Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Research on World Agricultural Economy is an international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal. The journal aims to publish research related to agricultural economics with a focus on studies on agricultural policies, production, trade, and marketing, as well as analysis of global agricultural trends and their implications for economic development. By being open-access and peer-reviewed, the journal strives to ensure that its content is accessible to a wide audience and meets rigorous standards of quality and accuracy, serving agricultural economics and rural development.

The scope of the journal includes, but is not limited to:

  • Agricultural economics
  • Agricultural marketing
  • Agribusiness management
  • Agricultural productivity and innovation
  • Agricultural products trade and circulation
  • Food security
  • Agricultural resources and environment
  • Advanced technology research and promotion
  • International agricultural policy and development 
The journal's readers include agricultural economists, policy makers, agricultural entrepreneurs, researchers and other professionals. Research on World Agricultural Economy accepts submissions of original research articles, reviews, case reports and short communications. All manuscripts are subject to peer review.


Section Policies

Research Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Article

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communication

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Case Report

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Open Access Policy

Research on World Agricultural Economy is a Gold open access journal, which makes the final version of an article freely and permanently accessible for everyone, immediately after publication.  All articles published in the Journal are distributed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0), which means all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose(non-commercial), without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

Advantages of open access:

  • Higher Visibility, Availability and Citations – free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the internet without any restrictions increases citation of the article.
  • Ease of search – publications are easily searchable in search engines and indexing databases.
  • Rapid Publication – accepted papers are immediately published online.


Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted to the journal will be subject to a rigorous double-blind peer review process. Reviewers and authors remained anonymous throughout the process. This allows the journal to maintain a high standard of publication, both in terms of academic writing as well as the integrity of the research content.

When a new manuscript is submitted to the journal, the editor first conducts the initial check of the manuscript for plagiarism, suitability to the journal's Aims and Scope, and other the basic requirements of the journal. Manuscripts that do not meet the requirements at this stage may be rejected without further consideration.

For manuscripts that pass the initial check, independent expert reviewers will be chosen according to their availability, expertise, suitability to the research topic of the manuscript and have no conflict of interest with the manuscript(please see Reviewer Responsibilities)

Reviewers submit their review comments of the manuscript along with their recommendation (Accepted, Revisions Required, Resubmit for Review, Rejected). Peer reviews are not published.

The Editor-in-Chief and/or the Associate Editor(s) will make the final decision(Accepted, Revisions Required, Resubmit for Review, Rejected) based on the comments from at least 2 reviewers.

  • Initial check usually takes about a week.
  • Peer review usually takes 3-4 weeks.
  • Authors are given 10-14 days to submit the revised manuscript if the decision is Revisions Required(minor revisions).
  • Authors are given 14-30 days to submit the revised manuscript if the decision is Resubmit for Review(major revisions).
  • Authors should submit the revised manuscript by the deadline given by the editor and include a letter of response to reviewers for each comment.
  • If the author cannot submit the revised manuscript by the deadline, please send an email via rwae@nassg.org to apply for an extension.

The Editing(Production) stage consists of copyediting, proofreading, layout editing, and scheduling the accepted paper for publication. The Author’s participation continues to be crucial at this stage to ensure that all amendments made do not affect the integrity of the manuscript content and/or mar its readability.

Upon publication, a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is registered for the paper, and the paper is made publically accessible.

Appeals can be made for a rejected manuscript. Requests for appeal must be submitted to contact@nassg.org and accompanied by point-by-point responses to reviewer comments in order to be considered for reevaluation.


Authorship and Author's responsibility


The journal follows the ICMJE recommends that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

The order of the authors (as to be reflected on the published article) has been established. The adding, deleting, changing the order of authors once the manuscript has been accepted for publication would have to be accompanied by a signed statement of consent of all authors.

Author's responsibility

The consent of all authors, as well as related authorities/institutions has been received prior to the submission of the manuscript.

Authors must be fully aware of the journal's copyright policy and all other policies before submitting.

Authors must certify that their manuscript is their original work and all data in this manuscript are real and genuine.

Authors maintain accurate records of data related to its submitted manuscripts and provide access to these data upon reasonable request. Where appropriate and with the permission of employers, funding agencies and others who may be interested, deposit data in a suitable repository or storage location, for sharing and further use by others.

Authors must state that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere and that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.

Authors must notify the editor of any conflicts of interest/financial support.

Authors must obtain permission to use any copyrighted material.

When the author discovers any significant errors or inaccuracies in his/her own published work, the author is obliged to notify the editor or publisher in time, and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

All authors should approve the final published version of the manuscript before it is published.


Publication Frequency

Research on World Agricultural Economy is a quarterly publication.


Article Processing Charges (APC)

As an open-access journal, all articles published in Research on World Agricultural Economy are accessible electronically from the journal website without the need for subscription fees or other forms of payment from the readers. In order to ensure our content is freely available for the benefit of a wider audience while uncompromising our journal quality, the Article Processing Charges (APC) is applicable to all authors who wish to submit their articles to the journal. The APC is intended to cover the underlying costs of article processing, such as peer-review, copyediting, typesetting, publishing, content depositing and archiving processes. Those charges are applicable only to authors whose manuscripts have been successfully accepted after peer-review.

