Editorial Policy

Aim and Scope
Publication Frequency
Open Access Policy
Editorial Ethics
Policy of Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
Derivation and Plagiarism
Preprint and Postprint Policy
Author Fees

Aim and Scope

The Journal’s mission is to maintain the best traditions of Russian musicology and to contribute towards its integration into the international academic community. The editorial policy of the Journal is aimed at uniting the efforts of Russian and foreign scholars in the study of the past and present of Russian music and at supporting a fruitful international dialogue on a wide range of current academic issues.

Thematic scope. The Journal publishes papers on all musicological topics, such as the history of Russian and European music, musical terminology, analysis of musical forms, modern composition techniques, history and theory of musical genres, history of musical instruments, sacred music, musical theater, musical psychology, musical sociology, source studies and musical textual criticism, musical aesthetics, philosophy of music.

The types of manuscripts permitted for publication. The bulk of the publications are original research articles. Great importance is also attached to the publication of primary sources (annotated scholarly editions of musical treatises, correspondence of prominent musicians, memoirs, etc., including translations). The Journal also accepts book reviews, review articles, translations of published articles from foreign journals (with the consent of the right holder), roundtable discussions, and essays.

Main sections

From the History of European Music
From the History of Russian Music
From the History of 20th-Century Music
Problems of Music Theory
Musical Theatre
History of Music Through Documents
Music Pedagogy
Music and Cinema


Publication Frequency

Quarterly, both in print and online (March, June, September, December).


The Journal makes full-text archives on the Russian Science Electronic Library platform. 16 hard copies of each issue are handed over to the Russian Book Chamber, which sends them for storage to the main Russian libraries.


Articles have been published in this journal are indexed by Russian Scientific Citation Index (RSCI).

Open Access Policy

The Journal provides readers with open access to articles, guided by the following principle: free access to research results stimulates the development of science and facilitates the global exchange of knowledge. For more information, please read BOAI statement.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License


1. Submitted manuscripts are delivered to the Editorial Board for initial screening. The time for consideration is up to 30 days. The manuscript may be rejected without reviewing in the following cases: the paper does not fit the journal’s scope; insufficient or exceeded volume; lack of references, abstract, or keywords; non-compliance with the rules of text formatting; careless or inconsistent presentation; a number of grammar errors; as well as plagiarism or incorrect borrowing. Should the article be rejected after initial screening, a notice will be sent to the authors in writing.

2. After submission, all materials must be sent for review to the acknowledged experts within the same field of research.

3. Reviewing is carried out anonymously by two independent experts (double-blind peer review process). Reviews are stored by the publisher and by the Editorial Board within the next 5 years.

4. The reviewers make a recommendation to the Editorial Board whether the manuscript should be rejected or accepted (with or without revisions). The Editorial Board considers all the feedback from peer reviewers and makes an informed decision to accept or reject the manuscript.

5. The time for reviewing is up to 60 days.

6. In the case of major revisions required, the revised manuscript is to be sent to the same experts for a second round of peer review.

7. The Editorial Board delivers to the authors of the submitted manuscript the review copies or a reasoned refusal.

8. After the positive decision, the Author(s) and the Publisher sign a licensing agreement..

9. Publication in the journal is free of charge for all the authors.

Editorial Ethics

Publishing ethics policy of the Journal of Moscow Conservatory follows the guidelines designed by the international Committee on Publication Ethics (СОРЕ). The Editorial Board is responsible for the quality of published articles and ensures maintaining publication ethics by the editors, reviewers, and authors. Manuscripts, which contents violate the RF law, are prohibited from publication.

Editors’ responsibilities:
— to be impartial, not to give preference to authors on the basis of gender, race, religious belief, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, official status and other conditions unrelated to the scientific value of the work;
— to have no conflict of interest concerning the articles that they reject or accept;
— to engage competent reviewers, to practice double-blind peer-review process;
— to keep confidential all details of the editorial and peer-review process on submitted manuscripts, not to disclose the personal data of authors and reviewers;
— to faithfully edit the texts accepted for publication, to make revisions and to read proofs in agreement with the authors;
— to answer complaints concerning peer-reviewed manuscripts or published works. If a conflict is found, the editorial staff must take all necessary measures to restore any rights that were violated.

Authors’ responsibilities:
— to provide scientific novelty and high scholarly level of the submitted manuscripts;
— to guarantee the exclusivity of the submitted manuscripts (manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Moscow Conservatory should neither be published previously nor be under consideration for publication in another edition);
— to indicate as co-authors all persons who have made a significant contribution to the study;
— to indicate the contribution to the study of each of the co-authors (persons who took no part in the study are not allowed to be included as co-authors);
— to acknowledge individuals who do not meet the requirements for authorship but who have provided a valuable contribution to the work;
— not to allow plagiarism, to make references to sources, to ensure the accuracy of quoting;
— to cooperate with the editors at all stages of editing and proofreading;
— to inform the editors as soon as possible, if significant errors or inaccuracies are found in the paper at the stage of its consideration or after its publication;
— to disclose research funding and other financial support for study presented in the manuscript.

Reviewers’ responsibilities:
— to be impartial, to strive for objectivity in the evaluation of peer-reviewed materials, to make constructive comments;
— to report in the case of insufficient competence for an objective evaluation of the peer-reviewed materials;
— to observe the confidentiality of the evaluation, not to use the information obtained during the review for personal purposes or in the interests of other persons;
— to comply with the established review deadlines.

Publisher’s responsibilities:
— to ensure the timely publication of each issue;
— if necessary, to provide the Editorial Board with legal support;
— in collaboration with the editors, to publish corrections, clarifications, and to retract articles that have been identified to contain scientific misconduct and/or fundamental errors;
— to monitor the editors’ compliance with all current guidelines and standards for academic publications.

Policy of Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Unpublished data from manuscripts submitted for consideration cannot be used for personal research without the expressed written consent of the author.

Information or ideas obtained through peer review and related actives, which potentially can be beneficial to any party other than the author, must be kept confidential and not be used for personal gain.

Reviewers should not participate in the examination of manuscripts in the event of a conflict of interest that is a result of any competitive, cooperative, and or other interactions and relationships with any of the authors, companies, and/or other organizations involved in the creation or presentation of the works.

Derivation and Plagiarism

The Journal of Moscow Conservatory use Antiplagiat, a Russian system for text reuse detection, to screen all the submitted manuscripts. If plagiarism is detected, COPE guidelines will be followed.

Preprint and Postprint Policy

During the submission process, the author must confirm that the article has not been published or accepted for publication in any other journal. Articles, which have been previously posted by the author on personal and/or public websites that have no relationship to any other publishers, are allowed to be submitted to the Journal.

Author Fees

Publication in the Journal is free of charge for all the authors. The Journal does not have any article processing charges and submission charges.