Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Principled journal "Rossica antiqua" is specialized in publishing results of contemporary researches in the field of Old Russia's studies. Issue's chronological framework covers period from the genesis of the Slavs till the end of the 15th century. The journal aims to show the breadth and diversity of approaches, schools in modern science, to promote the consolidation of the creative efforts of researchers from various specialties - historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, linguists,  philologists, art historians. Subjects, concerning problems of Eastern Slavs ethnogenesis, genesis of Old Russia state, characteristics of social-political relations, typology of state and low institutions, history of foreign policies, political and cultural relations are of the highest priority. Particular attention is paid to the study and introduction into scientific circulation of new and little-known sources. Among journal authors are well represented foreign scholars.


Section Policies


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Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


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Peer Review Process

All papers submitted for publication in “Rossica Antiqua” should be peer-reviewed. That means that neither the author knows the name of the reviewer, nor the reviewer knows the name of the author.

Submitted papers are appreciated in meeting journal’s requirements (relevance to the journal’s subject, availability of metadata, execution accuracy, illustrations’ quality), and then all the authority indications should be deleted. As is articles are received by the executive editor, who decides whom from the editorial board to send papers for reviewing. In appropriate cases, the editorial board can apply to outside experts.

Reviewers evaluate papers in its’ substantial and formal relevance to the journal’s requirements, general scientific publication ethics rules. Subsequent to the results of the reviewing paper could be accepted for publishing without changes; accepted for publishing under the condition of its correction; declined.

If submitted for the publication paper is declined, the author should be informed with the motivated refusal. The reviewer’s personality should be held in confidence.

If the paper is accepted for publication under the condition of its correction, list of all necessary corrections should be sent to the author. After the correction the author can submit it for the publication again, in this case the same reviewers review it.

 If the paper is accepted for the publication, its text goes to the executive editor, who carries on the correspondence with the author.


Open Access Policy

This journal allows open access to its content, relying on open access to the researches’ results promotes global knowledge sharing.


Publication Frequency

The periodical appears twice a year.


Ethic policies

The aim of the issue is in publishing results of contemporary researches in the field of Old Rus’s studies. The journal aims to show the breadth and diversity of approaches and schools in contemporary Humanities to promote the consolidation of the creative efforts of researchers from various specialties - historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, linguists, philologists and art historians. Among journal authors are well represented foreign scholars.

The Editorial Board of the international scientific historical journal “Rossica antiqua” commits to the internationally accepted principles of publication ethics expressed in the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Elsevier Publishing Ethics Resource Kit and the Ethical Code of Academic Periodicals.

Regular features of the issue: articles, discussions, reviews.

In publishing materials Editors are committed to the following principles:

-          the novelty and the importance of research;

-          originality of research: publication in the journal should be the first one for all materials; full or partial reprinting of the already published texts is not allowed;

-          all articles are anonymously peer-reviewed by both the members of the editorial board and other scholars from around the world;

-          researches in the field concerning ethnogenesis of the Eastern Slavs, genesis of Old Russian state, characteristics of social-political relations, typology of state and low institutions, history of foreign policies, political and cultural relations are of the highest priority;

-          Editors specially emphasizes on publishing new or less known sources and data;

-          the issue is open for publishing studies of foreign authors.

General duties and responsibilities of editors

Editors are responsible for everything published in the issue.

The editors should:

-       give coverage to actual scholar topics, required by readers and authors;

-       publish only competent scholar materials;

-       evaluate the intellectual content of the manuscript regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, origin, citizenship, social status or political preferences of the author;

-       not publish information if there are sufficient grounds to believe that it is plagiarism;

-       unpublished data from the submitted manuscripts shall not be used in personal interests or passed to a third party without the author’s written consent. The information or ideas obtained in the course of editing and related to possible advantages shall stay confidential and not be used for personal benefit;

-       preclude business needs from compromising intellectual standards;

-       examine all questions and plaints on published materials regardless of time when they were published;

-       if misconduct by authors or reviewers is suspected, follow the COPE flowcharts;

-       always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Relations with readers

-       readers gain an access to all published materials, according to principles of open access policies;

-       on the journal’s web-site all access to published issues and materials is free of charge;

-       editors provides information to readers about authors of published materials;

-       editors inform readers about funding of published researches;

-       reprinting, copying or word for word reproduction of articles is strongly prohibited.

Relations with authors

1. The editors should:

-          publish materials in different regular features of the issue: articles, discussions, reviews;

-          make everything for high quality publication of materials; take care of proofreading service, layout setting, polygraphic process;

-          if material is rejected for publishing, written decision should be provided to author;

-          take care of anonymous peer-review of all materials, presented to editors.

2. Authors should:

-          provide texts, completed with publishing requirements, placed on the journal’s web-site;

-          ensure that research results are completely original. Every borrowed fragment or statement must be accompanied by a mandatory reference to the author and the original source. Excessive borrowing and any form of plagiarism including non-documented citations, paraphrasing or appropriating another person’s research results are non-ethical and unacceptable;

-          describe all co-authors, who made significant contributions to a research;

-          immediately inform the Editorial Board if significant errors or inaccuracies in the manuscript are found.

License agreement is completed with every author.

All publications of studies and materials are free of charge.

Reviewing process

-          Editors expertise provided material against a set of technical publishing rules;

-          Editors send manuscript without indication of the author to two known and authoritative scholars in the field;

-          Editors make a decision to publish material on the base of reviews;

-          Reviewers shall give an objective and reasoned evaluation of the research results, as well as clearly justified recommendations;

-          In the case of critical review Editors offer the author to take into account reviewer’s criticism;

-          Editors try to avoid competing interests in the process of reviewing;

-          In the case of competing interests reviewers should request Editors to exclude them from the reviewing process;

-          Reviews are kept in the editorial office;

-          At the request reviews could be given to authors (without the identification of reviewers).