The Russian Fund for Education and Science


The activities of the Editorial Board are governed by international standards of scholarly publication ethics, viz. by the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (; we also take into account the experience of the world's leading journals. These standards should be maintained by the authors, by members of the international Editorial Council of the journal and by invited reviewers. The recommendations of the Committee are changed from time to time; if they come to contradict the present regulations on the publication ethics of the journal in a certain aspect, the present regulations are to be preferred.

Decisions on the publication of contributions are taken by the Editorial Board. The Editorial Board tries to reach a consensus taking into account opinions of its members, but, if consensus is found to be unattainable, simple majority vote is possible. The Editorial Board bears collective responsibility for the scholarly quality of all the published contributions.

Submitted contributions undergo mandatory review. Depending on the contents of the submission, members of the Editorial Board, the International Editorial Council and external experts may be asked to write a review. Decisions of the Editorial Board are based on no fewer than two reviews. Authors are not charged any fees for review of a submission or for publication.

Expert evaluation is carried out on the basis of a single-blind peer review system (the reviewer's name is concealed from the author). In evaluating a manuscript, reviewers are asked to take into account the following criteria:

- the submission's compatibility with the journal's scope;
- (for articles, except literature reviews, and shorter notes) the presence in the submission of a well-formulated, significant and currently relevant academic issue and its new solution (in certain cases we accept articles which defend a solution that had been proposed earlier but was forgotten or neglected in the relevant academic literature; in such cases new arguments are usually expected);
- being aware of the relevant academic literature related to the topic;
- good methodological standarts of the submission;
- conclusiveness of the arguments;
- sufficiency of the arguments and references;
- readability and coherence of the text;
- (for translations) acceptable standards of the translation.

Reviewers (as well as the Editorial Board) should evaluate each manuscript for its intellectual content with no regard regard to the race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, political views or academic status of the author or authors, and with no regard to the personal attitude of a reviewer to the author or authors. Poorly grounded negative reviews are not accepted. Reviewers and members of the Editorial Board should avoid any conflict of interest with respect to the manuscript under review or under discussion in the Editorial Board, its author or authors, and/or the organization funding the research. If a conflict of interests takes place between a member of the Editorial Board and an author of the article (or the funding organization), the member of the Editorial Board should notify the Editorial Board and refrain from being involved in taking a decision as to the article discussed. A reviewer should also notify the Editorial Board any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which he/she has personal knowledge.

The final decision of the Editorial Board is based on the reviews. The Editorial Board cannot take a decision contrary to the suggestions of all the reviewers; if the Editorial Board considers the suggestions of the reviewers to be debatable, asking for an additional review is possible.

One of the following three decisions on each submission is possible: a submission can be either accepted without change, accepted with a condition of revision, or declined. The executive secretary of the journal informs the authors about the decision taken by the Editorial Board. When required, the authors receive the anonymous reviews; if a submission is accepted with a condition of revision, its author or authors receive anonymized recommendations for revision. A revised and resubmitted contribution undergoes the standard reviewing procedure ; but in this case only one review is enough for taking a decision. Resubmission of a revised version of a declined contribution is acceptable, but normally the decision about rejection implies that the Editorial Board does not consider successful revision of the submission in question to be possible.

Before the final decision is taken, members of the Editorial Board and reviewers should not disclose any information about the submitted article to anyone apart from the author(s), reviewers, experts and consultants taking part in the evaluating, and the publisher. Unpublished data from the submitted articles must not be used in any form in any other studies without written permission of the author.

A submission that is finally accepted undergoes editing by the members of the Editorial Board and is then passed to the publisher. The publisher is responsible for the layout, printing and distribution of the journal. The publisher does not intervene in the journal's contents.

The Editor-in Chief, with the help of the assistant Editors-in-Chief, coordinates all the work of the Editorial Board and makes decisions on key issues; he or she also authorizes the printing of each issue. The Editor-in-Chief guarantees full compliance with all the ethical standards set forth in the present regulations.

The International Editorial Council is the supreme consulting body of the journal. Thanks to its academic authority and geographical coverage, the International Editorial Board guarantees that the published content of the journal meets international academic standards. The members of the International Editorial Council may asked to be reviewers and/or consultantswhen the members of the Editorial Board do not feel competent enough to take a decision.

By submitting a manuscript to the Editorial Board, all authors confirm the fact of their authorship and their agreement with the contents of the article. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution in terms of the conception, preparation, and results of the article, whereas all those who made a considerable contribution to the study should be listed as co-authors. Other persons who took part in preparing the article can be mentioned in the section with acknowledgments (in the first footnote of the article), together with information about funding.

The author or authors guarantee that they submit an entirely original work that does not contain any knowingly unreliable or falsified information and that is not being submitted to other journals during the process of submission to the Aristeas. Any form of plagiarism is unacceptable. Earlier published works are not accepted for publication; an exception can be made for submissions that are expressly not designed as a new academic work (obituaries, memorial materials, literary texts in Latin for the 'Latin Today' section, reprints of scholarly works of the 19th or early 20th centuries scholarly works that are difficult to access, translations into Russian of foreign scholarly works). Partial text recycling (i.e. the use of one's own previously published texts) is not recommended, though in certain cases might be considered acceptable in the introductory sections, is not likely to be considered acceptable in the discussion section and is totally unacceptable in the results section and conclusions.

The authors ensure that they do not violate any laws, legal provisions or ethical conditions of the professional community, that they have all the necessary permissions, that they do not conceal any facts that might lead to the conflict of interest with a reviewer or a member of the Editorial Board. If a contribution reproduces someone else's research material, tables, or images, the author of the contribution must fully acknowledge the actual author and/or copyright owner of that material.

If, in the process of editing or after the contribution has been published, an author discovers mistakes or inaccuracies in the publication, he or she must notify the Editorial Board; if this happens when the contribution has already been published, the Editorial Board publishes an appropriate statement regarding the error.

The issue of copyright in published contributions is to be settled by the publisher. It is unacceptable for an author to place into the public domain any materials that have been submitted to the journal or accepted for publication and sent for editing but which have not yet been published. If these rules are violated, the Editorial Board is entitled to decline the publication. In the event of publication, the author retains the rights to the fair use of the published material; placing a work published in the journal into the public domain is possible upon permission of the Editorial Board or the publisher.

Personal information provided to the journal by authors, including e-mail addresses, will be used exclusively for the scholarly mission of the journal.

Only the Editorial Board is entitled to introduce changes to the present regulations.
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