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The Journal of Rural Social Sciences is a scholarly refereed journal published twice a year that provides an energetic forum for discussions on rural social change. Manuscripts engaging theoretical and empirical analyses that evaluate the factors and implications of rural social change for the southern United States, the United States overall, and at the global level are welcomed.


Visit to access The Journal of Rural Social Sciences, submission guidelines, and other pertinent information. For more information contact JRSS editor John J. Green (




The Journal of Rural Social Sciences, the official peer-reviewed publication of the Southern Rural Sociological Association, has published a special issue on rural aging ( The collection of four articles and an introduction/commentary essay highlight innovative research to inform education, outreach/Extension, and policy. The special issue was produced in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging (INRPHA - with guest editors from The Pennsylvania State University, Syracuse University, University of Colorado Boulder, and the Southern Rural Development Center.

JOURNAL Call for Abstracts


Special Issue on Heirs’ Property

Journal of Rural Social Sciences

Authors are asked to submit abstracts (not to exceed 150 words) by April 25, 2022 for consideration. Following initial desk-review by the special issue editorial team, authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit full - length papers (not to exceed 9,000 words) by June 20, 2022. After a second desk-review, selected manuscripts will be sent out for the journal’s regular double-blind peer review process.

Each abstract should be submitted as a Word document in an email attachment to Special Issue Co-Guest Editor Robert Zabawa (, with JRSS Editor in Chief John J. Green ( and JRSS Managing Editor Elizabeth Sweeney ( copied.


Journal of Rural Social Sciences Editor Search
The Journal of Rural Social Sciences is looking for a new editor.

A letter of intent should be submitted.

Editor of the Journal of Rural Social Sciences is one of the most important positions in

the Southern Rural Sociological Association. The JRSS Editor Search Committee recommends

the Editor to the SRSA Executive Committee. In order for the JRSS Editor Search Committee to

make an informed recommendation, the Committee requires that each applicant submit a

completed proposal (see attached template) containing the following information:

1. the applicant’s vision for the journal;

2. personal background and qualifications;

3. institutional support and capacity;

4. proposed annual and three-year budget;

5. an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (no standard form is required); and

6. name and contact information for two referees the committee may contact; and

7. a letter of support from an appropriate local administrator (e.g. Department Chair,


Applicants must use the proposal template provided and submit the proposal electronically.

Submissions should be emailed to using the email subject line: “JRSS


Responsibilities of the Editor of Journal of Rural Social Sciences

1. The tasks of the Editor include:

a. Organizing, managing and supervising the Editorial Office;

b. Appointing and maintaining an Editorial board or team of Associate Editors;

c. Managing the review of manuscripts using the eGrove system; and

d. Soliciting sufficient high-quality contributions to the journal to ensure that the

production schedule of two issues per year is met.


e. Providing leadership for the advancement of rural scholarship that will be

reflected in future volumes of the Journal of Rural Social Sciences.

f. Keeping records of expenditures and maintaining a sound fiscal basis of the

Editorial Office in accordance with the rules of the host institution.


2. The Editor will work with SRSA’s Executive Committee on marketing and strategic

planning for the journal. This will involve the Editor traveling to the annual SRSA

meeting and attending quarterly meetings.

3. Financial support for the Editorial office is available from the SRSA.

a. The support from the SRSA for the Editorial office of the Journal of Rural Social

Sciences for each year during the three-year term as Editor can be negotiated with the SRSA Executive Committee.

b. These funds can be used for travel related to Editor responsibilities, such as

attending professional meetings not ordinarily attended to solicit manuscripts and

promote the journal, paying for a managing Editor or other staff support for the

Editorial office, paying for supplies and postage. The Editor is not limited to these

uses of the funds. How the funds will be used must be described in a proposed

annual and three-year budget for the Editorial office.


4. The Editor of the Journal of Rural Social Sciences may not act in a significant Editorial

capacity on any competing publication during the term of appointment as Editor of Journal of Rural Social Sciences.

A letter of intent should be submitted as soon as possible, with a full proposal to follow.

For further information or to submit a letter of intent or proposal,

For more information contact: Dr. Anne Cafer 

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