Slavic Review is a peer-reviewed journal featuring new scholarship, in any discipline, concerning eastern and east central Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, past and present. We seek original and significant new research that also explores conceptual and analytical themes with potential resonance across fields and disciplines.
Manuscripts for consideration should be prepared according to the following guidelines:
- Submitted by post or courier in two double-spaced copies as well as an electronic copy - sent as a Word document in an email attachment, not a PDF.
- Length: We welcome manuscripts of approximately 9,000 words of text, with footnotes of approximately 3,000 words. Submissions that are significantly under or over this length will not be considered. Please indicate the word count (with and without notes) on the cover page of the manuscript.
- Anonymity: the text should be prepared without information indicating the identity of the author, as manuscripts are sent to outside readers in anonymous form-this includes acknowledgment of your institution, references to your own work (as in “see my article...”), etc.
- A removable cover page should include the author’s name and contact information, manuscript length, and a brief abstract of the paper.
- Notes: submitted manuscripts may use either humanities-style notes or the author-date-bibliography system, though accepted articles will need to be revised to conform to Slavic Review's house style.
- Library of Congress transliteration and the Chicago Manual of Style are to be followed.
- We cannot consider materials that are being considered for publication elsewhere or have been published previously, in any language or in any form, including electronic.
- Slavic Review is the journal of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Membership in ASEEES is required for publication for authors residing in the United States.
- Ordinarily, we are able to report back to authors about their submissions within four months.
- Submissions will not be returned.
- If you have questions, you may contact the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit (with a cover letter that includes both your postal and your e-mail contact information) to:
Harriet L. Murav, Editor
1207 W. Oregon Street
Urbana, IL 61801-3716
We welcome thematic clusters of articles on a common topic, as they often have an analytical synergy that can be very appealing to our wide array of readers. Organizers wishing to propose clusters are encouraged to read recent thematic clusters published in Slavic Review. In their proposals to the Editor, they should describe the problem, issue, or phenomenon that the cluster articles will examine, explaining the conceptual and analytical themes to be discussed, and showing their potential resonance across fields and disciplines.
Because Slavic Review can accommodate no more than seven articles per issue, and we need to leave space for individual articles that are outside any special topic, thematic clusters generally have no more than four papers. (We only feature one thematic cluster per issue.) In addition, a possible introduction or comment highlights the larger interpretive, conceptual, and theoretical issues at stake, including their potential value outside Slavic studies, and facilitates reading for scholars outside of the particular areas, topics, and disciplines of the papers-this is, of course, essential for a cross-area and interdisciplinary journal like Slavic Review.
Each article will be evaluated to see whether it is acceptable for publication on its own merits. Thus all manuscripts should be prepared according to the standard guidelines above, with a line included in each submission’s cover letter indicating that it is part of a proposed cluster. Because of this dual consideration of each article both individually and as part of the thematic whole of the cluster, and because we can only publish four clusters per year, the time to publication can be substantially longer than for standalone articles.
Before articles are submitted, cluster organizers should send their proposals to the Editor.
We will need a final electronic version (a Word document, not a PDF) and an identical paper copy (unless the editor advised you that this is not required). Please be sure that the paper copy and the electronic file match exactly. This final copy should be doubled-spaced, include the article title and your name as you wish to see it in print at the top, and present all references as footnotes.
Please send the following when you submit your final manuscript (electronic-only is fine):
(1) a 150-word abstract of your essay, including within this text (not as a separate list) the keywords and thesis of your article. Abstracts will appear in the front of the issue and on our Web page (www.slavicreview.illinois.edu/);
(2) a 50- to 75-word biographical sketch about yourself for our “Contributors” page. This should include your rank and affiliation and may also include publications and current research.
Send electronic files as e-mail attachments in MS Word. If images or tables are included, please groups these in a file separate from the text.
Very important style and formatting issues to keep in mind:
- If you used an in-text citation system (allowable while the manuscript is in review) please convert these to footnotes following The Chicago Manual of Style. Do not place footnotes in the middle of sentences or use more than one footnote within a sentence. Footnotes must follow periods at the end of the sentences.
- Please double-check your manuscript to ensure that first names are provided for all individuals when they are first mentioned.
- Dates should have the format October 26, 1879.
- For all transliterations, we use the Library of Congress system.
- For Russian, please ensure that soft and hard signs are included in both words and names (excluding final hard signs); for titles or quotations in the old orthography, please make sure that your usage is consistent throughout (either modernize or transliterate in the old form).
- For place-names, we follow Webster’s (e.g. Moscow, Warsaw, Belgrade). For borderlands, notably Ukraine, we recognize that conventions are changing: spellings may vary by the language used in your sources. Consistency within your article is essential, however (if you have questions, contact the managing editor).
- Publishers should not be included in bibliographic information in notes, only place and year of publication. To avoid confusion, for books published in Cambridge, indicate either “Cambridge, Eng.” or “Cambridge, Mass.”
- Archival references need a brief description of the contents (in parentheses) after the first reference to a specific folder or delo. When appropriate, you may also wish to identify individual documents. Simply listing numbers is inadequate, as these can change.
If images are an essential component of your article, we are happy to include them. These should be submitted as TIFF or JPEG files at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. Do not place image files in your text document. Submit scans of each image (on a CD, not by e-mail) and printouts of the images with their captions and source credits. In the text, close to where each image is discussed, be sure to indicate where each image should appear (e.g., <Figure 1 near here>). It is your responsibility to secure any needed permissions (for print and electronic publication) and document these to us in writing. Obtaining proper permissions can take up to a year, so please contact permission holders as early as possible - ideally, before you first submit your article.
Timing and contact information: We begin editing issues about six months before they are published. After your article has been copyedited, you will receive it back for review. You will normally have seven to ten days in which to review and return your article. Approximately one month later, you will receive page proofs of your article to review as a PDF, again with about seven days to turn these around. Please plan ahead, so you do not delay publication of an entire issue. When reviewing proofs, you will be offered the opportunity to order reprints of your article. In any case, we will send you one complimentary copy of the bound issue in which your article is published, and, if you would like, we can also provide an electronic copy of the final PDF of your article. Please keep us advised of your schedule between now and the date of publication, and let us know where you would like us to send the final bound copy of the issue containing your article.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dmitry Tartakovsky, the Managing Editor, at email@example.com or by phone at (217) 333-3621. We look forward to working with you and to seeing your article in the pages of Slavic Review. Thank you!