THE CASPIAN REGION:Politics, Economics, Culture

Scientific journal

For authors

The journal publishes articles on the following fields of science: 07.00.00 "Historical sciences and archeology," 23.00.00 "Political science", 09.00.00 "Philosophy of Science".

The papers submitted to the journal to be published are subject to editorial revision and processing.

Its main objectives are to:

  • comply with the topical areas of the journal;
  • follow the guidelines for style and formatting of the published materials;
  • sustain high scientific level of the papers;
  • publish topical papers;
  • rule out plagiarism and other variants of using someone else’s findings of research activity without referring to them in papers.

When a paper is submitted to the editorial staff, the executive editor usually checks the compliance with the topical areas of the journal and correspondence to the guidelines of style and formatting of the material as well as performs initial review. 

In case, a theme of the paper is not suitable for the journal or the paper does not follow the guidelines of style and formatting, it is not accepted for revision and the author is notified about it. 

In this case, the editorial board can additionally suggest the author (authors) the following: forward the paper to other scientific journals, published in Astrakhan State University (according to its theme); change the title of the paper (to ensure the correspondence to the thematic array of the journal); to change the text of the paper (the same objective).

The executive editor arranges revision of the paper content, including revision by university and invited reviewers (see below) if it has the suitable theme and follows the guidelines for style and formatting.

On the basis of the revision the following steps can be taken:

  • A paper can be sent to an author (authors) for re-editing;
  • It can be stated that it is not efficient to publish the material in the journal (rejection of the paper);
  • The material can be accepted as it is or after re-editing.

If it is necessary to correct (revise) a paper, the editorial board can send authors reviews with notes that help the author introduce changes to the paper (with a review being a separate document not included into the text of the paper) and suggestions to change the title of papers, the abstracts, content (addition/deletion/revision of separate parts of the text), reference lists (it can either be a separate document or the notes can be included into the text of the paper forwarded to the author for re-editing). The editorial staff may return the materials to the authors for revision, if it is necessary, more than once.

In case of the paper rejection, the editorial staff may give a negative review on the paper, including a list of remarks and conclusion about inadvisability to publish the paper in the given form. In such a case, the editorial staff will count on further cooperation with authors and check whether the authors have cognizance of the remarks or not in the paper processing and preparation of other materials for publication in the journal.

If the paper was accepted, the editorial staff may send the following:

  • acceptance notification for publication in the given form or improved (on the comments of the reviewer / editorial board) form;
  • "positive review", including useful notes for further work;
  • advice/recommendations of the editorial staff (executive editor) regarding further studies, described in the text of the paper, as well as layout of further materials submitted to the editorial staff.

Editorial board terms of paper review - no more than one month after the first submission and not more than two weeks after making the changes/additions on the remarks of the editorial staff (reviewers). These terms are considered to be deadlines and, if it is possible, they will be minimized.

The main criteria for paper submission (reviewed by editors and reviewers):

  • the subject of the paper should correspond to the journal sections;
  • the content of the paper should correspond to the declared subject;
  • the abstract should be full and informative, it should reflect the content of the paper;
  • the subject matter should be urgent and it should be relevant to the respective field of research/development;
  • the paper should correspond to modern scientific, theoretical and practical achievements in the relevant field of science;
  • the content of the paper should be fully revealed, declared in its title;
  • the objective, findings and explicit novelty should be explicitly stated in the text of the paper;
  • the methods of the studies and used experimental data should be correctly described in the paper;
  • the stated findings should be written in a correct way in relation to the text of the paper;
  • the paper should be comprehensible for a potential reader - in terms of writing style, material arrangement, visual expression of tables, charts, figures and formulas, the content of the findings, etc.;
  • whether it is reasonable to publish the paper taking into the consideration all the previous publications on this subject, including the papers published by the authors - in other words, whether the material of the given paper is scientifically new or not.

The editorial staff should conform to the authors all the changes made to the published material (but for obvious spelling and syntax mistakes).

Information exchange of the authors with the editorial staff may include the following forms (ways):

  • authors’ submission of the recommendation letters from organizations that recommend an paper for publication (the recommendation letter from organizations requesting the publication does not give a right to accept the paper without editorial staff revision).
  • the authors may note additional (in their view) sections for publications - from among those listed on the website of the journal. - Papers should be sent to the editorial office by e-mail (in the electronic form). If necessary, the editorial staff may ask the authors to send materials in "paper form" with the visas of all authors on every sheet.
  • external reviews (see below) should be sent in “scanned copies” by electronic mail. If necessary, the editorial staff may ask to send these reviews in a paper form.
  • authors’ information (including results of materials revision process sent to the special “Antiplagiat” system) should be given in the form of “scanned copies of documents” signed by the authors. If necessary, the editorial staff may ask paper versions of these documents.

Authors can use any email address for all correspondence but it is better not to change it when they do correspondence with the editorial staff. If there are several authors, initially, it is better to write which of the e-mail address will do correspondence.
An author or one of co-authors can submit not more than 2 papers for publishing in one journal issue. However, this fact does not exclude the working process of paper revision of the same authors if this papers are going to be published in other issues of the journal.

The original date of materials submission and the final version of the paper submission are fixed on the date of submission. The editorial staff may indicate this day in the publication. The editorial staff will not indicate the number of processing/editing revisions.

Issue dates of the submitted materials will be indicated due to the following factors:

  • relevance and scientific importance of the paper;
  • the size of the paper;
  • the number of papers that are in the "editorial portfolio" that were published;
  • issue dates of the next journals.

As a general rule, the publication is in the order of paper submission to the editorial office. However, in some cases, the editorial board may publish an extra paper.

EDITORIAL STAFF HOPES FOR LONG TERM AND EFFECTIVE COOPERATION WITH THE RUSSIAN AND FOREIGN AUTHORS.