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Resources for Editors and Reviewers

The American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America publish information concerning all aspects of the sciences they represent. Their extensive publishing activities offer opportunities for agricultural science-related professionals to communicate findings to colleagues and to larger, more general audiences. Volunteer members serve a very important role as both editors and reviewers for the societies scientific publications.

The boards of directors of the three societies have delegated the responsibilities for review of manuscripts and the production of publications to the editors-in-chief, editors, editorial boards and committees, and to a full-time staff at the Societies’ Headquarters office. The Editors’ Handbook is intended to guide editors in their responsibilities. See the editorial policies page for an overview of the Societies' policies on prior publication, peer review, and referencing and citation. To view the committees for each Journal see the Committee Listings.

Responsibilities of the Editors

The review and editing of all scientific papers published by ASA, CSSA, and SSSA is a two-step process. First, scientist-editors determine whether a scientific paper represents a significant addition to the literature. If so, one or more of those editors work with the author to make certain the paper is complete and scientifically accurate.

After scientist-editors accept a paper for publication, professional editors employed by the Societies review and edit the paper to ensure its adherence to ASA-CSSA-SSSA style and other recognized rules regarding style, grammar, and quality and consistency of presentation. In cases of possible disagreement among editors, the scientist-editors have the final say regarding matters of scientific content and style, and the professional editors have the final say regarding matters of grammar and presentation style.

Position Descriptions


Journal-Specific Guidelines for Associate Editors


Interested in serving on an editorial board?

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Responsibilities of the Reviewers

Maintaining the editorial standards of a scientific journal is the primary task of the journal editors. Their task is made much easier by the help of colleagues who are invited to review manuscripts. Through their critical comments and helpful suggestions, reviewers have done much to maintain and further the quality of research reported in ASA-CSSA-SSSA journals. Read why you should review for your Society journals.


Interested in becoming a reviewer?

Log in to the journal manuscript submission site to become a registered reviewer (also contact the journal editor):