Guidelines and Styles


The Editorial Team considers international relations to be a worldwide phenomenon, indescribable according to any universal theory. Moreover, a pluralism of conceptual approaches (reflecting a national-specific view of international-political facts, processes, and actions) should be acknowledged in the theory of international relations (TIR) in order to acquire a complex understanding of the events unfolding throughout the world and to carry out their objective evaluation in the context of actions performed by various countries, non-state subjects, and other non-anthropogenic factors. In this respect, a domestic school of TIR can and should exist, formed by specific academic priorities and a research vector resulting from the peculiarity of Russia’s national interests and its current standing in the world system.

“International Trends” (“Mezhdunarodnye protsessy”) was established in 2002 as the first Russian TIR journal. As of the early 2010s, it holds a strong position among the top three Russian thematic academic journals (according to the Russian Science Citation Index). The Journal’s key mission is a theoretical comprehension of the world as a whole, of international tendencies and the planetary political environment, and of the world-integrity our country finds herself in and develops with.

The editorial team and the authors’ shared task is to understand what happens with the world as a whole and, from this particular point of view, to look at Russia and to assess the extent to which its policy corresponds with worldwide tendencies.

In this regard, the Journal’s remit is not so much to perform an analysis on the basis of our Western colleagues’ best developments, as it is to foster a theoretical comprehension of world politics phenomena connected, in the first place, with the influence of its non-Western components, relatively less studied by foreign (European and American) political science.

The Journal’s key spheres of interest are the following:

international-political analysis and problems of world-system regulation;
general issues of world economics and international law overlapping with world politics;
conceptual issues of international security in its various dimensions, formation of new world policy subdisciplines (e.g. “complex regional studies”);
philosophy of international relations, political psychology, states’ foreign policy behavior;
theory of international conflict;
agenda of international cooperation and negotiations. 

Submitted articles should reflect the Journal’s thematic profile and its scientific priorities.



(Editorial policy)

Manuscripts submitted to “International Trends” must conform to the following guidelines:

General Rules

1. The manuscript’s volume should be within 0.5-1.5 author’s sheets (3000 – 8000 words). It must represent the results of independent and original scientific research corresponding with the Journal’s thematic profile, reflecting the author’s profound knowledge of the bibliographic context on the analyzed problems and the ability to adequately apply the conventional methodology of setting up and solving scientific problems.

2. The submission of material for consideration as an analytical review of relevant works (no longer than 1 author’s sheet) and review articles on latest scientific literature (no longer than 0.25 author’s sheet – 1500 words) is also encouraged by the Editor. A review article sent by July, 1st, of each current year must be related to a book published in the previous year. Review articles sent after July 1 must be related to a book published strictly in the current year.

3. If the Journal has accepted a manuscript for consideration, this gives no guarantee that it will be published. All materials are anonymously reviewed by external experts.

Peer Review Policy

4. The journal adheres to a double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. In the case that the manuscript is not published, the Editor provides its author with a grounded conclusion containing the reasons behind the  article’s rejection.

All manuscripts should be written in literary language, scientific style, and be properly edited.

5. The Journal does not publish works already published elsewhere or currently under review by another publisher.

6. There is no charge for the publication of materials. The decision on publication of a manuscript depends solely on its quality and correspondence with the Journal’s thematic profile.

7. All submissions should be made online via e-mail: submissions@intertrends.ru. Please, ensure that you only submit Microsoft Word files with left-aligned text, font “Times New Roman”, 12 pt, 1.5-line spacing throughout.

It is imperative that you do not use automatic numeration or lists in the text.

The editorial team asks potential authors to regard with favour the Journal’s policy not to enter into correspondence (all the more to engage in intentional polemics) with potential authors via e-mail or post, as well as to avoid any preliminary obligations regarding the publication of materials.

8. The title page should be placed in a separate file and contain the following data both in Russian and in English: author’s name, surname, academic degree, academic title, position, and place of employment with postal code. The main file of the article should contain: its title, text, footnotes, and a list of references at the end, both in Cyrillic and Latin . This requirement is essential for the anonymous review of all submitted manuscripts.

