Editorial Policies


RLJ publishes scholarly work on the study and teaching of Russian language and culture, comparative and interdisciplinary research in Russian language, language policy, applied and theoretical linguistics, culture, and the acquisition of Russian as a second language. Pedagogical articles reporting on experimental research results and/or empirically-based evaluations are also encouraged and invited. Research articles should clearly identify the research questions, methods, background literature, results, and implications of the work. Notwithstanding the general scope of RLJ as a scholarly journal, from time to time, and at the Editor's discretion, articles providing a perspective on a particular theoretical or applied issue may be considered. All articles submitted to RLJ should include adequate documentation, providing credit to primary sources, and relevance to current research.

External Review Process

Journal submissions should be crafted without revealing the author's identity in the body of the work or the bibliographic references. Each submission that meets the overall eligibility criteria for RLJ publication will be reviewed anonymously by at least two external evaluators, who recommend as to whether a submission is accepted or rejected. The acceptance of any article is the decision of the Editor of RLJ, in consultation with the reviewers, editorial staff, and editorial board, as need be.

Manuscript Length

Manuscripts are generally no more than 7,000 words in length. Authors interested in submitting longer manuscripts are encouraged to contact the Editor to discuss article length and subject matter prior to submission.


RLJ is a refereed bilingual annual publication. Contributions may be written in either English or Russian.

Citations and References

A list of references follows each manuscript, alphabetized by the last name of the authors; citations are linked to this list. The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, 2010, provides guidelines on bibliographic forms. In order to assist in the editing process, authors should provide all necessary bibliographic information at the time of submission.

Manuscript Preparation

RLJ will accept manuscripts that are neatly typed with one-inch margins on all sides, double-spaced. Notes and references follow the body of the paper. RLJ observes The Chicago Manual of Style and the simplified U.S. Library of Congress system of transliteration from Cyrillic, when necessary. RLJ recommends that potential contributors consult the SEEJ Style Sheet at AATSEEL Style Sheet


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the editor at the e-mail address rlj@americancouncils.org as an MS Word attachment no later than May 1 to be considered for the December issue. All manuscripts will be acknowledged; authors are notified within six months whether/when their manuscripts will be published. It is the author's responsibility to obtain and document permission to include copyrighted illustrations in the work. Any illustrations (including tables and charts) must be submitted in camera-ready format, in black and white. If this is not possible, the costs involved for any graphics preparation will be the author's responsibility. The author will cover the costs associated with any requested changes made to submissions already typeset. Electronic documents must be in .doc format. An additional copy of the document may be requested in .pdf format, in case the article contains charts or graphics that may become distorted during electronic transfer of MS Word documents. Authors must submit the following as separate files:

A title page, with the article's title, and the name, institutional affiliation, and contact information of all authors (e-mail and physical mailing address). For articles with multiple authors, please indicate which author should receive correspondence.

An abstract of no more than 200 words.

The body of the article. This file may not contain any references to the authors, and must have a running header at the top of each page with the title of the article. All figures, notes, and references should follow the main body of the text.


RLJ considers only original work for publication. In submitting an article to RLJ, the author(s) certify that neither the manuscript nor any substantially similar version of the work is currently being considered or has been published elsewhere.

Rights and Reprints

In agreeing to publish an article in RLJ, author(s) assign all rights to RLJ. Two off-prints of the published manuscript and one complete copy of the RLJ issue in which the work appears will be provided to the author(s).

Back Issues

Back issues of Volumes I to LIV (Nos. 1-179) are sold out and no longer available; microfilm copies of these back issues may be purchased from:

300 North Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106

All subsequent issues can be obtained from the editor's office.


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