THE RPLC PUBLICATIONS TOOLKIT
Brought to you by the RPLC Publication’s Team
This toolkit intends to give a structured and comprehensive list of the most important online resources for publishing a paper in a scientific journal
1. Journal Search Engines
Thomson Reuters master Journal List: Provides information on journals and impact factors.
Scimago Journal and Country Rank: Provides a variety of services on journal rankings, journal search, comparing journals and countries.
Google Scholar: Provides search among scientific books and journals with the usual Google features.
Science Direct: Search engine among scientific books and journals. Search according to author name, book or journal or keywords.
Web of Science: Search engine among scientific books and journals that provides many advanced options.
Scopus: (Login required). Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world’s research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
2. Scientific Journals Dealing with Rural Policies
Beyond the demographic trends toward urban, there are issues of remoteness, regional differences, resource dependency and restructuring, environmental degradation, unemployment and depopulation, urban influence/dominance, etc. that need to be addressed. Connections can be made to a variety of traditional (e.g. Geography, Sociology, Political Science, Economics) and non-traditional (e.g. Rural Development, Health Studies, Environmental Studies) disciplines, as well as research areas and perspectives (e.g. resource analysis, political economy, community action theory, community development).
A range of subject areas have has been identified for publication in The JRCD:
economic restructuring and diversification
|political economy of rural development|
|social capital, capacity and cohesion||experiences with development activities/interventions|
|resource development and environmental condition||program and policy evaluation|
|community and regional development||local economic development|
|social problems and community development||condition (health, well-being, quality of life, sustainability)|
|land-use, environmental and community planning||gender issues in development|
|rural governance and service provision||
changing communications technology
Impact Factor 0.512
Areas relevant to the scope of the journal include:
Rural and community development, geography and regional planning, community health; capacity building, social work, sustainable development, human resource development; social capital, urban development, economic development, participation, urban studies, and relevant subjects.
The Journal of Rural Studies publishes cutting-edge research that advances understanding and analysis of contemporary rural societies, economies, cultures and lifestyles; the definition and representation of rurality; the formulation, implementation and contestation of rural policy; and human interactions with the rural environment. The journal is an interdisciplinary publication and welcomes articles from diverse theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches, which engage with and contribute to the rural social science literature, as broadly defined by the disciplines of rural geography, rural sociology, agricultural and rural economics, planning and cognate subjects. The coverage of the journal is global in scope and solicits articles based on empirical research in any part of the world that is of relevance and interest to international readers. The primary audience of the journal are social science researchers, teachers and students interested in contemporary rural issues, processes and experiences.
(Elsevier) Impact Factor 2.631
Land Use Policy is an international and interdisciplinary journal concerned with the social, economic, political, legal, physical and planning aspects of urban and rural land use. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information from the diverse range of disciplines and interest groups which must be combined to formulate effective land use policies. The journal examines issues in geography, agriculture, forestry, irrigation, environmental conservation, housing, urban development and transport in both developed and developing countries through major refereed articles and shorter viewpoint pieces. Land Use Policy aims to provide policy guidance to governments and planners and it is also a valuable teaching resource.
(Elsevier) Impact Factor 1.306
Sociologia Ruralis reflects the diversity of European social-science research on rural areas and related issues. The complexity and diversity of rural problems require multi and interdisciplinary approaches. Over the past 40 years Sociologia Ruralis has been an international forum for social scientists engaged in a wide variety of disciplines focusing on social, political and cultural aspects of rural development. Sociologia Ruralis covers a wide range of subjects, ranging from farming, natural resources and food systems to rural communities, rural identities and the restructuring of rurality.
Impact Factor 1.453
The Journal of Rural Health, a quarterly journal published by the NRHA, offers a variety of original research relevant and important to rural health. Some examples include evaluations, case studies, and analyses related to health status and behavior, as well as to health work force, policy and access issues. Quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods studies are welcome. Highest priority is given to manuscripts that reflect scholarly quality, demonstrate methodological rigor, and emphasize practical implications. The journal also publishes articles with an international rural health perspective, commentaries, book reviews and letters.
(Elsevier) Impact Factor 2.494
Applied Geography is a journal devoted to the publication of research which utilizes geographic approaches (human, physical, nature-society and GIScience) to resolve human problems that have a spatial dimension. These problems may be related to the assessment, management and allocation of the world’s physical and/or human resources. The underlying rationale of the journal is that only through a clear understanding of the relevant societal, physical, and coupled natural-humans systems can we resolve such problems.
