Information For Authors

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the Author Guidelines for Submission below. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.

 

Author Guidelines for Submissions:

Publication Requirements & Guidelines

As part of the submission process, authors are required to ensure their submission’s compliance with all of the following requirements. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned to the authors without review. 

    1. Copyright

      The author has full permission to copyright of all text, figures, and tables submitted. Authors license JRA to edit and reproduce the submission with no time or number restrictions while maintaining copyright to their submission. Articles submitted to JRA should not have been published before in their current or substantially similar form, or be under consideration for publication with another journal. Authors submitting articles for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher against any breach of such warranty. Stated facts must be supported by references, arguments, empirical numbers, etc. All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa. Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources The referee suggestions and contact details provided follow JRA’s requirements.

    2. Conflict of Interest

      Each author must complete and submit an ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest along with their manuscript submission.

    3. Text Formatting

      Use Times New Roman 12-point font with double spacing for all sections in the main body of the manuscript. Tables and figures may use single spacing. Pages should be sized at US Letter (8.5 x 11 inches) with 1-inch margins on all sides. Text should be left justified. New paragraphs should indent with the first line. Authors should number all of the pages of the manuscript consecutively, beginning with the title page. The running title should appear in the header. The submission file must be formatted as a Microsoft Word document (either .doc or .docx). Authors must ensure that the manuscript is complete, grammatically correct and without spelling or syntax errors.

    4. Types of Articles Accepted 

      Original Research

      Original Research articles present a full description of investigator-initiated research that has resulted in a scientific advance. These manuscripts should present well-rounded studies reporting research and innovative advances specific to the fields of soil  carbon sequestration, climate change affecting soils, and related topics in relation to farming and agriculture. Original Research Articles can either be submitted as a full manuscript (6000 word limit) or a brief communication (2500 word limit). Regardless of the submission format, Original Research should be thoroughly researched and contribute to the advancement of regenerative agriculture. The conclusions of the Original Research Article should clearly be supported by the results. Original Research Articles contain the following sections:
       
      Abstract
      Introduction
      Materials & Methods
      Results
      Discussion
      Conclusion
      References

      Case Studies 

      Farmers and producers are invited to submit case studies discussing their practical application of regenerative agricultural practices. Case studies should be specific to regenerative agriculture and involve details of new methodology, economic impact, and/or are otherwise agriculturally significant or interesting. Photographs should be included in order to elaborate on the written case report and any personal identifiers should be cropped out. Report quality will be determined by the amount of detail provided by the case report itself with regards to specific correlation to regenerative agriculture and farming practices. Case reports should strive to spark discussion, and should not be a case description without discussion or interpretation. 

      Commentary

      These articles are written about a particular topic in regenerative agriculture or science that has had a profound impact, may be controversial, or is an emerging new concept or approach to agricultural science and farming. They can be conceptual and are intended to introduce a fresh perspective that generates thought and dialogue and contributes to sustaining the relevance of farming practices to current issues. Commentaries are relatively unstructured but should clearly indicate the topic or thesis being addressed, its significance, and supporting background information; present a cogent argument for the author’s position; and identify implications and recommendations for change or action. Specific section headers are up to the discretion of the submitting author(s), however commentaries contain the following sections:

      Introduction
      Discussion
      Conclusions
      Relevance

      Literature Review

      Focused review articles should represent a new or unique perspective on previously published material with no evidence of plagiarism in a maximum of 5,000 words. The goal of a submitted review article can vary, from supporting or refuting current thought or opinion to establishing a new line of thought synthesized from previously published data, information, or articles. To this end, review articles should contain, at minimum, five unique citations. Although there is no ideal amount of citations, it should be noted that review article quality will be partly determined by the breadth and diversity of prior research cited. Measures should be taken to include diverse viewpoints with numerous authors cited and no or limited citations of contributing authors.

    5. Guidelines by Section

      Title Page

      The title page should include the following information: Article Title Author names with superscripts indicating affiliation Contact information for corresponding author(s) including address, email, phone, and fax (if available). The corresponding author should indicate clearly whether his or her email address can be published. Corresponding author(s) should be identified with an asterisk by name in author listing.

      Illustrations (Figures & Tables) Definitions:

      A table provides textual or numeric information, often raw data, whose bulk would be difficult to comprehend in the form of prose. A figure provides information in the form of an illustration, chart, graph, or other illustrative material. Figures and tables should be submitted in separate electronic files labeled with the same name and number given in the text. They should not be embedded figures or tables in the text. Images should be formatted as a high resolution, .jpeg, .jpg, .tiff, .ai file type. Tables should be in an editable document format. Authors may “call out” the location in the text approximately where they would like the graphics to appear by marking or typing in the text, e.g. “(Table 1.1 here.)” Figures and tables should be consecutively numbered in the order of their first citation in the text. Each figure/table should have a brief title followed by a caption that describes the graphic, its components, and any pertinent information needed to interpret it. Table footnotes should appear at the bottom of the table and should use subscripts a, b, c, etc. and not symbols. All graphs must have labeled axes and units. All tables and figures taken from another source and currently copyrighted cannot be published in the journal unless written permission from the copyright holder has been given, a copy of the consent form has been submitted to JRA, and the graphics are accompanied by a source note. When referencing a figure or table in the text, refer to it as: "Fig. #" or "Figure #", or "Table #". Tables should be in Excel, .xlsx format.

    6. Ensuring a Blind Review

      To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this press, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

      • The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
      • With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
      • With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.
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    7. Review Process

      • Manuscripts submitted by authors will first be screened by the Editor-in-Chief.
      • If the article is deemed suitable for JRA, the Managing Editor invites reviewers until three have agreed to perform a peer review.
      • Each reviewer will submit their review notes to the Managing Editor with a recommendation based on the reviews.
      • The Editor-in-Chief reads the reviews and editors suggestions before sending a final decision to the author.
      • Once the manuscript has gone through peer review and is accepted, the copy editor and author will work together to finalize the text of the manuscript.We will typeset the text once it's been finalized, at which time the managing editor will publish the article.