Peer review

Peer review

1. The editorial board admits articles for consideration only if they comply with the submission guidelines. The submission guidelines are established by the editorial board and approved by the editor-in-chief.

2. All submitted articles are always peer reviewed by experts in corresponding fields.

3. Peer reviewing in the Journal is single blind.

4. A peer reviewer is required to:

  • Assess main merits and demerits of the manuscript bearing in mind the following: correspondence of the article’s content to the Journal's specialization, topicality of the chosen topic, scientific and methodical level, use of up-to-date methods, novelty and originality of main statements and conclusions and their theoretical and practical significance;
  • Clearly state their opinion as to whether it is practical to publish the manuscript (in part or in full), reject or refine it;
  • When recommending to shorten or refine the manuscript, to clearly state what exactly should be shortened and corrected to help the author in the further work on the article;
  • In case of a negative review, to give well-grounded reasons for rejection of the article.

5. The editorial board sends copies of peer review reports or a reasonable refusal to authors and is required to send copies of peer review reports to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation in case of a corresponding request.

6. Manuscripts submitted to the editorial board should be peer reviewed by external relevant organizations. The peer reviewer cannot be the article's author, scientific supervisor or consultant of the article or project nor can they be employed by the organization where the work has been performed. The peer reviewer's signature should be written out, also the full name of the peer reviewer's organization, their position and rank should be given.

7. The Journal's editorial board ensures internal peer review to provide an additional expert review: a peer reviewer is appointed from the editorial board. The peer review period is up to three months.

8. Internal peer review results are considered at the Journal's editorial board meeting. In case of a positive review the article can be put into print by the decision of the editorial board. In case of contradictory opinions about the manuscript under consideration the latter may be sent to another expert for further peer reviewing. The ultimate authority of decision as to rejection, forwarding to refinement or putting into print shall be reserved by the editorial board.

9. The editorial board should inform the author about its decision within three months of the day of article receipt with the peer review report copy enclosed in case it is negative or contains critical comments. The peer reviewer's surname can be provided to the author only upon consent of the peer reviewer.

10. If the author has made significant changes during the article refinement, the changed paper is sent for a repeated peer review, and in case of a positive result it is again proposed to the Journal's editorial board for consideration. In case of a repeated negative peer review report, the author is provided a well-grounded refusal to print.

11. Original peer review reports are kept by the editorial board for 5 years of the date of the peer reviewed paper publication in the Journal.

12. During publication, the date of the article admission by the editorial board is stated. In case of changes made in accordance with the peer reviewer's and editorial board's recommendations, the date of admission of the revised version is stated.

13. Unpublished manuscripts are not returned to the authors.