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Organic Production/Organic Food:  Top 10 Research Journals

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Compiled by:
Mary V. Gold
Alternative Farming Systems Information Center

July 2007

The following journal titles are ranked by relevance to organic production and organic food in descending order with most relevant listed first. Titles and ranking were determined by surveying journal issues from the past three (2004-2007) years for number of articles about organic farming, agriculture, production, culture or food(s).

This resource is part of our Organic Production/Organic Food: Information Access Tools tutorial which identifies outstanding sources that address organic agriculture, research and information sources, contacts and experts, research funding sources, educational and career opportunities, and upcoming events.

  1. Acta Horticulturae
    The Hague: International Society for Horticultural Science, 1963- ; issued irregularly.
    "Series of scientific - technical publications, mainly the proceedings of ISHS Symposia and the ISHS International Horticultural Congress." In English, French and various other languages.
    ISSN: 0567-7572
    Indexed in (selected services): AgBiotech News and Information; AGRICOLA; CAB Abstracts; Chemical Abstracts; Food Science and Technology Abstracts; Forestry Abstracts; SCOPUS.
    Publisher’s Web site: http://www.actahort.org/
    NAL Call no.: 80 Ac82

  2. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
    Amsterdam; New York: Elsevier, 1983- ; 24 issues/year.
    "The Journal publishes original scientific papers, short communications, scientific reviews, book reviews, special issues containing edited papers dealing with a specific theme or based on selected conference presentations, and occasional editorials and commentaries at the discretion of the Editors-in-Chief. A section of this journal is published as the companion journal Applied Soil Ecology."
    ISSN: 0167-8809
    Indexed in (selected services): AgBiotech News and Information; AGRICOLA; Agricultural Engineering Abstracts; Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts; Biological Abstracts; Biological and Agricultural Index; BIOSIS Previews; CAB Abstracts; Chemical Abstracts; Current Awareness in Biological Sciences; Current Contents; Environment Abstracts; Environment Index; Food Science and Technology Abstracts; Forestry Abstracts; GEOBASE; GeoRef; Science Citation Index; SCOPUS; Water Resources Abstracts; Zoological Record.
    Publisher’s Web site: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/agriculture-ecosystems-and-environment/
    NAL Call no.: S601 .A34 [Currently licensed electronic resource, April 2007]

  3. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems [formerly known as American Journal of Alternative Agriculture (1986-2003)]
    Cambridge University Press (as of 2007), 2004- ; 4 issues/year.
    "The journal publishes original research and review articles on the economic, ecological, and environmental impacts of agriculture; the effective use of renewable resources and biodiversity in agro-ecosystems; and the technological and sociological implications of sustainable food systems. It also contains a discussion forum, which presents lively discussions on new and provocative topics."
    ISSN: 1742-1705
    Indexed in (selected services): Information currently being updated at publisher’s site.
    Publisher’s Web site: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=RAF
    NAL Call no.: S605.5 .A43 [Current licensed electronic resource, April 2007]

  4. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
    Washington, DC: American Chemical Society, 1953- ; bi-weekly (since 2002).
    "Chemistry and biochemistry of agriculture and food along with safety, composition and processing; including feeds, pesticides, veterinary drugs, plant growth regulators, fertilizers, and other agro-chemicals with their metabolism, toxicology, and environmental fate and the chemical processes involved in nutrition, phytonutrients, flavors, and aromas."
    ISSN: 0021-8561
    Indexed in (selected services): AgBiotech News and Information; AGRICOLA; Agricultural Engineering Abstracts; Agroforestry Abstracts; Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts; Biological Abstracts; Biological and Agricultural Index; BIOSIS Previews; CAB Abstracts; Chemical Abstracts; Current Contents; Environment Index; Food Science and Technology Abstracts; Forestry Abstracts; GeoRef; Horticultural Science Abstracts; MEDLINE; Microbiology Abstracts; Science Citation Index; SCOPUS; Toxicology Abstracts; Weed Abstracts
    Publisher Web site: http://pubs.acs.org/journal/jafcau
    NAL Call no.: 381 J8223 [Currently licensed electronic resource, April 2007]

  5. HortTechnology
    Alexandria VA: American Society for Horticultural Science, 1991- ; 4 issues/year
    Journal contains technical reports and book reviews.
    ISSN: 1063-0198
    Indexed in (selected services): AgBiotech News and Information; AGRICOLA; Agricultural Engineering Abstracts; Biological Abstracts; BIOSIS Previews; CAB Abstracts; Current Awareness in Biological Sciences; Current Contents; Food Science and Technology Abstracts; Forestry Abstract; Horticultural Science Abstracts; Science Citation Index; SCOPUS; Weed Abstracts.
    Publisher’s Web site: http://ashs.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=61&Itemid=183
    NAL Call no.: SB317.5.H68

  6. Livestock Science [formerly known as Livestock Production Science (1974-2005)]
    Amsterdam; New York: Elsevier, 2006- ; 21 issues/year (in 7 vols.).
    Journal "promotes the sound development of the livestock sector by publishing original, peer-reviewed research and review articles covering all aspects of this broad field. The journal welcomes submissions on the avant-garde areas of genetic resources, tropical livestock farming, welfare, ethics and behaviour, in addition to those on genetics, breeding, growth, reproduction, nutrition, management, health, production, systems, and so on."
    ISSN: 1871-1413
    Indexed in (selected services): AgBiotech News and Information; AGRICOLA; Agricultural Engineering Abstracts; Biological Abstracts; BIOSIS Previews; CAB Abstracts; Current Contents; Food Science and Technology Abstracts; Forestry Abstracts; Horticultural Science Abstracts; Science Citation Index; SCOPUS; Weed Abstracts.
    Publisher’s Web site: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/livestock-science/
    NAL Call no.: SF1 .L5 [Current licensed electronic resource, April 2007]

