Publication Policies

General. The Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics is published in an online-only format. Articles are published in Early View as they accepted and then allocated to Issues which are published four times a year: March, June, September and December. Papers may be written in either English or French. Abstracts in both English and French are required for papers and, if not submitted by the author, will be prepared by the journal.

Condition of Submission. Manuscripts submitted to the journal must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere without the knowledge of the editors, and must not be sent for such consideration without prior notification to the editors. Any possible conflicts with this policy should be reported to the journal on submission.

iThenticate. All submissions are subjected to plagiarism detection software. Submissions suspected of plagiarism will be rejected and handled according to the recommendations developed by COPE.

Types of Submissions. The CJAE publishes a range of theoretical, applied and policy-related articles, including topics concerning agri-food, agri-business, the environment and natural resource uses.

Articles. Submission of a manuscript implies that it is based on research not previously published. All authors must be aware of and agree to the data presented and conclusions drawn in a manuscript. Submissions undergo double blind peer review by two or more reviewers who determine the manuscript's suitability for publication. However, authors are encouraged to have manuscripts reviewed by their peers prior to submission. This, along with editorial assistance, will greatly improve the chances of publication and will usually shorten the time between submission and publication.

Comments and Replies. The CJAE encourages professional comments involving articles published in the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics in the interest of promoting rigourous scholarly exchange. Comments submitted to the Journal will be assigned to a co-editor who was not responsible for the review of the original paper. Comments will be sent out for independent review, to reviewers who did not review the original article. After receiving reviews, if, the editorial judgment of the co-editor is the comment is appropriate for publication, that co-editor will send the comment to the original authors, giving them the opportunity to prepare a reply. An appropriate time limit will be set for submitting the reply, in order to facilitate the timely and simultaneous publication of the comment and the reply in the Journal. The reply will be reviewed by the co-editor, who may receive advice from other co-editors who were not involved in the review of the original paper. The reply will not be sent out for independent review. The co-editors of the Journal will strive to maintain a tone of professionalism in any comments and replies that are published in the CJAE.

Policy Papers. Policy papers that address a topical aspect of economic policy related to the agriculture, food, resource or environmental sectors in Canada are encouraged. Through the presentation of high quality research, policy papers should inform industry stakeholders and policymakers, and increase knowledge among researchers, of the impacts of public policy. The papers should emphasize policy-relevant implications with clear intuitive and/or graphical explanations, and should be generally accessible to a broad readership without relying on mathematical arguments. Policy papers will be subject to the journal's standard double blind peer review process.

Review Papers. Review articles will be considered for publication. Review articles are papers that survey and assess the state of the art/science on topics that would be of general interest to the readership of the CJAE. Papers should provide a rigorous critical overview and synopsis of current knowledge on specific research questions related to agricultural, food or resource economics. This could include a comprehensive review and evaluation of established or novel methodological contributions, or a critical assessment of theoretical insights and/or gaps in knowledge on a topic of general interest to the discipline. Review manuscripts will go through the normal review process.

Author Anonymity. Submissions to the CJAE undergo double blind peer review by two or more reviewers who determine the manuscript's suitability for publication. To maintain author anonymity, ensure that authors' names and affiliations have been removed from the document properties of ALL files uploaded to the ScholarOne system.

Peer Review. Submissions to the CJAE undergo double blind peer review by two or more reviewers who determine the manuscript's suitability for publication. However, authors are encouraged to have manuscripts reviewed by their peers prior to submission. This, along with editorial assistance, will greatly improve the chances of publication and will usually shorten the time between submission and publication.

Data Sharing and Data Accessibility. The journal expects that data supporting the results in the paper will be archived in an appropriate public repository. Whenever possible the scripts and other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper should also be publicly archived. Exceptions may be granted at the discretion of the editor for sensitive information such as human subject data or the location of endangered species. Authors are expected to provide a data accessibility statement, including a link to the repository they have used, to accompany their paper.

Authors may consult the global registry of research data repositories to help them identify registered and certified repositories relevant to their subject areas.

Data Citation. Data is required to be cited in the same manner as article, book, and web citations and authors are required to include data citations as part of their reference list. Data citation is appropriate for data held within institutional, subject focused, or more general data repositories. It is not intended to take the place of community standards such as in-line citation of GenBank accession codes.

When citing or making claims based on data, authors must refer to the data at the relevant place in the manuscript text and in addition provide a formal citation in the reference list. The following format from the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles must be used when citing data:

Authors; Year; Dataset title; Data repository or archive; Version (if any); Persistent identifier (e.g. DOI)

Preprints and Preprint Servers. If a copy of the unpublished paper exists where the public can access it, acknowledgement must indicate that the paper has been submitted to the Journal. Acceptance will not be prejudice if the unpublished paper is used in form and content, as submitted for publication in the Journal, in the following ways:

  • sharing print or electronic copies of the paper with colleagues;
  • posting an electronic version of the paper on your own personal website, on your employer's website/repository and on free public servers in your subject area.

The CJAE will also consider articles previously available as preprints on non-commercial servers and may post the submitted version of their manuscript to non-commercial servers at any time. Authors are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article.

Self-Archiving and Article Sharing. Details on how to self-archive can be found at Wiley's Self-Archiving Policy. The infographic Sharing Guidelines for Wiley Journal Articles provides an overview on article sharing policies, including Scholarly Collaboration Networks (SCNs). Note that posting to SCNs such as ResearchGate and is a violation journal copyright.

Copyright. Copyright for any material published in the CJAE is held by the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. An article cannot be published until the publisher has received the appropriate signed license agreement. Once an article has been received by Wiley for production the corresponding author will receive an email from Wiley's Author Services system which will ask him/her to log in and will present two copyright options:

  • A regular copyright transfer agreement to the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, or,
  • An open access license to retain copyright.

Open Access Option. Authors have the option of making their articles freely available to all on Wiley Online Library, including those who don't subscribe to the journal, through the OnlineOpen option. OnlineOpen fulfills funding agency mandates that require grantees to archive the final version of their article. Wiley will also immediately deposit your OnlineOpen article in PubMed Central and PMC mirror sites. The cost for OnlineOpen is US$3,000, which can be paid by the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution. Visit OnlineOpen for further information.

Page Charges. The CJAE is supported by a page charge of $50 per PDF page, payable by the author. Page charge invoices are issued when articles appear on the journal’s Early View page of Wiley Online Library, where articles are considered published and citable. The CJAE will split the invoice among co-authors if required, and provide receipts of payment so authors may be reimbursed by their institutions.

Contributors in developing countries who are not associated with a research or educational institution, and who are not in receipt of grant-based or institutional support may apply to the Editors for exemption from page charges. A request for reduction or waiver of page charges MUST be made at the time of submission. The request letter should be uploaded using the file designation: "Additional file NOT for review and NOT for publication".

Author Services. The publisher of the CJAE, Wiley-Blackwell, provides services to authors of manuscripts that accepted for publication in the Journal. Author Services enables authors to track their article through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production so they do not need to contact the Production Editor to check on progress. Visit for more details.

CJAE Contact Information. Valerie Johnson, Editorial Coordinator, Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Room 360, Business and Economics Bldg, University of Victoria, PO Box 1700, STN CSC, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2. Fax: 866-543-7613. Email: .