List of Top Open Peer-reviewed Journals in Agricultural Science (2024)

List of Top Open Peer-reviewed journals in agricultural science (2024)

  1. Agriculture (Optional Open-peer-reviewed)
  2. Asian Food Science Journal
  3. Agrochemicals (Optional Open-peer-reviewed)
  4. Asian Journal of Advances in Agricultural Research
  5. Forest Science Issues
  6. Asian Journal of Agricultural and Horticultural Research
  7. AgriEngineering (Optional Open-peer-reviewed)
  8. Quantitative Plant Biology
  9. Asian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Research
  10. Agronomy (Optional Open-peer-reviewed)
  11. Asian Journal of Research in Agriculture and Forestry
  12. Pro Ligno
  13. Asian Journal of Research in Animal and Veterinary Sciences
  14. Veterinary Sciences (Optional Open-peer-reviewed)
  15. Asian Journal of Research in Crop Science
  16. Veterinary Medicine and Science
  17. Asian Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition
  18. Frontiers in Animal Science
  19. Asian Plant Research Journal
  20. Technical and technological aspects of the development and testing of new equipment and technologies for agriculture in Ukraine
  21. Asian Research Journal of Agriculture
  22. Asian Soil Research Journal
  23. European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety
  24. Frontiers in Agronomy
  25. International Journal of Plant & Soil Science
  26. Innovative equipment and technology
  27. Journal of Agriculture and Ecology Research International
  28. Journal of Experimental Agriculture International
  29. Veterinary Evidence
  30. Asian Journal of Agricultural Extension, Economics & Sociology
  31. International Journal of Environment and Climate Change
  32. Asian Journal of Food Research and Nutrition

What is open peer review?

Open peer review (OPR), where review reports and reviewers’ identities are published alongside the articles, represents one of the last aspects of the open science movement to be widely embraced, although its adoption has been growing since the turn of the century (Wolfram etal., 2020) . Open peer review refers to various modifications of the traditional scholarly peer review process. These modifications aim to address perceived shortcomings of the conventional system. Here are the three common forms of open peer review:

  1. Open Identities:
  • In open peer review, authors and reviewers are aware of each other’s identities. Unlike traditional peer review, where reviewers remain anonymous to anyone but the journal’s editors, open peer review allows transparency by revealing reviewer names to authors.
  • However, reviewer identities may or may not be disclosed to the public.
  1. Open Reports:
  • Under this model, review reports are made public, rather than being confidentially shared only with the article’s authors. This includes publishing not only the reviewers’ comments but also the authors’ responses and editors’ recommendations.
  • Typically, this applies to articles accepted for publication, not those that are rejected. 
  1. Open Participation:
  • In open peer review, self-selected reviewers (beyond invited experts) can comment on an article. The assumption is that the article’s content is openly accessible.
  • These self-selected reviewers may contribute either brief comments or comprehensive reviews.
  • The text of the article is openly available, allowing broader community participation in the review process.

The adoption of open peer review aims to enhance transparency, provide incentives, reduce wastefulness, and address issues like bullying and harassment in scholarly communication.

What are the benefits of Open Peer Review?

Open peer review (OPR) is a transparent process that allows scholarly articles to be evaluated by experts in the field, while also revealing the identities of both authors and reviewers. OPR can improve the quality of research by:

  • Encouraging constructive feedback: Openness in the identities of authors and reviewers can lead to better quality feedback rather than simply rejecting the paper.
  • Reducing bias: Everything is openly available to all, which can reduce the possibility of bias.
  • Empowering authors: Authors can lead the process by suggesting reviewers themselves.
  • Improving accountability: The quality of current scientific publications is at stake.
  • Encouraging collaboration: OPR encourages collaboration and promotes diversity of perspectives, ultimately leading to more robust and credible research outcomes.
  • Providing learning opportunities: OPR places a research work in the context of a discussion, and gives authors, readers and others a chance to better understand the process from the initial manuscript submission to final published version.
  • Exposing possible conflicts of interest: OPR may help to expose possible conflicts of interest in some cases.

Adoption of OPR by publishers (Wolfram etal., 2020) [1]

 A summary of the most prolific publishers contributing to OPR and their headquarters country appears below. Although many journals today attract an international audience and are managed by international teams of researchers, the prevalence of OPR journals associated with publishers based in Europe stands out. Twenty-four of the 38 (63.2%) identified publishers are based in Europe and account for 445 out of the 617 titles (72.1%). Although the publishers are based in Europe, many of the journals they publish may support journals originating from other areas of the world (e.g., Kowsar). Furthermore, 500 of the OPR journals (81.0%) are published by only five publishers (MDPI, SDI, BioMed Central, Frontiers Media S.A., Kowsar). This points to the important role that publishers have played to date in the promotion of OPR (Wolfram etal., 2020) [1].

Publisher OPR journals Percentage of OPR journals (%) Headquarters location
MDPI 204 33.0 Switzerland
SDI 111 18.0 India
BioMed central 70 11.3 United Kingdom
Frontiers media S.A 64 10.4 Switzerland
Kowsar 51 8.3 The Netherlands
Wiley 40 6.5 USA
Copernicus publications 21 3.4 Germany
PLOS 7 1.1 USA
Elsevier 7 1.1 The Netherlands
EMBO press 5 0.8 Germany
Other publishers 37 6.0 11 countries*
Total 617 100.0
  1. *United Kingdom (19 journals), United States (9), Argentina (1), Bulgaria (1), Canada (1), France (1), Germany (1), Ireland (1), Kenya (1), The Netherlands (1), Switzerland (1)

Recent Biggest Discoveries and advances in Agricultural Science (2024)

  1. Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food and Agricultural Research by 2030:
    • A consensus study report highlights the need for scientific advances to enhance U.S. agriculture. It emphasizes achieving higher productivity sustainably through:
      • Leveraging capabilities across scientific and technological domains.
      • Breakthroughs that enhance food and agricultural science.
      • Increased investments in research tools and human capital.
    • Challenges include population growth, water scarcity, climate impacts, and food waste [1].
  2. Agricultural Development: New Perspectives in a Changing World:
    • Experts explore critical topics such as nutrition, gender dynamics, agrifood value chains, and natural resource management. They analyze challenges through new lenses [2].
  3. Data-Driven Action for Agriculture and Food Systems:
    • The Food Systems Dashboard provides 50 indicators to monitor global agriculture and food systems using existing data. Policymakers can make informed decisions promptly [3].
  4. Breakthroughs in Basic Research by CAAS (Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences):
    • CAAS has made strides in genomics, functional genomic analysis, disease mechanisms, and new crop and animal varieties. They also focus on nurturing the next generation of researchers [4].
  5. Precision Agriculture Research:
    • Researchers explore insights, technologies, and strategies shaping global agriculture. Topics include sustainable and efficient farming practices [5].

These advancements represent significant progress in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities research.


  1. Wolfram, D., Wang, P., Hembree, A. et al. Open peer review: promoting transparency in open science. Scientometrics 125, 1033–1051 (2020).
  2. Consensus Study Reort – The National Academies Press.
  3. Agricultural development: New perspectives in a changing world.
  4. New research urges data-driven action for agriculture and food systems ….
  5. Agricultural innovations in China aid countries around the world – Science.
  6. Precision Agriculture Research – PLOS.

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