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VESTNIK: The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies
Call for Papers, Editorial Board, Policies, and Processes

Vestnik, the Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, is the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research. We welcome and invite papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates. Research on any subject is accepted - politics, literature, art, history, linguistics, etc. If you have written solid research in the last year, send it to


Deadline for submissions for the next issue: May 15, 2017

Eligible Papers and Authors

Vestnik is a publication meant to showcase student work. To be eligible, a submission must have been written while the author was still a student. The author may be no more than two years out of university, and must be under the age of 35 at the time of submission. All student work is welcome, from all nationalities and all educational institutions, but the paper must be written in English. The paper must also be focused on a subject related to Russia, the USSR, and/or any state formerly a part of the USSR or the Soviet Bloc. Any subject that meets these criteria is welcomed including, but not limited to: art; history; literature; politics; and international relations.


$200 Jury Award

For every issue of Vestnik, one $200 Jury Award is presented. After publication, the editorial board will select the best (most interesting, original, well-written, and well-argued) submission. The recipient will be sent an official letter of congratulations along with a $200 check. This process will take into account as well how receptive the author was to improving the paper before publication under the guidance of our editorial board.



All contributors retain ownership of their contributions. Owners of the texts may present them at conferences, republish them for commercial or non-commercial purposes, or use them for any other purpose they see fit. Vestnik retains rights to the copy published in our journal. Once a paper is published in Vestnik, in cannot be "unpublished." It will remain in HTML and PDF and openly available on our site.

The information contained within papers published in Vestnik may be quoted or photocopied for academic and/or non-commercial purposes, but credit must be given to the author and Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies.

Any questions about our policies may be directed to the editor-in-chief.

Once an author has been accepted to the editing process and confirmed their acceptance to the editing process via email, the editing process, up to and including publication, may proceed at the discretion of the editor-in-chief. This includes cases where communication with the author, for whatever reason, is lost.



Students must indicate upon submission that they are in agreement with all policies and processes as presented on this page.

Submitted papers should include, at the top of the first page, the applicant’s name, major, class standing, a brief description of his/her future plans, and indication that the student is in agreement with all Vestnik policies and procedures. All policies and procedures are listed on the webpage you are currently reading. Since we are dealing with diverse subjects, we will accept any standard citation format. Submissions should be longer than five pages and should not be more than 25 pages (longer submissions may be accepted, but may need to be edited for length as part of the editing process described below). All submissions should be in 12-point TNR type with one-inch margins, double spaced, and in Word. Submissions in other formats - including PDF - will not be accepted. Our editing process uses Word and thus submissions should be in Word from the start.

Vestnik welcomes student translations. In the case of translations, unless the original document (the item translated) is in the public domain, translators must have permission from the original author in order to be published in Vestnik. 

All submissions should be emailed to Josh Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, at


Vestnik Editorial Process (Procedures):

Vestnik is an academic publication meant not only to showcase exceptional student work, but to act as a tool to help students improve their research and writing skills. To this end, the Vestnik editorial process is nontraditional and seeks to actively involve the contributor in a multi-step editing process.

  1. Initial Review - The Vestnik Editorial Board is responsible for approving or rejecting submissions.
  2. Round 1 - One member of the board will work directly with the student on improving the submission's organization, argumentation, clarity, and conciseness. This is handled mostly by making comments to the paper using Word's "Comment" function, general commentary delivered via email, and by annotated edits made directly to the submission.
  3. Round 2 - Once these major edits have been made, the wider editorial board reviews and comments on the resultant product. The student will be briefed on these comments and any additional edits that might be made or need to be made to the submission. The student should approve this second version.
  4. Round 3 - The authors of included submissions constitute a peer review board for the issue in which their submission will be published. Commentary will be shared (anonymously) with all students so that all may learn from each other. Students will be given a chance to make final edits based on this commentary. Students who give especially insightful commentary or who prove particularly adept at finding additional edits that should be made are sometimes invited to become student members of the board.
  5. Final Check - Once the paper has been finalized, the html and pdf versions of the journal are created and presented to all students for review. Students must review at least their own submissions for formatting issues and any final edits. Students are encouraged to additionally check eachothers work again for any outstanding issues or edits.

Of course, the process is often not as complicated as it may sound. Some submissions require very little content editing. Subsequent edits after Round 1 are often relatively minor. However, we believe that this basic system provides students with much insight to their research and gives an excellent opportunity to students to learn and to publish the best paper possible.


Vestnik Editorial Board

Joshua H. Wilson, M.A., Editor-in-Chief, Assistant Director of the School of Russian and Asian Studies
Renee Stillings, B.S., Director, The School of Russian and Asian Studies
Dr. Victor Peppard, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of World Languages, University of South Florida
Gina Peirce, M.A., Assistant Director, Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Pittsburgh
Gwen S. Myers, M.A., Retired History Teacher
Eleanor Nurmi, Seeking M.A. at University of Chicago (Student Editor)
Sophia Rehm, B.A. from University of Chicago (Student Editor)
Margaret Godwin-Jones, Seeking her second B.A. at Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University (Student Editor)
Jordyn Thompson, Seeking M.A. at Florida State University (Student Editor)
The Peer Review Board is composed of other contributing authors



If you have any questions or concerns about anything concerning Vestnik, contact Josh Wilson, Editor in Chief, at


"Article Processing"

Publication with Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies is free for contributors. "Article Processing Charges" are never required or requested. 

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