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Articles relating to original research in soil-plant relationships; crop science; soil science; biometry; crop, soil, pasture, and range management; crop, forage, and pasture production and utilization; turfgrass; agroclimatology; agronomic modeling; statistics; production agriculture; and computer software are published in Agronomy Journal subsequent to review and approval by the editorial board. Articles should make a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge or toward a better understanding of existing agronomic concepts. The study reported must be of potential interest to a significant number of scientists and, if specific to a local situation, must be relevant to a wide body of knowledge in agronomy. Additional details on requirements for articles are published in Agronomy Journal each year.

Review papers that are either volunteered or invited by the editorial board may be printed in the journal. Invitational papers from nonmembers may be published on approval by the president if found acceptable by the editorial board.


Statement of Ethics

American Society of Agronomy

Members of the American Society of Agronomy acknowledge that they are scientifically and professionally involved with the interdependence of natural, social, and technological systems. They are dedicated to the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge that advances the sciences and professions involving plants, soils, and their environment.

In an effort to promote the highest quality of scientific and professional conduct among its members, the American Society of Agronomy endorses the following guiding principles, which represent basic scientific and professional values of our profession.

Members shall:

1. Uphold the highest standards of scientific investigation and professional comportment, and an uncompromising commitment to the advancement of knowledge.

2. Honor the rights and accomplishments of others and properly credit the work and ideas of others.

3. Strive to avoid conflicts of interest.

4. Demonstrate social responsibility in scientific and professional practice, by considering whom their scientific and professional activities benefit, and whom they neglect.

5. Provide honest and impartial advice on subjects about which they are informed and qualified.

6. As mentors of the next generation of scientific and professional leaders, strive to instill these ethical standards in students at all educational levels.

Approved by the ASA Board of Directors, 1 Nov. 1992


Policy for Appeal of Manuscript Review

The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, as scientific publishers, must make judgments about the correctness and relevance of manuscripts under consideration for publication. The Societies rely on qualified volunteers to review manuscripts and to serve on editorial boards to make these editorial decisions and to provide feedback to authors. In the vast majority of cases, this process works smoothly.

Should an author feel that the process was implemented incorrectly or that a review was biased, or poorly done, the author should first inform the Editor of that journal, and attempt to resolve the concern at that level. If the concern is not resolved, the author may appeal the decision to the Editors-in-Chief. Their decision will be final.

All volunteers involved in evaluating a manuscript will be assumed to have acted in an appropriate and professional manner unless and until it is demonstrated to be otherwise. The Societies’ volunteers will keep all those involved in an appeal informed of the process, and will always be cognizant that such investigations are difficult for all concerned, and will use their best judgment regarding tact and confidentiality.