Guidelines for Authors of the Journal “Voprosy Materialovedeniya”
(Materials Science Issues)




Dear Authors!

The Editorial Board kindly asks authors who submit their articles for publication, follow the rules set out below and comply with the current copyright protection laws (Chapter 70 “Copyright” of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation, Part IV), adhere to generally accepted ethical standards in accordance with site’s section On Publishing Ethics and Declaration on ethics and unacceptable practices approved by the decision of the Bureau of the Scientific and Publishing Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences of September 18, 2012.

Thus, the list of authors includes only those who made a significant contribution to research work, and participants in preparatory or auxiliary work are noted in the notes to the relevant sections of the text; all persons included in the group of authors must confirm their consent and approve the manuscript of the article sent for publication by personal signature; any changes and additions to the team of authors should be agreed with all authors. Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. 

Republishing: submitting articles to several journals, as well as duplicate publications (self-plagiarism), as well as copying references to works with which the authors themselves are not familiar, are unacceptable. Information and materials protected by copyright (specific figures, data tables, graphic dependencies, large quotations, etc.) can be reproduced in the article only with the permission of the copyright holders.

In case of detection of facts of violation by the authors of their obligations under the license agreement, the removal of the article is made by notification in the next issue. Manuscripts that do not meet the stated requirements will be returned to the authors for revision.

Since 2011, the Editorial Board selects the best articles among those published every year and recommends them for publication in the journal "Inorganic Materials: Applied Research", published by "Pleiades Publishing, Ltd". The choice is based on assessments and evaluations of independent experts. Thus, the authors are kindly requested to follow these rules paying attention to the fact that the following agreements must be submitted together with the manuscripts:

1) License agreement granting the publisher (CRISM Prometey) with copyright to use and publish articles in Russian (two copies);

2) Transfer agreement granting the editor ("Pleiades Publishing, Ltd") with copyright to publish articles in English (two copies).

The Editorial Board of the journal "Inorganic Materials: Applied Research" and the Publishers makes a final decision as to exactly what articles would be published in English.

Guidelines for Authors

1. General Recommendations

1.1. For publication purposes we accept papers, which contain new scientific knowledge in the field of modern materials science based on the combination of theoretical and applied research, experimental development and industrial application of new materials and technologies.

1.2. All articles accepted for probable publication are reviewed by independent experts and, if necessary, are sent to the authors for correction, completion or substantial reviewing (On peer-reviewing). This does not mean that the article is accepted for publication, since the Editorial Board makes decision to publish or not publish the article after the review of the final version according to the reader’s opinion.

1.3. The content of the articles should correspond to the thematic focus of the journal: Metallurgy and metals science; heat treatment of metals and alloys; materials for vessel power structures and equipment; materials science in mechanical engineering; structural nanomaterials and nanotechnologies (including nanoscale and nanostructured powder materials and porous nanocomposites); polymeric composite and functional materials (including those with desired properties, amorphous, intermetallic compounds, smart high-temperature superconductors, magnetic nanomaterials, fullerenes and nanotubes, functional gradient coatings, composite materials, biologically compatible materials, diamond-like films, nanocatalysts); metal composites; welding and allied processes. welding consumables and technologies; corrosion and metal protection; radiation materials science; structural and technological strength of materials; deformation and destruction of structural materials; testing, diagnosis and quality control of materials; materials science approach to the utilization of equipment.

1.4. The manuscript should be signed by all authors. The Editorial Board considers the receipt date as the date of paper’s submission and keeps the original submission date, provided that the article returns within 3 months after readers’ comments. If article is substantially rewritten, the journal publishes the date of final version submission.

1.5. Following documents must be submitted besides the text and drawings: Recommendation of the organization where article has been prepared (recommendation from a foreign institution is provided only if required by its rules), expert recommendation for its publication (for authors from the Russian Federation); License agreement granting the publisher with copyright for the use, publication and publishing of the article in Russian (2 copies). Notice that author’s fee is provided only to the authors of the Russian Federation; Transfer agreement on the copyright to publish an article in English (2 copies). Agreement forms can be downloaded from the site.

1.6. Authors must submit the following information about themselves and their affiliation: First name, second name, middle name (in full); Degree, academic rank, fields of interest; Place of work (name of organization, city, and country), position, address, telephone number (home or work), fax, e-mail address. It is strictly necessary to give information on person in charge for operational communications and solving issues arising in reviewing and editing articles, his/her contact telephone number and email address.

1.7. The Russian authors publishing abroad should provide English spelling of their names, which was used in previous publications in order to avoid confusion in the future; it is strongly recommended to provide English translation for highly technical terms.

1.8. All authors should cite papers published in the journals included in the list of scientific publications of degrees applicants recommended by VAK (High Attestation Committee). The quoting of brochures, abstracts and other unreviewed publications is not allowed. It is also not allowed to refer to the unpublished works (research and development technical reports, in-house materials, documents with restricted access). The self-quoting should not exceed 30% and the publications of the last 5–10 years must make up at least 30% of all references. In the list of References (10–25 sources are recommended), the share of references to the author’s (authors ’own) works should not exceed 1/3, publications of the last 5–7 years should be at least 30%.

