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Thematic Collections

From time to time, the Journal publishes Thematic Collections on topics of special interest. Watch out for collections that are currently open for submissions, and recent collections:

Call for Papers! Short Food Supply Chains and Transitions to Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems

 This Collection aims to assemble recent research to critically evaluate the opportunities, obstacles and solutions for short food supply chains within the broad frame of transitions to sustainable and resilient food systems. Guest editors:  Andrea Marescotti (University of Florence, Italy), Christopher James Maughan (Coventry University, UK), Erik Mathijs (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium), Giovanni Belletti (University of Florence, Italy), Matteo Mengoni (University of Florence, Italy), Moya Kneafsey (Coventry University, UK). Submission Deadline: 31 December 2024

New Content Item (1)Call for Papers! Food Systems Innovation in Africa

This Collection aims to include theoretical and empirical papers on economic, social, environmental, nutritional and political aspects that influence innovation towards more sustainable African food systems. In particular, it will consider fundamental research that contributes to the understanding of transition and change in food systems. Guest editorsPaolo Prosperi (Montpellier Interdisciplinary Center on Sustainable Agri-food Systems), Mila Sell (Natural Resources Institute Finland, Luke), Kaleab Baye (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia). Submission Deadline: 29 February 2024

Past Thematic Collections collections on topics of special interest are available for consultation:


Aims and scope

Agricultural and Food Economics is an international peer-reviewed journal published on behalf of the Italian Society of Agricultural Economics. The editors welcome high-quality, problem-oriented submissions on agriculture and food from a wide variety of socio-economic perspectives and from all over the world. 
Completely open access, the journal publishes original research and review articles with innovative results and relevant policy and managerial implications, based on quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies.
Topics of interest include sustainable food systems, food and nutrition security, agricultural and food policy, environmental impacts of agricultural and food activities, market analysis, agri-food firm management and marketing, organization of the agri-food value chains, behavioral economics, food quality and safety issues, food and health economics, trade, sustainable rural development, natural and marine resource economics, and land economics.

Society affiliation

Agricultural and Food Economics is sponsored by SIDEA (Società Italiana di Economia Agraria | Italian Society of Agricultural Economics)

SIDEA's mission is to contribute to an efficient farm and agrifood sector promoting free, independent, and original research in the field of agricultural economics.

Editorial Board

Editor-in-ChiefGianluca Brunori, University of Pisa, Italy. The full Editorial Board is available at this page.


New Content Item

Policy and practitioners’ initiatives to stimulate sustainable consumption have so far failed to have notable impact on individuals’ behaviors. The current commentary is a plea to social and sustainability scientists, particularly to economists dealing with sustainable agri-food systems, to dig deeper into the notion of narratives to trigger societal dynamics that stir consumers toward more sufficient lifestyles. As dominant cultural narratives have a critical role in shaping shared meanings and acceptable behaviors... Click here to read the full text of the latest Commentary by M. Borrello, L. Cembalo, & V. D'Amico.

Understand the costs and funding options

Agricultural and Food Economics is a 100% Gold Open Access journal. Articles published in Gold OA format confer CC-BY copyright to the author and are immediately available to be read, cited, and built upon by all. APCs are charged on article acceptance. For further details, see our article-processing charge webpage

Publishing is not without costs, and the journal levies the 2023 APC of £1040.00/$1490.00/€1190.00 for each article accepted for publication. However, authors do not typically pay the fee themselves, and the way your APC is covered has no bearing on the editorial outcome of your submission. 

Did you know that there are almost 200 open access article processing charge (APC) funds available to researchers worldwide? Many funding bodies require that research publications resulting from their grants are made freely available to all. By publishing your research with us you fully comply with open access mandates, and the publishing costs may be entirely covered by the research grant. This means that you won’t have to pay any publishing fee and you retain the copyright (check here how to discover more). 

You may also be eligible for a waiver/discount based on unavailability of research funding and/or country of origin (click here to discover more).

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From 2023 to 2027, SIDEA members pay €200.  To receive this funding, members should contact the journal to receive instructions.  

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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 4.0
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: N/A
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 1.320
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.780

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 26
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 193

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