Institute for the History of Material Culture RAS
Pervobytnaia arkheologiia. Zhurnal mezhdistsiplinarnykh issledovanii
Prehistoric Archaeology. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
Pervobytnaia arkheologiia. Zhurnal mezhdistsiplinarnykh issledovanii
Prehistoric Archaeology. Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

Editorial policy and publication ethics


The Editorial Board of PAJIS is guided in its activities by the principles of science, objectivity, professionalism, impartiality and opposes any forms of unethical behavior and plagiarism. The journal follows ethical norms and international standards established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and enshrined in the code adopted by it ( We are also committed to the rules set out in the Declaration of the Association of Science Editors and Publishers "Ethical Principles for Scientific Publications".

All parties involved in the preparation of materials for publication in the journal, namely: authors, reviewers, members of the editorial board, must follow the principles of publication ethics listed below.

Basic principles for authors

1. The authors warrant that the work they submit is original. Any use of materials and ideas of other authors should properly acknowledged, cited or quoted. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Plagiarism detection automatically results in a refusal to publish.

2. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the writing of the work, to the development of its concept, preparation of illustrations, collection of material, analysis and interpretation.

3. The consent of all authors for publication is mandatory.

4. Authors are obliged to inform the editors if the article submitted by them for consideration or its modified version is in parallel also under consideration in other publications or has already been published earlier (including in other languages).

5. In works of a polemical nature, containing criticism of colleagues, it is necessary to observe the norms of academic ethics and scientific correctness. Otherwise, the editorial board reserves the right to reject the material.

Basic principles for the editor-in-chief and members of the editorial board

1. The Editor and Members of the Editorial Board have no right to disclose information about the submitted manuscript to anyone except its author and reviewers. Unpublished materials cannot be used by the Editorial Board members, Editors or Reviewers for personal or any other purposes. The Editors strictly adhere to the rule of anonymity of Reviewers.

2. The main criteria for evaluating articles submitted for consideration by the Editorial Board and for making a decision on their acceptance or rejection are their compliance with the subject of the Journal, scientific value, originality, clarity of presentation and compliance with the requirements of scientific ethics. The selection process for publication in PAJIS is not influenced by any political, ethnic, racial, gender, commercial or other external factors.

3. The final text of the article must be agreed with the Author. The publication of an article under the Author's name implies the occurrence of copyright. The publication of a text not agreed with the Author, as well as the introduction of unauthorized persons into the number of co-authors, is a violation of copyright and therefore is unacceptable.

4. If necessary, the Authors of published articles and reviews, as well as the Authors of reviewed books, are given the opportunity to respond to criticism and other claims on the pages of the journal.

Basic principles for reviewers

1. Materials submitted for review must be evaluated objectively and in a timely manner.

2. Reviewers are obliged to maintain the confidentiality of the materials they are considering, strictly observing the Author's right not to disclose the information contained in the article until its publication.

3. In the event of a conflict of interests, the Reviewer must notify the Editor. If it is impossible to overcome the conflict, the Reviewer refuses to review.


The Editorial Board of PAJIS adheres to the “open access” policy to published materials. Under the “open access” in accordance with the Budapest “Open Access” Initiative (BOAI) the Editorial Board implies a free access to journal’s content via the Internet and the right of each user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to full-text articles, to search the content by robot indexers, enter these articles as data to software or use them for other legitimate purposes in the absence of financial, legal and technical barriers, except those that regulate an access to the Internet. The electronic version of the Journal is freely available on the journal's website, as well as in open access databases.

Open-access license: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)



The authors are encouraged to place their works in repositories of their choice. Only the publisher’s final version (reviewed and edited) is allowed to be used. The use of the pre-review versions is not permitted. Reference to PAJIS is obligatory.


Publication in the journal of information about the authors (family name, affiliation, postal address, e-mail address, ORCID number, etc.) is carried out in the interests of the authors in order to correctly record their publications, citation, and to enable authors to contact the colleagues. This information can be used solely for the purposes listed above and will not be used for any other purposes or provided to other persons and organizations.


The Editorial Board strives to prevent any conflicts of interest between the participants of the publication process. All the participants of the publication process (authors, reviewers, Editorial Board members) must disclose competing interests that may affect the evaluation and interpretation of the submitted manuscript. Authors should declare conflicts of interest at the time of manuscript submission, reviewers are required to declare possible conflicts of interest at the beginning of the evaluation process.

All sources of financial support for the article (grants, state programs, etc.) should be disclosed and necessarily listed in the manuscript.

If the conflict of interest proves to be intractable, the article cannot be accepted for publication.


Copyright for publications is reserved for the authors for an unlimited period. The author has exclusive rights. The authors transfer the rights to publish the article to the journal’s publishing house only on the basis of a non-exclusive license. This means that the authors can transfer the rights to publish the article in other journals, but only after its first publication in PAJIS which should be referred to in all subsequent publications. On the basis of a non-exclusive license, obtained from the author, the publisher uploads all articles on journal’s official web-site on the principle of an open access.

The term ‘Author’ includes all persons (co-authors), who took part in conducting the research and preparation of the articles and are responsible for its content.

The responsibility for the completeness of the submission of the authorship team and coordination with the co-authors of all changes made to the draft of the manuscript on the results of its review and editing, lies with the person (author) who has submitted the manuscript and the Author Agreement Form (filed and signed) to the Editorial Board


In accordance with the retraction guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the editors should consider retracting a publication if:

1) there is clear evidence that the data are unreliable, either as a result of major error (miscalculation, etc.) or as a result of fabrication or falsification;

2) the article constitutes plagiarism;

3) the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper attribution to previous sources or disclosure to the editor, permission to republish;

4) the article contains materials/data without authorisation for use

If the author(s) find it necessary to retract the article, they contact the Editorial Office, explaining the reason for their decision. If the Editorial Board decides to retract the article on the basis of its expertise or information from third parties, the Editorial Board informs the author(s) about the decision and explains the reason for the retraction. The article and the description of the article remain on the journal’s website with the inscription RETRACTED and the date of retraction. The same inscription is placed in the table of contents of the issue.