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European Countryside

The Journal of Mendel University in Brno
Journal Details
access type Open Access
First Published
24 Feb 2009
Journal Subjects
Life Sciences, Ecology, other
Journal Metrics
Cite Score

The Journal publishes articles on the European countryside, the rural areas of individual European countries or regions. The multidisciplinary periodical contains papers from an ecology of a rural landscape, rural sociology, demography and gender, multi-functional rural development, agriculture and other branches of the rural economy, impacts of Common Agricultural Policy on rural development, rural geography, rural borderland, rural and agro-tourism, rural settlement, small towns as centres of rural micro-regions, rural planning and architecture, rural collaboration. It prefers complex contributions with rural development issues to articles with narrowly economic or technical issues.

Why subscribe and read

European journal is focused on multi-functional problems of the countryside, connecting western and eastern European rural problems and streaming to the common future in unifying Europe. However, special issues focus on selected topics. Those interested in rural development will find theories, methods, drinks and information from various disciplines. Papers are free accessed.

Why submit

Journal is reviewed according to the standard procedure. The Editorial Board is available to guide the authors through finalizing the contributions. The review process is confidential. The authors will gain unlimited opportunity to be read, quoted and networked for an insignificant amount of money. The journal allows and prefers colour graphics to a reasonable extent without financial surcharges. Article citations can be found in major databases including Web of Knowledge, SCOPUS or Google Scholar. The Cite Score at SCOPUS has been rising steadily since 2012.

Rejection Rate

  • 37%


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Plagiarism Policy

The editorial board is participating in a growing community of Similarity Check System's users in order to ensure that the content published is original and trustworthy. Similarity Check is a medium that allows for comprehensive manuscripts screening, aimed to eliminate plagiarism and provide a high standard and quality peer-review process.

Milada Šťastná, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic

Managing Editor
Antonín Vaishar, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic

Editorial Advisory Board
Jerzy Banski, Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland
Tatiana Borodina, Institute of Geography Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Alexandre Dubois, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Uppsala, Sweden
Josef Eitzinger, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria
Elisabete Figueiredo, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Tamás Hardi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Regional Studies, West Hungarian Research Department Györ and Széchenyi István University Györ, Hungary
Costela Iordache, University of Craiova, Romania
Roderick J. Lawrence, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Marie-Claude Maurel, CEFRES Prague, France
Danny Markus, US Department of Agriculture, USA
Cennet Oguz, Selcuk University Konya, Turkey
Hannes Palang, University of Tallinn, Estonia
Andreas Panagopoulos, Land Reclamation Institute Sindos, Greece
Bas Pedroli, Alterra Wageningen, the Netherlands
Marina Pintar, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Elenica Pjero, University of Ismail Qemali Vlorë
Antonio Raschi, C.N.R. - Ibimet Firenze, Italy
Eileen O´Rourke, University College Cork, Ireland
Roberta Sisto,University of Foggia, Italy
Michael Sofer, Bar-Ilan University Ramat Gan
Peter Spisiak, Komenský University Bratislava, Slovakia
Annett Steinfuhrer, Thunen Institute for Rural Studies Braunschweig
Antoni Francesc Tulla Pujol, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Michael Woods, University of Wales Aberystwyth, United Kingdom

Executive Board
Martin Culek, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic
Barbora Duzi, Institute of Geonics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Jitka Fialova, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
Vladan Hruska, Jan Evangelista Purkyne University Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic
Igor Kyselka, Institute for Spatial Development Brno, Czech Republic
Simona Miskolci, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
Jan Moudry, South-Bohemian University Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
Leos Pavlata, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
Radim Perlin, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
Pavel Ptacek, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
Katerina Ryglova, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
Alena Salasova, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
Vera Svobodova, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
Marie Stolbova, Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information Prague, Czech Republic
Magdalena Daria Vaverkova, Mendel Univesrity in Brno, Czech Republic
Hana Vavrouchova, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
Lucie Vidovicova, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic
Jana Zapletalova, Institute of Geonics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
Pavlina Zrubkova, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic

Language Editors
Samuel Adeyinka Okubote, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic

Technical Editor
Michaela Tichá, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic

Milan Oulehla, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic

Jana Pokorná, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic

European Countryside
Mendel University in Brno
Faculty of AgriSciences (Department 215)
Zemedelska 1
613 00 Brno
Czech Republic

Milada Stastna: 420 545 132 459
Antonin Vaishar: 420 545 132 461

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Bogumiła Zuga 32A Str.
01-811 Warsaw, Poland
T: +48 22 701 50 15

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Open Access Statement

The journal is an Open Access journal that allows a free unlimited access to all its contents without any restrictions upon publication to all users.

