Choices is the principal outreach vehicle of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, AAEA. Choices provides current coverage on economic implications of food, farm, resource or rural community issues directed toward a broad audience. Articles are peer reviewed. Choices is a free, online-only publication.
Choices publishes thematic groupings of papers and individual papers. The topics repeatedly visited in Choices are agriculture and trade, resources and the environment, consumers and markets, agribusiness and finance, and rural community issues. All manuscripts are subject to peer review for publication consideration.
Choices articles address an outreach-worthy topic, showcase agricultural economics work, and are directed toward the largely U.S.-based Choices target audience The writing style for Choices is journalistic. Choices articles are short, usually 10-12 double-spaced pages in addition to simple graphics and/or tables. Choices articles place the particular analysis in the context of a policy issue in a manner that is accessible to the outreach audience. While the underlying analysis of Choices articles is based on economic concepts, the information is presented without the use of economic jargon.
Choices requires electronic submissions via e-mail. Three types of submissions are sought:
Theme groupings of papers allow for a more comprehensive coverage of important topics and showcase the different perspectives of agricultural economics analyses. A submitted thematic proposal should:
The maximum length for the proposal is 3 pages.
Single articles are especially useful when important issues are relatively new or new aspects of established issues have come to light. Individual articles should be submitted in a form that is suitable for a double-blind peer-review process, following the style guidelines described in the links below.
Opinion articles are appropriate when an author would like to share a personal interpretation or view of a timely and important topic based on sound economics and logic. Opinion articles will be reviewed and published at the discretion of the editor and can vary from 2-12 pages.
Submissions may occur any time. Reviewed and accepted Choices material is compiled into quarterly issues and annual volumes. Subscribers and AAEA members are notified of new material by email.
The editors have provided several documents to help answer any style questions you may have. Please refer to one of the documents below.