1. Survey Background

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Thank you for your interest in serving as a reviewer for the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. JAFSCD engages with scholars, researchers and practitioners from around the world to assist in reviewing the content of the journal to ensure the highest quality.

• Topical expertise in one or more domains of the food system: production, distribution, and consumption;
• Availability to complete at least 3 to 5 reviews per year in a timely manner;
• Experience in writing and/or critically reading applied research journals;
• A knack for identifying logic problems in manuscripts; and
• Experience in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods and analysis.

Because JAFSCD is an applied journal, farmers, advocates, and other food system stakeholders with interest and expertise are encouraged to serve as reviewers. Please also note that members of the Reviewer Team are welcome to submit manuscripts to JAFSCD.

Reviewing consists of carefully reading a paper and responding to questions pertaining to its contribution to the practice of agriculture and food systems development, the validity of any research results, the quality of writing, and its readiness for publication. We use an online peer-review system to streamline the review process.

JAFSCD is not like most journals. JAFSCD promotes the common interests of both scholars and practitioners who work on food and agriculture issues. We are a “community-supported journal,” with partners and shareholders who provide financial support and volunteers who put their shoulders to the wheel. Volunteer reviewers benefit the food movement directly by helping evaluate what research is sound and practical. In-kind, reviewers get first-hand knowledge about food systems research, policy, and practice, and can add this experience to their resumes.

To complete your duties as a reviewer effectively, we ask that you familiarize yourself with the following:

* Focus and scope, and our editorial policies

* Types of Submissions.

* Author Guidelines

* Our "accessible scholarship" concept. Accessible scholarship basically means keeping the content free of technical jargon, using the active voice, and appealing to both researchers and practitioners/professionals. You can read some recently published papers to see accessible scholarship in action.

After reviewing the information above, please complete this questionnaire. The last page of the questionnaire asks that you commit to the guidelines for JAFSCD Reviewer Team.

Managing editor Duncan Hilchey will be in touch regarding your application. 

This questionnaire should just take 10-15 minutes. We ask for a brief (one paragraph) bio on the next page, so you may wish to prepare that in advance and paste it into the questionnaire. If you have any questions, please contact Duncan Hilchey.