Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Aims & Scope

The aim of The International Scientific Conference “RURAL DEVELOPMENT 2017“ is to provide scientific interdisciplinary discussion and present new ideas for rural development processes in pursuance of sustainability. The Conference provides interdisciplinary scientific discussion and the presentation of new ideas for rural development processes in the context of Knowledge, Innovations and Social Progress.




Section Policies

Title Pages of Conference Proceedings

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Agro-innovations and Food Technologies

  • Aušra Blinstrubienė
  • Vaida Jonytienė
  • Kęstutis Romaneckas
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Biosystems Engineering and Environment

  • Administratorius -
  • Jonas Čėsna
  • Algirdas Jasinskas
  • Rytis Skominas
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Multifunctional Approach for Sustainable Use of Natural Resource

  • Antanas Dumbrauskas
  • Gerda Šilingienė
  • Rytis Skominas
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Social Innovations for Rural Development

  • Vilija Aleknevičienė
  • Jūratė Jastromskaitė
  • Neringa Stončiuvienė
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Peer Review Process

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).


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.


Abstracting & Indexing

All the peer-reviewed conference papers will have been published in open access Proceedings of the conference (online ISSN 2345-0916, print ISSN 1822-3230). Proceedings of International Scientific Conference “Rural Development” are published periodically every two years since 2003 and indexed by Thomson Reuters (Web of Science), EBSCO (Academic Search Complete).


Publication Ethics and Publication Statement

“Rural Development” is peer-reviewed conference proceedings published by Aleksandras Stulginskis University.
“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 conference proceedings of high quality, “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.
  • “Rural Development” employs the single-blind peer review. All manuscripts published in the proceedings are peer reviewed by two experts in the field.
  • The reviewers of “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.
The confirmation of correctness and the copyright transfer shall be done by signing the printed version of the Author's Guarantee Form.


Editorial Team


prof. dr. Asta Raupelienė, Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania

Managing Editors

Dr. Judita Černiauskienė, Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania

Sections Editors

Prof. dr. Vilija Aleknevičienė
Prof. dr. Aušra Blisntrubienė
Doc. dr. Jonas Čėsna
Doc. dr. Antanas Dumbrauskas
Prof. dr. Algirdas Jasinskas
Jūratė Jastromskaitė
Dr. Vaida Jonytienė
Prof. dr. Kęstutis Romaneckas
Doc. dr. Rytis Skominas
Prof. dr. Neringa Stončiuvienė
Dr. Gerda Šilingienė

Editorial Board

Prof. dr. David Richard Arney (Estonian Life Science University, Estonia)

Prof. dr. Vilma Atkočiūnienė (Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania)

Prof. dr. Algirdas Augustaitis (Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania)

Prof. dr. Gediminas Brazaitis (Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania)

Prof. dr. Natalija Burbulis (Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania)

Prof. dr. Sigitas Daukilas (Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania)

Prof. dr. Yoshiharu Fujii (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan)

Prof. dr. Boriss Gjunsburgs (Riga Technical University, Latvia)

Prof. dr. Inderjit Singh (University of Delhi, India)

Prof. dr. Eglė Jotautienė (Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania)

Prof. dr. Vigilijus Jukna (Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania)

Assoc. Prof. dr. Jiȓi Mašek (Czech University of Life Science in Prague, Czech Republic)

Prof. habil. dr. Irina Laiko (Institute of Bast Crops, Ukraine)

Prof. dr. Violeta Makarevičienė (Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania)

Prof. dr. Velta Parsova (Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvia)

Prof. dr. Arvydas Povilaitis (Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania) 

Prof. dr. habil. Baiba Rivža (Latvian University of Agriculture, Latvia)

Prof. dr. Heinz Roehle (Technical University of Dresden, Germany)

Prof. habil. dr. Barbara Sawicka (University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland)

Dr. Sc. Velibor Spalevic (Institute of Forestry, Podgorica, Montenegro)

Prof. dr. Neringa Stončiuvienė (Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania)

Prof. dr. Jari Stenvall (University of Tampere, Finland)

Prof. dr. Vida Malienė (United Kingdom)

Prof. dr. Laima Kott (University of Guelph, Kanada)

Prof. dr. Kaspars Vartukapteinis (Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvia)

Prof. habil. dr. Rimantas Velička (Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Lithuania)

Prof. dr. Leslie A. Weston (Charles Sturt University, Australia)