There are no submission charges, and no surcharges based on the length of an article, figures or supplementary data. Some items (Editorials, Corrections, Retractions, etc.) are published free of charge.

Journal TitleAPC(USD)
Research on World Agricultural Economy$400

Waiver Policy

The journal provides waivers and discounts to authors from low- and middle-income countries, based on the Research4Life country list. Authors from Group A countries will have APC waived, authors from Group B countries will have APC reduced by 50%.

If an author does not have funds to pay a full APC, they should contact us via rwae@nassg.org to apply for a waiver or discount before submitting their manuscript, and requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Note: Each submitted manuscript is fair and unbiased, the Article Processing Charges will not affect any decision made by the editor on the manuscript.



The journal is published in the English language.

Authors should ensure that all submitted manuscripts are written in clear, coherent, and precise English in order to optimize its readability.

Authors are welcome to contact Nan Yang Academy of Sciences Pte Ltd for options should their submissions require translation. Additional charges may apply.


Publishing Ethics

Research on World Agricultural Economy requests all members involved in the journal publishing process to adhere to the Code of Conduct and to its Best Practice Guidelines by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The journal editors take all possible misconducts seriously. The Editors, authors or readers can forward their concerns to the journal if they find out that the description in a submitted article may constitute an academic fraud, research misconduct or publication malpractice.

The violations include(but are not limited to):

  • Plagiarism
  • Falsification of research
  • Data fabrication
  • Improprieties of authorship
  • Misappropriation of the ideas of others
  • Duplicate publication
  • Material failure to comply with legislative and regulatory requirements affecting research
  • Undisclosed competing interests
The journal adopts iThenticate to detect possible plagiarism, which ensures the originality of submitted content. We encourage all reviewers to report potential misconduct of the manuscripts they reviewed. We also encourage all readers to contact us to report potential misconduct related to published content. The journal deals with all allegations of potential misconduct in a serious manner based on the COPE flowchart. In cases of suspected misconduct and ethical violation, the Editorial Office will investigate the allegation. If the allegation is supported by evidence, the submitted manuscript in question will be declined for consideration in the journal and all authors will be informed in this regard. A retraction initiated by authors or by the journal is required to take place if the paper has already been published, and the retraction will be made public. Authors of the work in question will receive the journal’s decision via email.


Reviewer Responsibilities

Peer reviews are conducted as a double-blind process via our Open Journal System (OJS). As an editor’s and/or reviewer’s comments will determine the acceptance or rejection of manuscripts, these comments play an important role in the peer-review process.

Reviews should be conducted in a fair and objective manner. Remarks and suggestions should not contain insults or criticism directed at the author as opposed to the manuscript.

The peer review should not be seen as an opportunity to appropriate the author’s ideas or data.

Conflicts of interest

We follow Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers by COPE.  Reviewers should:

Ensure you declare all potential competing, or conflicting, interests. If you are unsure about a potential competing interest that may prevent you from reviewing, do raise this.
Competing interests may be personal, financial, intellectual, professional, political or religious in nature.
If you are currently employed at the same institution as any of the authors or have been recent (eg, within the past 3 years) mentors, mentees, close collaborators or joint grant holders, you should not agree to review.
In addition, you should not agree to review a manuscript just to gain sight of it with no intention of submitting a review, or agree to review a manuscript that is very similar to one you have in preparation or under consideration at another journal.

How to peer review for the journal?  Reviewers are advised to adhere to the following:

  Reviewed articles and their contents should be kept strictly confidential.

  Reviews should be objective and constructive, personal criticisms are to be avoided, the feedback provided by your review will help the authors improve their manuscript.

  Promptness in response: Reviewers should inform the journal if you are unable to take part in the peer review of a particular manuscript. If you feel qualified to judge a particular manuscript and are able to submit your comments before the deadline given by the journal, please click Agree to Review on the system and be sure to inform the journal promptly if your circumstances change and you cannot fulfil your original agreement or if you require an extension. 

 Refrain from suggesting that authors include citations to your (or an associate’s) work merely to increase citation counts or to enhance the visibility of your or your associate’s work; suggestions must be based on valid academic or technological reasons.
 Do not intentionally prolong the review process, either by delaying the submission of your review or by requesting unnecessary additional information from the journal or author.

 If a submission contains supplementary materials, the reviewers are also required to evaluate them at the same level as the content of the main manuscript.

  Possible areas of focus while conducting the review of manuscripts:

      Potential ethical concerns

          Potential research misconduct (eg. Data fabrication/manipulation)

          Potential author misconduct (eg. Plagiarism, redundant publication)

          Necessary ethical approval and/or consent, and is the research ethical?

      Does the manuscript fit within the stated scope of the journal?

      Are there novel methods?

      Are the data valid?

      Are the conclusions sound?

      Technical errors

      Logical errors (fallacies, lapses in logic, etc.)

