Rules for Articles of the Journal “Voprosy Materialovedeniya”
(Problems of materials science)



Dear Authors!


Since 2011, the editorial board selects the best articles among those published every year and recommends them for publication in the journal "Inorganic Materials: Applied Research", published by "Pleiades Publishing, Ltd". The choice is based on assessments and evaluations of independent experts. Thus, the authors are kindly requested to follow these rules paying attention to the fact that the original agreements must be submitted together with the manuscripts:


1) License agreement granting the publisher (FSUE CRISM "Prometey") with copyright to use and publish articles in Russian (two copies);


 2) Transfer agreement granting the editor ("Pleiades Publishing, Ltd") with copyright to publish articles in English (two copies).


 The editorial board of the journal "Inorganic Materials: Applied Research" and the publishing company "Pleiades Publishing, Ltd" makes a final decision as to exactly what articles would be published in English.




 Guidelines for Authors


The editorial board of the "Voprosy Materialovedeniya" requests authors who would like to publish their papers to follow the rules oriented on computer typesetting of the text. Texts that do not meet the requirements set forth here will be returned to the authors for revision.


1. General Recommendations


1.1. For publication purposes we accept papers, which contain new scientific knowledge in the field of modern materials science based on harmonious combination of theoretical and applied research, experimental development and industrial application of new materials and technologies.


1.2. All articles accepted for probable publication are reviewed by independent experts and, if necessary, are sent to the authors for correction, completion or substantial reviewing. This does not mean that the article is accepted for publication, since the editorial board makes decision to publish or not publish the article after the review of the final version according to the reader’s opinion.


 – Metallurgy and metallography, heat treatment of metals and alloys;

– Materials for hull structures and power equipment, material science in mechanical engineering;

– Constructional nanostructured materials and nanotechnologies, including nanosized and nanostructured powder materials;

 – Polymer and metallic composites, porous nanocomposites;

– Functional materials with desired properties (amorphous, intermetallic compounds, "intelligent" high-temperature superconductors, magnetic nanomaterials, fullerenes and nanotubes, functionally graded coatings, composite materials, biocompatible materials, diamond-like films, nanocatalysts);

 – Welding and allied processes, welding materials and technologies;

 – Corrosion and protection of metals;

 – Radioactive material science;

 – Structural and technological strength and materials performance;

 – Testing, diagnostics and quality control of materials.


 1.4. The manuscript should be signed by all authors. The editorial board considers the receipt date as the date of paper’s submission and keeps the original submission date, provided that the article returns within 3 months after readers’ comments. If article is substantially rewritten, the journal publishes the date of final version submission.


 1.5. Following documents must be submitted besides the text and drawings:

 – Recommendation of the organization where article has been prepared (recommendation from a foreign institution is provided only if required by its rules), expert recommendation for its publication (for authors from the Russian Federation);

 – License agreement granting the publisher with copyright for the use, publication and publishing of the article in Russian (2 copies). Notice that author’s fee is provided only to the authors of the Russian Federation;

 – Agreement on the transfer of copyright to publish an article in English (in 2 copies). Agreement forms can be downloaded at the Institute site:


 1.6. Authors must submit the following information about themselves and their affiliation:

 – First name, second name, middle name (in full);

 – Degree, academic rank, fields of interest;

 – Place of work (name of organization, city, and country), position, address, telephone number (home or work), fax, e-mail address. There also would be information on person in charge for operational communications and solving issues arising in reviewing and editing articles, his/her contact telephone number and email address.


1.7. The authors publishing their articles abroad should provide English spelling of their names, which was used in previous publications in order to avoid confusion in the future; it is recommended to provide English translation for used highly technical terms.


1.8. All authors should cite papers published in the journals included in the list of scientific publications of degrees applicants recommended by VAK (High Attestation Committee). The quoting of brochures, abstracts and other unreviewed publications is not allowed. It is also not allowed to refer to the unpublished works (Research and Development technical reports, in-house documents, materials with restrictions). The self-quoting should not exceed 30% and the publications of the last 5–10 years must make up at least 30% of all references.


1.9. When foreign surnames, names of foreign educational institutions, companies, branded products, etc. are mentioned in the text (except for well-known, which could be found in encyclopedias, and those referenced in the bibliography), there should be given their original spelling nearby, in parentheses.


1.10. The articles may be rejected by the editorial board for non-compliance to these rules, inconsistencies with thematic focus of the journal or level of research, as well as negligence to manuscript preparation standards. Manuscripts not accepted for publication will not be returned.


1.11. The editorial staff reserves the right to make editorial changes and corrections. Spelling, grammar, or stylistic changes are being made without the consent of the authors.


