The Journal: General Info and Mission

Vostok. Afro-aziatskie obshchestva: istoriia i sovremennost', or Vostok (Oriens) is the leading peer-reviewed Russian journal in Asian and African studies. It was founded in 1955 by the Academy of Sciences of the USSR and has been published by the Institute of Oriental Studies and the Institute of African Studies under the titles “Sovetskoe vostokovedenie” (1955–58), “Problemy vostokovedeniia” (1959–61), “Narody Azii i Afriki” (1961–1990), and “Vostok Afro-aziatskie obshchestva: istoriia i sovremennost' ” since 1991.

The journal founders are the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Oriental Studies, and the Institute of African Studies, Moscow. The journal is an organ of the Department of History and Philology of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The journal is published by the Editorial House “Nauka” of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Publication frequency is 6 (six) issues per year. ISSN 0869-1908. Russian Catalogue Number 70600. The journal is distributed through subscription only.

The journal policy covers various subjects of Asian and African studies, from prehistory to contemporary world. The journal’s mission is to disseminate original scholar researches of Asian and African economy, politics, social studies, philology, philosophy, area studies, history, cultural studies, cultural anthropology, and political anthropology. The main languages are Russian and English.

The journal website also contains the Vostok-Online section which is an independent supplementary section of the journal containing materials that do not appear in the print version. Vostok-Online carries both full-featured articles and shorter notes of conferences, seminars, and other events of interest to the Asian and African research community. The journal also publishes book reviews concerning the Asian and African studies. Please visit the Guide for Authors section for more information on the general submission guidelines.

In January, 2015, the journal praised its sixtieth anniversary.

Vostok. Afro-aziatskie obshchestva: istoriia i sovremennost' is a peer-reviewed academic edition adhering to the standards and regulations stipulated by the Russian state tenure committee (VAK). All the manuscripts are submitted to double anonymous peer-reviewing. The journal articles do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Institute of Oriental Studies or the Institute of African Studies, as well as of the editorial board and editorial staff. Only the authors are responsible for the information they report in their articles or reviews.

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