Guide for Authors

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BEFORE YOU BEGIN
• Ethics in publishing
• Declaration of interest
• Submission declaration
• Changes to authorship
• Copyright
• Role of the funding source
• Open access
• Interactive plots
• Offprints

INTRODUCTION
The journal couples issues devoted to Russian literature with contributions on and from 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. Original full-length research papers which have not been published previously may be submitted as regular papers. Where of undisputed merit to the field, the journal also accepts previously unpublished literary materials. The solicited article length is 8000-9000 words maximum (excl. bibliography). In exceptional cases (where the format or the type of material dictates so), longer articles are accepted.

Contact details for submission
The author is requested to send an anonymized PDF version of the submission to the Editor-in-Chief, Prof.dr. Ellen Rutten, via ruslit@elsevier.com. We ask authors to submit their names, addresses and e-mail addresses in an accompanying email. The reading/reviewing process takes roughly four months, after which the author will be informed about the editorial decision. If this is positive, the editor expects a final version (which includes author affiliation details and email address) and an abstract (the latter in English, not exceeding 100 words), both to be sent electronically (as word.doc only), which can be emailed to ruslit@elsevier.com.

Ethics in publishing

Please see our information pages on Ethics in publishing and Ethical guidelines for journal publication.

Declaration 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. More information.

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 'Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication' section of our ethics policy for more information), 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

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, 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.
Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider the addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted. While the Editor considers the request, publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.

Copyright

Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' (see more information on this). 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. 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.

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

Author rights
As an author you (or your employer or institution) have certain rights to reuse your work. More information.

Elsevier supports responsible sharing
Find out how you can share your research published in Elsevier journals.

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 a number of agreements with funding bodies which allow authors to comply with their funder's open access policies. Some funding bodies will reimburse the author for the Open Access Publication Fee. Details of existing agreements are available online.

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 on their behalf, e.g. by their research funder or institution.
Subscription
• Articles are made available to subscribers as well as developing countries and patient groups through our universal access programs.
• No open access publication fee payable by authors.

Regardless of how you choose to publish your article, the journal will apply the same peer review criteria and acceptance standards.

For open access articles, permitted third party (re)use is defined by the following Creative Commons user licenses:

Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)
Lets others distribute and copy the article, create extracts, abstracts, and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation), include in a collective work (such as an anthology), 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-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.

The open access publication fee for this journal is USD 1100, excluding taxes. Learn more about Elsevier's pricing policy: http://www.elsevier.com/openaccesspricing.

Green open access
Authors can share their research in a variety of different ways and Elsevier has a number of green open access options available. We recommend authors see our green open access page for further information. Authors can also self-archive their manuscripts immediately and enable public access from their institution's repository after an embargo period. This is the version that has been accepted for publication and which typically includes author-incorporated changes suggested during submission, peer review and in editor-author communications. Embargo period: For subscription articles, an appropriate amount of time is needed for journals to deliver value to subscribing customers before an article becomes freely available to the public. This is the embargo period and it begins from the date the article is formally published online in its final and fully citable form. Find out more.

This journal has an embargo period of 24 months.

An adapted embargo period of 12 months will apply for UK researchers who are grant recipient from the Research Council UK, Wellcome Trust, Higher Education Funding Council for England, and who wish to self-archive their accepted author manuscript. For more information, please follow this link.

Elsevier Publishing Campus
The Elsevier Publishing Campus (www.publishingcampus.com) is an online platform offering free lectures, interactive training and professional advice to support you in publishing your research. The College of Skills training offers modules on how to prepare, write and structure your article and explains how editors will look at your paper when it is submitted for publication. Use these resources, and more, to ensure that your submission will be the best that you can make it.

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.

PREPARATION
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.


Accompanying email checklist
The email that accompanies your submission should contain:

  • author names: Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author and check that all names are accurately spelled.
  • author affiliations: Please present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lowercase superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including country names and e-mail addresses.
  • o details on the corresponding author: Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.



Formatting checklist
Manuscripts should

  • open with a title page with title, abstract, and keywords (see below for details);
  • be submitted as anonymized PDFs;
  • be formatted in double-spaced 12-point Times or Times New Roman (this also holds true for footnotes, citations and references);
  • boast a simple layout (avoid the usage of bold letters, underscores, etc.); and
  • not contain justified text or divided words.



Title page checklist
Upon submitting your final manuscript, please add a page containing the submission title, an abstract, and relevant keywords.

Titles

  • Please use a concise, informative title. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems.
  • Please offer a. a full and b. a short title (maximum 40 signs including spaces).
  • In non-Anglophone publications, please add an English translation of your title.
  • Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

Abstracts

  • Please provide an abstract of 300 words maximum.
  • All abstracts should be written in British or American English.
  • The abstract should briefly outline the subject and purpose of the article.
  • An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, references should be avoided; if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s).
  • Non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided; if essential, they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.
  • Please do not use an introductory paragraph as abstract.

Keywords
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.




