Alma Mater
ISSN 1026-955X
Vestnik Vysshey Shkoly (Higher School Herald)
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Alma Mater—monthly scientific journal about Higher Education

Alma Mater (Vestnik Vysshey Shkoly) is the oldest Russian journal exclusively dedicated to problems of Higher Education, founded in 1940.

In its more than 80 years of existence, the journal has gained international recognition as an authoritative publication on higher education with a strong base of readers all over the post-Soviet states.


Mission and Scope

Alma Mater is an outlook journal with the mission of working out a strategy for the development of Russian Higher Education and scientific system in the face of new economic and socio-cultural challenges. At the present stage the main goals of the journal are:

  • Adaptation of innovative pedagogical and technological practices
  • Complex study of youth socialization
  • Elucidation of the role of education and science as a factor of personal development
  • Identification of new trends in the development of education imposed by society and the state
  • Definition of the mission of the University in the conditions of a multicultural society

The aim of the journal is to publish the results of pure and applied research in sociology and philosophy of education, in pedagogy and socialization of youth, and in organization and management of higher education.

Successful submissions should position their argument within extant literature in the social sciences. They should reflect the core practices and foci that have defined the education as a social institute.

The High Certification Committee of Russian Federation (ВАК) acknowledges the following academic areas in the journal:

09.00.08 Philosophy of Science and Technology (Philosophy)

09.00.11 Social philosophy (in terms of education and science) (Philosophy)

22.00.04 Social structure, social institutions and processes (in terms of education and science) (Sociology)

22.00.05 Political Sociology (Sociology)

22.00.08 Sociology of management (Sociology)


Journal sections

The journal offers current publications in the following thematic areas:

  • Education: Perspectives & Aspects
  • Philosophy & Sociology
  • Humanization & Liberalization of Education
  • Professional Competences
  • Society. Science. Education
  • Theory & Practice of Education
  • Economy & Management in Social Systems
  • International Relations & Globalization
  • Science in Higher School
  • Heritage and Modernity
  • News about education and science
  • Surveys. Reviews


Indexing and acknowledgment

The journal is included in the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI, "РИНЦ").
The journal is included in the European Research Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS) administrated by Norwegian Social Science Data Services.
The full-text version of the journal is available in EastView Universal Database of Humanities and Social Sciences (UDB-EDU).

Since 2016 each journal article is assigned a DOI.

The journal is included in Ulrichweb Global Serials Directory


Periodicity — 12 issues per year
Volume — 120 pages in A4 format
Language — Russian, English