California Agriculture is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal reporting research, reviews and news on California’s agricultural, natural and human resources. The journal's first issue was published in December 1946, making it one of the oldest, continuously published, land-grant university research publications in the country. It is also among the largest circulation publications of its kind (about 10,000 print subscribers).
The journal is published by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR). In recent years, roughly 75% of authors have been affiliated with UC ANR, though, authors from other institutions are encouraged to submit manuscripts, and author affiliation is not considered in our review process. UC ANR authors include UC ANR Cooperative Extension (UCCE) advisors and specialists, as well as faculty and researchers in the UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources, the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the UC Riverside College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
In 2018, California Agriculture was awarded first place for a periodical by ACE (http://aceweb.org), the national association for agricultural extension communicators, in its annual competition.
The journal is indexed by AGRICOLA; the California Digital Library (eScholarship); Thomson Reuters Web of Science; the Directory of Open Access Journals; EBSCO (Academic Search Complete); Elsevier; and Gale (Academic OneFile). It has high visibility on Google and Google Scholar searches.
California Agriculture publishes refereed original research, and reviews of the same, in a form accessible to a well-educated but non-specialist audience. To serve this audience, all accepted manuscripts are edited by journal staff.
In the last readership survey, of the 9,055 subscribers reporting an occupation, 38% worked in agriculture or natural resources (private sector); 31% held university-affiliated faculty, research or extension positions; and 15% worked in government, including agency researchers as well as elected officials and staff. In addition, 3% worked in primary or secondary education, 2% were members of the news media, and 11% had other jobs.
Letters, comments, and suggestions
The editorial staff of California Agriculture welcomes your letters, comments and suggestions. Include your full name and address. Letters may be edited for space and clarity.
Manuscripts submitted to California Agriculture undergo anonymous peer review. We forward each submission to the appropriate Associate Editor, who makes an initial determination of its scientific soundness and suitability for California Agriculture's audience. The Associate Editor then sends the article to two qualified reviewers. If the first two reviews are affirmative, the article is accepted. If one is negative, we send the manuscript to a third reviewer. The final decision is made by the Executive Editor in consultation with the Associate Editor.
Reviewers, rejection rate
In recent years, roughly 60% of reviewers have been affiliated with UC ANR. The balance are associated with other universities or with research institutions or government agencies.
The journal's acceptance rate for general submissions that enter the peer review process has been roughly 60% in the past two years. That figure excludes manuscripts that are rejected without peer review because they are outside the journal’s scope or are obviously of poor quality (about half of all submissions). It also excludes manuscripts solicited for special theme issues.
California Agriculture is an open access journal and allows users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of all articles, subject to the following terms:
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