Agronomy for Sustainable Development
Agronomy for Sustainable Development is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by Springer Science+Business Media. The journal was founded in 1981, at which time less than 10 percent of published material was in English. The journal underwent a series of major changes from 2003 to 2006, including the addition of extra field editors, switching from hardcopy to full electronic managing, producing all English material, and setting up a pre-selection committee at the submission stage.
The journal is one of seven produced by the Institute of Agronomical Research (INRA). The journal is managed by a collaboration of two INRA departments: the Departments of Environment and Agronomy and of Sciences for Action and Development. It publishes research on the interactions between cropping systems and other activities in the context of sustainable development.
Since 2003, the journal changed topics from classical, production-oriented agronomy to sustainable and ecological agriculture. Major journal topics currently include: Agriculture and global changes, Agricultural production of renewable energies, Ecological pest control and biopesticides, Organic farming, Genetically modified organisms in cropping systems, Environmental impact on soil, water, air and biodiversity, Risk assessment for food, ecotoxicology, Decision support systems and companion modeling, Social and economic issues of agricultural changes, Innovation in farming systems, and Pollutants in agrosystems.
The journal’s 2010 impact factor gave it a ranking of 4 out of 74 journals in the category “Agronomy.”
Image Caption: 2009 cover of the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development. Credit: Wikipedia