We are recruiting the founding editorial team for the launch of the new CABI Agriculture and Bioscience, an ambitious inter-disciplinary and open access journal.
Scientists in agriculture and the biosciences face the tremendous challenge of ensuring that people throughout the world have sustainable, safe and accessible food, and a healthy environment in which to live. Open Agriculture, which gives free access to research and data, is vital to help achieve food and nutrition security in a changing world. The open publication of timely and accurate research and data promotes more effective and informed decision making, fosters innovation and drives organisational change through greater transparency, with benefits for farmers, researchers, extension experts, policy makers, governments, and other private sector and civil society stakeholders. As a first step toward Open Agriculture, we want to ensure that rigorous scientific research is openly available to this wider community as part of the scientific record.
Our research suggests five reasons why we need a new broad-based open access journal:
- The challenges we face around food production, food security and the environment are increasingly inter-disciplinary, but the current literature tends to be published within the silos of specialist areas, rather than taking an integrated view that would maximise interaction among experts
- These challenges are also global, and yet the existing research publishing system remains biased in terms of region, gender and age
- Researchers want, and are increasingly being mandated to publish in pure Open Access journals, rather than hybrid journals that combine OA with traditional subscription models
- There is a significant increase in “predatory” OA journals in agriculture, which undermine the quality of the research literature and the trust of authors and readers in peer review
- Many journals are chasing an impact factor, and are looking for reasons to reject articles rather than trying to help authors, especially those in developing research countries, to enhance the quality and true impact of their work
We are very pleased to announce that CABI and BMC will launch CABI Agriculture and Biosciences in 2019 to facilitate the fast, open and rigorous sharing of research findings across all fields relevant to agriculture and the biosciences.
We envisage a journal that will:
- Emphasise the inter-disciplinary nature of research into the big challenges around food production, food security and the environment. It will consider research within traditional themes: general agricultural science; environmental and soil science; crop science; plant pathology; horticulture; forestry; entomology and pest management; invasion biology; and livestock and animal science. But it will also actively address cross-cutting themes such as climate change, technology (including genomics, gene editing, big data), and social impact (including gender empowerment and youth employment)
- Foster an encouraging, collaborative and inclusive culture of scientific discussion and information-sharing among researchers, promoting quality in published research, and building the capacity for inclusive, global and transdisciplinary research. It will publish all research that is scientifically valid, and uphold the highest standards of peer review, with expert-led handling editors for every manuscript. We will look for research that is methodologically, analytically and statistically robust and whose findings are not overstated
- Make a real impact on agricultural and environmental policy and practice, helping researchers communicate with policy makers and practitioners in the field
- Deliver a first-class publishing service with rapid, unbiased, high-quality peer review and a first decision within 28 days, and publication within 15 days of acceptance
- Be the first step toward a bigger Open Agriculture initiative that encourages best practice in open science to speed up the benefits and impact of research
We need a dedicated team of Section Editors, Associate Editors, Editorial Board members and peer reviewers to help bring this vision to life.
If you would like to be a founding member of this exciting project, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a brief statement of how you could help to make this journal a success, and a short CV emphasizing your publication record, research interests, and editorial/reviewing experiences.
We really look forward to hearing from you,
Dr Andrew Robinson
Managing Director, Publishing