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Author Guidelines

Authors’ Guidelines

1.The minimum size of each submission is 2000 words, the maximum size is 5000 words. In exceptional cases, the chief editor keeps the right to make a reasoned decision on the admission to publishing papers of smaller or bigger size than indicated above.

2. Author’s data should be presented as follows: full passport name; full academic title and full job title; full affiliation data (no acronyms in the names of department or university); contact email address (preferably with the university domain).

3. If the authors’ order and the indication of the corresponding author is important for you - please, indicate this explicitly on the first page.

4. Additional author’ info: key research interests (2-5 positions) + a recent photo.

5. The title of the paper must be no more than 12-14 words.

6. The size of the abstract should be up to 150-200 words. The abstract should be focused on your own research results, not providing research context.

7. Keywords - from 3 to 7 words of phrases, directly related to the key topic of your text. Please, avoid general terms, like “management” or “economy”.

8. Introduction and Literature reviews are obligatory parts of each submission. Apart from general context, the introductory part must contain the clearly stated research goal/objective.

9. The text overall should be divided into meaningful blocks, each clearly titled. The preferable number of such blocks is from 3 to 6. Do not split the submission into tiny blocks, this might get confusing in the course of the review.

10. All tables and all graphical materials must be numbered and titled. If table data or other visuals have been borrowed and do not belong to the author(s) - the source must be indicated under the table/figure.

11. Conclusions are mandatory for each submission. Limitations, recommendations or directions for further research are optional but recommended blocks.

12. References should be presented in the alphabetical order. Ideally, references must be from more than two countries. There must be at least two recent sources (of the year of submission or a previous year). The minimum number of references is 5.

13. Footnotes are allowed but only in cases when really necessary. As a rule, we ask authors to refrain from footnotes.

14. Acknowledgments are allowed but should be limited to 2-3 lines of text.

15. Citations within the text must be formatted according to APA in-text citations rules ( for example, (Smith, 2020), (Smith & Jones, 2020), (Smith et al, 2020) for parenthical citation, or Smith (2020), Smith & Jones (2020), Smith et al. (2020) for narrative citations). All referenced sources must be at least once mentioned within the text. Self-citations are allowed but no more than two per one text.

16. Once the text is submitted for consideration, the author(s) is/are automatically considered responsible for (im)proper use of other people’s scientific publications and their further citation. The editorial team has the right to check all quotes and references within the submitted text and ask additional questions if need be. The journal also reserves the right to remove suspicious citations prior to actual publication. The journal reserves the right to reject and/or extract a publication if its citations/references raise suspicions. The authors will be notified accordingly.

17. Only manuscripts in English will be considered. The text should be carefully proofread before the submission. The editorial team reserves the right to reject publication on the grounds of low language quality. 

18. Other reasons for rejecting publication may include

Lack of originality or it is not immediately obvious; 

Self-plagiarism or the so-called “research salami”;

Paper has been previously published at other venues (including publications in languages other than English);

Paper contains a high number of controversial citations which are not well grounded;

The text contains anti-scientific or pseudo-scientific elements;

The text contains immoral or unethical statements (racism, instigation of violence etc.);

The text got a negative review, and the reviewer did not manage to provide any recommendations on its correction/revision

19. The author has the right to appeal/question the decision of the reviewing team, however, this should be limited to only one appeal which must be thoroughly explained and grounded on the author’s side.

20. The authors can be blacklisted from further communication with the editorial team for the following reasons:

Repeated violation of the editorial guidelines above;

Violation of generally accepted intellectual property rights;

Plagiarism, including self-plagiarism;

Improper reaction to the review results;

Spreading rumors and misinformation with the aim to damage the reputation of the journal among potential or current authors;

Falsifying own information about current job position, academic status etc.;

Engagement in the cases of the so-called “research salami”;

Rude email communication with the editorial team;

Bribery attempt;

Spamming the editorial team with unnecessary/irrelevant emails.

21. Other reasons for rejecting publication may include:Blacklisting can be permanent or temporary, as decided by the chief editor.

22. All submissions are subject to double-blind peer-review. For more details on reviewing practices and standards - see Key Policies page.


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