Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Bulletin of the Russian Academy of Sciences: Studies in Literature and Language (Izvestiya RAN. Seriya literatury i yazyka, further abbreviated as B_RAS.LL), founded in 1852 by Academician Izmail I. Sreznevsky, is the oldest academic journal in Russia for scholars of philology. As the official journal of the Division of Historical and Philological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (in Russian, ОИФН РАН), B_RAS.LL is committed to carrying on the Russian philological traditions while seeking to publish innovative research.

The journal offers the best of current writing on all aspects of literary and linguistic studies, including discussions of fundamental philological works, review articles and chronicles, and transactions of the Division of Historical and Philological Studies of the RAS. One of the journal’s main sections is devoted to resurrection of undeservedly disregarded events from the history of philological scholarship in our country.

Among B_RAS.LL’s contributors there are Academicians and correspondent members of the Russian Academy of Sciences, researches from academic institutes, many internationally recognized scholars from Moscow, Saint Petersburg, different Russian regions, as well as eminent scholars from other countries.

 Frequency: the journal is published bimonthly (6 issues a year).

 Subjects: Literature and Language, Linguistics, History of Russian and World Literature, Literary Theory, Folklore Studies, Aspects of History of Art.

 Subscription is available at any post office of the “Russian Post” (catalogue index 70354). Single issues are not currently available for sale.

 Publication history: 1852– present

 ISSN: 0321-1711

 

Section Policies

Articles

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Materials and Notes

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Jubilees of Scholars

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Reviews

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Chronicles

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From the History of Philology

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DISCUSSION

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On the 200th ANNIVERSARY OF M.Ye. LERMONTOV

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Peer Review Process

Guidelines for Reviewing and Publishing Articles

Submitted for Publication in the

Bulletin of the Russian Academy of Sciences: Studies in Literature and Language [Izvestiya RAN. Seriya literatury i yazyka]

(further abbreviated as B_RAS.LL)

 1. General information

 1.1. The review process in B_RAS.LL is designed to ensure standards of quality required of the journal publications.

 1.2. All materials offered for publication in B_RAS.LL and answering the journal’s thematic requirements undergo the review process in order to get expert feedback. The reviewer has to provide an unbiased, holistic evaluation of the received text and to weight its strengths and weaknesses.

 1.3. All materials received by the journal editors should be sent for a review to the members of editorial board or to external reviewers holding an academic degree (Doctor of Sciences, Candidate of Sciences, PhD, etc.), familiar with submission guidelines, and versed in the subject. Each reviewer has to be an acknowledged expert on assigned subject and has to have several academic publications in the field within last 3 years. 

 1.4. Materials offered by scholars holding or pursuing a doctorate-level degree are reviewed by Doctors of Sciences. Materials offered by Candidates of Sciences and by post-graduate students are reviewed by Doctors and Candidates of Sciences.

 1.5. It is preferable if the reviewer and the reviewed are employed by different organizations. The editorial board strives to avoid the so-called ‘conflict of interest’ between the contributors and the reviewers.

 1.6. The length of a review is up to the reviewer, but it’s recommended to keep commentaries to 1-2 typed pages (font size 12, line spacing 1).

 1.7. When the manuscript is received by the editors and is sent for review, the contributor is notified. The identities and institutional affiliations of the reviewers are not revealed to the authors.

 1.8. It is up to the editorial board to decide how many reviews each manuscript will require. The editorial board may accept a manuscript for publication, if the first review is unreservedly positive. If the first review is negative or suggests substantial revision, the editorial board would assign other reviewers. As far as writing across disciplines is concerned, the manuscript should be sent to several referees.

 1.9. The final decision whether the manuscript is to be accepted for publication in B_RAS.LL or rejected, rests with the editorial board and depends on the referees’ recommendations, as well as on the authors’ informed responses to peer-critique.

 1.10. A copy of a positive review is forwarded by the editors to the author along with the publication schedule. The letter of rejection should state the reasons for not accepting the manuscript.

 1.11. The original reviews are archived and kept by the editorial board for at least 5 years, starting from the date the article is published.

 1.12.  The Editorial board provides the copies of all available reviews to the official officers of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, upon certain request.

 2. Steps in the Review Process

2.1. All manuscripts submitted to B_RAS.LL should be registered by the assistant editors and then sent to the Editor-In-Chief or Deputy Editor-In-Chief, who distribute the manuscripts among the editorial board members knowledgeable of the subject.