Open Access License

Instructions for authors

Before the decision

Before you submit the manuscript to the European Countryside, please try to answer the following questions:

Why the international public should read and cite your paper? An article published in an international journal is NOT a national paper translated into English!

How could your article contribute to a solution to rural problems?

Is the topic of your article focused on the countryside in Europe?

Only upon satisfactory answers to the mentioned questions would you be able to submit your manuscript to European Countryside.

We do not have any strict manuscript length limit. However, the recommended maximum length is ca. 60,000 characters that are readable and understandable as a research paper. Enclosures (preferably colored ones) with maximum size A4 are accepted with no additional charge.

Manuscripts in English have to be complete, which means it should include abstracts, keywords, graphics (ordered in the paper) and references. Do not enclose separate files with graphic figures. As the European Countryside does not have a printed version, it is not necessary to provide graphs, tables, and figures in very high resolution. Tables should be sent in a Word or Excel format - not as pictures! The manuscripts should be submitted in an electronic form only.

Manuscripts must be in English, and authors are urged to aim for clarity, brevity, and accuracy of information and language. Authors whose native language is not English should have their manuscripts checked for linguistic accuracy by an English speaker experienced in the branch. It is recommended to enclose the confirmation from the proof-reading agency/individual or an affidavit that the manuscript has been checked by the experienced English speaker.

In case the manuscript exceeds 15 MB, please use the service (up to 300 MB, 14 days and 30 downloads for free).

The manuscripts should be submitted in MS Word. The text should not be formatted. Paragraphs should be separated by the key enter. The interspace between two words is formed by exactly one keystroke. Bullets and remarks below the line are accepted when they are created electronically. The hyphenation should be avoided. Please, do not number the references.

The headings should have the following structure: the title of the paper, the author(s) name(s) without titles. Abstract(s) (maximum 800 characters) and keywords (3-8).

Additional data about author(s) should be written at the end of the manuscript: name(s), academic and scientific title(s), affiliations including mailing address, ORCID numbers, and e-mails of authors.

The title should reflect the content of the paper. In the case of regionally focused papers, the respective region (country) should be mentioned in the title. The abstract should give a short overview of the problem solved, the methodology used and results gained. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references. Do not put quotes in the abstract. The keywords should be provided to be used for indexing purposes. The quality of abstracts and keywords may influence the length of the evaluation process.

In order to strengthen not only the unity of Europe but also its diversity, abstracts in the native language of the author(s) or the country in which the investigation was made will be published. Author(s) are kindly asked to provide both English and the native language abstracts and keywords. The author(s) are fully responsible for the language and content of the non-English abstracts.

The references should be divided into the following categories: Academic References and Other Sources. Academic references should contain (in English, alphabetic order according to the surname of the 1st author) papers in journals, books, chapters in books, unpublished materials as theses or research reports, thematic maps. Articles in proceedings should be quoted as book chapters (if the proceedings fulfill the book standards). In case the authors´ names or publisher (in the case of books) are missing, the sources should be quoted within Other Sources. Academic quotations have to contain name(s) of author(s). Please cite all authors in References (the citation in the text should be cited as the first author and et al. when they exceed two authors). The institution (s), whether anonymous are not authors. Papers, books, and reports downloaded from the internet should be quoted as Academic Sources when they contain respective data. Sources should be quoted in the original language (if they use Latin alphabet).

Other sources are not supposed to be a part of citation systems. Typical examples of other sources are the following: statistical data, basic maps, web pages, government and planning documents, laws and regulations, technical norms, conference papers in the case when the publication does not fulfill the standards (especially when the publisher is missing), conference presentations, oral information or interviews, etc. These sources should be quoted in a form enabling their identification as much as possible.


Journal paper [journals usually have an ISSN number; when the publication has both ISSN and ISBN numbers, the citation as a book is recommended] cite author(s), year, title, name of the journal, volume, number, pages (or the number of the paper), DOI, e.g. Printsmann, A., Kruse, A. & Roth, M. (2012). Introduction to living in agricultural landscapes: practice, heritage, and identity. European Countryside 4(2), 89-100. DOI: 10.2478/v10091-012-0016-5.

Book [book usually has an ISBN number, the relevant data can be found in imprint - not in layout] cite author(s), year, title, place of publication, the publisher, e.g. Basile, E. & Cecchi, C. (2001). La Trasformazione Post-Industriale della Campagna. Torino: Rosenberg & Sellier.

