Ural State University of Architecture and Art

ISSN 1990-4126

Requirements for publications

1. Publication policy:

  • “Architecton” publishes original work that has not been published previously elsewhere and that does not violate anyone’s copyright. If identical texts of the same author are discovered in other printed or electronic media, the publication agreement will be dissolved and the article will be refused publication. (All articles are checked for plagiarism in the “Antiplagiat” system). Following publication ethics is a mandatory requirement for all authors submitting their manuscripts for publication in our journal.
  • Manuscripts submitted for publications should be clearly structured, present the current state of the art concerning the problem addressed, contain scientific and scholarly novelty, formulate challenges, describe methods and results obtained by the author, and offer conclusions.
  • The manuscript should meet the manuscript preparation rules.
  • The manuscript should be spell-checked and signed by the author, who bears responsibility for the scientific quality of the paper.
  • Manuscripts are accepted for publication in the journal no later than one month before the next issue.

2. Manuscript preparation:


  • The article should be processed in the doc or rtf format and sent to the editorial office by e-mail to: architecton@usaaa.ru ; mlesnikova@usaaa.ru .
  • The length of the article should not exceed 15 А4-pages, including illustrations. All pages must be numbered.
  • The text of the article should be 1.5-spaced using the 12-point Times New Roman font, automatic color (black), 100% scale, normal position, no kerning, without animation.
  • Margins: left – 3 cm, right – min. 1.0 cm, top – 2 cm, bottom – 2 cm, justified.
  • Avoid using word hyphenation and more than two space characters in succession (use the tab key to move several spaces).
  • The title of the article should be centered and capitalized in Russian and in English.
  • Provide the UDC code.
  • Include an abstract of around 1000 characters (in Russian and in English).
  • Provide no more than five keywords (in Russian and in English) after the abstract.
  • A list of references (in Russian and in English) cited in the text should be provided at the end of the paper.


  • If the paper contains tables, diagrams, figures or formulas, these should be numbered and cited in the text by number in parentheses.
  • All diagrams and tables should have headings above the top border and each figure should have a caption below it. Authors are required to obtain permission to reproduce previously copyrighted material from other sources.
  • All graphics (drawings, charts, diagrams, photographs, etc.) should be referred to as ‘Figure’ and numbered in order. Do not use numbering if there is only one figure or one table in the article.
  • Drawings, tables, charts and annotations to them should be placed within the text at the appropriate points. In addition, figures drawn in any graphics editor should be sent as a separate file in one of the graphic formats: GIF, JPEG, BMP, TIFF.
  • All images should have a resolution of 300 dpi or 2000 х 3000 pixels.
  • Tables, charts and diagrams should legible (use a sans-serif font, for example, Arial) and submitted as bitmapped images. The maximum size of a drawing, table or diagram is 170 × 240 mm. information contained in the tables and figures should not be repeated in the text.


— In-text references should be given in brackets. A list of references should be provided after the text in accordance with Harvard referencing style.
— In-text references to archives, regulatory documents, orders, oral reports, lectures, resources with varying contents (blogs, fora, author web-sites, personal pages, etc.), and author’s comments on facts should be designated with a superscript number and placed outside of the main text in the Notes section.

Information about authors

  • Full name of the author (or authors) and, if available, of the research supervisor with his/her academic degree and title, affiliation (as at the time of the study), official position and e-mail address should be typed in the top tight-hand corner in lowercase (in Russian and English). The principal contributor to the work reported should appear first in the list of authors.
  • The manuscript should be signed by the author and research supervisor (for master’s degree and doctoral students).
  • Author(s) photo as a separate file of good quality should be attached.


In Russian

In English

Surname, first name, other given names



Academic degree



Academic title









Research supervisor (for students)


Telephone (kept confidential)





Information about research publications:
(articles, monographs)


Research interests (briefly)


4. Submission and manuscript reviewing

  1. Only contributions prepared in accordance with the journal’s instructions to authors are considered for publication.
  2. Authors will be notified of receipt of the manuscript within 7 days. Failure to meet the manuscript preparation rules may result in the manuscript being returned for revision.
  3. All contributions to the journal are evaluated, reviewed and, where necessary, edited (scientific content, style) by the editors in accordance with the requirements of the State Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles of the Russian Federation (VAK) for scientific publications.
  4. The editors reserve the right to decline the article or return it for improvement. If the contribution fails to meet the requirements (in terms of focus, scope, scientific quality, novelty, and formal aspects), the author will be sent a motivated refusal with a copy of the review attached. The reviewer’s name may only be revealed to the author with the reviewer’s consent.
  5. The author will be notified unfailingly in case of both positive and negative review.
  6. After the manuscript has been revised, it will be reviewed again by the same reviewer.
  7. The editors reserve the right to make editing corrections in the text without damage to the contents of the article.
  8. The author and the editors may have differing views on certain issues; this may be stated in a footnote in the article.
  9. Authors are requested to pay a review fee determined by the size of the manuscript and reviewing rates set by order of the rector of the university.
  10. Articles are published in the order they are received by the editorial office. If the article is sent back to the author for improvement, the date of receipt shall be the date of article resubmission.
  11. One issue of the journal may not contain more than two articles of the same author.
  12. The original article with the editor’s corrections and proofs will be kept by the editorial office in its archive for minimum 5 years (as an official document) with the reviewer comments attached.
  13. Manuscripts and magnetic carriers are not returned to authors.
  14. There is no fee for the publication of manuscripts.
  15. Article publication is regulated by an offer contract.

