Journal of Sustainable and Organic Agricultural Systems

Landbauforschung is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal for scientists concerned with new developments towards sustainable agricultural systems. Of special interest is the further development of agricultural systems to generally fulfil the sustainable development goals of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030, and also of organic farming systems.

Each issue addresses a previously-announced special topic. The journal is published in English. Submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review. We invite papers to the following sections:

Research articles present original new research results. The material should not have been previously published elsewhere. The novelty of results and their possible use in further development of sustainable and organic agricultural systems should be clearly claimed.

Review articles present new overviews generated from existing scientific literature to analyse the current state of knowledge. Conclusions on necessary consequences for further sustainable development of agricultural systems and research needs shall be drawn.

Position Papers present science-based opinions on new, or possibly disruptive, developments in sustainable agricultural systems. Authors should use scientific references to validate and approve arguments for a position. These papers shall allow the reader to understand controversial positions and to find an own position.

Interdisciplinary contributions, approaches and perspectives from all scientific disciplines are needed and welcome to cover the broad scope of the journal. We also aim at publishing review processes and positions in agreement with the authors. Authors are responsible for the content of their articles and contributions. The publishers are not liable for the content. All contributions are available open access.

Topics in 2019

Next issue:

Exploration and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions in ruminant and grassland systems

Submissions until June 30, 2019

Guest editor: Dr. Claudia Heidecke (Staff Unit Climate Protection, Thünen Institute)

Today the pure numbers of ruminants, their methane emissions, their worldwide feedstuff demand and the related emissions, as well as improper and inefficient use of their excrements make them one of the biggest sources for greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture. We also face grassland systems that are overfertilised, overgrazed and destroyed due to missing concepts for their use under protection of their ecosystem services and soil carbon stocks.

This situation still evokes many scientific questions how to build appropriate and climate friendly ruminant and grassland production systems in different parts of the world. Also we need to find ways to curb the consumers demand, e.g., for milk and meat from ruminants. We have to develop strategies for a rapid worldwide conversion of production and consumption to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

- Call for Papers and Opinions – First Issue 2019

Second issue:

Evolution in animal husbandry – Fitting animals or fitting systems?


Submissions until September 30, 2019

Tail docking, disbudding, beak trimming or castration – all these mutilations aim to fit animals into highly efficient farming systems. Reasons are safety of farm workers, avoiding injuries of livestock, keeping the quality of the final product and eventually achieving profitability. Surgical interventions seem to be particularly cruel and not acceptable to a society that takes animal rights more and more into account.

But what about fitting procedures that are not as obvious, like cow calf separation immediately after birth or the use of genetic scissors instead of real ones? For society’s trust in future animal husbandry and proud identification of farmers with their livestock systems scientific answers and discussions to derive concepts are needed.

- Call for Papers and Positions - Second Issue 2019

Topics in 2020

First issue 2020:

Agroecology – Can we change our food systems?


Submissions until February 29, 2020

Guest editor: Prof. Dr. Jens Dauber (Thünen Institute of Biodiversity)

The strict integration of agro-ecological concepts into food production is fundamental for combining local resources with agricultural production. It is also essential for securing the future stability of our global and local food systems. Food sovereignty, meaning independent selection, production and consumption of food products, can be a driving idea for local action. But both small holder farmers in local markets as well as farmers in globalized markets need perspectives for their future existence, for the stability of their systems, and multidimensional goals for production – including, for example, high efficiency and nature protection. This field is wide and not really new – but comprehensive ideas for scientific, practical and social development are still needed.

Tell us about your experiences in and visions for this field. 1) How can agroecosystems be stabilised to generate and secure future food production and income for the farmers? 2) Can agriculture be improved to be a future basis for local work and wealth? 3) What do farming systems based on agroecology concepts look like? 4) What strategies foster the integration of those concepts and the future transition of agriculture?

- Call for Papers and Positions - First Issue 2020


Landbauforschung, ISSN: 0458-6859, is peer-reviewed and indexed in CAB International, Science Citation Index Expanded, Current Contents – Agriculture, Biology & Environmental Sciences, Scopus, Web of Science. It has an impact factor of 0.4 (JCR 2018).

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Recent issues

Landbauforschung 3-4/2018

Landbauforschung 1-2/2018

Landbauforschung 3-4/2017

Landbauforschung 2/2017

Landbauforschung 1/2017