Peer-reviewing process

Any material submitted for the consideration is subject to the peer-reviewing process. Based on reviewers’ recommendations, the editorial board follows one of the options:

  1. to publish a paper with or without revision; or
  2. to refuse a publication.

There are two basic steps of the peer-reviewing process:

  1. Submitted material undergoes the first screening by the members of editorial board. They decide whether the material fits the general framework of the Journal and follows the formal requirements. In case it fails to correspond to the research areas or does not meet the requirements the editorial team informs the author about the refusal by sending an electronic message. In some cases the editorial board may recommend an author to significantly rewrite the paper by indicating the way to do it. However, a rewritten material should be submitted once again. As a rule, the first screening may take up to one week. The editorial team informs author(s) that their submission has been taken for consideration of reviewers.
  2. One or two anonymous reviewers usually review papers that are accepted for the consideration. As a rule, one reviewer is a member of the editorial board. The reviewing process is double blind, which means that neither author(s) nor reviewers know personal details of each other. Reviewers fill in a form that evaluates the submission according to several aspects. In addition reviewers may provide extensive commentaries on the strong and weak sides of a paper to help authors to improve it. All the reviews necessarily contain a recommendation to publish a paper (with revision if required) or reject the publication. The editorial team gets the reviews and makes a decision in up to eight weeks.

Overall the reviewing process takes up to ten weeks. Sometimes more reviewing is necessary and a journal submission goes to additional reviewers.

After the reviewing process the editorial team informs authors about the decision via email. If the journal submission is accepted and necessary revisions are completed, the paper goes to literary editors who provide assistance in proofreading and copy-editing. Both author(s) and editorial team should approve the final version of a paper.

After the acceptance and proofreading a paper is assigned to an issue. If possible the editorial board may collect papers of similar topics in order to produce a special issue. Otherwise the papers are published in turn.

NB: peer-review process and publication are free.

The Russian Sociological Review
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Deputy Editor: Marina Pugacheva
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