 2.2. Each member of the editorial board has a right to write the first review or to suggest an external reviewer / reviewers – experts in the field.

 2.3. As soon as the Editor-In-Chief officially appoints the reviewer, the assistant editors contact the reviewer and forward the manuscript accompanied by a cover letter to him/her. It’s up to the reviewer whether he/she would receive a hard copy of the manuscript or its electronic version (an email attachment).

 2.4. After the reviewers (the referees) have received a paper from the editor, they are required to provide individual critiques within a month.

 

2.5. The reviewers give feedback using either free form or closely following the guidelines suggested by the editorial board. The review should be printed out and signed by the referee and sent to the Editor-In-Chief or Deputy Editor-In-Chief. Also, the electronic version of the review should be emailed to the editors.

 2.6. The editorial board discusses the review and pronounces one of the following decisions:

  • · accept without change or with minor revision;
  • · assign additional reviews;
  • · request for revisions and resubmission (revisions should be made by the author according to the suggestions, objections, and comments of the reviewers);
  • · reject the manuscript and inform the author of the reasons.

 2.7. The authors of the submitted manuscripts are kept informed of the referees’ feedback. The assistant editor sends the unsigned versions of all the reviews to the contributor (via mail or by e-mail) with a cover letter. The marked-up text of the manuscript might be attached as well.

2.8. All reviews are either single-blind or double-blind, meaning that the identities of the reviewers are not disclosed to the authors.

 2.9. The review can be ordered by the author from the assistant editors in print form or via e-mail. The authors are required to acknowledge in writing, or by e-mail, the receipt of the reviews and of the editorial board’s decision. By acknowledging the arrival of the review, the author is considered to acknowledge the fact that he/she made himself/herself familiar with its content.

 2.10. If the author is willing to revise the manuscript, the editor usually agrees to reconsider the paper in its revised version and to send it to the referees.  The review process goes on. It is recommended that in the new cover letter the author lists his/her revisions and explains the relevance of each change. After the revised version of the manuscript is received by the editors, the new date of submission is registered.

 2.11. When the referee and the editors request minor revisions, the manuscript can be accepted for publication, providing that the author agrees to collaborate during the editing process.

 2.12. If the author is unwilling to revise his work and submits a rebuttal letter, the editorial board has the right to decide whether the materials are to be published in B_RAS.LL or rejected.

 Peer Review Guidelines

Reviewers can use a free form for their responses; however, a review should address the following questions:

  • · whether the problems raised in the manuscript are up-to-date and of current scholarly interest;
  • · whether the solutions offered by the author correspond to the raised problems;
  • · whether the account of the problem is accurate and the sources are reliable;
  • · whether the author’s findings are original, important, and significant; how much they advance the field;
  • · whether the proposed solutions are justified and workable;
  • · whether the article’s headings and organization are appropriate;
  • · whether the scholarly approach and methodology employed by the author make sense;
  • · whether the terminology, as well as the tone and style of the paper are suitable.

 It is recommended that the referees indicate notable strengths and weaknesses of the paper and group the latter together into patterns.

 The evaluation should result in a recommendation:

  • · recommend that the paper be published – with no changes;
  • · recommend that the paper be revised (minor or substantial revisions);
  • · recommend that the paper be rejected.

 Approved by:    Vadim V. Polonsky,

Editor-in-Chief

January 15, 2015

 

EDITORIAL BOARD

 

Editors

 

Name and position

Title or Degree

Affiliation

Areas of Expertise

1

Editor-In-Chief

Vadim V. Polonsky

(Moscow)

info@izv-oifn.ru

http://www.imli.ru/structure/show/employee/Direktciya/?id=5

Doctor of Philological Sciences

Deputy Director for Science of the Gorky Institute for World Literature of the Russian academy of Sciences; Professor at the Department of the History of the Russian Classical Literature at the Russian State University for the Humanities.

 

Literary Theory, Russian Literature, Linguistics, History of World Literature, Folklore, and Comparative Studies.

V.V. Polonsky serves on the expert committee for Philology and Arts with the Higher Attestation Commission of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. He is a member of the expert group for historical and philological sciences of the Council for Science, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. He is an accredited expert of the Federal registry of experts in sciences and technologies (patent No. 08-04104). He serves on editorial boards of the acsdemic editions of complete works by Alexander Blok, Leonid Andreyev. V.V. Polonsky presides over the expert committee on literature of the Russian Student Olympiads.

