For over a century, ASABE has been a trusted source of authoritative research. Meet the ASABE Journals Editor in Chief, Garey Fox, as he discusses the process and many benefits of publishing with ASABE. Topics include new articles types, citation metrics, review time, improving your contribution through peer review, choosing a journal, common mistakes, submitting your manuscript, peer review processing, and final publication. See the related journal article "Navigating the Publication Process: An ASABE Journals Perspective." Review the 2019 journal survey results in Changes to ASABE Journals Guided by Member Feedback.

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Discount for Publishing Your AIM Presentation in Our Journals

Convert your AIM presentation to a journal article and receive a discount of $100 or 10%, if over 10 pages for the final layout. You must be registered for the annual meeting, present your work at the AIM, and submit your manuscript to ScholarOne by October 1, 2020. To submit your manuscript, please follow the instructions below. When uploading to ScholarOne, at the end of Step 1: Type, Title, & Abstract, be sure to select the special collection Annual International Meeting (AIM) Discount and include in your cover letter your AIM paper number.

Submit a Journal Manuscript

To submit your journal manuscript to one of ASABE's peer-reviewed journals, follow the steps below.

  1. Use the ASABE Journal Manuscript Template for Microsoft Word for your manuscript. Include line numbers and page numbers on each page (the template will do this for you). References listed at the end of your document should have last name first like:

    Brown, A. V., Jones, J. G., & Wang, J. C.

    and include DOI, where possible, like the one below, to improve search results for your document and link it to others.

    https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.59.11048

    To speed processing, if possible, use EndNote (preferred) or the built-in Word References tool for the references section. Do not use the software for the in-text citations since we use the name, date style that is slightly different (see the Guide for Authors). Tutorials for EndNote or Word references can be found on other websites such as this short tutorial or on Youtube.

    Follow other instructions in the Guide For Authors (for all ASABE publications) and the ASABE_JournalTemplate.docx which provides details specific to the journals (included in zipped template download). You may use the ASABE_JournalTemplateBLANK.docx file for your manuscript which is also in the download. For this file, the detailed instructions and examples are removed. Put the author information in ASABE_AuthorInformation.docx due to double-blind review.

  2. Complete the Copyright Transfer Form. You are required to sign confirming you understand article processing charges (APC) are required and must be paid prior to publication. We cannot accept payment from financial institutions in Burma, Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Venezuela. Note Open Access option for CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

  3. Avoid immediate rejection or delays by making sure that:
    • in the references list, the author names are in the right format (Lastname, Initials),
    • the reference list is accurate and includes a DOI, where possible (copy references into free check references utility),
    • the English is clear, correct, and consistent (for translation assistance, see English-Language editing),
    • all authors are listed in ScholarOne at time of submission, and
    • highlights are included that are up to 100 characters long, not counting spaces.

  4. Upload three files including your manuscript, author information, and copyright transfer form to the ScholarOne Manuscripts website. Optionally, you may upload a cover letter. Total file size per revision is approximately 1 GB.

    All authors must be listed in ScholarOne at time of submission! If all authors are not listed in ScholarOne at the time of submission, the manuscript will be flagged for special review by the Editor in Chief and/or unsubmitted. This requirement avoids delays caused by authors being asked to review their own work.

    Provide three or four bulleted highlights that are up to 100 characters each, not counting spaces. Highlights provide readers with a quick overview of your primary findings and implications.

    The first time you submit a manuscript, create a new unique login account for ScholarOne Manuscripts. This website login is not connected to the asabe.org website.

    Use the journal descriptions and criteria to select the appropriate journal and article type for your manuscript. Also, select the best technical community to review your manuscript by using the community descriptions for details.

    If you are part of a special collection, be sure to select the collection in ScholarOne step one.

    If you have supplementary information (SI) and data that you want to publish as a reference in your manuscript or are required to provide, you may create a free account at Figshare and reference the data by DOI. The free Figshare for individuals has a 5GB size limit per file. We do not currently peer review those materials.

  5. Complete the peer-review process by responding promptly to your Associate Editor's (AE) comments. Check the status of your manuscript in ScholarOne regularly and make sure that system emails are not going to junk email or clutter folders.

  6. After peer review is complete and your manuscript is accepted, our staff will put the accepted version online as "in press" and then perform further editing and layout that will require your approval and payment before final publication.

  7. After the layout is complete, the APC will be determined. Payment is required before publication. The page charge is based on the number of published journal pages. The current charge is $100 ($110 for non-members) per 8.5 by 11 inch published page in Transactions of the ASABE and Applied Engineering in Agriculture, and $50 ($55 for non-members) per 6 by 9 inch published page in the Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. You will be billed when you receive the page proofs. Open Access may be added for an additional charge on the invoice. The page charge invoice provides information and pricing for optional paper reprints produced by ASABE.

  8. After publication, you may download your article from the Technical Library and email or reproduce print copies for distribution. If you have difficulty downloading the article, contact the Publications Department. ASABE grants permission to post the PDF of your article to your personal (NO posting to websites such as ResearchGate, Facebook, LinkedIn, Academia.edu, or a third-party website) or your employer's website and to circulate the PDF version via email electronically or in print form. See the copyright page for details.

Please reference your online article using its DOI instead of using a URL address that includes "elibrary.asabe.org". When we move the documents to another server, the DOI will continue to point to your document. For example, if your DOI is 10.13031/trans.13648, the web address is https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.13648.

English-Language Editing

Send your manuscript to American Journal Experts (20% off) or other similar service for translation and editing. This service is provided by outside vendors, but not endorsed by ASABE. You will be responsible for any fees. There is no guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted by the ASABE journals after editing.

ASABE does not have a resource to help individual authors with major editing.

Journal Author FAQ

For assistance, review the Journal Author FAQ, email Manuscripts@asabe.org, or click on the Help button on the ScholarOne Manuscripts website.