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Journal of Land and Rural Studies

Journal of Land and Rural Studies


Chairperson
Sanjeev Chopra IAS, Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, India
Vice-Chairman
Hukum Singh Meena IAS, Joint Secretary, Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, India
Editor
Niranjan Kumar Sudhansu IAS, Centre Director, Centre for Rural Studies (CRS) and LBS National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, India
Managing Editor
Varunendra V Singh Assistant Professor, Centre for Rural Studies (CRS); LBS National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, India


eISSN: 23217464 | ISSN: 23210249 | Current volume: 7 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-annually
The main aims and scope of the Journal of Land and Rural Studies is to provide a platform for a wide ranging exchange of scholarly opinions, both theoretical and empirical, on issues relating to rural development in India while also drawing on relevant experiences from other countries and contexts.

Rural development is a complex and multi-dimensional subject transcending traditional boundaries of academic disciplines and offers a wide canvas for exchange of views between analysts and a whole range of actors directly engaged with addressing concrete problems with respect to public policy implementations, catalysts in facilitating enabling environments for any development agenda as well as a variety of grass root workers and beneficiaries involved with the processes of development. The field is thus really broad and there are serious difficulties in admitting boundaries to it.

It is with such a perspective that the Journal of Land and Rural Studies invites relevant contributions drawing on academics working on any of the social sciences as well as the experiences of the entire range of practitioners, involved both in policy making as well as implementation in the field. Some of the obvious areas include: issues relevant to rural physical and social infrastructure, agriculture, land reforms, rural industrialisation, provisioning of credit, appropriate research and knowledge generation and their extensions to the field etc., and appropriate public policies, schemes and programmes with respect to all these areas.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Journal of Land and Rural Studies, a peer reviewed journal, aims at providing an international platform for a wide ranging exchange of scholarly opinions, both theoretical and empirical. Issues related to rural development in India while also drawing on relevant experiences from other countries and contexts are dealt with in the journal.

Rural development is a complex and multi-dimensional subject transcending traditional boundaries of academic disciplines and offers a wide canvas for exchange of views between analysts and a whole range of actors directly engaged with addressing concrete problems with respect to public policy implementations, catalysts in facilitating enabling environments for any development agenda as well as a variety of grass root workers and beneficiaries involved with the processes of development. The field is thus really broad and there are serious difficulties in admitting boundaries to it.

It is with such a perspective that the Journal of Land and Rural Studies invites relevant contributions drawing on academics working on any of the social sciences as well as the experiences of the entire range of practitioners, involved both in policy making as well as implementation in the field.

Some of the areas include: issues relevant to rural physical and social infrastructure, agriculture, land reforms, rural industrialisation, provisioning of credit, appropriate research and knowledge generation and their extensions to the field etc., and appropriate public policies, schemes and programmes with respect to all these areas.

Editorial Board
Qamar Ahsan Vice-Chancellor, Magadh University, Bodh Gaya, India
Anuradha Joshi Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK
Gerad Middendorf Associate Professor, Kansas State University, USA
Narasimha Reddy Visiting Professor, Institute of Human Development, New Delhi, India
S K Singh Former Director, Training Division, CIRDAP, Dhaka, Bangladesh
B K Sinha Administrative Member, Central Administrative Tribunal, Principal Bench, New Delhi, India
Spencer Wood Associate Professor, Kansas State University, USA
B N Yugandhar IAS (Retd.), Former Member of Planning Commission, India
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines:  Journal of Land and Rural Studies

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below, then submit your manuscript in soft copy (MS Word) as an attachment to crs.lbsnaa@nic.in

    Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Land and Rural Studies 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, 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, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    3. Publishing polices

    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 Information required for completing your submission
    5.2 Permissions

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article

    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Land and Rural Studies, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article types
    Journal of Land and Rural Studies (LRS) addresses the social, economic, cultural, demographic and political aspects of rural development around the globe. Rural Development is a complex and multi-dimensional subject transcending traditional boundaries of academic disciplines. It offers a broader canvas for exchange of views between analysts and a whole range of actors directly engaged with addressing problems and issues related to public policy implementations. Rural Studies is therefore not restricted to its own field, but takes under its ambit issues of land, development, social dynamism, public administration and other such aspects. The Journal would therefore cover both theoretical & empirical studies and working papers.

    Guidelines for Authors:

    1. Submissions should be original contributions and should not be under consideration by any other publication.
       
    2. Journal of Land and Rural Studies adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.
       
    3. Copyright of articles will be assigned to Journal of Land and Rural Studies. Contributors will receive a Copyright Assignment Form prior to publication, and are responsible for appropriate acknowledgement of sources used in the text, as well as for obtaining permission to reproduce material to which they do not own copyright.
       
