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About Animal Frontiers

Aim and Scope

Animal Frontiers [ISSN 2160-6056 (print) and ISSN 2160-6064 (online)] is a joint venture between four globally active professional animal science societies: American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS), the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP), and the American Meat Science Association (AMSA). ASAS, CSAS, EAAP, and AMSA represent the world's leading authorities in animal science and animal agriculture. These organizations are dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of science-based knowledge concerning animal agriculture. From inception, the primary mission of each of these societies has been to encourage and promote communication of the best animal science research worldwide and to ensure that decisions affecting animal agriculture consumer are made based on current and relevant scientific information. Histories of publishing success for each society, broad coverage of topical issues in animal agriculture, editorial independence, and high standards will help to make Animal Frontiers the world's premier review magazine in animal agriculture.

Each issue of Animal Frontiers will consist of a series of invited, peer-reviewed articles that present several international perspectives on the status of a high-impact, global issue in animal agriculture today. The articles will be in the form of discussion or position papers that will add to the scientific reviews and original papers published in the journals of the three animal science societies (Animal, Canadian Journal of Animal Science, and Journal of Animal Science). Every issue will explore a theme of broad and current interest within animal science and animal agriculture. Animal Frontiers will also have the following regular features: calendar of events, news from the publishing societies, author bios, regional perspectives, and an introduction to the theme from a guest editor in chief. Animal Frontiers will welcome letters to the editor to encourage debate.

This international effort to provide source documents concerning scientifically important issues in global animal agriculture will meet the needs of a diverse community of scientists and, through an implications section in each paper, the needs of policy makers, educators, and the general public. Animal Frontiers will provide a novel forum for innovative and timely perspectives that have relevance to understanding the complex dynamics at work through animal agriculture. Animal Frontiers will work with a distinguished team of international experts to ensure the highest standards of invitation, selection, and review. All articles will be carefully considered and peer-reviewed. Papers will be invited as a thematic group for each issue. Each issue and all papers published within an issue will be produced in print as well as online in an open access format.

ASAS, CSAS, EAAP, and AMSA welcome approaches from other international animal science societies to join in this endeavor in the following years.

Guidelines

Structure of an issue and the role of the Guest Editor(s)


Feature articles and reviews are solicited by the editors. Unsolicited submissions will not be considered.

Each issue will consist of a minimum of 5 feature articles and reviews, preceded by an editorial. Within this, the structure is the responsibility of the Guest Editor liaising with the Editor in Chief and the partner contact (each issue is the responsibility of a partner). However one suggested structure is to have one or two overview articles supported by a number of more specific articles. 

Each issue will have an editorial written by the Guest Editor(s). The purpose of the editorial is to summarize the main conclusions and implications of the feature articles/reviews. It needs to be written in a style that can be understood by non-scientists.

It is the responsibility of the Guest Editor(s) to suggest authors and if agreed with the Editor-in-Chief to invite them to contribute. The Guest Editor(s) must ensure that authors meet the strict deadlines agreed with the Editor-in-Chief.

Content: Feature articles and reviews

These magazine articles are invited by the guest editors to support their issue themes.  They can be overviews of previously published or presented works or describe new developments of interdisciplinary significance and highlight future directions. Importantly they should describe the implications of the research and their impact on societal issues such as food quality and safety, food security, welfare and environmental impact. The papers should be written in way that can be understood by other a broader audience including consumers, policy makers, educators, and extension specialists.

The following structure is suggested: 

An introduction that outlines the main theme and the wider context, the aims of the article and the overall structure. Within the body of the manuscript, in addition to outlining the state of the art, authors are encouraged to speculate and offer opinions about the specific issues discussed in their manuscript or the broader implications related to the entire theme of an issue. There should be a conclusion section that summarizes the main issues, the wider implications and any major unresolved issues. The articles should be up to 5,000 words including references, notes, and captions; or 15 pages of double-spaced text in 12-point Times New Roman font, 8.5- x 11-inch paper, 1-inch margins all around). A maximum of 30 references is suggested. 


For more information contact: 
animalfrontiers@asas.org