Guide for Authors
Kriosfera Zemli (Earth’s Cryosphere) is a topline peerreview periodical journal on the list of the Russian State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles.
It publishes results of original theoretical and methodological research concerned with various permafrost (cryosphere) issues: structure of cryosphere zones, characteristics and evolution of cryogenic features, problems of cryogenesis, methods and results of modeling for permafrost components, methods for studying permafrost on the Earth and other planets, advanced trends and approaches in permafrost science, with reference to interdisciplinary studies.
The publications include regular papers, as well as comprehensive subject reviews, discussions, critical and commentary articles, science news, and advertisement.
The journal neither pays royalty nor charges publication fees.
1. Manuscripts of articles, written in the Russian or English languages, are submitted in the electronic form at the Editorial’s address.
2. Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
3. The article should report an original research by the author(s), made with reference to the existing uptodate literature on the subject.
4. The title page information should include the title of the article, authors’ names with full affiliation addresses, and an abstract with key words.
· Give a concise and informative title.
· Indicate the family names and initials of all authors.
· Present the affiliations (where the actual work was done) below all names. Should the authors belong to different affiliations, mark the authors’ names with one or several asterisks and mark their affiliation names with the respective number of asterisks.
· Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the email address of each author.
· State briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions in the abstract, maximum 1300 characters.
· Provide a maximum of 7 keywords immediately after the abstract.
5. The paper structure should include Introduction, Main body with sections and subsections, and Conclusions containing the summary of the research results.
6. The SI system should be used for all values and measurement units.
7. All abbreviations should be defined at their first mention and be consistent throughout the text. Unjustified new (non standard) abbreviations should be avoided. No abbreviations are allowed in the abstract.
8. In regular articles, the text is generally limited to 30,000 characters (equivalent to seventeen 1.5 spaced singlecolumn pages of 1800 characters, in 14 pt), plus maximum 7 tables and figures. Review articles recommended by the chief editor or the editorial board, as well as articles specially commissioned by the editors, may exceed this length.
9. The use of MS Word ‘972003 word processing software is recommended.
10. The manuscript may be returned to the author(s) for revision, but this does not necessarily mean that it has been accepted for publication. To be accepted, the revised version has to be approved by the editors.
· Please, resubmit the revised version of the manuscript together with the original version and the answers to all reviewers’ remarks.
11. The text should be finally checked, dated, and signed by the author(s) before submission.
12. No proofreading by the author(s) is envisaged.
Equations and Formulas
1. Indent equations and mathematical expressions and designate them by numbers on the right end of the line. Number only the equations that are referred to in the text.
2. Use simple subscripts and superscripts, with the least possible number of characters, avoiding cumbersome combinations. Type subscripts and superscripts in a smaller font size and place them precisely above and below the respective symbols on the line, or choose the ‘subscript’ (‘superscript’) option in the font group menu.
3. Use italics for the Latin taxonomy of flora and fauna, but do not italicize chemical elements and the symbols like ‘sin’, ‘sh’, ‘Im’, ‘Re’, ‘ind’, ‘lim’, ‘inf’, ‘log’, ‘mах’, ‘ехр’, etc.
1. References cited in the text are listed after the main text.
· Referring to recent publications is especially encouraged.
· Only published works should be included in the reference list.
· Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa).
2. Citations in the text should be in square brackets as the author names and the year of publication. One name is given for a single author, both names for two authors, and the first author’s name followed by ‘et al.’ for three or more authors.
3. References in the reference list should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year should be identified by the letters ‘a’, ‘b’, ‘c’, etc., placed after the year of publication, and identified correspondingly in citations throughout the text.
4. The reference information should be arranged as follows.
Journal article: author(s) name(s) and initials, article title, full journal title, year of publication, volume, number, pagination.
Book: first author’s name and initials, book title, names and initials of the other authors, city, publisher, year of publication, pagination.
Book chapter: author(s) name(s), chapter title, book title, city, country (for proceeding volumes only), publisher, year of publication, pagination.
All names should be given if the number of authors is four or less; if there are more than four authors, three first names may be given, followed by ‘et al.’
The reference list may include also web references. For web references, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed.
· Reference to a journal publication:
Brown R.J.E., 1968. Permafrost map of Canada. Canadian Geographical Journal, LХХ, No. 12, pр. 56–63.
· Reference to an edited book:
Barsch D., 1996. Rockglaciers. SpringerVerlag, Berlin, 331 pp.
· Reference to a contribution in a proceeding volume:
Grechishchev S.E., Shankov V.V., 1993. Development of a physicalchemical model for cryogenic heaving and enlargement of segregated ice in freezing sandyclayey soil. Proc. of the Sixth Intern. Conf. on Permafrost (Beijing, July 5–9, 1993), Beijing, China, pp. 198–203.
· Web reference:
http://www.rfbr.ru/pic/22394ref/file.pdf (last access: 19.09.2007), or simply
URL: http://www.nir.ru/iawcenter/izd/index.html, if the web publication is described in the text.
1. Submit the tables in a separate file, not inserted into the text.
2. Use the same word processing format and font for the text and the tables.
3. Indicate the article title and the first author’s name before the tables.
4. Place notes to tables below the table body. Indicate the analytical method(s), the laboratory, and the analyst(s) names in the notes to tables of chemical, mineralogical, and other analyses.
1. Submit each illustration as a separate file, not inserted into the text.
2. Ensure that each illustration has a caption. Supply captions separately, not attached to the figures.
3. Submit figures in the original processing software used for the artwork (Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Surfer, Grapher, Word, Excel, Freehand, Adobe Photoshop, Origin, etc.).
4. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum, explain all symbols and abbreviations in the captions.
5. Ensure that the illustrations have good quality (brightness and contrast).
6. Size the illustrations within the dimensions of a printed page (165 x 225 mm).
· Please attach, as a separate file, full information about the author(s): family name, given name(s), scientific degree, title, position(s), affiliations (laboratory, subdepartment, department, institution name), postal address, phone number(s), Email.
· The authors are asked to complete an ‘Copyright License Agreement’, to be attached as a separate file upon manuscript submission. The full text of the agreement is available at the publisher’s website http://izdatgeo.ru
· The manuscripts that do not meet the above requirements will be returned to the authors without review.
· The published article is sent in a PDF file at the email address of the first author.
· By signing the manuscript and submitting it to the editorial, the author transfers the copyright to Academic Publishing House “Geo”.
Journal Kriosfera Zemli (Earth’s Cryosphere),
Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences,
37 Vavilov str., office 22, Moscow, 117312, Russia
Phone (499) 1245422; email: firstname.lastname@example.org