To the Authors note!

From 2022, the Journal switches to a digital method of citing references in the text according to the order of mention. References are given in the square brackets specifying the sequence number of the source in the list, separated by a comma: [2, 3] [46, 2].

Publication schedule:
no. 1 March; no. 2 June; no.3 September; no. 4 December.

Manuscripts in Russian or English corresponding to the scope of the "Geosystems of Transition Zones" Journal (see the List of scientific specialties, for which the journal is included in the VAC List the list of peer-reviewed scientific journals) are submitted throughout the year by e-mail:

uthor's statement

Submitting an article to the journal, the author declares that the article was not previously published, was not sent for consideration to another publisher, approved by all authors or organizations (see. the Author's statement). The author also states that the work is entirely original works, and if the work of others have been used, this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Plagiarism and borrowing

Unauthorized borrowings, plagiarism and self-plagiarism are considered forms of publication ethics misconduct. Any detected case of plagiarism and/or self-plagiarism brings to a request for correction (revision) or rejection of the article, and when it becomes evident post-publication to retraction of the article (see section About the Journal).

Privacy declaration

The protection of personal data of participants in the publication process is one of the priority tasks when publishing materials in the online publication of the Geosystems of Transition Zones Journal. The editors takes the necessary measures to protect the personal data of authors of articles, reviewers of the journal and members of the Editorial Board.

Information about the author of the article, including the surname, first name, patronymic name and address of the affiliated organization, email address, is used solely for the purposes of scientific publication. The Editorial Board undertakes not to transfer information about the author to third parties to be used for other purposes. By submitting an article for publication, the author consents to the use of this information for the purposes of publication, including correct citation by third parties. Other personal information, including the contact phone number, can only be used by the editors to contact the author in the process of preparing the article for publication.

The editors undertake not to inform third parties, except for reviewers, about the content of materials submitted for publication. editors also warn reviewers about the need to maintain confidentiality when reviewing and not disclose information about the article and the results of reviewing to third parties. Reviews of articles prepared by the reviewer can be published only in agreement with the editors and the reviewer and with the consent of the author of the article.

Disclosure of competing interests

All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest including any affiliations, financial holdings or other relationships with other people or organizations that may be viewed as affecting the objectivity of the review.

Copyright and Open Access

By signing the Authors Statement, the author concurs that the Journal is issued under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) public license. The CC BY 4.0 license allows for dissemination and copy of an article, reproduce excerpts from it, prepare abstracts, rework into other versions, remix (adapt) or make derivative works (for example, translation), include in a collective work (for example, an anthology), analyze the text or data of an article, including for commercial purposes, with full copyright reservation. However, you cannot represent the author(s) as the person who approved and signed the adaptation of the article, and you cannot change the article in such a way that is detrimental to the honor or reputation of the author.

Authors have the right to post their work on the Internet (for example, in an institute repository or on a personal website) before and during consideration of its publication.

Before using fragments of text, images, graphs, diagrams, tables, and other material of third parties, including Internet sources, you must obtain the written permission of the legal copyright holder (see On the permissions to use third-party material).

The editors reserve the right to subject articles to literary revision, if considered necessary.

Principles of publishing ethics (more detail about publication ethics and ethical standards for publication in the Journal see Editorial policy and publishing ethics of the Geosystems of Transition Zones Journal).

Unfair and unethical behavior of participants in the publishing process includes:

falsification of data; plagiarism of data, ideas or fragments of articles; false use of statistical or other methods; intentional hiding the details of the method; false attribution; misrepresentation of results from other studies; inadmissible reuse of publications (self-plagiarism or duplication of publications); conspiracy with the purpose of artificially increase citation.

Inappropriate or unethical behavior of an author can be identified and brought to the notice of the Editor-in-Chief and publisher at any stage of the publication process.

Consequences of such behavior (can be applied alone or in combination):

point the author and reviewer to deviations in order to prevent deviations from ethical standards in follow-up articles; official notification of the author's affiliation and the funding organization; official reject to publish; prohibition on the publication of this author for a certain period of time; withdrawal (retraction) of the published article, notification of indexing and abstracting agency and readers of the Journal.


Material submitted for publication in the Journal is subjected to obligatory peer-review in accordance with the Procedure for reviewing and publishing of manuscripts in the "Geosystems of Transition Zones" Journal. Submissions may be returned to authors prior to reviewing if they do not comply with the publishing requirements.

The article with copies of reviews and editorial notes is sent to the author. Returning a manuscript for revision does not mean its acceptance for publication. In the editorial file, the author finalizes the material and sends it along with a response letter. A response letter must be written in a file with a review or editorial report.

