journal is to share knowledge on all aspects that focus on sustainable rural development of rural communities, within the following identified fields:
- Sustainable agriculture and protection of natural resources
- Social and economic changes in agriculture and forest management
- Environmental management of agroforestry systems
- Management of water and hydric resources as indicators of quality of life and sustainable development in rural environments
- Use of primary production, forestry and agriculture as sources of renewable energy
- Sustainable land use
- Ecological production, food safety and guarantee of origin
Peer Review Process
A peer review process used by African Journal of Rural Development (AFJRD) for submitted manuscripts. Within one week of being submitted, each journal paper undergoes a preliminary review by the journal editor. The journal editor decides among three options for routing the paper; the journal editor decides among three options for routing the paper:
- Send out for review:The manuscript meets the basic requirements of Science and Education Publishing (SciEP). At least two reviewers will be located by the journal editor, who will send each reviewer a copy of the paper.
- Return for revision:If your manuscript has not passed the preliminary review, the review comment will be returned to you for revision.
- Rejection without peer review:While manuscript have to go through the peer review process in order to be published, they can be rejected without peer review.
While manuscript have to go through the peer review process in order to be published, they can be rejected without peer review. While this may appear surprising or disturbing, it is essential to understand the underlying reasons and the inevitability of this undesired aspect of the research publication process. There could be many reasons for rejection without review:
- Content of the article is not within the scope of the journal.
- Non-conformity with journal style, format or guidelines.
- Duplication or large overlap with existing work or apparent plagiarism.
- Results are not novel or significant enough; lead to only an incremental advance in field.
- Article is too specialized/in-depth or superficial.
- Limited interest to journal target audience.
- Poor quality of research.
- Results or interpretation are too preliminary or speculative.
- Lack of clarity/conciseness in presentation.
The African Journal of Rural Development (AFJRD) is an on-line open-access scientific journal published thrice a year by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) with an Editorial Secretariat at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...
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