Welcome to Volume 29, Number 8 of Livestock Research for Rural Development
LRRD is fully OPEN ACCESS, with no publication charges, on the principle that research findings related to sustainability of farming systems should be freely available in the public domain.
Papers may be copied and reprinted freely.
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 www.mekarn.org/workshops/environ/proenv/lengnew.htm) and Preston (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".
· 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:
2. development of systems for producing renewable energy by:
a. biodigestion of animal and human organic wastes;
c. solar voltaic panels
4. regeneration of soil fertility through promotion of tree crops and recycling of organic matter
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
10. better use and conservation of dry grasslands.
758 papers were submitted to LRRD in 2016; 235 papers were published (Figure 1).
|Figure 1: Papers submitted and published 2014-16|
Ethiopia and Nigeria are the countries at the head of the list of submitted papers, followed by Tanzania, Colombia and Algeria (Figure 2). Papers were submitted from 59 countries in 2016, compared with 55 in 2015.
|Figure 2: Papers submitted to LRRD during 2016 (not listed are papers received from 40 other countries that sent from 1 to 3 papers)|
Daily visits to the LRRD web page in 2016 were close to 4000 (Figure 3). The average time to process the papers published in 2016 was 103 days, divided between the time taken in the review process (69 days) and in final editing and formatting in HTML (34 days).
|Figure 3. Daily visits to the LRRD web site in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016|
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 three years (Figure 1) the average acceptance rate has fallen from 49% in 2014, to 41% in 2015 and 31% in 2016. This decline in the acceptance rate is beause the number of papers submitted has increased steadily from 480 in 2014, to 607 in 2015 and to 758 in 2016.
The rapid growth in papers received and published during the last 5 years has put considerable pressure on the editorial team which, as we have often pointed out, is composed of professional scientists (most of them self-employed), who give their time freely to promote the mission of LRRD. The journal does not receive financial support from any quarter and does not employ secretaries or technical assistants. All activities are done online by electronic mail or through the Web pages of LRRD (http://www.lrrd.org). In this medium, constantly under pressure from Spam and viruses, papers and communications to and from authors may be mislaid or lost permanently. The editorial team take all possible precautions to avoid disruption of the editorial process, but mistakes are inevitable.
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 livestock-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
- Héctor Osorio, Colombia (Assistant Editor): email@example.com
- Enrique Murgueitio, Colombia (Advisory Editor): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alvaro Ocampo, Colombia (Advisory Editor): email@example.com
- Rogério Martins Mauricio, Brazil (Advisory Editor): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Julián Chara, Colombia (Advisory Editor): email@example.com
- Trevor Wilson, UK (Honorary member): TrevorBart@aol.com
- Raúl Botero, Costa Rica (Associate Editor): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emamnuel Swai, Tanzania (Associate Editor): email@example.com
- Sangkhom Inthapanya, Lao PDR (Associate Editor): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Christian Meyer, France (Associate Editor): email@example.com
- George Matete, Kenya (Associate Editor): firstname.lastname@example.org
- E Fallou Guèye, Senegal (Associate Editor): email@example.com
- Piedad Cuellar, Colombia (Associate Editor): firstname.lastname@example.org
- María Elena Gomez, Colombia (Associate Editor): email@example.com
- John C Moreki, Botswana (Associate Editor): firstname.lastname@example.org
HTML is the native language for publishing documents on the World Wide Web and is understood by all Web browsing software. The journal, as the principal means of publication of developing world sustainable agriculture, needs to be easily available to the widest possible audience of interested people. Using HTML as the on online publishing format has three principal advantages. The first is that everybody who finds the journal can read it with their Internet browser (Firefox, Chrome, Yahoo and Internet Explorer are amongst the most common). Secondly, the Internet search engines such as Google and Yahoo will index the pages. Thirdly, articles can be posted on the Web as soon as they are formatted in HTML, thus increasing tremendously the speed of communication of information.
All previous issues of the journal have now been converted to HTML format (thanks to CIPAV staff in Colombia), thus there is available on the Internet through the CIPAV web pages a library of 26 years of research in the field of developing world sustainable agriculture.
The HTML version of LRRD is available on the Web at:
email@example.com in Colombia
firstname.lastname@example.org in France
email@example.com in México
firstname.lastname@example.org in Colombia
Details of this network, financed by SidaSAREC, and
involving research and training institutions in Cambodia, Laos and
Vietnam, can be found on the Web site: