Guide for Authors

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    • Ethics in publishing
    • Conflict of interest
    • Submission declaration
    • Changes to authorship
    • Copyright
    • Role of the funding source
    • Funding body agreements and policies
    • Open access
    • Language (usage and editing services)
    • Essential title page information
    • Acknowledgements
    • Use of the Digital Object Identifier
    • Offprints

    The journal couples issues devoted to Russian literature with contributions on Croatian, Serbian, Czech, Slovak and Polish literature. Languages of publication are English and Russian; in exceptional cases articles in French or German are accepted. All methods and viewpoints will be welcomed, provided they contribute something new, original or challenging to our understanding of Russian and other Slavic literatures.

    Types of paper
    Regular papers. Original full-length research papers which have not been published previously may be submitted as regular papers. There is no standard for the length of articles, provided that they are interesting and original, even very long articles may be accepted.

    Contact details for submission
    The author is requested to send two paper copies to the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Willem G. Weststeijn, Slavic Seminar, University of Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam, The Netherlands. With the manuscript, the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of one or more referees may be submitted. The reading/reviewing process takes some two months, after which the author will be informed about the editorial decision. If this is positive, the editor expects a final version and an abstract (the latter in English, not exceeding 100 words), both to be sent electronically (as word.doc only) (

    Ethics in publishing

    For information on Ethics in publishing and Ethical guidelines for journal publication see and

    Conflict of interest

    All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. See also Further information and an example of a Conflict of Interest form can be found at:

    Submission declaration

    Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint, see, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere including electronically in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

    Changes to authorship

    This policy concerns the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts:
    Before the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Journal Manager from the corresponding author of the accepted manuscript and must include: (a) the reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. Requests that are not sent by the corresponding author will be forwarded by the Journal Manager to the corresponding author, who must follow the procedure as described above. Note that: (1) Journal Managers will inform the Journal Editors of any such requests and (2) publication of the accepted manuscript in an online issue is suspended until authorship has been agreed.
    After the accepted manuscript is published in an online issue: Any requests to add, delete, or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue will follow the same policies as noted above and result in a corrigendum.


    This journal offers authors a choice in publishing their research: Open access and Subscription.

    For subscription articles
    Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' (for more information on this and copyright, see An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' form or a link to the online version of this agreement.
    Subscribers may reproduce tables of contents or prepare lists of articles including abstracts for internal circulation within their institutions. Permission of the Publisher is required for resale or distribution outside the institution and for all other derivative works, including compilations and translations (please consult If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article. Elsevier has preprinted forms for use by authors in these cases: please consult

    For open access articles
    Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete an 'Exclusive License Agreement' (for more information see Permitted reuse of open access articles is determined by the author's choice of user license (see

    Retained author rights
    As an author you (or your employer or institution) retain certain rights. For more information on author rights for:
    Subscription articles please see
    Open access articles please see

    Role of the funding source

    You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement then this should be stated.

    Funding body agreements and policies

    Elsevier has established agreements and developed policies to allow authors whose articles appear in journals published by Elsevier, to comply with potential manuscript archiving requirements as specified as conditions of their grant awards. To learn more about existing agreements and policies please visit

    Open access

    This journal offers authors a choice in publishing their research:

    Open access
    • Articles are freely available to both subscribers and the wider public with permitted reuse
    • An open access publication fee is payable by authors or their research funder
    • Articles are made available to subscribers as well as developing countries and patient groups through our access programs (
    • No open access publication fee

    All articles published open access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. Permitted reuse is defined by your choice of one of the following Creative Commons user licenses:
    Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY): lets others distribute and copy the article, to create extracts, abstracts, and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation), to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), to text or data mine the article, even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the author(s), do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article, and do not modify the article in such a way as to damage the author's honor or reputation.
    Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA): for non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, to create extracts, abstracts and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation), to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), to text and data mine the article, as long as they credit the author(s), do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article, do not modify the article in such a way as to damage the author's honor or reputation, and license their new adaptations or creations under identical terms (CC BY-NC-SA).
    Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND): for non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, and to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as they credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.

    To provide open access, this journal has a publication fee which needs to be met by the authors or their research funders for each article published open access.
    Your publication choice will have no effect on the peer review process or acceptance of submitted articles.

    The open access publication fee for this journal is $1100, excluding taxes. Learn more about Elsevier's pricing policy:

    Language (usage and editing services)

    Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use the English Language Editing service available from Elsevier's WebShop ( or visit our customer support site ( for more information.

