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January 19, 2021

Online Journal of Rural Research and Policy announces new staff, design

Submitted by Laura Perez

Tuan Nguyen and Chanh Lam

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies welcomes new associate editor Tuan Nguyen and assistant editor Chanh Lam for its Online Journal of Rural Research and Policy. Nguyen is an assistant professor and Lam is a graduate student, both in the curriculum and instruction department at K-State. 

The purpose of the journal is to expand publication opportunities for scholars in our field. The journal is a peer-reviewed, online publication that publishes academic and community-based research, commentary and policy articles focused on rural places and spaces. Nguyen and Lam are supporting this mission through reenvisioning the submission process, improving broader impacts and bringing a fresh look to the journal.

Nguyen's main research interests include teacher leadership and school improvement, teacher labor markets, and financial aid and postsecondary success. Nguyen's research highlights the unique needs of rural school systems. His perspective will prove invaluable to the journal's work on educational policies.

Lam has generated a new publishing template for the journal's website to create a more polished and professional look.

Nguyen has also updated the submission process to take better advantage of the online publishing format. To facilitate submissions, the journal has made the following changes:

  • The word limit has been made more flexible: 5,000-10,000 words, but longer papers are considered.
  • Supplementary materials may be added as a separate document and do not count toward the word limit.
  • Initial submission is style-free — e.g., APA, MLA, etc.
  • The editorial staff will make first decisions — to send out for review or desk reject — within 28 days; the review process will be limited to 2-3 months.
  • Accepted papers are asked for a one-page brief of the paper for publicity.

Those interested in submitting work can find more information at newprairiepress.org/ojrrp/.

Current assistant editor Brad Galka is still hard at work behind the scenes and continues to publish work that helps to improve the lives of those living in the rural Great Plains. Galka is a doctoral student in history at K-State. He has extensive experience in public history and museum projects, working as the head researching for a World War II memorial for the city of Manhattan from 2016-18 and as a National Endowment for Humanities consultant with the Chapman Center from 2019-20. Galka has been busy increasing the social media presence for the OJRRP.

Visit newprairiepress.org/ojrrp/ for more info or follow on Twitter: @OJRRP.