agriculture; horticulture; landscape architecture, veterinary medicine; food; forestry; rural development; agricultural machinery; environment

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

AGRICULTURA edited at Cluj-Napoca, Romania, is a biannual journal for science and plant practice, that publishes the results of research in all areas of general agriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, forestry, rural development, agricultural machinery, environment etc. An international Editorial Board advises the journal. The distribution of the material is encouraged with the condition that the authors and the source (AGRICULTURA) to be mentioned.

 

Section Policies

Research articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Short Communications

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

PEER REVIEW PROCESS

The aim of the peer review process is to accept for publication high value scientific articles which bring significant and original contributions in specific topics. The scientific papers, received from the authors from all over the world are reviewed by at least two expertss, in order to ensure the high quality standards of the scientific journals published by AcademicPres Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

We are using Open Journal System (OJS) an online system for journal editorial offices to manage the submission and peer-review of articles.

The manuscripts and the Author statement should be uploaded together on the website of the journal. Once you have submitted your manuscript, it will be assigned a unique manuscript ID number, which will allow you to track the status of your submission. The system will send you afterwards an automated email to confirm the reception of your manuscript by the journal editorial office.

General Peer-Review and Editorial Procedure

All manuscripts sent for publication in our journals are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed by experts (this includes research and review articles, spontaneous submissions, and invited papers). The Managing Editor of the journal will perform an initial check of the manuscript’s suitability upon receipt. The Editorial Office will then organize the peer-review process performed by independent experts and collect at least two review reports per manuscript. We ask our authors for adequate revisions (with a second round of peer-review if necessary) before a final decision is made. The final decision is made by the academic editor (usually the Editor-in-Chief of a journal or the Guest Editor of a Special Issue). Accepted articles are copy-edited and English-edited.

Editorial Decision and Revision

Manuscripts submitted to AGRICULTURA are reviewed by at least one expert. Reviewers are asked to evaluate the quality of the manuscript and to provide a recommendation to the external editor on whether a manuscript can be accepted, requires revisions or should be rejected. The in-house editor will discuss each step of the process with the external academic editor and communicate decisions to the authors.  

Potential Conflicts of Interests

We ask reviewers to inform the journal editor if they hold a conflict of interests that may prejudice the review report, either in a positive or negative way. The editorial office will check as far as possible before invitation, however we appreciate the cooperation of reviewers in this matter. Reviewers who are invited to assess a manuscript they previously reviewed for another journal should not consider this as a conflict of interest in itself. In this case, reviewers should feel free to let us know if the manuscript has been improved or not compared to the previous version.

Confidentiality and Anonymity

Reviewers should keep the content of the manuscript, including the abstract, confidential. Reviewers must inform the Editorial Office if they would like a student or colleague to complete the review on their behalf.

AGRICULTURA operate single or double blind peer review. Reviewers should be careful not to reveal their identity to the authors, either in their comments or in metadata for reports submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format. 

Some journals offer authors the possibility to publish review reports with their paper and for reviewers to sign their open review reports, however this will only be done at publication with your express permission. If this is the case, it will be noted in the message inviting you to review. In all other cases, review reports are considered confidential and will only be disclosed with the explicit permission of the reviewer.

Note that reviewers are given access to all review reports for manuscripts they review via the online submission system after the final decision has been made.

Timely Review Reports

AGRICULTURA aims to provide an efficient and high quality publishing service to authors and to the scientific community. We ask reviewers to assist by providing review reports in a timely manner. Please contact the editorial office if you require an extension to the review deadline.

Peer-Review and Editorial Procedure

All manuscripts sent for publication in our journals are strictly and thoroughly peer-reviewed by experts (this includes research and review articles, spontaneous submissions, and invited papers). The Managing Editor of the journal will perform an initial check of the manuscript’s suitability upon receipt. The Editorial Office will then organize the peer-review process performed by independent experts and collect at least two review reports per manuscript. We ask our authors for adequate revisions (with a second round of peer-review if necessary) before a final decision is made. The final decision is made by the academic editor (usually the Editor-in-Chief of a journal or the Guest Editor of a Special Issue). Accepted articles are copy-edited and English-edited.

Note that your recommendation is visible only to journal editors, not to the authors.

Rating the Manuscript

Please rate the following aspects of the manuscript:

  • Originality/Novelty: Is the question original and well defined? Do the results provide an advance in current knowledge?
  • Significance: Are the results interpreted appropriately? Are they significant? Are all conclusions justified and supported by the results? Are hypotheses and speculations carefully identified as such?
  • Quality of Presentation: Is the article written in an appropriate way? Are the data and analyses presented appropriately? Are the highest standards for presentation of the results used?
  • Scientific Soundness: is the study correctly designed and technically sound? Are the analyses performed with the highest technical standards? Are the data robust enough to draw the conclusions? Are the methods, tools, software, and reagents described with sufficient details to allow another researcher to reproduce the results?
  • Interest to the Readers: Are the conclusions interesting for the readership of the Journal? Will the paper attract a wide readership, or be of interest only to a limited number of people? (please see the Aims and Scope of the journal)
  • Overall Merit: Is there an overall benefit to publishing this work? Does the work provide an advance towards the current knowledge? Do the authors have addressed an important long-standing question with smart experiments?
  • English Level: Is the English language appropriate and understandable?

Manuscripts submitted should meet the highest standards of publication ethics:

  • Manuscripts should only report results that have not been submitted or published before, even in part.
  • Manuscripts must be original and should not reuse text from another source without appropriate citation.
  • For biological studies, the studies reported should have been carried out in accordance with generally accepted ethical research standards.

If reviewers become aware of such scientific misconduct or fraud, plagiarism or any other unethical behavior related to the manuscript, they should raise these concerns with the in-house editor immediately.

