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.

CRITERIA FOR SERVING AS A JAFSCD REVIEWER
1. Do you have a flair for critical insight?
2. Are you familiar with the design and implementation of qualitative and/or quantitative research, especially surveys?
3. Do you have expertise in a wide range of food system and agriculture development topics?
4. Can you commit to conducting 3 to 5 reviews per year?

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.

SERVING AS A REVIEWER
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 integrated into the JAFSCD website to streamline the review process.

BRIEF BACKGROUND
JAFSCD is not like many other journals. We are not an academic journal nor a popular trade journal. JAFSCD is positioned somewhere in between these two in order to promote the common interests of scholars as well as practitioners who work on food and agriculture issues.

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.

COMPLETING THE PROCESS
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.

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