Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Quaestio Rossica aims to look for new approaches and directions in the academic study of Russia, to acquaint specialists in the fields of history, literary studies, linguistics, arts and cultural studies with the study of Russia, and to unite the efforts of scholars in Russian studies from different countries across the world.


Section Policies

Vox redactoris

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Scientia et vita

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Problema voluminis

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Conceptus et conceptio

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Hereditas: nomina et scholae

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Controversiae et recensiones

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Peer Review Process

Quaestio Rossica is a peer-reviewed academic journal publishing research on the history and culture of Russia. The journal was founded in 2013 by the staff of the Institute of Humanities and Arts at Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

The Editorial Board and Council of the journal are made up of leading Russian and non-Russian scholars.

The journal aims to look for new approaches and directions in the academic study of Russia, to acquaint specialists in the fields of history, literary studies, linguistics, arts and cultural studies with the study of Russia, and to unite the efforts of scholars in Russian studies from different countries across the world.

The Editorial Board aspires to make the journal a platform for academic discussion on compelling issues of the past, present and future and to create a space for the free exchange of ideas, where it is possible to reconsider old concepts and form new ones, and where new approaches can be formed in the study of Russia’s history, culture and arts.

Priority is given to articles and reviews that consider new historical sources, that study little-known linguistic and literary material as well as other arts, that discover synchronic and diachronic processes of cultural interaction, that observe rules of academic writing and objectivity, that challenge old models and that are characterized by historiographic completeness.

The Editorial Board accepts articles authored both by colleagues from Russian and foreign centres of Russian studies, as well as independent scholars.

Discussions of research topics, put forward both by the members of the Editorial Board and the Editorial Council as well as by the authors and experts, constitute an important part of the journal’s editorial policy. At the beginning of each year, a selection of such topics is published on the journal’s website, and articles examining these topics are given priority when chosen for review.

The journal publishes articles in Russian, English, German and French. All articles are accompanied by detailed abstracts in English and Russian.

All articles are subject to “double-blind”, peer review.

The journal is published three times a year.

Editor-in-Chief: Pr F.-D. Liechtenhan

Editors by Subject:

History, archaeology: Prof. D. A. Redin (e-mail: volot@mail.ru )

Philology, cultural studies: Prof. L. S. Soboleva (l.s.soboleva@mail.ru)

Executive editor: Dr. R. T. Ganiyev (rusthist@yandex.ru)


Being convinced that making research results accessible to the wide public leads to a wider spread of knowledge, the Editorial Board makes the articles of Quaestio Rossica available free of charge.

Thus, a full-text version of the journal is available free of charge on the website of the journal and is published on the platform of the Russian Science Citation Index of the Russian Universal Scientific Electronic Library. The e-mail of the Editorial Board of the journal is qr@urfu.ru. For more information on the journal and article submission, please consult the website of the journal:  http://www.qr.urfu.ru.

In the “Critica” Section, the journal publishes analytical reviews of literature, devoted to topical academic issues, and reviews of new books and collections of academic articles within Russian studies.

An analytical article should not exceed 40000 characters. A review should not exceed 20000 characters.



Publication Frequency

The journal is published four times a year: April, June, September, December.


Open Access Policy

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Code of ethics of Quaestio Rossica research journal editors


The actual Code of Ethics is composed on the basis of internationally recognized norms and standards of ethics, including those recommended by Committee on Publication Ethics (http://publicationethics.org/), the practices and policies adopted by the Editorial Board and established by Owner / Publisher, and the legislation of Russian Federation.

The actual Code of Ethics consists of Preamble, 14 consecutive paragraphs, and Conclusion. The actual Code of Ethics is put into action from 15 November, 2013, to ensure the high quality standards of the journal and to provide fulfillment of journal’s goals and purposes. In every issue described in the actual Code, the international legislation is the first priority, and the legislation of Russian Federation is the second priority, so the paragraphs of the actual Code are relevant to the extent they do not violate these legal norms.