In this letter author should:

point-by-point respond to the peer-reviewers comments;
indicate exactly what revisions were made in the article;
write a convincing, polite objection if, in the opinion of the author, the reviewer is wrong.

The Editorial Board, on the basis of at least 2 reviews and the author's response, makes a decision on publication or rejection within 3 months from the date of receipt of the material. A motivated refusal to publish or a decision of acceptance is sent to the author.

Reviews remain deposited in the Editorial Office for 5 years.

Authors copy

After the journal is published, the corresponding author will receive the final PDF-version of the article and the title page with the contents of the issue by e-mail.

Subscription is available on the website of the United Catalog "Press of Russia" in the online catalog. Subscription index is 80882.

Dear authors!

Prior the manuscript submitting to the editors, you can post your work as a preprint on the website etc. Thereby, you will be able to instantly acquaint the scientific community with the results of your research and receive feedback from colleagues before publication in the Journal.

When formatting a manuscript, we strongly recommend to follow the Manuscripts formatting ang publication guidelines in the Geosystems of Transition Zones Journal, posted on the website and published annually in the first issue of the Journal.

Manuscript is submitted in its entirety as a file in Microsoft Word format, without hyphenation. If it contains complex formulas, symbols and tables, it is advisable to duplicate the file in PDF.

Example of Article format see in the corresponding file.

If results of the experiment are not comprehended yet at the generalization level appropriate to the article, but seem to be important for the scientific problem resolving, prepare them in a form of a short communication (problem definition, experimental material, conclusions, short references list).

Checklist (see the Checklist file)

Submitting the paper to the Editorial Office, make sure of the obligatory information in the article and required files.

✓ Subject section (see the List of scientific specialties, by which the Journal is included in the HAC List)
✓ Title of the article in Russian and English
✓ Full name for each author (in Russian and English (in transliteration))
✓ Corresponding author (for contacts)
✓ Structured abstract of 200300 words (in Russian and English), briefly reflecting a method novelty and research results
✓ Keywords in Russian and English (510 words)
✓ Sources of data
✓ Mathematical expressions should be only in the equation editor, not as images
✓ Legend of mathematical expressions (explanations of all variables are given in the order of their appearance)
✓ Numbering of those formulae, that are mentioned in the text below
✓ SI base units
✓ All figures must be prepared in a separate file of jpg, tiff, and cldr formats, with a resolution appropriate for printing
✓ All graphic elements (except for high-resolution maps) have to be editable (i.e. opened in the same software, in which they were created). Original files of figures, tables and graphs can be requested separately
✓ Illustrations should be inserted in the text by means of the option Insert→Picture→Wrap text→In Text
✓ Tables should be created using MS-Word tools: Insert→Table. A table must have title, heading, and stub
✓ All titles of illustrations, tables, as well as notes and captions should be duplicated in English
✓ References (see the Reference format) should be formatted in accordance with the Manuscripts' formatting and publication guidelines of the Geosystems of Transition Zones Journal
✓ References: 1) provide DOIs in the format of or full Internet addresses (URLs) for links where it is possible; 2) provide descriptions of the English version (if it is published) or bibliographic information in English available in the original (full names of the authors in Latin, the English title of the article and source); 3) all sources are easily detected by search engines (Google, Yandex, etc.)
✓ Quantitative text parameters: 1215 words (in average) in a sentence (except for long technical terminology); 45 strings (in average) in the paragraph; each paragraph covers one question or statement
✓ Text of an article should be written in literate Russian or good English (American English or British English are appropriate, not their mixing). In order to avoid accidental mistakes, it is recommended to use the functions of the text editor "spell check" and "grammar check".
✓ Pages should be numbered
✓ Full information for all authors is given in the end of an article:
Academic degree (if any), academic rank
Position or profession (for each author)
Place of employment, study affiliation name, including division, department (for each author in Russian and English)
City, Country
e-mail (indicated for each author, cannot be the same for all the authors); corresponding author phone number
ORCID ID for each author (how to get it see ORCID) in the format of as well as SPIN-code in the Science Index system, Researcher ID and Scopus Author ID if any. For an article to be automatically added to the author's ORCID profile, the author must allow Crossref to add new data to the profile:

Attention! Reviewers and authors have to check whether their ResearcherID and ORCID accounts are connected (see Synchronizing Scientific Profiles) to keep track of reviews and more complete accounting of publications in the researcher's scientific profile (see Researcher profiles synchronization).

