IFPRI Glossary

Annual Report

The Annual Report is written by the Publications Unit of the Communications and Knowledge Management (CKM) Division. It is reviewed by the Senior Management Team (SMT) and approved for publication by the director general.

The Publications Unit of the Communications and Knowledge Management (CKM) Division manages the writing, editing, design, production, and distribution of the Annual Report.

Insights Magazine

INSIGHTS provides a broad view of the work of IFPRI’s researchers and shows how this work matters for the world’s poor and hungry people. Articles are written by the Publications Unit’s editors and writers, IFPRI research staff, and freelance writers. All content is reviewed by the Senior Management Team and approved for publication by the director general.

The Publications Unit of CKM manages the writing, editing, design, production, and distribution of INSIGHTS.

Access the web version at http://insights.ifpri.info/

Food Policy Report

The Publications Unit of CKM manages the editing, design, production, and distribution of IFPRI’s Food Policy Reports. A Food Policy Report (up to 52 pages) offers a broad-view perspective on a development and food security issue with possible policy implications or responses. It is based on original research or a synthesis of research conducted by IFPRI researchers and collaborators, distilled and written for a general readership including nonexperts.

Audience: Policymakers, researchers, donors, partners, and others.

A Food Policy Report based on previously peer-reviewed material is submitted by the author through the research division director to the director of CKM and the head of Publications for consideration. A Food Policy Report not based on previously peer-reviewed material is submitted to the PRC for peer review. The director general grants final approval for publication.

Books

  • Single-author or multi-author works
  • Edited works
  • Practitioner’s guides
  • Atlases
  • Conference proceedings/synopses

IFPRI BOOKS Authors wishing to publish a book submit their manuscript to the Publications Review Committee (PRC) for peer review. Final approval for publication is given by the director general after the PRC recommends that the manuscript is publishable. For more information about the PRC review process, see intranet.ifpri.org:8090/CTF/PRC/Home.aspx.

GLOBAL FOOD POLICY REPORT IFPRI’s flagship book, published annually and written by IFPRI staff and invited contributors from other organizations. The director general grants final approval of content for the Global Food Policy Report.

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESS BOOKS Authors submit their manuscript to the PRC. If approved, and the authors wish to publish via the University of Pennsylvania Press (Penn Press), the head of Publications will contact Penn Press to determine its interest. The director general grants final approval for a Penn Press book.

CO-PUBLISHED BOOKS Authors wishing to pursue joint publication (IFPRI/ external publisher) submit their manuscript to the PRC, unless the PRC agrees to consider the review process of the joint publisher as equivalent in rigor to IFPRI’s. The director general grants final approval for joint publication.

THIRD-PARTY BOOKS Authors wishing to publish a third-party book are responsible for ensuring that the book contains the provided disclaimer declaring that any opinions stated are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of IFPRI.

 

All books published by IFPRI are available in print, as well as on IFPRI’s website as a downloadable PDF, at no cost. The books are also available as e-books from Kindle, iTunes, Google Books, and Google Play, and through Amazon’s print-on-demand service.

Program/Project Output

  • Country Note or Country Policy Note
  • Note
  • Project Note
  • Working Paper

 

Shorter program/project outputs aimed at policymakers are called Country Notes, Country Policy Notes, Notes, or Project Notes. Longer program/project outputs are called Working Papers. These are not peer reviewed, but are approved by the respective division director. Any opinions stated are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of IFPRI.

Discussion Paper

IFPRI Discussion Papers contain preliminary material and research results. They have been reviewed by an external consultant, but have not been subject to the formal external review via IFPRI's Publications Review Committee. They are circulated in order to stimulate discussion and critical comment; any opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of IFPRI.

Discussion papers are not peer reviewed. For more information about the DP review process, see intranet.ifpri.org:8090/COM/Editorial%20Services%20 FILES/DPGuidelines.pdf

Briefs

The classification “brief” is used for IFPRI briefs that are peer reviewed or are based on peer-reviewed material. The director general grants final approval of all briefs. Policy briefs, issue briefs, and research briefs that are based on previously peer reviewed material do not require further review. Briefs not based on previously reviewed material must be submitted to the Peer Review Committee.

  • Policy Brief (2 or 4 pages): An analysis of pressing food security and development concerns of broad interest that identifies policy implications, responses, or both. Audience: policymakers, donors, and partners.
  • Issue Brief (4 or 8 pages): A synopsis of the research presented in an IFPRI book/co-published book/Penn Press book. It is written by the editors in the Publications Unit and approved by the book’s author. Audience: policymakers, researchers, donors, partners, and students.
  • 2020 Focus Briefs (4 pages): A collection of briefs on a single topic, written by invitation by a wide range of contributors. Audience: policymakers, researchers, donors, partners, and students
  • Research Brief (2 or 4 pages): An overview of new research. Audience: researchers, partners, and students.

The Publications Unit of CKM manages the editing, design, production, and distribution of IFPRI’s briefs.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Borrowing resources from libraries that have holdings not located in IFPRI's collection

Peer Review

A process of review and revision of publications by a group of  researchers in the field in order to ensure quality. Peer review may occur internally through IFPRI's Publications Review Committee (PRC) as well as externally through the publication venue to which the product was submitted.