1. General duties and responsibilities of editors

1.1.  Editors are accountable for everything published in Quaestio Rossica research journal.

1.2.  Editors are striving to meet the needs of readers and authors in the most effective way, by implementing the set of procedures to assure the high quality of published material, and by constantly improving every aspect of the journal;

1.3.  Editors champion freedom of expression;

1.4.  Editors maintain the integrity of the academic record;

1.5.  Editors preclude business and commercial needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards;

1.6.  Editors publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.


  1. 2.        Relations with readers

2.1.  Readers should be informed about who has funded research or other scholarly work.

2.2.  The information about the fields of journal activity, the editors and the plans, is published on journal’s official web site. The editors have to fix the changes in that information in due course.


  1. 3.        Relations with authors

3.1.  Editors’ decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication are based solely on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the remit of the journal.

3.2.  Editors should never reverse decisions to accept submissions unless problems are identified with the academic integrity of submission. Should any changes in persons of journal editors follow, the new editors have no right to overturn decisions to publish submissions made by the previous editor unless serious problems are identified with the academic integrity of submission.

3.3.  Editors should ensure that peer review at their journal is fair, unbiased and timely. A description of peer review processes is published at the journal’s official web site. The editors should be ready to justify and explain any important deviation from the described processes, should such a demand will be made by a particular author or reader. The editors are responsible to keep such description updated. The confidential issues of peer review should always be kept undisclosed, as stated in paragraph 4.3.

3.4.  A description of submission process, including the standards and demands for submitted papers, are published at the journal’s official web site. The editors are responsible to keep such description updated.

3.5.  Editors are not denied the ability to publish in their own journal. However, they must not exploit their position. A special procedure has to be implemented to make sure that the author-editor cannot influence the acceptance / rejection of a submission, whether consciously or unconsciously.

3.6.  Editors are responsible for support the communication with the authors, including the sending of response letters within due period of time. Also, editors should encourage the authors to share their views about the ways of improving the processes of journal.

3.7.  Editors have to respect the requests from the authors that an individual should not review their submission. The Editorial Board must be informed of that, and the author should receive a proper and timely response about whether his demand is satisfied or not.


  1. 4.        Relations with reviewers

4.1.  A description of peer review processes, including the obligation to handle submitted material (as well as the data about author and reviewer) in confidence, is published at the journal’s official web site. The editors are responsible to keep such description updated. Editors are responsible to take necessary measures to provide confidential status of the reviewed materials during the process of review.

4.2.  Editors should require reviewers to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission.

4.3.  Editors are responsible to keep the reviewers’ identities protected. Should any system or policy of an open review be used, a clear notification should be made both to authors and reviewers in advance.

4.4.  Editors should encourage reviewers to make comments on ethical questions in relation to the reviewed material (see also paragraph 9.3.).

4.5.  Editors are responsible to maintain the reviewer database permanently updated to make sure that the reviewers database reflects the academic community, and to monitor the results of reviewers. In case that certain reviewer is permanently produce discourteous, poor quality or late reviews, editor has the right to cease the use of such reviewer, and to inform the other editors and the Editorial Board of that.


  1. 5.        Relations with Editorial Board members

5.1.  Editors should provide Editorial Board members fully and properly informed of all the current issues of journal’s functioning, both on particular members’ demand, and during the regular meetings of the Board.

5.2.  Editorial Board is holding meetings (in person and distantly) 3 times a year, and discusses the questions of journal quality and development.


  1. 6.        Relations with journal Owner and Publisher

6.1.  The owner and publisher of journal is Ural Federal University named after the First President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin (further referred to as ‘University’).

6.2.  The relationship between editors and University are based firmly on the principle of editorial independence.

6.3.  Editors should make decisions on which articles to publish based solely on quality and suitability for the journal and without any interference from the University. The position of University cannot be treated as a basis for interference into any of the duties and responsibilities of editors and the Editorial Board, either on behalf of University as a whole, or from the position of particular unit within the University.