    4. Manuscripts should be submitted to the editors by email attachment in Word for Windows. All submissions must include an abstract of 150 words maximum, as well as five keywords for thematic indexing. On a separate page, authors must include their full name, current affiliation, contact information and postal details. All documents should be scanned for viruses prior to sending. All manuscripts and editorial correspondence should be addressed to The Editors, Journal of Land and Rural Studies (JRS) to the email: crs.lbsnaa@nic.in
       
    5. All manuscripts, in order to be anonymously reviewed, should include a separate title page with author’s names and affiliations, and these should not appear elsewhere in the manuscript. Footnotes that identify the authors should be typed on a separate page. Authors should make every effort to ensure that the manuscript contains no clues to their identities.
       
    6. In case there are two or more authors, the corresponding author’s name and contact details should be clearly indicated on the first page.
       
    7. Endnotes should be short and kept to a minimum, using the endnote function of your word processor.
       
    8. British spellings throughout; universal ‘s’ in ‘-ise’, ‘-isation’ words.
       
    9. Use single quotes throughout. Double quotes only 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 and indented with one space with a line space above and below.
       
    10. Use ‘19th century’, ‘1980s’. 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, not %). Use thousands and millions, not lakhs and crores. Avoid saying ‘recently’ but rather give the year.
       
    11. Use of italics and diacriticals should be minimised, but used consistently. Use italics only for the first time the word or phrase is used. Do not italicize abbreviations like etc., et al., and ibid. An exception is sic, which should be italicized and placed in square brackets.
       
    12. Tables and figures to be indicated by number separately (see Table 1), not by placement (see Table below). Present each table and figure on a separate sheet of paper, gathering them together at the end of the article. All figures and tables should be cited in the text. Source for figures and tables should be mentioned irrespective of whether or not they require permissions.
       
    13. All photographs and scanned images should have a resolution of minimum 300 dpi/1500 pixels and their format should be TIFF or JPEG. Due permissions should be taken for copyright protected photographs/images. Even for photographs/images available in the public domain, it should be clearly ascertained whether or not their reproduction requires permission for purposes of publishing (which is a profit-making endeavor). All photographs/scanned images should be provided separately.
       
    14. A consolidated listing of all books, articles, essays, theses and documents referred to (including any referred to in the tables, graphs and maps) should be provided at the end of the article.

    The thematic areas which the Journal deems fundamental are:

    • Land related issues like land management and administration, and other land policy aspects.
    • Rural studies encompassing rural development, management, democratization, governance, rural industrialization, rural physical and social infrastructure, etc.
    • Agriculture.

    Special Article shall ordinarily be essays, think pieces on an issue or a subject of interest to researchers and scholars. Such idea-based articles by their very nature cut across different areas and disciplines. These pieces will be featured as and when the Editors receive suitable ones. The word limit for the Special Article is set to 7000–8000 words.

    Articles relevant to the thematic areas of the Journal should be around 4000–5000 words. These are based on empirical evidence which help define an area of study relevant and related to land and rural studies, critically evaluate previous theory and research, and advance cumulative knowledge in the field.

    Policy Briefs and Updates cover significant policy debates, changes and updates on policies in areas of rural development and should range from 2000–3000 words.

    Working Papers cover current research on land and rural aspects. These should be around 2000 words.

    Book Reviews cover reviews of current and relevant books on land and rural studies. Book reviews should be around 800–1500 words.

    Notes and Comments. This section shall report on retrospections, reflections, subjects relevant to the understanding of the rural phenomena. Notes and Comments are expected to be short and not exceed 500 words.

    1.3 Writing your paper
    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
    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. 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

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    Journal of Land and Rural Studies (LRS), a bi-annual peer-reviewed journal published by SAGE India under the aegis of Centre for Rural Studies, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration.
    It adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    2.2 Authorship
    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.

    2.3 Acknowledgements
    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.

    2.4 Funding
    Journal of Land and Rural Studies 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. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    Journal of Land and Rural Studies encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics
    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

    3.1.1 Plagiarism
     Journal of Land and Rural Studies 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.

    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement      
    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

    Submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A statement transferring copyright from the authors (or their employers, if they hold the copyright) to the Editor will be required before the manuscript is accepted for publication. The Journal of Land and Rural Studies will supply the necessary forms for this transfer.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving
    Journal of Land and Rural Studies offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission                                                            

    4.1 Formatting
    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.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    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.

