Governance of Tenure


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Author Guidelines

Please follow the guidelines below when writing your article. Articles can be submitted online ( or send by e-mail to All articles are read by selected members of the Editorial Board and/or outside reviewers according to the principles of blind peer-review. The final decision about the publication of the articles will be taken by the Editors. 


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 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.


Contributions should fall within the scope of the journal. Land Tenure Journal focuses primarily on tenure governance, rights, administration, policy and reform providing an inter-disciplinary, multi-perspective and practise oriented forum to explore questions of land and other natural resource tenure in the contexts of food security, poverty reduction, social and environmental stability and economic growth. Articles related to the tenure of land, fisheries and forests can be proposed for consideration by the Land Tenure Journal.

Land Tenure Journal welcomes authors to submit articles written from technical (for example on advances in land administration or in land law), economic (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 and other natural resource users in diverse conditions) points of view.


Land Tenure Journal is looking for publishing articles that make a genuine new contribution in their field. Submission of an article implies that the paper has not been submitted to, or published in, any other journal, in the same or similar form. Articles previously published in a workshop, symposium, or conference can be submitted for consideration provided that the authors inform the editor at the time of submission.


Land Tenure Journal has an international audience of professionals and practitioners working in international and national agencies, academia, central and local governments and civil society organizations. The proposed articles should be internationally relevant and their message important beyond its country and context of origin. 


One of the key missions of FAO is to act as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. All ideas presented in the articles should be clearly justified respecting the cultural perspectives of each country. 

Authors are invited to submit articles in English, French or Spanish. The articles will be published in their original language.

Abstract and keywords

An article must include an abstract that summarizes the most important results (maximum 1200 characters with spaces). Authors are encouraged to provide three to four keywords that best define their articles.

Length of the articles

The maximum length of the submitted articles is 40 000 characters with spaces excluding endnotes and references. All articles should contain an introduction and a conclusion. The articles can be structured by subtitles in maximum two different levels.

Format and layout

The articles should be submitted through the online submission system or, if not feasible, by e-mail to The preferred formats are Microsoft Word (.doc, .rtf) and Open Office (.odt).

The text should be single-spaced and use a Times New Roman 12-point font. It is encouraged to use italics rather than underlining. All hyperlinks should be deactivated.

All figures and tables should be cited in the text and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. They should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. A title and legend explaining any abbreviation used should be provided for each figure and table.

The use of footnotes is discouraged. Instead, they should be incorporated into the text.

The authors are encouraged to highlight key phrases in their manuscripts. These can be used by the editor as ‘'call outs'' in the final layout.

The authors are encouraged to send to the editor 1-3 digital photos relevant to their article. 

Authors should provide their full name, affiliation, organization as well as electronic mail address.

All references should be cited parenthetically in the text by author and year, e.g. (FAO, 2007). An alphabetical bibliography at the end of the article is to be provided. Full bibliographical details should be given so that readers can easily find the sources they want to consult. The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication.

Example of reference for books:

the author(s). year of publication. full title of book. editor/publisher, place of publication. number of pages of the book.

(FAO. 2007. Good governance in land tenure and administration. FAO Land Tenure Studies No.9, Rome. 57p.)

Example of reference for articles:

the author(s). year of publication. full title of article. full title of journal, volume and issue number of journal. page numbers of the article.

(FAO. 2007. Sample Article. Land Reform, Land Settlement and Co-operatives, no. 1, p. 21-30.)


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The manuscripts have not been previously submitted to or published in any other journal, in the same or similar form. Manuscripts previously published in a workshop, symposium, or conference can be submitted for consideration provided that the authors inform the editor at the time of submission.
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF or OpenOffice document file format. The content is equal or less than 40 000 characters with spaces, and the file size is less than 4 MB.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided. All URL addresses in the text are activated and ready to click.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. The manuscript is ready for the double-blind review process. Please make sure that the authors' names and affiliations are removed from the submission file.

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