Terms of publication


1. Overview

1.1. These Rules regulate the thematic focus, the order of reviewing and publication of scientific papers, surveys, reviews and peer reviews (hereinafter referred to as “papers” or “paper”), submitted to the editorial staff of the REGIONOLOGY journal (hereinafter referred to as “the Editors”).

1.2. The REGIONOLOGY journal (hereinafter referred to as “the Journal”) basically publishes scientific papers, surveys, reviews, and peer reviews.

1.3. The names and contents of the Journal columns correspond to the fields of science, in which scientific degrees are awarded, approved by the order No. 59 “On Approval of the Nomenclature of Specialties of Scientific Workers” of 25 February 2009 issued by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation:

Socio-Economic and the Social Sciences
08.00.00 Economic Sciences
22.00.00 Sociological Sciences
23.00.00 Political Science

Columns of the Journal: Political Space of a Region, Economy of a Region, Sociology of a Region.

2. Rules of submitting papers

2.1. The Journal shall publish only the manuscripts that have never been published before and aren’t intended to the simultaneous publication in other journals.

2.2. Submitted manuscripts in Russian or in English must describe original theoretical and/or practical research. The appropriate number of words in the paper should be 4,000—6,000.

2.3. The article structure should include the following sections: Introduction, Literature Review, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions. These paper structure blocks should be written in bold. It should be clear from the contents, why this article has been published in this Journal.

Introduction — is the challenge of the problem treated, its relevance, its connection with the tasks to be solved, its importance for the development of a definite area of science or for practical activity.

Literature Review. It is necessary to describe the principal studies and publications, modern views on the issue, difficulties the development of the subject.

Materials and Methods. This section specified that has served as material for the analysis, describes the using techniques, provides detailed information about the target of research.

Results. In this section should be presented systematic analytical and statistical material. If necessary, the results can be supported by illustrations (tables, figures (graph, chart, etc.)). This is the main section, which aims to prove a working hypothesis (or hypotheses) by analysis, synthesis and data clarification. It is desirable to compare the results presented in the article with results in previous works of the author (or the authors) and other research works in this area.

Discussion and Conclusion. In conclusion, the results are to be summarized; the main directions for further research are indicated in this area. It would be desirable to include the development prospect of the issues in the final part of the article.

Requirements to registration of articles

2.4. The text of the paper should be typed in the Microsoft Word text processing program for Windows on one side of an A4 sheet. Font — Times New Roman, font size — 14, line spacing — 1.5. Margin widths: left — 3 cm, right — 1.5 cm, top — 2 cm, bottom — 2 cm. Indentation — 1 cm. Text shall be typed with automatic hyphenation set.

2.5. In the first line, the initials and last name of the author (or the authors) should be written in capital letters in Russian and English (right-aligned). One lines below the title of the paper should be written in bold capital letters in Russian and English (centered). It is necessary to indicate the UDC code.

2.6. One more line below, key words (5—10) should be written separated by a semicolon. Key words should be in Russian and English.

2.7. One line below, the key words, there should be an abstract of the paper in Russian (200—250 words) and English. An abstract is a brief and exact statement of the content of the paper in accordance with its structure: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions. These parts of the abstract structure should be written in bold. Each structural unit of the abstract should have 2—5 sentences. The abstract should be a self-sufficient (original, informative, structured, compact) text capable of describing the main results of the study without referring to the article itself.

2.8. Then (one line below), information about the author (or the authors) should be written in Russian and English, where the surname, first name, and patronymic should be written in full, position and place of work (study) with the mailing address, as well as the academic degree and title (if any), postal address for delivery of obligatory copy, ORCID ID, Researcher ID, contact phone number, and e-mail. Place of work (study) should be written without any abbreviations.

2.9. Machine translation of key words, annotations, etc. into English shall not be accepted.

2.10. Contraction of words other than conventional shall not be allowed. Abbreviations shall be used in the text only after being mentioned with full interpretation first.

2.11. Data in tables should not duplicate data in figures (graphs, charts, etc.) and the text and vice versa. Tables should be descriptive and should have titles. If there is only one table in the text, it should not be numbered. Formulas should be typed in the MS Equation formula editor. They should be numbered if there are several formulas in the paper. Each figure (graph, chart, etc.) should be distinct; it should be numbered (if there are several figures) and titled. The Editors do not limit the number of tables, formulas and figures (graphs, charts) presented in the paper.

2.12. The international system of units (SI system) must be used in the article.

2.13. One line below the main textual part of the paper, the word “References” should be written (centered). When referring to a source, it is necessary to specify the author's surname, the initials of the name and patronymic, full title of the book, year and place of publication, specific pages, DOI and/or URL. It is advisable to use 20—30 sources. Each source should be typed on a new line with an index number. Numbering should correspond to the sequence of citing and referencing sources in the paper. The reference list should contain original research papers. Federal and regional laws and codes, archival documents, etc. should be referenced in the form of bibliographic footnotes (at the bottom of the page).

2.14. Notes should be made according to the GOST R 7.0.5-2008 standard (System of standards on information, librarianship and publishing. Bibliographic reference. General requirements and rules).

For papers written in Russian, references should be in Russian. Along with this, the reference list is duplicated as a separate unit as REFERENCES. REFERENCES should be transliterated (http://translit.net/) and translated into English. If there are any non-Russian-language REFERENCES to foreign publications then they are repeated in full in Latin letters. If the paper is written in Russian, the footnote references should neither be transliterated nor translated into English.


