In cases where the reviewers or an Editorial Board Member have requested amendments, the manuscript is sent to the authors with remarks by the reviewers and/or the Scientific Editor. The authors are requested to indicate all sites in the manuscript where revisions are made. In case of dissent from a reviewer or the Editor, the author(s) should substantiate his/her opinion.
A manuscript sent by the Editor after review and revised in accordance with reviewer’s remarks should be returned to the Editor within 21 days after its receipt by the author(s). An article returned after the expiration of this term will be assigned a new date of submission.
The journal does not provide authors with hard copies of proofs. The article is sent to its authors in the form of a *.pdf file. No revisions of the text, figures, or tables are allowed at the proofreading step. If corrections are made, the proofs should be returned to the Editor together with a separate file with a detailed list of the corrections.
The journal reserves the right to reject articles out of the journal scope or breaching the instructions to authors without reviewing.
Electronic mail is used by editors and reviewers for communication with authors at all steps of work with manuscripts; therefore, authors are requested to indicate carefully their email addresses.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work licensed 6 months after publication under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
I. Before submission
The submission of a paper to Letters to the Vavilov Journal of Genetics and Breeding implies that
- the paper has not been published in other media;
- the paper is not being reviewed in another media outlet; and
- all co-authors agree with the publication of the current version of the paper.
Prior to the submission, make sure that the file(s) contain(s) all the necessary information in Russian and English; references to the sources of information presented in figures and tables are indicated; and all quotations are checked and provided with pages of the source.
Authors are encouraged to indicate their Open Researcher and Contributor IDs (ORCIDs). If an author has none, he/she can register at https://orcid.org/. ORCID ID is a nonprofitable project aimed at the assignment of a unique code to each author of scientific articles. Absence of an ORCID ID does not preclude the publication.
The Editorial Board of Letters to the Vavilov Journal of Genetics and Breeding recommends authors to adhere the following materials:
In preparing systematic reviews: “PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses)“;
In preparing articles presenting the results of qualitative studies: “SRQR (Standards for reporting qualitative research):;
In preparing articles reporting the results of randomized clinical trials: “CONSORT 2010 checklist of information to include when reporting a randomized trial“.
II. How to submit
Manuscripts are submitted to the Editorial Board by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The manuscript should be attached as a Microsoft Word file: *.doc, *.docx, or *.rtf.
III. Communication between the journal and the author(s)
The Editorial Board carries on correspondence with the corresponding author, and copies of letters are sent to all authors whose e-mail addresses are indicated.
All submitted manuscripts are checked for compliance with formal requirements. At this step, the manuscript can be returned to the author(s) so that they could revise it, eliminate errors, and add lacking data. The journal also reserves the right to reject articles out of the journal scope or breaching the instructions to authors without reviewing.
After this preliminary check, the manuscript is sent to a reviewer with indication of the term of review. The corresponding author is duly notified thereof.
Peer reviewing is performed by the members of the Editorial Council and Editorial Board and also by invited reviewers – leading experts in the topics of the reviewed manuscripts.
A manuscript receiving a favorable review is passed to the editorial department.
In cases where the reviewers or an Editorial Board Member have requested amendments, the reviewer’s remarks and comments are sent to the author. The author is expected to revise the manuscript in accordance with the remarks within three weeks. If the revised version is not sent to the Editorial Board, the manuscript is taken off the register.
In case of manuscript rejection, the decision is sent to the author.
The author authorized to carry on correspondence with the Editorial Board is sent the final proof for approval. The reply from the authors is being expected for 48 h. If no reply is received, the proof is considered approved.
IV. Revision of decisions of the Editor/Reviewer
In case of dissent from a reviewer or the Editor, the author(s) should clearly detail and substantiate his/her opinion.
V. Scenario for detection of plagiarism, data falsification, or hoax
If plagiarism, data falsification, or hoax are identified, the COPE guidelines on plagiarism will be followed.
VI. Correction of errors and article retraction
In case of detection of errors in an article that affect its perception but not distort the presented results of the study, the errors can be corrected by replacing the pdf file with the article and indicating the error in the file itself and on the page of the article on the website of the journal.
In case of detection of errors distorting the results of the study, the article may be retracted. The retraction procedure can be initialized by the Editorial Board, author, institution, or a private person.
A retracted article is labeled “Article retracted”, and the information on the reasons for the retraction is placed on the webpage of the article. Information on article retraction is sent to databases where the journal is indexed.