Welcome to Volume 25, Number 6 of Livestock Research for Rural Development
The Editorial committee of LRRD have long recognized the unsustainable basis of "industrial" live stock production systems, the development of which was facilitated, and is still sustained, by readily available fossil fuels (which until 2008 were also of very low price). As has been stated by many commentators and analysts (see recent reviews by:
Leng http://www.mekarn.org/workshops/environ/proenv/lengnew.htm) and Preston (http://www.mekarn.org/workshops/environ/proenv/pres.htm),
this situation must change as resources are finite and climate change is inevitable. Systems of live stock production must also change to meet the challenges of food and energy production in a warming, resource-depleting world. The mission of LRRD is to promote research which will respond to these challenges by developing farming systems which are: "localized, multi-crop, energy and water efficient, with a negative carbon footprint, are socially just and self-sustaining".
The future requirements of society for food and energy can best be met from integrated small to medium family farm systems in which:
· all resources are produced locally,
· the direct and indirect use of solar energy is maximized,
· all wastes are recycled;
· the carbon footprint is negative;
· there are overall environmental and social benefits.
To promote research on:
1. use of local resources for live stock production in ways that are non-competitive with human needs;
2. development of systems for producing renewable energy by:
a. biodigestion of animal and human organic wastes;
b. gasification of dry fibrous residues from crops grown primarily as food/feed for humans and live stock;
c. increasing use of draft animal power
3. promotion of indigenous live stock breeds that have high reproductive rates and adaptation to use of local feed resources and local climatic conditions;
4. regeneration of soil fertility through promotion of tree crops and recycling of organic matter
5. development of emerging markets for ecosystem services, such as carbon sequestration and nutrient sequestration.
6. promotion of “farmer“ markets for food produced in environmentally friendly and socially just, family-oriented small-scale farming systems
7. improving the efficiency of use of water
8. recycling of wastes
9. documentation, use and research into more effective use of indigenous knowledge of farming and food
10. better use and conservation of dry grasslands.
583 papers were submitted to LRRD in 2012 (an average of 1.61 papers daily) (Figure 1).
|Figure 1: Papers submitted in the period 2009-2012|
The origins of the papers in 2012 (Figure 2) show that Ethiopia and Nigeria are at the head of the list followed by India, Kenya, Algeria and Vietnam. Papers were submitted from 60 countries in 2012, compared with 54 in 2011.
Figure 2: Papers submitted to LRRD during 2012 (n = 583)
LRRD published 228 papers in 2012 (Figure 3), a slight reduction compared with 2011. The number of papers published since the launch of LRRD in 1989 up to the end of 2012 is now 2475.
|Figure 3: Papers published annually in LRRD since it was launched in 1989|
|Figure 4. Daily visits to the LRRD web page|
Daily visits to the LRRD web page averaged 2729 in 2012 compared with 2183 in 2011, an increase of 25% (Figure 4).
The average time to process the papers published in 2012 was 109.5 days, divided between the time taken in the review process (78.5 days) and in final editing and formatting in HTML (31 days).
It is not possible to compute a true annual rejection rate as papers submitted towards the end of a year may not be reviewed until the following year. On the basis of the papers received and published over the past four years (Figure 5) the average acceptance rate appears to be about 40% and has not varied over time.
|Figure 5. Papers received and published over the period 2009 - 2012|
Authors are therefore requested to:
- Read carefully the "Notes to authors", paying particular attention to the formatting of tables and references
- Send the original spreadsheet data when graphs are included in the paper.
LRRD now has its own domain "lrrd.org". It will continue to be published by CIPAV, but the independent web site is in keeping with its role as an international medium for research in sustainable live stock-based agriculture. The change also facilitates the gathering of statistics on access to the site.
The list of Editors and Associate-editors is as follows:
- Reg Preston, Colombia (Senior Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Rene Sansoucy, France (Assistant Editor: email@example.com)
- José Segura, México (Assistant Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Enrique Murgueitio, Colombia (Advisory Editor: email@example.com)
- Alvaro Ocampo, Colombia (Associate-editor, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Rogério Martins Mauricio (Associate-editor: Brazil, email@example.com
- Trevor Wilson, UK (Honorary member, TrevorBart@aol.com)
- Julián Chara, Colombia (Associate-editor: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Raúl Botero, Costa Rica (Associate Editor: email@example.com)
- Eliel Gonzalez, Cuba (Associate-Editor) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Sangkhom Inthapanya, Lao PDR (Associate-Editor) (email@example.com)
The Scientific Committee, which acts in an advisory capacity, is:
As most contributors and readers of LRRD are aware, all activities relative to LRRD are done voluntarily. The steadily increasing number of papers submitted to the journal has put a lot of pressure on the Chief Editor and Assistant Editors. An important component of the work load is the formatting of papers to the HTML language. Previously this task was done almost exclusively by René Sansoucy. However, since early 2011 René has had other commitments which have necessitated a reorganization of this important feature of LRRD activities. The solution has been to invite young researchers from developing countries, all of whom have contributed papers to the journal, to help in the HTML formatting. We are pleased to present this group of “junior editors” and extend the invitation to other scientists especially in Africa and India, the continent/country that submit most papers to LRRD.
The LRRD Editorial Committee is extremely grateful to these young researchers who are helping to make LRRD as sustainable as the farming systems that LRRD promotes.
· Hector Jairo Correa Cardona firstname.lastname@example.org Colombia
· Inthapanya Sangkhom email@example.com Laos
· Nguyen Huu Yen firstname.lastname@example.org Vietnam
· Otieno tobias email@example.com Kenya
Pham Thi Luyen firstname.lastname@example.org
· Phuc Hao Trinh email@example.com Vietnam
· Sisomphone Sothavong firstname.lastname@example.org Laos
· Thuy Nguyen Thi email@example.com Vietnam
· Trinh Thi Lan firstname.lastname@example.org Vietnam
Y Yorcelis Cruz email@example.com
Receipt of papers is usually confirmed the day they arrive and almost always they are sent to reviewers the same day. We expect reviewers to send recommendations to the Assistant-editors (or Chief Editor), as to acceptance of papers for publication in LRRD, and comments, within two weeks of receiving the paper.
The HTML version of LRRD is available on the Web at:
firstname.lastname@example.org in Colombia
email@example.com in France
firstname.lastname@example.org in México
1. Productive use of livestock wastes: a manual for installation of low-cost plastic biodigesters
English version: http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/w4988e/w4988e00.htm
Version française : http://www.fao.org/docrep/W4988F/W4988F00.htm
This book by T R Preston and R A Leng, originally published in hard cover by Penambul Books, Armidale, NSW in 1987, has now been converted to HTML language and is freely available at: