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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.

ASA-CSSA-SSSA Editorial Policies (PDF) provides an overview of the Societies' overall editorial policies.


Responsibilities of the Editors

The editing of all scientific papers published by ASA, CSSA, and SSSA is a two-step process. First, scientists-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 assure its adherence to ASA-CSSA-SSSA 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.

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 (PDF) is intended to guide editors in carrying out their responsibilities.

To view the committees for each Journal see the Committee Listings.


Are you interested in serving on an Editorial Board? Click on the journal of interest to email the editor:

Journal-Specific Guidelines

Tracking VZJ Papers from Submission to Acceptance
Crop, Forage & Turfgrass Management AE Instructions (PDF)
Journal of Environmental Quality AE Instructions (PDF)


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, these reviewers have done much to maintain and further the quality of research reported in the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Journals.

Reviewer Guidelines (PDF)

Agronomy Journal Reviewer Guidelines (PDF)

Journal of Environmental Quality Reviewer Guidelines (PDF)

Support your Colleagues and Journals: Review Manuscripts (PDF)


To become a reviewer, please log-in to the submission site to become a registered reviewer (also contact the journal editor):