9. All submitted articles should also contain a key words list, a brief summary (abstract) both in Russian and in English (no less than 250 words), and a bibliography formed according to the Russian Science Citation Index (see below).

Citing Sources

1. Scientific literature, analytical reports, and articles in scientific editions should be cited in the manuscript’s body using an abbreviated form containing the authors’ surnames, year of publication, and pages. In case of no author indication, the title of the edition should be given instead. 
For example: [Huntington 1993: 68]; [Хелд и др. 2004: 33]; [Мир вокруг России 2007: 21].

2. All other sources should be cited with  in-page footnotes.

For example: Стратегия национальной безопасности Российской Федерации до 2020 года. Совет безопасности Российской Федерации [Электронный ресурс]. URL: http//www.scrf.gov.ru/documents/99.html (дата обращения: 12.10.2013)


1. Submitted articles and analytical reviews should contain an abstract both in Russian and in English, normally within 250-350 words, covering the goal and tasks of the scientific work, its structure, and key conclusions. The abstract serves as an independent analytical text able to provide an adequate conception of the conducted research without any need to address the main text.

2. The English abstract should be written in literary academic language. It cannot be a literal translation or contain word-for-word Russian language structures or idioms.


1. Articles, analytical reviews, and review articles should be submitted with a reference list both in Russian and in English. Sources in each of the lists should be shown in alphabetical order (in correspondence with the Russian and Latin alphabets respectively). The reference lists should contain scientific literature, analytical reports, and articles in scientific editions; they must reflect the sources cited in the manuscript’s body.

2. For References provided in Russian go to: http://intertrends.ru/avtoram

For example:

Nye J. Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics. New York: Public Affairs, 2004. 208 p.

Каберник В. Революция в военном деле: возможные контуры конфликтов будущего / Метаморфозы мировой политики // Под ред. М.М. Лебедевой. М.: МГИМО-Университет, 2012. С. 148-178.

Стрелец И. Информационная экономика как общемировой социальный феномен // Международные процессы. 2011. Т. 9. № 1 (25). C. 25-37.

Салтыков Б. Высшее образование в России: между наследием прошлого и современными вызовами / IFRI. Russie. Nei.Vision. 2008. 23 с. URL: http://www.ifri.org/files/Russie/ifri_saltykov_education_RUS_avril_2008.pdf (дата обращения: 24.05.2013).

3. In the English references list, scientific works should contain the author’s surname and initials, year of publication, title of the work, place of publication, publisher, and number of pages. Title of a book should be given in italics.

4. Articles in scientific journals, collections, or works published in continuing series should contain the author’s surname and initials, year of publication, title of the article, title of the journal or series, volume and number for journals / place of publication and publisher for collection, number of pages or page numbers, electronic address, and access date (if any). Title of the journal, collection or series should be given in italic.

All information on Russian works should be transliterated to English in correspondence with transliteration rules. The place of publication should be given in full. The title of a book, report, or article should be transliterated and translated (translation should be given in square brackets).

For example:

Nye J. 2004. Soft Power: The Means to Success in World Politics. New York: Public Affairs. 208 p.

Dolinskiy A. 2011. Diskurs o publichnoy diplomatii [Discourse on Public Diplomacy]. Mezhdunarodnye protsessy. Vol. 9. № 1 (25): 45-55.

Risse Th. 2002. Transnational Actors and World Politics. In: Carsnaes W., Risse Th., Simmons B.A. (eds) Handbook of International Relations. Sage: 255-274.

Saltykov B.2008. Vysshee obrazovanie v Rossii: mezhdu naslediem proshlogo I sovremennymi vyzovami [Russian Higher Education: Between the Past and the Future]. IFRI. Russie. Nei.Vision: 18. 23 p. Available at:http://www.ifri.org/files/Russie/ifri_saltykov_education_RUS_avril_2008.pdf (accessed 24.05.2013)