Aims and scope
Agriculture and Human Values is the official journal of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society.
Since World War II, agricultural production systems and food consumption patterns have undergone astonishing changes. Agricultural research, combined with high input, capital intensive, and trade-based applications, has expanded the productive capacity of the world's farms tremendously.
However, serious questions have been raised about the sustainability of industrial agricultural and food systems, about the criteria for judging the risks and benefits of chemical and biological technologies, about food safety, about the poor's entitlement to food in developed and developing countries, and about who will farm in the future and how. The Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society is an organization of professionals dedicated to an open and free discussion of these and other related issues and to an understanding of the values that shape and the structures that underlie alternative visions of current and future food and agricultural systems. Agriculture and Human Values is the official journal of the Society. Like the Society, it seeks to create educational and scholarly discussions across the humanities, the social sciences, food and nutrition studies, and the agricultural disciplines, and to promote an ethical, social and ecological understanding of agricultural and food systems.
Agriculture and Human Values publishes the following types of articles:
• Regular Articles present original, unpublished research, and are up to 10,000 words in length including main text, table, and figures, but not including references.
• Literature Reviews compile and evaluate existing literature on an important topic pertaining to agriculture, food, and human values. Literature reviews should contribute novel, unpublished insights that exceed a standard review of existing literature, and are up to 8,000 words in length including main text, table, and figures, but not including references. Literature reviews must conform to style requirements of the journal.
• Discussion papers make novel, distinctive, incisive arguments on topics within the journal’s aims and scope. Discussion papers should: (a) emphasize current advances and future directions; (b) be clearly grounded in theoretical and/or empirical discussion, with appropriate citations as necessary; and (c) be designed to stimulate further research and engagement in the relevant fields. Discussion papers should not exceed 5,000 words, including main text, table, and figures, but not including references, and must conform to style guidelines of the journal.
• Field Reports highlight novel research findings from applied settings of interest to the community of scholars and practitioners working in the areas of food, agriculture, and human values. Field reports should not exceed 2,500 words, including main text, table, and figures, but not including references. Field Reports are evaluated under the same peer review process as regular articles, and they must conform to the style guidelines of the journal.
* Book Reviews on topics relevant to the aims and scope of the journal. A list of books received and available for review is included in each issue of the journal. Book reviews are between 800-1000 words in length and follow formatting guidelines described here: https://www.springer.com/journal/10460/updates/17573552
* Occasionally, the journal will include Symposia on issues relevant to broad readerships. Unsolicited proposals for symposia can be made to the Editor in Chief.