Rural Areas
and Development

ISSN 2657-4403


Basic information

Gold Open Access Journal

An international peer-reviewed journal published under the auspices of the European Rural Development Network – international and interdisciplinary rural research community.

Published since 2003.

The journal is administered by Editorial Team and an international Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief: Dr Paweł Chmieliński

The journal is published yearly

Aims & Scope

The 'Rural Areas and Development' Yearbook was established in 2003 as a forum for the exchange of scientific ideas and research experience for researchers from Europe, with particular emphasis on Central and Eastern European countries, both members of the European Union and associated and candidate countries of the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans. The integrating dimension of European rural development researchers is the journal's overarching objective, but we strongly invite high quality research from around the world. The journal publishes articles related to research on rural development, socio-economic and demographic structures of rural communities, family farming, food systems as well as regional, local studies and community development.

The journal general focus is related to public policy and institutional environment of rural areas, including analyses of state policy instruments aimed at improving the economic, social and environmental situation. The rural community, space and economy constitute the main axis of research presented in the journal. A great emphasis on interdisciplinarity results from the need to go beyond the state of the art of rural science, where agriculture still plays a significant role, but is an element of a broad and complex system.

Our authors represent various fields of research (although not limited to): economics, sociology, political science, economic geography, regional studies. The interdisciplinary approach to rural areas and development processes, as well as the international group of people involved in the journal, create its unique position in the European Research Area.

The language of the journal is English. Articles are published with the highest standards of publication in a double-blending peer-review system, which is supervised by the Editorial Team and the Editorial Board. The journal has clearly defined criteria concerning ethical principles and rules related to maintaining high standards of honesty in the approach to conducting research and publishing its results.

All articles are published in gold open access and are immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. We offer authors a user license Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY), which define the permitted reuse of articles. There is no Publication Fee, the journal is funded by publishers.

Editorial Team


Paweł Chmieliński

Methodology Editors

Marcin Gospodarowicz

Aleksandra Pawłowska

Technical Editor-in-Chief

Leszek Ślipski


Katarzyna Mikulska

Vice Editor-in-Chief

Konrad Czapiewski

Publishing Editors

Krzysztof Kossakowski

Barbara Pawłowska

Abstracting and Indexing

Kamila Tomaszewska

IT Management

Daniel Maniszewski

PUBLISHED by the European Rural Development Network and the Institute of Agricultural and Food Economics – National Research Institute, Warsaw, Poland.

COPYRIGHT by the European Rural Development Network.