Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal publishes, in English or Spanish, Research Papers and Short Communications on research and development, as well as contributions from practitioners (Farmer Contributions) and Review Articles, related to pastures and forages in the tropics and subtropics (see Author Guidelines). There is no regional focus; the information published should be of interest to a wide readership, encomprising researchers, academics, students, technicians, development workers and farmers.

In general, the focus of the Journal is more on sown ('improved') pastures and forages than on rangeland-specific aspects of natural grasslands, but exceptions are possible (e.g. when a submission is relevant for a particularly broad readership in the pasture and forage science community).

The Journal will also consider the occasional publication of associated, but closely related, research in the form of an additional scientific communication platform [e.g. a re-make of the former Genetic Resources Communication series of the former Division of Tropical Crops and Pastures of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia].

Areas of particular interest to the Journal are:

Forage Genetic Resources and Livestock Production: Genetic resources of forage plants; Improvement of rangelands, pastures and cut-and-carry feeding via sown forage plants; Role of forage plants in crop-livestock systems (including agroforestry); Multipurpose potential of forage plants, including forage shrubs and trees; Pasture and forage plants for marginal environments; Livestock production potential of improved forage technologies; Forages for ruminants and monogastrics.

Environmental Functions of Forages: Rehabilitation of degraded pastures and reversing land degradation; Natural resource management role of pastures and forages; Potential of tropical forages for adaptation to and mitigation of climate change effects; Pasture sustainability; Pastures and biodiversity.

Socio-economic Aspects: Forages, smallholders, and participatory research; Socioeconomic impact of improved forage technologies; Cross-site research and transregional analysis.

Topics within the aforementioned areas may include: Diversity evaluation; Agronomy; Establishment (including fertilization); Management and utilization; Animal production; Nutritive value; Biotic stresses (pests and diseases, weeds); Abiotic stresses (soil fertility, water, temperature); Genetics and breeding; Biogeography and germplasm collections; Seed production; Ecology; Physiology; Rhizobiology (including BNF, BNI, mycorrhizae); Forage conservation; Economics; Multilocational experimentation; Modelling.


Section Policies

Research Papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Genetic Resources Communications

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Short Communications

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Farmer Contributions

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All submitted articles will be peer-reviewed by at least two ad hoc experts (members of the Editorial Board or external specialists) who will remain anonymous to the authors ('Single blind peer review'). The corresponding author will be informed of the Editor ́s decision based on the outcome of the review and the Editor ́s own evaluation. Editors will make every effort to expedite the review process.

Click here to see the evaluation format.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Tropical Grasslands-Forrajes Tropicales (TGFT) is committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We adhere to the standards set and guidelines provided for best practices, by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Our key expectations with regard to authors, peer-reviewers and editors are summarized below.



  • All work in the submitted manuscript is original, appropriate references are provided and financial sources acknowledged
  • Cooperation with the editor will be provided when it is deemed necessary to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice, or to retract the paper
  • All data in the manuscript are authentic
  • All authors have contributed significantly to the research
  • The manuscript is not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere


  • Manuscripts are reviewed objectively and timely
  • Reviewed manuscripts are treated confidentially
  • There is no potential conflict of interest with respect to the research and/or the authors
  • The editor is alerted to relevant published work which is not cited



  • Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept a manuscript, based on its academic merit
  • There is no potential conflict of interest with respect to the articles they reject/accept
  • The editorial process is conducted in a balanced, objective and fair way without any type of discrimination
  • Anonymity of reviewers is preserved, unless they waive anonymity
  • Reasonable procedures are adopted and followed in the event of complaints of an ethical or conflict nature
  • Publication of correction or retraction is promoted when errors are found


Publishing ethics issues and procedures in case of unethical behavior:

The publisher of TGFT, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), is:

  • Committed to ensuring that high ethical standards, as mentioned above, are followed in connection with editorial decisions on manuscript submissions
  • Committed to maintaining the integrity of academic records
  • Always willing to investigate plagiarism and fraudulent data issues involving articles published in TGFT
  • Always willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed
  • Willing to provide guidelines, according to the standards set by COPE, regarding procedures in case of unethical behavior, including eventual retraction of an article