Guide for Authors



Journal of Sustainable Rural Development (JSRD) is a specialized, double-blind peer-reviewed, open access journal that provides rapid reviewing and publication of articles in all areas of rural studies. It has published by the Iranian Association of Geography and Rural Planing, since 2017.

Journal of Sustainable Rural Development (JSRD) accepts articles in rural development, rural tourism, rural participation, spatial analysis, sustainable rural development, rural management, rural-urban linkages and other related areas. It is quarterly journal, including Persian full-text and English extended abstract & bibliography.


  • Submission of a manuscript to Journal of Sustainable Rural Development (JSRD) must constitute of original, review, commentary, case report, methodological note, or letter to editor manuscript not previously published, and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts submitted under multiple authors are reviewed on the assumption that all listed authors have agreed on the submission and that a copy of the final manuscript has been approved by all authors. Manuscripts are first reviewed by the journal editors to ensure their appropriateness relevant to the framework of the journal. Then, the manuscript would be peer-reviewed by related experts. If accepted, the article shall not be published elsewhere, without the consent of the journal’s editors and publisher.
  • In order to submit a manuscript, the corresponding author should visit the journal website, and send their articles after registration following the instructions given.
  • Persian manuscript should be typed in narrow NAZANIN font size 12 and English manuscript should be typed in narrow TIMES NEW ROMAN size 12 in Microsoft Word format (doc, docx).
  • The size of the manuscript should not exceed approximately 12500 words or at most 20 printed pages of the size of the publication and at least 10 pages (including tables, figures, abstract and sources list).
  • For Persian manuscript, the title including word spacing shouldn't exceed 60 words.
  • For English manuscript, the author’s name and author’s scientific or professional title should be typed below the title of the article. Moreover, the Email address and telephone number of the corresponding author should be mentioned as footnote.
  • Figures and Charts in the article must be original and have a high quality. The original file of the figures should be sent in Excel, Word or PDF format with a resolution of 600 dpi. The font size, especially for curves (legend), should be big enough to be legible after the sizes are decreased for printing.

Manuscript Structure

  • Title page: in the identification page, title of the article, name and surname of the author(s), scientific rank, full address (postal code, telephone and fax numbers and email address), location of the research, person in charge for the article and date of sending the article should be mentioned. corresponding author’s name should be specified with a star mark.
  • Running title: A maximum of 40 characters with spaces should be provided.
  • Abstract: includes both Persian and English abstracts of the article and keywords (3 to 6 words). The Persian abstract should not exceed 200 words and should describe the purpose of the study, the methods, the results, and the conclusion should precede the main text. Also, authors should send 250 words English abstracts for their manuscripts, too. Meanwhile, for indexing and abstracting JRUR articles in international information database, authors should send an English extended abstract, including 750 to 1000 words, for their manuscripts. It should include introduction, method and materials, findings, discussion, conclusion and references in a way that could be published individually.
  • Keywords: A maximum of 6 keywords or phrases should be provided; preferably, these should be selected from the body of the text.
  • Introduction: includes background information, necessity of doing the research, unanswered questions about topics of the manuscript and purpose of the research and the method of manuscript for answering them.
  • Literature Review: includes scientific descriptions, latest theories and scientific discussions related to the manuscript’s topic, viewpoints of the connoisseurs and finally a conceptive model for the research.
  • Methodology: includes designing the research, time and place of running the research, the study samples, sampling method, and process of gathering data, measurement tools and methods of quantity and quality analysis.
  • Findings: presenting precise results of important findings according to scientific principles and using the required tables and charts. 
  • Discussion: includes the effects and the importance of the research findings and its relations with similar researches emphasizing on the differences, explains the manuscript’s potential to be universal and the scientific usage of the findings and presents necessary guidelines for continuing relative researches, conclusion, possible suggestions and recommendations. 
  • Illustrations: Illustrations will appear either across a single column (8 cm) or a whole page (15 cm). The illustrations should be numbered in Arabic numerals according to the sequence of appearance in the text, where they are referred to as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc. Figure legends should be concise and clear and should not duplicate the body of the text. Each illustration must have a title and an explanatory legend. The title should be part of the legend and not be reproduced on the figure itself. The legends should be placed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript and begin with the number of the illustration they refer to. All symbols and abbreviations used in the figure must be explained.  Also, please indicate their appropriate locations in the manuscript.
  • Tables: Tables should be so constructed that they, together with their captions and legends, will be intelligible with minimal reference to the text. Tables of numerical data should each be typed (with double-spacing) on a separate page, numbered in sequence in Arabic numerals (Table 1, 2, etc.) and referred to in the text as Table 1, Table 2, etc. The title of the table should appear above it. A detailed description of its contents and footnotes should be given below the body of the table. Also, please indicate their appropriate locations in the manuscript.
  • Quotations: quoting from the content of the sources should be specified with narrow characters and common punctuations and the names of the owners of the works, date and page numbers of the sources should be given immediately after in parenthesis. 


