Editorial Policies

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 and regular refereed articles, in addition to shorter refereed case study articles and pieces that analyse particular policies/programs developed for, or impacting on, rural and small towns. A recent addition is the Research Notes section which is not peer-reviewed but is meant to advance new ideas and present issues in rural and community development research.

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. Research Notes

Research Notes are designed to present readers with thoughts regarding methodology (e.g. new perspectives, issues in the field) and research programs. In rare circumstances, the JRCD will consider Research Note submissions hoping to advance new theoretical perspectives. Authors are strongly encouraged to share their ideas with the Editor prior to submission to ensure that the proposed submission fits within the overall guidelines of the JRCD.

Authors must be clear about the purpose of the research note, including what they hope the readers to gain. Research Notes should be clearly written and argued. The length should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words.



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

Editorial

Editorials will be provided for all Special Issues and in regular issues when milestones have been achieved and/or major announcements need to be made.

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Articles

Regular length refereed articles represent the majority of papers published by the JRCD. Manuscripts should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words, inclusive of references and graphics. Manuscripts must have clearly articulated sections, including abstract, introduction, scholarly context, methodology, analysis, recommendations/conclusions, and references. Manuscripts should advance thinking the the rural and community development fields, including theoretical and methodological. Authors should note the interdisciplinary diversity of the JRCD readership and the applied nature of the fields.

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Case Studies

Case studies are encouraged by the JRCD Editorial Board. Submissions should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words, inclusive of references and graphics. While a comprehensive scholarly context is not required, case studies must still be placed within the context of the existing literature. Manuscripts must have clearly articulated sections, including abstract, introduction, scholarly context, methodology, analysis, recommendations/conclusions, and references. Authors should note the interdisciplinary diversity of the JRCD readership and the applied nature of the fields.

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Policy Evaluation and Review

Submissions that evaluate and review policy are encouraged by the JRCD Editorial Board. Submissions should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words, inclusive of references and graphics. While a comprehensive scholarly context is not required, these manuscripts must still be placed within the policy context of the existing literature. Manuscripts must have clearly articulated sections, including abstract, introduction, scholarly context, methodology, analysis, recommendations/conclusions, and references. Authors should note the interdisciplinary diversity of the JRCD readership and the applied nature of the fields.

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Research Notes

Research Notes are designed to present readers with thoughts regarding methodology (e.g. new perspectives, issues in the field) and research programs. In rare circumstances, the JRCD will consider Research Note submissions hoping to advance new theoretical perspectives. Authors are strongly encouraged to share their ideas with the Editor prior to submission to ensure that the proposed submission fits within the overall guidelines of the JRCD. Authors must be clear about the purpose of the research note, including what they hope the readers to gain. Research Notes should be clearly written and argued. The length should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words.

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Book Reviews

The JRCD is not presently publishing book reviews. Should the Editorial Board policy change, an announcement will be made. As we have published book reviews in the past, we must maintain the section here.

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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

The JRCD strives for four issues per year. Publication is done on an Issue basis with a specific Table of Contents.

 

Open Access Policy

The Journal of Rural and Community Development (JRCD) is an open access publication. The content is available to all with access to the internet. Publication in the JRCD is without financial cost to authors. This commitment is achievable with the support of Brandon University and funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's Aid to Scholarly Publications programme.

 

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.