1.9. When foreign surnames, names of foreign educational institutions, companies, branded products, etc. are mentioned in the text (except well-known, which could be found in encyclopedias, and those referenced in the bibliography), their original spelling should be given nearby, in parentheses.

1.10. The articles may be rejected by the Editorial Board for non-compliance to these rules, inconsistencies with scope of the journal or level of research, as well as negligence to manuscript preparation standards. Manuscripts not accepted for publication will not be returned.

1.11. The Editorial Staff reserves the right to make editorial changes and corrections. Spelling, grammar, or stylistic changes are being made without the consent of the authors.

1.12. There is no fee for publication for authors, including degree applicants.

2. Manuscript presentation

2.1. Electronic and printed versions of the article should be submitted to the Editorial Board. Final copy of the proofreading should be signed by all authors. Electronic and paper versions are to be identical.

2.2. The paper should include the following elements: UDC-code (Universal Decimal Classification); names and initials of the authors, their academic degrees; paper’s name; contents (text, figures and tables); references, abstract with keywords, figure captions.

2.2.1. Abstract must be prepared in accordance with "Summary and abstract. General requirements" (GOST 7.9-95; IS0214-76)". Abstract is a brief summary of the article, including basic information, a description of the performed methodology and main results and their field of application (500–700 characters). Abstract should not repeat the conclusion.

2.2.2. The abstract (with keywords), paper’s title and authors’ names, list of references, captions of tables, figures and illustrations should be submitted both in English and Russian. See also

2.3. The article should be divided into logically related parts depending on the contents (e.g. "Introduction", "Materials and methods of research/Procedure", "Results/Discussion", "Conclusion", "References"). The article should be free from repetitions, unnecessary details; wide known statements, cumbersome tables and formulas.

2.4. The electronic version of the paper should include text file containing abstract, text, references, tables and figure legends; All illustrations are provided as separate files using the format of the program in which they have been made, e.g. Photoshop, CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, FreeHand etc.

2.5. The manuscript should be printed on one side of A4 size paper (297 × 210 mm). The text must be entered in a True Type 12 pt font with 1.5 line spacing, margin on the left hand should be not less than 30 mm, and other margins should be of at least 20 mm. All pages should be numbered.

2.6. The average article length equals to 20–25 thousand characters, i.e. 9–15 pages, 3–4 tables (not bulky), and 2 to 5 figures.

2.7. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to; or on a removable data-storage device; while check print, organization and expert recommendations for publication, as well as license copyright transfer agreements should be sent by post.

3. Formatting of articles:

3.1. The work’s text should be submitted in Microsoft Word for Windows; text formats: .doc .docx or .rtf.

3.2. Use physical units and designations adopted in the International System of Units (SI) (GOST 9867-61).

3.3. Avoid abbreviations. All of them in the text should be expanded, except small number of commonly used.

3.4. Graphic must meet the following requirements:

3.4.1. We do not accept scans from other publications.

3.4.2. Charts in TIFF or JPG are not accepted.

3.4.3. Photographs will be accepted for processing with a resolution of at least 300 dpi.

3.4.5. The scale is required for photographs of microstructures (not the increase).

3.5. Formatting of Reference list:

3.5.1. Bibliography should be given as a general list at the end of the paper in accordance with GOST 7.1-2003. When citing the original text or its translation from lawfully published sources to the extent justified by the intended purpose, be sure to specify the name of the author whose work is used and the sources of borrowing.

3.5.2. All references should be made in their original language and numbered according the order of their appearance in the text. Names in Japanese, Chinese and other languages that use non-Latin script, should be given in Latin.

3.5.3. Bibliographic reference in the text should be given as a sequence number in square brackets.

3.5.4. Books translations must be accompanied by references to the original publications.

3.5.5. All references should contain the following information: In references to journals, names and initials of all authors, article title, journal name, year, volume, number, and reference pages must be indicated. In references to books, names and initials of all authors, title, city, publishers, year, volume, part, and chapter number must be indicated, together with the total number of pages, or reference pages. In references to conference proceedings, seminars, symposia, and other meetings, their full names must be indicated, together with names and initials of all authors, paper’s title, location and year of the venue. If possible, for published conference proceedings please indicate the editors and publishers, volume, number, and the reference pages. When compiling a list of bibliographic references in Latin (References), Russian-language sources need to be transliterated. Each of the bibliographic references should be expanded by translating the name of the article, which is given in square brackets. The place of publication must be given in full (for example, Moscow should be indicated instead of M. An indication of the page range should be in Latin letters pp. Initials are comma-separated from last names and are not separated by spaces between themselves. All parts of the description are also separated by commas. If the publication has a digital object identifier (DOI), it is necessary to specify it.

3.6. Every author can translate his/her article into English (spelling USA) and send it together with the original text. Doing the translation one should meet the requirements of the "Pleiades House Style Guide" (