Peer Review

1.All articles submitted to the editors of The Lower Volga Archaeological Bulletin undergo peer review.

2.The Associate Editor checks the сompliance of the submitted article with the  journal’s scope, content, style and format requirements, and then hands it over to the editorial board, which decides upon the research quality of the manuscript.

3.If the submitted article meets the aforementioned criteria, the Editor sends it to the Editorial Board for peer review.

The review process usually takes 1 month.

4.The journal uses double-blind review, which means that the authors' identities and institutional affiliations are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.

5. The review process is external. The reviewer cannot be represented by the author or co-author of the peer-reviewed manuscripts, nor by an employee of the organization where they are affiliated.

6.The reviewer evaluates the topicality and novelty of the research results submitted, their theoretical and practical significance, references. The reviewer provides the editor with an overall recommendation:

a)the article should be accepted

b)the article needs revisions and may be resubmitted

с)the article should be rejected (mentioning the reasons).

7.The author of the submitted article is given an opportunity to read the text of the review which is e-mailed to the author; the expert remains anonymous.

If the reviewer recommends major or minor revisions, the editor sends a decision letter to the author suggesting that recommendations should be accepted for a revised variant of the article or rejected argumentatively.

7а.The list of reviewer’s recommendations that may be the reason for the rejection of the manuscript:

- absence of references;

- material reduplication (publishing the material or its major part in other journals)

- absence or uncertainty of the conclusion;

- absence of abstract, key words and other obligatory parts within the structure of the article.

8.If the article is rejected, the information containing comments is e-mailed to the author.

9.The final decision on publication is made by the Chief Editor taking into consideration the reviewer’s recommendations, research significance of the paper and its fitting to the journal scope. The rejected article cannot be resubmitted to the journal.

10.When the editorial board’s decision on publication is made, the executive secretary informs the author about the decision and probable date of publication.

11. Original reviews are kept in the editorial office of the journal and in the publishing house for 5 years.