Basic Principles

Authors are expected to observe the requirements of academic ethics:
       For publication in KSIA original materials are accepted which have not been published elsewhere previously.
       The authors of the articles are obliged to inform the Editorial Board if their article is being examined at the same time for inclusion in other editions.
       The Editorial Board has to abide by the copyright law of the Russian Federation and corresponding international agreements. Authors are responsible for obtaining all the necessary authorizations for publishing their materials.
       The journal considers unauthorized antiquities collecting as an activity that contravenes the European Charter for Protection and Management of the Archaeological Heritage, Russian legislation and general professional ethics. Regarding the above, only those materials are considered to be published which are obtained only as a result of legal archaeological works (based on an Archaeological Excavation Permit as a special license issued by the government agency) or being preserved in the State Museum Fund.
       Procedure of reviewing materials is confidential. Unpublished materials may not be used by the Editorial Board, editors, or reviewers for personal or any other purpose.
       Authors are entitled to use materials published in KSIA and bring them out in other publications subsequently. They are obliged not to violate the exclusive rights to the material enjoyed by KSIA and to indicate where the material was originally published.
       The Editorial Board calls upon all authors to abide by accepted principles in their writings when criticizing any colleagues. Otherwise the Editorial Board will reserve the right to reject the material submitted or change the style in which the ideas are expressed.
       The Editorial Board guarantees non-discrimination of authors in gender, age, race, religion, nationality or any other characteristic.

Review procedures:
       Expert evaluation of submitted manuscripts is carried out through the single-blind peer-review procedure, which is expected to give doubtless scholarly benefit to the authors. The reviewers are anonymous and do not engage in dialogue with the authors. Candidates and Doctors of Historical Sciences and specialists in various fields of archaeology are brought in for this purpose. Two reviewers are selected at meetings of the Editorial Board. The reviews are duly recorded by the Editorial Board and made known to the authors.
       When materials are being assessed by the KSIA Editorial Board, attention is focused on scientific significance, clarity of exposition and validity of conclusions.

Reviewing Procedures:
1. Authors are sent confirmation of the fact that their materials have been received by the Editorial Board. Usually this is sent by e-mail.
2. Forms of Review:
a) Internal – review of manuscripts by members of the Editorial Board;
b) External – manuscripts are sent out to be reviewed by leading specialists in the appropriate field.
3. Within the space of two months the Editorial Board shall inform the author by e-mail as to whether his/her material has been accepted for publication or not, according to the results of the review. The author may also be informed as to any amendments or additions required.
4. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject an article, if it does not meet the requirements of the journal or if its subject matter is not relevant for KSIA.
5. After the material has been accepted for publication, no major additions or changes are permitted. If an author wishes to make significant changes, it is possible that publication will be delayed.
6. The date for the inclusion of material for an issue is the date when the Editorial Board gives its approval for publication of the final version of an article.
7. In some cases publication of material can be delayed simply as the result of a particular issue already being full.
8. The review is carried out confidentially and is a closed procedure. When the reviewer is sent the manuscript, the name of the author is provided. If the review is a negative one, the text is sent back to its author without the reviewer’s signature or indication of his/her name, position or affiliation. The confidentiality rule is only lifted in extreme cases (if the reviewer has stated that the materials are not authentic or have been adulterated or that plagiarism has taken place).
9. The reviewer fills in a review form containing a list of questions relating to his assessment of the contents, the appropriateness of the research methods used, the level of the analysis of the material in question, how innovative the article is and how well the conclusions have been substantiated. In a section allowing for more detail, the reviewer is required to give a general assessment of the article and to provide comments and suggestions as to how the text or the layout might be improved.
10. If the reviewer indicates that the material requires further work, the manuscript is returned to the author, who is then given a month for further work on the article.
11. If a manuscript is rejected by the Editorial Board, it is obliged to send the author the reasons for the rejection and the text of the negative review.
12. Reviews are preserved in archives of the Publishing house and Editorial board for 5 years. For admission enquiry, the Editorial board of the journal sends review copies to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
13. After an article has been accepted by the Editorial Board for publication, its secretary informs the author of the Board’s decision.
14. The author of the published material is given a copy of the journal and a PDF version of the article.