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The Rural Educator is a refereed professional journal written for and by those involved in rural education and university faculty specializing in the area of rural education and/or rural development. It is intended to serve as a means of furthering communications between university faculty and educators in our rural schools. It is also designed to provide up-to-date information to all readers in the area of rural education and rural development.

Original manuscripts will be considered for publication from university faculty, specialists in the field of rural education, as well as teachers and administrators in rural schools. All manuscripts are submitted to a blind peer review without reference to name or institution. Authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection as soon as the review process is completed. Issues of The Rural Educator are published in the fall, winter, and spring of each academic year. All manuscripts should be submitted as an e-mail attachment to:

Manuscript guidelines

  • Submit in MS Word (.doc) or in Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • Double-spaced
  • 12 point font (Times New Roman or Arial preferred)
  • Not to exceed 25 pages (including references)
  • Use American Psychological Association (APA) 5th Edition for style, citation, and reference guidelines
  • Tables and figures should be sent as separate files with indication in manuscript text as to their approximate insertion point
  • Include an abstract, not to exceed 150 words
  • Include a separate sheet with keywords (for use in searching)
  • Attach an identification cover sheet containing the following information about the author(s): name and official title, institutional affiliation, address, zip code, telephone, fax, and e-mail address
  • indicate which author is the contact author; if not otherwise designated the first author will be considered the contact author
  • Do not include the author(s)' name(s) on the manuscript
  • The lead or contact author will be notified of the final decision regarding publication; progress reports during the review process are not provided.
  • The lead or contact author will be notified of editorial changes made to the manuscript; however, the Editors reserve the right to make such changes without author’s approval or notification if time does not permit.

Additional inquiries may be addressed to:


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The Rural Educator
University of Wyoming


Editorial Advisory Board
Mike Boone
Boyd Dressler
Scott Ferrin
Mary Lou Gammon
Hobart Harmon
Patricia L. Hardré
Pauline Hodges
Jody Isernhagen
Robert Newhouse
Susan Day Scherz



Editorial Staff

Heather E. Duncan



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