The Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural and Community Studies (IJRCS) is one of the journals of Education Research and Rural Community Development Forum. IJRCS focuses on providing a platform for academics, practitioners and community development experts across all fields of studies to publish their findings.  We welcome articles that seek to provide empirical, conceptual, theoretical, and opinions on current rural and community-related issues. It also encourages discourse on interdisciplinary rural development, policies and practices and community studies from the regional, provincial, community and global perspective. Our interest is limitless to thought-provoking interdisciplinary debates on the practical application of emancipatory studies, social studies, economic studies, political studies, environmental studies, local and urban studies, urban influence/dominance, and studies in resources allocation, among others. The predominant focus is to seek for articles that contribute to the sustainable development of rurally disadvantaged people and to emancipate communities for self-reliance: 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, 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