Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in The Rural Educator provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

International Submissions

As the professional journal of the National Rural Education Association we seek articles that have a salience for and connection to rural education in a variety of in- and out-of school rural education contexts including early childhood, primary, secondary, post-secondary, and adult education. International manuscripts from outside the U.S. are reviewed and are published from time to time. For submissions from outside the U.S. we seek manuscripts that explicitly address how the scholarship is applicable for readers outside your country.

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to The Rural Educator, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at The Rural Educator. If you have concerns about the submission terms for The Rural Educator, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Manuscripts submitted to The Rural Educator should be prepared using the guidelines in the latest edition of the American Psychological Style Guide (currently, APA 7th edition).

  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file
  • Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
  • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1.0 inches (3.8 cm), including your tables and figures.
  • If figures are included they should be high quality and formatted for both electronic/online and print versions of the journal.
  • Article Length

    Although there are no minimum or maximum page or word length requirements for the journal, a general guideline is that research and review of literature articles are between 20-25 double-spaced pages in length, excluding references, tables, and figures, and promising practice articles are generally under 10 pages in length.

    Colored text

    Any images or text in color will be published with color for the online version of the journal and will be converted to black and white for the print version of the journal. Authors should consider whether any color images or text will reproduce well in black and white.


    Footnotes are discouraged.

    Tables and Figures

    To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. Avoid the use of overly small type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1.0" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.

    Copyright Statement

    The Rural Educator applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to articles and other works we publish. If you submit your paper for publication by The Rural Educator, you agree to have the CC BY license applied to your work. Under this Open Access license, authors retain copyright for their work. In addition, you as the author agree that anyone can reuse your article in whole or part for any purpose, for free, even for commercial purposes. Anyone may copy, distribute, link to, or reuse the content as long as the author and original source are properly cited. This facilitates freedom in re-use and also ensures that The Rural Educator content can be mined without barriers for the needs of research.

    Open Access Policy

    The Rural Educator provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Members of the National Rural Education Association are eligible to receive print copies of The Rural Educator. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of articles in this journal, and to use them for any other lawful purpose..

    Personal-use Exceptions

    The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Scholars Junction provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

    • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
    • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
    • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
    • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

    People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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    General Terms and Conditions of Use

    Users of the Scholars Junction website and/or software agree not to misuse the Scholars Junction service or software in any way.

    The failure of Scholars Junction to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Scholars Junction and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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