  7. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture: An International Journal
    Berkhamsted, Herts.: AB Academic Publishers, 1982- ; 4 issues/year.
    Journal publishes scientific papers, as well as a News and Reviews section, including many reviews of recently-published books.
    ISSN: 0144-8765
    Indexed in (selected services): AgBiotech News and Information; AGRICOLA; Agricultural Engineering Abstracts; Biological Abstracts; BIOSIS Previews; CAB Abstracts; Chemical Abstracts; Current Contents; Environment Index; Forestry Abstracts; GEOBASE; Horticultural Science Abstracts; Science Citation Index; SCOPUS; Weed Abstracts.
    Publisher’s Web site: http://www.bahjournal.btinternet.co.uk/
    NAL Call no.: S605.5.B5

  8. Agriculture and Human Values
    Netherlands: Springer Netherlands, 1984- ; 4 issues/year
    The journal of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society.
    ISSN: 0889-048X
    Indexed in (selected services): ABI - INFORM; AgBiotech News and Information; AGRICOLA; Agroforestry Abstracts (Online Edition); Biocontrol News and Information; CAB Abstracts; Current Contents; Agriculture, Biology and Environmental Sciences; EconLit; Environment Abstracts/Enviroline; Global Health Database; ISI Alerting Services; SCOPUS; Social Science Citation Index (SSCI)
    Publisher’s Web site: http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/applied+ethics/journal/10460
    NAL Call no.: HT401 .A36 [Current licensed electronic resource, April 2007]

  9. HortScience: A Publication of the American Society for Horticultural Science
    Alexandria, VA: The Society, 1966 - ; 7 issues (including Annual Conference Program and Abstract issue)/ year.
    "HortScience publishes horticultural information of interest to a broad array of horticulturists. Its goals are to apprise horticultural scientists and others interested in horticulture of scientific and industry developments and of significant research, education, or extension findings or methods."
    ISSN: 0018-5345
    Indexed in (selected services): AgBiotech News and Information; AGRICOLA; Agricultural Engineering Abstracts: Agroforestry Abstracts; Biological Abstracts; Biological and Agricultural Index; BIOSIS Previews; CAB Abstracts; Chemical Abstracts; Current Contents; Food Science and Technology Abstracts; Forestry Abstracts; Horticultural Science Abstracts; Science Citation Index; SCOPUS; Water Resources Abstracts; Weed Abstracts
    Publisher’s Web site: http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/
    NAL Call no.: SB1.H6

  10. Soil Biology and Biochemistry
    Oxford: Pergamon, 1969- 12 times a year
    "Publishes… research articles and short communications that present new findings and their possible applications. The ecology and biochemical activities of soil organisms and their effects on the environment and plant growth are major topics. The journal also publishes state-of-the-art reviews of current research that provide significant and novel hypotheses as well as comments and arguments about specific and often controversial aspects of life in the soil."
    ISSN: 0038-0717
    Indexed in (selected services): AgBiotech News and Information; AGRICOLA; Agricultural Engineering; Abstracts; Agroforestry Abstracts; Biological Abstracts; Biological and Agricultural Index; BIOSIS Previews; CAB Abstracts; Chemical Abstracts; Current Contents; Environment Index; Forestry Abstracts; GEOBASE; GeoRef; Horticultural Science Abstracts; Microbiology Abstracts; Science Citation Index; SCOPUS; Water Resources Abstracts; Weed Abstracts; Zoological Record
    Publisher’s Web site: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/soil-biology-and-biochemistry/
    NAL Call no.: S592.7.A1S6 [Current licensed electronic resource, April 2007]

Important journals with European focus:

IOBC/WPRS Bulletin/ Bulletin OILB/SROP
Dijon, France: International Organisation for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants (IOBC), West Palaearctic Regional Section (WPRS)/ Organisation Internationale de Lutte Biologique et Intégrée contre las Animaux et les Plante Nuisibles (OILB), Section Régional Ouest Paléartique (SROP), 1992- ; published irregularly (10-15 volumes/year).
Primarily European "working papers," conference papers and proceedings related to biological control. Individual Bulletin Table of Contents available at http://www.iobc-wprs.org/pub/
bulletins/index.html

Indexed in (selected services): CAB Abstracts
Publisher’s Web site: http://www.iobc-wprs.org/pub/
NAL Call no.: SB933.3 .I5 (cataloged as a series; each bulletin is numbered)

Netherlands Journal of Agricultural Science
Other titles: NJAS Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences and Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences
Koninklijk Landbouwkundige Vereniging: Netherlands, 1953- ; 4 issues/year.
"NJAS publishes papers on plant sciences, animal sciences, social sciences, land use and environmental sciences, and food and agrotechnological sciences." Articles relate primarily to Dutch research and are in English, French or German with summaries in English.
ISSN: 1573-5214
Indexed in (selected services): AgBiotech News and Information; Agricultural Engineering Abstracts; Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts; Biocontrol News and Information; Biological Abstracts; BIOSIS Previews; CAB Abstracts; Chemical Abstracts; Current Contents; Dairy Science Abstracts; Forestry Abstracts; GEOBASE; GeoRef; Horticultural Science Abstracts; Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews; Science Citation Index; SCOPUS; Veterinary Bulletin; Water Resources Abstracts; Weed Abstracts
Publisher’s Web site: http://library.wur.nl/ojs/index.php/njas/index
NAL Call no.: 12 N3892

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