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Pastoralism is now in ESCI

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Article publishing charges, waivers and sponsorships

Open access publishing is not without costs. Pastoralism therefore levies an article-processing charge (APC) of £865/$1355/€1105 for each article accepted for publication. Pastoralism can waive the APC for a number of articles at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief. More information about APCs, memberships and waiver programs can be found here.

Editor's featured article

Implications of Covid-19 and emerging zoonotic infectious diseases for pastoralists and Africa

By Anthony Egeru (Makerere University, Uganda), Sintayehu W. Dejene (Haramaya University Ethiopia) and Aggrey Siya (Makerere University, Uganda)

Pastoralism volume 10, Article number: 12 (2020) 

The global outbreak of coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19) has reinvigorated discourse on the disruptiveness of zoonotic emerging infectious diseases, owing to their transboundary character. Most infectious diseases affecting humans have been linked to viruses originating from zoonotic transmission through human-animal host contact. Pastoral communities are at a high risk of interacting with zoonotic infectious diseases, while many pastoral communities recognise that interactions between animals and humans have the potential to transmit diseases either way.

New Content ItemMajor zoonotic infectious diseases have devastating impacts on health, economy and livelihoods of African pastoralists, who raise most of the continents’ livestock in semi-arid and arid regions.

These diseases include foot and mouth, Rift Valley fever and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus. There are also zoonotic infectious diseases in the pastoral communities but largely remain neglected such as human African trypanosomiasis, brucellosis, cysticercosis/taeniasis, bovine tuberculosis and Q fever. World attention has tended to focus more on the emerging zoonoses that pose global economic and health threats, with minimal attention paid to the endemic zoonotic diseases in pastoral regions.  Further, as pastoral communities are a key source of livestock and livestock products to most rural and urban communities in Africa, they potentially serve as an important source of transmission to other communities. This risk further rises among transhumant pastoralists as they traverse various regions and across borders.

Zoonotic infectious diseases are influenced by a number of interacting factors and need to be addressed by multiple stakeholders - veterinary, public health, medicine, environmental science, food safety, economics and public policy.  One Health recognises the interdependence of human health, animal health and environmental health. To implement One Health means securing political and policy support in addressing long-term requisite investments and policies.

Aims and scope

Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice investigates extensive livestock production systems throughout the world from a variety of disciplinary perspectives across the biophysical, social and economic sciences. The journal publishes research, reviews, reports and commentaries that influence public policy on the rangelands and livestock on which pastoralists rely for their livelihoods. These studies are not applied in the traditional sense, but through publishing basic research in this field Pastoralism acts as a forum for sharing information between scientists, policy makers and practitioners, with the aim of improving the welfare of pastoralists and better conserving the environments in which they live and the livestock upon which they rely.

The journal was founded in 2009 by Roy Behnke and Carol Kerven, social anthropologists who have each worked for forty years in pastoral and rangeland research and development in many countries. Carol is the Editor-in-Chief and Roy is the Book Review editor.

Editor's quote

Raising domesticated livestock on extensive pastures is one of the oldest human adaptations as a system of provisioning and land use. More than 40% of the earth's land area is still used as grazing land, by peoples from the tropics to the sub-Arctic, and include ranchers, nomads and farmers. The Pastoralism Journal is the only platform focused on the extensive land use of livestock-dependent production systems, covering biophysical, policy, social, economic, technical and cultural issues.

Policies and development programmes for pastoralists and their environments need to be founded on up-to-date, factual and objective information about what is happening, why and where it is happening and on the impacts. While many development agencies publish summaries and syntheses of primary material, the Pastoralism Journal provides open access to primary material upon which syntheses can be reliably based.

All the journal’s papers are free to anyone with internet access anywhere in the world, and the authorship of the journal is highly international, with 120 first authors spread across the world, affiliated to institutions in 38 different countries ranging from Argentina to Yemen.

Carol Kerven, Editor-in-Chief

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Indexing services

  • All articles published in Pastoralism are listed in the following indexing services:

    • SCOPUS
    • CAB Abstracts
    • CAB International
    • DOAJ
    • Global Health
    • OCLC
    • SCImago
    • Summon by Proquest