Overall Recommendation

Please provide an overall recommendation for the publication of the manuscript as follows:

  •  Accept in Present Form: The paper is accepted without any further changes.
  • Accept after Minor Revisions: The paper is in principle accepted after revision based on the reviewer’s comments. Authors are given five days for minor revisions.
  • Reconsider after Major Revisions: The acceptance of the manuscript would depend on the revisions. The author needs to provide a point by point response or provide a rebuttal if some of the reviewer’s comments cannot be revised. Usually, only one round of major revisions is allowed. Authors will be asked to resubmit the revised paper within ten days and the revised version will be returned to the reviewer for further comments.
  • Reject: The article has serious flaws, makes no original contribution, and the paper is rejected with no offer of resubmission to the journal.

Note that your recommendation is visible only to journal editors, not to the authors.

Review Report

Review reports should contain:

  • A brief summary (one short paragraph) outlining the aim of the paper and its main contributions.
  • Broad comments highlighting areas of strength and weakness. These comments should be specific enough for authors to be able to respond.
  • Specific comments referring to line numbers, tables or figures. Reviewers need not comment on formatting issues that do not obscure the meaning of the paper, as these will be addressed by editors.

Your comments should not include an indication of whether you think the article should be accepted for publication.

Editing of Review Reports

AGRICULTURE editors never edit reviewer comments intended for the authors. Reviewers are thus asked to make fair comments and to use appropriate language. Confidential comments to the editors can be made in a dedicated box on the review form. TEMPLATE-2.DOCX TEMPLATE-3.PDF

 

Publication Frequency

Bi-Annually (two volume/year: two issue/volume)

Issue 1-2: January-June

Issue 3-4: July-December

The journal is published twice a year.

Journal items can be published collectively, as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents. Alternatively, individual items can be published as soon as they are ready, by adding them to the "current" volume's Table of Contents. 

 

Open Access Policy

AGRICULTURA provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Creative Commons License

Ther papers published in the journal are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Author Fees

AGRICULTURA is an Open Access Journal, which is free to access and read on the Internet.

Submission of articles to the AGRICULTURA is free.

Currently there is no publication fee. 

If changes are made to the publishing fees, the announcement will be published on the site and the authors will be notified in advance.

 

Publication Ethics Statement

Agricultura is committed to the local and international academic community. In order to assure the highest standards for published articles a double blind reviewing policy is applied. In pursue of the compliance with academic standards, all parties involved in the publishing process (the authors, the editors and the editorial board and the reviewers) agree to meet the responsibilities stated below in accordance to the Journal publication ethics and malpractice statement.

Duties of Authors

The author(s) warrant that the submitted article is an original work, which has not been previously published, and that they have obtained an agreement from any co- author(s) prior to the manuscript’s submission;

- the author(s) should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal;

- the authors(s) make certain that the manuscript meets the terms of the Manuscript Submission Guideline regarding appropriate academic citation and that no copyright infringement occurs;

- the authors(s) should inform the editors about any conflict of interests and report any errors they subsequently discover in their manuscript.

Duties of Editors and the Editorial Board

- the editors, together with the editorial board, are responsible for deciding upon the publication or rejection of the submitted manuscripts based only on their originality, significance and relevance to the domains of the journal;

- the editors evaluate the manuscripts compliance with academic criteria, the domains of the journal and the guidelines;

- the editors must at all times respect the confidentiality of any information pertaining to the submitted manuscripts;

- the editors assign the review of each manuscript to two reviewers chosen according to their domains of expertise. The editors must take into account any conflict of interest reported by the authors and the reviewers.

- the editors must ensure that the comments and recommendations of the reviewers are sent to the author(s) in due time and that the manuscripts are returned to the editors, who take the final decision to publish them or not. Duties of Reviewers:

- the reviewers must objectively evaluate the manuscripts based only on their originality, significance and relevance to the domains of the journal;

- the reviewers must in due time supply clear, objective and relevant comments and recommendations meant to improve the content of the submitted manuscript;

- the reviewers must at all times respect the confidentiality of any information pertaining to the submitted manuscripts;

- reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Author Statement Form

At the submission of each paper, the corresponding author, on behalf of the authors, signs an Author Statement Form to declare and confirm that the paper submitted for publication in Agricultura is an original one, not published and not submitted to another publication elsewhere. The corresponding author also declares that all the co-authors have contributed to the work, are responsible for the validity and originality of data contained therein and have all agreed to submit the current version, allowing the editors, in case of paper acceptance, to make editorial changes (grammar, punctuation, spelling and format corrections), but no major alterations of the paper.

Screening for plagiarism

The authors of all articles published in the Agricultura must be aware and understand that the editorial board of the journal prevents and sanctions attempts and acts of plagiarism. Plagiarism represents a violation of the basic principles of ethics and cannot be tolerated. Examples of plagiarism include: “word-for-word” copying of portions of another's writing without enclosing the copied passage in quotation marks and acknowledging the source in the appropriate scholarly convention (1), the use of a particularly unique term or concept that one has come across in reading without acknowledging the author or source (2), the paraphrasing or abbreviated restatement of someone else's ideas without acknowledging this text (3), or the copying of text portions from one’s own publications (self-plagiarism) (4). Avoid false citation, a text attributed to a cited source, from which it was not obtained. All of the editors of the Agricultura, Science and Practice Journal are using “Plagiarism Detector”, a dedicated software program for screening submissions, to ensure the originality of articles by detecting published and web-searchable manuscripts. Therefore, authors are announced that discovered plagiarism leads to the rejection of the manuscript submitted for publication and to the definitive elimination of the author as a future possible contributor of the journal, as well as to an official notification to the author’s institution.