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Author Guide

1. All submitted articles are subject to external and internal peer review (double-blind) and scanning for plagiarism before the decision on the publication of the article is made.

2. Publication in this journal is totally FREE (No Article submission charges nor article processing charges and no publication fees), as one of the main goals of the journal is to provide global researchers with a free publishing platform.

3. In accordance with the journal’s Editorial ethics, the author attaches to the manuscript a signed scan of the License agreement on the transfer of non-exclusive rights to use the work. The agreement confirms that the manuscript has not been published and is not under consideration elsewhere, in whole or in part, as well as consent to the processing of personal data (to be completed separately for each author).

4.  To be published articles should be:

  • relevant;
  • report original research;
  • the main research results must not have been published or submitted elsewhere;
  • reach a conclusion of interest to a wide interdisciplinary audience; 
  • offer a conclusion;
  • be correctly formatted.

Guidelines for authors

All papers must be submitted online. To submit, please sign up to the portal of the IKBFU United Scientific Journal Editorial Office and follow the instructions in the ‘Submit an article online’ section.

1. A recommended article length around 40,000 characters; the text should be proofread and signed by the author, who is responsible for the research level of the published material.

2. The article should contain:

- Title of the article (≤ 12 words). It must be concise, accurate, and informative.  Avoid abbreviations, formulae, and numbers.

- A summary (150-250 words). The author should indicates the article’s problem, goals and objectives of research, and methods. For submitted reviews of books to be published in the journal, the author should state the primary objective of the review, the main outcomes and results of the review, and the conclusions.

- Keywords (5-8 words).

- The body of the article should be well-structured in accordance with the IMRAD principle. If the IMRAD principle cannot be followed for some reason, the article should be structured in accordance with the subthemes covered in it.

- The main text should be followed by the Conclusion, Acknowledgements, References and Supporting Materials.

-  References section should have at least 30 works, half of which should be published recently (less than 10 years ago) and  preferably abroad. Self-citation should not exceed 10% of all the cited works. List References consecutively, in the order that you have cited them.

- Information about the author - full name, scientific degrees, rank, affiliation (university/ organization, department, position, city, country, postal address, e-mail, ORCID);

- Information about financial support for the preparation of the article should be presented in the Acknowledgements (grants or other sponsorships)


Citation systems and References

The use of sequential numbers in the text which refers to endnotes (a note on a separate page at the end of the paper) which gives the source detail:

  • Bibliographical references are included in the text in square bracket [number of source, page number(s)]. Example: [1, pp. 5-8];
  • List of the citations with complete bibliographical references should be included in the end of the article (≤ 30 sources).
  • References  should be arranged according to the Harvard System of Referencing Guide
  • Along with the information about the author(s), date of publication, title and page numbers, citations may also include unique identifiers. Electronic documents have a digital object identifier (DOI).
  • References to sources with no author, rules and regulations, digests of statistics, etc. should be given in-text without inclusion in the bibliography.

The note, located either at the end of the paper (endnote) should look like this:

* Book: author(s), year of publication, book title, publisher, page number(s), doi (if available).

Example:

Allcock, J. B., Arnold, C. and Day, A. J. 1992, Border and Territorial Disputes, London, Longman, 1992, pp. 6-10. doi:

* Journal: author(s), year of publication, article title, journal title, issue, page number(s), doi (if available).

Example:

Lundén, T. 2007, Future extreme events in European climate, Geographica Helvetica, vol. 62, no. 1, pp. 22—32.

Vasilyeva, N. A., Kosov, Yu. V. 2015, Eurasian region: the dialectic of modern development, Evraziiskaya integratsiya: ekonomika, pravo, politika, no. 1 (17), p. 149—154. (In Russ.)

* Web site: author(s), article and publication title where appropriate, as well as a URL, and a date when the site was accessed.

Examples:

Jost, T. Outward FDI from Germany and its policy context: update 2011, Co­lumbia FDI Profiles, available at: http://www.vcc.columbia.edu (accessed 8 Sep­tember 2011).

Price index for scrap non-ferrous metals in Russia in December 2015, 2015, available at: http://www.infogeo.ru/metalls/review/?act=show&rev=1133 (accessed 29.12.2015). (In Russ.)

General remarks

Articles are accepted for consideration if they have not been previously submitted elsewhere and meet the Baltic Region anti-ghostwriting and anti-plagiarism policy. In order to expedite the editing and publishing process, the editors of the journal need to have the Copyright Transfer Agreement signed and returned.