Guideline for Authors and Rules of Refereeing

Vostok. Afro-aziatskie obshchestva: istoriia i sovremennost' (Vostok (Oriens))

Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS

12 Rozhdestvenka, 107031, Moscow, Russian Federation


Guideline for Authors and Rules of Refereeing – Short English Version

[Please consult the full Russian version]

The working language for submissions and publications in the journal is Russian or English.

Contributors submit a file (format: MS Word .DOC or .RTF) and, if specifically requested, a printed copy.

Manuscript text should be double-spaced (including all notes and references) and pages numbered. Please use the standard font Times New Roman (size 14 pt.). Submitted articles must have a title page carrying:

  • author's full name
  • title of the article
  • information about the author (current position, institutional affiliation, postal address, contact phone and e-mail).

Manuscript Length:

  • Articles should not exceed 40,000 characters with spaces (including all notes and references), if unsolicited
  • Book reviews (if unsolicited) should not exceed 15,000 characters with spaces (including all notes and references).
  • Figures – no more than eight  illustrations per article. (See more info on figures below)

An abstract (not exceeding 250 words) summarizing the article’s scope, and a list of up to ten keywords (index words or phrases) are required for each article-length manuscript. Both the abstract and keywords are required in Russian and English languages.

Permissions: If the author uses photos, images or other copyrighted material (such as documents from private archives) belonging to anyone other than the author herself/himself, a written permission from the owner or copyright holder must be provided for each image or document used. The author is responsible for securing all permissions and delivering them to the editorial office in the timely manner.

Notes: All notes (if any) follow the text as footnotes but precede the list of references cited, which ends the article. Notes are numbered consecutively throughout the text by superscript numerals.

References cited: The references section includes full citation of every publication cited in the text. References inside the text should be marked by square brackets.

Entries are listed alphabetically by author or editor. In the case there are references both in Cyrillic and in Latin, the list of Cyrillic references arranged alphabetically goes first, and is followed by the list of Latin references arranged likewise alphabetically.

A brief example of the reference citation system used in the journal is provided below; however, authors should consult the full version of the guidelines in Russian for detailed instructions and examples.

Citations in the body of the text follow this format: [Ivanov, 1998, p. 25]. If the author or editor is unknown (as in brief newspaper pieces, etc.), one or two words from the beginning of the title may be used and italicized [Everyday Life, 1999]. If a work is co-authored by three or more authors, the following example applies: [Smith et al., 1970]. If there are several works by the same author, dated by the same year, numbers 1, 2, 3 are used as markers [Ivanov, 1987(1), p. 22; Smith, 1964(2), p. 35].

When citing archival materials not attributed to any author, the name of the archive is indicated in the square brackets [RGADA, f. 381, op. 10, d. 2, l. 14]; while, in the general list of references cited, a corresponding entry is inserted, with the full name of the archive included:

RGADA – Rossiiskii gosudarstvennyi arkhiv drevnikh aktov, Moscow.

When citing Internet materials, contributors should indicate the author(s) and title of the publication, as well as the name of the website, or the title of the major section of the website, in which the cited material is published. The date of access may be indicated if the Internet publication is not dated.


Kychanova S. Mikhail Zadornov v Omske: “V Okunevo vpervye uvidel slavian, kotorye ne p’iut i ne kuriat!” // Komsomol’skaia pravda. Oct 3, 2011. URL: kp.ru/daily/25763/2749196.

Sanin G. Ingushskii tramplin // Itogi. 2004. № 32. URL: www.itogi.ru.

Mahmood S. Religious Freedom, Minority Rights, and Geopolitics // SSRC Digital Forums. 05.03.2012. URL: http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2012/03/05.


All illustrative material should be separate from the text, in a series of figures numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. All captions should be typed on a separate page. Please insert notes in the text (such as: [Fig.1 here], [Fig.2 here], etc.), using a font of different color and indicating the desired approximate placement of figures. (Notes should be put preferably in between paragraphs.)

Image files should be in JPG or JPEG format and should be large enough (if you scan a picture or photo, please set the scanner resolution to 400 dpi).

An example of captions:

Figure 1. The population distribution map. Source: journal Ethnology, 1990, vol.14, p. 20. Reproduced by permission. (File: image1.tif).

Figure 2. Ethnographers during the interview. Source: John Smith's private collection. Reproduced by permission. (File: image2.tif)

Figure 3. Household construction type. Photo by the author, 2001.

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