Arctic and North

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Journal policy
How to submit an article
Reviewing process
Declaration on ethics

The policy of the journal “Arctic and North”

“Arctic and North” (abbreviated "AaN") is a Russian scientific online periodical with an integrated approach to coverage of the humanitarian, economic and social spheres of life and problems of northern societies. Subject of published articles and reviews reflects both the Arctic and Northern issues.

The journal is published since 2011, not less than 4 times a year. The founder and publisher of the journal is Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov, Arkhangelsk, Russia.

The journal is designed for professionals and a wide range of readers, both in Russia and abroad; it is issued both in Russian and English (translated by the Editorial staff).

The journal is focused on the results of studies, research papers, reviews, etc. joined by the Arctic or Northern theme, in following areas of knowledge:

Economic science;
Social science;
Political science.

The journal is registered at:
1) the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (ROSKOMNADZOR) as an online media published in Russian and English: Registration certificate ЭЛ No. ФС77- 78458, issued on the 8th of June 2020. Earlier, the journal was registered as an electronic periodical, certificate ЭЛ No. ФС77-42809 dated November 26, 2010;
2) the ISSN International Centre.  ISSN 2221-2698, 23-24 March 2011;
3) Scientific electronic library, Russian database Science Citation Index (RSCI), license agreement No. 96-04/2011, 12.04.2011;
4) Scientific electronic library “CyberLeninka” since June 14, 2016.

The journal is included in international databases:
a) Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) since August 18, 2013;
b) EBSCO Publishing (United States) since December 2012; 
c) Global Serials Directory Ulrichsweb (United States) since October 9, 2013;
d) NSD - database of higher education in Norway since February 2015;
e) InfoBaseIndex (India) since May 2015;
f) ERIH Plus (Norway) since September 2016;
g) MIAR (Spain) since December 2016;
h) OAJI since January 2017.
All articles get a DOI via Crossref.

“AaN” has an official site at where you will find information about the journal and our complete archive of publications. Permanent storage of published articles, their availability is ensured by placing them at the NArFU scientific library, “Arctic-Fund” directory. All issues of the journal are free at the CyberLeninka and Elibrary web sites. This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.
The publication activity of “AaN” is assessed by the RSCI. A hard copy of the journal is not published.

The Editorial Board of “AaN” is committed to the policy of openness and accessibility. Since September 2016, the journal has CC BY-SA license. All articles are checked by the Antiplagiat system. The service is designed to check text documents for borrowings.

As of 2020, the journal has the following indicators:

The 8th place in SCIENCE INDEX, category “Comprehensive study of individual countries and regions”.
Two-year impact factor in SCIENCE INDEX is 1.753;
Ten-year h-index — 20.
H-index of the Editor-in-Chief — 10, publications — 116, citations — 536.

The policy of "Arctic and North" helps to ensure that published articles and reviews are in demand for research, PhD dissertation, state and municipal management, policy making and the development of the northern regions.

How to submit an article

Dear Authors! 
The Editorial Office draws your attention to the fact that the interval between the publications by one author (or co-author) is at least 6 months.
When submitting the article, the authors confirm that the article has not been published before and it is not going to be published in another journal.

Theme and content of a submitted article should correspond to the theme of the journal, have a scientific novelty and be of interest to specialists.

The Editorial Board warns the authors that all manuscripts are peer reviewed and that the Editorial Board reserves the right to choose the most interesting and relevant ones to be published first. The average waiting time for a publication is 3-6 months.

No authors, including graduate and undergraduate students, are charged for publications; honorariums are not paid.

The Editorial Board considers the submission of the article for peer review as the transfer of rights to publish the article in the journal “Arctic and North” and place it to the databases RISC, DOAJ, OAJI, and others that promote the publication activity of the authors.

Articles for the peer review should be sent via e-mail to the Executive Secretary of the journal:


The volume of the article is up to 30 pages, including appendices and references; for postgraduates, graduates, students — up to 15 pages.

The text of the article is typed in a text editor MS Word (.doc or .docx, A4 in portrait orientation) with the following formatting:

Font — Calibri. Main text — font size 12; figure captions — font size 10, table titles — font size 11; footnotes — font size 10. It is allowed to highlight thesis statements or terms in bold or italics.

Line spacing — multiplier 1.3.

Margins — 2 cm from each side.

Paragraph indent — 1.25 cm.

Orientation — portrait, with automatic hyphenation.

No page numbers are used.

Photos, figures, graphs, diagrams, and tables are provided in Russian and English languages and in a good quality, are included in the text of the article, and are not sent in a separate file.

