About the Journal

The Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural & Community Studies (IJRCS) was established in early 2019 under the name “Journal of Education Research and Rural Community Development” with the publication of articles in education, rural and community studies. In January 2021, during the annual report of the forum, the Journal was considered too encompassing and needed to be divided into two separate journals. The rural and community development aspect was made as an independent journal under the name “Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural and Community Studies”, while the education research aspect was also designed to stand independently as Interdisciplinary Journal of Education Research”. This was how the “Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural and Community Studies (IJRCS)” came into the limelight in January 2021.

Definition of Terms

  • ERRCDF defines “Rural” as economically, socially, and politically disadvantaged locations, people, and/or entities.
  • ERRCDF defines “Community” as the conglomerate of people, entities, locations, organisations that share common and/or conflictual characteristics.  

Publication Frequency

IJRCS publishes two issues per year continuously on article-by-article. That is, articles submitted, reviewed and accepted between January and June each year will be published in the first issue, while articles submitted, reviewed and accepted between July and December will be published in the second issue. Accepted papers ready for publication at any time are immediately made available online on an article-by-article basis.

Copyright and Licensing

 Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural & Community Studies is an open journal and provides immediate open access to its published contents. The articles published by  Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural & Community Studies is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licence which permits non-commercial re-use (download, read, print, search, copy, distribute the link, etc) 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. Hence, 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

 Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural & 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 Academia.edu) both prior to and after publication while providing bibliographic details that credit, if applicable, its publication in this journal. 

Publication Statistics

  • 2020: 23 articles Submitted, 9 (39%) accepted & published, 19 (61%) Rejected 
  • 2019: 37 articles Submitted, 13 (35%) accepted & published, 24 (65%) Rejected