Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice


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Article publishing charges, waivers and sponsorships

To enable the journal to make all of its content open access, Pastoralism has obtained sponsorship for discretionary waivers to article processing charges (APC) for a number of manuscripts accepted after peer review. Other accepted manuscripts may have an APC levied.

Also, thanks to Springer’s cooperation with BioMed Central, SpringerOpen journals are included in BioMed Central’s Membership Program. If your institution is a Member the cost for the APC is covered in full or in part by the Membership.

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Aims and scope

Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice is an interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal on extensive livestock production systems throughout the world. Pastoralists rely on rangelands and livestock for their livelihoods, but exhibit different levels of mobility and market involvement, and operate under a variety of different land tenure regimes. Pastoralism publishes research that influences public policy, to improve the welfare of these people and better conserve the environments in which they live.

The journal investigates pastoralism from a variety of disciplinary perspectives across the biophysical, social and economic sciences. This is not applied research in the traditional sense, but relevant research, sometimes even basic research, with the capacity ultimately to change the way practical people do business. Predicting what kind of research will fulfil this role is virtually impossible. What we can do is keep policy makers, practitioners and pastoralists talking to scientists and researchers and aware of each others' concerns.

The interdisciplinary commitment of Pastoralism goes beyond the welcome routinely extended to other disciplines by specialized journals. We predict that the formative work on pastoralism in the coming decade will be situated on the interface between the biological, social and economic sciences. If this prediction is true, then this journal will be part of the process.

The Editorial Board includes anthropologists, botanists, development practitioners, ecologists, economists, geographers, international agency professionals, modelers, policy-makers, and range and livestock biological scientists.

Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practicewill publish scientific research and policy analysis on ranching and indigenous pastoralism. The journal is interdisciplinary, global in coverage, and practical in intent.

The journal provides a forum where those concerned with pastoralism can confront each others' ideas, data and analysis, and discuss the implications of their work. Pastoralism will encourage debate by circulating selected papers prior to their publication, and simultaneously publishing the paper, commentary on it, and the authors' responses to their critics. Readers who are unfamiliar with a specialized topic will therefore be presented both with an original contribution and with a sample of expert opinion on that subject.

The journal is committed to publishing material by administrators and field workers who would not normally contribute to a scientific journal. We will devote a portion of the journal to short communications that present fresh ideas or original field material.

Partner affiliation

Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice is associated with:

  • World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism IUCN
  • Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Climate Change and Drylands
  • Odessa Centre UK