2

Deputy Editor-In-Chief

Leonid P. Krysin

(Moscow)

http://www.ruslang.ru/agens.php?id=publica&sp=83

Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor

Head of the Department of Contemporary Russian Language at the V.V. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

 

Russian Studies, Slavic Studies, Lexicography, Intellectual History

3

Deputy Editor-In-Chief

Alexander M. Gurevitch

(Moscow)

 

Candidate of Philological Sciences

Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Izvestiya RAN. Seriya literatury i yazyka (in English abbreviated as B_RAS.LL), editor at Nauka Publishers

 

Russian literature,

Studies in Literature and Language, History of Literature and Art

4

Assistant Editor

Zoya V. Grotskaya

(Moscow)

grotsk@mail.ru

 

Editor at Nauka Publishers

 

Museum Studies

5

Managing Editor

Olga I. Lukashenko

(Moscow)

lukashenko97@gmail.com

 

Editor at Nauka Publishers

 

West European Philology, Methods in Language Teaching, Bibliography

 

Editorial Board

6

Nikolai N. Kazansky

(Saint Petersburg)

http://www.genlingnw.ru/person/Kazansky.htm

Academician of the RAS, Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor

Director of the Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences

 

 

Historical Linguistics, Classical Studies, Greek literature, Comparative Studies, Indo-European Languages, History of Philology

 

7

Alexander B. Kudelin

(Moscow)

http://elibrary.ru/author_items.asp?authorid=602333

Academician of the RAS, Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor

Director of the Gorky Institute for World Literature of the Russian academy of Sciences; Professor at the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Moscow State University; General editor of the Academic book series “The Literary Monuments”.

 

 

Arabic literature, Eastern Studies, Medieval Studies, History of World Literature, Comparative Studies, Intellectual History.

 

8

Alexandr M. Moldovan

(Moscow)

http://www.ruslang.ru/agens.php?id=publica&sp=98

Academician of the RAS, Doctor of Philological Sciences

Director of the V.V. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Chair of the Language and Literature Section within the Division of Historical and Philological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Editor-in-Chief of the journal “The Russian Language from a Scholarly Perspective”.

Slavic Studies, Russian Linguistics, Literary Style Theories, General and Applied Linguistics

9

Vsevolod Ye. Bagno

(Saint Petersburg)

http://www.pushkinskijdom.ru/Default.aspx?tabid=10315

Correspondent member of the RAS, Doctor of Philological Sciences

Director of the Institute of Russian Literature (The Pushkin House) of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Editor-in-Chief of the journal “The Russian Literature”; Associate General editor of the Academic book series “The Literary Monuments”.

 

 

Comparative Literary Studies, Spanish Studies, Literary Criticism, Intellectual History

10

Victor A. Vinogradov

(Moscow)

http://iling-ran.ru/main/scholars/vinogradov_v

Correspondent member of the RAS, Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor

Head of the African Languages Department at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

 

 

Linguistic Theories, Typology, African Studies, Sociolinguistics, Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching

11

Yury L. Vorotnikov

(Moscow)

http://www.ras.ru/win/db/show_per.asp?P=.id-2570.ln-ru

Correspondent member of the RAS, Doctor of Philological Sciences

Head of the Department of Grammar and Lexicology at the V.V. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Deputy Chair of the main council of the Russian Humanities Foundation (RGNF).

 

Russian Language Grammar, Morphology, Lexicography, and Syntax, General Linguistics

12

Anna V. Dybo

(Moscow)

http://iling-ran.ru/main/scholars/dybo

Correspondent member of the RAS, Doctor of Philological Sciences

Head of the Department of the Ural-Altaic Languages at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences; member of the expert committee for Philology and Arts at the Higher Attestation Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

 

 

General Linguistic Studies, Comparative Linguistics, Literary Studies, Turkology

13

Tatiyana M. Nikolayeva

(Moscow)

http://inslav.ru/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=486:2010-12-23-22-10-09&catid=12:2009-08-05-10-49-56&Itemid=22

Correspondent member of the RAS, Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor; Correspondent member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences.

Distinguished Researcher (Distinguished Professor equivalent) at the Department of Typology and Comparative Linguistics at the Institute for Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences;

Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Linguistic Inquiry”.

