Focus and Scope

Economics and Rural Development is a peer-reviewed Open Access journal that aims to strengthen the cooperation of scientists of the Baltic region in the field of agricultural economics, management and rural development, and enables scientists to publish the results of research in an international level.

Main Topics of the Journal:

- Rural development, including agricultural economics, methodology;
- Rural development policy and its implementation;
- Agricultural competitiveness;
- Economics of resources and its management;
- Strategic management of rural organizations (private and public);
- Finances, accounting, statistics and analysis of rural development;
- Rural sociology;
- Rural education and studying;
- Development of information and knowledge based society in rural areas.

Economics and Rural Development publishes original papers, informative surveys on PhD papers, scientific conferences and other research activities, summaries of scientific monographs.

Research papers are published in English.


Section Policies


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PhD thesis review

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to Economics and Rural Development are subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the material published is 'good research'.

All manuscripts undergo preliminary evaluation at the editorial level and those judged to be of significant importance will subsequently be peer reviewed by two researches in the relevant field.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).


Publication Frequency

Journal items can be published collectively, as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents. Alternatively, individual items can be published as soon as they are ready, by adding them to the "current" volume's Table of Contents. Provide readers, in About the Journal, with a statement about the system this journal will use and its expected frequency of publication.


Open Access Policy

This journal 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.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post items submitted to Economics and Rural Development on personal or institutional websites, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of the latter).


Publication fee

Publishing is free of charge.



The Journal is indexing by EBSCO, CABI (Agricultural Economics Database, Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology Abstracts, etc.), Google Scholar, Ulrich‘s.


Publication Ethics and Publication Statement

Economics and Rural Development is committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards. Our ethic statements are based on COPE’s Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

In order to provide our readers with the journal of high quality, Economics and Rural Development is guided by the following principles: 


  • The editor is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the academic record, for having processes in place to assure the quality of the material they publish and for precluding business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards.
  • Editors’ decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the remit of the journal.
  • The editor ensures that appropriate reviewers are selected for submissions (i.e. individuals who are able to judge the work and are free from disqualifying competing interests).
  • The editor has systems in place to give authors the opportunity to make original research articles freely available.
  • The editor has systems to ensure that material submitted to their journal remains confidential while under review.
  • Economics and Rural Development employs the double-blind peer review: reviewers are unaware of the identity of the authors, and authors are also unaware of the identity of reviewers. 


  • The reviewers of Economics and Rural Development  assist the editors in taking the decision of publishing a submitted manuscript. By formulating suggestions to the authors, the reviewers can contribute to the improvement of submitted works.
  • Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
  • Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  • The reviewers should comment on the originality of submissions and should be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism. 


  • The authors ensure that they have submitted original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
  • Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal is considered as an unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
  • Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.
  • When an author founds error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to notify the journal editor and cooperate with him to retract or correct the paper.


Economics and Rural Development ISSN 1822-3346 / eISSN 2345-0347

This journal is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License. Responsible editors: Prof. Dr Vilija Alekneviciene, Dr Gunita Mazure.