Open access journal – American Journal of Agricultural Economics

In our field of agricultural and applied economics, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics (AJAE) is one of the top-ranking journals.

AJAE is a one of the two online publication (another is Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, AEPP) of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), which is a not-for-profit association serving the professional interests of members working in agricultural and broadly related fields of applied economics. Members of the AAEA are employed by academic or government institutions, as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of teaching, research, and extension/outreach activities. Their work addresses a broad range of topics such as the economics of agriculture, international and rural development, resources and the environment, food and consumer issues, and agribusiness.

As is written on AJAE‘s official website,

AJAE provides a forum for creative and scholarly work on the economics of agriculture and food, natural resources and the environmental, and rural and community development throughout the world. Papers should relate to one of these areas, should have a problem orientation, and should demonstrate originality and innovation in analysis, methods, or application. Analyses of problems pertinent to research, extension, and teaching are equally encouraged, as is interdisciplinary research with a significant economic component. Review articles that offer a comprehensive and insightful survey of a relevant subject, consistent with the scope of the Journal as discussed above, will also be considered. All articles published, regardless of their nature, will be held to the same set of scholarly standards.

The research and policy conversation starts at the AJAE.

AJAE is published five times each year and is printed by Oxford University Press (OUP). From 2014 there will be no page charges for publishing in AJAE. In 2012, 4,462 total citations make AJAE the most cited agricultural economics and policy journal and the 20th most highly cited journal among all economics titles. 41% of citations to journals in the field of agricultural economics and policy were to AJAE. Among an expanded set of journals that also include key environmental and resource titles, AJAE held a 14% market share of 2012 citations. More than 10.0 cited half life indicates the longevity and relevance of articles published in AJAE. 

AJAE Open Access

Authors who have agreed to publish their article on an Open Access basis, and who have paid any associated fees, are entitled to make their article publically available according to the terms of their selected licenses.


Authors who have published under a CC BY-NC or a CC BY-NC-ND license may share and distribute their article on non-commercial websites and repositories immediately upon publication.


In addition to the reuses set out above, authors who have published their article under a CC BY licence may also share and distribute their article anywhere including commercial repositories immediately on publication.

When posting, distributing or reusing Open Access articles, the journal and OUP should be clearly attributed as the original place of publication and correct citation details should be given. Authors should also deposit the URL of their published article in any repository, in addition to the Version of Record.

When making their article available according to the terms of their Open Access licence, we strongly encourage authors of Open Access papers to deposit the version of record. This will guarantee that the definitive version is readily available to those accessing your article from such repositories, and means that your article is more likely to be cited correctly.

Author online offprint link

On publication, authors will be sent an online offprint link allowing access to their article on the OUP website without subscription. For authors of non- Open Access articles, this link may be shared directly with interested colleagues, but is not intended for mass distribution on websites, repositories, or through social media. If you wish to share links or draw attention to your article we would ask that you instead distribute a link to the abstract of the article.

Authors of Open Access articles are free to post and distribute their links anywhere immediately upon publication.

AJAE explicitly illustrates the Open Access principle under Self-Archiving Policy. This policy sets out the ways in which Oxford University Press journal authors may self-archive versions of their work on their own webpages, on institutional webpages, and in other repositories. It demonstrates how the authors of open access articles can distribute their article links anywhere upon publication while the authors of non-open access articles may share their article links with interested colleagues but not intended for mass distribution on websites, repositories, or through social media.

AJAE clearly positions itself within the open access movement and provides guidance for authors of open access articles as well as authors of non-open access articles. On the one hand, it helps to nurture healthy distribution of articles throughout the public. On the other hand, it assures the incentive for authors to protect their articles and in the mean time encourages them to produce more insightful articles.

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