You are welcome to IJRCS.  Adhering to our guidelines will increase authors' chances of a prompt response from us, which will enhance a smooth peer-review process and a prompt editorial decision of your article. Please take note of all the instructions and follow them closely to ensure your manuscript falls within our scope.

Originality, Trustworthiness and Misconduct 
Submissions must fall within the scope of the journal. It must include an assurance that the manuscript has not been published, submitted or sent for consideration elsewhere. If required, proof of language editing done by native/L1 language speakers or experts in English should be submitted alongside the article as a supplementary file. Please be aware that only articles that have ten per cent (10%) or below similarity index will be accepted and that all manuscripts will be submitted to the Turnitin software before processing. However, the editor is rightfully obliged to make suggestions or suggest modifications and refuse any manuscripts with stated reasons without recourse to whether the manuscript's author is by invitation or a voluntary submission before publication.

IJRCS and ERRCDF condone zero tolerance for research misconduct such as plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication. Practices such as fabrication and manipulation of data, images, visual objects, and other research resources are prohibited and considered forbidden in IJRCS. Authors are expected to present an accurate account of data collection and their respective analyses. The true reflection of the work done should be presented. Anything other than that is considered unethical and would be rejected.  Authors will receive an acknowledgement receipt of their submission within three days, and manuscripts outside IJRCS's scope will be returned with an acknowledgement.

In the case of allegations regarding research misconduct, the publisher (ERRCDF), alongside the journal editor, shall follow the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)'s core practice in dealing with such a situation.

Ethical Considerations

The issue of research ethics is important and must be keenly followed to protect the researcher, co-researchers, participants, respondents and every object and subject element involved in the study. In social sciences research, just like other fields of study, adhering to ethical rules involving human beings, vulnerable populations, confidentiality, anonymity, among others, should not be compromised.

Formatting of Manuscripts  
The integrity of our review process is sacrosanct; therefore, concerted efforts should be made by the author(s) to remove all the indications of identity from their "manuscript" to ensure a blind relationship between the author(s) and the reviewer(s). These steps will be hundred per cent (100%) considered before initiating the review process.

Therefore, authors:

  • Should prepare two different documents; the first document named "main manuscript" must only contain the manuscript's title, the abstract and the entire article. The second document, which must be named and uploaded as a "supplementary file" must contain the title, author(s) information, and the email address of all the authors. 
  • In the case of the author(s) citing their previous works, the name(s) must be replaced with "author and year" in the text and also replicated in the reference session instead of the authors' name, article title, among others.
  • When naming their documents, author(s) identification should also be removed from the properties of the files; instead, they should name their main article with "main manuscript" and the information file as "supplementary file"

Manuscripts must be prepared on Microsoft Word, using 1.15 spacing and 12-point size in Times New Roman. Authors are advised to employ italics rather than underlining, noting that figures, tables, and other graphics must be placed at the appropriate place within the text according to the author(s) interest. The recommended length for manuscripts is between 4000 and 7000 words, including references, an abstract of 250 words or less, and any appendixes. Each heading must be numbered, for example, 1., 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, among others. In the case of multiple authors, the manuscript must indicate one author as the corresponding author.  Before submission, the author(s) must check our published articles to ensure they are properly formatted. Articles not formatted according to our format will be rejected unprocessed. 

Citation and Referencing Style

All sources used must be acknowledged. Author(s) must ensure that all in-text citations are done appropriately and with no omission in the reference section. All citations in the manuscripts must be referenced and all references must have been cited. IJRCS adopts the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th edition publication guidelines, which should be strictly adhered to.

Disclosure and Conflict of interest

It is the author's responsibility to disclose any conflicting, competing and financial interest that may influence the result, production and construe or result in liability. All official sources of financial support should be disclosed. The author must, therefore, notify the Editor-in-Chief should there be any conflicts of interest.

Permission and Acknowledgement

The author's responsibility is to obtain written permission for published tables, figures, text passages, and illustrations. The author should create a separate section before references to acknowledge people, funding organisations, grants, and others.  This section should be titled "Acknowledgments", just like other sub-headings. However, the author must obtain permission from the author's acknowledged person(s), organisations, and others.

Publication Process

Authors are requested to register and submit their manuscripts using our submission link. The submission and the review gateway are designed to guide authors, and reviewers step by step throughout the process. If you are unable to provide an electronic version, please contact the Editor-in-Chief. Article consideration processes are as follow:

Step 1: Author registers and submits the complete manuscript in Word document following a double-blind peer review policy and formatting prescription of the journal.

