This is the first international journal that focuses exclusively on rural management as opposed to rural or community or sustainable development. Its focus is the practical dimensions of organising and managing rural enterprises and community based organisations. Hence, the journal covers the functioning of, among others, producers`cooperatives, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), self-help groups, local self-governance institutions, and organisations dealing with natural resource management.
The journal publishes both conceptual and empirical articles but favours action-oriented and practical research. It encourages the international community of scholars and practitioners to interact with each other in order to develop a rich corpus of practice and knowledge in the field.
A peer-reviewed journal, International Journal of Rural Management publishes research articles, reports of research in progress, analyses of current and topical practice, policy issues relating to rural management, and book reviews.
The overarching purpose of this important international journal is to define the field of rural management and to assist rural organisations/institutions to adopt professional management practices.
International Journal of Rural Management is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://journals.sagepub.com/home/IRMThis journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
The overarching purpose of the journal is to create a community of scholars and promote scholarship in the field of Rural Management. It does so by acting as a vehicle that promotes scholarship and disseminates knowledge. Anything rural is of interest; however, the journal has an avowed bias towards matters of policy, institutions, organizations and practices. The journal publishes conceptual, empirical and review papers in the form of research articles, reports of research in progress, analyses of current and topical practice, policy issues relating to rural management, field notes, and book reviews.
The writing style should be such that it is addressed to an international audience. It would, therefore, be necessary that names of places, at least at the beginning, should be so provided that the reader is able to locate them in a national (country) and sub-national (region/province/state) context.
IJRM is a peer reviewed journal and follows the practice of double-blind reviews.
|Saswata Narayan Biswas||Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Gujarat, India|
|Indranil De||Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Gujarat, India|
|Upasna Agarawal||National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, India|
|Sandip Anand||Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB), Bhubaneswar, India|
|Soumyadip Chattopadhyay||Visva Bharati University, West Bengal, India|
|Debasish Maitra||Indian Institute of Management, Indore, India|
|Hippu Salk Kristle Nathan||Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Gujarat, India|
|Sushanta Kumar Sarma||Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Gujarat, India|
|Nishat Kazi||Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Gujarat, India|
|Robert Chambers||University of Sussex, Brighton, UK|
|Sameer Deshpande||Griffith University, Qeensland, Australia|
|Evelyn Shyamala Devadason||University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Maureen F Dollard||University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia|
|John Farrington||Overseas Development Institute, London, UK|
|Malcolm Harper||Basix Finance, Buckinghamshire, UK|
|David Kemp||University of Sydney, Orange, Australia|
|Asfaw Kumssa||UNCRD Africa Office, Nairobi, Kenya|
|Ragnhild Lund||Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Tondheim, Norway|
|Per Pinstrup-andersen||Cornell University, Ithaca, USA|
|Jai B. P. Sinha||ASSERT Institute of Management Studies, Patna, Bihar, India|
Manuscript Submission Guidelines: International Journal of Rural Management
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
International Journal of Rural Management is hosted on SAGE Peer Review, a web-based online submission and peer review system. Please read the Manuscript Submission Guidelines below, and then visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/ijrm to login and submit your article online. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of International Journal of Rural Management will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that International Journal of Rural Management will consider submissions of papers that have been posted on preprint servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the Journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the Journal's author archiving policy.
If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.
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Before submitting your manuscript to International Journal of Rural Management, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope
There could be two to three sections in the journal:
- Research Articles
The research article should ideally be of about 5,000 to 8,000 words inclusive of references, notes, tables and figures. A figure would be considered as 250 words.
- Research Notes
The research notes should be between 2,000 to 3,000 words inclusive of references, notes, tables and figures. An ideal article for this section should not include findings of any completed research study. It is aimed to be an account by the researcher/development practitioner of any important aspect of the field or community that excites him or her while being based in field. It has to be least technical in exposition and should attempt to bring out an important but mostly unreported aspect of field/fieldworker. A reflective account of self and the field should also be acceptable for this section. Research notes would be peer reviewed.
- Book Review
Book review should not be longer than 3,000 words. An ideal submission for book review should be a review of any important book relevant to the field of rural management. Book review could either be commissioned by the editors or accepted from willing contributors. Book reviews must contain the name of the author and title/sub-title of the book reviewed, place of publication and publisher, date of publication, number of pages and price. The decision for Book Review publication would be taken by editors.
