The German Journal of Agricultural Economics (GJAE):

GJAE is a double blind peer reviewed scientific journal for articles in the field of agricultural and food economics and related disciplines.

Aims and Scope

The GJAE publishes a broad range of theoretical, applied and policy-related articles. It aims for a balanced coverage of economic issues within agricultural and food production, demand and trade, rural development, and sustainable and efficient resource use as well as specific German or European issues.

The GJAE very much welcomes agricultural and applied economic studies from all over the world. However, we usually do not send manuscripts out for review that present merely project reports or assessments from narrowly defined locations, unless they bear sufficiently novel economic insights or relevant empirical evidence that would be of potential general interest to our readers.

The GJAE currently accepts:
– Original Research Articles
– Review Articles
– Replication Studies

As an Open Access Journal the GJAE reaches an international readership. The journals is included in Scopus, Science Citation Index Expanded, Current Contents Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences, and Essential Science Indicators.

The Editorial Team of the German Journal of Agricultural Economics (GJAE) is looking for two new members to serve as editors starting April 2024 and January 2025 for a period of three years with the possibility of an extension.

Deadline for application: March 1, 2024. For further details please follow the link.

For questions please contact Martin Banse, (Managing Director GEWISOLA)

The German Journal of Agricultural Economics is an open-access journal. This means all content can be accessed immediately after publication free of charge. Authors retain copyright and all content can be reused unrestrictedly according to the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. Preprints (pre-review manuscripts), post prints (authors accepted manuscripts, AAM), and the version of record (VoR) can be deposited without restrictions.

Please find further information on license and copyright on the page Submissions.

Step 1: the manuscript undergoes a formal check by the editorial team, including a plagiarism check.
Step 2: the editor in charge will evaluate whether the manuscript fits within the specific journal’s publishing profile and meets basic standards of quality. Desk rejections are based on dual control among the editors.
Step 3: If the manuscript passes the preliminary editorial review, it is sent to two independent reviewers who are experts in their field and familiar with the actual topic. The review is double-blind, i.e., anonymity of reviewers and authors is ensured.
Peers and editors are not remunerated for their work on behalf of the journal. In case of diverging reviewer recommendations, the editor in charge may consult editorial board members or further reviewers.
Step 4: The final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will we made by the editor in charge. The first decision can be expected 3 months after manuscript submission, unless the process of recruiting qualified reviewers would be delayed.

Research output is not just text (journal articles, books, or conference papers), but also data, model code, software, etc. All of these outputs deserve acknowledgement and should be as open and FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) as possible. All materials (data, code, etc.) supporting the findings presented in submitted manuscripts should therefore be deposited in a FAIR-aligned public repository. A registry to find suitable data repositories is

Whenever no ethical or legal constrains apply, unrestricted access to all underlying data and other material should be provided. In addition, data (and other material underpinning the findings) need to be cited in the text and the respective reference must be included in the manuscript’s reference list.

Please refer to the data citation principles of FORCE11 or the FORCE11 software citation principles, respectively. Every author should include a data availability statement in their manuscript describing how the data underlying the findings of their contribution can be accessed and reused. If the submission is not based on data or the data it is based on is restricted (third-party data, legal or ethical constraints), this should be explained in the data availability statement, too. Reciprocal linking of data and other underlying material and the contribution through persistent identifiers (e.g. DOIs) is best practice.

All content published in the journal is archived in the long-term preservation archive Rosetta. Rosetta is maintained by ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre Economics in cooperation with the German TIB (Hannover) and ZBMED (Cologne/Bonn).

Publication ethics can be found here.

TIB Open Publishing plans to become a COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) member. Therefore, OCP subscribes to the COPE’s Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors as well as the Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers as best practice.

The GJAE uses Cossref’s Similarity Check to detect plagiarism in the submitted manuscripts. It is up to the editors to decide whether any manuscript is rejected because of plagiarism.

Competing interest, also known as conflicts of interest (COIs), arise when issues outside research may fairly be viewed as impacting the work’s neutrality or the objectivity of it’s assessment. This can happen at any point of the research cycle. Competing interest include

Financial: funding and other payments, goods and services received or expected by the authors relating to the subject of the work or from an organization with an interest in the outcome of the work
Affiliations: being employed by, on the advisory board for, or a member of an organization with an interest in the outcome of the work
Intellectual property: patents or trademarks owned by someone or their organization
Personal: friends, family, relationships, and other close personal connections
Ideology: beliefs or activism, for example, political or religious, relevant to the work
Academic: competitors or someone whose work is critiqued Competing interests do not necessarily prevent the publication of research, or prohibit the participation of someone in the review process. However, competing interests do need to be recorded. A straightforward explanation of all potential issues – whether they have had an impact or not – helps to make informed judgements about the research and its review.
Handling of misconduct

There are two distinct circumstances to be noted: misconduct (i.e. serious scientific fraud such as data fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism) and honest errors. Errors may be due to inattentiveness (e.g. mistake in methods) and are not to be regarded as misconduct. DEA Panel will follow the COPE flowcharts in cases of suspected or proven misconduct. The GJAE will take steps to correct the scientific record if it considers clear proof of misconduct.

Please find further information on post-publication corrections on the page Submissions.

Any complaints should be directed to the editors.

Any opinions expressed and information presented in the GJAE are the views of the authors and not of the editors or TIB Open Publishing. The publication of contributions does not constitute endorsement or approval by the journal and/or its publisher. The GJAE and TIB Open Publishing cannot be held responsible for any errors or for any consequences arising from the use of the information contained in this series. While every effort is made by the editors to make sure that no erroneous or false data, view, or statement is published in this journal, TIB Open Publishing and the editors accept no liability of any kind for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading data, information, opinion, or statement.

From 2024 onwards, the journal is financed by the Gesellschaft für Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften des Landbaues (GEWISOLA), the ZBW – Leibniz-Information Centre Economics and an international financing consortium for Diamond Open Access, the consortium Open Library Economics ejournals.

Important features at a glance

✔︎  Since 1.1.2024 a Diamond Open Access Journal: There is no submission fee, no publication charge, and anyone can access the GJAE publications through the website.

✔︎  The journal is the official journal of the GEWISOLA: A leading, non-profit scientific association for Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences in Rural Areas.

✔︎ Opening up of the online-archive and digitalization of past issues of the former “Agrarwirtschaft” gives digital access to decades of research in the field of Agricultural Economics and Rural Economy.

✔︎ The journal is hosted by TIB (Leibniz-Informationszentrum Technik und Naturwissenschaften, Hannover) and ZBW.

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