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Rural Sociology

Tips, techniques & links to help you find answers for your research papers & projects

Finding Journals

Where's a good place to publish my article? 

Top Journals in Rural Sociology

Generally the most effective way to search for a topic is by using databases, however, sometimes you may want to look at a specific journal.  Following is a list of some of the top journals in Rural Sociology:  

Rural Sociology

Journal of Rural Studies

Sociologia Ruralis

Agriculture & Human Values

Society & Natural Resources

Annual Review of Sociology

Since Rural Sociology crosses many disciplinary boundaries, journals of interest may be in several subject categories.   JCR, Journal Citation Reports is a good source for a listing of top ranked journals in dozens of fields including Sociology, Environmental Studies, Agriculture and Demography. 

Library Guides on Publishing

Judging a journal's quality

How to find out if a journal is good or reputable.

Questions to ask:

  • Have you read a few of the articles?
  • Would you want your article next to that other article?
  • Do you know anyone who’s publishing there?
  • Who’s on the editorial board?
  • Have you contacted any of the editors to make sure they agreed to be on the editorial board?

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association Use to check if the publisher is a member.

Directory of Open Access Journals maintains a whitelist of journals which meet certain standards.  A subset of journals which adhere to best practices get a DOAJ Seal of Approval .

The International Academy of Nursing Editors has a vetted list of reputable nursing journals that meet explicit criteria.