Vol. 9 No. 2 (2021): May 2021

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This is the last issue edited by Rainer Schultze-Kraft and Lyle Winks and we would like to give all our gratitude, admiration and respect to them for their outstanding work as editors of the journal. Their committed work to publish excellence in all aspects of tropical forages research is reflected in the quality of the papers published, both in shape and substance, and the steady increase of the rankings and metrics of the journal:

-During their role as editors, Tropical Grasslands-Forrajes Tropicales has published 332 papers, 179 in special issues (119 contributions to the International Grassland Congress 2013 and 60 contributions to the International Leucaena Conference 2018), and 153 in regular issues.

-The Journal is indexed in the core collection of Science Citation Index Expanded and two additional indexes of Clarivate Web of Science, which provides the best-known impact factor indicator (formerly: ISI Journal Impact Factor). The Impact Factor of the Journal for 2019 was 0.703 (for 2018 was 0.441 and for 2017 was 0.389, showing a constant increase). The Impact Factor 2020 will be available in mid-2021.

-TGFT is also indexed in Scopus, and the CiteScore for 2020 is currently 1.60, making a considerable progress since 2017 (0.44), 2018 (0.69) and 2019 (1.30). CiteScore is the way how Scopus measures the impact of its indexed journals.

-The SCImago Journal & Country Rank is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.). These indicators can be used to assess and analyze scientific domains. For 2019, the Journal had a score of 0.37 (in 2018 was 0.28), and ranked in the second highest value amongst the set of journals ranked by SJR (Q2).

The journal is in a transition period to the new editors, Dr Jean Hanson, English and Managing Editor and Dr Danilo Pezo, Spanish Editor. Both have worked with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) for many years and have long and broad experience in tropical forages. Jean is an Emeritus fellow with ILRI in Ethiopia and Danilo is currently working with CATIE in Costa Rica. Jean and Danilo bring complimentary expertise to their roles as editors. Jean is a forage scientist working with forage germplasm and seed production, while Danilo is a livestock scientist working with animal nutrition, pastures and silvopastoral options in tropical livestock systems. The new editorial team will continue to well supported by Jose Luis Urrea Communications Specialist at The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, Colombia.

During the transition period, there have been some delays in the publication process and the journal has been unable to accept submissions in Spanish. The new editors are working hard to deal with the pending submissions, but we do apologise for the delays and aim to be back on schedule by the next issue in September 2021.

Published: 2021-05-31

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