Publication ethics and malpractice statement

Publication ethics and malpractice statement

Name of the Journal: Yearbook Japan

Website of the Journal: URL:

ISSN 0235-8182

Included in Russian Scientific Digital Library “” and Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI).

Included in Russian Scientific Digital Library “”.

The Yearbook Japan is the core annual edition of Russian academic community specializing in the sphere Japanese studies. The decision to publish it was taken on February 26, 1971 at a meeting of the Japanese studies section of the Scientific Council for the Coordination of Research Works in Oriental Studies of the Presidium of the USSR Academy of Sciences. The publication of the yearbook, launched in 1972 by the initiative group of Soviet Japanologists, has not been interrupted ever since.

The concept of the yearbook assumes coverage of the widest range of scientific problems of Japanese studies, including issues of domestic and foreign policy of Japan, its economy and society, history, literature and linguistics, culture and religion. The Yearbook Japan contains articles rubricated in the sections of foreign and domestic politics, economics and society, history, and culture. The yearbook provides with analytical materials over the economic, political, social and cultural processes occurring in Japan.

Since 2007, the materials of the yearbook have been placed in the Scientific Electronic Library (, and are taken into account in the Russian Science Citation Index.

Ownership and management

The founder of the Yearbook Japan is the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In the Soviet period, the Yearbook, considered to be the organ of the Japanese studies section of the USSR Academy of Sciences, was published by the Nauka Publishing House with the support of two academic institutions: the Institute of Oriental Studies and the Institute of the Far East.

Since 1994, the yearbook has been published as the official journal of the Association of Japanese Studies and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The yearbook receives financial support from the Japan Foundation and the International Chodiev Foundation.


Streltsov Dmitry V., Doctor of Sciences (History), Professor, Head of the Department of Oriental Studies, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University), Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation, Leading Researcher of the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Chairman of the Association of Japanologists. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Editorial Board

Chugrov Sergei V., DSc (Sociology), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University)

Dyakonova Elena M., PhD (Philology), Russian State University for the Humanities

Grishachev Sergei V., PhD (History), Russian State University for the Humanities

Kazakov Oleg I. (Executive Secretary), Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

Katasonova Elena L., DSc (History), Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

Kistanov Valerii O., DSc (History), Institute of Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

Streltsov Dmitry V. (Editor-in-chief), DSc (History), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University)

Lebedeva Irina P., DSc (Economics), Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Science

Meshcheryakov Aleksandr N., DSc (History), Higher School of Economics - National Research University

Panov Aleksandr N., DSc (Political Science), Institute for US and Canadian Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences

Editorial Council

Alpatov Vladimir M. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (Philology), Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Chugrov Sergei V. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (Sociology)

Datsyshen Vladimir G. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (History)

Gordon Andrew (USA), Professor

Grishachev Sergei V. (Russia), PhD (History)

Gurevich Tatiyana M. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (Culturology), PhD (Philology)

Ivanov Oleg P. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (Political Science)

Katasonova Elena L. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (History)

Kistanov Valerii O. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (History)

Korchagina Tatiyana I. (Russia), PhD (Philology)

Krneta Natalija (Serbia), PhD (Philology)

Krupyanko Mikhail I. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (Political Science)

Kuznetsov Sergei I. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (History)

Lebedeva Irina P. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (Economics)

Louzianin Sergei G. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (History)

Mazurik Victor P. (Russia), PhD (Philology)

Nechaeva Lyudmila T. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (Pedagogy)

Nosov Mikhail G. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (History), Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Panov Aleksandr N. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (Political Science)

Pestushko Yurii S. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (History)

Shimotomai Nobuo (Japan), Professor

Shnyrko Aleksandr A. (Russia), PhD (Philology)

Shodiev Fattah K. (Russia), PhD (Political Science)

Shulatov Yaroslav A. (Russia), PhD (History)

Simoniya Nodari A. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (History), Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Simonova-Gudzenko Ekaterina K. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (History)

Stockwin Arthur (UK), Professor

Suzuki Yoshikazu (Japan), Professor

Timonina Irina L. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (Economics)

Ostrovskii Andrey V. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (Economics)

Vojtishek Elena E. (Russia), Doctor of Sciences (History)

Authors and 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.

Peer-review process

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.

Publication ethics

The Editorial Board of Yearbook Japan is committed to the values of research reputation and high standards of publication activities. The editorial staff takes into account the best international and Russian publishing practices. The Editorial Board of the Yearbook in its activities is guided by generally accepted in the international scientific community standards of editorial and publishing ethics, peer review and authorship of scientific publications, which are enshrined in the Declaration of the Association of scientific editors and publishers (ASEP), and in recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and Publishing Ethics Resource Kit for editors (PERK) developed by Elsevier publisher.

The Editorial Board of the Yearbook takes as a premise that authors and peer reviewers are familiar with the authors’ ethical principles and peer review ethical principles reflected in the abovementioned documents and the recommendations of the Committee.

By submitting a manuscript the author confirms that he/she possesses author’s rights for it, as well as agrees to comply with the Criteria of Authorship and Authors’ Ethical Principles.

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works. If the authors have used the work or a part of works of other authors, this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

As a supervisor of the single-blind peer review process, the Editorial Board is obliged to provide for conditions excluding any conflict of interests between the sides. Author or co-author of the reviewed work cannot act as reviewer, as well as scientific supervisor of scientific degree candidates.

Yearbook Japan denounces all forms of publication malpractice, including plagiarism, duplicate submission, misappropriation of research results and fraud. Plagiarism in all its forms, from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. In each of these cases preparation manuscript can be recalled from the Yearbook.

Yearbook Japan ensures the integrity and transparency of each published article. In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication, or plagiarism the publisher will take all appropriate measures, including the prompt publication of a correction statement or, in the most severe cases, the retraction of the affected work.

As part of its ethical code the Editorial Board of the Yearbook is bound by the principle of confidentiality regarding individual articles under review or in the process of publication, as well as their authors and peer-reviewers. The Editorial Board will require the same level of ethical awareness from it peer-reviewers.

The Yearbook does not accept payments for publication. Any attempt by authors or other interested parties to offer such payment could result in rejection of the submitted manuscript.

Published articles may not represent the point of view of the Founders, Editorial Council or Editorial Board.

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.