Transliteration

  • LoC: Russian Literature follows the Library of Congress transliteration of Cyrillic.
  • Russian author's names: when using a Russian author's name in an article in English, please indicate the desired transcription; if not, the editors will use the scientific transliteration.
  • Non-Russian author's names: when using a non-Russian author's name in a Russian language article, please state the desired transcription/ transliteration in Cyrillic.
  • Author's name: the author is requested to indicate how his/her name should be alphabetized.

Language and style

  • Correct language/editing services: We only accept submissions in good English or Russian (or, in exceptional cases, German or French). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use the English Language Editing service available from Elsevier's WebShop (http://webshop.elsevier.com/languageediting/) or visit our customer support site (http://support.elsevier.com) for more information.
  • American versus British English: Articles in English may be in American or British English, but should be written consistently in whichever is chosen. Original spelling in quotations and references should be retained.
  • Titles: Titles of articles, essays, stories, povesti, novellas, poems, poemas, and cycles should be in single quotes. Titles of novels, periodicals, plays, books, ballets, works of art, and movies should be given in italics. Titles of weblogs should be capitalized.
  • Sections: Authors are allowed to divide their submissions into sections. We prefer unnumbered sections, but accept both numbered and titled sections.
  • Section titles: In Anglophone submissions, section titles should be given in italics, with initial capitals. They should be limited to one line maximum.


Quotations

  • Quotation signs: Shorter quotations should be given in double curly quotation signs. Quotations within quotations should be in single curly quotes.
  • Quotation layout: In Anglophone submissions, quotations in Slavic languages of less than four lines should be given in the original (and, where applicable, in Cyrillic), followed by an English translation in parentheses, and included in the running text. Quotations exceeding four lines should be presented as a separate block, and, in the case of quotations in Slavic languages in Anglophone submissions, in the original (and, where applicable, in Cyrillic) (followed by an English translation in parentheses).
  • Ellipses: Ellipses in quotations should be given in square brackets: [...], as distinct from original suspension points, which should follow the last word without a space.
  • Verse quotation: 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. Slashes should be preceded and followed by a single space. Verse quotation layout: Verse quotations of four lines or more should be presented as a separate block.
  • Quotation spelling/punctuation: Quotations should be as true to the original as possible, including spelling and punctuation. Do not adapt them to our journal's standards (e.g. do not italicize titles that appear between quotation signs in the original).
  • Italicization in quotations: If necessary, words may be italicized. Italicizations should be accounted for at the end by stating: (emphasis added) in parentheses.
  • Bold, underlining etc. in quotations: our journal avoids the use of bold face, capitals and underlining. If these occur in the original (e.g. in written letters), they may be replaced by italics and accounted for after the quotation or in a general endnote.


Translations

  • In Anglophone submissions, please provide original Russian and other Slavic titles in Library of Congress transliteration (English translations may be given in parentheses).
  • If translated titles are used, the original title should be given in parentheses at least once at the first occurrence.
  • On translations and/in quotations, see above (under Quotations).
  • Please use anglicized forms for commonly known Russian geographical, historical names and terms, e.g. Moscow, Nicholas I, kolkhoz, perestroika, Tolstoyan, etc.

Punctuation and emphasis:

  • Use double quotes to mark words, concepts in a metalinguistic sense, in the case of words in Slavic languages in the original (and, where applicable, in Cyrillic), followed by the English translation in parentheses and double quotes.
  • In other cases, use double quotes sparingly, e.g. to indicate only strong conditionality of meaning.
  • Avoid unnecessary typographical emphasis: do not use, e.g., boldface, underlining ?r "????????" (word-spacing). Use only italics, if functional, in order to convey special intonation.

Endnotes

  • Endnotes should be used sparingly, and never for bibliographical references.
  • Number endnotes consecutively throughout the article, using superscript Arabic numbers.
  • Please place endnotes after punctuation signs.
  • Do not include endnotes in the Reference list.

Acknowledgements
Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the notes or references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as an endnote 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, acknowledgement of financial support, project framework, etc.).


References

  • Please provide a full list of references at the end of the article. References in the main text and endnotes (if any) are then made by author's name, (or publication title, if there is no author) year, semicolon, single space, and page number(s) in parentheses.
  • Please transliterate all references in Cyrillic into Latin. In the bibliography, please include first the reference in Latin, followed, on a new line, by the original in Cyrillic.
  • Please do not repeat the name if it is mentioned in the main text. Correct is, for example: 1) As Sapir has already noted: "All grammars leak" (1921: 37); 2) The well-known maxim "All grammars leak" (Sapir 1921: 37).
  • Please do not adapt bibliographical data in the references to our journal's standards -- e.g. do not change existing transliterations/transcriptions.
  • Please place 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): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2010.09.059 When you use a DOI to create links to documents on the web, the DOIs are guaranteed never to change.

Proofs

  • 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.

Interactive plots

This journal enables you to show an Interactive Plot with your article by simply submitting a data file. Full instructions.

Offprints

The corresponding author will, at no cost, receive 25 free paper offprints, or alternatively a customized Share Link providing 50 days free access to the final published version of the article on ScienceDirect. The Share Link can be used for sharing the article via any communication channel, including email and social media. 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. Corresponding authors who have published their article open access do not receive a Share Link as their final published version of the article is available open access on ScienceDirect and can be shared through the article DOI link.