Welcome to Volume 17, Number 5 of Livestock Research
for Rural Development
The numbers of papers submitted to LRRD is increasing dramatically (Figures 1 and 2).
Figure 1: Papers submitted to LRRD in the period 2001-2004
Figure 2: Papers submitted to LRRD during 2004 (n=227)
This puts an immense pressure on the editorial team which, as we have often pointed out, is composed of professional scientists who give their time freely to promote the mission of LRRD. LRRD does not receive financial support from any quarter and does not employ secretaries or technical assistants. All activities are done online by electronic mail or through the Web pages of LRRD (http://www.cipav.org.co/lrrd/index.html) and utafoundation (www.utafoundation.org). In this medium, constantly under pressure from Spam and viruses, papers and communications to and from authors may be mislaid or lost permanently. The editorial team take all possible precautions to avoid disruption of the editorial process, but mistakes are inevitable.
Authors are therefore requested to:
- Ensure that the reference to their paper (first four letters of their surname and the date) is always typed on the subject line of any communication
- Send a message to the Chief Editor if there has been no response, within a period of 14 days, to their queries or communications. The editorial team welcomes such reminders, which facilitate the efficient processing of papers through the reviewing, editing and formatting stages.
The journal has instituted the numbering system required for indexing in ISI and other International Databases. In the table of contents and in the "citations", articles in a given volume are numbered consecutively. The issue is no longer quoted in the citations.
A search engine has been developed by the LRRD "IT" consultant (Mr Nicholas Waltham) which facilitates "on-line" searching of all the LRRD issues available on the web site.
We have introduced a system of having associate-editors to take care of papers in certain areas, in order to reduce the work load of the editors and to ensure more efficient communication between editors and authors. The procedure is working well, according to the guidelines set out in "Norms for preparation of papers for LRRD". We are also taking advantage of the skills being demonstrated by young researchers in Vietnam by involving them in the task of "editing" tables and references in the correct format for later transposing the files to html. Ms Vo Thi Kim Thanh, from Hue University of Agriculture and Forestry, has demonstrated her interest and capacity to do this work, and we are privileged to invite her to join the LRRD editorial team.
The revised list of Editors and Associate-editors is as follows:
- Reg Preston, UK (Senior Editor: email@example.com)
- Rene Sansoucy, France (Assistant Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Enrique Murgueitio, Colombia (Advisory Editor: email@example.com)
- Alvaro Ocampo, Colombia (Associate-editor, Spanish-speaking Latin America, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Rogério Martins Mauricio (Associate-editor: Brazil, email@example.com)
- Trevor Wilson, UK (Associate-editor: Africa, TrevorBart@aol.com)
- Julián Chara, Colombia (Associate-editor: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Vo Thi Kim Thanh (Editorial Assistant: email@example.com)
The Scientific Committee, which acts in an advisory capacity, is:
Receipt of papers is usually confirmed the day they arrive and almost always they are sent to the associate-editors (or in some case direct to reviewers) the same day. We expect reviewers to send recommendations to the associate-editors (or Chief Editor), as to acceptance of papers for publication in LRRD, and comments, within two weeks of receiving the paper.
If authors do not receive confirmation of receipt of their papers within two weeks of submitting them, they should remind the chief editor on: firstname.lastname@example.org
It will also decrease our work load and speed up publication, if authors follow carefully the style and format of LRRD by consulting published papers in earlier issues. Attention is drawn to the style of references and tables which is where most mistakes are made.
Please read the section on "Norms for preparation of papers for LRRD" for details. Failure to observe the LRRD norms for editing papers will inevitably lead to delays in publication, because of the additional work load this causes for the Editors.
A paper written for LRRD in "html" has a number of supporting files including the "style" of headings and the images of graphs and photos. This creates some difficulties for editors and authors for the final "proof-reading" of the papers when these are sent by E-mail, as the editors have to ensure that the supporting files are attached along with the paper; and the author, when she / he receives the paper, has to put all the files in the same folder to be sure that when the paper is opened it will appear complete on the screen. To avoid these inconveniences, each paper as it is edited is being made available as a provisional "url" which is communicated to authors when the final version of their paper is ready in html format. Authors can then check the paper for possible errors or last minute corrections and inform the editors accordingly.
It appears that at present there are no defined standards for citing papers published electronically. Obviously it is an advantage for such citations to include the "URL" which will take the reader direct to the paper in question. The correct citation for LRRD is now shown in the link "Citation of this paper" at the top of the first page of each article.
The editorial strategy of Livestock Research for Rural Development is to promote the distribution of ideas and hypotheses as well as the documentation of relevant research findings in sustainable use of natural renewable resources. The medium for the former (ideas and hypotheses) traditionally has been through the presentation of short research communications usually at a conference, seminar, workshop or a meeting of members of a scientific association. At such meetings, when many short papers are submitted, these may be accommodated in simultaneous sessions for oral presentation or increasingly in the form of posters. The latter procedure is proving to be the more attractive as it facilitates the dissemination of information by having it available on a continuous basis throughout a meeting rather than at selected times as is the case with theatre presentations.
