For authors

Instructions for contributors

1. General instructions

Editorial board accepts for submission only original articles from the area of philology as well as area Rusistics which have not been yet published (it also applies at mutations of the texts in foreign language and translations) and whose authors have no intent to publish elsewhere in future. Surveys are accepted in Russian, in exceptional cases approved by the editorial board also in Czech or Slovak languages. Other articles can be written in any Slavonic or world languages.

Manuscripts are accepted exclusively in electronic form in formats .doc, .docx, .rtf or .odt.

Authors of the articles will provide affiliation in English: name and surname, institution (department, faculty, university) and e-mail. Authors are not permitted to publish under another name, anonymously or under pseudonym.

Editorial board reserves the right to require editing the article in the required formal format by the author. Moreover it reserves the right to decline publishing of the paper a) if it counters the ethical and moral principles listed on the journal website, b) if the author refuses to follow the required formal format of the article, c) if the paper is of apparent low orthographic level d) if the author refuses to incorporate objections of the review process into the article. Final decision on publishing or not publishing the paper lies solely in the hands of the editor in chief of the journal.

Articles are invited by e-mail at the editorial office address:

prof. PhDr. Ivo Pospíšil, DrSc. (Editor in Chief)


Mgr. Josef Šaur, Ph.D. (Managing Editor)


The deadline for sending manuscripts of peer-reviewed articles is February 28, and for non-peer-reviewed articles, it is April 30 for the first issues and September 30 and October 31 for the second issues.

2. Formal requirements on the manuscripts and their placement into the sections

Articles are published in four sections: Surveys and Marginalia – maximal extent of 12 standard pages*, Reviews and Informatorium – maximal extent of 5 standard pages. Editorial boar reserves the right to ask the author to shorten the article in case of exciding the scope or, on the other hand, in justified cases, provide a longer paper. 

*[Standard page  is  an abstract unit based on the past typing machine standard: 30 lines with 60 characters, e.g. 1800 characters spaces included (which corresponds with 250 words or 0.5 of page A4 by characters with fond 12 and spacing 1.5.]

Surveys have to be accompanied by abstract in English (with extent of max. one standard page), title in English and key words (min. 5) in English, which are provided prior the survey. Surveys submitted to the editorial board in Czech or Slovak languages have to be accompanied besides the abstract, title and key words in English also by the abstract, key words and title in Russian.

Contributions to the section Marginalia have to be accompanied by title and a short summary (app. ⅓ of a standard page) (both in English), conversely key words and title in the foreign language are not provided. This section publishes shorter treatises on partial issues, surveys etc.

Review has to contain full bibliography quotation (author, title, place of issue, year of issue, optionally number of pages, publisher, ISBN etc.). Reviews can comprise both monographs and journals etc. Reviews can be both individual and also multiple (usually thematically related monographs or more monographs written by one author).

In section Informatorium, important news from the field of study is published, commemoration of various anniversaries and jubilees, profiles, obituaries, conference and workshop invitations as well as news from them.

Other contributions (discussions, polemics, comments, criticism, article feedback, furthermore interviews, short informative reviews and all other materials) are placed by its character in sections Marginalia, Reviews or Informatorium.

Treatises in the section Surveys are reviewed anonymously by two independent reviewers, other sections are not reviewed (details on the review process can be found on the web).

3. Recommendations for word processing and proofreading

In the text of the submitted paper, it is recommended:

  • not to indent using spaces,
  • avoid manual line breaks,
  • align text to the left flag without hyphenation,
  • separate paragraphs by a line without paragraph indents,
  • use a single font and font size,
  • separate paragraphs by the skipped row,
  • highlight exclusively by italics, bold, exceptionally bold italics; underlining and tracking are not permitted,
  • create footnotes using the automatic function.

Journal is produced in LaTeX system, not in Word, therefore all simplifying and automatic editing (except for footnotes), even if carried out in good faith, mean further obstructions for the typesetter’s work.

Editorial board carries out only systematic typographic editing of the text, proofreading is not carried out; nevertheless the editing board reserves the right for all language, orthographic, stylistic, formal or other changes to the paper. All performed changes can be assessed by the author during author’s page proofreading, which is performed in all the contributions based on the submitted PDF (proofreading is done in electronic form; just in justified cases proofreading can be done in paper form). If large number of proofreading or more significant changes applies, second author’s proofreading can be performed.

If the article contains strange, special or unusual characters (accents in Cyrillic, Old Slavonic, phonetic transcription, oriental or exotic languages etc.), corresponding font has to be attached. In these cases, it is recommended to submit the text also in PDF format for checking. The same applies if the text contains pictures, charts, graphs and other graphic elements. Pictures should be sent separately not to lose the level of quality during compression e.g. in Word.

4. Bibliographical references and footnotes

Due to the requirements of the international databases, it is necessary to list all the bibliographic references in the text as well as at its end in transliteration into the Latin alphabet (even in the texts in Cyrillic). Transliteration is carried out by the editing board in accordance with uniform rules. Author of the submitted text, therefore submits the references in original, nontransliterated form.

Please list bibliographical references collectively at the end of the article in the following form:

  • monograph: SURNAME, J. (year): Title of the book. Place of issue.
  • Journal article: SURNAME, J. (YEAR): Title of the article. X (year), year, no. Y, s. extent of pages.
  • Contribution in proceedings: SURNAME, J. (year): Title of the article. In: EDITOR, E. (ed.): Title of the proceedings. Place of issue, s. extent of pages.
  • URL: <>. [online] [cit. DD.MM.YYYY]

Other online materials are cited as monographs or articles, always containing the date of the last assess (e.g. SURNAME, J. (year): Title of the article. Title of the journal. Year. Number. <>. [online] [cit. DD.MM.YYYY])

In the text of the article itself, references are cited in shortened version:

[SURNAME YEAR, extent of pages]

If the year of the issue or there are not listed pages, station is as follows:

[SURNAME First word of the title…, extent of pages]

[First word of the title …, extent of pages]

[SURNAME First word of the title …]

In the list of literature, please refer only to the sources referenced in the text of the article.

Footnotes should be used only for additional information or digression not for references. Notes (or explanations) at the end of the paper are not used, same as marginal notes on the edges.

Bibliographical references are transliterated according to the transliteration rules used by the National Library of the Czech Republic. It is possible to use the following web application for the transliteration:

5. Complimentary copies

Editorial board sends complimentary and review copies in electronic form (PDF format). Only on the request two copies are sent to the authors of surveys and one copy to all other authors. Electronic versions of all contributions suitable for downloading/printing are available in Digital Library of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University (

6. Publication fees

The journal does not require authors to pay for any publication fees.