One of the oldest academic humanities journals. Founded by Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The journal is published once a year. Being a press organ of Russian Byzantinists, “Vizantiiskii Vremennik” played significant role for the organization and development of national and international Byzantine and medieval studies.
Today this yearbook publishes materials dedicated to the history and the culture of Byzantium, its political and cultural relationship.
The Editorial Board includes leading Russian and foreign scientists. The Editorial Board reviews both articles of well-known scientists and young professionals, graduate students and PhDs. Up to the present about 3.500 articles have been published, and the number of authors exceeds 700.
All the articles to be published must meet the compulsory rules for authors, the publishing ethics and pass the peer reviewing procedure.
The journal is aimed at the development of the historical sciences. It reflects the significant achievements in the study of Byzantine and maintains the work of those scientists who are interested in publishing theirs major scientific results.
The editorial board follows the recommendations of the International Committee on Publication Ethics (Committee on Publication Ethics, COPE https://publicationethics.org) and is committed to strict supervision of incoming materials. Upon admission the materials are tested for plagiarism. Authors’ works are published on the basis of the author's agreement, signed in case of a positive decision on the acceptance of the article for publication.
If the author fails to comply with the requirements for the design of the article, refuses to correct the text according to the comments of reviewers, if plagiarism is revealed, the editorial board reserves the right to refuse the author to publish. In the cases noted, the journal is not responsible for the delay or cancellation of the publication of the author’s material.
All the articles located at the official website can be viewed, copied and used for citation. One must not borrow any fragments without attributing them to the original source.
Articles published within a current year are available at elibrary.ru (see the links at the issue pages). Articles published earlier than a current year are in the full access from the main website of the journal.
Chief Editor — Sergey Karpov, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of History, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of History of Lomonosov Moscow State University.
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Deputy Editor — Igor Medvedev, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, Doctor of History, Chief Researcher of St. Petersburg Institute for History of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
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Deputy Editor — Mikhail Bibikov, Prof. Habil., Doctor of History, Head of Department of Byzantine History and Eastern Christianity of Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
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Editorial Secretary — Alexey Kryukov, Assistant Professor of Department of Ancient Languages of the Faculty of History of Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Leonid Belyaev, Doctor of History, Head of Department of Moscow Archaeology of Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow), Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Rossyjskaja arkheologija” (= Archaeology of Russia);
Vera Zalesskaya, Doctor of Art Criticism, Leading Researcher of the State Hermitage (Saint Petersburg);
Galina Lebedeva, Doctor of History, Head of Department of History of the Middle Ages of the Faculty of History of Saint Petersburg State University;
Margarita Polyakovskaya, Doctor of History, Professor of Department of History of Ancient World and Middle Ages of Institute of Humanities and Arts, of Ural Federal University (Ekaterinburg);
Olga Popova, Doctor of Art Criticism, Professor of the Department of General Art History of the Faculty of History of Lomonosov Moscow State University;
Vladimir Sedov, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Art Criticism, Leading Researcher of Archaeological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow);
Boris Florya, Doctor of History, Corresponding Member of Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, Head of Department of History of Middle Ages of Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
Alexandra Chekalova, Doctor of History, Professor, Leading Researcher of Department of History of Byzantium and Eastern Christian Culture of Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
Rustam Shukurov, Doctor of History, Associate Professor of Department of History of Middle Ages of the Faculty of History of Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Mikhail Gratsianskiy, PhD, Leading Researcher of the Faculty of History of Lomonosov Moscow State University.
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Pavel Kuzenkov, PhD, Associate Professor of Department of Church History of the Faculty of History of Lomonosov Moscow State University.
Michel Balard, Professor Emeritus of Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris, France).
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Antonio Carile, Professor Emeritus of University of Bologna (Italy).
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Nodar Lomouri, Doctor of History, Professor, Director of the Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts (Tbilisi).
Chryssa Maltezou, Ordinary Member of the Academy of Athens, Professor of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece).
Petr Tolochko, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Doctor of History, Director of Institute of Archaeology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv).
Xenia Khvostova, Doctor of History, Chief Researcher of Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow).
Peter Schreiner,Full Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Professor Emeritus of the University of Cologne (Germany).
Vasil Gyuzelev, Full Member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Sofia).
All the submitted articles are subjected to a single-blind review.
The reviewing procedure is carried out by reviewers who are mainly from among the members of the Editorial Board, as well as by invited experts. All reviewers are recognized experts on the subject of the article reviewed and have publications on the same subject over the past 3 years.
The decision on the choice of a reviewer is made by the Chief Editor and the Editorial Secretary. Each article is sent to at least two reviewers.
Reviews are kept in the editorial office for 5 years.
Following the review of the manuscript, the reviewer makes recommendations on the further fate of the manuscript (each decision of the reviewer is justified):
the work is recommended for publication in a given form;
the work is recommended for publication after correcting the deficiencies noted by the reviewer;
the work needs additional review by another specialist;
the work cannot be published in the journal.
If the review contains recommendations on the correction and revision of the manuscript, the editors send the author the text of the review with a proposal to take them into account and to prepare the new version of the manuscript or to refute them reasonably (partially or completely). The manuscript modified by the author is re-sent for review.
The decision to refuse to publish the manuscript is made collectively by editorial board in accordance with the recommendations of the reviewers. The paper, which is not recommended by the decision of the editorial board for publication, is not accepted for reconsideration. The message about the refusal to publish will be sent to the author by e-mail along with the reviews.
If the author and reviewers have insoluble contradictions regarding the manuscript, the editorial board has the right to send the manuscript for additional reviewing. In conflict situations, the decision is made by the responsible editor at the meeting of the Editorial Board.
A positive review is not sufficient to publish an article. The final decision on the publication is made by the Editorial Board. In conflict situations, the decision is made by the Chief Editor.
In case of refusal of the authors to revise the materials, they must notify the editors in writing or orally of their refusal to publish the article.
After the Editorial Board makes a decision on admission of an article to publication, the editors inform the author and indicate the approximate publication time.
The editors send copies of the reviews to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russian Federation upon request.
Each issue of a journal that is ready for publication is reviewed by two specialists who are not members of the Editorial Board or Editorial Advisory Board. Based on these reviews, the academic council of the journal founder makes a decision on the publication of the journal.
The journal accepts articles on the history and culture of Byzantium, its political and cultural bonds with the surrounding nations. All accepted materials should pass the reviewing procedure and are checked for plagiarism.
The submitted material must be original, it should not be previously published in other periodicals. By sending a manuscript in the journal, the author assumes the obligation not to publish it either fully or partially without the consent of the editors. Submission of article means the transfer by the author of exclusive copyright to his work in accordance with the Copyright Agreement. The editors reserve the right not to return the materials sent to the author.
Materials proposed for publication should be sent to the editorial email address. Before submitting an article, the author should check if it meets the Requirements for published materials. In case of non-compliance with the specified requirements, the editors reserve the right to ask the author for revision of the article.
The volume of the manuscript is calculated taking into account footnotes, but excluding additional materials.
The fee for publication is not charged.