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Notes for Short Paper Submission

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1. QuGuidelines for Submission to Journal of Rural Problems

1. Qualification for Submission
Regular members of the Association for Regional Agricultural and Forestry Economics (ARAFE) qualify for submission to the Journal of Rural Problems. Non-members can be co-authors, but they cannot be first authors and/or corresponding authors. Authors of submissions requested by the editorial board of ARAFE do not need to be members.

2. Manuscript types
(1) The following types of manuscripts can be considered for publication in the Journal of Rural Problems: research article (full-length paper), short paper, research material, book review, etc. They range over the social science fields, focusing on food, agriculture, forestry, and fishery and, rural, mountain, and fishing areas both in Japan and abroad. Book reviews and other papers are requested by the editorial board of ARAFE. Submitted manuscripts must not have been published previously. The permanent editorial board of ARAFE can change the type of manuscript with the contributors’ consent.
(2) Refer to the notes for short paper submission in the ARAFE annual meeting when submitting manuscripts as short papers.

3. Manuscripts
Manuscripts that are made using the template file on the ARAFE website should be prepared in accordance with sections 4 and 5. If a manuscript has been made without using the template file or the manuscript format is clearly invalid, it will not be accepted for consideration.

4. Preparation of Manuscripts
(1) The text of manuscripts should be written horizontally. In Japanese manuscripts, except for specialized terminology, the modern kana usage and Chinese characters for daily use should be used. Chinese characters and kana characters should be written in double-byte characters. Alphanumeric characters and symbols should be written in single-byte characters. Manuscripts should be as concise as possible and include as few figures, tables, and equations as possible.
(2) The maximum number of pages for research articles, research materials, and other papers that are written using the template file are 12 pages, 10 pages, and 6 pages, respectively. The standard number of pages for research articles, research materials, and other papers that are written using the template file are 8 pages, 6 pages, and 2 pages, respectively. Authors can attach an online appendix equal to or less than 4 pages with their manuscript for consideration as a research article.
(3) In manuscripts, the title, authors’ names, and affiliations in both Japanese and English should be written in the designated locations in the template file. When submitting a manuscript as a research article, an abstract should be written in the designated location in the template file. The limit for an English abstract in a Japanese manuscript is approximately 200 words; the limit for a Japanese abstract in an English manuscript is approximately 600 characters. Four to six keywords written in the same language as the text should also be supplied for indexing purposes in the designated location in the template file.
(4) The article structure, punctuation marks, units, notes, citations, and reference list should be prepared in accordance with the technical guidelines for submission to the Journal of Rural Problems.

5. Preparation of Figures and Tables
Figures and tables that are consecutively numbered through manuscripts should be described as follows: Fig. 1, Table 1. Figures and tables should be pasted in the required locations in the manuscripts. Figures that have explanations and symbols appended should be accurate and clear. To ensure readability, do not excessively reduce the sizes of figures and tables.

6. Submission of Manuscripts
In accordance with the procedure mentioned in the ARAFE website, contributors should submit the following electronic files to the editorial board of ARAFE: (1) PDF file of manuscript and (2) PDF file of article most closely related to manuscript (if needed).

7. Reception of Manuscripts
The reception date is the date when the manuscript is submitted to the editorial board of ARAFE.

8. Review and Resubmission of Manuscripts
(1) The final decision on whether to accept a manuscript is made by the permanent editorial board of ARAFE. Contributors will be notified of the decision within four months. A manuscript submitted as a research article will be reviewed by two or more referees.
(2) If a manuscript needs to be revised, contributors should resubmit the revised manuscript as soon as possible. After notification, when the resubmission takes more than thirty days, the revised manuscript will be processed as a new submission.

9. Acceptance of Manuscripts
The acceptance date is the date when the permanent editorial board of ARAFE decides to accept the manuscript. The permanent editorial board of ARAFE can request revisions of accepted manuscripts in accordance with the guidelines. If contributors make unrequested revisions, they need to obtain approval from the permanent editorial board of ARAFE. Accepted manuscripts are not returned to contributors. The publication order of accepted manuscripts is decided by the permanent editorial board of ARAFE.

10. Author’s Proofreading
The author’s proofreading is performed once, and authors can correct printing mistakes. However, the following are not allowed: correction of words and phrases unrelated to printing mistakes, addition of new words and phrases, and correction of figures and tables.

11. Publication Fees
(1) Contributors whose accepted manuscripts are published do not need to pay publication fees if their manuscripts are within the standard number of pages shown in section 4(2). Publication fees for manuscripts requested by the editorial board of ARAFE are equal to those for contributed manuscripts.
(2) When the total number of pages of the printed manuscript exceeds the standard number of pages shown in section 4(2), contributors must pay the following additional publication fees: 1 page: ¥5,000, 2 pages: ¥10,000, 3 pages: ¥15,000, and 4 pages: 20,000. An excess of up to 4 pages is allowed.
(3) There is a publication fee of ¥5,000 per page for the online appendix of research article.

12. Ownership and Use of Copyright
Based on the copyright policy of ARAFE, authors must transfer the copyrights of their published articles to the ARAFE. The transfer of copyrights includes assignment of rights to reproduce, distribute, display, and store the published articles in both print and electronic forms.

13. Revision of Guidelines
The guidelines shall be revised by the editorial board of ARAFE. The revision must be approved by the permanent council of ARAFE.

Last revised: September 30, 2017.