Step 2: The Editor-in-Chief checks the submitted manuscripts (subject to rejection if not within the journal's scope and unable to fulfil the standard research criteria).

Step 3: The articles are subjected to a plagiarism test (above ten per cent similarity result will be rejected and sent back to the author(s) for possible correction).

Step 4: The article will be assigned to a suitable editorial team member (content verification will be ascertained and may be rejected if found unsuitable).

Step 5: Two expert double-blind peer reviewers are selected from different institutions to review the manuscript. After that, the section editor evaluates the review results to decide based on the reviewer's recommendations. The likely recommendations are:

  1. Accept in its condition,
  2. Minor revision required,
  3. Major revision required,
  4. Resubmit for another review process,
  5. Reject and resubmit elsewhere.

Step 6: In the case of 1, manuscripts are processed for publication. In the cases of 2 & 3, the author(s) have to submit the revised manuscript through the revision menu, where manuscripts are checked by the Editor-in-Chief, section editor, and reviewers (may be rejected if it does not satisfy the reviewers' queries). In the case of 4, a new review process is initiated.

Step 7: The accepted manuscripts will be formatted and sent back to the author(s) for approval.

Step 8: A copy-edited version of the manuscript is uploaded and shared with the author(s) for final approval before final publication.

Peer-Review Process

The Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural and Community Studies follows a double-blind peer-review policy. This means that the identity of both the author and reviewer remain anonymous to each other.  Articles are subjected to a rigorous peer-review process after the appropriate editorial members may have decided on the quality and the relevance of the article to the journal. At this stage, the editor may reject or accept the article. If accepted by the editor, the article will be sent to two carefully selected peer reviewers with expertise in the article's subject area. The two reviewers are expected to give reports on the article upon which the assigned editor will decide based on the reviewers' recommendations.

If revisions are required, authors will be notified and informed accordingly and will be requested to resubmit the revised version of the article within a certain period. If the revision is minor, the editor will make the final decision, and in the case of major revision, the article will be reevaluated by the same reviewers and their recommendations will inform the final decision.  Finally, an accepted article will be sent for copyediting, and the copy-edited version will be shared with the corresponding author using the journal's online system for possible proofreading, corrections of technical issues, and return the copy to the editor.

Review Guidelines

The Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural and Community Studies values the role of reviewers in the double-blind peer review process towards publishing quality works; therefore, the reviewers are expected to accept only articles in which they have sufficient expertise. All reviewers are requested to ensure the following:

  1. The manuscript is within their area of expertise.
  2. They can dedicate the appropriate time to conduct a critical review of the manuscript.
  3. All the reviewers should declare their conflict of interest and decline the review if conflicts exist.
  4. Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural and Community Studies follows the blind review process, so the manuscript and the review process should remain confidential during and after the review process.
  5. Review of a manuscript should be fair, just, critical, honest and should not be influenced by:
  • The origin or geographical location of the manuscript
  • The religious, political or cultural viewpoint of the author
  • Gender, race, ethnicity or citizenry of the author.
  1. Reviewers should only accept manuscript(s) that they are confident of and willing to dedicate appropriate time to review. However, prompt submission of review is our wish.

Article Processing Charges (APC)

Prior to 2022, IJRCS did not charge for publication. As from January 2022, IJRCS requires the author(s) of accepted article(s) to pay a one-time Article Processing Charge (APC) in order to maintain its high-quality open access articles. Please note that there are no charges for submission, rejected articles, figure, colour and length of articles. Also, there are no hidden and/or surcharges whatsoever. APC is payable when the article has been accepted for publication and when an invoice has been delivered. The current rate is 200 USD (ZAR 3,250) per article, and this is subject to review from time to time.  

Copyright and Licensing

 The Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural and Community Studies is an open journal and provides immediate open access to its published contents. The articles published by the Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural and Community Studies is licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence which permits non-commercial reuse (download, read, print, search, copy, distribute the link, among others) of an open-access article, as long as the original author and source are properly attributed, and provided the article is not modified or altered. The author(s) grant the publisher (ERRCDF) permission and license to publish the article and be recognised as the original publisher. Authors also grant any other third party users the right to non-commercially use the article freely as long as its original authors and citation details are acknowledged without prior permission from the publisher or the author.

Author Self-Archiving Policy

The Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural and Community Studies permits and encourages authors to post items submitted to the journal on personal websites or institutional repositories (such as social-networking sites, ResearchGate and both before and after publication while providing bibliographic details that credit, if applicable, its publication in this journal.