IJRCS provides a platform for academics, practitioners, and community development experts to publish their findings.  We welcome articles that seek to provide empirical, conceptual, theoretical and opinions on current rural and community-related issues. It encourages discourse on interdisciplinary rural development, policies and practices, and community-related studies from the regional, provincial, community and global perspectives. Our interest is limited to thought-provoking interdisciplinary debates on the practical application of emancipatory, social, economic, political, environmental, local and urban influence/dominance, and resource allocation studies. The predominant focus is to seek articles that contribute to the sustainable development of the “disadvantaged”, towards emancipation and self-reliance. IJRCS also invites book reviews, reviews of applicable literature, and commentaries. 

This journal is considered as an outlet for intellectual scholarships for all disciplines, including but not limited to the following perspectives:

  • Rural development and people's emancipation
  • Community development
  • Urban and regional integration
  • Economic and political perspectives
  • Social and educational perfectives
  • Governance and administrative perspectives
  • Sociological and psychological perspectives
  • Health and well-being
  • Social and political activism
  • Management and commination
  • Natural and human science
  • Humanities and literature
  • Gender issues 

Definition of Terms

  • ERRCDF defines "rural" as economically, socially, and politically disadvantaged locations, people or entities.
  • ERRCDF defines "community" as the conglomerate of people, entities, locations, organisations that share common or conflictual characteristics.  

Publication Frequency

Prior to 2022, IJRCS published two issues on a continuous publishing model per year. From 2022 henceforth, IJRCS publishes one issue per year, and a continuous publishing model applies. Therefore, articles ready for publication any time of the year are immediately made available online on an article-by-article basis.