Contribute to The Russian Review

All manuscripts, book reviews, letters to the editor, and correspondence concerning submissions should be sent to In addition to individual submissions, the journal welcomes proposals for interdisciplinary article clusters focused on a theme of current scholarly interest.

Manuscripts should be in standard type, with one-inch margins, and with all text (including block quotes and endnotes) double-spaced. The maximum length for article submissions is 35 double-spaced pages (including endnotes), or 9,000 words. English is preferred as the primary working language of the journal; however, The Russian Review will also consider submissions in Russian. Authors should consult recent issues of the journal to familiarize themselves with how articles are formatted. We follow a modified version of The Chicago Manual of Style (we do not carry lists of Works Cited—all relevant bibliographic information should be incorporated into the footnote apparatus), and unless a word falls within a quote or its spelling has entered English differently, authors should use the Library of Congress transliteration system.

Manuscript submissions must come directly from the author (we will not consider third-party submissions from article-placement services) and should be sent electronically as an e-mail attachment, along with an abstract of the article. The editorial office uses Microsoft Word and prefers submissions in that format. PDF files may be submitted, but only if the author ensures that personal information is not embedded into the article file’s properties box. Submissions may contain embedded images, but images for accepted articles should be sent individually as high-resolution digitized files. Authors are responsible for securing permission to reprint such images if copyright is held by a third party. The journal’s online edition carries color images at no cost; for the print edition, however, the expense is considerable, so images will be run in grayscale unless the author is willing to bear the expense of color.

Submissions will be assigned to a member of the journal’s editorial collegium with relevant expertise for initial review, though in cases where an article crosses disciplinary boundaries multiple members of the editorial collegium will be asked to offer their evaluation. If deemed suitable for further review by the assigned editor, the manuscript will be sent to at least two external referees who are authorities in the author’s field. Referee reports will guide and inform the editor's decision, but the editor will not necessarily be bound by the reports. If revisions are indicated, the editor will try to formulate for the author what is required and will supply either extensive excerpts or the full text of the referees’ comments. The anonymity of both authors and referees will be maintained. If a submission is deemed inappropriate for the journal, the editor will seek to inform the author promptly, without involving external referees. Requests for stylistic changes, more precise evidence, and more carefully formulated judgments are a normal part of the copy-editing process through exchanges between editor and author. Once a manuscript has been accepted, no changes to the author’s prose will be undertaken without the author’s consent; authors will be required, however, to allow the managing editor to make the mechanical changes necessary to bring the article into conformity with the journal’s style guide. Authors will be involved closely in the production process, receiving a copy-edited manuscript and galley proofs (with the ability to approve or modify any alterations), as well as preliminary page proofs (to ensure final corrections have been made and no formatting errors remain) and final page proofs before publication (to catch any inadvertent errors in processing).

Submissions to The Russian Review must not have been published previously, nor be under consideration elsewhere; if accepted, they may not appear in any other format prior to publication in the journal. After an article has been published by the journal, The Russian Review permits republication of most materials under copyright. Please send requests to

The Russian Review does not publish unsolicited book reviews. Readers are welcome to volunteer to review a work, but the volunteer will be considered along with other suitable reviewers, and it is assumed that there is no special association with the author of the work under review. Any reader who would like to review books or referee article submissions is invited to inform the editorial office of their interests and special areas of expertise. Our book reviews range between 450 and 600 words. Review articles should be compact and of no greater length than the works covered require.