Russian Language Journal

Author Guidelines

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to Russian Language Journal.

Article Length

Because this journal is printed, as well as published online, we ask authors to limit their manuscripts to approximately 6000 words. Consult with the editor if your manuscript exceeds that length

Formatting Requirements

  • Do not include a title page or abstract. (Begin the document with the introduction; a title page, including the abstract, will be added to your paper by the editors.)
  • Write your article in English or in Russian.
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word, RTF, or PDF files are accepted).
  • Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
  • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), including your tables and figures.
  • Double space your text.
  • Use a single column layout with left margin justified and the right margin ragged.
  • Pagination: Include the page number in running headers or footers on each page of the document.
  • Font:
    1. Main Body—12 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
    2. Footnotes—10 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps).
  • Copyedit your manuscript.
  • When possible, there should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space.

Additional Recommendations

Indenting, Line Spacing, and Justification

Indent all paragraphs except those following a section heading. An indent should be at least 2 em-spaces.

Do not insert extra space between paragraphs of text with the exception of long quotations, theorems, propositions, special remarks, etc. These should be set off from the surrounding text by additional space above and below.

Don't "widow" or "orphan" text (i.e., ending a page with the first line of a paragraph or beginning a page with the last line of a paragraph).

All text should be left-justified (i.e., flush with the left margin—except where indented), with jagged right margins. Please do not use flush right margins, as this results in awkward intra- and inter-word spacing.

Language & Grammar

All submissions must be in English or Russian.

Authors should use proper, standard English grammar and follow the style guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Edition) (see also APA's online Style and Grammar Guides , with the exception of headers, about which more below.

The following details should receive special consideration:


Numbers less than 10 and all numbers that begin a sentence should be written out.

Language Abilities and ACTFL Proficiency Levels

When referring to official ACTFL proficiency ratings, please capitalize the ratings, as follows Novice, Novice Low, Intermediate, Intermediate Mid, Advanced, Advanced High. Otherwise use the words in the lower case when referring more broadly to class or learner level (as in "students in advanced Russian classes").

Colored text

Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. RLJ is printed in black and white. Color in the production of figures, maps, etc. may be used in the online version of the journal, however you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.

Please ensure that there are no colored mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. (You may need to "accept all changes" in track changes or set your document to "normal" in final markup.)

Emphasized text

In general, avoid using italics for emphasis. Instead, rewrite your sentence to provide emphasis. For example, place important words or phrases at the beginning or end of a sentence, rather than in the middle, or break long sentences into shorter sentences. However, do use italics rather than underlining, if the emphasis may otherwise be lost. Do not use color to emphasize text.

Font faces

Except, possibly, where special symbols are needed, use Times or the closest comparable font available.

Font size

The main body of text should be set in 12pt. Avoid the use of fonts smaller than 6pt.

Foreign language translations and transliterations

  • Any quotation, reference title, or other text appearing in a language other than English must be italicized and translated by the author; the translation should appear in brackets following the text or, for longer translations, below the original text. For example, Сколько времени? [What time is it?]
  • Do not transliterate Russian terms (that is, render them in Latin). If citing terms in languages other than Russian that use a non-Roman alphabet, please transliterate the terms using the simplified Library of Congress Romanization Tables . Italicize the transliterated foreign word or phrase, and include the translation in brackets. For example Sain uu [Hello].
  • Headings

    Headings (e.g., start of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text by numbers, following the decimal system of numbers (1.1, 2.3.2, etc.). There should be space above and below headings. Note that this is the one variation from APA style.

    Main text

    The font for the main body of text must be black and, if at all possible, in Times or closest comparable font available.


    Whenever possible, titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.


    Footnotes should appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced rather than at the end of the paper. Footnotes should be in 10 pt. Times or closest comparable font available, they should be single spaced, and there should be a footnote separator rule (line). Footnote numbers or symbols in the text must follow, rather than precede, punctuation. Excessively long footnotes are probably better handled in an appendix.

    Tables and Figures

    To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. Avoid the use of overly small type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1.5" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.


    It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information. After the last sentence of your submission, please insert a page break. References should appear right after the end of the document. Please consult the current version of the APA manual ( http:/www.apastyle.org) for information on how to format references for documents of different types, e.g., anthologies, journal articles, newspapers or newsletters, unpublished material, online sources, and publications with differing numbers of authors.

    Within the text of your manuscript, use the APA method of citation.