5. Article preparation:

These recommendations have been developed allowing for the EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles.

Write an article after the study has been completed or is at its final stage when definitive conclusions may be drawn.

Title: (in Russian and English) should be concise, reflect the subject-matter of the article and contain the key notions of the study.

Abstract: in a periodical, it is a source of information about the content of the article and the results of the study reported in it.

The abstract:

  • helps understand the main content of the article, determine its relevance and decide whether to obtain the full text of the article;
  • is used in information (including automated) document and information search systems.

The abstract should be:

  • informative (do not use general words, abbreviations, complex grammatical structures; but include keywords to facilitate on-line searching for your article);
  • original (what is new in the article);
  • substantive (reflect the main issues addressed in the article and the results of the studies);
  • concise (be no longer than 1000 characters);
  • avoid repeating the title in the abstract.

Keywords: (no more than five): include the most important scientific terms of the article. General terms are admissible only in studies of interdisciplinary significance.

Article structure. Main sections: Introduction. Methods. Main text. Results. Discussion. Conclusions. It is left to the discretion of the author to decide which sections to include. Review and articles may have a different structure.

Introduction: explain why the study was needed, specify your research goals and objectives, establish limitations of the study, state questions which it seeks to answer, and formulate hypotheses. Provide the scientific background of the study (selective overview of the literature), prior knowledge on the problem, current relevance, and focus attention on your research questions.

Methods: describe the factual material of the study and ways and methods of obtaining scientific knowledge (composition, thesaurus, historical genetic analysis, comparison, modeling, etc.) and specific methods of information processing to enable reproduction or verification of the results by other researchers.

Main part. describe the essence of your study structured and arranged in logical order (thematic, chronological, etc.) using inductive and deductive methods of exposition. Provide arguments, evidence, and facts confirming the point.

Results: describe the results as accurately and informatively as possible. Provide the main theoretical and experimental results, methods used, actual data, relationships, and laws. Put emphasis on new results, conclusions which refute existing theories, and data of practice significance.

Discussion (optional): provide analysis of the importance and relevance of the results to the objectives of your study, discuss whether they confirm or run contrary to the scientific hypothesis formulated at the start of the study, and compare your conclusions with those of other researchers.

For convenience of presentation, the sections "Main part", "Results" and "Discussion" may be combined in one section entitled as the author may wish to entitle it. This does not replace the need for the manuscript to follow the logic of these sections.

Conclusions: these are answers to the questions and objectives stated in the study (point by point); they may be accompanied with recommendations, evaluations, proposals and hypotheses described in the article.

Acknowledgments (optional): It may appear at the beginning. Mention all people who contributed to your study but cannot be regarded as co-authors (for instance, organizations that funded the study). If you were helped by an editor, translator, statistician, data collectors, etc., acknowledge their assistance for the sake of transparency.

References: The list of references should not be excessively long. Self-citation should be justified. For the purposes of international indexing services, the list of references should be transliterated in the Latin alphabet. It is recommended using the Harvard referencing style. Ultimate Citation Reference - http://wiht.link/citationsguide provides clear guidance on all referencing styles and links to additional resources for each style.

Article stylistics: write your article in a concise and clear manner. Do not use complex terms unless these are absolutely essential. Avoid unjustified judgments.

In using geographic names, be consistent. If it is difficult to translate a geographic name, use the original name.

If any long scientific term is used repeatedly, define its abbreviation when it first appears in the main body of the article and then use only this abbreviation. Do not use too many abbreviations, as the text would be hard to understand or use by other researchers.

Use English scientific terms correctly since literal translations may be wrong. If the article contains a lot of foreign scientific terms, it would be reasonable to include a short glossary into it.

Author ethics. Clearly distinguish your original data and ideas from those of other authors and from your earlier publications. Use citations. When summarizing or paraphrasing text, mention the source, When copying text literally, put it in quotation marks, otherwise you could commit plagiarism.

The editors reserve the right to refuse to publish an article if it exceeds the admissible citation (including self-citation) threshold of 20%of article’s content or if it violates anyone’s copyright (see http://www.sbras.ru/HBC/2002/n04-05/f17.html).