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Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope
Section Policies
Peer Review Process
Publication Frequency
Open Access Policy
Archiving


Focus and Scope
Rationale for the Journal

There are a number of journals that exist in the area of rural (Journal of Rural Studies, Rural Sociology) and community (Community Development Journal, Journal of the Community Development Society, Small Town) studies. The purpose of the JRCD is to provide a venue for academics to publish findings in the field of development studies in either or both rural and community contexts.

Beyond the demographic trends toward urban, there are issues of remoteness, regional differences, resource dependency and restructuring, environmental degradation, unemployment and depopulation, urban influence/dominance, etc. that need to be addressed. Connections can be made to a variety of traditional (e.g. Geography, Sociology, Political Science, Economics) and non-traditional (e.g. Rural Development, Health Studies, Environmental Studies) disciplines, as well as research areas and perspectives (e.g. resource analysis, political economy, community action theory, community development).


Subject Areas of Interest

A range of subject areas have has been identified for publication in The JRCD:

- economic restructuring and diversification
- social capital, capacity and cohesion
- resource development and environmental condition
- community and regional development
- doing development
- social problems and community development
- political economy of rural development
- experiences with development activities/interventions
- program and policy evaluation
- local economic development
- condition (health, well-being, quality of life, sustainability)
- gender issues in development
- land-use, environmental and community planning
- rural governance and service provision
- changing communications technology


Format

The format of the JRCD will include standard editorials, regular refereed articles, and a book reviews section, in addition to shorter refereed case study articles and pieces that analyse particular policies/programs developed for, or impacting on, rural and small towns. The last section of each issue will list recently completed theses and upcoming conference announcements. Each issue will be structured as follows:

1. Editorial Pieces introducing each issue including thematic discussions where appropriate (guest editorials reflecting the various regions of the world are also possible)

2. Three Sections of Refereed Articles

a. Regular Refereed Articles: (e.g. 5,000-8,000 words, inclusive of references and graphics)
b. Community/Regional/Rural region Case Studies (e.g. 3,000-5,000 words inclusive of references and graphics)
c. Policy Section: Shorter papers summarizing/evaluating policies and programs (e.g. 3,000-5,000 words, inclusive of references and graphics)

3. Book Reviews




All manuscripts submitted to the JRCD will be reviewed by a member of the editorial board or editorial advisory board and two referees within the relevant research field. An open review process is proposed in which the author(s) and reviewers will have the choice of identifying themselves.


Rationale for Brandon University as Publisher

For 100 years, Brandon University has focused its education, research, and outreach on rural and small towns. For more than 20 years, BU has offered an undergraduate degree in Rural and Community Studies that includes courses from other disciplines, including Economics, Geography, Native Studies, Political Science, and Sociology. The creation of the Rural Development Institute (RDI) in 1989, which houses a publication series and a community outreach service to rural Manitoba, illustrates a research focus on rural and small town areas and issues. More recently (1998), Brandon University established the Department of Rural Development that offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in rural and community development. These programs and the faculty-based research in RDI and the Department are directly related to the journal?s mandate.

Brandon University also has a strong journal publication history, particularly with the Canadian Journal of Peace Studies, the Canadian Journal of Native Studies, and monographs and proceedings of the Prairie Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (PCAG). The Rural Development Institute has published dozens of monographs and research papers since 1989.






Section Policies
Articles
   Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
   Indexed
  Research Support Tool
 
 Editors:
 Doug Ramsey, Brandon University
 
Book/Media Reviews
   Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
   Indexed
  Research Support Tool
 
 Editors:
 
Case Studies
   Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
   Indexed
  Research Support Tool
 
 Editors:
 
Editorial
   Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
   Indexed
  Research Support Tool
 
 Editors:
 Doug Ramsey, Brandon University
 
Policy Evaluation and Review
   Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
   Indexed
  Research Support Tool
 
 Editors:
 
Research Note
   Open Submissions
  Peer-Reviewed
   Indexed
  Research Support Tool
 
 Editors:



Peer Review Process
A double-blind review process is followed. Each manuscript submitted to the JRCD will be reviewed by two referees. Referees will be selected by the editor based on qualifications and the ability to provide a timely review.

VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT INCLUDE ANY INFORMATION THAT IDENTIFIES YOURSELF AS THE AUTHOR.



Publication Frequency
Between three and four issues of the JRCD will be published each year. This does not preclude additional 'special issues'.


Open Access Policy
Open Access Research


This journal provides open access to all of it content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Such access is associated with increased readership and increased citation of an author's work. For more information on this approach, see the Public Knowledge Project, which has designed this system to improve the scholarly and public quality of research, and which freely distributes the journal system as well as other software to support the open access publishing of scholarly resources.


Archiving
This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


The Journal of Rural and Community Development
The JRCD includes standard editorials, regular refereed articles, and a book reviews section, in addition to shorter refereed case study articles and pieces that analyse particular policies/programs developed for, or impacting on, rural and small towns. In the future, each issue will also include a list recently completed theses and upcoming conference announcements.







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Journal of Rural and Community Development. ISSN: 1712-8277