SUBMIT - Instructions for Authors

The recommended maximum length of the manuscript is ca. 60,000 symbols.
Enclosures (preferable colour ones) with maximum size A4 are accepted.

Manuscripts in English have to be complete, it means including abstracts, key words, references and graphics (ordered in the paper). The editors reserve the right to request a linguistic review. The manuscripts should be delivered in the electronic form. In case when the manuscript exceeds 10 MB, please compress the graphic. The most convenient way for oversized files is to send them by service (up to 300 MB, 14 days and 30 downloads for free).

The manuscripts should be delivered in MS Word Programme. 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.

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

The title should reflect the content of the paper. In the case of regionally focused papers, the respective country (region) should be mentioned in the title. The abstract should give a short overview of the problem solved, the methodology used and results gained. The quality of the abstract often decides whether the paper will be read and evaluated. The keywords should be chosen from the viewpoint of possible reader who looks (often electronically) for suitable papers (to read and quote them).

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 deliver both English and the native language abstracts and key words. The author(s) are fully responsible for the language and content of the non-English abstracts.

The sources should be divided to following separate categories: Academic References and Other Sources. Academic references should contain (in order of the English alphabet according to the surname of the 1st author) papers in journals, books, chapters in books, theses, research reports, thematic maps etc. Articles in proceedings should be quoted as book chapters (if the proceedings fulfils the book standards). Academic quotations have to contain name(s) of author(s). Institution(s) neither anonymous are not authors. If the authors´ names or publisher (in the case of books) are missing, the sources should be quoted among Other Sources. Papers, books and reports downloaded from Internet should be quoted as Academic Sources when they contain respective data. The sources should be quoted in the original language (if it uses Latin alphabet).


Journal paper: Printsmann, A., Kruse, A. & Roth, M. (2012). Introduction for living in agricultural landscapes: practice, heritage and identity. European Countryside 4(2), 89-100. Doi: 10.2478/v10091-012-0016-5.

Book: Basile, E. & C. Cecchi (2001). La Trasformazione Post-Industriale della Campagna. Torino: Rosenberg & Sellier.

Chapter in a book: 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., ed., Social housing across the Europe (pp.49-70). Paris: La documentation Francaise.

Theses, Research Report: Schnaitl, C. (2012). Offentlicher Leerstand in strukturschwachen Gemeinden - was tun? [Master thesis]. Wien: Universitat fur Bodenkultur.

Examples of Other Sources are as follows: statistical data, basic maps, web pages, government documents, laws, technical norms, conference papers in the case when the publication does not fulfil the standards (especially when the publisher is missing), conference presentations, oral information etc. These sources should be quoted in a form enabling their identification as much as possible.

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 and journals have to contain the DOI INDEX, if available!

Graphical enclosures (maps, cartograms, schemes) should be delivered in .jpg, .bmp, .tif or .eps formats. Graphs should be delivered in MS Excel, including the source table. Tables should be provided in Word or MS Excel. Colour photographs are expected in the electronic form with resolution of 300 dpi. Landscape format is preferred over upright format for figures smaller than A4. All enclosures have to be numbered, described and introducing the source.

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

The recommended minimum structure of a Research Paper is following:


minimal content:
- basic context of theme including precise location of concerned area in European
  (and national) framework,
- clearly defined research objectives, eventually hypotheses,
- basic argumentation for the hypotheses support.

Theoretical background

- This part is mainly based on literature review (regional and foreign authors)
   including own evaluation and interpretation.

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


minimal content:
- description of the applied methods,
- data sources, monitored period, etc.


minimal content:
- research results with comments,
- explanation of casual relations,
- case study (if suitable).

Conslusion and discussion

minimal content:
- summary of research findings
- comparison with other region/in European context/other research of authors/other
  methodological approach tec.
- comment of the research objectives and a hypotheses

It is recommended to divide the manuscript by subtitles in a common structure (introduction, theoretical and methodological background based on an international literature, empirical knowledge, conclusion and discussion, acknowledgements, references).

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

Research notes discuss new trends or aspects of a specific rural problem. They usually do not contain any empiric research.

Short communications are characterized as articles which are usually not sufficiently based on international literature or lack 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 their paper together with its submitting. Nevertheless, the Executive Board should change it.

Each paper will pass through the initial evaluation. It includes the checking by the anti-plagiarism program and 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). Papers without these requirements cannot be forwarded to the review process.

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