Editorial Policies

Types of publications

Changing Societies & Personalities (hereinafter: the Journal) publishes original research studies, Editor’s notes, research notes, essays, translations, book reviews, conference proceedings, interviews and other materials relevant to the journal’s scope. Original research studies are subject to peer-review and are categorized as original research papers.

Peer Review Policy

  1. All manuscripts submitted to the Editorial office of the Changing Societies & Personalities journal are subject to mandatory double-blind peer review. This method of scientific expertise implies that neither the reviewer is aware of the authorship of the manuscript, nor the author maintains any contact with the reviewer.
  2. Submitted manuscripts are initially checked against minimal acceptance criteria to verify that their research subject fits the aims and scope of Changing Societies & Personalities and that all formal requirements set out in the Author guidelines are appropriately addressed. In cases where a manuscript is presented in a form contradicting the requirements given in the Author guidelines, the author/s are requested to re-submit the text in the appropriate form.
  3. Manuscripts that do not fall within the thematic scope of the Journal are not accepted for further peer review, about which the author/s are notified within 2 weeks of submission.
  4. A submitted manuscript that meets the minimal acceptance criteria is forwarded to peer review by one or more experts in the corresponding research field.
  5. The Editorial board has the right to reject manuscripts without peer review in the case of their low scientific quality.
  6. Peer review is performed by leading Russian and foreign researchers, including the Editorial board and Editorial council members. The Editor-in-chief or Deputy editors select reviewers for each submitted manuscript.
  7. The peer-review process in Changing Societies & Personalities is normally completed within the period of 1 month. However, upon the request of the reviewer/s, or if an additional expert evaluation is required, the peer-review period can be extended. The author/s are notified in writing on the extension of the peer-review period.
  8. Reviewers are informed that the manuscripts sent for review are privileged communications and are the private property of the author/s.
  9. Reviewers should decline a peer-review invitation in the case of any relationships that could be viewed as a potential conflict of interest, since such relationships may affect the impartial evaluation of the work under review.
  10. Upon the completion of peer review, reviewers are requested to make one of the following recommendations:
    • accept the manuscript for publication it its current form;
    • invite the author/s to revise their manuscript following the presented suggestions;
    • suggest that the publication decision be reached following additional reviewing by another expert;
    • reject the manuscript outright.
    Reviewers are requested to include the assessment of the following aspects in their report: a) relevance of the presented research to the contemporary achievements in the corresponding field; b) novelty and impact of the obtained results; c) advantages and disadvantages of the work; d) quality of figures and tables, as well as other illustrative materials; e) suitability of the form, in which the research is presented, including the quality of references, the abstract, etc.
  11. The texts of the reviews are forwarded to the author/s.
  12. The authors are requested to notify the Editorial board verbally or in writing if they decide to refuse from revising their manuscript following the reviewer’s comments, thus refusing from publishing their manuscript.
  13. In the case where the reviewer/s have recommended revisions, the Journal requests the author/s either to make the necessary corrections or argue them reasonably. The revised version of the manuscript is re-submitted within the period of maximum 2 months for final assessment. The revised manuscript is additionally sent for review.
  14. Revised manuscripts re-submitted after 2 months of receiving the initial review are withdrawn from the publication process. The author/s are invited to submit their manuscript as a new submission. The Editorial board treats such manuscripts as entirely new submissions.
  15. When one of the reviewers has not recommended the manuscript for publication, the Editorial board has the right to send it to one more reviewer for additional evaluation.
  16. Positive reviews do not guarantee the acceptance, since the final decision on the publication lies exclusively with the Editor-in-chief.
  17. Manuscripts that have been rejected following the peer-review process cannot be submitted to Changing Societies & Personalities again.
  18. Upon the decision to accept the manuscript for publication, the author is notified of the scheduled period of publication.
  19. All conflict situations arising during peer review are resolved exclusively by the Editor-in-chief.
  20. Original reviews of submitted manuscripts remain deposited during the period of 5 years.
  21. No fee is charged for providing peer review.

Charge Policy

No fees are charged at any stage of the publication process, including submission, reviewing, editing and publishing.

Archiving and Self-Archiving Policy

The Publisher provides archiving of all the articles and their meta-data (titles, key words, abstracts, authors’ information, references in Russian and English) published in the Journal. Archiving, indexing and depositing of the articles are performed by the Scientific Electronic Library (eLIBRARY), which is the national provider of electronic archives of scientific journals and the provider of the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI) under the contract No. 484-12/2017. All articles are hosted and made publicly available on the eLIBRARY website. The critical provision of archiving is free open access of readers to the full texts of all articles.

The Publisher recognizes the authors’ right to self-archiving of their articles after such articles have been published in the printed version of the Journal. Self-archiving can be performed by posting the article (or a part of the article) in a personal website of the author, blog, social media pages as well as by sending the article to open repositories of scientific information and open libraries throughout the world provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication and an active link is inserted to the published article on the journal’s website or the eLIBRARY website. For convenience, all published papers comprise ready-to-use reference information “For citation”.

Article Identification Policy

All papers published in Changing Societies & Personalities are assigned with DOI (Digital Object Identifier).

Copyright Notice

Changing Societies & Personalities is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Creative Commons License

Authors who publish in this Journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the Journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the Journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See the Effect of Open Access).

Advertisement Policy

The Editorial Team adheres to ethical standards in its work and, above all, defending the right to editorial independence. The Journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the Editor and the Publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point. Placement of promotional materials and sponsorship cannot influence in any way editorial decisions and editorial content.

Open Access Policy

Changing Societies & Personalities is an open access journal.

Open Access Journal

The Journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the Journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the journal’s website and in PDF format for each article. Articles published in the Journal are made freely available to readers immediately upon publication. Our open access policy has been developed in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition, which permits any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles published in the journal, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from having access to the Internet itself.

For more information please read the BOAI statement http://www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org/read

Preprints Policy

With the purpose of maximizing the visibility of the Journal content, the metadata about the upcoming papers are made publicly available on the Journal website prior to the publication of their full texts.