For the authors

For the authors

  1. Authors’ responsibilities
  2. Peer-review
  3. Publishing schedule, copyright, archiving and access information
  4. Guidelines for Manuscripts

Authors’ responsibilities

Authors should ensure that their work is entirely original works, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged. Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

The Yearbook authors are obliged to participate in peer review process. They should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Plagiarism in all its forms is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained by private communication, correspondence or discussions with third parties should not be used without the express written consent of the correspondent source.

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others should always be given. All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.


The Editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Peer review assists the Editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. The Yearbook adheres to the principle that all scholars who wish to contribute to publications have an obligation to do a fair share of reviewing. The Yearbook reviewers are qualified experts in their field and should have no conflict of interest in connection with peer-review.

The Yearbook adheres to a double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of the reviewers is always concealed. This guarantees the unbiased motivated reviews and assures a freedom for critical comments concerning the content of the articles to be published.

Any manuscripts received for review are treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

In general, the decision-making process usually takes about two months. Within this period, peer reviewers independently make a recommendation to the Yearbook Editor as to whether the manuscript should be rejected or accepted (with or without revisions). Reviewers use the following form [doc], for their peer-review. The Editor considers all the feedback from peer reviewers and makes an informed decision to accept or decline the manuscript.

In the case that the manuscript is declined, the Editor provides its author with a grounded conclusion containing the reasons behind the rejection. Thereafter one of the following four decisions is made: (1) to accept manuscript for publication without further development by author; (2) to accept manuscript for publication after its development by author; (3) to send manuscript for a profound development and then, to reviewers; (4) to reject publication of manuscript.

Publishing schedule, copyright, archiving and access information

The Yearbook is published annually. Each edition has paper and electronic versions of equivalent content. The Yearbook’s full archive is available in open access on the Yearbook’s website. The Yearbook is archived in Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI).

By 'open access' we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.

The authors of the articles published in Yearbook Japan retain their copyright and publishing rights without restrictions. All articles published by the Yearbook are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This permits anyone to copy, redistribute, remix, transmit and adapt the work provided the original work and source is appropriately cited.

In compliance with the principle of full transparency all information including authors’ guidelines, papers’ submission requirements, the review process description and list of editorial board members is available on the Yearbook’s website.

Guidelines for Manuscripts

  1. Format and volume
  • Texts for publication must be submitted in doc format.
  • If there are illustrations (jpg or png extensions are accepted), they should be numbered and attached as files separately from the text, and the name of the illustration and file name are indicated in the text.
  • The recommended volume of the article is 30,000 to 50,000 characters with spaces (roughly 3700 – 6300 words).
  1. Title and main text of the article

Title page of the submitted manuscript should contain the following sections in both Russian and English:

  • Title of the article;
  • Abstract (250-300) words. It should contain the purpose of the study, the summary of the article, and its main conclusions. The abstract serves as an independent analytical text providing an adequate conception of the conducted research without any need to address the main text.
  • Keywords or phrases (6-8);
  • Information about the author (full name and surname, academic degree, academic title, position, and place of employment with postal code, ORCID, contact e-mail).

The main file of the article should contain: its title, text, footnotes, and a list of references at the end, both in Cyrillic and Latin . This requirement is essential for the anonymous review of all submitted manuscripts.

The authors, if necessary, indicate that the article was prepared with the financial support of an organization or within the framework of a grant.

  1. Bibliography

Bibliography in Cyrillic should be in the format established by the Russian Science Citation Index.

  1. Citations

Scientific literature, analytical reports, and articles in scientific editions should be cited in the manuscript’s body using an abbreviated form containing the authors’ surnames, year of publication, and pages. In case of no author indication, the title of the edition should be given instead. References should refer to the corresponding item in the list of references, which contains a complete bibliographic description of the source (see examples).

All other sources should be cited with in-page footnotes.

  1. List of references

List of references in Russian and English should be composed alphabetically. They include academic literature, analytical reports and article in academic periodic journals.

References in Russian should contain authors’ first and last names, year of publication, title of the book, place of publication, publishing house.

References to articles published in academic journals should contain authors’ first and last names, year of publication, title of the article, volume and number, page numbers; for Internet publications – URL and date of access.
DOIs should be given in the end of bibliographic reference.

References in English should contain the author’s surname and initials, year of publication, title of the work, place of publication, publisher. Title of a book should be given in italics.

Articles in scientific journals, collections, or works published in continuing series should contain the author’s surname and initials, year of publication, title of the article, title of the journal or series, volume and number for journals / place of publication and publisher for collection, number of pages or page numbers, electronic address, and access date (if any). Title of the journal, collection or series should be given in italic.

All information on Russian works should be transliterated to English in correspondence with transliteration rules bgn-pcgn (you can use automatic transliteration The place of publication should be given in full. The title of a book, report, or article should be transliterated and translated (translation should be given in square brackets).