Author selection strategy

Author selection strategy

In Russia, the “Vestnik of Saint Petersburg University. Language and Literature” is a reputable scientific edition in such fields as philology, linguistics, journalism and interdisciplinary humanities; in perspective, it strives to gain the appropriate international reputation in the expert community. This objective implies invitation of leading scholars from Russia and abroad to take part in the publishing activity of the Vestnik as authors on the basis of exigent competitive selection of submitted works peer-reviewed by independent and efficient experts; it also provides open access to the electronic publications of the Vestnik in the Internet. Such editorial politics should increase the scientific rating of the Vestnik in Russian (RISC) and, in perspective, in reputable foreign scientometric data bases (Web of Science, Scopus).

The Editorial board welcomes authors from North-West Russia; in a sense, the Vestnik is the herald of research activities of the region. Equally, the Board welcomes and encourages works of young scholars not yet established in the sphere of academic research. However, Russian authors, St Petersburg University professors and young scholars among them, do not have any selective advantage and take part in the competitive selection on a universal basis.

Regulations for authors

The Vestnik takes all works submitted for consideration. All submitted works go through double anonymous reviewing, whereupon the editorial board either accepts or declines the work. The only guideline of selecting a work for publication is its scientific significance. No paid publications are provided. No royalties are paid.

Authors receive letters from the executive secretary of the Vestnik on the following schedule:

  • to notify that the works is taken for consideration;
  • to notify that the work is approved for publication, or declined, or needs some improvement (in case the work is approved for publication, the licence contract is provided);
  • to notify that the work enters the next issue of the Vestnik;
  • to notify that the issue layout with the author’s work is completed (including the electronic offprint).

St. Petersburg University Press coordinates interaction with authors in the process of editing, proof-reading and designing of their works.