The Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural and Community Studies (IJRCS) is one of the Education Research and Rural Community Development Forum journals. IJRCS focuses on providing a platform for academics, practitioners, and community development experts to publish their findings across all fields of study.  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-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 studies, social studies, economic studies, political studies, environmental studies, local and urban studies, urban influence/dominance, and resource allocation studies. The predominant focus is to seek 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 or entities.
  • ERRCDF defines "community" as the conglomerate of people, entities, locations, organisations that share common or conflictual characteristics.  

Publication Frequency

IJRCS publishes two issues per year, and a continuous publishing model applies. Thus, articles ready for publication between January and June each year will appear in the first issue, while articles ready for publication between July and December will appear in the second issue. That is, articles are immediately made available online when ready for publication.