Procedure for Reviewing Manuscripts (for authors)


Procedure for Reviewing Manuscripts Received by the Editorial Board of the Scholarly Journal Heritage of Centuries (Nasledie vekov)


All manuscripts received by the Editorial Board are peer-reviewed.

1. The Managing Editor checks manuscripts received by the Editorial Board for possible plagiarism and duplication, for compliance with the focus of the journal and for the main requirements to publications and formatting approved by the Editorial Board (see “Heritage of Centuries Manuscript Preparation Guidelines”). It is done within 10 days of submission. The Executive Editor sends a notice to Authors to acknowledge the receipt of their manuscripts and their further reviewing via e-mail and/or makes corresponding notes in the Author’s profile on the website of the journal. If formal requirements are not met, the manuscript is not accepted for publication “for technical reasons” and the Author is notified via e-mail and/or his/her profile. This measure also applies to manuscripts whose uniqueness rate is less than 75% (according to the “Antiplagiat” report).

2. The Executive Editor or the Deputy Editor-in-Chief sends the accepted manuscript for reviewing to two or three reviewers. Reviewers are members of the Editorial Board of the journal, highly-qualified scholars and experts of other institutions and enterprises, people with in-depth expertise and work experience in a particular research area.

3. The journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the Author and the Reviewer identities are concealed from each other. The Reviewer receives the manuscript without the Author’s signature, name, position and affiliation. The Author receives the review without the Reviewer’s signature, name, position and affiliation.

4. The time frame for peer reviewing in each particular case is determined by the Managing Editor or by the Deputy Editor-in-Chief based on the conditions providing the most rapid publication of the manuscript. The maximum time frame for peer reviewing is not more than 3 months.

5. If the review contains recommendations to revise or modify the manuscript, the Executive Editor sends the text of the review on to the Author and suggests considering them when preparing a new version of the manuscript or refute them (in part or in whole) with reason.

6. The revised manuscript should be returned within 30–60 days (depending on the number of recommendations and their complexity). It should be accompanied by a cover letter containing replies to all comments and clarifying all revisions in the manuscript (as a separate file, highlighting all modifications). The finalized manuscript is resent for peer reviewing, an answer to the Reviewer being attached (e.g. “Dear Reviewer…. Thank you for your careful reading of my/our paper…I/we tried to consider all the comments… but at the same time…”). The receipt date is the date when the revised manuscript is returned.

7. All manuscripts are sent to Reviewers for re-review and approval.

8. After, at least, two positive reviews, the manuscript is re-verified by the Managing Editor (or by the Deputy Editor-in-Chief), then by the Section Editor and approved by the Editor-in-Chief.

9. The Editors reserve the right to reject the manuscript if the author is incapable or reluctant to take into consideration the feedback of the Editorial Board.


10. In case of a negative review of the manuscript from two different Reviewers or one negative review of its revised version, the manuscript is rejected without being considered by other members of the Editorial Board and cannot be published.

11. The manuscript rejected by the Reviewer is not to be re-submitted.

12. The scholarly journal Heritage of Centuries (Nasledie vekov) does not accept for publication:

• manuscripts describing previously published material;

• manuscripts clearly inconsistent with Manuscript Preparation Guidelines;

• manuscripts whose Authors refuse technical revision;

• manuscripts whose Authors ignore constructive comments of the Reviewer or do not refute them with reason;

• series of manuscripts representing different phases of incomplete investigations.

13. The Editorial Board keeps original reviews within ten years of publication of the manuscripts and sends them to the Expert Committees of the State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation upon request.

14. A positive review is not sufficient grounds for publication. It is the Editorial Board and the Editor-in-Chief that make a final decision whether publication is appropriate, taking into account the relevance of the manuscript, scientometric characteristics of the Author and possible response (citation) to the publication.

15. Once the Editorial Board decides on publishing the manuscript, the Managing Editor informs the Author (via e-mail and/or the Author’s profile on the website) and indicates the possible time frame for publication.

16. The Editorial Board does not keep the rejected manuscripts. The accepted manuscripts are not to be returned.

17. The publication order is determined by the registration date of the manuscript submission. Manuscripts covering the most pressing issues and presenting a groundbreaking research may be published out of turn.

18. The Editorial Board engages neither in meaningful discussions of manuscripts with the Authors nor in correspondence on how to write and prepare manuscripts.

This Procedure was approved by Prof. Irina I. Gorlova, Editor-in-Chief of the Scholarly Journal Heritage of Centuries (Nasledie vekov), on 29 December 2019.