Authors’ Guidelines

About the Journal

Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Language and Literature is a peer-reviewed academic journal, which publishes research papers, research notes, review articles, book reviews, letters — all kinds of scientific publications reflecting results of research work in the field of humanities, mainly language and literary studies, those that correspond with the current state of the science, are free from ideological clichés and biases, use various scientific paradigms, introduce new sources, are prepared at the academic level, and create a basis for a scholarly discussion. You can find more information about the editorial policies of the journal in the “About the Journal” section.

Please note that the journal publishes papers in both Russian and English.

The Journal welcomes article submissions and does not charge a publication fee.

The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject a manuscript without review if it does not comply with journal’s specified rules, standards and requirements.


The Editorial Board, sharing the principles formulated by the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE), strives to maintain the highest standards of scientific publication. Every article is first screened by the editor in order to determine whether it follows the journal’s guidelines; then it is subjected to double-blind peer review. You can find more information about the Journal’s peer-review policies and publication ethics in the “For Authors” section.

Publication ethics: Authors

Author, when submitting a manuscript, guarantees that the text is original and the paper has not been previously published or accepted for publication, nor is being considered for publication elsewhere.

Upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication, the authors will be asked to sign an exclusive license agreement with St. Petersburg State University, which will give the publisher right to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format; you will find the text of the license agreement in the “For Authors” section.

Preparation of the article

The length of the manuscript

There is a limit to the length of the works that can be submitted to the Journal: the length of articles (including review papers) must be from 16,000 to 32,000 characters with spaces, short pieces and event reports—from 5,000 to 8,000 characters with spaces, reviews—from 2,000 to 4,000 characters with spaces, letters—from 1,000 to 2 000 characters with spaces. Please note that, when calculating the total number of characters, we include the text of the article, footnotes and endnotes, as well as the abstract, keywords, and all illustrative material.

Typescript requirements

Authors are encouraged to use special template file in .dotx format, which can be downloaded from our website. If you prefer not to use templates, please follow the principles set forth below when preparing your text. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, it will undergo academic and literary editing and will be typeset in accordance with the journal’s layout requirements.

Submission requirements

  1. The manuscript should be submitted as one file in .docx format and include the following parts in the following order: information about the author in Russian and English (see the “Information about the Author” section), article title, abstract and keywords in Russian and English (see the “Title”, “Abstract”, and “Keywords” sections respectively), the text of the article, and the list of at least three suggested reviewers for the article, with their full names, affiliation and contacts.
  2. The name of the file should be the author’s last name in Latin characters.
  3. If the text of the article uses non-standard fonts, complex formatting, etc., the manuscript should be submitted both in .docx format and .pdf format. Font files for the special fonts used in the article should be submitted as separate files.
  4. If the article uses graphics, each image should be submitted as a separate file (see the “Tables, Figures, Graphs” section). The name of the file should be “the author’s last name in Latin characters, space, Pic, item number in numerical order”.

Page layout, font, and margins

The manuscript should be typed using Times New Roman, font size 12, 1.5 lines spacing, with 2.5 cm margins, justified text, font colour: black; first-line indentation for the first paragraph of a section should be 1.5 cm on the left, for subsequent paragraphs inside the section—0 cm.

Information about the author

  1. The text of the manuscript must be anonymized for the purposes of double-blind peer review; in particular, it is not permitted to directly mention your authorship when referring to your previously published works (for example, phrases like “as we found out earlier…”).
  2. All the information about the author should be provided on the first page of the submitted manuscript.
  3. Information about the author should include the following: the full name of the author (if the name is not originally written in Latin characters, its transliteration with Latin characters should be provided); academic degree; job title, affiliation; legal address of the organization in Russian and English; author’s email address; author’s contact phone number with the city code; author’s personal identification codes (SPIN, AuthorID for the Russian Science Citation Index, ResearcherID, and Scopus AuthorID, if available); in case of several authors, all the information mentioned above should be provided for each of them.

UDC code

In the upper left corner of the second page of the manuscript (where the main body of the text begins) the UDC code should be placed, which accurately reflects the subject of the article.


The title should be written in bold letters; only the first letter of the title and the first letters of proper names should be capitalized. The title of the article should be given both in Russian and English.


The abstract should precede the main body of the text and should be graphically separated from it; the length of the abstract should be no less than 250 and no more than 300 words; the abstract should allow readers to get a clear idea about the subject of research, its methodology and the findings and conclusions, achieved by the author. The abstract should be written both in Russian and English.


Keywords should follow the abstract, precede the main text of the article and be graphically separated from both; the purpose of keywords is to help readers find your article, so the number of keywords should be between 5 and 10; the keywords should include two words from the title of the article. Keywords should be given both in Russian and English.

Section headings

Only the first letter of the heading and the first letters of proper names should be capitalized; the manuscript can have up to five levels of headings, which should be formatted accordingly:

  1. Level 1 headings (for example, Introduction, Conclusions, etc.) should appear in bold on a separate line;
  2. Level 2 headings should appear in bold italics on a separate line;
  3. Level 3 headings should appear in italics on a separate line;
  4. Level 4 headings should appear in bold italics at the start of the paragraph; the text of the paragraph should immediately follow the punctuation mark after the heading;
  5. Level 5 headings should appear in italics at the start of the paragraph; the text of the paragraph should immediately follow the punctuation mark after the heading.