The manuscript should be structured as follows:
- The cover page should carry the title of the article, the author(s)’ name(s), institutional affiliation(s), address(es) (postal, email and web), and phone and fax numbers. In case there are two or more authors, then corresponding author’s name and address details must be clearly specified on the first page itself; all correspondence, including those of the proof of the article would be sent to her/him.
- Each article should be accompanied by an abstract of 150–200 words.
- The main body of the text may be divided into sections with appropriate headings and subheadings. Please note that the headings and subheadings should be typed on a separate line. Do not number, indent or use bold or italic typeface for headings and subheadings.
- The author identifying information should not appear on any other page of the manuscript, except for the first (cover) page.
- Headings: Limit the levels of heading within an article to two, or at most three. Avoid lengthy headings and do not number them. The printed style will distinguish their weighting adequately without recourse to an explicit structure such as 1.1.1.
- Notes should be numbered serially and presented at the end of the article. Notes must contain more than a mere reference.
- The language and spellings used should be British (UK), with ‘s’ variant, e.g., globalisation instead of globalization, labour instead of labor.
- Single quotes should be used throughout. Double quote marks are to be used within single quotes. Spellings of words in quotations should not be changed. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text.
- Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimized but consistent. For non-English and uncommon words and phrases, use italics throughout the text. Meaning of non-English words should be given in parenthesis just after the word when it is used for the first time.
- If a second passage from the same source is quoted close to the first and there is no intervening quotation from a different source, ibid. (set in roman) may be used in the second parenthetical reference (e.g., "ibid., 114"); ibid. alone may be used if the reference is to the same page. Avoid overusing ibid.: for more than the occasional repeated reference to the same source—as in an extended discussion of a work of fiction—only a parenthetical page number is necessary.
- Please pay attention to consistency in the hyphenation of words. Do not alternate, for example, between ‘psycho-social’ and ‘psychosocial’, ‘decision making’ and ‘decision-making’. (A distinction is, however, often made between noun and attributive adjective: for example: ‘the middle class’ but ‘middle-class ethics’.)
- Use capitals sparingly and double-check the logical application of any distinctions you wish to make between specific and general use.
- Abbreviations are spelled out at first occurrence. Very common ones (US, GDP, BBC) need not be spelled out.
- Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements use only figures (3 km; 9 per cent). Use 'per cent' in text and '%' in tables and figures. Use thousands and millions, not lakhs and crores.
- Use ‘per cent’ instead of % in the text. In tables, graphs, etc., % can be used.
- Give specific dates in the form 22 November 1980. Decades should be referred to as ‘20th century’, ‘the 1990s’.
- Number ranges should be truncated, for example, 2017–18.
- Tables and figures should be indicated by number separately ('Table 1'), not by placement ('Table below'). Present each table and figure on a separate sheet of paper, gathering them together at the end of the article.
- Book reviews: Should contain name of author and book reviewed, place of publication and publisher, year of publication, number of pages, price and ISBN. Book reviewers must also provide their affiliation and designation and complete mailing address. Please use the following style:Stephen R. Covey, Principle-Centred Leadership. London: Simon and Schuster Ltd, 1992, 326 pp., US$ 29.95, ISBN: 978-0684858418.
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
International Journal of Rural Management adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. The journal is expected to provide first review decision within 30 days of submission.
International Journal of Rural Management is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for International Journal of Rural Management can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.
The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the Journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
No change in authorship and order of appearance of authorship is permitted after submission.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
2.3.1 Writing assistance
Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.
International Journal of Rural Management requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
International Journal of Rural Management encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here.
The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the SAGE Research Data policy pages.
Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:
- share your research data in a relevant public data repository
- include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
- cite this data in your research
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway
International Journal of Rural Management and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway
International Journal of Rural Management offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information on Open Access publishing options at SAGE please visit SAGE Open Access. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE’s Author Archiving and Re-Use Guidelines and Publishing Policies.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files
International Journal of Rural Management adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style. View the guide here to ensure your manuscript conforms to this style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
International Journal of Rural Management is hosted on SAGE Track SAGE, a web-based online submission and peer review system. Visit https://peerreview.sagepub.com/ijrm to log in and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
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