6.4.  The status of editors is established by a contract, agreement or any other kind of regulating document which describes their relations with the University.


  1. 7.        Quality assurance

7.1.  Editors should take all possible steps to ensure the quality of the material they publish. The basic demands for quality, along with the journal’s goals and policies, have to be formulated clearly and be available for broad audience on the official web-site of the journal. Since the particular sections within journal might have different aims and standards, authors and readers have to be informed of these in a proper way.

7.2.  Errors, inaccurate or misleading statements must be corrected promptly and with due prominence.

7.3.  There is a list of required elements of a submission available at official web-site of the journal.  Editors are obliged to check the presence of all the necessary elements of submission. In order to maintain the quality of publications, the incomplete character of a submission may lead to rejection. The reviewers have the right to reject to review the incomplete submissions.


  1. 8.        Protecting individual data

8.1.  Editors must obey the legislation of Russian Federation connected with the issues of confidentiality, including the Federal Law № 152-ФЗ «О персональных данных» [«On Individual Data»] from 27 July, 2006, and the Federal Law № 149-ФЗ «Об информации, информационных технологиях и о защите информации» [«On Information, Information Technologies, and Data Protection»] from 27 July, 2006, with all the respective amendments to these acts. Regardless of such legislation, however, they should always protect the confidentiality of personal information obtained in the course of research or professional interactions. If it is needed, the editors have the right to ask for a written informed consent for publication from people who might recognize themselves or be identified by others (e.g. from case reports or photographs).


  1. 9.        Encouraging ethical research and dealing with academic dishonesty

9.1.  Editors should endeavor to ensure that research, the results of which they publish, was carried out according to the relevant internationally accepted guidelines. If needed, editors should demand the official approvals of the ethical status of research from an appropriate body (e.g. research ethics committee, institutional review board) where one exists. However, editors should recognize that even such approval does not guarantee that the research is ethical, and cannot substitute the compliance with the relevant internationally accepted guidelines.

9.2.  Editors have a duty to act if they suspect misconduct or if an allegation of academic dishonesty is brought to them. This duty emerges after the receiving of a submission, regardless of whether it’s accepted or rejected.

9.3.  Editors should not simply reject papers that raise concerns about possible academic dishonesty (including possible plagiarism, data fabrication, or authorship dispute). They are ethically obliged to pursue alleged cases. Editors should first seek a response from those suspected of academic dishonesty. Should the response be not satisfying, editor should to address to the relevant employers, or institution, or some appropriate public body (including a regulatory body or national research integrity organization) to inform them of the case. All the process of pursuing of such issues should be kept confidential to avoid possible misinformation and reputational harm to the authors. Until the pursue is finalized, the editors do not have the right to do definite statements characterizing the suspected papers as academic dishonesty. However, editors have to inform the Editorial Board and the University of the results of investigation and provide all the information gathered to the members of the Editorial Board. The Editorial Board and the University have to make the final decision jointly, up to making a public statement about the discovery of academic dishonesty facts, on the basis of actual legislation and legal norms. 


  1. 10.    Intellectual property

10.1.        The intellectual property issues are regulated by legislation of Russian Federation and relevant international norms and agreements. Editors should be sensitive to intellectual property issues and have to collaborate with the juridical department of University to avoid any violence of intellectual property laws and conventions.


  1. 11.    Encouraging debate

11.1.        As the declared purpose of Quaestio Rossica is to provide the space for broad academic debates in the relevant research fields, the editors should encourage debate and be willing to consider cogent criticisms of work published in the journal.

11.2.        Authors of criticized material should be given the opportunity to respond in the journal.

11.3.        Studies reporting negative results should not be excluded from acceptance.


  1. 12.    Complaints and Appeals

12.1.        Editors should respond promptly to complaints and should ensure there is a way for dissatisfied complainants to appeal to the Editorial Board directly.


