Author guidelines

            1. Electronic version of the manuscript should be formatted as single spaced, single-column text with justification. Use 2,5 см margin on the upper, 2,3 cm on the inner, 5,7 cm on the lower and 5,5 cm on the outer edge of the document; the distance from the upper edge to the upper header is 2,5 cm, from the lower edge to the lower header is 4,7 cm, the indentation is 1,25 cm. 12-point Times New Roman font for the manuscript body is required. The font size in tables should be 8-10-point. Pages should be only in the portrait orientation.
            2. Text must be submitted in MS Office Word (any version) as Rich Text Format .rtf. The file should be named by the surname of the first author (f. e., Petrov_text.rtf).
            3. The preferred language of the submission is Russian. English translation of the abstract and key words should be carried out with special attention to the terminology and transliterations rules. English language submissions with Russian abstracts and figure and table captions are also possible.

General structure

  1. Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) (left-aligned, 10 points).
  2. TITLE OF THE MANUCRIPT IN RUSSIAN (bold, upper case, center-aligned, 12 points). The funding information is inserted in the lower header of the first page (justification, 10 points).
  3. Initials and last names of the author(s) (bold, center-aligned, 12 points).
  4. Organization, city (center-aligned, 11 points).
  5. Russian abstract (justified, 11 points).
  6. Key words in Russian (italics, justified, 11 points, comma-separated).
  7. Body (justified, 12 points).
  8. Acknowledgements (italics, justified, 11 points).
  9. References (left-aligned, 11 points).
  10. TITLE OF THE MANUSCRIPT IN ENGLISH (bold, upper case, center-aligned, 12-point).
  11. Initials and last names of the author(s) in English (bold, center-aligned, 12 points).
  12. Organization, city in English (center-aligned, 11 points).
  13. English abstract (justified, 11 points).
  14. Key words in English (italics, justified, 11 points, comma-separated).
  15. Author contact information (SURNAME Name Patronymic – scientific title, scientific degree, institution, address, including ZIP, e-mail) (justified, 12 points).

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    1. Universal Decimal Classification should be detailed, including the information on the geographic region when applicable.
    2. The title of the manuscript should be as short as possible. Words from the title are used as key words in various information systems. Scientific (Latin) name(s) of organisms should be followed in title by at least a couple of the higher hierarchical taxon names. Abstract must provide a concise summary of the whole paper, not just the conclusions. It should be followed by up to 8 key words.
    3. The funding information is given in the lower header of the first page and refers to the title of the manuscript.
    4. Body of the manuscript should be traditionally structured (except for the reviews and communications). It should be divided onto Introductions, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, and Conclusions.
    5. The statistical interpretation of the quantitative data is essential. Editors can ask the author to provide the initial data for double-checking. Statistical package should be mentioned in Materials and Methods.
    6. References should be quoted in the text as name and year within brackets and listed at the end of the paper alphabetically: f. e. Dzerzhinsky (1988), Heilmann (Heilmann, 1972), (Belopolsky, Shuntov, 1980; Dzerzhinsky, 1988а, b; Mayr, 2013a, b, c); in case of more than two authors (Landolt et al., 1989).
    7. Try to avoid the footnotes. When absolutely necessary, number them throughout the paper and make sure to insert on the proper pages. Abbreviate according GOST 7.12-93 and GOST 7.11-2004.
    8. Use the Microsoft Equation (Menu–Object–Create–Microsoft Equation) with default settings (regular – 12 pt., large index – 7 pt., small index – 5 pt., large symbol – 18 pt., small symbol – 10 pt.). Do not insert equations as graphic objects. All the Cyrillic and Greek characters, as well as sin, cos, tg etc. should not be italicized. Latin letters must be in italic.
    9. Full name of the taxon with the author initials should be given during the first mentioning (f. e., Carex hirta L.). Generic name must be shortened on the course of following mentioning of the same genus, f. e. C. hirta.
    10. Tables should be inserted in the body of the paper upon the first mentioning. Insert the right-aligned word “Table” before the table. Table must have titles (center-aligned, 11 points). Notes to the table are inserted after it in the font, similar to that used in the table. Avoid breaking the table between several pages. If this is not possible, insert column headers on each page. Also insert “Table (continued)” and “Table (end)”. Decimals should be comma-separated.
    11. Figures. Graphs (maps, schemes, plans, pictures etc.) should be inserted in the text in the appropriate place. They have straight numbering and footnotes (11 points). Figures should be inserted as .TIFF or .JPG with the resolution 300 dpi or more (preferably 600 dpi). Figures are inserted through “Insert-Figure-From file” as center-aligned “In-text object”. Other formats should be avoided.
    12. Graphs should be drawn in MS Excel, STATISTICA, SPSS, Origin and have 11-point font footnotes. Graph fonts should not significantly differ from that used in the body. Avoid color and half-tone lines where possible. Graph and figure samples can be viewed under
    13. Tables and figures are inserted in the body of the paper and submitted separately by email.
    14. Values must follow Le Système International d'Unités (SI). Dates should be presented as 12.VIII 2011. Coordinates must follow 56º23'21" n.l, 35º54'34" e.l.


    All the quoted sources should be listed in the reference section. References should be alphabetically ordered with Cyrillic works first. Papers of one author are chronologically ordered; paper titles are used for the ordering in case if several works of one author were published in the same year. Abbreviations should follow GOST 7.12-93 and GOST 7.11-2004.
    References should be listed in the following style:
    Heilmann G. 1972. The origin of birds. New York: Dover Publ. 212 p.
    Book chapter, article, conference proceedings:
    Molnar R.M., Farlow J.O. 1990. Carnosaur paleobiology // The Dinosauria. Berkley: Univ. Calif. Press. P. 210-224.
    Zinoviev A.V. 2012. Study of the medieval dogs from Novgorod, Russia (X-XIV century) // Intern. J. Osteoarch. V. 22. № 2. P. 145-157.
    Zinoviev A.V. 2012. Notes on pelvic and hindlimb myology and syndesmology of Emeus crassus and Dinornis robustus (Aves: Dinornithiformes) / eds T.H. Worthy, U.B. Göhlich // 8th Intern. Meeting Soc. Avian Palaeont. Evol. Abstracts. Vienna: Nat. Hist. Mus. Vienna Publ. P. 32-33.
    Mattison R.G. 1998. Quantifying the avian pelvis: statistical correlations of lifestyle to pelvic structure among non-passeriform birds. PhD Thesis. Amherst: Univ. Massachus. 297 p.
    Lawrie M.R. 2005. The horse in Roman society. Unpubl. MSc Thesis. Pretoria: Univ. South Afr.
    78 p.
    Electronic documents:
    Zhu,M., Yu Z., Ahlberg P.E., Choo B., Qiao T., Qu Q., Zhao W., Jia L., Blom, H., Zhu Y. Early view. A Silurian placoderm with osteichthyan-like marginal jaw bones // Nature. 12617.html.
    Papers, written in other than Latin characters are translated with notion of the original language in square brackets.
    Fujioka T. 1959. Comparative and topographic anatomy of fowl. 1. Report on the origin and insertion of muscles of fowl's forelimb // Jap. J. Vet. Med. Sci. V. 21. P. 385-395 [Japanese].