Submissions

Place of publication: London, United Kingdom

Type of publication: online & print

Published by: the Ostrogorski Centre in cooperation with the Anglo-Belarusian Society

Deadline: Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Established in 1965, the Journal of Belarusian Studies is the oldest English-language scholarly periodical on Belarusian studies in the world.  Today the Journal is a bilingual peer-reviewed publication edited and produced in London. 

The Journal invites submissions of articles (normally between 5,000 and 12,000 words) and book reviews in all fields of Belarusian studies. The Journal particularly encourages work that is devoted to areas of transnational inquiry and which probe new scholarly approaches to Belarusian Studies.

It aims to promote interdisciplinary exchange between scholars in all major fields of Belarusian studies. The substantive focus of the journal is on Belarusian society, particularly on societal and cultural change.

The Journal is pubished in Belarusian and English languages and welcomes submissions in one of these two languages. All articles appear in two languages. For the Belarusian version of the Journal click here

Prospective authors are advised to follow the following style guide for submissions and the Roman transliteration guide

Originality

The journal does not evaluate works already published elsewhere or currently under review by another publisher. Our guideline is that a manuscript is clearly not original enough if as much as half of the ideas or evidence has been published elsewhere. If a question of overlap arises, at the time of submission please send a copy of the earlier work and ask the editors for a determination.

Peer review policy

All manuscripts undergo a double blind peer-review. As part of the submission process the author can be asked to provide the names of a number of peers who could be called upon to review his/her manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

  • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
  • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
  • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

Before the submission the authors should remove all self-identification information from the version of the manuscript that will be sent out to referees. Authors should also remove all acknowledgments, expressions of gratitude, and statements about grants or other financial support for the research reported in the manuscript. Authors may leave citations to their own work in the manuscript, as long as those citations refer to published work and do not self-identify themselves in any way (i.e., no personal pronouns). Authors should avoid citations to their doctoral dissertations or to forthcoming publications. Any such material can easily be added back into the manuscript, if it is accepted for publication.

Plagiarism

Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are all unacceptable practices. Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously. Authors who engage in these acts will have their papers rejected and their institutions will be notified of the rejection and its motivation.

Open access statement

The Journal of Belarusian Studies is committed to real and immediate open access for academic work. All of the journal’s articles and reviews are free to access immediately from the date of publication. There are no author charges prior to publication, and no charge for any reader to download articles and reviews for their own scholarly use. The journal does not, therefore, operate either a Gold or Green model of open access, but is free to all at any time and in perpetuity.

The Journal of Belarusian Studies operates under the Creative Commons Licence CC-BY-NC-ND. This allows for the reproduction of articles, free of charge, for non-commercial use only and with the appropriate citation information. All authors publishing with the journal accept these as the terms of publication. Please note that copyright of the content of all articles and reviews remains with the designated author of the article or review. Copyright of the layout and design of the journal articles and reviews remains with the Journal of Belarusian Studies and cannot be used in other publications.

For further information please browse the JBS web site or contact editor@belarusjournal.com