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Instructions for Authors

Inquiries about manuscript submission should be directed to the Chief Editor at:

Please use this form to submit your article into the new online manuscript management system.


Manuscript Format and Submission

Submission of a paper should be in three separate files:

  • one cover sheet containing the title of the paper, author's name and address, and a biographical note;

  • one sheet containing the title and abstract (250 words);

  • the paper, including title, abstract and word count.



Papers should not exceed 10,000 words, including abstract (250 words), references, tables and figures.



This journal uses the Harvard (author-date) system of references.

You can download the style directly from the following reference managers: EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero.


Style guide: 

1) How to cite references in the text

References are cited in the text in chronological order, separated by a semicolon.

(Friedland, 2001; Campbell, 2005)

If you cite more than one work by an author, separate the works by a comma.

(Bonanno, 1991a, 1991b; Friedland, 1994, 2001)

If the work has two authors, name both authors separated by 'and'.

(Burch and Lawrence, 2005)

If the work has three or more authors, use the first author followed by 'et al.'.

(Marsden et al., 1996)

If you quote phrases from a source in the text, include page numbers.

(Gwynne, 2003, pp. 313–314)


2) How to organize references

References are listed in alphabetical order with all authors included. Please avoid formatting the References.


  • Eder, K. (1996) The Social Construction of Nature: A Sociology of Ecological Enlightenment. London: SAGE Publications.

  • Flora, J.L. and Converse, J. (1978) Outreach Programs of the Land Grant University: Which Publics Should They Serve?. Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University.

  • Friedland, W.H., Barton, A.E. and Thomas, R.J. (1981) Manufacturing Green Gold: Capital, Labor, and Technology in the Lettuce Industry. New York: Cambridge University Press.

For edited books, add (ed.) for single editor or (eds) for multiple editors.

  • Buttel, F.H. and Newby, H. (eds) (1980) The Rural Sociology of the Advanced Societies: Critical Perspectives. Montclair, NJ: Allanheld, Osmun.

Journal Articles

  • Buller, H. and Morris, C. (2003) Farm animal welfare: a new repertoire of nature-society relations or modernism re-embedded?, Sociologia Ruralis, 43(3), pp. 216–237.

Book chapters

  • Campbell, H., Lawrence, G. and Smith, K. (2006a) Audit cultures and the antipodes: the implications of EurepGAP for New Zealand and Australian agri-food industries, in: T. Marsden and J. Murdoch (eds) Between the Local and the Global: Confronting Complexity in the Contemporary Agri-food Sector. Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 69–94.

  • Campbell, H., McLeod, C. and Rosin, C. (2006b) Auditing sustainability: the impact of EurepGAP on organic farming in New Zealand, in: G.C. Holt and M. Reed (eds) Sociological Perspectives of Organic Agriculture: From Pioneer to Policy. Wallingford: CABI Publishing, pp. 157–172.

Conference Papers

  • Krogh, E. and Clementsen, M. (2004) Cultural-landscaping: Creating a Desired Identity? Presented at the XI World congress of Rural Sociology, Trondheim, Norway, 25–30 July.


  • Vihinen, H. (2001) Recognising Choice: A Study of the Changing Politics of the Common Agricultural Policy through an Analysis of the MacSharry Reform Debate in Ireland and the Netherlands. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Helsinki.


  • Henson, S. and Humphrey, J. (2009) The Impacts of Private Food Safety Standards on the Food Chain and on Public Standard-Setting Processes, Report no. ALINORM 09/32/9D-Part II. Rome: FAO/WHO.

Online Publications

Spelling, Punctuation and Style

Follow the Oxford English Dictionary and Fowler's Modern English Usage. The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors and the Oxford Guide to Style are useful additional sources of reference.

Submission of figures and artwork

It is in the interest of the author to provide the highest quality figure format possible.

  • Figures must be saved separate to text; please do not embed figures in the paper file.

  • Files should be saved as one of the following formats: TIFF (tagged image file format), PostScript or EPS (encapsulated PostScript).

  • All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2).

Publication Ethics

The International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics. Their international standards for responsible research publication for editors and authors are summarized below. Links to the full standards can be found in the respective references.

International Standards for Editors
  • Editors are accountable and should take responsibility for everything they publish.

  • Editors should make fair and unbiased decisions independent from commercial consideration and ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process.

  • Editors should adopt editorial policies that encourage maximum transparency and complete, honest reporting.

  • Editors should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct.

  • Editors should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct.

  • Editors should critically assess the ethical conduct of studies in humans and animals.

  • Peer reviewers and authors should be told what is expected of them.

  • Editors should have appropriate policies in place for handling editorial conflicts of interest.


S. Kleinert and E. Wager (2011) Responsible research publication: international standards for editors. A position statement developed at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore, July 22-24, 2010, in: T. Mayer and N. Steneck (eds) Promoting Research Integrity in a Global Environment. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, pp. 317–328.

International Standards for Authors
  • The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation.

  • Researchers should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation.

  • Researchers should strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.

  • Researchers should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarised, and has not been published elsewhere.

  • Authors should take collective responsibility for submitted and published work.

  • The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting.

  • Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed.


E. Wager and S. Kleinert (2011) Responsible research publication: international standards for authors. A position statement developed at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore, July 22-24, 2010, in: T. Mayer and N. Steneck (eds) Promoting Research Integrity in a Global Environment. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, pp. 309–316.


International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food

Official publication of: 

Research Committee on Sociology of Agriculture and Food (RC-40)

International Sociological Association (ISA)

IJSAF Editors

Allison Loconto,, French Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France 

Katerina Psarikidou, Lancaster University, UK

Angga Dwiartama, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia


IJSAF is published by : the RC40 using Open Journal Systems.

Frequency: 2 issues per year

ISSN / E-ISSN: 0798-1759 / 2524-1982 

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