Tables, figures, and graphs

  1. Tables should appear at the final part of the manuscript, after the main body of the text (a table with a large number of rows can be continued on the next page); figures and graphs should be submitted as separate files.
  2. Right after the main body paragraph, where a particular table, figure or graph is mentioned for the first time, there should be inserted a note, for example, [Table 1 near here], on a separate line.
  3. The data presented in the table, figure or graph should be comprehensible without reference to the main text of the manuscript and should not be repeated there.
  4. Each table, figure or graph should have a title typed in the same format as the main text; the title should appear at the top of the item and should not be graphically separated from it.
  5. The items should be numbered consecutively, using Arabic numerals; if there is only one item, it should not be numbered.
  6. Notes and captions for tables, figures and graphs, if needed, should be formatted as follows: Times New Roman; size 10; 1.5 lines spacing; left-justified alignment.
  7. Figures and charts should be submitted as separate files in .jpg or .tif format; the minimum size is 100х100 mm; resolution 300–600 dpi; only black-and-white images will be accepted.

Spelling and punctuation

  1. The British spelling should be used consistently throughout the manuscript.
  2. In all cases but those when you need to give a range of numbers, use an em dash (—) (Ctrl + Alt + “minus” on NumPad).
  3. In all cases when you need quotation marks, use double angle quotation marks (« »); if you need to quote something within a quotation, use curly quotation marks (“ ”).


The manuscript should conform to the requirements of academic writing style.


  1. Quotations of less than three lines should be given in the main text in double angle quotation marks (« »).
  2. Quotations of more than three lines should start on a new line and be indented 2 cm from the left margin, without quotation marks; Times New Roman, size 10.
  3. References to the quotations should be included in the text right after the end of the quote parenthetically (see the “References and bibliography” section below).

Examples and emphasis

  1. In-text examples should appear in italics, and their translations—in regular font, in double angle quotation marks (« »); translation from all languages with the exception of Russian and English is required.
  2. The meaning of linguistic examples should be set off with single quotation marks     (‘ ’).
  3. For emphasis of words and phrases in the text, use either bold or bold italic styles, depending on the style of the rest of the text; do not apply underline formatting.

Page numbering

Page numbers should be centred at the bottom of each page (using the page footer).

Dates and numbers

  1. Dates should be given in the following format: 5 August 1982.
  2. Numbers from 1 to 10 inclusive are written as full words; numbers 11 and over should be written as numbers.
  3. Centuries should be written in Roman numerals: XXI; decades — in the following format: 1980s.

Names of people

  1. A person’s first name (and patronymic, if applicable) should only appear in the text when it is mentioned for the first time, in the form of initials preceding the person’s last name (except in cases when the manuscript mentions several people with the same last name).
  2. Initials should be separated from each other and the person’s last name with non-breaking spaces (Ctrl + Shift + Space).
  3. Where it is needed, the information about a person’s years of birth and death should be provided in the text right after the first mention of his/her name parenthetically, years separated by an en dash without spaces, for example: F. F. Fortunatov (1848–1914).

Titles of works

Work titles—both in Cyrillic and Latin characters—should be enclosed by double angle quotation marks (« »).


  1. All lists should be formatted using MS Word tool.
  2. Lists that are not part of a higher-level list should be formatted as numbered lists, with a 1.5 cm indent from the left margin.
  3. Lists within a larger, numbered multilevel list should be formatted as a bulleted lists, with a 2.0 cm indent from the left margin.

References and bibliography: Footnotes

We recommend using footnotes as sparingly as possible; if you absolutely need a footnote, please format it using the Insert Footnote tool in MS Word; footnotes should be numbered consecutively and be formatted as follows: Times New Roman; size 10; 1.5 lines spacing; left-justified alignment.

References and bibliography: Endnotes

  1. Since the editorial policies of the journal require transliteration of cited references and translation of all cited sources into English, the author, if his/her manuscript is accepted for publication, will need—for the purpose of faster and more accurate processing of bibliographic information during the publication cycle—to prepare the reference list using a corresponding template from the online version of EndNote; you will find a guide for entering bibliographic information into EndNote in the “For Authors” section. Initial submission of the work for publication does not require working with EndNote, but we strongly recommend using EndNote even at this stage; the requirements provided below should be followed in any case.
  2. The authors who are already familiar with EndNote can request access to the bibliographic database of the journal’s issues (started in 2015), which is stored on this platform and is regularly updated; using this database, you will be able to check if the publications cited by you have already been entered into EndNote and thus save your time and effort at the final stage of your manuscript preparation.
  3. The references should appear after the main body of the article as a numbered list, arranged alphabetically by author’s last name; several works by the same author should be listed under his/her last name and sorted chronologically, from the most recent to the earliest year of publication; first, Russian language sources should be listed, then sources in other languages in the following order: languages using Cyrillic characters; languages using Latin characters; Arabic scrip; Chinese hieroglyphs, and others.
  4. The reference list should be preceded by the title “References”. The list of source materials should be placed after the reference list and be preceded by the title “Sources”. The list of abbreviations and acronyms used in the text of the article should follow the sources list; it should be preceded by the title “Abbreviations”.
  5. References cited in the text should be enclosed in square brackets and contain the last name of the author: [Bakhtin]; if several works of the same author are used in the manuscript, the in-text reference should include the author’s last name and the publication year of the work: [Bakhtin, 1963]; if there are several works published by the same author in the same year, the year should be followed by a Latin letter, corresponding to the alphabetic order of such works in the reference list: [Bakhtin, 1963а]; page numbers should be included for quotations: [Bakhtin, p. 25]; detailed description of required reference style can be found in clauses 7.5.1—7.5.4 of the government standard GOST R 7.0.5-2008.

References to contemporary mass media sources should use conventional abbreviations and acronyms [Ros. gaz. 2016. No. 136], [NTV; Russia 1; Russia K], etc.

Submitting the manuscript

The manuscript prepared in accordance with all the rules specified above should be sent to journal's email address: