Сopyright transfer agreement


1. General Information

1.1. The Geophysical Research Journal, hereinafter referred to as Journal, is a scholarly periodical that publishes original research articles, reviews, alerts of scientific events, and other relevant information on a wide range of theoretical and applied geophysics.

1.2. Scope

1.2.1. The Journal publishes original papers presenting the modern experimental and theoretical results, new methods, and interpretation and scientific reviews in the following subjects:

  • theory, methods, and results of regional and global geophysical studies including seismology, seismic forecasting and hazard assessment;

  • theory, methods, and algorithms for processing and interpretation of geophysical data; mathematical aspects of modelling the geophysical fields and processes; computing procedures and geophysical software;

  • methods and metrology of the field and observatory geophysical measurements and the results of these works;

  • laboratory rock testing experiments and rock physics;

  • geomagnetic, paleomagnetic, and rock magnetic studies;

  • geospace research focused on the phenomena and processes in the Earth's atmosphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere and their interaction with solid Earth;

  • geophysical methods for prospecting and exploration;

  • environmental and engineering geophysics;

  • geophysical monitoring of natural and anthropogenic processes;

  • physical processes associated with mining and production and other underground activities; their geophysical monitoring;

  • geoinformatics: databases and knowledge bases in the Earth’ science; network technologies in organizing the observations, data exchange, and computations.

1.2.2. Information materials include:

  • chronicles of scientific events;

  • brief communications on the awards and jubilees; the obituaries;

  • announcements of competitive selections for academic positions;

  • calls for the research grant proposals announced by the research foundations;

  • other relevant information on the activities of IPE RAS and other scientific institutions;

1.2.3. The Journal does not publish

  • papers falling outside the scope of the Journal;

  • intellectual content that has been already published in other journals or by other publishers;

  • papers that do not contain any new information and results compared to the previous publications;

  • papers containing factual, metrological, mathematical, or other errors that cannot be fixed;

  • papers containing the statements and hypotheses that explicitly contradict the established scientific facts;

  • fictional and journalistic essays in any fields including science;

  • any information and announcements that are irrelevant to scientific research;

  • materials containing the data referred to the official or commercial confidential information as determined by the acting legislation of the Russian Federation, departmental regulations, agreements, etc.;

  • materials that contain insulting, calumniating, or knowingly false information about persons or organizations.

1.3. Publication fees are not charged and author's royalty is not paid by the Journal.

1.4. The Journal publication policies are determined by the Geophysical Research Journal Regulations (hereinafter referred to as Regulations) and by the Guidelines for submitting, processing, reviewing, and publishing original research papers and review in Geophysical Research Journal (see the Journal home page on the IPE RAS website

2. Submission of Manuscripts

2.1. Original manuscripts can be submitted to the Journal:

  • by mail to the Editorial Board of the Journal at the Schmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth, Russian Academy of Sciences (IPE RAS), 10 ul. Bol'shaya Gruzinskaya, Moscow, 123995 Russia;

  • by e-mail to

  • personally by the author (or one of the authors) to the Executive Secretary of the Editorial Board of Geophysical Research Journal , Office 328, IPE RAS)

2.2. Submission materials should include

  • electronic files with the text of the manuscript (MS Word version 6.0 and higher) and figures formatted in accordance with the Author Guidelines approved by the Editorial Board, see Appendix 1, Formatting the Manuscript for Reviewing;

  • one hard copy of the manuscript printed on A4 (or Letter) paper;

  • the complete information for all authors including the first, middle, and last names, affiliations, postal and e-mail addresses;

  • cover letter indicating the corresponding author and optionally proposing the potential reviewers and section of the Journal, where the paper can be published.

3. Manuscript Format instructions

3.1. Structuring the Manuscript

The guidelines for formatting and structuring the manuscripts are based on the requirements lodged by the Higher Attestation Commission to the journals recommended for publishing the materials of dissertations in candidacy for a degree of a doctor of science.

