About the Journal

Why a new rangeland journal?

The Journal of Rangeland Applications (ISSN: 2331-5512) is a source of practical applications for people interested in the results of scientific research that focuses on rangeland management issues.  Articles are syntheses of findings/conclusions from multiple research projects. The primary goal of these syntheses is to identify important scientific work that can be used to make or evaluate land and grazing management decisions. This is not a journal for original research; it is a journal for useful information that has been carefully distilled from the results of published findings from original research.

This open access, peer-reviewed, and refereed journal will provide decision makers and managers of rangeland and  related resources free access to high-quality research summaries on a broad range of topics with clear relevance to rangeland management.

 Scope Team Process Policies


The scope of this journal includes the synthesis of research topics relevant to rangelands throughout the world, with particular emphasis on Western North America. 

  • Articles are sought which summarize information for a variety of scientific sources and provide syntheses aimed at informing management decisions.
  • Authors are invited and encouraged to submit articles that bring clarity to topics on which conflicting research information exists.
  • The editors will occasionally request submission of papers that present scientific summaries, reviews, and syntheses of rangeland topics.
  • Articles in this journal will not recommend specific management approaches.  Rather, submissions are sought that synthesize and summarize information necessary to make well informed management decisions. Articles may include implications for policy and management.
  • This journal is not designed as an outlet to report findings of individual or combined experiments.


Journal Team


Lead Editor – Karen Launchbaugh
Copy Editor – Joan Jones
Editorial Assistants – Lovina Roselle and Anne Moscrip
Technical Editors – Devin Becker and Anne Gaines
Consulting Librarian – Jeremy Kenyon

Advisory/Editorial Board  

Tony Svejcar - Rangeland Scientist-Research Leader, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service in Burns, Oregon, tony.svejcar@oregonstate.edu
John Tanaka – Department Head and Professor, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Wyoming, jtanaka@uwyo.edu
Brad Schultz – Humboldt County Extension Educator, University of Nevada, schultzb@unce.unr.edu
Megan Clayton – Assistant Professor and Extension Range Specialist, Texas A&M University Extension, megan.clayton@ag.tamu.edu
John Rademacher – Supervisory NRS, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon, John_Rademacher@blm.gov
John O’Keefe – President- Elect, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, PLC Oregon, johnhok@hotmail.com)
Bob Budd – Executive Director,  Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust, bob.budd@wyo.gov

Journal Partners

University of Idaho | Rangeland Center
University of Idaho Library | Digital Initiatives
Rangelands West
Owyhee Initiative


Publication Process

Intent to Submit

Authors wishing to submit a manuscript to the Journal of Rangeland Applications must first complete the “Intent to Submit” form (found here). This form will be reviewed by editors to ensure the proposed topic will be relevant to the JRA audience and that it fits within the types of articles accepted by the JRA.

Format Compliance

Articles accepted for submission will follow manuscript format as presented in the JRA Author Guidelines. Submitted manuscripts will first be reviewed by editorial staff for compliance with the format requirements. Manuscripts that do not comply will be returned to the corresponding author.

Reader Response Compliance

Written responses to articles published in the Journal of Rangeland Applications are accepted to identify errors in interpretation or inaccuracies in facts presented, or to highlight additional research that adds clarity to the topic. Responses will follow the format presented in the JRA Reader-Submitted Response to Article Guidelines. Responses must be no more than 3000 words, including citations. 

Review Process

One or more of the JRA editors will suggest a slate of reviewers for each submitted manuscript. The panel will include three to four reviewers with a range of experiences in the science and management of rangelands. Every effort will be made to select reviewers with knowledge specific to the topic and/or region addressed in the manuscript.

The team of reviewers will meet by conference call to discuss the merits or weaknesses of the manuscript. Reviewers will evaluate the manuscript for: scientific rigor; relevance to range management; objectivity/ lack of bias or opinion; and, scope and scale. The review team will come to consensus whether to accept or decline the submission. Specific suggestions will be developed to improve manuscripts accepted for publication.

Preparation of Accepted Manuscripts

Authors will be asked to make necessary changes outlined by reviewers.  The final revised manuscript will be reviewed by copyeditors to standardize the manuscript’s style, grammar, and format. Editorial staff will send page proofs to authors for their review and approval.

Publication Frequency and Indexing

Articles in the Journal of Rangeland Applications are published, as they become ready, by adding them to the current volume's Table of Contents. Volumes will commence by year, beginning with Volume 1 in 2013 and the full table of contents for each volume will be created at the end of each year. The JRA will publish the manuscript online without paper copies created. The University of Idaho Library will appropriately catalogue and index the article for access by academic internet search procedures.




Publication Charges 

$100.00 per printed/PDF page

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. For more information on Open Access visit the University of Idaho Library's Open Access Information Page: http://libguides.uidaho.edu/openaccess

Publishing System

This journal uses Open Journal Systems, which is open source journal management and publishing software developed, supported, and freely distributed by the Public Knowledge Project under the GNU General Public License.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Copyright Policy

Authors who wish to publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultanously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an awknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into seperate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g. post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an awknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositores or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (see The Effect of Open Access).

Journal Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...