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Review procedure

1.     All research articles submitted to Voprosy obrazovaniya / Educational Studies (Moscow) will be reviewed by the Editorial Board to ensure that they fall within the scope of the subject matter treated by the journal and to verify that they comply with all formal editorial requirements. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject articles that do not comply with the journal’s requirements. In such instances the Editorial Board will not engage in polemics with the author concerning the reasons for rejection.

2.     Submissions that pass initial review by the Editorial Board will be subject to a double-blind peer review by an expert in the field in which the research was conducted. The reviewer may a member of the Editorial Council or an external expert. The journal’s list of potential reviewers is approved and maintained by the Editorial Board.

3.     The reviewer’s report on the submission shall typically include:

a.      a general evaluation of the research conducted and the paper’s argument, methodology and claims;
b.     a principal judgment on whether the submission is suitable for publication;
c.      a list of major errors or flaws, particularly in the author’s methodology;
d.     suggestions for improvement.

4.     At the discretion of the Editorial Board, the reviewer’s comments may be forwarded in part or in full to the author. Reviewers will be asked to provide one of the following recommendations:

a.      publish with no major changes;
b.     publish pending revision and approval by the Editorial Board (in this case the reviewer should provide suggestions for revision, specifying which changes are optional and which are compulsory);
c.      subject to a second double-blind peer review;
d.     ask the author to revise and resubmit;
e.      reject outright.

5.     After the peer review process, the members of the Editorial Board will evaluate the article in light of the reviewer’s report. At that time they will decide whether to reject the article, request that that the author develop it further, or publish it.

6.     Upon arriving at an affirmative decision on whether to publish an article, the Editorial Board will add the work in question to the editorial portfolio, where it will await publication in an upcoming issue. The author of the work in question will be notified when this happens.

7.     When an article is rejected, the author will be notified in writing by the journal’s executive secretary.

8.     When unable to reach a consensus about an article, the Editorial Board may subject it to a second peer-review (this may apply also to work that has been revised by the author at the Editorial Board’s request).

9.     The review process usually takes four to six weeks. Accepted articles will usually be published in the order in which they pass the review process. The Editorial Board, however, reserves the right to determine the sequence in which articles are published.

10. All decisions regarding the publication of articles and the contents of any given issue are made at the meetings of the Editorial Board.

11. The preparation and publication of articles is handled by the journal’s editorial staff and shall consist of copy editing and reformatting so that the work in question conforms to the journal’s standards. Editorial corrections will be discussed with the author.

The journal does not charge fee for processing articles.