The journal publishes the following kinds of materials: research articles on historiography, review articles, book reviews, reviews of academic conferences on history and of their proceedings, translations and abstracts.

The manuscripts should contain original research material corresponding to the subject area of the journal. The sources used by the author should include papers published in recent years.

The author(s) of a manuscript accepted for publication in the journal are to send to the editorial board the Copyright Form & Publishing Agreement.

Manuscript requirements

  1. The maximum length of submitted materials is 60,000 printed symbols for an article, 8,000–35,000 printed symbols for a book review, and 15,000–40,000 printed symbols for a review article (with no less than three sources). 

  2. The materials should be sent as Microsoft Word files, in .doc or .docx format, set in Times New Roman, 14pt, one-and-a-half spacing.

  3. Before the text of the article (review article, book review), the following information must be provided in both Russian and English:

    • title;

    • abstract (no more than 500 symbols including spaces);

    • keywords (seven to ten words or phrases for articles and no less than five for review articles and book reviews);

    • author information: first and last name; degree, academic position, occupation; information on the organization the author is affiliated with or employed by; email; ORCID, Web of Science Researcher ID and Scopus Author ID (if available).

  4. A numbered list of sources and works cited must be arranged alphabetically in a separate section, following the text of the article (review article, book review). The references to those sources should be placed directly in the text of the article, in square brackets, and should contain the number of the entry in the bibliographical list and page numbers, if necessary. The author may also provide bibliographic references in footnotes to the literature used while working upon the article, but not quoted directly in the article. Bibliographic references should be styled according to GOST R 7.0.5-2008, without italics.

    Examples of references:

    • Book: Bojanowska E.M. A world of empires: The Russian voyage of the frigate «Pallada». – Cambridge; London, 2018. – X, 373 p.

    • Journal paper: Каппелер А. «Россия – многонациональная империя»: некоторые размышления восемь лет спустя после публикации книги // Ab imperio. – 2000. – № 1. – С. 15‒32.

    • Book chapter: Asensi R. Los materiales etruscos del orientalizante reciente y el periodo arcaico // La presencia de material etrusco en el ambito de la colonizacion arcaica en la Peninsula Iberica / ed. R. Rodriguez, O. Musso. ‒ Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona Publicacions, 1991. ‒ P. 225‒238.

    • Book review: Герасимчик В.В. [Рецензия] // Белорусский исторический обзор. – 2020. – № 3(1). – С. 7–48. – Рец. на кн.: Wiech S. Litwa i Białoruś: Od Murawjowa do Baranowa (1864–1868). – Kielce, 2018. – 333 s.

    • A publication of a primary source: [Долгоруков Н.А., князь]. Его Императорскому Величеству генерал-адъютанта князя Долгорукова всеподданнейшее донесение, [22 декабря 1832 г.] // Чтения в Императорском Обществе истории и древностей российских при Московском университете. – 1864. – Кн. 1. – С. 175–197.

  5. Illustrations should be provided as separate JPEG files. All the illustrations should be numbered, and corresponding references should be provided in the text. A list of illustrations should also be provided in a separate file with captions in Russian and in English.

Reviewing of the manuscripts submitted for publication

The following rules are mandatory both for the editorial board, for the authors, and for reviewers:

  1. Articles submitted for publication in the journal undergo mandatory peer review. The reviewer can be neither an immediate administrative superior nor an academic supervisor of the article’s author. The reviews of a manuscript are to be provided in 30 days.

  2. The reviewer abides by the criteria to follow:

    • whether the topic is relevant and novel;

    • whether the paper relates to the recent developments in the historical studies;

    • whether the topic is thoroughly considered and the findings are well-grounded;

    • whether the paper is drafted in a proper academic format.

  3. The reviewer chooses between one of the decisions to follow:

    • the paper can be published without further changes;

    • the paper needs only minor modification;

    • the paper needs to be revised;

    • the paper is rejected.

  4. Manuscripts are discussed at the editorial office, and the editor-in-chief makes a final conclusion. The editorial board informs the authors about the decision and the time of the publication. The copies of the reviews are sent to the authors of the article. If the paper has been rejected, the editorial board must give a reasoned refusal to the author(s). If the paper needs to be revised, the editorial board informs the author about it; a revised manuscript undergoes another peer review. The editorial board keeps reviews for at least five years. The journal shall send copies of the reviews to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation upon request.

  5. The editors reserve the right to edit texts without distorting the meaning of the work or the information contained in it. If more work is required, a letter with corresponding recommendations will be sent to the author.

  6. The authors bear full responsibility for the content of their work, the accuracy of quotes, dates and names. The opinions of the author may not coincide with the opinions of editorial staff.

  7. The journal does not pay royalties and does not charge a fee for publication.