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Author Guidelines

The journal is bilingual: all manuscripts are published simultaneously in the Russian and English languages.

The journal’s Editorial Office INDEPENDENTLY and FREE OF CHARGE translates the manuscripts from one language into another.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, exclusively via the journal’s official website: Please upload your manuscript as a Microsoft Office Word document (*.doc, *.docx and *.rtf formats).

The journal publishes the following types of manuscripts: scientific reports (2000 to 4000 words), scientific reviews (2000 to 4000 words), original articles (4000 to 8000 words), and scientific surveys (8000 to 16000 words).

We are encouraging you to use the template.

The journal allows one of the two variants of the manuscript structure:

1. IMRAD: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions;

2. EDITORIAL BOARD’S structure: Introduction, Results, and Conclusions.

The “Results” section may be subdivided into up to three levels of subsections, e.g.:

1. Title of the first level

  1.1. Title of the second level

    1.1.1. Title of the third level

    1.1.2. Title of the third level

2. Title of the first level

  2.1. Title of the second level

    2.1.1. Title of the third level

    2.1.2. Title of the third level

The number of authors should not exceed three, and at least one of them should have an academic degree. An exception is the “Young researcher” section, where persons without an academic degree may publish articles.

The title and location of the author’s institution should be given exactly in the form it is formulated in official documents and in the official website of the institution, without indication of its organizational-legal form.

The author’s ORCID is mandatory. The author’s Web of Science ResearcherID, Scopus Author ID, and GoogleScholarID are indicated if available.

The length of the article title should not exceed 15 words.

Abstract of an original study should have the following sections: “Objective”, “Methods”, “Results”, Scientific novelty”, and “Practical significance”. Please note that your abstract should be from 250 to 300 words long. The abstract must not contain citations, special symbols, formulas, etc. All abbreviations must be written in full.

Keywords. Please provide from 5 to 10 key words (word combinations). The key words (word combinations) should be written in one line, separated with commas, without a full stop in the end. The key words (word combinations) with an abstract meaning or terms used in other scientific disciplines should be avoided. It is not allowed to include special symbols, formulas, etc. into the key words (word combinations).

The manuscript should also contain the following sections:

1. Clarification regarding any potential or actual conflicts of interest of the authors. Please note that conflicts of interest do not impede a publication, though failure to disclose one does. In case of the absence of conflict of interests, include a standard phrase: “The authors declare no conflict of interests”

2. A brief list of funding sources for the research (g.a commercial organization, a foundation or government grant, etc.). In case of the absence of sponsorship, include a standard phrase “The research was not sponsored”.

3. Authors’ contributions are described in case the article has more than one author.

4. An optional section stating acknowledgment for any individuals or organizations that assisted in your work.

The references should be organized in APA style. The number of references should be:

  • for scientific reports – not less than 10, including not less than 5 from the journals included into the Web of Science and Scopus databases;
  • for scientific reviews – not less than 10, including not less than 5 from the journals included into the Web of Science and Scopus databases;
  • for original articles – not less than 20, including not less than 10 from the journals included into the Web of Science and Scopus databases;
  • for scientific surveys – not less than 40, including not less than 20 from the journals included into the Web of Science and Scopus databases.

Only reviewed sources must be included into the reference list. These include monographs, articles in scientific journals and collections of works. Non-reviewed sources (legal acts, court decisions and indictments, archive sources, newspaper articles, albums, catalogs, reference books, dissertations, abstracts of theses, information from websites, data of sociological polls) are not included into the reference list. They must be cited in footnotes (numbered with Arabic figures throughout the article). Self-citation should constitute not more than 10% of all references. DOI and EDN identifiers must be given, if the source has them.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The manuscripts are accepted if has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.

  2. The materials should be prepared in a format OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or World Perfect.

  3. Internet links are provided as a complete URL. 

  4. Text should be typed with an interval of one and a half line spacing, font Times New Roman, 14 pt; to highlight the accents it is recommended to use italics rather than underlining (except Internet links). All images, graphics and tables are placed within the text according to the meaning of the particular part of text  (and not at the end of the document).

  5. Text should follow the stylistic and bibliography requirements as stated in  Regulations  located in the Part "About Us." 

  6. Please, remove the authors' names from the title of the article and other parts of the document to ensure the  anonymity of reviewing.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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