      Language errors that mar the clarity of the text


          Suitability of references used

          Other relevant research which should be referenced in the paper

          Uncited content



Editorial Policies

The journal adheres to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing identified by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), and strictly adheres to the COPE’s Core Practice guidance.

We believe that the editorial decision-making process should be independent of all commercial concerns.

Editors should not make any editorial decisions or be involved in the editorial process  if they have any conflict of interest with a manuscript submitted to the journal.

All manuscripts submitted to Research on World Agricultural Economy are subject to rigorous peer review. Prior to peer review process, the manuscripts will be screened for acceptable English language, novelty and relevance to the Focus and Scope of the journal.

Any manuscripts submitted to Research on World Agricultural Economy will be treated as confidential materials. The manuscripts will not be disclosed to anyone except individuals such as editorial staff, reviewers and editors who participate in the initial screening, review, processing and preparation of the manuscript for publication (if accepted).

Editors must not misappropriate the contents of the manuscript

A manuscript would not be considered if it has been published or is currently under consideration for publication in any other journals. In the cover letter, authors must state that neither the manuscript nor any significant part of it is under consideration for publication elsewhere or has appeared elsewhere in a manner that could be construed as a prior or duplication of the same work. The authors are required to notify the editorial team if the findings and data in their submissions have been presented in conferences.



The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) defines plagiarism as: "When somebody presents the work of others (data, words or theories) as if they were his/her own and without proper acknowledgment".

The journal does not accept plagiarism, which includes copying text, ideas, images, or data from another source, even from your own work, without giving any credit to the original source. Authors must state in their cover letter that the manuscript is original and has not been submitted or considered for submission to another journal. If plagiarism is published after submission, the manuscript will be rejected, and if plagiarism is found after publication, the manuscript will be withdrawn after verification.

To avoid any form of plagiarism, every manuscript submitted to Research on World Agricultural Economy will first be checked regarding plagiarism using iThenticate first.

If plagiarism is detected during the preliminary check or peer review process, the manuscript may be rejected. If plagiarism is detected after publication, we will retract the paper. We reserve the right to inform authors' institutions about plagiarism detected either before or after publication.


Withdrawal Policy

Sometimes after an article has been published it may be necessary to make a change to the Version of published. This will be done after careful consideration by the Editor who is also supported by Nan Yang Academy of Sciences Pte Ltd staff to ensure any necessary changes are made in accordance with guidance from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Any necessary changes will be accompanied with a post-publication notice which will be permanently linked to the original article so that readers will be fully informed of any necessary changes. This can be in the form of a Correction notice, a Retraction and in rare circumstances a Removal. The purpose of this mechanism of making changes which are permanent and transparent is to ensure the integrity of the scholarly record.

Correction notice
A Correction notice will be issued when it is necessary to correct an error or omission which can impact the interpretation of the article.

  • Correct the online article.
  • Issue a separate correction notice electronically linked back to the corrected version.

A Retraction notice will be issued where a major error (e.g. in the analysis or methods) invalidates the conclusions in the article, or where research misconduct or publication misconduct has taken place (e.g. research without required ethical approvals, fabricated data, manipulated images, plagiarism, duplicate publication etc). The decision to issue a retraction for an article will be made in accordance with COPE guidelines, and will involve an investigation by Nan Yang Academy of Sciences Pte Ltd editorial staff in collaboration with the editor. Authors and institutions may request a retraction of their articles if their reasons meet the criteria for retraction.

  • Add a “retracted” watermark to the published Version of Record of the article.
  • Issue a separate retraction statement, titled ‘Retraction: [article title]’, that will be linked to the retracted article.

Authors should note that any amounts of paid Article Processing Charge will not be refunded if their accepted papers or Articles in Press are withdrawn on the grounds of academic misconducts and ethical violations in research and publication.


Conflict of Interest

All authors must disclose all relationships or interests in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might have influenced the presented results or their interpretation.

Authors can disclose potential conflicts of interest via the online submission system during the submission process. Declarations regarding conflicts of interest can also be stated in the cover letter. A statement in the manuscript must include in a separate section “Conflicts of Interest” placed just before the reference list. The statement should reflect all the collected potential conflict of interest disclosures in the form. If authors who have nothing to declare are encouraged to add "No conflict of interest was reported by all authors" in this section.


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Authors are encouraged to deposit the final published PDF in their institutional repositories or any suitable publication subject repositories.


Complaints and Appeals

If you need to make a complaint or appeal, please email to contact@nassg.org with the relevant evidence, we will handle the complaints and appeals according to COPE regulations.


Advertising Policy

All advertisements are subject to approval to the Publisher. Advertisements must comply with the relevant regulations in the country where the advertisements appear. For more inquiries, please send email to rwae@nassg.org.



Research on World Agricultural Economy is not liable to the statements, perspectives, and opinions contained in the published articles. The appearance of advertisements in the journal shall not be construed as a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised and/or the safety thereof. Research on World Agricultural Economy and the Publisher disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas or products referred to in the articles or advertisements.