For authors

The guidelines for submitting papers:

1. The authors submitting articles to the editorial office of “Voprosy Jazykoznanija” should follow the publication rules. See "Publication ethics" below.

2. The article is submitted in electronic form to the address It is also recommended to enclose non-standard fonts, if there are any. When using non-standard fonts, complex formatting, etc., the article is also submitted in PDF.

3. The author must also provide a signed copyright transfer agreement (for articles accepted for publication in accordance with the editorial board decision).

4. Information about the author should be provided in the accompanying letter: full name, affiliation (with a city, postal code and country), position, email address.

5. The materials already published or sent to the editorial offices of other journals will not be accepted.

6. Reviews should be sent to the editorial office preferably with a copy of the reviewed book (at the request of the reviewers, the book may be returned to them). Authors, members of the editorial board, reviewers and editors follow the above-stated rules.

Peer review process:

1. All materials submitted to the editorial office are selected on the basis of anonymous (“double blind”) independent peer review process and the decision of the editorial board of the journal.

2. Materials which do not correspond to relevant topics of the journal, are not reviewed.

3. All publications are free of charge for the authors.

4. The authors are notified of the dates of review and of the next meeting of the editorial board.

5. The editorial board makes a decision (to approve, to reject, to revise and resubmit) based on the reviewers’ comments.

6. The decision of the editorial board and the reviews are sent to the authors in electronic form.

7. In case of “revise and resubmit” decision, the corrected article undergoes a new reviewing process and is accepted for publication if the previous shortcomings are eliminated.

Publication ethics

1. Authorship

The manuscript is provided by the author in the editorial office of “Voprosy Jazykoznanija” journal along with information about himself/herself and all co-authors. The article should be submitted for the publication for the first time, it can not be published previously in another edition or submitted elsewhere for publication. The study on the basis of which the article is written must be original and new. Publication of unreliable information as well as plagiarism (i.e. publication under one’s name of another author’s work or borrowing fragments of other authors’ works without specifying the source of borrowing) are also inadmissible. The author reports on the financial support in conducting the research, renders thanks to all who contributed to writing of the article (including participation in preparatory studies).

2. Authors and their responsibility

The author undertakes to cooperate with the editorial board of the journal: to make changes, eliminate errors at the request of the editorial board; if the author notices errors in the article submitted for review, it is necessary to take measures for their prompt correction. The author guarantees correctness of the references and quotations, availability of all necessary permits to the results used in the article, facts and other borrowed materials, the copyright of which doesn’t belong to him/her. If the editorial board of the journal decides to publish an article (review, survey, chronicle), the author enters into a contract on the transfer of copyright to "Izdatel'stvo Nauka", while reserving the right to non-commercial use of the published material (placement on the website of the author or the employer).

3. Reviewers and their responsibility

The editorial office of “Voprosy Jazykoznanija” journal accepts papers corresponding to the relevant topics of the journal and arranges peer review process. The editorial board offers a wide range of experts as reviewers and ensures that the reviewers and the author don’t have conflict of interest. For a more objective assessment reviewers receive the article without the author’s name: anonymous independent peer review (double blind) is a common practice of the editorial office. The reviewer evaluates the scientific level of the material. Comments do not relate to personal qualities of authors: unethical and offensive comments are not allowed.

4. The editorial office, editorial board and their responsibility

The editorial board monitors compliance with publication ethics of the journal and ensures high scientific quality of published papers. The editorial board selects articles for publication in the journal and as a result of peer review process and collective discussion makes an informed decision of rejection or publication of the materials. Upon detection of errors and inaccuracies the editorial board requests the author to eliminate them, reserving the right to reject the material otherwise. The editorial board and the editorial office preserve anonymity of reviewers and don’t inform authors of the reviewers’ names. The editorial office is committed to perform high quality editing of articles accepted for publication.

The basic rules of the text layout:

The text of the article must be submitted in Microsoft Word for Windows format (.doc or .docx), font size 12, line spacing 1,5.

The title of the article should be followed by the abstract and keywords. The title and headings are given in bold.

1. The examples in the text are usually given in italics, and their translation in single or double angle quotes.

2. For emphasizing 2 pt spacing or bold is used, terms are highlighted by quotes (not italics).

3. Footnotes must be at the same page where the citation is given.

4. References to articles in the text are put in square brackets: [Иванов 1998]. After the year of issue a colon and page number(s) follow: [Иванов 1998: 35], or [Иванов 1998: 35-50], or [Иванов 1998: 35, 45, 50], or [Иванов 1998: 35 и сл.; Haspelmath 2008: 23 ff.]. To avoid mistakes, specify the initials of the author: [A. E. Кибрик 2003; A. A. Кибрик 2003]. If several works by the same author for the same year are mentioned in the References, alphabetic specifications should be used: [Иванов 1998a; 1998б; Bailyn 1995a, 1995b].

The basic rules of references presentation

1. The list of references is given at the end of the article and is arranged alphabetically. This list includes only the works mentioned in the text.

2. The references are presented as follows:

Name year – Last name, name, patronymic. The title of the monograph. City: publisher, year.

Name year – Last name, name, patronymic. The title of the article. The title of the journal. Year. No. A range of pages.

Name year – Last name, name, patronymic. The title of the article. The title of the collection. City: publisher, year. A range of pages.

Thus, “a code of the work” should be presented (last name, year of issue of the cited work). If there are more than two authors, it is permissible to mention only one author plus "и др." or "et al.". "A сode" of the collection or another similar publication may be the name of the editor (or editors) or the abbreviated name of the collection.

In the bibliography typed in Latin characters all sources (titles of monographs, collections, and journals) should be italicized. Names of publishing houses are written with capitals. Those words writing of which with a capital letter is determined by spelling rules of the corresponding language (e.g. names of languages in English) are also written with capitals.

Examples of presentation


Aikhenvald 2004 – Aikhenvald, A. Yu. Evidentiality. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

articles from a journal:

Tatevosov 2011 – Tatevosov S. Severing perfectivity from the verb. Scando-Slavica. 2011. Vol. 57. No. 2. Pp. 216–244.

Barr et al. 2013 – Barr D. J., Levy R., Scheepers C., Tily H. J. Random effects structure for confirmatory hypothesis testing: Keep it maximal. Journal of memory and language. 2013. Vol. 68. No. 3. Pp. 255–278.

articles from a collection:

Coulmas 1986 – Coulmas F. Reported speech: Some general issues. Direct and indirect speech: A functional study. Coulmas F. (ed.). New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 1986. Pp. 1–28.