Figure format. Figure caption: below the figure, font Calibri, font size 10, single spacing. Center alignment without paragraph indents. The figure itself is also centered.

Signature type: Fig. 1. Prospects and problems of the development of the Arctic oil sector.

Table format. Table caption: above the table, font Calibri, font size 11, italic, single spacing. Alignment of the words "Table 1" to the right, alignment of the table name (one line below) in the center without paragraph indents, spacing after the title is 0.6 pts. Text inside the table: font size 10, single spacing, alignment justified.

The paragraph following the figure or table should be preceded by a 6 pt spacing.

It is necessary to provide an English version of the figures (including diagrams) for English version of the journal.

Each article should contain the following mandatory elements:

I. UDC — the Universal Decimal Classification code. It is placed in the upper left corner of the first page.

II. Article title in Russian and English languages.

III. Information about the author in Russian and English languages.

IV. Abstract of the article in Russian and English languages.

V. Keywords in Russian and English languages.

Vi. The main text of the article: introduction, several sections, conclusion.

Vii. List of references.

If the research was carried out with the support of a grant or within the framework of a project, it is necessary to indicate their number and title at the end of the article in the section "Acknowledgments and funding".

The information about the author in Russian and English should indicate:

© Surname, first name and patronymic; academic degree and title, position.

A separate line indicates a valid e-mail address.

A separate line indicates the name of the organization where the author works.

Abstract is a brief background description of the article. It includes the main objective of the research in a concise form, the methods used, the most important results obtained, the practical significance of the research. The size of the annotation is 150–250 words. General phrases and copying of sentences from the main text of the article should be avoided.

Keywords — 5–10 words, which reflect the main content of the text in terms of the object, subject and research methods. The concepts from the text of the article should be used.

References. The list includes only literature referenced in the text of the article. The list is compiled in the order of mention or citation in the text of the article, and not in alphabetical order. References to the authors of the books, articles, dissertations and other scientific publications used are given in the text in square brackets with the surname, initials of the author and pages: [1, Ivanov A.A., p. 6], [2, P.V. Kuznetsov, D.A. Romanov, pp. 10–12; 3, Vasilyev B.A., p. 98]. Each position in the list of references is indicated once, but it is possible to refer to it repeatedly in the text (including to different pages). The absence of pages within square brackets suggests a reference to the publication as a whole, but it is preferable to indicate specific pages.

The list of references should contain at least 8 positions, but not more than 40 ones, while the share of English-language publications from Web of Science or Scopus should be 25%. Extensive self-citation is not allowed. The absence of the list of references is permissible only for overviews of events or reviews of books.

The list of references is drawn up in accordance with National State Standard GOST R 7.0.5-2008 "Bibliographic Reference". If the article has a DOI, it should be indicated after the bibliographic data of the article in the bibliography.


Burtsev I.N. Ekologicheskie I sotsial''nye problemy gornogo proizvodstva v Respublike Komi [Environmental and Social Problems of Mining in the Komi Republic]. Izvestiya vysshikh uchebnykh zavedenii. Gornyi zhurnal [News of the Higher Institutions. Mining Journal], 2002, no. 3, pp. 68-78.

Vasilyeva N.D. Konfessional'noe prostranstvo Yakutii v pervoy treti XX v. [The Confessional Space of Yakutia in the First Third of the 20th Century].  Khudozhestvennoe nasledie natsional'nykh literatur XX v. v obshcherossiyskom kul'turnom prostranstve: problemy vzaimodeystviya. Materialy Vseros. nauch. konf. (Yakutsk, 4—6 oktyabrya 2006 g.) [Artistic Heritage of National Literatures of the 20th Century in the All-Russian Cultural Space: Problems of Interaction. Proc. All-Rus. Sci. Conf. (Yakutsk, October 4-6, 2006). Yakutsk, 2007, pp. 290-294.

Fedorov V.I. Etnopoliticheskie konflikty v sovremennoy Rossii: na primere arkticheskogo regiona: dis. ... kand. polit. nauk [Ethnopolitical Conflicts in Modern Russia: the Example of the Arctic Region: Cand. Polit. Sci. Diss.]. Moscow, 2002. Pp. 54-55

For the design of the list of references in English (References) in the journal, a style close to the Harvard standard was chosen, but with the following differences: all the authors of the source are indicated; no comma is placed before initials in surnames; the title of the article is not enclosed in quotation marks; the year is put behind the title of the journal. The source name, as in the Harvard Standard, is in italics:

Author A.A., Author B.B., Author C.C., Author D.D. Title of Article. Title of Journal, year, vol., no., pp. **-**.

