Quality Assurance

updated January 2021

Indexing and Partnerships

AJFAND is indexed in the following databases:


AJFAND is an accredited journal by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in South Africa. http://research.ukzn.ac.za/DoHETAccreditedJournals.aspx (Scopus 2018)

AJFAND is ranked 2 star on the Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS) assessement list https://www.journalquality.info/en/journals-all/

AJFAND is listed in Hawassa University (Ethiopia) Journal Reputability New Guidelines as an accredited journal for publishing

Impact Measurement

AJFAND is now ranked in SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) which is an alternative measure (to traditional matrix) of journal impact https://www.scimagojr.com/journalsearch.php?q=21100815304&tip=sid&clean=0
SJR indicator is a measure of scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from. SJR retrieves information for various indicators from the Scopus database.

Digital Object Identifiers (DOI)

AJFAND uses CrossRef http://www.crossref.org/ DOIs to provide published articles stable, persistent links that preserve scholarly citation records and link AJFAND content to other publishers and organizations. AJFAND readers can easily link from our references to other relevant articles and vice versa, increasing research visibility and Journal Influence Factor.


All articles are subjected to plagiarism check. Articles with less than 25% status moves forward in the publishing cycle.

We receive occasional requests concerning whether AJFAND is indexed and by whom, and to indicate the journal’s impact factor. There are those, rightfully so, who would wish to see the journal in the same league as well established international journals, household-name types, and why not? The information provided below will be a standing piece on the AJFAND website and will be updated whenever there is need to do so. Please visit it regularly to see whether your journal, your baby, is growing or not. As custodians of the baby, we are keen to see it grow. As Founder Editor-in-Chief of AJFAND, I wish to extend the secretariat’s appreciation, and also on behalf of ALL THE AUTHORS and REVIEWERS, for making it possible to reach this level of international recognition. Remember, the first issue of the journal was out in 2001 and we did not begin to get any recognition until 2006, five years later. It has taken years and persistence, commitment, consistency with occasional lapses, and a belief that what we were doing was the right thing for Africa, and indeed the rest of the world. Our financial base is still weak but this we hope will change with time.

If any of you has novel ways of raising funds that does not distract from our core business, please let us know.

Ruth Oniang’o


Name of Institution

Contract Brief

Date Commenced


University of Toronto, Canada
Bioline International

- Online publishing of AJFAND materials on Bioline website and monitoring the published material in terms of visits, requests and readership. Helps with quality assurance and tracking of usage of various AJFAND products

April 2006


GALE / Cengage Learning

- Inclusion of AJFAND materials in GALE’s publishing programs whose materials are used for teaching and learning purposes

July 2008


Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
a division of The American Chemical Society

- provision of valuable indexing and abstract service
- bibliographic citation for journal articles selected for inclusion in CAS products and providing pointers to the original article
- In 2008, 15 articles out of nearly 40 published were indexed

June 2008


International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR)

- digitizing AJFAND articles selected by IIR for use in Fridoc (bibliographical database) to be accessed by European readers


January 2009


CABI Publishing

- Publishing of AJFAND materials in CABI full-text online subscription products which includes indexed bibliographic databases, CAB abstracts and/or Global Health and a most valued archiving service, while allowing AJFAND to retain its independence
Published AJFAND full text articles are readily available from the CABI archives on the website www.cabi.org


January 2009


Cornell University
Albert R. Mann Library

TEEAL – The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library
-  replication of electronic text of the AJFAND publications in a database by means of external hard drive. Hard drives are installed in universities and research institutions


January 2009


EBSCO Publishing

Dissemination of AJFAND publications in text, image and other electronic formats that may exist so as to reach a wider audience through EBSCO's databases.

August 2009