✓ Additional material to an article (if desired and necessary) to be posted in electronic version or as a separate publication
✓ Manuscript material includes the following files:
Text of an article with figures, tables, references, authors information:
Files with illustrations: , , etc
Files (if necessary) with additional material to be posted in the electronic version: , etc.
✓ Scanned copies of the following covering documents are attached to a manuscript:
Authors statement (it is necessary to print, fill out and sign, then scan it, save in jpg or pdf format and send by e-mail: (the article will not be published, if the editors do not receive the Statement)
Expert report (in the form accepted in your organization) on the possibility of publication in the open press
List of potential peer-reviewers (if desired): 46 specialists (at least from two different regions or countries; experts in the given field; lack of cooperation, including co-authorship over the last three years; not members of the Editorial Board of the journal)
Confirmation of permission receipt to use tables, figures, fragments protected by copyright from the other sources (including internet sources). See: On the permissions to use third-party material
Structure of an article (in accordance with international journals recommendations)

Title short, informative, descriptive, experts recommend not more than 1015 words. Try to include "intrigue" in the title, a catchword that will get the reader to refer to your article.

Abstract. Avoid using narrative phrases. It should reflect:

subject, topic, objectives of the work;
method or methodology of the work conducting;
results of the work;
scope of results;

Make it interesting and clear without the entire article reading. This significantly affects the fate of your article. Abbreviations (of own production in particular), formulas, references to sources from the list of references are not allowed in the annotation.

Keywords at the optimal case give an idea about material, research methods and scientific novelty.

Acknowledgements/funding (in Russian and English). Placed after the abstract, before the text. It lists all legal and/or individuals who have provided financial and/or other assistance to the author(s) in the research, etc.

Introduction. Cover the following questions clearly:

What is the problem.
What has been done before (make a literature overview; indicate the original and essential works, including the latest review articles)? Avoid the references to obsolete results.
What are your hypothesis and objectives (problem definition, arising from unsolved problems, with novelty emphasis, clear state the aim of the article)?

Material (object) and methods of the research

Describe how did you studied the stated problem. Do not describe the procedures and methods that have been published previously.
Specify the equipment applied and describe the material used.

Experiment (research, simulation, etc.) and/or research results

Tables, graphs and text should not duplicate each other.

Figures and tables are the research history. They must be comprehensible without text reading.

Discussion of the results. Essential section.

Compare your results with those published previously. The most obvious way to increase citing is to impart a global character to your article, i.e. not to only present your own data, but demonstrate them in comparison with regional and/or worldwide analogs.
Your model and conclusions should be universal from the point of view of the scientists of not only your specialty. If the model is good and the conclusions are correctly drawn and proved, they should be clear to anyone.
Do not ignore the works which results contradict to yours, enter into constructive discussion with them, and convince the reader of your rightness.
Discuss the limits of your results (what you were unable to do and why).


Briefly state the principal results.
Provide a clear answer to the question of how much your work allows you to move forward in this field of knowledge.
Suggest further research directions.

Important: conclusions should neatly correlate with formulation of the aim, results of the work and the annotation content.

References list

(see the corresponding section and References format file)


The additional information, i.e. data of experiments and auxiliary research methods and similar data to support the article conclusions.

References (see the Reference format file and Manuscripts' formatting and publication guidelines of the Geosystems of Transition Zones Journal)

A representative list of references demonstrates the professional horizon and the qualitative level of research.

The list of references does not include:

articles from nonscientific journals;
normative and legal acts;
statistical compendiums and archives;
electronic nonpublished sources (online articles, newspaper and any other news sources, reports and various researches on websites, sites of institutions and organizations);
dictionaries, encyclopedias, other handbooks;
reports, notes, protocols.

The indicated sources are made out in the form of inline links in parentheses or in the form of page footnotes at the bottom of the page.

Subject to the requirements of international citation systems, references should be adapted for automatic processing in order to identify the links. The machines do not read Russian-language (in Cyrillic) references, so the Journal publishes bibliographic lists not only in the original language, but also in the Latin alphabet. References are compiled by the editors on the basis of the lists given in the manuscript, so they must be clear and accurate. All sources should be easily found by means of search engines (Google, Yandex, etc.)

Important: In accordance with international publication ethics, we strongly recommend the authors to observe self-citation level of no more than 20% (in the reference list).


List of scientific specialties PDF

Authors Statement PDF/WORD

On the permissions to use third-party material PDF/WORD

Editorial policy and publishing ethics of the Journal PDF

Procedure for reviewing and publishing of manuscripts in the Journal PDF

Manuscripts formatting and publication guidelines PDF/WORD

Example of the article format PDF

Checklist PDF/WORD

Reference format PDF/WORD


Researcher profiles synchronization PDF

Topical index of the material published in the Journal PDF/WORD

Selected texts in English published in the Journal (20192022) PDF/WORD

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