In case the source is originally in Russian, it is necessary to translate the entire link into transliteration (BGN) and to translate the title of the article and journal in square brackets. The editorial office draws attention to the fact that a correct translation is required: the one that is used in the most cited journal. Self-translation invalidates the citation.

Example: Titova N.Yu., Vorozhbit O.Yu. Razvitie rybopromyshlennykh klasterov v stranakh Aziatskotihookeanskogo regiona [Development of Fishery Clusters in Countries on the Pacific Rim]. Azimut nauchnykh issledovaniy: ekonomika I upravlenie [ASR: Economics and Management], 2017, vol. 6, no. 3 (20), pp. 342–345.

Normative legal acts, instructions, archival documents, statistical compilations, inquiries, personal correspondence, Internet media reports, links to Internet resources and newspaper materials are not included in the list of references and are drawn up as subscript footnotes. For Internet resources, you should indicate the author (if any), the title of the material by reference, the Internet address, the date of access in brackets:

Reindeer Husbandry in Norway. URL: (accessed 12 December 2015).

The numbering of all footnotes in the text of the article is continuous in order, Arabic numerals (for example: 1, 2, 3 ... 25).

If the design of the manuscript sent to the editorial board differs markedly from the requirements of the journal, the manuscript is returned to the author for revision with editorial comments. Refusal to improve may result in a refusal to publish. The editorial board of the journal requests to follow the rules for the preparation of articles, if you have any questions, contact the Executive Secretary for clarifications:

Reviewing process

All articles are peer reviewed, except the texts in section "Reviews and reports". The reviewers are the members of the Editorial Board and experts. The list of the Editorial Board members is here.

First, the editorial office assesses whether the theme of the article is relevant for the journal and check if the article is prepared in accordance with the requirements. If there are comments, the article is returned to the author(s). In another case, the article is sent to a member of the Editorial Board or a third-party expert for a double-blind peer review (second step).

Preliminary mandatory reviewing is carried out for all articles, except for certain materials in the "Reviews and Messages" section, which are the description of events or a review of the book.
Articles are reviewed by leading experts in the relevant industry. Double blind peer review is used when the reviewer and the author do not know the names and other data of each other. The anonymity of the author avoids bias on the part of the reviewer, the anonymity of the reviewer allows him to evaluate the manuscript frankly and truthfully.

When reviewing articles, reviewers answer standard questionnaire questions. Based on the analysis carried out, the reviewer concludes whether the article is acceptable for publication, and, if necessary, gives comments to improve the article.

The choice of a reviewer is the prerogative of the editorial board. The manuscript is sent for reviewing to specialists in this field of research. Based on the results of the review, the editorial board determines the further fate of the manuscript: acceptance for publication in the presented form, the need for revision or rejection. The review period is 2-4 weeks, but at the request of the reviewer, it can be extended. The reviewer has the right to refuse to review if there is a clear conflict of interest that affects the perception and interpretation of the manuscript materials. Based on the results of consideration of the manuscript, the reviewer gives recommendations on the further fate of the article (each decision of the reviewer is justified):
- the article is recommended for publication in its present form;
- the article is recommended for publication after correcting the deficiencies noted by the reviewer;
- the article cannot be published in the journal.

The editorial board of the journal sends reviews to the author. If there are recommendations for revising the manuscript, the editors suggest that they be taken into account when preparing a new version of the manuscript or reasoned (partially or completely) to refute them. Returning the manuscript to the authors for revision does not mean that the article has been accepted for publication. After receiving the revised text, the manuscript is reviewed by the editorial board again. The revised text should be returned by the authors along with the answers to all comments of the reviewers. The revised manuscript should be returned to the editors within one week after the authors receive feedback. The article, revised by the author, is re-sent for peer review.
If the authors refuse to revise the materials, they must notify the editorial office in writing about their refusal to publish the article. If the authors do not return the revised version after a month from the date of sending the review, even in the absence of information from the authors with a refusal to revise the article, the editorial office will remove it from the publication plan.
The editors conduct no more than three rounds of peer review for each manuscript. If, after three-fold revision of the manuscript, the majority of the reviewers or editorial staff have significant comments, the manuscript is rejected and removed from registration. In this case, the authors are sent a corresponding notification about the removal of the manuscript from registration.
If the author and reviewers have insoluble contradictions regarding the manuscript, the editorial board has the right to send the manuscript for additional review. In conflict situations, the decision is made by the editor-in-chief or the deputy editor-in-chief.
The decision to refuse publication of the manuscript is made in accordance with the recommendations of the reviewers. An article not recommended for publication will not be accepted for reconsideration. The message about the refusal to publish is sent to the author by e-mail; the letter contains reviews and grounds for refusing to publish. 
After making a decision on admitting an article to publication, the editorial board informs the author about this and indicates the expected publication time.
The presence of a positive review is not a sufficient reason for the publication of an article. The final decision on publication is made by the editorial board. In conflict situations, the decision is made by the editor-in-chief.
The originals of the reviews are kept in the editorial office of the journal indefinitely (at least 5 years).
Reviews of manuscripts in the public domain are not published and are used only in the internal workflow of the editorial office, as well as when communicating with authors. Copies of reviews can be submitted to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation upon request.

