Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing

Empowering knowledge - delivering sustainable agriculture

Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing


Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing is an award-winning independent publisher of content in agricultural and food science. Through our innovative publishing model, we bridge the knowledge gap between science and its application, enabling and empowering you to make a positive impact on sustainable agriculture, climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals


We now boast over 125 published titles and 2000 chapters, including our growing library of Open Access chapters. We anticipate adding a further 300 chapters to our database and over 20 books in 2023.


Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing

With over 125 published titles and an extensive forward programme, our books cover the major crops and livestock types. This includes each step on the value chain for their production, from breeding through to harvest and the final product.  

Our books are designed from extensive customer feedback and are edited and written by internationally renowned experts. Through our publications we will help researchers identify key issues and trends and find their way more quickly to the research most useful to them, allowing them to plan their own research programmes and link up to other research centres to collaborate more effectively. 

With the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) predicting a potential 60% increase in the demand for food by 2050 as the population reaches 9 billion there are few greater scientific challenges! 


The Burleigh Dodds Science Database

The Burleigh Dodds Science Database contains over 2000 reviews of the latest research in sustainable agriculture in one place.  This unique resource:

  • is a hub of content containing unique access to comprehensive reviews of the key research written by over 4000 internationally renowned experts across agriculture
  • provides a knowledge portal of over 2000 reviews as a synthesis of 100 – 200 of the latest research articles curated into a single chapter
  • includes reviews of best practices for achieving sustainable crop and livestock production, as well as case studies which demonstrate practical applications of this research


Key benefits 

  • the content is thematically organised and searchable to enable you to easily find and read the research of most interest to you
  • a hub of curated content which saves you crucial time and effort, freeing up more time for you to focus on furthering your own research
  • ensures that you stay up-to-date with the emerging farming systems and technologies currently revolutionising the agricultural sector
  • continuously updated with new content each month to aid key actors in the agri-food supply chain to contribute to achieving sustainable agriculture


How it works 

  • expand your research horizons – Utilise the depth and breadth of the content to optimise agricultural production systems to improve food security
  • only pay for the content you want – Create your own custom collection by picking and choosing the content most relevant to you
  • work together to achieve the same goal – Collaborate with colleagues and peers on a local, national and international level through accessing the same research material through the same source
  • bridge the gap between research and practice – Enhance your knowledge of the role of research in achieving the successful adoption of key agricultural practices around the world




Rob has over 25 years experience in the publishing industry.  Previously the Finance Director at Woodhead Publishing, Rob and Francis Dodds founded Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing in 2015 alongside former directors of Woodhead Publishing.  Speaking about the reason for publishing in agriculture science;

“There can be fewer more important challenges than feeding the world’s growing population. We bring together expertise and experience from across the agricultural science community to ensure their work is published in an innovative and ground breaking way and have quickly established ourselves as a leading and recognisable publisher in this area.” 



Francis was Editorial Director at Woodhead Publishing and has worked in the industry for over 35 years.  An Oxford University history graduate Francis has successfully commissioned in several scientific and technical subjects such as the internationally recognised food science list which was acquired by Elsevier in 2013 as part of the sale of Woodhead Publishing.

“I am excited to continue our unique publishing format into 2023 with an impressive range of new titles. Our publishing model is built on exacting customer research and develop our products, in print and digital formats, to provide the flexibility that the modern researcher expects.” 


Amanda is an MA publishing graduate who studied at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. She is a graduate of Greenwich University where she studied English Literature, majoring in Creative Writing. Amanda’s desire to work in publishing has been well supported by some prestigious work experience assignments at Bloomsbury, Penguin Children’s unit, the educational publisher, Rising Stars and a short stint with us prior to joining the team in January 2017. Amanda’s role is to manage the delivery of content and production processes. 


Katherine is an MA Publishing graduate who attained her degree from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She was awarded a Postgraduate Bursary from The Stationers' Company in 2018 to support her studies, as well as support in the form of a mentor. Katherine also completed her BA Hons in Creative Writing and English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University. After completing a brief internship in 2018 with us, she was offered a full-time position in 2019. Katherine's role is to forge and develop relationships with key stakeholders in the agricultural science community, from academia and research to those working in the industry.  




Editorial Team


There are many distinguished and internationally recognised editors working on the variety of topical collections and titles. To learn more about the editors and to see which editors or editorial teams have worked on which collection or titles, please see the complete overview of the editorial teams here.

In addition, we have contributions from over 4000 leading international experts, drawn from academia, research and industry providing reviews of the latest research.




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