    4.3 Supplementary material
    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

    4.4 Reference style
    Journal of Land and Rural Studies adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    1. Reference list entries should be alphabetised by the last name of the first author of each work. In each reference, authors’ names are inverted (last name first) for all authors (first, second or subsequent ones); give the last name and initials for all authors of a particular work unless the work has more than six authors. If the work has more than six authors, list the first six authors and then use et al. after the sixth author’s name.
      a) Chronological listing: If more than one work by the same author(s) is cited, they should be listed in order by the year of publication, starting with the earliest.
      b) Sentence case: In references, sentence case (only the first word and any proper noun are capitalized – e.g., ‘The software industry in India’) is to be followed for the titles of papers, books, articles, etc.
      c) Title case: In references, Journal titles are put in title case (first letter of all words except articles and conjunctions are capitalized – e.g., Journal of Business Ethics).
      d) Italicize: Book and Journal titles are to be italicized.
       
    2. Citations and References should adhere to the guidelines below (based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition). Some examples are given below:

    (a) In text citations:
    One work by one author: (Kessler, 2003, p. 50) or ‘Kessler (2003) found that among the epidemiological samples..’.
    One work by two authors: (Joreskog & Sorborn, 2007, pp. 50–66) or Joreskog and Sorborn (2007) found that..
    One work by three or more authors: (Basu, Banerji & Chatterjee, 2007) [first instance]; Basu et al. (2007) [Second instance onwards].
    Groups or organizations or universities: (University of Pittsburgh, 2007) or University of Pittsburgh (2007).
    Authors with same surname: Include the initials in all the in-text citations even if the year of publication differs, e.g., (I. Light, 2006; M.A. Light, 2008).
    Works with no identified author or anonymous author: Cite the first few words of the reference entry (title) and then the year, e.g., (‘Study finds’, 2007); (Anonymous, 1998).
    If abbreviations are provided, then the style to be followed is: (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 2003) in the first citation and (NIMH, 2003) in subsequent citations.

    • Two or more works by same author: (Gogel, 1990, 2006, in press)
    • Two or more works with different authors: (Gogel, 1996; Miller, 1999)
    • Secondary sources: Allport's diary (as cited in Nicholson, 2003).

    (b) Books:
    Patnaik, Utsa (2007). The republic of hunger. New Delhi: Three Essays Collective.

    (c) Edited Books:
    Amanor, Kojo S., & Moyo, S. (Eds) (2008). Land and sustainable development in Africa. London and New York: Zed Books.

    (d) Translated books:
    Amin, S. (1976). Unequal development (trans. B. Pearce). London and New York: Monthly Review Press.

    (e) Book chapters:
    Chachra, S. (2011). The national question in India. In S. Moyo and P. Yeros (Eds), Reclaiming the nation. (pp. 67–78). London and New York: Pluto Press.

    (f) Journal articles:
    Foster, J.B. (2010). The financialization of accumulation. Monthly Review62(5), 1-17. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225 [Doi number optional]

    (g) Newsletter article, no author:
    Six sites meet for comprehensive anti-gang initiative conference. (2006, November/December). OOJDP News @ a Glance. Retrieved from http://www.ncrjs.gov/html

    (h) Newspaper article:
    Schwartz, J. (1993, September 30). Obesity affects economic, social status. The Washington Post, pp. A1, A4.

    (i) In-press article:
    Briscoe, R. (in press). Egocentric spatial representation in action and perception. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Retrieved from http://cogprints.org/5780/1/ECSRAP.F07.pdf

    (j) Non-English reference book, title translated into English:
    Real Academia Espanola. (2001). Diccionario de la lengua espanola [Dictionary of the Spanish Language] (22nd ed.). Madrid, Spain: Author.

    (h) Special issue or section in a journal: 
    Haney, C., & Wiener, R.L. (Eds) (2004). Capital punishment in the United States [Special Issue]. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law10(4), 1-17.

    1. Book reviews must contain name of author/editor and book reviewed, place of publication and publisher, year of publication, number of pages and price.
       
    2. Authors will receive a PDF/e-print of their article and one copy of the journal issue in which the author’s article appears.

    4.5 English language editing services
    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.

    5. Submitting your manuscript
    All manuscripts and editorial correspondence should be addressed to The Editors, Journal of Land and Rural Studies (JRS) to the email: crs.lbsnaa@nic.in

    5.1 Information required for completing your submission
    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).

    5.2 Permissions
    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permissionfrom copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    6. On acceptance and publication           

    6.1 SAGE Production
    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication
    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article
    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article
    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

    7. Further information
    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Journal of Land and Rural Studies editorial office as follows:
    crs.lbsnaa@nic.in

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