About This Journal
JAFE is peer-reviewed with double-blind reviews. It is anticipated that the majority of reviews will be performed by a panel of associate editors. Unlike many journals that focus on contributions in methodology and theory, JAFE is applied and the focus is on the papers contribution to knowledge regarding the problem, situation or policy addressed by the paper. Along with their recommendation to accept or reject the manuscript, referees will be asked to assess six questions: 1. Does the paper address a problem in the area of the journal? 2. Is the conceptual framework (if needed) appropriate? 3. Are the methods and data appropriate and applied correctly? 4. Is the analysis appropriate and correct? 5. Are the conclusions logical and appropriate? and 6. Does the paper adequately cite the literature?
Farm management has had a relative lack of journal outlets, especially since the change in focus of the former Review of Agricultural Economics. The name Journal of Applied Farm Economics was chosen to indicate greater breadth than competing journals. While it is expected that many papers would be from the U.S., papers on farm management coming from outside of the U.S. are encouraged as well.
JAFE is open-access, which means it uses a funding model that does not charge readers for access. The journal is starting with funding from the Center for Commercial Agriculture at Purdue University and will charge authors who have intuitional support paper charges. Invited papers are exempt from paper charges. External financial support for the journal is still being sought.