Mandatory elements

  • UDC Universal Decimal Classification (according to the Russian nomenclature);

  • the Russian and English-translated title of the paper;

  • the full name(s) of the author(s) (the last, first, and middle names) in Russian and English;

  • names of the institutions, cities, and countries in Russian and English;

  • the summary (200--400 words) in Russian and English. The summary should contain a brief description of the main points of the study including the statement of the problem, the data, and the results and provide a sufficiently full and clear idea of the work.

  • the keywords in Russian and English (at most ten);

  • the text of the paper;

  • two lists of references, one for the Russian version and the other for the English version of the Journal website. The examples of formatting the references are presented below. For the English version of the Journal website, the titles of the papers that are originally published in Russian should be translated by the author into English. If the article was published in the English-translated journal, the reference to the English version of the quoted publication should be provided.

  • the author(s) information according to the following template (in case of multiple-authored submission, the information should be provided for each author) in Russian and English:

ПЕТРОВ Иван Николаевич – доктор физико-математических наук, профессор, ведущий научный сотрудник, Институт физики Земли им. О.Ю. Шмидта РАН. 123995, ГСП-5, Москва, Д-242, ул. Большая Грузинская, д. 10, стр. 1. Тел.: +7 (499) 254-xx-xx. E-mail:

PETROV Ivan Nikolaevich, Dr. Sci. (Phys.-Math.), Prof., Leading researcher, Institute of Physics of the Earth, RAS, 10 B. Gruzinskaya 123995, Moscow, Russia. Ph.: +7 (499) 254 xxxx,

Auxiliary elements

  • figures;

  • figure captions;

  • tables;

  • table titles.

3.2. Formatting the Manuscript

  • The text should use Times New Roman font (12 pt)and double spacing; all the pages should be numbered; the hard copies should be printed on A4 or Letter paper with 2.5 cm margins; the author's formatting should be minimal.

  • When cited in the text flow, the references to the publications should be enclosed in square brackets and have the following format: [Author, year; Author, author, year; Author, author, author, year]. If a quoted paper has more than three authors, the reference in the text should appear as [Author et al., year]. The references in the text flow should strictly correspond to the publications indicated in the list of references (in terms of the overall number of the references, the year of publication, and spelling of the authors' names).

  • The references to the figures should be enclosed in round brackets and appear as (Fig. 1), (Figs. 1, 2), or (Figs. 1-3). The repeated reference to the figure is formatted as (see Fig. 1).

  • The references to the tables should be enclosed in round brackets and appear as (Table 1), (Tables 1,2), or (Tables 1-3).

  • Formulas should be successively placed in the text flow and enumerated in the continuous order throughout the entire text starting from the first formula. The number of the formula is enclosed in round brackets and indicated on the right of the formula. It is preferable that the formulas are inserted using the MS Word's built-in Equation editor. The references to the formulas in the text should appear as (1), or (1), (2), or (1)-(3).

  • The sources included in the List of References should appear in the alphabetical order (according to the first letters of the name of the author or the first co-author) without numbering starting with papers in Russian and then papers on other languages. Irrespective of the number of the authors of the quoted publication, the names and initials of all the authors should be indicated in the List of References.

Examples of formatting the references for the English version of the Journal website

  1. papers in the translated journals:

Ivanov I.I. and Petrov P.P., On the principle of dimensions in geophysics. Izv. Phys. Solid Earth, 2010, vol. 46, no.1. pp. 10-15.

  1. books in Russian:

Sidorov S.S., Geofizika i geologiya (Geophysics and geology), Moscow: Nauka, 2000.

  1. articles published in the Russian-language journals and collections of papers:

Kozlov K.K., New method of geological survey, in Geologiya na rubezhe XXI v. (Geological survey at the turn of the 21st century), St. Petersburg: Nedra, 2000, pp. 12–15.

  1. articles in the foreign language journals:

Cornell C.A., Engineering risk in seismic analysis, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Amer., 1968, vol. 54, no. 6, pp. 1583–1606.

