A Comprehensive Guide for Authors: Enhancing Research and Environmental Impact

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Are you an academic or researcher looking to contribute to the field of agriculture and environmental studies? “Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment” is the journal for you. It focuses on the intersection between agriculture and the environment, emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches, scientific integration, and sustainability in agroecosystems. This guide will provide you with essential information on how to publish your work and maximize its impact.

Types of Papers

The journal accepts various types of papers to accommodate different research objectives.

  1. Original Papers: These reports present the outcomes of novel research. They should not have been published elsewhere, except in preliminary form.
  2. Reviews: This category covers topics of current interest and provides a summary of recent advances. Reviews can be submitted or invited.
  3. Short Communications: These concise papers describe limited investigations that will not be expanded upon in future work. They should be well-documented and occupy no more than 6 printed pages.
  4. Comments: This section features short commentaries on articles previously published in the journal, along with author replies.
  5. Opinion Papers: This section is a platform for discussing emerging or controversial ideas, new approaches, and concepts related to agriculture, ecosystems, and the environment. Contributions should be brief, occupying no more than 2 printed pages.

Submission Checklist

Before you submit your manuscript, ensure that you have completed the following checklist:

  • Designate a corresponding author and provide their contact details, including email address and full postal address.
  • Upload all necessary files, including the manuscript, keywords, figures, and tables. Ensure that all figure and table citations in the text match the files provided.
  • Indicate if any figures should be printed in color.
  • Include Graphical Abstracts or Highlights files where applicable.
  • Upload supplemental files where applicable.
  • Proofread your manuscript for spelling and grammar errors.
  • Make sure all references cited in the text are included in the reference list, and vice versa.
  • Obtain permission to use copyrighted material from other sources.
  • Provide a statement on competing interests, even if there are none to declare.
  • Familiarize yourself with the journal’s policies, as detailed in this Guide for Authors.
  • Include referee suggestions and contact details as required by the journal.
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Ethics in Publishing

We hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethical publishing. Please review our guidelines on Ethics in Publishing to ensure your work aligns with these principles.

Declaration of Generative AI in Scientific Writing

The use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and AI-assisted technologies in scientific writing is becoming increasingly prevalent. If you have used these technologies in the writing process, please disclose it in your manuscript by following the instructions provided at the end of the Guide.

Reporting Sex- and Gender-Based Analyses

For research involving humans, animals, or eukaryotic cells, it is essential to integrate sex- and gender-based analyses (SGBA) in your research design. Please address the sex and/or gender dimensions of your research in your article. If it is not possible to do so, discuss this limitation in terms of generalizability. Clearly state the definitions of sex and/or gender that you are applying to enhance precision and rigor. For more guidance, refer to the Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) guidelines and checklist.

Changes to Authorship

Before submitting your manuscript, carefully consider the list and order of authors. Once the manuscript has been accepted, changes to authorship will be allowed only if approved by the Editor. Make sure to provide a reason for the change and written confirmation from all authors involved.

Article Transfer Service

Our journal participates in the Elsevier Article Transfer Service, which helps find the most suitable home for your manuscript. If your article is deemed more suitable for another journal, you may receive a recommendation to transfer it. You will have the opportunity to make changes before the transfer is complete.

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Copyright

Upon acceptance of your article, you will be asked to complete a ‘Journal Publishing Agreement’ form. This form ensures compliance with copyright requirements and grants you specific rights to reuse your work. The corresponding author will receive a Share Link, providing free access to the final published version of your article on ScienceDirect.

Language and Editing Services

Please ensure that your manuscript is written in clear and concise English. Consider using language editing services to improve the quality of your writing. Elsevier offers a Language Editing service that can help eliminate grammatical and spelling errors and conform to correct scientific English.

Submission and Peer Review

Our online submission system will guide you through the process of entering your article details and uploading your files. Once submitted, your manuscript will undergo a single anonymized review process. The Editor will make the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of your article.

Manuscript Preparation

To facilitate a smooth publication process, prepare your manuscript according to the following guidelines:

  • Structure your article into sections and subsections, each with a brief heading.
  • Include an engaging introduction that outlines the purpose and background of your research.
  • Clearly present your results and discuss their significance without duplicating information.
  • Provide a concise conclusion summarizing the main findings of your study.
  • Use tables and figures to enhance your manuscript, explaining all symbols and abbreviations used.
  • Include captions for illustrations and ensure uniform lettering and sizing.
  • Format your references in accordance with the journal’s guidelines. Ensure that every reference cited in the text appears in the reference list and vice versa.
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For more detailed instructions on formatting and style, consult the Guide to Publishing with Elsevier.

Conclusion

Publishing in “Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment” offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the field of agriculture and environmental studies. By following the guidelines outlined in this comprehensive guide, you can enhance the impact of your research and effectively communicate your findings to a broad audience. Submit your manuscript today and join the global conversation on agroecosystem sustainability and environmental stewardship.

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