About the Journal
Focus and Scope
Laboratorium offers scholars from Russia and other countries an international platform to publish results of their empirical studies across social sciences. Laboratorium seeks to assist Russian scholars with integration into the international scientific field, as well as to promote in Russia contemporary work by foreign researchers.
The journal publishes articles in Russian and in English; the English-language articles are accompanied by extended summaries in Russian and vice versa.
Social science broadly conceived
One of Laboratorium’s goals is to overcome rigid barriers between different areas of social science and to advance contemporary research approaches and methods. The journal accepts submissions in any discipline of social science including (but not limited to) sociology, cultural anthropology, ethnography, social geography, cultural studies, sociolinguistics, and social history.
Topics of particular interest
Although the journal does not have specific requirements or restrictions regarding subject matter of the articles it publishes, Laboratorium focuses on several broad substantive areas:
- disciplinarity (problems facing the social sciences in the post-Soviet space, the internationalization of science, etc.);
- development of qualitative social research methods (discussions about methodology and methods, methodological innovations and experiments, etc.);
- socially sensitive matters (pressing issues of modern society including gender, poverty, migration, social movements, etc.);
- micro-sociology and anthropology of Soviet and post-Soviet societies (material and immaterial culture, everyday life).
We especially welcome stand-alone articles, as well as proposals for thematic blocks and special issues, in the fields of comparative sociology, anthropology, and history. Political and social differences of “other” societies undeniably help us understand “ours.”
Laboratorium only accepts manuscripts of original work previously not published and currently not under review in other journals. Articles not based on empirical studies are not published.
In addition to research articles, the journal accepts for publication review articles and reviews of books and journals in all disciplines of social sciences. Critical responses to articles published in the journal, as well as on significant Russian and foreign studies, are especially welcomed.
Peer Review Process
Unless outright rejected by the editors, all submissions of research article manuscripts undergo at least one round of double-blind peer review. In most cases, revisions of different degrees are required of the authors. After the revisions are complete, submissions may be sent to reviewers for a second round of reviews.
Final decisions on publication are made on the basis of external reviews but always remain at the discretion of the editors. Articles commissioned by Laboratorium are not guaranteed publication, as they undergo the same process and are judged by the same criteria as unsolicited submissions.
The article may be returned to you for revision in an edited and/or reformatted version; in this case, please use that version. You will be able to authorize any editorial changes before layout. Before publication, you will receive proofs of your article along with a copyright transfer agreement. No major changes can be made at this point.
Laboratorium is published three times a year in print and electronic versions.
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Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Referencing and Indexing of Laboratorium's Content
From the inception of the journal, its editors have always made concerted efforts to get Laboratorium included in Russian and international abstracting and indexing services. As of today, the journal is included in the following databases and electronic library systems:
- Web of Science (ESCI)
- CEEOL (Central and Eastern European Online Library)
- East View
- Integrum Media
Laboratorium is committed to following fair and professional practices in all aspects of its operation. The goal of the journal is to facilitate exchange of scientific knowledge across borders and across disciplines in the social sciences; we aim to publish original research based on empirical studies that is of interest and value to the international intellectual community. The editors of the journal adhere to codes of ethical conduct accepted by international professional organizations of social scientists, in particular by the American Sociological Association and expect similar from its authors and reviewers.
The following are basic rules and standards for the journal’s editors, authors, and reviewers.
- ensure fair, confidential, timely review process
- make unbiased editorial decisions based strictly on academic merits of submitted materials regardless of commercial, ideological, or personal interests
- pursue and publicize author and reviewer misconduct
- are cognizant of potential conflicts of interest
- submit original work that has not been published by or submitted for publication to another print or electronic journal or book
- do not engage in plagiarism or any inappropriate data fabrication and manipulation
- guarantee their research was conducted in ethically and responsibly, without hazard to their subjects
- appropriately acknowledge contribution of everyone who participated in production of research and its reporting
- disclose relevant sources of funding and any conflicts of interest
- clearly and fully describe their methodologies and, whenever possible, retain data and pertinent documentation so that their findings can be confirmed by others
- disclose any potential conflict of interest, including knowledge of manuscript’s authorship
- promptly, confidentially, and objectively review article manuscripts
- respect the proprietary rights of authors on their research (even if it remains unpublished)
The idea to create a bilingual journal of social research emerged in 2006 at the Centre for Independent Social Research (Saint Petersburg, Russia). It took almost three years to publish the first issue, which came out in 2009. For the first two years the journal was run by editor-in-chief Mischa Gabowitsch (Einstein Forum, Germany). In December 2010, in order to maximize the journal’s dynamism and flexibility, the editorial board was reorganized: the position of editor-in-chief was abolished. Now the coeditors take turns as lead editors for each issue; in the case of thematic issues, they collaborate with a guest editor.