Alma Mater
ISSN 1026-955X
Vestnik Vysshey Shkoly (Higher School Herald)
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To Our Authors


We accept articles from international authors. Your article should be either in English or in Russian with abstract & keywords in English (and Russian, if possible)

1. Each manuscript must be complete and final when submitted.

2. Each article should contain no more than 4000—4500 words.
(All appendixes included but not references or figure captions).

3. Manuscripts can be submitted either by e-mail or using files prepared in Microsoft Word.

4. Each manuscript should comprise the following components, presented in the order as shown below:

4.1. The title of the article, name and affiliation, an academic degree or rank of the author, any current or additional affiliations, and author’s  address and email.

4.2. Abstract. A concise abstract (of no more than 250 words) and keywords (no more than 15) are required at the beginning of each article.

4.3. Text. It’s desirable that the text should be divided into sections with a separate heading each. (The section/subsection headings should be typed on every single line).

4.4. References. References should be enumerated (no less than 10 items). The citations in the text if any should specify the author's name, title, year of publication and page number.

4.5. Resume. Resume size is at the author’s discretion.



Journal politics regarding the peer review process

Before being published each article must be reviewed by one or more peers. The admission of an article for publication is based on its scientific value and, also, on the presentation of scientific material. A scientific paper must be of scientific novelty, i.e. it should distinguish itself by an original formulation of a problem or a presentation of new approaches to a certain social problem. Furthermore, it must be characterized by scientific or practical value.

Peers are selected by the editor-in-chief, based on their field of competence. In a case of controversy between peers, additional peers may be assigned. After receiving the opinion of reviewers, the editor-in-chief contacts the author and makes final decision on the paper's admission. Please note that all articles are being peer reviewed, irrespective of whether the author is a member of the editorial board themselves.

The process of peer review is single-blind, i.e. peers remain anonymous to the authors, while all provided information about authors is available to peers.

Instead of being unconditionally accepted or rejected, an article can be returned to authors for corrections and/or expansions with recommendations by a reviewer or a member of editorial staff. Authors should take into consideration all remarks made in the process of reviewing and editing, and, in case of disagreeing with reviewers and editors, the authors must briefly and clearly substantiate their position. Alterations made by the authors should be introduced in the text of the paper, and should be distinguishable from the unchanged parts of the text (e.g. by emphasizing the corrections with another colour). After rendering the corrected version to the editorial staff, the paper would be once again reviewed, and editorial staff would take a decision on the possibility of its publication. The authors would be informed about the results either in the form of acceptance of the article, or in the form of a well-grounded refusal.

Note that the editorial staff reserves the right to turn down articles without reviewing if an article clearly lies out of the scope of the journal, or in the case when one of the authors has ever commited a gross violation of the code of conduct (see below), e.g. submitted an already published article without warning.

At all stages of working on articles, as well as for correspondence with authors, editors and peers use e-mail. Consequently, authors should inform in good time about changes to their e-mail address.

Our journal pursues the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers designed by COPE (Comitee on Publication Ethics). We presuppose authors to follow the Guidelines for Authors.