  • Figures should not be embedded in the text flow. Instead, each figure should be presented on a separate page and provided with a figure caption. In the electronic version, each figure should be organized as a separate monochrome (grayscale) graphic file (jpeg, tiff, or gif) with at least 300 dpi resolution. The PostScript (ps) and Corel Draw (cdr) graphic files are accepted. Other vector formats are not supported. If necessary, color figures can be published by the decision of the Editorial Board

  • all the figure captions are presented in a single separate captions file.

  • Tables should not be embedded in the text; instead, they should be presented on the separate pages. Each table should have the title and be numbered. In the electronic version, each table should be presented as a separate file.

4. Author’s replies to the reviewrs’ comments

Reviews that contain questions, and/or critical comments together with decision of the Executive Member are sent to the authors who may

  • withdraw the manuscript.

  • revise the manuscript by addressing questions and critical comments of all reviewers and by providing a detailed explanation which of the reviewers' suggestions were (fully or partly) incorporated during manuscript revision.

  • if the authors reject (fully or partly) the reviewers comments, they should provide a thorough and substantiated reasoning of the rejection in their reply.

The authors should revise the manuscript according to recommendations of the reviewer(s) and resubmit it with highlighted changes within three months after the decision on the manuscript is received by the corresponding author. Revised manuscript submitted after this deadline is processed by the Editorial Board as a new submission.

All the reviews are kept for three years in the Journal archive.

5. Accept for Publication

The Editorial Board of the Journal informs the authors, whose papers are accepted for publication. Together with the Editorial decision authors are provided with contact information of Executive Editor appointed for processing the manuscript for the publication.

After acceptance for publication, only stylistic and technical editing of manuscripts is allowed. The corrections are introduced by the technical editor only after their approval by the author(s).

If the authors do not provide the electronic version of their submission in a readable format, the publication of their submission can be delayed or rejected due to technical inconsistency.

6. Publications in the Discussion Section of the Journal

Manuscripts based on guesswork or hypotheses that can neither be proven nor rejected at the present-day level of scientific knowledge as well as the debate manuscript with focus on positive criticism of scientific contributions published in any journals, books and other sources are considered for publication in the Discussion section of the Journal at the initiative of the authors or Editorial Board with consent of the authors. If the authors do not agree with the publication of their contribution in the Discussion section suggested by the Editorial board, the article can be rejected.

The Discussion section does not publish the articles containing the features indicated above in section 1.2.3.

If manuscript intended for publication in the Discussion section contains criticism of other scientific publications, it can be sent to the authors of the criticized publications or to members of the scientific community addressed by the criticism with the invitation to enter in the discussion hosted by the Journal. The materials published in the Discussion section can also be debated by any other concerned scientists.

All materials published in the Discussion section, including responses to the discussion article, are subject to mandatory peer review according to standard reviewing procedure in the Journal.

The Editorial Board should promote prompt publication of replies to materials published in the Discussion section and, wherever possible, include the replies in the same issue with the debate article.

7. Rejection of a Manuscript

The rejection of a manuscript is ultimate. The reviewers' comments together with the decision of the Editorial Board are sent to the authors of the rejected manuscript. The subsequent requests from the authors on rejected paper are not considered and are not replied by the Editorial Board. If rejected manuscript is resubmitted as a new submission, but without a substantial revision, it is not considered by the Editorial Board and is not accepted by the Journal.

8. Legal Matters

Authors of original research articles and discussions published in the Journal take full responsibility for the compliance with the legislation on copyright issues, official secrecy and commercial confidence, publication of materials covered by the copyright transfer agreements, contracts, or other juridical documents, patents, and licenses.

When submitting their manuscripts to the Editorial board, authors confirm that the manuscript was not published (in full or in part) elsewhere and that it is now submitted for publication to another journal. Authors should provide one copy of the Copyright Agreement signed by all manuscript authors, by which the copyright on the publication (in Russian or English depending on language of submission) is transferred to the publisher. By transferring the manuscript to the Journal, the authors agree with the publication on the Journal website (both Russian and English versions) of the abstract of their article, list of references, and the author information and with subsequent (six months after printed copy issue) publication of the full text of the paper in the language of submission.