Journal History

In 2012, the journal of Research and Rural Planning was granted the license to publish scholarly articles in the field of rural planning.

Focus and Scope

Journal of Research and Rural Planning disseminates peer reviewed original research results in the field of theories, methods and techniques in rural planning, the role of new technologies in IT and ICT in rural planning, the role of spaces and virtual settlements in rural development, tourism and rural planning, globalization and its relationship with rural planning, process of developments in the physical planning of rural settlements, management of sustainable development and rural planning, and economy and sustainable development of rural settlements in both print and open-access formats. Contributions must be written exclusively in Persian & English.

Open Access Policy

Journal of Rural & Research Planning (JRRP) is aimed to publish peer-reviewed edited scientific papers and to spread the knowledge freely as much as it is possible for its readers and authors, globally.

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts are subject to double-blind peer review and are expected to meet standards of academic excellence. Each submission will be considered by an editor and—if not rejected outright—by 3 peer-reviewers, whose identities will remain anonymous to the authors. Author identities will also remain anonymous to JRRP reviewers.

The aim of the review process is to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the article, in terms of originality, interest, up-to-dateness, coherence, and balanced argumentation. As such, all manuscripts submitted to JRRP go through a two-step double-blind peer review process.

The editor(s) of the journal first review(s) each manuscript to see if it meets the basic requirements for articles published in the journal (i.e., that it reports on original research or presents original content that links to previous research, theory, and that it is of sufficient quality to merit external review). Technical checks will also be made to see if manuscripts follow JRRP Editorial Style, the APA reference style (6th edition), and other JRRP standards (especially ethical ones). Manuscripts which do not meet these requirements are not sent out for further review, and their authors will be notified.

Following the internal review, submissions which meet the basic requirements and the bottom-line standards set by JRRP are sent out for doubly-masked peer review (by 2 experts in the field) either from the journal's editorial panel or from our larger list of reviewers. Following the external review, the authors are notified of the decision (accept as is, accept pending changes, revise and resubmit, or reject) and can track the process of peer review and submission via: http://jrrp.um.ac.ir.

*Attention: In relation to plagiarism does not used software by the journal, but it is checked by the editorial board and Editor-in-Chief.