  1. 13.    Commercial considerations

13.1.        Quaestio Rossica is not a commercial enterprise by its nature. It has the source of its maintenance is the special support programs run by University. Therefore, any commercial, marketing, or advertising issues have to be excluded from the policies and practices implemented by editors. Still, both editors and University are obliged to take necessary steps to help better promotion of journal within the academic community, and to ensure the broader circulation of the research materials published.

13.2.        Should any advertising policy be adopted by the journal in future, it has to be properly declared to authors and readers.

13.3.        Reprints should be published as they appear in the journal unless a correction needs to be included in which case it should be clearly identified.


  1. 14.    Conflicts of interest

14.1.        Editors should have systems for managing their own conflicts of interest as well as those of their staff, authors, reviewers and Editorial Board members. Each action connected to the processes of submission, reviewing, and acceptance/rejection, should be checked for the possibility of a conflict of interest in the preventive way. Any unresolved conflict of interest should be reviewed by the special commission, which has to include the 2 representative of the Editorial Board who are not connected with the conflicting sides, and 3 independent persons not connected with the journal by any means.

14.2.        Journals should have a declared process for handling submissions from the editors, employees or members of the Editorial Board to ensure unbiased review.



The changes made into the actual Code of Ethics are considered to be out into action after the approval of such changes by the Editorial Board. Should more than half of the paragraphs of the actual Code be changed, than the new Code of Ethics has to be approved and put into action, of which the readers, the authors, and University must be informed properly and in due time.


Journal in 2018–2019

Main themes of Quaestio Rossica research journal for 2018–2019 are embracing the interdisciplinary approach, which covers different aspects of Russian history and culture.

QR strives to stimulate the authors to interpret the proposed themes in their own way, while anticipating the fruitful dialogue between the different approaches to research. We especially welcome papers which are aimed at the complex and comparative analysis, and are promoting polemics amongst the community of scholars.

  • Ukraine. Issues. The Past in the Present (until April 2018)
  • Religious Non-conformism in Contemporary Russian History (on the Anniversary of Luther’s Theses) (until the middle of 2018)
  • Bodily Imperfection and Spiritual Harmony in Russian Literature (until the middle of 2018)
  • Honesty and Compromise in Art, or How Not to Deceive Yourself (until the middle of 2018)
  • “An Incomplete World”: The Thirst for Fear and Terror in Art and History (until the middle of 2018)
  • Names in Russian History and Culture: From Ivan and Petr to Ekaterina (until the end of 2018)
  • The Russian Elites: An Axiology of Everyday Practices and Life Strategies (New Sources) (until the end of 2018)
  • The Dramaturgy of Russian Identity: Contradictions in the Search (until the end of 2018)
  • Unfinished Projects in Russian History: Utopian Tragedies of the Times (until the end of 2018)
  • Dialogue with Power. The Limits of the Possible and the Art of Forms (until the middle of 2019)
  • Civil War (1918‒1922): The Apocalypse Accomplished (until the middle of 2019)
  • Happiness as a Plan of the Soviet Epoch: Dynamics of Realisation (until the middle of 2019)
  • Bears on City Streets: The Myths and Symbols of Russia (until the end of 2019)
Deadlines for 2018: 30 April (2nd issue), 30 July (3rd issue), 30 October (4th issue). The decision of dedicating certain issue to certain theme is based upon the actual number of reviewed and accepted papers. Therefore, the theme might be prolonged for several issues. The papers ought to be prepared in accordance with the rules, available at the journal web-site.

The paper might be submitted via the web-site www.qr.urfu.ru or directly sent to the journal’s e-mail, qr@urfu.ru.

In addition, any question could be addressed to the managing editor, Dr. Konstantin BugrovKonstantin.Bugrov@urfu.ru.