In the same way that the "tele-conference", employing E-mail and Web communication, is emerging as a cost-effective alternative to the localised (in time and place) scientific gathering, so the "electronic journal" can become a medium for the "poster" presentations. The editors of LRRD are encouraging this approach by means of a section in the journal devoted exclusively to "". It is hoped that by creating a medium for presenting ideas based on preliminary observations, readers interested in the data will be encouraged to enter into a dialogue with the authors. Details for the submission of the short communications are given in "Notes to authors".
HTML is the native language for publishing documents on the World Wide Web and is understood by all Web browsing software. The journal, as the principal means of publication of developing world sustainable agriculture, needs to be easily available to the widest possible audience of interested people. Using HTML as the on online publishing format has three principal advantages. The first is that everybody who finds the journal can read it with their Internet browser (Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape are amongst the most common). Secondly, the Internet search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Infoseek and others will index the pages. Thirdly, articles can be posted on the Web as soon as they are formatted in HTML, thus increasing tremendously the speed of communication of information.
All previous issues of the journal have now been converted to HTML format (thanks to CIPAV staff in Colombia), thus there is available on the Internet through the CIPAV web pages a library of over 14 years of research in the field of developing world sustainable agriculture.
The HTML version of LRRD is available on the Web at:
email@example.com in Colombia
firstname.lastname@example.org in France
Volumes 1 to 9 of LRRD are available in HTML format on a CD ROM disk. Readers who
wish to receive copies should send their requests to;
A CD-ROM with all issues of the journal up to the most recent issue can be obtained on request from the Editor email@example.com in Colombia. The price is USD 10.00 per copy, excluding air-mail postage.
UTA has moved it's international base of activities from Cambodia to Colombia,
to a recently purchased farm in the Department of Santander, which is being
developed as an "ecofarm" for research, demonstration and learning. The UTA Home page is being updated to reflect these changes.
Details of this network, financed by SidaSAREC, and involving
research and training institutions in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, can
be found on the Web site:
Much interest has been generated in the low-cost plastic biodigesters and the
duckweed ponds which are an integral feature of ecological farming. A
manual giving practical details of these technologies has been prepared for FAO
and is available at:
In addition to this manual which uses "still" pictures, more detailed guides on the Biodigesters and the Duckweed ponds are available on CD-ROMs in combined Video and Text format:
1. Productive use of livestock wastes: a manual for installation of low-cost plastic biodigesters
2. Productive use of livestock wastes: a manual for the use of biodigester effluent and ponds for duckweed production
Prices are USD10.00 for each CD-ROM disk plus freight. Details can be had from
Lylian Rodriguez at:
This is an electronic edition of the book `Tropical Feeds', originally written by
Dr Bo Göhl, and published by FAO in 1971. The database (program prepared by Dr A W Speedy and Nick Waltham) is available on CD-ROM from: The Senior Officer (Feed Resources),
Animal Production and Health Division, FAO, Via della terme di Caracalla, 00100-Rome,
The most recent version (version 8) is available on:
No 126, Tropical animal feeding: A manual for research workers
(T R Preston)
1995, pp 305 (English)
No 132, Feeding pigs in the tropics (Rena Perez) 1997, pp 185 (English):
No 134, Tratamiento y utilización de residuos de origen animal, pesquero y alimenticio en la alimentación animal (Editors: Vilda Figueroa y Manuel Sánchez) 1997, pp 255 (Castellano) [Not yet available on Internet]
No 135, Roughage utilization in warm climates (Michel Chenost and Chedly Kayouli)
1997, pp 226 (English et Français)
English version: http://www.fao.org/docrep/003/w4988e/w4988e00.htm
Version française : http://www.fao.org/docrep/W4988F/W4988F00.htm
No 139, Tree foliage in ruminant nutrition (Ronald A Leng) 1997, pp 100 (English)
Duckweed; a tiny aquatic plant with enormous potential for agriculture and environment (Ronald A Leng) 1999, pp 108 (English)
No 42, Using fodder from trees and shrubs to feed livestock in the tropics (O B Smith), pp 52 (English, Français, Castellano)
No 43, Feeding animals on straw (F Dolberg), pp30 (English)
No 44, Processing of cassava and sweet potatoes for animal feeding (V Ravindran), pp 49 (English) http://www.fao.org/ag/AGA/Facts/bfs44/1.htm
No 45, Multinutrient block handbook (L O Garcia and J I Restrepo), pp 28 (English) http://www.fao.org/ag/AGA/AGAP/FRG/Facts/bfs45/bl1.pdf
No 46, Use of cassava and sweet potatoes in animal feeding (V Ravindran), pp 47(English)
Hard copies can be obtained from: The Senior Officer, Feed Resources Group, AGA, FAO, 00100