To further its transformative impact, JAFSCD became open access on January 1, 2018. We modeled our open access campaign on a model familiar to those involved with food systems — community supported agriculture (CSA) — to become the world's first community-supported journal.
Libraries appreciate and support open access for its broad distribution and lack of paywalls. JAFSCD Lbrary Shareholders support JAFSCD through "shares" in lieu of annual subscriptions.
Being a JAFSCD Library Shareholder brings these benefits:
- Authors affiliated with the library shareholding institution have JAFSCD’s US$750 article processing charge (APC) automatically waived if we accept their submission.
- The library is listed as a supporter on the JAFSCD website, issue PDFs, and other locations.
- The institution receives a free listing in the Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook. This can be used by any department or program that wants to promote its work.
- We encourage authors to deposit their final papers into their institutional repositories.
- Listed in and metadata deposited with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
- No reprint permissions or payments.
- Open access with no embargo.
- Creative Commons licensing.
- No individual subscriptions.
- Altmetric provides metrics of social media attention and impact.
Payment can be made through this site or through major subscription agencies (EBSCO, Otto Harrassowitz, and others).
Library Share rates are based on the number of full-time equivalent students attending the institution (2023 rates in US$):
Tier 1 (1–999 FTE students): $330
Tier 2 (1,000–2,999 FTE students): $397
Tier 3 (3,000–9,999 FTE students): $460
Tier 4 (10,000–19,999 FTE students): $533
Tier 5 (20,000–29,999 FTE students): $625
Tier 6 (30,000–39,999 FTE students): $727
Tier 7 (40,000–49,999 FTE students): $834
Tier 8 (50,000+ FTE students): $970
Current JAFSCD Library Shareholders:
Agricultural Research Council (South Africa)
American University of Beirut (Lebanon)
Appalachian State University
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
California State University, San Marcos
Carleton University (Canada)
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (China)
Colorado State University
Dalhousie University (Canada)
Florida State University
Harris-Stowe State University
Harvard University & Harvard Business School
Indiana State University
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University*
Kwantlen Polytechnic University* (Canada)
Laval University | Université Laval (Canada)
Louisiana State University
Loyola University Chicago
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada)
Michigan State University
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Missouri Southern State University
Montana State University
New York University
Ohio State University
Okanagan College (Canada)
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
Portland State University
San Jose State University
Simon Fraser University (Canada)
Soka University of America
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Southern Oregon University
Texas A&M University
Toronto Metropolitan University (Canada)
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
University of Alaska–Fairbanks
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas
University of British Columbia (Canada)
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Florida
University of Idaho
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Kansas
University of Maine
University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
University of Mississippi
University of New Hampshire
University of Northern British Columbia (Canada)
University of Oregon
University of Ottawa (Canada)
University of Pennsylvania
University of Regina (Canada)
University of Rhode Island
University of South Florida
University of Tennessee–Knoxville
University of Toronto (Canada)
University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago)
University of Vermont*
University of Washington
University of Western Australia (Australia)
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
University of Wyoming
Utah State University
Wageningen UR (Netherlands)
Washington State University
West Virginia University
Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada)
Yukon University (Canada)
* Denotes JAFSCD's institutional partners, who receive complimentary subscriptions in recognition of their annual underwriting support.
HBCUs, Hispanic-serving institutions, and Tribal colleges and universities receive complimentary shares.
On the cover of our winter 2021-2022 issue, the Regenerative Food System Spiral represents the intersection between Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) (brown) and Life’s Principles (LPs) (green). The internal spiral is the base of seven principles. The spiral is a recurring pattern and symbol both in nature and in Indigenous communities, showing an optimal growth form. This image is Figure 2 from the article Weaving disciplines to conceptualize a regenerative food system. Graphic designed by Ahmed Barakat.