Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The purpose of the Online Journal of Rural Research and Policy is to expand publication opportunities for scholars in our field. The journal is a peer-reviewed, online publication. It publishes academic and community-based research, commentary, and policy articles focused on the Great Plains in a way that is of interest to both academic and community audiences. The goal is not only to present theory, but to stimulate discussion, encourage more research on rural issues, and improve access to information that promotes decision-making that enhances rural people and places. 

Reports of original investigations in any area of research and policy that affect rural areas are sought. Scholars, students, community development practitioners and policy makers are encouraged to submit original articles for review.  We encourage submissions on topics in all disciplines: arts, sciences, education, engineering, agriculture, architecture, law, medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacology, public health, the environment, ethnicity, demographics and others. Also, non-academic policy essays dealing with rural issues—both historical and current—are very welcome. For information on whether your work “fits” with the mission of the Journal, please contact Dr. Thomas Gould, thpgould@gmail.com or phone him, 785-410-5146.

The researcher’s method is important only with regard only to its suitability for the study undertaken. The diversity of the field of mass communication should mean that we will accept studies employing a wide variety of methods.

The journal recruits invited works and, at the same time, is a peer-reviewed publication. The editors will review manuscripts, send them out to reviewers and will advise co-editors. As typical with peer review, the reviewer does not know the identity of the author. The result of the review may be acceptance, acceptance contingent on revision, or rejection.

 

Section Policies

Articles

Open SubmissionsIndexedPeer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Books dealing with rural issues will be reviewed and posted in this section. In addition, a link to a blog will be provided for additional discussion of the book and/or the review.

Open SubmissionsIndexedPeer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Researchers are encouraged to submit their work for peer review. We are not discipline specific, but rather focus on rural issues. Research from all areas of academia are welcome, including arts, sciences, education, engineering, agriculture, architecture, law, medicine, veterinary medicine, phramacology, and all others. Also, non-academic policy essays dealing with rural issues—both historical and current—are very welcome. For information on whether your work “fits” with the mission of the Journal, please contact Dr. Thomas Gould, thpgould@gmail.com or call him at 785-410.5146.

 

Publication Frequency

OJRRP publishes on an “as ready” schedule, rather than the print tradition of “issues.”

 

Open Access Policy

OJRRP provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of information that leads to knowledge and progress.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More…

CLOCKSS system has permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit.

 

Editorial Board

Joe Aistrup, Professor and Interim dean of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science, Kansas State University.

David E. Anderson, Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, Kansas State University.

Carmen Bain, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Iowa State University.

Jaishree Beedasy, Ph.D., Institute of Rural Health, Idaho State University.

Benjamin C. Bolender, Research Assistant and Ph.D. Student, Department of Sociology, Kansas State University.

Ronald S. Brakke, President and CEO, Brakke Consulting.

Jim Coffman, College of Veterinary Medicine, and past Provost, Kansas State University.

John Cyr, Executive Director of North Central Regional Planning Commission, Beloit, Kansas.

Leslie A. Duram, Professor and Chair, Department of Geography and Environmental Resources, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Joy Esquierdo, Assistant Professor, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, University of Texas – Pan American.

Cornelia Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Iowa State University.

Jan Flora, Professor of Sociology and an Extension to Communities specialist, Iowa State University.

William Forbes, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Steven F. Austin State University.

Lori Goetsch, Dean of Libraries, Kansas State University.

Carol Gould, Executive Director, GP Interactive Distance Education Alliance.

Dawn Guernsey, Professor and Chair, Department of Art, University of Kansas.

James A. Guikema, Associate Vice Provost for Research, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Kansas State University.

Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director, Center for Rural Affairs.

Barbara Havlicek, Director, Center for Extended Services and Studies; Assistant Director, Center for Rural Education and Small Schools, Kansas State University.

Richard Hayter, Professor and Associate Dean for External Affairs, College of Engineering, Kansas State University.

Rick Herzog, Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Stephen F. Austin State University.

Mark Lapping, Distinguished Professor, Department of Public Policy and Management, University of Southern Maine.

Robert L. Larson, Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University.

Ken Laundra, Environmental Sociologist, Online Educator.

Vicki Luther, Co-Director, Heartland Center for Leadership Development, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Sue Maes, Interim Dean, Division of Continuing Education, Kansas State University; Director of the Institute for Academic Alliances.

Kurt Mantonya, Senior Associate, Heartland Center for Leadership Development, Lincoln, Nebraska.

April C. Mason, Provost and Senior Vice President, Kansas State University.

Pam McMichael, Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center, New Market, Tenn.

Gerad Middendorf, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, Kansas State University.

Robert C. Newhouse, Director, Center for Rural Education and Small Schools, Kansas State University.

Charlotte Shoup Olsen, Professor and Extension Specialist, School of Family Studies and Human Research, Kansas State University.

Deborah E. Popper, Professor, Political Science, Economics and Philosophy, College of Staten Island, The City University of New York.

Frank J. Popper, Professor, Planning and Public Policy Program, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University.

David E. Procter, Associate Professor, Speech Communication, Theater and Dance; Director of the Center for Engagement and Community Development, Kansas State University.

Ralph C. Richardson, Dean and Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University.

Stephanie A. Rolley, Jarvis Chair and Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional and Community Planning, Kansas State University.

Kirk Schulz, University President, Kansas State University.

Bradley Shaw, Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages, Director, International and Area Studies, College of A&S, Chair of the American Translators Association.

Todd Simon, Professor and Public Relations Sequence Head, A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Kansas State University.

Guido Stempel, Professor Emeritus, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University.

Donald D. Stull, Professor of Anthropology & Past President, Society for Applied Anthropology, University of Kansas.

Milan Wall, Co-Director, Heartland Center for Leadership Development, Lincoln, Nebraska.

Brad J. White, Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University.

Warren White, Professor, Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs, Kansas State University.

Jeff Zacharakis, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Kansas State University.

Brett Zollinger, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Work and Director of the Docking Institute of Public Affairs, Fort Hays State University.

 

Editorial Mission

The Journal publishes peer-reviewed academic and community-based research, commentary and policy articles that address issues related to the Great Plains. We also publish invited articles from leading researchers. Research in a broad range of areas-art to zoology, engineering to modern languages, community development to geography-are appropriate. The only criteria we require is that the information offered is related to the Great Plains. This region-undergoing major change and the accompanying stress on its social and economic infrastructure-needs new ideas that can flow from research and discussion. OJRRP offers a unique subject-driven platform for this research, while generating conversations through its book reviews and blogs.