    Articles in English may be in American or British English, but should be written consistently in whichever is chosen. However, original spelling in quotations should be retained. Manuscripts should be typewritten first copies or full-quality prints with a wide margin and double spacing throughout, i.e. also for abstracts, endnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, etc. should be numbered. Please use one side of the paper only. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible. Do not justify text or split up words. The first page should be the title page containing full title, short title (maximum 40 letters including spaces) and author's name, postal address and e-mail address. In case of a Russian author's name and an article in English please indicate the desired transcription; if not the editors will use the scientific transliteration. In case of a non-Russian author's name and a Russian language article please state the desired transcription/transliteration in Cyrillic. The author is requested to indicate how his/her name should be alphabetized.
    Russian Literature uses the scientific (or international library) transliteration of Cyrillic. Please use this transliteration consistently throughout the article.

    Title: Titles of articles, essays, stories, "povesti", novellas, poems, "poemas", cycles should be in single quotes.
    Titles of novels, periodicals, plays, books should be given in italics.

    Quotations: Shorter quotations should be given in double quotes. Russian quotations of less than four lines should be in transliteration (see below). Quotations exceeding four lines should be presented as a separate block, and, in the case of Russian quotations, in Cyrillic. Quotations within quotations should be in single quotes. Ellipses in quotations should be given in square brackets: [...], as distinct from original suspension points, which should follow the last word without a space. In shorter verse quotations (not exceeding four lines) verse lines should be separated by a slash, stanza boundaries should be marked by a double slash.

    Translations: Preference is given to original Russian titles (English translations may be given in parentheses). If translated titles are used, the original title should be given in parentheses at least at the first occurrence.
    Quotations should be given in the original language. Translations of quotations in the Slavic languages are desirable and should follow the original - in parentheses.

    Essential title page information

    Title. Concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
    Author names and affiliations. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.
    Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that phone numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.
    Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.

    A concise and factual abstract is required, both in the language in which the paper has been written and in British or American English. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

    Immediately after the English abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, using British or American English spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, "and", "of"). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.


    Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).

    Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article, using superscript Arabic numbers. Many wordprocessors build footnotes into the text, and this feature may be used. Should this not be the case, indicate the position of footnotes in the text and present the footnotes themselves separately at the end of the article. Do not include footnotes in the Reference list.

    References may be given in accordance with two systems:
    * A full list of references is given at the end of the article. Reference in the main text and notes (if any) is then made by name, year, semicolon, single space, page number(s) in parentheses. Do not repeat the name if it is mentioned in the main text.
    For example:
    1) As Sapir has already noted: "All grammars leak" (1921: 37)
    2) The well-known maxim "All grammars leak" (Sapir 1921: 37)
    * References may also be given in endnotes. Full bibliographical data should be supplied at the first occurrence; later references may be abbreviated - by the use of op.cit., followed by page number. However, the full data should be repeated if any confusion with other works referred to might arise.

    In all cases references should be given in conformity with the following:
    Titles of articles should be in single quotes, titles of books and periodicals in italics. Names of periodicals should be followed by year, volume and issue numbers, and by the article's page numbers. Titles of books should be followed by place and year of publication (publishers should be omitted.

    All Web references between brackets, followed by the date of consultation of the website between brackets.

    Use of the Digital Object Identifier

    The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) may be used to cite and link to electronic documents. The DOI consists of a unique alpha-numeric character string which is assigned to a document by the publisher upon the initial electronic publication. The assigned DOI never changes. Therefore, it is an ideal medium for citing a document, particularly 'Articles in press' because they have not yet received their full bibliographic information. Example of a correctly given DOI (in URL format; here an article in the journal Physics Letters B):
    When you use a DOI to create links to documents on the web, the DOIs are guaranteed never to change.

    The final version of an article is the definitive one: proofs will not be sent. If an author, after having submitted the final version of the article, still wants to make any changes, he/she should contact the Editor-in-Chief or Managing Editor.


    The corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a personalized link providing 50 days free access to the final published version of the article on ScienceDirect. This link can also be used for sharing via email and social networks. For an extra charge, paper offprints can be ordered via the offprint order form which is sent once the article is accepted for publication. Both corresponding and co-authors may order offprints at any time via Elsevier's WebShop ( Authors requiring printed copies of multiple articles may use Elsevier WebShop's 'Create Your Own Book' service to collate multiple articles within a single cover (


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