Journal History

The International Journal of Rural Criminology is the successor to an attempt to begin a peer-reviewed periodical on the subject of rural crime that grew out of a conference in 2006 organised by one of the leading rural crime scholars in the world, Dr Elaine Barclay at the University of New England, New South Wales, Australia.

The original journal was called the International Journal of Rural Crime. In a sense, the articles in the original should be considered like a prequel to this journal. This journal has nearly the same name and the same abbreviation as the first attempt, and for reasons well intended. Like the original, the International Journal of Rural Criminology is designed to be a place where the growing literature on rural crime can be published and read.

From 2011 to 2021, the Journal was hosted on The Ohio State University Libraries “Knowledge Bank”, one of the largest repositories for electronically based information in the world at that time. Along with all other scholarly materials housed in the Knowledge Bank, the journal was indexed by both Google and Google Scholar. Edited by Joseph F. Donnermeyer, the journal published articles both qualitative and quantitative, and from a variety of theoretical perspectives. There were 10 issues across five volumes, and a total of 64 articles. These five volumes have been archived for prosperity and can be accessed at  

Recognising the heavy and increasing reliance on metrics in the higher education sector the world over, it was decided in 2020 to recalibrate the journal to take advantage of the array of technical measures to bolster engagement, readership and reporting. The Journal from 2021 remains published by The Ohio State University Libraries, but in their Open Journal Systems which will allow the reach desired.

Another key reason for a revamping of the Journal is the emergence and growth of various rural criminology networks. The journal now serves as the official organ of the International Society for the Study of Rural Crime; the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Rural Criminology; and the European Rural Criminology Working Group of the European Society of Criminology.

These networks do not consist solely of academic staff, but incorporate a diversity of people the world over interested in advancing rural criminology as a distinct field of scholarly attention and, importantly, also to apply scholarship and practice for the betterment of rural safety. Thus, this third iteration of a rural crime journal allows for scholars, students and practitioners alike to showcase their work to a wide audience.

There were nearly 120,000 item views and downloads of articles in the first ten issues of IJRC as found in the Knowledge Bank. These views and downloads come from scholars in 157 different countries, demonstrating that the International Journal of Rural Criminology truly deserves its moniker as “International”.