About the Journal

Agricultural and Food Science (AFSci) publishes original research reports on agriculture and food research related to primary production and which have a northern dimension.  The fields within the scope of the journal include agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, animal science, environmental science, horticulture, plant and soil science and primary production-related food science. Papers covering both basic and applied research are welcome.

AFSci is published by The Scientific Agricultural Society of Finland. AFSci, former The Journal of the Scientific Agricultural Society of Finland, has been published regularly since 1928. Alongside the printed version, online publishing began in 2000. Since the year 2010 Agricultural and Food Science has only been available online as an Open Access journal, provided to the user free of charge. Full texts are available online from 1945 on.

AFSci has no publication fee.

AFSci provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

AFSci publishes papers in five categories: Articles, Mini Reviews, Reviews, Research Notes, and Letters to the Editor. Articles address a significant research problem and offer original results.

Mini-reviews should be balanced and an excessive focus on the authors' own work should be avoided. Reviews are systematic, critical reviews of previously published research. Research notes offer an opportunity to publish new methods, preliminary results, or a re-interpretation of previously published results. Letters to the Editor permit discussion of articles recently published in Agricultural and Food Science.

Submissions of articles, mini-reviews, reviews, and research notes are internationally peer reviewed (https://www.tsv.fi/en/services/label-for-peer-reviewed-scholarly-publications).  At the first stage of the reviewing process, the editorial board will evaluate the manuscript, and based on the evaluation the manuscript will either be taken under review or authors will receive notice about unsuitable submission, e.g. the rejection of the manuscript. In the second stage, at least two international unbiased reviewers will be chosen to review the manuscript. The reviewing process is a single-blind one.

When a manuscript is submitted, it is assumed that the work has not been published elsewhere and that it is not simultaneously being considered for publication by another journal. Studies must follow ethical guidelines.

Privacy Statement: The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Copyright Notice: Authors who publish with Agricultural and Food Science agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors of accepted papers are required to sign a consent-to-publish agreement before their work gets processed. Through it, the owner of the journal, The Scientific Agricultural Society of Finland, is given the appropriate copyright.
  2. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.
  4. Any part of the Agricultural and Food Science may be referred to assuming the Author, The Article, Publication with Volume and Number and DOI.
  5. Authors are encouraged to share their accepted articles in ResearchGate and in social media.

Registered readers receive a notification with the publication of each issue.

AFSci is indexed in the Web of Science and  SCOPUS.

AFSci is sponsored by the following organizations: the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies.