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The American Journal of Agricultural Economics provides a forum for creative and scholarly work on the economics of agriculture and food, natural resources and the environment, 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 the top journal in the agricultural economics field according to studies reported by Kalaitzidakis, Mamuneas & Stengos (Canadian Journal of Economics, 2011), Kodrzycki and Yu (B.E. Journals in Economic Analysis and Policy, 2003), and Ritzberger (German Economic Review, 2008)

From 2014 there will be no page charges for publishing in AJAE.

A subscription to AJAE now includes a subscription to Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy .


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

>10.0 cited half life indicates the longevity and relevance of articles published in AJAE

Year Impact Factor Si: Agricultural Economics & Policy Ssi: Economics
2015 1.436 5 out of 17 89 out of 344
2014 1.327 2 out of 17 89 out of 333
2013 1.363 3 out of 16 88 out of 332
2012 0.990 7 out of 14 134 out of 332
2011 1.169 5 out of 14 98 out of 320
2010 1.233 3 out of 14 82 out of 304
2009 1.047 4 out of 11 87 out of 245
2008 0.967 4 out of 9
2007 1.034 3 out of 9
2006 1.196 1 out of 9
2005 0.967 2 out of 9
2004 0.622 2 out of 9


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