Chapter in a book or proceedings cite author(s), year, title, editor(s), name of the book, pages, place of the publication, the publisher; in the case of the proceeding, do not cite redundant data like place and locality of conference (if they are not a part of the title), but cite the Publisher which is usually the university, academic institute or scientific society, but rarely faculty and in fact, never the department, e.g. Vaattovaara, M., Schulman, H. & Kortteinen, M. (2011). A Nordic Welfare model at a turning point? Social housing and segregation in Finland. In Driant, J.-C. & Houard, N., eds., Social housing across the Europe (pp.49-70). Paris: La documentation Francaise.

Theses, Research Reports cite author, year, specification of the cited source, the publisher, e.g. Schnaitl, C. (2012). Offentlicher Leerstand in strukturschwachen Gemeinden - was tun? [Master thesis]. Wien: Universitat für Bodenkultur.

Reference linking is the most significant benefit of electronic publishing. It allows readers to extend their reading experience immensely. That is why it is important to pay close attention to the references. They should be cited completely, correctly and be properly structured. Quotations of web documents especially papers in journals have to contain the DOI INDEX, if available!

Charts, tables, and photos should be placed directly in the text. Tables must be placed in Word format, not as a picture. Remember that English has a decimal point - not a comma. All attachments must be placed on the pages oriented upright so that the reader does not have to turn the monitor sideways. All enclosures have to be numbered, described and introducing the source.

European Countryside publishes the following types of contributions: Research Papers, Editorials, Research Notes, Short Communications.

Editorials are defined as introductory papers of special numbers. They usually contain an introduction of the number topic, basic theoretical anchoring and an overview of the number papers.

Research notes discuss new trends or aspects of a specific rural problem or sum up some research period. They are usually written by leading experts and do not contain any empirical research.

Short communications are characterized as articles that are usually not sufficiently based on international literature or lack their own research. However, they are interesting and/or have some quotation potential from a specific viewpoint (e.g.problems of a specific region or a specific field of study not sufficiently covered by scientific literature or some application innovations - best practices)

The authors should suggest the type of paper together with its submission. Nevertheless, the Executive Board could change it.

The recommended minimum structure of a Research Paper is as follows:

minimal content:

  • the basic context of theme including precise place of concerned area in European (and national) framework (see the three questions at the beginning)
  • clearly defined research objectives, possibly hypotheses,
  • basic argumentation to support the hypotheses.

Theoretical background

  • This part is mainly based on a critical literature review (regional and foreign authors) including one's own evaluation and interpretation.

Theoretical part, research objectives and empirical part (Results) have to be linked.

minimal content:

  • description and justification of the applied methods,
  • data sources, monitored period, etc.
  • a characteristic of the region under study when appropriate

minimal content:

  • research results with comments,
  • explanation of causal relations,

Conclusion and discussion
minimal content:

  • summary of research findings,
  • comparison with another region/in European context/other research of authors/another methodological approach etc.,
  • comment on the research objectives and hypotheses.

It is recommended to divide the manuscript by subtitles in a common structure (introduction, theoretical and methodological background based on international literature, empirical knowledge, conclusion, and discussion, acknowledgments, references). The paper should contain a unifying idea from the introduction to the conclusions).

Each paper will pass through an initial evaluation. It involves being checked by the anti-plagiarism program and an initial evaluation from viewpoints of coincidence with the aim and scope of the journal, clear definition of the aim and research question(s) of the paper and its sufficient embedding in the international literature (defined as papers in journals covered by Web of Knowledge or SCOPUS). In the case of a positive initial evaluation, the manuscript is forwarded to the external review process. The journal follows a double-blind reviewing procedure. Manuscripts are evaluated by at least two independent reviewers from different countries. The reviewers can recommend the acceptance of the manuscript in the original version, with minor or major changes or its rejection. Theauthor(s) obtain the reviews with a standpoint or instructions of the Executive Board after the review process is completed.

Editorial Policy

European Countryside is an international on-line scientific journal focusing on rural research. It publishes theoretical and empirical articles, considering the multi-functional rural development, regional aspects of rural problems and results of individual disciplines directed towards the countryside. The journal concerns European rural investigations. European Countryside supports European integration processes, collaboration of European experts and the idea of Europe of Regions. Publishing in European Countryside is open for experts from universities, research institutes and other scientific institutions regardless of their nationality, ethnicity or religion. The Journal publishes individual articles, mono-thematic issues, conference papers, articles based on theses or research reports. Only technical criteria as quality, language level and technical competence are decisive for accepting or refection of the article. The Executive Board of the Journal decides on the base of at least two independent reviews. The review process is confidential. The acceptance of the article for publication is conditioned by payment of the publication costs by the authors or their institutions as a rule. On the other hand, all published articles are at disposal free of charge to the widest spectrum of readers.

Journal Details
access type Open Access
First Published
24 Feb 2009
Journal Subjects
Life Sciences, Ecology, other
Journal Metrics
Cite Score

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