NJAS recognises that the widely acknowledged need for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, also increasingly expressed by policy makers and practitioners, needs a platform for creative researchers and out-of-the-box thinking in the domains of agriculture, food and environment. The journal aims to offer space for grounded, critical, and open discussions that advance the development and application of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research methodologies in the agricultural and life sciences. Moreover, NJAS aims to open discussions on the role of research and knowledge in the prototyping, designing, testing and analysing of different intervention and management strategies needed to make agriculture, food and nutrition security sustainable in an agronomic, environmental, political, social and economic sense.
NJAS especially encourages teams of (young) scientists to develop problem-oriented special issues, which demonstrate the value of crossing disciplinary boundaries and linking scientific inquiry to groups in the wider society.
The journal creates space for publishing papers in the following categories:
•Original research papers on:
- Presentations of empirical evidence obtained in interdisciplinary studies generating grounded understanding of complex and persistent problems and complex systems, with an emphasis on the research integrating natural and social sciences;
- Reports of insights and experiences generated in transdisciplinary studies informing reflections on how knowledge is applied and integrated in strategies and practices of different stakeholders acting in transformation processes in complex systems with multiple interests;
- Demonstrations of experimental study designs moving beyond conventional research approaches and reflecting critically on state-of-the-art methods, concepts, and theories, and the role of science;
- Assessments of innovative methodological approaches integrating scientific disciplines that are tailored to making complex and persistent problems and complex socio-technical realities researchable;
- Novel combinations of theories or (new) concepts enriching or refining existing theories;
- Innovative concepts emerging in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research fields;
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