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Aims and Scope of Field Crops Research

Field Crops Research is an international journal publishing scientific articles on:

√ experimental and modelling research at fieldfarm and landscape levels

  • on temperate and tropical crops and cropping systems,
  • with a focus on crop ecology and physiologyagronomy, and plant geneticsand breeding.

√ Articles on plant genetics and breeding need to be integrated with crop ecology and physiology, and/or agronomy.

√ An economic analysis may be included if appropriate.

Papers must demonstrate new scientific insightoriginal technologies or novel methods that have general application and relevance to field crops. 
× Research findings of a purely corroborative nature, descriptive or of only local significance will not be considered.

The journal's focus is major field crops for food and feed. This focus includes species used for cultivated pastures, but excludes natural grasslandsOther species, including important biofuel crops, could be considered if they contribute to the basic understanding of processes related to development, growth and yield of field crops.

Field experiments on which manuscripts are based should, unless exceptional circumstances apply, include at least two seasons and/or multiple locations/environments. The inclusion of yield data is highly encouraged to demonstrate how the field experiments contribute to a better understanding of the bio-physical processes related to crop growth and yield.

Papers on crop protection (diseases, pests, weeds) and soil processes/propertiescan be accepted provided they have a strong focus on crop processes, including consequences for yield.

Experiments under controlled conditions (glasshouse, growth chamber) are only acceptable as complementary to field work.

Papers on remote sensing will only be considered if their focus is the use of these techniques to understand crop processes and their links to crop yield.

Reviews and Opinion Papers covering the various subject areas are solicited;
√ authors should contact one of the Editors-in-Chief before submission of a review or an opinion paper in order to establish the journal's interest in the topic and nature of the paper
√ Contributions dealing with emerging topics are especially welcomed

Out-of-scope submissions:
× Horticultural (i.e., vegetable and fruit species), woody perennial, medicinal and non-cultivated species are outside the scope of the journal.
× Studies carried-out exclusively under controlled conditions are outside the scope of the journal.
× Articles on crop storage, transportation and usage, and social studies on crops and cropping systems, are outside the scope of the journal.