Governance of Tenure

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Land Tenure Journal is published by FAO as a medium for the dissemination of information and views on tenure of land and other natural resources. The audience consist of people having interest in tenure of land and other natural resources in its broadest technical, economical, political and social senses. The prime beneficiaries include professionals and practitioners from international and national agencies, academia, central and local governments, and civil society organizations. Articles are published in English, French or Spanish. The content of the journal reflects the versatile priorities of FAO's Land Tenure normative and field programs as well as the priorities of the journal's audience. The journal aims to present a holistic and politically, culturally and regionally diversified view on tenure of land and other natural resources.

Land Tenure Journal welcomes authors to submit articles written from technical (for example on advances in land administration or in land law), economical (for example on matters related to property taxation), political (for example on policy options in diverse settings) and social (for example on the realities of poor land users in diverse conditions) points of view.

The designations employed and the presentation of material in this information product do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) concerning the legal or development status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. The mention of specific companies or products of manufacturers, whether or not these have been patented, does not imply that these have been endorsed or recommended by FAO in preference to others of a similar nature that are not mentioned. The views expressed in this information product are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of FAO.


Section Policies


Peer Review Process

Submitted articles to the Land Tenure Journal are read by selected members of the Editorial Board and/or outside reviewers according to the principles of blind peer-review. The reviewers are asked to evaluate the article based on its suitability, originality, relevance, soundness of methodology and analytical rigor, impartiality and clarity. They may propose to the Editors to:

  1. accept the article as it is.
  2. accept the article with minor revision.
  3. accept the article after a major revision. A new review is required.
  4. reject the article.


Publication Frequency

The Land Tenure Journal publishes a minimum of one open access issue per year and occasional issues focused on a selected land tenure theme for which there are both material and global demand. The Land Tenure Journal is an e-journal dedicated to hardcopy distribution as long as seen necessary for the benefit of developing country audience.


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.