All manuscripts, letters to the editor, and correspondence 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.

For article submissions, the target length is 9,000 words, including endnotes. English is preferred as the primary working language of the journal; however, The Russian Review will also consider submissions in Russian. Manuscripts should be in standard type, with one-inch margins, and with all text (including block quotes and endnotes) double-spaced. The journal follows a modified version of The Chicago Manual of Style, with all bibliographic information incorporated into the endnote apparatus. Unless a word falls within a quote or its spelling has entered English differently, authors should use the Library of Congress transliteration system. Authors should consult recent issues of the journal to familiarize themselves with how articles are formatted.

Submissions must come directly from the author and should be sent as an email attachment in Microsoft Word format, along with an abstract of the article. To help the journal maintain its double-blind peer review process, authors should also indicate their institutional affiliation, if any. Submissions may contain embedded images, but images for accepted articles should be sent individually as high-resolution files. Authors are responsible for securing and paying for permission to reprint images if copyright is held by a third party. The journal’s online edition carries color images at no cost; for the print edition, images will be run in grayscale unless the author is willing to incur the added expense of color printing.

Submissions will be assigned to a member of the journal’s editorial collegium with relevant expertise, 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, 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 assigned editor's decision, but the editor will not necessarily be bound by the reports. If revisions are indicated, the editor will advise the author on what is required and supply 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 editing process through exchanges between editor and author. Once a manuscript has been accepted, no changes will be undertaken without the author’s consent; authors will be required, however, to allow the managing editor to bring the article into conformity with the journal’s style guide. Authors will be involved 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. Request should be sent to

Those interested in writing a book review or review essay for The Russian Review should first contact the journal. Reviews and review essays submitted without prior consultation will not be accepted. It is expected that the reviewer have no special association with the author of the work under review. Book reviews should be succinct, with a target length of 750 words for a single volume and 1,000 words for an edited volume. Occasionally, the journal will commission featured reviews, which highlight books of likely interest to a wide range of readers across disciplinary boundaries and among the general public. With a target length of 1,500 to 2,500 words, including endnotes, featured reviews are longer and should address readers beyond the confines of the author’s own area of specialization. Review essays survey multiple publications and offer a view of the state of the field as well as a review of the specific works in question. Review essays have a target length of 3,000 to 5,000 words, including endnotes.

The Russian Review publishes signed letters to the editor written in response to recent publications. The author of the publication will also be offered an opportunity to respond. Letters and responses should each be no more than 500 words in length. The editor reserves the right to refuse to print letters that fail to meet the standards of scholarly debate.