Sustainable Agriculture Research

Sustainable Agriculture Research is an international, double-blind peer-reviewed, open-access journal. SAR is published quarterly in both print and online versions. It publishes original research, applied, and educational articles monthly in all areas of agricultural science.

Sustainable Agriculture Research is striving to provide the best platform for researchers and scholars worldwide to exchange their latest findings. Authors are encouraged to submit complete, unpublished, original works that are not under review in any other journals.

The scopes of the journal include, but are not limited to, the following topics: sustainable agriculture education, ecological agriculture, agricultural engineering and biotechnology, organic farming and agronomy.

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2015 Q3: Articles Received: 18; Accepted: 13; Rejected: 5; Published: 15; Retracted: 0

2015 Q2: Articles Received: 24; Accepted: 14; Rejected: 10; Published: 8; Retracted: 0

2015 Q1: Articles Received: 27; Accepted: 12; Rejected: 14; Published: 8; Retracted: 0

2014: Articles Received: 98; Accepted: 48; Rejected: 44; Published: 40; Retracted: 0

2013: Articles Received: 95; Accepted: 54; Rejected: 31; Published: 34; Retracted: 0


Competing Interests Statement

All authors of Sustainable Agriculture Research are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest along with the paper, including financial, professional, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations. Download MS-Word



Sustainable Agriculture Research has been indexed by AGRICOLA, which is one of four national libraries of the United States, housing one of the world's largest and most accessible agricultural information collections and serves as the nexus for a national network of state land-grant and U.S.


What is e-Version FirstTM

e-Version First is a feature offered through our journal platform. It allows PDF version of manuscripts that have been peer reviewed and accepted, to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final printed journal. Readers can freely access or cite the article.
We aim to publish accepted manuscripts in e-Version First in two week's time after the final draft completed.


Paper Selection and Publication Process

a). Upon receipt of paper submission, the Editor sends an E-mail of confirmation to the corresponding author within 1-3 working days. If you fail to receive this confirmation, your submission/e-mail may be missed. Please contact the Editor in time for that.

b). Peer review. We use double-blind system for peer-review; both reviewers and authors’ identities remain anonymous. The paper will be peer-reviewed by three experts; two reviewers from outside and one editor from the journal typically involve in reviewing a submission. The review process may take 2-3 weeks.

c). Notification of the result of review by E-mail.

d). The authors revise paper and pay publication fee (300USD).

e). After publication, the corresponding author will receive two copies of printed journals, free of charge.

f). E-journal in PDF is available on the journal’s webpage, free of charge for download.


The publisher and journal have a policy of “Zero Tolerance on the Plagiarism”. We check the plagiarism issue through two methods: reviewer check and plagiarism prevention tool (

All submissions will be checked by iThenticate before being sent to reviewers.

Vol 5, No 1 (2016)

Sustainable Agriculture Research, Vol. 5, No. 1,  2016 e-Version FirstTM

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Farzad Taheripour, Julie Fiegel, Wallace E. Tyner
Paramu Mafongoya, Obert Jiri, Mutondwa Phophi
J. M. Finnan, J. I. Burke, T. M. Thomas