1. Conditions of acceptance of authors' materials for publication.
Only authors materials, that have never been published before, are acceptable for publication in the almanac Traditional Culture, such as research papers, discussions, collections of folklore texts from archives, surveys, reviews, or chronicles of scholarly life, which correspond to the thematic content of the almanac.
By referring a paper to the Editorial Board, the author accepts automatically a publication in the almanac “Traditional Culture” and submitting to the Russian Scientific Citation Index and other scientometric systems of his personal data (family and given names, scholarly degree and rank, place on employment and position, postal address and phone number of the place of employment, e-mail.
Authors material, referred to the Editorial Board, must conform to the Rules of Article Formatting.
The length of an original paper should not exceed 40000 characters including spaces.
Publication of all academic papers and materials in Traditional Culture is free of charge and honorariums are not provided.
2. Rules of peer-review procedure.
By submitting a paper to the editorial board, the author automatically gives his/her consent for the peer-review procedure.
All research papers received by the editorial board for publication are peer-reviewed.
The review procedure serves to confirm papers and materials adequacy to generally recognized requirements of the scholarly community, to give a comprehensive and impersonal evaluation of the submitted papers and materials, based on the analysis of their advantages and defects.
The review process is conducted by the members of the editorial board of Traditional Culture, which are recognized specialists in the thematic sphere of the reviewed materials and have published scholarly papers of the thematic of the reviewed materials during recent 3 years.
The review procedure of articles and materials in Traditional Culture is conducted for free.
3. The order of the review procedure.
The editor-in-chief gets acquainted with all the research articles that are submitted to the Editorial Board and creates the portfolio of the edition. If an article does not correspond to the almanac’s specification or to the requirements for academic papers published in the almanac, the editor-in-chief sends a written substantiated refusal to the author with an explanation of rejection.
The editor-in-chief and the vice editor-in-chief editor select a group of reviewers from the editorial board for each almanac issue, aiming to eliminate a conflict of interest by this practice. Each paper is referred for peer-review procedure to at least two members of editorial board.
Traditional Culture combines principles of both an open and blind review procedure.
Reviewers are notified that the manuscripts sent to them are the intellectual property of the authors and that the information within them is confidential and is forbidden to be divulged.
The Editorial Board provides copies of the reviews or substantiated refusal to the authors.
If the article needs to be revised after the review procedure, the date when the revised version of the article is submitted is considered as the article’s date of submission.. The Editorial Board reserves the right to refuse publication of an article in cases when the author of the article is unable to or doesn't want to take into consideration the reviewers' wishes.
The original copies of reviews are stored in the archive of the Almanac for five years and can be provided on request to expert councils of the Highest State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation .
4. The content of review.
A review in free form reflects the following:
— correspondence of the article's title to the article's content;
— relevance of the questions discussed in the article;
— scholarly novelty and an evaluation of author's original input;
— an analysis of the style of presentation, the accuracy of usage of theoretical statements and terminological vocabulary;
— validity of conclusions and their correspondence to the research goals;
— concrete notes on the article's strong points and weakness, suggestions of corrections and supplementations of the article, which should be taken into consideration by its author.
The reviewer must give concrete recommendations:
— about the possibility of publishing the article in its submitted form;
— about the possibility of publishing the article after the authors' own revision and/or after the editorial revision;
— or to the reject of publication of this article.
5. The order of articles' publication.
The final decision about publication of materials is made during the Editorial Board’s session after a discussion of all the reviews, which is noted in the editorial board’s session minutes. In case of a conflict the editor-in-chief makes the final decision.
The Editorial Board does not take responsibility about the time of publication of submitted and accepted portfolio materials. Articles and materials in the almanac are published according to the established tradition of journal section. Every Almanac issue has constant sections, i. e. discussions, chronicle of scientific process, surveys, reviews, articles written for anniversaries, etc. But the basis of each issue consists of different thematic and problematic sections which are formed on the basis on the research papers submitted to the editorial board. They represent the range of problems in folklore and traditional culture studies which are relevant in the concrete time period and which reflect the most significant directions for Russian researchers and their colleagues abroad.
Editor-in-chief of the Scholarly Almanac
“The Traditional Culture” Vladimir Klyaus