Rural Society

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Journal of global research into rural social problems and sustainable communities

Rural Society (ISSN 1037-1656) is an international, fully double-blind peer-reviewed academic journal which publishes social research of interest and relating to rural communities & societies. Areas of focus include: art, commerce, crime, culture, demography, education, ecology, environments & sustainability, ethnicity, physical & mental health, healthcare, gender, globalization, government (local, regional & federal), lifestyles, media, planning, policy & politics, science & technology, social change & problems, social work & welfare, tourism, water & natural resources management.

Rural Society has a broad readership, with articles relevant to researchers, educators, students, policy developers, managers, decision makers and health care workers who are interested in social, cultural, health, education and developmental issues in emerging and mature regional economies.

Rural Society is in the ARC (ERA) Register of Refereed Journals and is recognised for Australian government research data collection purposes.

Cited     SJR       SNIP      Bibliodata
2011    0.207    0.421    ISSN 1037-1656
2010    0.211    0.142    3 issues per year
2009    0.113    0.003    (96 page average)

Rural Society publishes original research and practice articles, critical literature reviews, case studies, symposia, and book reviews in general issues and at least one special issue per annum.

Contributors to regular issues should follow the journal's Author Guidelines.

Editor-in-Chief: Associate Editor: Book Review Coordinator:
Dr Angela T Ragusa
Dr Andrea Crampton Dr Venkat Pulla

Special Issues

Special issues are available under their eISBN on a PPV, sale or multiuser lease from Ebook Library to institutions and from to individuals.

Special issues are also released as books with their own ISBN for use as course readers or separate sale to non-subscribers. Evaluation copies of all special issues are available to Course Coordinators and Collections Librarians from the publisher at: subscriptions @




Call for Journal Articles

Rural Society welcomes manuscript submissions demonstrating original research that draws upon appropriate theoretical frameworks and employs sound social science research methodology.  Manuscripts may explore a broad range of globally-relevant issues relating to social problems and/or community sustainability/well-being that will interest rural and regional populations.

Manuscripts are presently being sought for social science research that explores rural issues from disciplinary or multidisciplinary perspectives relating to: communication & media studies, criminology, cultural studies, demography & population studies, ecology & environmental studies, economics, education, ethnicity & indigenous studies, governance, planning, policy & politics, health, history, psychology, science & technology, social work, sociology and tourism.

Please follow registration, submission and author guidelines here


Topics in Rural Society have included • rural policy • rural media • community development • gender  • health care • social work • social capital • rural women • human services • ICT • arts • culture • governance • agricultural restructuring • food security • heritage • tourism • youth • ageing • water security • energy and resources • sustainability • regional development • rural work, education and training


Sociologists, educators, psychologists, anthropologists, culture and media studies experts, health care professionals, social work, human services providers, historians, economists, governance and public policy analysts, and energy, food and water policy researchers are invited to contact the Editor in Chief with proposals for special issues. Proposals should be of international appeal and grounded in relevant academic literature.


Call for Book Review and Book Review Essay submissions

Contributions are being invited for both book reviews and book review essays for Rural Society. If you are interested in completing a review or essay, please consult the Book review and essay guidelines and submit your document using the journal's online submission process. Book review essays will go through Rural Society's peer-review process and thus contribute to Australian HERDC outputs.

Advances in Rural Society

Rural Society special issues are available separately from the Publisher as monographs and course readers in print and online. Special issues are available as an annual subseries: Advances in Rural Society (Print: ISSN 2200-3010) (Online: ISSN 2200-3029). See right column on this page for Title and article abstracts of special issues in this series.

Price and Availability

Rural Society is available as an 'online plus print-on-demand' subscription. Institutional subscribers receive access to current and back issues online through Atypon Premium. Supplementary print copies may be ordered directly from eContent Management. Multi-campus, multi-user licenses and single user password access may be arranged by subscribers through their subscription agent or with the publisher. Online access is available to subscribers through EBSCOhost, SwetsWise, CNPIEC and CELDES.

Discounted hard copy subscriptions are available to non-profits and NGOs.

Pay per View (PPV) access for individual articles is available from Atypon.

Abstracting and Indexing

Rural Society (ISSN 1037-1656) is abstracted, indexed and aggregated in:

  • SCOPUS - Elsevier Science Publishers
  • ERIC - Education Resources Information Center
  • PsycINFO - American Psychological Association
  • International Bibliography of Social Sciences - London School of Economics
  • CAB Abstracts
  • APAIS - Australian Public Affairs Information Service
  • Family & Society Plus - Informit
  • e-Library - Informit
  • EBSCO Publishing
  • Cengage
  • ProQuest

Rural Society is under consideration for indexing in Thomson Reuters SSCI.

Rural Society is listed in Cabell's and Ulrich's Periodicals Directories and the Australian Research Council ERA register of refereed academic journals.

Copyright Ownership

To track copyright compliance each article has a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Copyright in all back volume, current and submitted material to Rural Society (ISSN 1037-1656) is vested in eContent Management Pty Ltd - in any medium, form, combination or format. Permission to reproduce material from the Rural Society journal, which falls outside the provisions of the Australian Copyright Act 1968, should be sought from the copyright owner at: info @

Rural Society (ISSN 1037-1656) is owned and distributed exclusively by
eContent Management Pty Ltd (ABN 87 091 432 567)

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