Papers are invited on any theme involving the application of geographical theory and methodology in the resolution of human problems. This may include papers on the techniques, problems and results of environmental and/or social research, as well as those concerned with the principles, policies and consequences of resource management and allocation. Articles are refereed before publication.
Habitat International is dedicated to the study of urban and rural human settlements: their planning, design, production and management. Its main focus is on urbanization in its broadest sense in the developing world. However, increasingly the interrelationships and linkages between cities and towns in the developing and developed worlds are becoming apparent and solutions to the problems that result are urgently required. The economic, social, technological and political systems of the world are intertwined and changes in one region almost always affect other regions. Habitat International welcomes reports of research on urban issues such as policy and implementation, the links between planning, building and land, finance and management, urban design, the interaction between the natural environment and urban areas the provision of urban services and other related problems.
Papers on topics which clearly have broad implications and interrelationships based on the experiences of the developing or developed world will be considered. Submissions exploring these issues within the development context are particularly welcomed. Quality papers, short communications, comments on published papers and reports on relevant conferences from all parts of the world are presented as it is recognized that such urban problems arise everywhere. Hopefully, Habitat International will contribute to their solution.
Geoforum is a leading international, inter-disciplinary journal publishing innovative research and commentary in human geography and related fields. It is global in outlook and integrative in approach. The broad focus of Geoforum is the organisation of economic, political, social and environmental systems through space and over time. Areas of study range from the analysis of the global political economy, through political ecology, national systems of regulation and governance, to urban and regional development, feminist, economic and urban geographies and environmental justice and resources management. Geoforum publishes research articles that are conceptually-led and empirically-grounded, critical reviews of recent research, and editorial interventions. It also features a highly-regarded ‘themed issue’ format that enables a focused exploration of emergent and/or significant areas of inquiry.
The journal is concerned with extending and integrating the study and management of “nature’s household” (ecology) and “humankind’s household” (economics). This integration is necessary because conceptual and professional isolation have led to economic and environmental policies which are mutually destructive rather than reinforcing in the long term. The journal is transdisciplinary in spirit and methodologically open.
Specific research areas covered include: valuation of natural resources, sustainable agriculture and development, ecologically integrated technology, integrated ecologic-economic modeling at scales from local to regional to global, implications of thermodynamics for economics and ecology, renewable resource management and conservation, critical assessments of the basic assumptions underlying current economic and ecological paradigms and the implications of alternative assumptions, economic and ecological consequences of genetically engineered organisms, and gene pool inventory and management, alternative principles for valuing natural wealth, integrating natural resources and environmental services into national income and wealth accounts, methods of implementing efficient environmental policies, case studies of economic-ecologic conflict or harmony, etc. New issues in this area are rapidly emerging and will find a ready forum in Ecological Economics.
(Elsevier) Impact Factor 3.394
Biomass and Bioenergy is an international journal publishing original research papers and short communications, review articles and case studies on biological resources, chemical and biological processes, and biomass products for new renewable sources of energy and materials.
The scope of the journal extends to the environmental, management and economic aspects of biomass and bioenergy.
Key areas covered by the journal:
• Biomass: sources, energy crop production processes, genetic improvements, composition. (Please note that research on these biomass subjects must be linked directly to bioenergy generation.)
• Biological Residues: residues/rests from agricultural production, forestry and plantations (palm, sugar etc), processing industries, and municipal sources (MSW). Papers on the use of biomass residues through innovative processes/technological novelty and/or consideration of feedstock/system sustainability (or unsustainability) are welcomed. However waste treatment processes and pollution control or mitigation which are only tangentially related to bioenergy are not in the scope of the journal, as they are more suited to publications in the environmental arena. Papers that describe conventional waste streams (ie well described in existing literature) that do not empirically address ‘new’ added value from the process are not suitable for submission to the journal.
• Bioenergy Processes: fermentations, thermochemical conversions, liquid and gaseous fuels, and petrochemical substitutes
• Bioenergy Utilization: direct combustion, gasification, electricity production, chemical processes, and by-product remediation
• Biomass and the Environment: carbon cycle, the net energy efficiency of bioenergy systems, assessment of sustainability, and biodiversity issues.
The journal does not accept for review papers on the following subjects:
• Performance of fuel combustion in engines
• Technical aspects of first generation biofuels
• Soil science papers with no direct linking to bioenergy generation
• Isolation of yeast/bacterial strains
• Purely analytical biochemistry derived studies that have no direct linking to bioenergy generation
(Elsevier) Impact Factor 1.799
Food Policy is a multidisciplinary journal publishing original research and critical reviews on issues in the formulation, implementation and analysis of policies for the food sector in developing, transition and advanced economies.
Policy issues relevant to the journal include:
• Food production, trade, marketing and consumption.
• Nutrition and health aspects of food systems.
• Food needs, entitlements, security and aid.
• Food safety and quality assurance.
• Technological and institutional innovation affecting food systems and access.
• Food systems and environmental sustainability.
Conceptual and methodological articles should be written such that they are accessible to the journal’s diverse international readership. All articles should make a clear contribution to food policy debates of international interest.
(Elsevier) Impact Factor 2.906
Agricultural Systems is an international journal that deals with interactions – among the components of agricultural systems, among hierarchical levels of agricultural systems, between agricultural and other land use systems, and between agricultural systems and their natural, social and economic environments.
Manuscripts submitted to Agricultural Systems generally should include both of the following:
Substantive natural science content (especially farm- or landscape-level biology or ecology, sometimes combined with social sciences), and substantive analysis and discussion of the interactions within or among agricultural systems components and other systems.
Preference is given to manuscripts that address whole-farm and landscape level issues, via integration of conceptual, empirical and dynamic modeling approaches. The scope includes the development and application of systems analysis methodologies in the following areas:
- systems approaches in the sustainable intensification of agriculture;
- pathways for sustainable intensification; crop-livestock integration;
- farm-level resource allocation; quantification of benefits and trade-offs at farm to landscape levels;
- integrative, participatory and dynamic modeling approaches for qualitative and quantitative assessments of agricultural systems and decision making;
- the interactions between agricultural and non-agricultural landscapes; the multiple services of agricultural systems; food security and the environment;
- global change and adaptation science;
- transformational adaptations as driven by changes in climate, policy, values and attitudes influencing the design of farming systems;
- development and application of farming systems design tools and methods for impact, scenario and case study analysis;
- managing the complexities of dynamic agricultural systems;
- innovation systems and multi stakeholder arrangements that support or promote change and (or) inform policy decisions.
(Emerald) Impact Factor 0.772
BFJ welcomes empirical and applied research articles, viewpoint articles, case studies and literature and general reviews on: Consumer choice, preferences and concerns Consumer attitudes, experiences, perceptions and decision-making Consumer aspects of nutrition, nutritional epidemiology and the promotion of healthy eating Marketing, distribution and retailing , including pricing, market models, labelling and branding Food-related health education: risk assessment, management, communication Food handlers’ knowledge, attitudes and practices Food supply, including supply chain and logistics Food sustainability and economics, including food and water security Food safety / quality, including prerequisite programmes, HACCP, hygiene and culture, traceability, training, etc. Quality assurance practices and strategies, including traceability Special issues both on topical themes and resulting from conferences are welcome – please approach the Editor with proposals. BFJ is key reading for academics, researchers and students in all social science/management/public health disciplines who are interested in food, as well as nutritionists and dietitians, food and agricultural companies who manufacture, market or supply food, food research institutes, and managers and professionals who work in the food industry.
3. Useful Online Resources for Publications
A personal research assistant.
Zotero is the only research tool that automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you’re searching for a preprint on arXiv.org, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from the New York Times, or a book from your university library catalog, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites.
Zotero collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you’re looking for with just a few keystrokes.
RefWorks allows users to create personal databases and use them for a variety of research activities.
References are quickly and easily imported from text files or online databases. The databases can then be used to manage, store, and share the information. Users can automatically insert references from their database into their papers and generate formatted bibliographies and manuscripts in seconds.
RefWorks allows you to…
- Organize and create a personal database online – no more index cards to write out and organize. Everything is done automatically as you import the reference into RefWorks.
- Format bibliographies and manuscripts in seconds – this saves hours of typing time and decreases the number of errors in creating tedious bibliographies. Easily make changes to your paper and reformat in seconds.
- Import references from a variety of databases using the already created Import Filters.
- Manage Alerts – RefWorks has incorporated a RSS feed reader to allow you to establish links to your favorite RSS feeds and import data from those feeds directly into RefWorks.
Searching your RefWorks database is fast and easy – RefWorks automatically creates author, descriptor and periodical indexes when importing so you just click on the word to perform the retrieval. Use Quick Search to search all fields for the most comprehensive results or Advanced Search to narrow your search to specific terms and fields.
Digital tools for researchers: .A rich collection of sites for exploring literature, write publish and evaluate research.
Precision Consulting — Offers dissertation help, editing, tutoring, and coaching services on a variety of statistical methods including ANOVA, Multiple Linear Regression, Structural Equation Modeling, Confirmatory Factor Analysis, and Hierarchical Linear Modeling. If you’re stuck on your proposal, methodology, or statistical phase of your dissertation, you might want to contact them.
How to quote, integrate and evaluate sources, avoiding plagiarism
Interesting suggestions, tips, and lessons from the Duke University
ORC ID – Connecting Research and Researches
ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.
Our mission is to connect researchers and make it easy for them to share and access scientific output, knowledge, and expertise. On ResearchGate they find what they need to advance their research.
- Share your publications
- Connect and collaborate with colleagues, peers, co-authors and specialists in your field
- Get stats about views, downloads and citations of your research
- Ask questions, get answers
- Find the right job using our research-focused job board
A free service that allows to make reference fully searchable libraries, make quotation as you write, store documents and notes, share and showcase personal work.
4. Useful Resources for Writing Policy Briefs
Useful suggestions from Chanfrika Nath, Parlimanetary Office of Science snd Techncology, UK
A document from the Overseas Development Institutes that explores the nexus between specialized research expertise and democratized knowledge
An outstanding example from FAO: how to communicate with audiences, media and policy makers and write effective briefs.
An example of policy brief on rural issues from the OECD
A concise and clear summary on the art of policy briefing from E. Young and L Quinn
5. Rural Blogs
The blog of the Rural Council established by President Obama to address challenges in rural America.
The Center for Rural Strategies seeks to improve economic and social conditions for communities in the countryside and around the world through the creative and innovative use of media and communications. By presenting accurate and compelling portraits of rural lives and cultures, it hopes to deepen public debate and create a national environment in which positive change for rural communities can occur.
A digest of events, trends, issues, ideas and journalism from and about rural America, by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, based at the University of Kentucky.
The latest news about rural education, including articles, Commentaries and special features.
The blog of the National Rural Assembly is a movement of people and organizations devoted to building a stronger, more vibrant rural America for children, families, and communities. Participants include more than 500 local, regional, and national organizations based in 47 states and the District of Columbia. The goal of the National Rural Assembly is to make the country stronger by improving the outlook for rural communities. The guiding principle is that an inclusive, prospering, and sustainable rural America improves prospects for us all.
Participants in the National Rural Assembly include grassroots service and development groups, state and regional networks, and national associations focused on key rural policy areas such as health, education, community development, and conservation.
Rural Youth Europe (RYEurope) is an European Non-Governmental Organization for rural youth. Established in 1957, it functions as an umbrella for youth organizations working to promote and activate young people in the countryside.
6. International Organizations Linked to Rural Community Development
The United Nations Public-Private Alliance for Rural Development (UNPPA) is a concrete result of Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its 2003 Ministerial Declaration. It serves as a way for the Council to have a direct impact on development programs
It is a new vehicle for the conduct of the Council’s multiple roles: encouraging economic and social advancement; promoting collaboration and cooperation; and reviewing the results of such efforts by the international community..
The UN System Network on Rural Development and Food Security is a global partnership approach towards tackling rural development challenges at the country level. Established in 1997 by the UN Administrative Committee on Coordination (today UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination).
Food security, hunger and sustainability have a complex two-way relationship with the agricultural sector, influencing its performance while it in turn affects rural livelihoods. A clear example is the well-documented vicious-circle relationship between hunger and food security, whereby hunger prevents people from working effectively and producing enough food, while low food production simultaneously exacerbates hunger and poverty. For these reasons, rural development is most successful when growth in agriculture and growth in the rural non-farm economy mutually reinforce one another.
FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) develops clear strategies and approaches to rural development issues, highlighting principles to be followed and priority actions (concerning rural communities’ empowerment, land tenure, water management, rural finance) and policy options (incentive and regulatory measures, institutional, investment, rural education). We build on lessons learned, experience and gap assessment.
UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
Inclusive growth, better services, environmental sustainability, good governance, and security are fundamental to development progress. We offer our expertise in development thinking and practice, and our decades of experience at country level, to support countries to meet their development aspirations and to bring the voices of the world’s peoples into deliberations.
IFAD International Fund for Agricultural Development – Investing in Rural People
IFAD is a specialized agency of the United Nations, established in 1977. The conference was organized in response to the food crises of the early 1970s that primarily affected the Sahelian countries of Africa. It resolved that “an International Fund for Agricultural Development should be established immediately to finance agricultural development projects primarily for food production in the developing countries.” One of the most important insights emerging from the conference was that the causes of food insecurity and famine were not so much failures in food production but structural problems relating to poverty, and to the fact that the majority of the developing world’s poor populations were concentrated in rural areas.
International Labor Organization: Promoting decent work in the Rural Economy. Eight out of ten of the world’s working poor live in rural areas where the lack of decent work opportunities is pervasive. Therefore, the challenge of ending poverty is fundamentally one of ending rural poverty.
Research on agriculture and rural development supports the World Bank’s goal of achieving food security and meeting the growing global demand for food. The agriculture and rural research program investigates five broad areas:
- Raising productivity in rural areas
- Productivity growth in poor countries
- Public goods and externalities
- Agriculture, trade. and the environment
- Poverty, volatility, and price distortions
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.
The main issues of the movement are the agrarian reform, food sovereignty, human rights, attention to migrants and rural workers and sustainable peasants’ agriculture.
Association for International and Rural Development is an association of U.S.- and internationally-based members who have devoted their careers to global agricultural development and hunger alleviation. AIARD members are development professionals from universities, non-governmental organizations, private sector firms, consulting companies, government and donor agencies, and foundations. The association represents the extensive disciplinary base of agricultural and related social science skills necessary to carry out global agricultural development and hunger alleviation programs.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries.
One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty.
Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. And we campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.
Founded in 1986, Rimisp – Latin American Center for Rural Development is a regional non-profit organization that conducts applied research in support of institutional change, productive transformation and capacity building of actors and social groups in Latin American rural societies.
Its mission is to stimulate institutional, economic and social changes that can make Latin America a prosperous, fair and sustainable region. To this end, Rimisp gives importance to investing in building relationships with a variety of partners, and to networking with them along principles of mutual trust, reciprocity and respect.
Its sources of funding come largely from international cooperation. The International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Canada), the Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO, The Netherlands), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ford Foundation (USA), are among those having supported the work of Rimisp.
Essor aims to help the poorest populations to acquire the means to improve their living. Its support is based on the design and implementation of concrete actions to facilitate the appropriation of local development processes. These actions promote the exercise of citizenship and social justice in the countries concerned.Values and principles
- ESSOR meets demand from local populations. It seeks to reach the poorest populations in urban and rural areas by giving priority to economic and social inclusion actions.
- ESSOR emphasizes research or the establishment of local community organizations, which may be the program support points and then their subsequent relay. Together with achievements, the association leads a work of training and community organization to sustain activities. For any new project, the association is aware that it is committed over several years.
- ESSOR acts in strict neutrality and respect of the convictions of beneficiaries. It defines specific programs before seeking the necessary funds.
- ESSOR promotes proximity with local partners and beneficiaries and shares his experience with many individuals, associations and institutions.
OECD Watch is a global network with more than 100 members in 50 countries. Membership consists of a diverse range of civil society organisations bound together by their commitment to ensuring that business activity contributes to sustainable development and poverty eradication, and that corporations are held accountable for their actions around the globe.
The network has a Coordination Committee with a diverse regional representation, and is currently made up by SOMO (Netherlands – secretariat), Accountability Counsel (United States), Association Sherpa (France), CIVIDEP (India), Green Advocates (Liberia), Jamaa Resources (Kenya), MiningWatch Canada (Canada), Plades (Peru), and Oxfam Australia (Australia).
ENRD is the hub that connects rural development stakeholders throughout the European Union. The ENRD is contributing to the effective implementation of Member States’ Rural Development Programmes by generating and sharing knowledge, as well as through facilitating information exchange and cooperation across rural Europe.