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Studies in Agricultural Economics publishes original research papers, review papers, policy analyses and book reviews on agricultural economics, rural development and related topics including: agricultural production and competitiveness, environmental resource management, agri-food supply chain management, markets and marketing, international trade, econometrics, rural economic geography, rural economy and sociology, and development of information and knowledge based society in rural areas.


Researchers, academics, policy makers and practitioners in agricultural economics and rural development, especially in eastern central and south eastern Europe.

Submission of manuscripts

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published in English in any other peer-reviewed journal, is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, and that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out. The author will retain the copyright of the article but agrees to identify AKI as the original publisher. Papers will not normally exceed 6000 words including the reference list and figure and table captions. Authors intending to prepare a book review should first consult the Editor-in-Chief and such a review should not exceed 2000 words.

Shorter papers and comments, of up to 1500 words, will also be considered for publication. Such notes might deal with the economic aspects of policy, with the results of small research projects that do not justify a full-length article, or comment on articles previously published.

Manuscripts should be submitted in .doc or compatible format. They should be prepared using A4 format, TNR 12 pt text and 1.5 line spacing and be in single-column format with wide margins. Do not hyphenate words and use bold face and italics only sparingly, but use subscripts and superscripts where appropriate. Avoid the use of single-sentence paragraphs. Tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript and figures should be submitted as separate files, numbered accordingly. Page and line numbering (restart each page) must be used but no reference should be made to page numbers in the text. You should use the ‘spell-check’ and ‘grammar-check’ functions of your wordprocessor, which should be set to English English, to avoid unnecessary errors.

Manuscripts will be double-blind reviewed by at least two reviewers and may be returned to the author(s) for revision before acceptance for publication. The Editor-in-Chief will normally consider only one re-submission.

Article structure

Divide your article into clearly defined sections but do not use section or subsection numbers. Each heading should appear on its own separate line. For research papers you are urged to consider using the following structure:

  • Introduction. State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background with reference to the international literature, but avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
  • Methodology. Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described.
  • Results. Results should be clear and concise.
  • Discussion. This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section should normally be avoided. You should show how your results add to existing knowledge but avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.

Where it is not appropriate to use the above framework, you should finish the paper with conclusions.

Essential title page information

  • Title. Concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
  • Running title. Please provide an abbreviated title of no more than 60 characters (including spaces) that can be used as a running title on the page header.
  • Author names and affiliations. Present the authors’ affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below their names.
  • Corresponding author. Clearly indicate the corresponding author who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Please provide a telephone and fax number in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address.
  • Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a ‘Present address’ (or ‘Permanent address’) may be indicated. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address.

Additional information

  • Abstract. A single paragraph of 100-250 words should state the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions.
  • Keywords. Please provide a maximum of six keywords.
  • Abbreviations. If necessary, define abbreviations that are not standard in this field on the first page of the article.
  • Acknowledgements. If applicable, collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references. List here those individuals and/or organisations that provided help, including financial support, during the research.
  • Nomenclature and units. Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI) i.e. metre, second, kilogramme etc. or accepted alternatives e.g. day, litre, tonne.
  • Math formulae. Present simple formulae in the line of normal text where possible. Number consecutively any equations that have to be displayed separately from the text (if referred to explicitly in the text). For simple fractions use the solidus (/) instead of a horizontal line. Powers of e are often more conveniently denoted by exp. Give the meaning of all symbols immediately after the equation in which they are first used. Levels of statistical significance which can be mentioned without further explanation are: *P<0.05, **P<0.01 and ***P<0.001.
  • Footnotes. Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article, using superscript Arabic numbers. Indicate each footnote in a table with a superscript lowercase letter.

Tables and figures

  • Tables. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Each table should be accompanied by a title and fully descriptive caption. Column headings should be brief but sufficiently explanatory and standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be included between parentheses. Do not use vertical rules to separate columns. Large tables should be avoided. If many data are to be presented, you should consider dividing them over two or more tables. Reversing columns and rows will often reduce the dimensions of a table.
  • Figures. Graphs, drawings or photographs should be supplied in digital format in monochrome and be of sufficient contrast. Figures prepared with Excel® software (or compatible format) are preferred. Captions should be included in the main manuscript, not attached to the figure, and should explain all symbols and abbreviations used. The text should include references to all figures. The use of figures from other publications is discouraged but, if used, permission of the author(s) or the copyright owner is necessary.


Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Citations may be made directly (or parenthetically). Groups of references should be listed first alphabetically, then chronologically. For example: ‘as demonstrated (Allan, 1996a, 1996b, 1999; Allan and Jones, 1995). Kramer et al. (2000) have recently shown ...’ Citation of a reference as ‘in press’ implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

In the reference list, references should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. They should not be numbered. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters ‘a’, ‘b’, etc. placed after the year of publication. The title of a non-English publication should be followed by the English translation in square brackets. Journal titles should not be abbreviated. Examples:

  • Reference to a journal publication. Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J.A.J. and Lupton, R.A. (2000): The art of writing a scientific article. Journal of Science Communication 163, 51-59.
  • Reference to a book. Strunk Jr., W. and White, E.B. (1979): The Elements of Style (3rd edition). New York: Macmillan.
  • Reference to a chapter in an edited book. Mettam, G.R. and Adams, L.B. (1999): How to prepare an electronic version of your article, in Jones, B.S and Smith, R.Z. (eds), Introduction to the Electronic Age. New York: E-Publishing, 281–304.

For Web references, as a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates etc.), should also be given. Web sources should be included in the reference list alphabetically according to the author’s surname or organisation’s name.

Publication ethics

Studies in Agricultural Economics aims to comply with the standards outlined in the COPE Codes of Conduct for Journal Editors and Publishers. These can be accessed at

After acceptance

The corresponding author will be provided, at no cost, with a PDF file of the article via e-mail. The PDF file includes a cover sheet with the journal cover image and a disclaimer outlining the terms and conditions of use. Studies in Agricultural Economics has no page charges or submission fees.

Complete full-text articles may be published on the AKI website in advance of their publication in a printed issue. These do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited before it appears in printed form.

Studies in Agricultural Economics is accessible online at and at It is listed in EconLit, the Index Copernicus Journals Master List and the Directory of Open Access Journals, as a Commendable Journal in the Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Economics and Finance, and is included in the Citations in Economics database. Papers are abstracted in the CABI Agricultural Economics Database and indexed by Google Scholar.

The printed version of Studies in Agricultural Economics is designated by the publisher as the original version of the journal.