Focus and Scope

The Italian Review of Agricultural Economics (REA) aims to publish articles on economic and policy issues related to agricultural and food production, consumption and trade, rural areas, use and conservation of natural resources. Specific topics of interest include, among others, the multiple roles of agriculture; agricultural, agri-environmental and rural policy; organisation of the food sector; consumer behaviour; sustainable resources; bioeconomy.

REA pursues the following main objectives:

  • to foster scientific debate on economic, political and social issues
  • to provide a forum for discussion among scholars and young researchers
  • to disseminate the findings of research activities and discuss future research pathways
  • to promote scientific support for the design and evaluation of public policies

Each issue of REA contains several categories of articles, published in both English and Italian: Research Articles, Review Articles, Short Communications and Book Reviews (see definitions in the Submissions / Author's Guidelines). Issues are published 3 times a year. All published papers are double peer reviewed and must show originality and innovation. REA guarantees open access contribution (authors retain copyright) and wide dissemination of published contributions both nationally and internationally.

Peer Review Process

Submissions are first evaluated by the Editorial Board. If the manuscript is considered suitable for publication, it is sent to at least two reviewers, undergoing a double-blind peer review. The evaluation procedure is the same both for articles submitted directly to the journal and for papers selected for and presented at scientific meetings. This procedure is not adopted for invited articles, which are approved by the Editorial Board. Once the process of evaluation and review has been completed, the decision to publish the article is the prerogative and responsibility of the Editor-in-Chief.

The sole responsibility for the articles published rests with the Authors.

Publication Frequency

The journal will be published three times per year.

Article Processing Charges (APC)

REA does not ask for articles and submissions processing charges APC.

Open Access Policy

Italian Review of Agricultural Economics (REA) provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, Firenze University Press at the University of Florence, complies with the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access: By “open access”, we mean the free availability on the public internet, the permission for all users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of the articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain is to guarantee the original authors with control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited. We support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in our journal open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY-4.0). Furthermore, we encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their websites prior to and during the submission process and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication without embargo. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

Online First Articles

Italian Review of Agricultural Economics (REA) publishes Online First Articles. This feature allows final revision articles to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue. The only difference between Online First and issue publication will be the citation details and the addition of the Online First publication date to the second version.

Each Online First article has a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI). This should be included in all citations. DOIs provide a persistent, permanent way to identify manuscripts published in the online environment, even after they are assigned to a print issue. Information such as volume, issue, and page numbers are not allocated to Online First articles (as that information is not known until the issue is completed), therefore these manuscripts should be cited as follows:

Bianchi, A. Pre-published Month, Year, Article title. Italian Review of Agricultural Economics, DOI: 10.36253/rea-0123456789123456

After the article is assigned to a specific issue, new citations can be made using volume and page number information, while still using the DOI:

Bianchi, A. 2022. Article title. Italian Review of Agricultural Economics 11, 211-217. DOI: 10.36253/rea-0123456789123456