  • The references relied on should be mentioned both in the text and in the end of the manuscript. The authors are responsible for the accuracy of bibliographic information. Citations in the text should conform to the referencing style used by the last version of American Psychological Association (APA) style, Reference to published works should be mentioned in English, for example: (Woods, 2005, 27-8).  


  • Authors will receive proofs by email. Only printer's errors may be corrected; no change in, or additions to, the edited manuscript will be allowed at this stage. The corrected proofs must be returned within 72 hours after receipt by email. If the Publisher receives no reply, the assumption will be made that there are no errors to correct and the article will be published.


Ethical Considerations

  • Journal of Sustainable Rural Development (JSRD) is committed to apply ethics of publication, based on the COPE’s Code of Conduct and Best Practices. Also, in social and economical studies, JRUR has engaged to apply ethics of research, based on  Respect Code of Practice for Socio-Economic Research. So, the research’s ethical considerations must be addressed in the Materials and Methods section.  For more information on the journal’s ethical Principles, please refer to the journal publication ethics page.


  • Plagiarism: Journal of Sustainable Rural Development (JSRD) as a member of Negah Journals, has accepted all terms and conditions of Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) on plagiarism. So, in any case of plagiarism, which is brought to the journal’s editors attention and accompanied with convincing evidence, we act based on flowcharts and workflows determined in COPE. Meanwhile, to detect and prevent plagiarism in the journal articles, all submissions will be checked with iThenticate software in both stages of submission and acceptance.
  • Conflicts of interest: Journal of Sustainable Rural Development (JSRD) as a member of Negah Journals, published by Negah Institute for Scientific Communication, is committed to apply ICMJE recommendation on “Author Responsibilities—Conflicts of Interest in authors’ conflict of interest issues.
  • Authors should disclose, at the time of submission, information on financial conflicts of interest or other interests that may influence the manuscript. Authors should declare sources of funding for the work undertaken, too. So, completion and signing the ICMJE Form for Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest is necessary for all authors and the articles submission won’t be accepted without filling this form.



Reference Guideline

In Journal of Sustainable Rural Development (JSRD), citations should conform to the referencing style used by the last version of American Psychological Association (APA) style, Please use Endnote or similar reference managing software to insert the references. Using MS Word References tab to insert the references in the main document is highly preferred and recommended.

In-text citations


Single author:

(Adam, 1992) OR Adam (1992) proved that…

Two authors:

(Ringsven & Morse, 1996) OR In their study, Ringsven and Morse (1996)…

Three to five authors:

First citation: (Lupton, Brunn, & Platt, 2000) OR Lupton, Brunn and Platt (2000)…

Subsequent citations: (Johnson et al., 2002)

Six or more authors:

(White et al., 2001) OR White et al. (2001)…


Reference List:

In addition, all references cited in the text should be listed at the end of the manuscript on a separate page in alphabetical order by authors’ last names. All items in the list of references should be cited in the text and, conversely, all references cited in the text must be presented in the list. Personal communications and unpublished data including manuscripts submitted, but not yet accepted for publication should not be used as a reference, nonetheless, they may be placed in parentheses in the text.  




Material Type

In-Text Citation

Reference List & Notes


Book: Single author

(Pegrum, 2009)

Pegrum, M. (2009). From blogs to bombs: The future of electronic technologies in education. Crawley, W.A: UWA Publishing.

Book: 3-5 authors

(Ranzijn, McConnochie, & Nolan, 2009)

Ranzijn, R., McConnochie, K., & Nolan, W. (2009). Psychology and indigenous Australians: Foundations of cultural competence. South Yarra, Vic: Palgrave MacMillan.

Book: More than 6 authors

(Jones et al., 1984)

Jones, E. E., Farina, A., Hastorf, A. H., Markus, H., Miller, D. T., & Scott, R. A. (1984). Social stigma: The psychology of marked relationships. New York: W.H. Freeman.

