The present rules govern the process of submission, review, and publication of scholarly articles in the journal “Bulletin of Ekaterinburg Theological Seminary” of the Religious organization – Theological Educational Organization of Higher Education “Ekaterinburg Theological Seminary of Ekaterinburg Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church”.
- General Provisions
1.1. “Bulletin of Ekaterinburg Theological Seminary” publishes scholarly work (articles) covering a wide range of contemporary research in the humanities, including the fields of theology, philosophy, history, religious studies and philology.
1.2. Articles that have not been published previously and are not under consideration for publication by the editorial boards of other journals may be submitted for publication.
1.3. The length of the article should not exceed 40,000 characters (including spaces); for graduate students – 20,000 characters (including spaces). The length is counted using the Word Count feature in MS Word and includes all footnotes as well as the bibliography, abstract, keywords, and information about the author.
1.4. Articles are published in the version submitted by the author. The editorial board reserves the right to make such editorial changes to the author’s work that do not have a significant effect on the meaning.
1.5. By submitting an article for publication, the author, in accordance with Article 2 of Section 1286 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation grants permission for the article to be printed in the journal, including also permission for the electronic text of the article to be placed on the Internet on the journal’s official website.
1.6. All materials for publication may be submitted by the author only in electronic format via E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
1.7. All other actions required for the publication process – receipt of reviewers’ comments and layout– also take place via E-mail.
- Review Process for Scholarly Articles
2.1. All articles submitted to the journal undergo a mandatory internal and external review process, as deemed necessary by the editorial board. The approximate time-frame for the review process is one month.
2.2. Reviewers are nominated from recognized specialists in the scientific field the article concerned, reviewers should have several publications which are dated not earlier than 3 years and related to the same scientific topic as the article reviewed.
2.3. Based on the results of the review (or reviews) received, the editorial board either accepts the article for publication, returns the article to the author for further corrections with the potential of publication in the future, or rejects the article. Results of the review, together with a letter accepting the article, proposed corrections or changes, or an explanation of the decision to reject the article, are communicated to the author electronically via E-mail. At the request of the author, a physical copy of the review may also be sent via certified mail.
2.4. In case significantly conflicting reviews are received, the editorial board reserves the right to send the article for further review (or reviews) to a reviewer (or reviewers) of its choice.
2.5. In case further conflicting reviews are received even upon a second round of review, the editorial board reserves the right to reject the article for publication in the journal.
2.6. In cases where the article has been declined for publication, the editorial board does not conduct any negotiations with the author.
2.7. Reviews are intended for internal purposes only. The names of reviewers are not revealed to the author.
2.8. Reviews of all articles submitted for publication are stored in the Editorial Office of the Theological Seminary in electronic and / or physical format for 5 (five) years. Upon request of the appropriate authorities, copies of reviews are forwarded by the Editorial Board to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
- Responsibilities of Authors of Scholarly Articles
3.1. The author guarantees that all submitted information in the article is true and authentic research and that the author has not engaged in plagiarism.
3.2. The author agrees that, if it becomes necessary, at a future date he will withdraw the article or submit corrections.
- Rules for the Formatting and Publishing of Scholarly Articles
4.1. Rules for the formatting of layout of the article as well as the submission process are described in detail in Appendix 1, attached to this document.