Publication Policies

General. Authors may publish in Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics regardless of membership in the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. Papers may be written in either English or French. Abstracts in both English and French are required for papers. Translations, 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.

ORCID ID. Authors submitting to CJAE have an option to associate their ScholarOne account with ORCID, a unique and persistent author identifier. This is a one-time action for each ScholarOne account holder and authors are strongly encouraged to complete this step. More information about ORCID and its benefits can be found at Author Services.

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 Author Services for more details.

Contact CJAE. Valerie Johnson, Editorial Coordinator, Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Email: .

Types of Submissions

Research 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. Research papers are subjected to a double-blind peer review process.

Policy Papers and Thought Pieces

Policy papers address, in a timely manner, contemporary issues in Canadian agriculture, food resource or environmental policies faced by policymakers and guide future research to provide policy-relevant analysis of these issues. Policy papers are directed toward a broad audience such as advisers in business organizations and governments, and policy researchers in private institutions and universities. With a focus on contemporary concerns by policymakers in Canada, these papers may cover global, regional, national, or even local topics. Issues of wider policy significance to international agencies, governments, public and private sector entities, local communities and nongovernmental organizations are also relevant.

A policy paper should present careful thinking supported by economic reasoning to reach conclusions that are germane to important contemporary policy issues. They should emphasize discussion of policy-relevant implications with clear intuitive and/or graphical explanations and should be generally accessible to a wider readership. Mathematical models and the derivation of results are acceptable, but they should usually be presented in an appendix to keep the content accessible to all readers. We also encourage discussion of past policies and formulation of concrete new policy proposals that are supported by the reasoning and/or results in the paper. Because of the contemporary nature of the problems considered, the approach used may be more speculative and open-ended than regular research articles in the journal.

All policy paper contributions are subject to double-blind peer review for publication consideration. All policy papers will initially be assessed by an Editor for suitability for the journal. Following the initial editorial review, submissions deemed suitable for further consideration will be sent to at least one expert blind reviewer. The assigned Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The assigned Editor's decision is final. The number of policy papers per volume may be limited at the discretion of the Editors.

Review Papers

Review articles will be considered for publication. Review articles are papers that survey and/or 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, resource or environmental 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 papers are subjected to a double-blind peer review process.

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, 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.

Special Issue Articles

The CJAE publishes one special issue a year. Papers in special issues are invited after a call for papers double blind peer review by two or more reviewers who determine the manuscript's suitability for publication and inclusion in the issue. Authors may not submit to special issues without invitation.

Proceedings Articles

In its first issue of a volume, the CJAE publishes the Presidential and Fellows Addresses, and often the Keynote Address, presented at the most recent Annual Meeting of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. These are invited papers and are reviewed by the editors to improve readability. Proceedings papers do not undergo blind peer review.