Welcome and farewell.
Welcome to the Journal of Rural Community Psychology (JRCP). JRCP is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal published in electronic form by Marshall University, in Huntington, West Virginia. This journal has been devoted to the dissemination of information related to the sociological, psychological and mental health issues in rural and small community settings.
Archived volumes are available without charge and no subscription is required.
Readers are allowed to access any and all available articles and to download and print these. Readers are welcomed to employ quotes of a reasonable length from any article published here provided the appropriate citations are always used giving full credit to the author(s) and to the journal. For additional information, please see "Publication and Copyright Policies" below.
And farewell, as the Journal of Rural Community Psychology is not accepting articles for publication at this time although we do anticipate producing a final issue in the next few weeks.
I am very proud of what has been accomplished with this journal. JRCP was one of the first publications focused on rural issues and, for more than 20 years, the editors and reviewers of JRCP have provided valuable information to practitioners, professionals, researchers and students from many related fields of inquiry without any cost to the readers. We have been inclusive and eclectic, bringing together perspectives from various backgrounds, in the spirit of the generalist demands of rural mental health. We were among the first online journals and we can honestly say that we have played a major role in highlighting the issues, needs, questions and recommendations that have come to define rural community psychology and mental health.
The Journal of Rural Community Psychology has, for many years, been the result of the efforts of one supervising editor and a volunteer cadre of co-editors and reviewers. All of the work on the journal has been done by colleagues working without any pay besides the joy of participating in what we consider to have been a very valuable endeavor.
However, we have reached a point where we can no longer offer a high quality professional product using only volunteers. We cannot find and retain enough qualified peer reviewers to complete reviews in a timely manner. We are also not able to keep up with the demands, and the possibilities, of rapidly developing computer technology. We lack the needed technical expertise to meet the current standards for high quality online publication.
Other journals with paid staff and access to the needed technological expertise have become increasingly available.
In short, we lack the resources needed to continue to publish a quality journal and the need for this particular journal has declined. Thus, we say farewell.
In the event that there are others out there with the resources, expertise and an interest in picking up where my volunteer "staff" and I have had to leave off, please contact me to discuss options for future publication.
Many thanks to all our readers, to the reviewers and co-editors for donating their valuable time, to our many authors for sharing their discoveries and expertise, and to Marshall University for the web space which has been made available without strings or advertising.
Personally, I have to say that, for nearly two decades, serving as the senior / supervising editor for the Journal of Rural Community Psychology has been a great deal of work, a tremendous amount of pressure, and an honor which has allowed me to meet and work with so many wonderful readers, researchers and contributors. I am grateful to have the experience and I am grateful for all the support that my colleagues have given me over the years.
Hailing frequencies closing.
Pamela L. Mulder, Ph.D.
© 2008 Journal of Rural Community Psychology
Last Revision: September, 2008