Declaration on ethics of the “Arctic and North” journal

Compliance with generally accepted ethical rules and standards is mandatory for all actors involved in the publication of articles: authors, reviewers, the Editorial Board, the Executive Secretary, and the Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Arctic and North”. 
The journal is committed to maintaining the highest level of integrity in the content published.
This journal has a Conflict of Interest policy in place and complies with international, national and/or institutional standards on research involving Human Participants and/or Animals and Informed Consent.

Content published in this journal is peer reviewed (Double Blind).

1.    Responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief, editors and members of the Editorial Board
1.1. The Editor in Chief, the Executive Secretary and members of the Editorial Board of the journal “Arctic and North” assess the submitted articles for their intellectual content, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, citizenship, social status and political views of the author.
1.2. The Editorial Board of “Arctic and North” accepts the articles that represent the results of scientific research, relevant to the theme of the journal. In case of detection of a previously published article that largely repeats the article submitted for peer review, the Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to refuse to publish such an article.
1.3. Editor-in-Chief of “Arctic and North” is responsible for the final decision on which article should be published. This decision is made on the basis of the validation of the article and its estimated interest for the readers of the journal. When making decisions on publications, the editor-in-chief is guided by the following legal requirements: the prevention of defamation, copyright protection and impermissibility of plagiarism The Editor-in-chief should consult the Executive Secretary, editors, the Editorial Board members and reviewers before making any decisions.
1.4. The Editor-in-Chief and other employees of the journal must not disclose information about submitted articles to someone else, except the author, reviewers, members of the Editorial Board of the journal.
1.5. The information contained in the submitted articles shall not be used by the Editor-in-Chief, the Executive Secretary, editors and the Editorial Board members without the written permission of the author. Confidential information or ideas received must be kept secret and must not be used for any personal gain by the employees of the journal.
1.6. The Editorial Board of “Arctic and North” may require information about competing interests and publish a correction or a retraction, if conflict of interest exposes after publication. Quick actions are always taken in case of ethic complaints regarding submitted or published articles.
1.7. The Editor-in-Chief and other employees of the journal should not impose on authors the citation of articles published in the journal “Arctic and North” with a view to improve the scientometric indicators of the journal.

2.    Responsibilities of the authors
2.1. Authors retain all copyrights, as well as the responsibility for the correctness of the information provided. The authors are responsible for the content of the article. The articles should reflect the results of research and the authors should provide real facts and reliable information. Fraudulent or inaccurate statements that are examples of unethical behavior are unacceptable. The research results represented in the articles should meet the verification criterion and be possible to be checked by other scholars. All methods of data processing, as well as the logic behind their interpretation should be absolutely transparent.
The journal publishes only the results of research conducted in compliance with the norms of biomedical ethics. The manuscripts should reflect all the risks (obvious and potential) to which the objects of study (people or animals) were exposed: exposure to chemicals (including drugs), procedures or equipment, and other situations that could harm health or pose a danger for the life of research objects.
If living people or animals were the objects of study in the experimental study, the authors should reflect in the manuscript that all stages of the study were carried out in accordance with the legislation and regulations. Authors should also provide information that the study protocol was reviewed by the ethics committee, with the obligatory indication of the name of the committee (or organization under which the committee was created), the date and number of the meeting at which the study was approved. The editors have the right to demand from the team certified copies of the corresponding protocols by the author. The manuscript must clearly indicate that voluntary informed consent has been obtained from all people who have become the objects of research. The authors are personally responsible for the fact that the manuscript does not reveal the identity of the research participants (or the description of the clinical case) in any way. Authors should make sure that it is impossible to identify the objects of research based on the data presented in the manuscript.
2.2. Authors are responsible for plagiarism. In the case of borrowing the materials, texts or ideas from other scholars, a reference shall be included. The presence of borrowing(s) without a reference will be considered as plagiarism. Unauthorized borrowing and reproduction of any parts of  published texts (parts of text, pictures, tables, models, primary data and etc.) without references is absolutely unacceptable. Plagiarism in all its forms is a manifestation of unethical behavior.
2.3. Information received in private correspondence, conversation or debate with third parties, may be used with written permission from the source of such information.
2.4. Sending an article to the editor means that the authors confirms that the article is not peer reviewed by another journal, and it was not published previously.
2.5. Co-authorship should be limited to those individuals who made a significant contribution to the concept, interpretation of the data and the research itself. If any person involved in the research project, he or she should be praised or his or her name should be included in the list of co-authors. Corresponding author should ensure that all the co-authors are mentioned in the list of authors as well as all authors of the article approved its content before the submission to the journal.
2.6. If the author(s) find(s) any mistakes in the published text of the article, it is better to inform the Editorial Board immediately so it will be possible to make all necessary corrections faster.  If a third party informs the Editorial Board about significant errors in the article, the author(s) should send the correct variant of the article or prove that the provided data is correct. 
2.7. Authors are responsible for information about the sources of finding for the project presented in the article, as well as for specifying persons that contributed to the research.
2.8. The author(s) should take into account the human right to privacy.

