Rural Social Sciences
The Official Journal of the Southern Rural Sociological Association
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Beginning in 2010, The Journal of Rural Social Sciences (JRRS) replaces Southern Rural Sociology as the official journal of the Southern Rural Sociological Association. Submission to JRSS assumes that the authors are willing adherents to the anonymous peer-review process, that the manuscript is not being reviewed by another journal and that the authors have followed the JRSS Manuscript Style Guide. Final decision to accept a manuscript for publication is made by the Editors, who rely on the recommendations of anonymous reviewers.
Research Article (peer reviewed)
A research article is an original, research-based paper that advances knowledge on rural people, places, communities, and/or institutions. The paper should have a well-developed theoretical perspective, literature review, methodology/research design, and analyses/results.
Total length, including main text, references, tables, figures, and notes, should not exceed 9,000 words. Research papers should be formatted according to the JRSS Style Guide.
Research Note (peer reviewed)
A research note is a short article that highlights preliminary/novel findings of original research. We also welcome descriptive pieces and assessments of innovative, successful, and cost-effective programs conducted by national, state, and local agencies and community-based organizations and groups for rural population and communities.
Total length, including main text, references, table, figures, and notes, should not exceed 4,000 words. Research notes should be formatted according to the JRSS Style Guide.
Commentary (non-peer reviewed)
A commentary is a thought-provoking, scholarly essay that addresses timely and salient issues associated with rural people, places, communities, and/or institutions.
Total length of these essays should not exceed 2,000 words.
The Journal of Rural Social Sciences publishes reviews of recent books on rural topics that use the theoretical and methodological perspectives of the social sciences. The Book Review Editor will solicit reviewers for recently published books, but volunteer submissions of book reviews are also welcome.
Guidelines for this format permit between 800 and 1,000 words. Reviews of multiple titles may be somewhat longer but should not exceed 2,000 words. If the book review contains citations and references, follow the JRSS Style Guide. For questions about content, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Example of a Book Review:
Bonanno, Alessandro and Douglas H. Constance. 2010. “Stories of Globalization: Transnational Corporations, Resistance, and the State: Book Review.” Journal of Rural Social Sciences 25(1):128-131. Reviewed by Ariel Brovont and Emily Reiersgaard.
JRSS has a submission fee. The submission fee is $20 if the first author is a member of the Southern Rural Sociological Association and $30 if the first author is not a member of the organization. Checks should be made payable to the Southern Rural Sociological Association (or SRSA). Send the submission fee to the editors at the address listed below.
Douglas Clayton Smith - Editor in Chief
Department of Sociology
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11057
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1057
JRSS accepts submissions in electronic format (Microsoft Word) from a single, designated, corresponding author who will be responsible for all subsequent communication with the editor. For tracking purposes, the corresponding author should use the same e-mail address that appears in the submission proper when communicating with the editor. If the corresponding author is submitting more than one article, he or she should submit each article in a separate email. The corresponding author should send the article to email@example.com as an email attachment.