 

 

Theoretical Linguistics, Comparative Linguistics, Linguistic Typology and Accentology

14

Vladimir A. Plungian

(Moscow)

http://iling-ran.ru/main/scholars/plungian

Correspondent member of the RAS, Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor

Deputy Director for Science of the V.V. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Head of the Sector for Typology at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Chair of the Structural and Applied Linguistics Faculty division of the Philological Department at Moscow State University.

 

Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics , Linguistic Typology, History of Philology

15

Aleksei I. Zherebin

(Saint Petersburg)

http://www.herzen.spb.ru/main/structure/fukultets/fff/zarublit/1381924831/1401293904/

Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor

Chair of the Foreign Literatures Department at the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Saint Petersburg.

 

 

German Studies, Literary Criticism

16

Tatiyana G. Ivanova

(Saint Petersburg)

http://www.pushkinskijdom.ru/Default.aspx?tabid=10666

Doctor of Philological Sciences

Leading Researcher (Full Professor level) at the Department of Russian Folklore at the Institute of Russian Literature (The Pushkin House) of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

 

 

Folklore and Folkloristics

17

Maya M. Koreneva

(Moscow)

http://elibrary.ru/author_items.asp?authorid=752818

Doctor of Philological Sciences

Distinguished Researcher (Distinguished Professor equivalent) at the Department of European and American Literatures of the Contemporary History at the Gorky Institute for World Literature of the Russian academy of Sciences.

 

 

British, North American, and Australian Studies, Translation Practices

18

Svetlana M. Tolstaya

(Moscow)

http://www.inslav.ru/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=833:2011-08-29-08-35-31&catid=12:2009-08-05-10-49-56&Itemid=22

Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor

Head of the Department of Ethnolinguistics and Folklore at the Institute for Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

 

 

Slavic Studies, Ethnolinguistics, Folkloristics

19

Elena V. Haltrin-Khalturina

(Moscow)

http://www.old.imli.ru/structure/dep_litzapad/khaltrin.php

Doctor of Philological Sciences (Russian Federation), M.A. and Ph.D. in English (USA)

Senior Researcher (Associate Professor level) at the Department of Classical Western European Literatures and Comparative Studies at the Gorky Institute for World Literature of the Russian academy of Sciences; Assistant General Editor of the Academic book series “The Literary Monuments”.

 

 

British, and North American Studies; Comparative Literature, Bibliography

20

Sergei I. Gindin

(Moscow)

http://www.rsuh.ru/who_is_who/detail.php?ID=4498

Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor

Chief of the Faculty division of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the Institute for Linguistics of the Russian State University for the Humanities.

 

 

Textual Linguistics, Poetics, Linguistics and Computer Science, History of Russian Philology

21

Henryk Baran (the USA)

http://www.albany.edu/llc/faculty_hbaran.shtml

Ph.D., Professor

Professor at the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures at the

 University at Albany (SUNY); Three-time Fulbright Award winner

 

 

Russian Literature of the 20th century, Russian and North American Studies; Comparative Studies, Intellectual History

22

Marcello Garzaniti (Italy)

http://www.unifi.it/p-doc2-2013-200007-G-3f2a3d2e382b2d-0.html

Ph.D., Professor

Professor at the Department of Languages, Literature and Intercultural Studies at the University of Florence

 

 

Slavic Studies, Comparative Studies, Literary Criticism

23

Alexander Stroev (France)

http://www.univ-paris3.fr/m-stroev-alexandre-14377.kjsp?RH=1373384997194

Doctor of Philological Sciences (Russian Federation), Ph.D. (France), Professor

Professor at the University of Paris III: The New Sorbonne University

 

 

French Studies, Comparative Studies, Literary Criticism

24

Gerd Hentschel (Germany)

https://www.uni-oldenburg.de/slavistik/forschung/publikationen/prof-dr-gerd-hentschel/

Ph.D., Professor

Professor at the Slavic Department at the Carl von

Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany

 

 

Slavic Studies, English Studies, Intellectual History

25

Zheng Tiwu (China)

http://www.sres.shisu.edu.cn/

Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor

Director of the School of Russian and Eurasian Studies, Shanghai International Studies University

 

 

Russian Studies, Chinese Studies, Comparative Studies, Intellectual History

 

Web Site Promotion and Support

 

Olga V. Shalygina

(Moscow)

editor@izv-oifn.ru

 

Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor

The Gorky Institute for World Literature of the Russian academy of Sciences

 

 

Russian Studies, General Philology and Advanced Computer Technologies