3. Responsibilities of the reviewers and members of the Editorial Board
3.1. The reviewers and the members of the Editorial Board should be objective when evaluating the article. The article assessment criteria are: relevance, novelty and scientific importance. Reviewers have a right to comment on the level, quality, clarity of submitted articles, its conformity to the title. Any decisions based on any personal preferences of the reviewer are not allowed. In the case of the conflict of interest between the reviewer and the author, the reviewer is obliged to notify the Editorial Board and refuse to review the article.
3.2. Reviewers and the Editorial Board members hold scientific expertise of the articles within the deadlines established by the editors of the journal “Arctic and North”, but not more than one month. If the reviewer is not able to finish the expertise within the specified period, he or she should inform the Editorial Board as soon as possible.
3.3. Reviewers, members of the Editorial Board should not disclose the information about reviewed articles. Each manuscript should be treated as a confidential document. It should not be shown or discussed with others except those authorized by the Editor-in-Chief.
3.4. Reviewers and members of the Editorial Board do not have a right to use and distribute the information they got access to in the course of the review. Articles sent for a review, may only be used for the reviews.
3.5. Confidential information or ideas received should be kept secret and should not be used for personal gain by the employees of the journal.
3.6. A reviewer, a member of the Editorial Board should resign, if there is a conflict of interests resulting from a competition, cooperation or other relationship with any of the authors, organizations, institutions, relevant to the article.
3.7. The journal “Arctic and North” has a double blind peer reviews in order to improve the quality of the articles published. The author and the reviewer have no information about each other. The list of the Editorial Board members is public; it is published in the journal and could be found on the journal website.
3.8. Any statement, data, arguments, conclusions or recommendations that have already been published, should be accompanied by a corresponding reference. If the author(s) do not have a reference to any published text, the reviewer should note this fact. The reviewer should also draw the attention of the Chief Editor of the results of the antiplagiat system check.

4. Conflict of interests
4.1. In order to avoid potential ethics violations, one must reveal the conflict of interests of all the parties involved in the publication of the article. A conflict of interests arises when an author, an editor, a reviewer or a member of the Editorial Board have financial, scientific or personal relationships, which may affect their actions. All authors are required to disclose financial or other explicit or potential conflicts of interest that may be perceived to have influenced the results or conclusions presented in the manuscript. Examples of potential conflicts of interest to be disclosed:
- receiving financial rewards for participating in research or writing a manuscript;
- any connection (work under a contract, consulting, the presence of joint-stock ownership, receipt of fees, provision of expert opinions) with organizations that have a direct interest in the subject of research or review;
- patent application or registration of a patent for the results of research (copyright, etc.);
- obtaining financial support for any stage of research or writing a manuscript (including grants and other financial support).

Explicit and potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed as early as possible.

Information about conflicts of interest received from the authors of the manuscripts is not provided to the reviewers and is available only to the editorial board when deciding on the publication of the manuscript. Also, information on conflicts of interest is published as part of the full text of the article.
4.2. The author is obliged to indicate a place of work and the source of funding for the research project in order to prevent a conflict of interests.
4.3. A reviewer, a member of the Editorial Board should inform the Editor-in-Chief about a conflict of interests (dual commitments, competing interests, etc.) and resign from reviewing in accordance with the ethical standards of the journal.
4.4. The Editor-in-Chief, the Executive Secretary of the journal “Arctic and North” are obliged to pass the article to another  reviewer in case of the conflict of interests between the author and the reviewer; they also should ensure the publication of the amendments, if information on conflict of interest was received after the publication of an article.

Elena V. Kudryashova, 

Editor-in-Chief of “Arctic and North”,
PhD, Professor,
Rector of the Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov
May 30, 2017


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