1.12. There is no fee for publication for authors, including degree applicants.


 2. Manuscript presentation


 2.1. Electronic and printed versions of the article should be submitted to the editorial board. Final copy of the proofreading should be signed by all authors. Electronic and paper versions are to be identical.


 2.2. The manuscript should include the following elements: UDC (Universal Decimal Classification) number; names and initials of the authors, their academic degrees; paper’s name; a brief summary; contents (text, figures and tables); a list of references, abstract with keywords, figure captions.


 2.2.1. Abstract and summary must be prepared in accordance with "Summary and abstract. General requirements” (GOST 7.9-95; IS0214-76). Summary is a brief description of the main articles topics (3–4 lines). Abstract is a brief summary of the article, including basic information, a description of the performed methodology and main results and their field of application (500–700 characters). Abstract and summary should not repeat the conclusion.


2.2.2. Abstract, keywords, paper’s title and authors’ names should be submitted both in English and Russian.


2.3. The article should be divided into logically related parts depending on the contents (e.g. "Introduction", "Materials and methods of research/Procedure", "Results/Discussion", "Conclusion", "References"). The article should be free from repetitions, unnecessary details; wide known statements, cumbersome tables and formulas.


2.4. The electronic version of the article should include: – Text file containing abstract, summary, main text of the article, including tabular material, references, and figure captions; – Files that contain figures (each one in a separate file). File name should not use Cyrillic letters and spaces.


 2.5. The manuscript should be printed on one side white A4 size paper (297 × 210 mm). The text must be entered in a True Type 12pt font with 1.5 line spacing, margin on the left hand should be not less than 30 mm, and other margins should be of at least 20 mm. All pages should be numbered. Pictures, captions, tables, references and an abstract should be printed on separate sheets.


2.6. The average article length equals to 20 thousand characters, i.e. 8–9 pages, 3–4 tables (not bulky), and 2 to 5 figures. The total volume should not exceed 0.7 copyright sheets.


 2.7. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to  or on a removable data-storage device; while control printing, organization and expert recommendations for publication, as well as license copyright transfer agreements should be sent by post.


 2.8. The file backup using standard packers (for the formats ZIP, RAR) is accepted.


 3. Formatting of articles:


3.1. The work’s text should be submitted in Microsoft Word for Windows (1997–2003); text formats: .doc or .rtf; .docx is not accepted.


3.2. Usage of standard Windows True Type fonts is implied.


 3.3. Use physical units and designations adopted in the International System of Units (SI) (GOST 9867-61).


3.4. Avoid abbreviations. All of them in the text should be expanded, except small number of commonly used.


3.5. Mathematical formulas formatted on a separate line should be typed in MathType.


3.6. Tables should be created using Word or MS Excel.


3.7. Graphic must meet the following requirements:


3.7.1. All figures are to be presented only in black and white.


 3.7.2. Size of drawings should not be less than 5 × 6 cm and not more than 12.6 × 22.5 cm; for vector graphics most preferred format is 6 × 9 cm; for microstructures, 4 × 6 cm 3.7.3. Raster drawings are to be made using TIFF or JPG format with a resolution of 600 dpi, the 256 Shades of the RGB Greyscale. We do not accept scans from other publications.


3.7.4. Vector drawings should be provided as separate files using the format of the program in which they have been made, e.g. CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, and FreeHand.


3.7.5. Photographs will be accepted for processing in JPG or TIFF format with a resolution of at least 300 dpi.


3.7.6. The scale is required for photographs of microstructures (not the increase).


3.8. Formatting of Reference list:


3.8.1. Bibliography should be given as a general list at the end of the paper in accordance with GOST 7.1-2003. When citing the original text or its translation from lawfully published sources to the extent justified by the intended purpose, be sure to specify the name of the author whose work is used and the sources of borrowing.


3.8.2. All references should be made in their original language and numbered according the order of their appearance in the text. Names in Japanese, Chinese and other languages that use non-Latin script, should be given in Latin.


3.8.3. Bibliographic reference in the text should be given as a sequence number in square brackets.


3.8.4. Books translations must be accompanied by references to the original publications.


3.8.5. All references should contain the following information: In references to journals, names and initials of all authors, article title, journal name, year, volume, number, and reference pages must be indicated. In references to books, names and initials of all authors, title, city, publishers, year, volume, part, and chapter number must be indicated, together with the total number of pages, or reference pages. In references to conference proceedings, seminars, symposia, and other meetings, their full names must be indicated, together with names and initials of all authors, paper’s title, location and year of the venue. If possible, for published conference proceedings please indicate the editors and publishers, volume, number, and the first page number of the source.


3.9. Every author can translate his/her article into English (spelling USA) and send it together with the original text. Doing the translation one should meet the requirements of the "Interperiodica House Style Guide" (