European Countryside

The Journal of Mendel University in Brno

Open access

Content of the journal: ecology of rural landscape, rural sociology, demography and gender, multi-functional rural development, agriculture and other branches, rural geography, rural borderland, rural and agro-tourism, rural settlement, small towns as centers of rural micro-regions, rural planning and architecture

Why subscribe and read

European journal focused on multi-functional problems of countryside, connecting western and eastern European rural problems and streaming to the common future in unifying Europe. Free access.

Why submit

Journal reviewed according to the standard procedure. The authors will gain unlimited opportunity to be read, quoted and networked for an insignificant amount of money

Rejection Rate

  • 37%

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Instructions for authors

The recommended maximum length of papers is 60,000 symbols. Enclosures (preferable colour ones) of maximum size A4 are unlimited.

Manuscripts in English have to be complete, it means including abstracts, references and graphics. The editors reserve the right of the language review. The manuscripts should be delivered in an electronic form (floppy 3.5´´, CD, e-mail). If the paper exceeds 2 MB, use uschovna service []. In relevant cases, a paper copy with location of enclosures and other remarks of the author is recommended.

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 manuscripts should have the structure as follows: Under the title of the paper, the name(s) of the author(s) without titles are to be given. Abstract (800 symbols maximum) and keywords (3-10) follow. It is recommended to divide the paper by subtitles in a common structure if passable (introduction, theoretical and methodological background grounded in international literature, empirical knowledge, conclusion and discussion, acknowledgements, references). Additional data about the author(s) are to be given after the paper: name(s), academic and scientific title(s), affiliations including mailing address, e-mails of authors.

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

Quotations in the text should be marked by the name of the author and the year, e.g. … the difficulties were explained by Vitásek (1970) or … with paleotectonic structural elements (Karásek, 1991).

The papers should be delivered in the definitive form, it means including graphic enclosures. Additionally, the graphical enclosures (maps, cartograms, schemes) are recommended to be delivered in separate files. Images should be delivered in .jpg or .eps formats, graphs in MS Excel including the source table. Tables are to be handed in MS Excel. Colour photographs are optimum in the electronic form with resolution of 600 dpi. All enclosures have to be numbered, described and should introduce the source.

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 very much attention to the references. They should be cited completely and correctly and properly structured.
The references in alphabetic order are introduced behind the paper in shortened quotation. If the author is not known, the issue is ordered according to the first word of the title.

Quotations of web documents have to contain the doi index if available! More information about the Journal can be found on

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.

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, Poland
Tatiana Borodina, Institute of Geography RAS Moscow, Russia
Bálint Csatari, Centre for Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
Alexandre Dubois, NORDREGIO Stockholm, Sweden
Josef Eitzinger, University of Agricultural Sciences Vienna, Austria
Elisabete Figueiredo, University of Aveiro, Portugal
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
Antonio Raschi, C.N.R. - Ibimet Firenze, Italy
Eileen O´Rourke, University College Cork, Ireland
Michael Sofer, Bar-Ilan University Ramat Gan
Peter Spisiak, Komenský University Bratislava, Slovakia
Annette Steinführer, Thünen Institute for Rural Studies Braunschweig
Antoni Francesc Tulla Pujol, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
Michael Woods, University of Wales Aberystwyth, United Kingdom

Executive Board
Antonin Bucek, Mendel University in Brno, Czechia
Martin Culek, Masaryk University Brno, Czechia
Zdenek Havlicek, Mendel University in Brno
Klara Hulikova-Tesarkova, Charles University Prague, Czechia
Jaroslav Knotek, Mendel University in Brno, Czechia
Zbynek Kulhavy, Research Institute for Soil and Water Conservation Pardubice, Czechia
Igor Kyselka, Institute for Spatial Development Brno
Pavlina Marikova, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czechia
Simona Miskolci, Mendel University in Brno, Czechia
Radim Perlin, Charles University Prague, Czechia
Alena Salasova, Mendel University in Brno, Czechia
Marie Štolbová, Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information Prague, Czechia
Hana Vavrouchova, Mendel University in Brno, Czechia
Jana Zapletalová, Institute of Geonics, Czech Academy of Sciences Ostrava, Czechia

Language Editors
Nataša Mocková, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic

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

Graphical Editor
Markéta Flekalová, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic
Jana Pokorná, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic

European Countryside
Mendel University in Brno
Faculty of Agronomy (Institute 215)
613 00 Brno
Czech Republic

Milada Stastna: 420 545 132 459 (the same fax number),
Antonin Vaishar: 420 545 132 461

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

Journal Information
Impact Factor

CiteScore 2018: 0.85

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.288
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.651

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