Book: Editor

(Hallinan, 2006)

Hallinan, M. T. (Ed.). (2006). Handbook of the sociology of education. New York: Springer.

Book: 2 or more editors

(Dawson & Venville, 2007)

Dawson, V., & Venville, G. (Eds.). (2007). The art of teaching primary science. Crows Nest, N.S.W: Allen & Unwin.

Book: Chapter [i.e. Article] in edited book

(Groundwater-Smith, 2007)

Groundwater-Smith, S. (2007). As rain is to fields, so good teachers are to students. In S. Knipe (Ed.), Middle years schooling: Reframing adolescence (pp. 151-170). Frenchs Forest, N.S.W: Pearson Education Australia.

Persian Book

(Alavi, 2009)

Alavi, M. (2009). [General Psychology (Persian)]. Tehran: Negah Publishing.

Journal Articles

Journal article: 6 or more authors

(Sohrabi et al., 2011)

Sohrabi, H. R., Weinborn, M., Badcock, J., Bates, K. A., Clarnette, R., Trivedi, D., Martins, R. N. (2011). New lexicon and criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Lancet Neurology, 10(4), 299-300.

Journal article online: No DOI supplied (free on the Web)

(Thomas & Bosch, 2005)

Thomas, K., & Bosch, B. (2005). An exploration of the impact of chronic fatigue syndrome and implications for psychological service provision. E-Journal of Applied Psychology: Clinical Section, 1(1), 23-40. Retrieved from

Journal article online: Digital Object Identifier supplied

(Almeida, Dickinson, Mayberry, Badcock, & Badcock, 2010)

Almeida, R. A., Dickinson, J., Maybery, M. T., Badcock, J. C., & Badcock, D. R. (2010).Visual search performance in the autism spectrum II: The radial frequency search task with additional segmentation cues. Neuropsychologia, 48(14), 4117-4124.

Journal article online: in preprint archive

(Martinez, in press)

Martinez, M. (in press). Imperative content and the painfulness of pain. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. Retrieved from

Journal article submitted for publication

Delgado, Suriyagoda, Zúñiga-Feest, Borie, & Lambers, 2014)

Delgado M., Suriyagoda L., Zúñiga-Feest A., Borie F., Lambers H. (2014). Divergent functioning of Proteaceae species: The South American Embothrium coccineum displays a combination of adaptive traits to survive in high-phosphorus soils. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Persian article

(Sohrabi et al., 2011)

Sohrabi, A. (2011). [Cognitive psychology: from brain to society (Persian)]. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 10(4), 299-300.

Conference Papers and Proceedings

Paper in conference proceedings in print

(Game, 2001)

Game, A. (2001). Creative ways of being. In J. R. Morss, N. Stephenson & J. F. H. Rappard (Eds.), Theoretical issues in psychology: Proceedings of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology 1999 Conference (pp. 3-12). Sydney: Springer.

Paper in conference proceedings online: Electronic database

(Balakrishnan, 2006)

Balakrishnan, R. (2006, March). Why aren’t we using 3d user interfaces,and will we ever? Paper presented at the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces.

Conference papers: Unpublished

(Santhanam, Martin, Goody & Hicks, 2001)

Santhanam, E., Martin, K., Goody, A., & Hicks, O. (2011). Bottom-up steps towards closing the loop in feedback on teaching: A CUTSD project. Paper presented at Teaching and Learning Forum – Expanding horizons in teaching and learning, Perth, Australia, 7-9 February 2001.


Thesis in print: Published

(May, 2007)

May, B. (2007) A survey of radial velocities in the zodiacal dust cloud. Bristol, UK: Canopus Publishing

Thesis online: Electronic database

(Rich, 1989)

Rich, P. D. (1989). The rule of ritual in the Arabian Gulf, 1858-1947: The influence of English public schools (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses – UK & Ireland. (AAT 8918197)

Web sources

Web page

(Australian Psychological Society, 2008)

Australian Psychological Society. (2008). Substance abuse: Position statement. Retrieved from

Web page: No author

(“Improve indigenous housing”, 2007)

Improve indigenous housing now, governments told. (2007). Retrieved from

Web page: No date

(Jones, n.d.)

Jones, M. D. (n.d.). Commentary on indigenous housing initiatives. Retrieved from

Webpage: No author or date: With quote

(“Mindfulness mediation”, n.d., para 8)

Mindfulness meditation. (n.d.). Retrieved from