Author's Guide

Quaestio Rossica is a Journal registered as an academic periodical by the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (mass media registration certificate PI #FS77-56174 as of 15.11.2013). The Journal is registered by the International Standard Serial Numbering under ISSN 2311-911X; it is included into the unified catalogue The Press of Russia under #E43166. All articles are available in the database of the Russian Science Citation Index of the Russian Universal Scientific Electronic Library. The complete version of the Journal is available on the website of Ural Federal University (http://urfu.ru/science/proceedings/) and the Journal's website (http://qr.urfu.ru).

When citing Quaestio Rossica, it is obligatory that the author uses the DOI. The policy of the Journal is based on contemporary research in the humanities that is ideologically unbiased and relies on a variety of academic paradigms as well as introduces new sources. The Editorial Board insists that authors should at every time provide their articles relying on an academic approach to the issues,  thorough argumentation, and historiographic comprehensiveness. The Editorial Board relies on the principles of academic liberalism which allows for the publication of articles regardless of the author's political views.


Manuscript Requirements and Submission


The Journal accepts previously unpublished academic articles, reviews, and essays of no more than 40000 characters (including spaces)

The Journal accepts previously unpublished articles, essays and reviews in history, philology, culture and arts as well as works of comparative nature.

The manuscript is submitted in the form of an electronic document and is accompanied by an abstract in Russian and English including the topic and aim of the article, research methods employed, sources and main results and conclusions; the volume of the abstract must range between 350 and 500 words. The abstract must be followed by a list of keywords in Russian and in English. The author must fill in a form about themselves (see below).

The pages of the article must be numbered.

In case of illustrations, they must be attached as separate JPEG files (with resolutions not less than 600 dpi) with captions in Russian and English as well as indicating the place of the illustration in the article.

The text of the article must be accompanied by a filled in table with the author's data and a table on the article.

Articles  must be submitted through the website of the Journal at qr.urfu.ru or the email addresses of the Editors in charge of the respective sections as indicated on the website of the Journal.

Articles may be submitted for publication throughout the year.

All the articles are subject to obligatory peer review. The Editorial Board notifies the author of the results of the review and whether the article has been accepted for publication or declined.


Electronic Article Requirements


Word Processor: MS Office Word

Font: Times New Roman

Margins: 20 mm – top, bottom, left, right

Point size: 12

Line spacing: 1

Letter-spacing: normal

First line indent: 1,25

Justification: full

Page numbers: numbered

Word division: obligatory

Word spacing: normal. A space must always follow a punctuation mark, including dots and abbreviations, such as the Russian т. е., т. п., т. д., т. к. Two punctuation marks must not be separated, e.g. М., 1995. In proper names, all the elements must be spaced: A. S. Pushkin.

The hyphen must be different from the dash, e.g.: Творчество Н. Заболоцкого конца 1920-хначала 1930-х гг.

The dash must look the same throughout the whole text with spacing on either side, excluding time and quantity limitations: 1941–1945, p. 8–61.

Quotation marks must look the same throughout all the text («…» – inner quotation marks, “…” – outer quotation marks)

The full stop, comma and semicolon must follow the footnote index, e.g. «Наши детиэнциклопедисты по самому характеру своего мышления», – говорил Маршак1.

The Cyrillic letter ё/Ё must be substituted for by е/Е excluding the cases where ё/Ё performs a meaning differentiating function, e.g. Всем обо всём.

No styles or column formatting is allowed.

No additional spaces between paragraphs are allowed.

Citations of historical sources and works of fiction must be provided in the original language and a translation into the language of the article in the footnotes.



Methods and Use of Emphasis


There is a variety of emphases in the text, e.g. headings and subheadings, and notional emphases (terms, statements of important meaning, logical emphasis).

Statements and words of important meaning have a more open letter-spacing.

