Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The journal is an international peer-reviewed publication devoted to disseminate original information contributing to the understanding and development of agroecosystems in tropical and subtropical areas.

The Journal recognizes the multidisciplinary nature of its scope and encourages the submission of original manuscripts from all of the disciplines involved in this area.

Original contributions are welcomed in relation to the study of particular components of the agroecosystems (i.e. plant, animal, soil) as well as the resulting interactions and their relationship/impact on society and environment.

The journal does not received manuscripts based solely on economic aspects, econometrics, crop production projections, food and meat science /technology and closely related subjects. 



Section Policies

Invited review

Section editors will invite researcher to submit reviews. The manuscript will be peer reviewed by the section editors and might require additional reviews.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Agroecosystems studies

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research Papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Notes

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Supporting data papers

Manuscript are accepted only as companion to pappers submitted simultaneously to the journal

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Submitted manuscripts are subject to a peer review process. A minimun of two independent evaluations is needed in order to reach a decision for publication. 

Reviewers are selected from journal's own database composed by international researchers. However, authors are required to provide information (name, institution, e-mail, expertise area) of at least 2 potential reviewers from institutions different to the author(s) affiliation(s). This information will help to widen the reviewers database. It is not guarateed that they will used to review any particular manuscript.


Publication Frequency

The journal is published 3 times per year. Issue 1 (January - April) Issue 2 (May - August) Issue 3 (September - December) 



Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its contents to encourage the global exchange of knowledge.

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

  1. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.



Abstracted / Listed in the following services

AgBiotech News and Information, Agroforestry Abstracts, Animal Breeding Abstracts, Dairy Science Abstracts, Field Crop Abstracts, Forest Product Abstracts, Grasslands and Forage Abstracts, Horticultural Science Abstracts, Irrigation and Drainage Abstracts, LATINDEX (www.latindex.unam.mx), Maize Abstracts, Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews Series B: Livestock Feeds and Feeding, PERIODICA (dgb.unam.mx/periodica.html), Pig News and Information, Plant Breeding Abstracts, Plant Genetic Resources Abstracts, Poultry Abstracts, Review of Agricultural Entomology, Review of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants, Review of Plant Pathology, Rice Abstracts, Seed Abstracts, Soils and Fertilizers, Soybean Abstracts, Tropical Diseases Bulletin, Ulrich's, Veterinary Bulletin, Weed Abstracts, World Agricultural and Rural Sociology Abstracts

Agricultural Economics Database (formerly AgECONCD), Animal Production Database (formerly BEASTCD), Crop Science Database (formerly E-CD), Forest Science Database (formerly TREECD and ForestScience.info), Horticultural Science Database (formerly HORTCD), Plant Genetics and Breeding Database (formerly PLANTGENECD), Plant Protection Database (formerly CABPESTCD), Soil Science Database (formerly SOILCD), Veterinary Science Database (formerly VETCD)

Ag Biotech Net (www.agbiotechnet.com), Nutrition and Food Sciences Database (www.nutritionandfoodsciences.org), Animal Science Database (www.animalScience.com), DrylandScope (www.drylandscope.org), Forest Science Database (www.forestscience.info), The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (www.teeal.org), Scopus (www.scopus.com)


Publication ethics / Ethical guidelines


- Only results originated from the author(s) own work should be reported. Details should be given to allow fellow researchers to validate the results.

- All works which is used as cite of quote should be properly referenced and acknowledged. In case of copyright protected material, author should obtain permission before submitting the material.

Plagiarism in all its forms is unacceptable. Submiited manuscript would undergo originality check. The editor will contact the corresponding author if the originality check report raises concern.  

Manuscripts shall not be submitted to more than one journal simultaneously and is unacceptable. Manuscripts detected as submitted to more than a single journal would be immediately rejected.

Authors should bind to ethical guidelines for co-authorship assignment. Main or corresponding authors are responsible to ensure all co-author accept the final version of the manuscript.

Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that experiment was conducted according to national, international or applicable regulations for conducting scientific research. Especially when using animals or human (for example, interviews, surveys).

At the time of submitting a manuscript authors must declare that the manuscript is original and is not currently under consideration to be published in another journal.

Any potential conflict of interest must be declared.

Editors and editorial board members

Manuscript publication will be decided solely on academic merits. The Editor(s), weighting the advice from reviewers, applicable regulations and recommendations from the editorial board, are responsible for deciding which of the submitted articles are published in the journal. All information related with submitted manuscripts and evaluation process will be maintained confidential and only disclosed to appropriate parties (corresponding author(s), reviewers, editorial board members). Upon request some information must be released for journal evaluation purposes but always taking maximum responsibility as to kept confidentiality.



Reviewers must evaluate a manuscript solely on academic grounds. If a conflict of interest is detected it should be immediately notified to the editor.

Manuscript and material provided to the reviewers should be handled with full confidentiality. Reviewers refrain from using any material or ideas obtained from manuscript being revised.

If plagiarism or evidence of plagiarism is detected, reviewers should notify the editor immediately.

Publishing standards 

The journal adheres to the Council of Science Editors "White paper on Publications Ethics"