End bibliographic references:

1. Brown A. [Political leadership and political power]. Polis. Politicheskie issledovanija = Polis. Political Studies. 2016; 1:104—120. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17976/jpps/2016.01.08

2. Bobylev S., Shvarts Y. Sustainable development in the Russian regions: regional inequalities, environmental problems and social challenges. Sustainable Development in Russia. Berlin — St. Petersburg; 2013. Pp. 96—100. Available from: http://www.rnei.de/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/SustainableRussia-WEB11.pdf (accessed 17.11.2016).

3. Peng M. The global strategy of emerging multinationals from China. Global Strategy Journal. 2012. Vol. 2. Iss. 2. P. 97—107. DOI: 10.1002/gsj.1030

4. Ruban L.S. [A characterization of the situation in Asia-Pacific region (results of international expert interviews, 2005—2014)]. Sotsiologicheskie Issledovaniia = Sociological Studies. 2016; 2:102—109. Available from: http://www.isras.ru/index.php?page_id=2624&jn=socis&jn=

socis&jid=6063 (accessed 18.11.2016). (In Russ.)

Footnote references including the repeated ones:

1 See: Law of the Trans-Baikal Territory “On the Budget of the Trans-Baikal Territory for 2016” of 29 Dec. 2015 No. 1289-ZZK. GARANT information and legal services provider (accessed 29.12.2016).

2 Central State Archive of Saint Petersburg (TsGA SPb.). F. 7384. D. 214. L. 103.

3 Ibid.


8 Law of the Trans-Baikal Territory “On the Budget of the Trans-Baikal Territory for 2016”.

2.15. At the end of the manuscript, authors should explain in the notes the actual contribution of each collaborator in the work performed. The order of the authors and co-authors of the article must be consistent in itself (in Russian and in English) (authors’ contributions).

2.16. The author (or the authors) may attach their good quality (black and white or color) photo(s) (3 cm x 4 cm) to the paper they submit. Digital photo image(s) should be attached as a separate file in the TIFF or JPEG format without preprocessing.

2.17. The Editors after publishing of the Journal to send them 2 (two) free copies of the Journal by mail for all authors.

2.18. The author (or the authors) agrees to the terms of the license agreement by submission of the article.

2.19. Prior to publication, papers are subject to literary editing, proofreading and technical improvement.

2.20. At the final stage of publication, the papers are agreed upon with the authors. In order to get that done, the author is (or a group of authors, if the paper was written by several persons, are) sent the paper in the PDF format in the form in which it will be printed via e-mail.

3. Reviewing, consideration stages and publications of papers

3.1. All papers submitted to the Editors shall be peer-reviewed. The Journal has adopted a “bilateral blind” reviewing (the reviewer and author are not familiar with each other). The purpose of reviewing is to ensure high quality of the papers published in the Journal by means of objective evaluation of their scientific content. All reviewers are qualify experts on the subject of the papers reviewed and have published scientific papers within the last 3 (three) years on the subject of the paper to be reviewed. All reviews shall be kept in the publishing house and the Editorial office for 5 (five) years.

3.2. The Journal conducts peer-review of all papers submitted to the Editors for the purpose of their expert evaluation (compliance with the scope of the Journal, ethics and standards of scientific publications, scientific quality, originality) the following fields of science and specialty groups:

Socio-Economic and the Social Sciences
08.00.00 Economic Sciences
22.00.00 Sociological Sciences
23.00.00 Political Science

3.3. Peer review in the Journal is done on a voluntary and free basis. The review shall be objective. The reviewer shall express his/her point of view clearly putting forward relevant arguments. If the reviewer does not recommend the paper for publication they shall specify the reason for such a decision. A reviewer analyses an article and decides recommending it for publication (after revision of without it), additional reviewing or refusing of it. The reviewer shall be notified that the paper given to him is a private property of the author (or the authors) and the information it contains shall not be subject to disclosure. The reviewer and the Editors have no right to use knowledge about the content of the paper on their own account prior to its publication. The reviewer is not permitted to make copies of the paper for his/her needs and it is forbidden to hand over the paper (or any part of it) to another person for review. If the reviewer knows that a timely review will be impossible due to a valid reason (vacation, illness, etc.) he/she shall notify the Editors and shall refuse to review the paper. If the reviewer gives a reasoned, justified rejection to review a paper, it shall be handed over to another reviewer. The reviewer should agree to review only the papers he has sufficient expertise to evaluate.

3.4. Reviewing is carried out confidentially.

3.5. A review should necessarily be signed by the reviewer and the date when it was written should be stated.

3.6. The reviewer’s comments on the given paper shall be sent to the author (or the authors) for correction.

3.7. The revised manuscript is reviewed again. The modified paper undergoes another review by the same reviewer.

3.8. In case of a negative review, the Editors shall send a rejection from publication of the paper to the author (or the authors).

3.9. In case of a positive review, the paper is presented at a meeting of the Editorial Board in order to decide on the issue of publication in accordance with the general order. A positive review is not sufficient for publication of a paper. The final decision on whether to publish the paper or not is made by the Editorial Board. The meeting of the Editorial Board takes place at the beginning of the first days of the first month of every quarter. The Editors shall notify the author (or the authors) that the paper is accepted for publication in accordance with the general order within 2 (two) working days.

3.10. The Editors shall send copies of reviews or a reasoned refusal to the authors of the submitted papers. The Editors shall also send copies of reviews to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation in case of such a request.

3.12. The Editors shall not require external reviews from the authors, including reviews of scientific advisers and consultants, as well as extracts from the minutes of the meeting of the department. The Editors shall not carry out contractual review or pseudo-review.