Short citations or examples are italicized and, whenever necessary, written in bold italics, e.g.  «Неблагозвучны громкие стечения согласных на стыке слов (пусть встреча состоится)». Passages of prose must be given in small print and separated from the main text with a space.



Footnotes and Bibliography


Footnotes must be placed at the bottom of the page and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Reference to sources within footnotes must follow the general rules of reference formatting.

Endnotes (bibliography) must be formatted according to the Russian National Standard ГОСТ Р 7.0.5–2008 «Библиографическая ссылка» (Bibliographic references) as of January, 2009. The number of pages and the page cited must be at all times indicated (names of publishing houses can be omitted). Endnotes must be listed alphabetically, unnumbered. Non-Russian sources must follow those in Russian. The authors’ last names and the first words of multi-authored publications must be italicized. Together with these, names of archives must be listed alphabetically whenever citing a document on funds used in the article. References to literature within the text of the article must be given in square brackets indicating the author’s last name (or, in case of multiple authors, all the authors’ last names), separated from the page number by a comma (in case of direct citation). In case of 4 or more authors, a shortened name of the book must be given. The year of publication must only be mentioned when there are other books by the same author referred to in the article. In case of referring to a multivolume edition, the volume number must be included and followed by the page number separated by a comma, e.g. [Толстой, т. 4, с. 287]. References to archival materials must be formatted similarly, in square brackets with details separated by commas. For online resources, the URL (Uniform resource locator) abbreviation must be used along with the date when the resource was accessed by the author, e.g. URL:http://www.prognosis.ru (дата обращения: 13.03.2009) (accessed on: 13.03.2009).


Here is an example of a bibliography formatted according to the Russian National Standard ГОСТ 7.0.5–2008:


Полдников Д. Ю. Этапы формирования цивилистической договорной теории ius commune // Государство и право. 2012. № 6. С. 106–115.

(Intertextual reference: [Полдников, с. 110].)

Смирнов М. И. Адмирал Александр Васильевич Колчак : (краткий биографический очерк). Париж, 1930. 62 с.

(Intertextual reference: [см. об этом: Смирнов].)

РГАВМФ. Ф. 406, 418, 609, 701, 716, Р-181, Р-183, Р-187.

(Intertextual reference: [РГАВМФ, ф. 716, оп. 1, д. 277, л. 27–31].)

Ћосиħ Д. Косово. Београд, 2004. 281 с.

(Intertextual reference: [см.: Ћосиħ].)

Bryson G. Man and Society. The Scottish Inquiry of the Eighteenth century. Princeton, 1945. 287 p.

(Intertextual reference: [Bryson, p. 125].)

Emerson R. The social composition of Enlightened Scotland: the Select Society of Edinburgh 1754–1764 // Studies on Voltaire and the eighteenth century, CXIV. 1973. P. 291–329.

(v: [см.: Emerson].)

United States Department of State [Electronic resource] // Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1941. General, The Soviet Union(1941). URL: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/FRUS.FRUS1941v01 (дата обращения: 12.07.2013).


Suggestions on publications must be directed to:


Editorial Board: qr@urfu.ru

Historical Studies: volot@mail.ru (Pr Dmitri Redin)

Philology and Cultural Studies: l.s.soboleva@mail.ru (Pr Larisa Soboleva)

The website of the Journal: qr.urfu.ru


Author's data in Russian and English


Фамилия / Surname


Имя, отчество / Name, middle name (or patronymic where applicable)


Ученая степень, звание / Academic degree, rank


Организация (c указанием страны и города) / Organization (including country and city)


Должность / Position and organization telephone number


Сфера научных интересов / Sphere of academic interests




Контактный телефон / Contact phone number


Mailing group address



Article data (Russian Science Citation Index table)


ФИО автора /Author


Организация / Organization


Страна / Country


Город / City




Наименование статьи / Title of article


Аннотация / Abstract


Ключевые слова / Keywords


Список библиографических ссылок в алфавитном порядке/Alphabetic bibliography