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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The article has not been published in or submitted for publication to any other journal.
  • The text has been proofread before submission and cannot be improved further in its present state.
  • Please pay attention to the preparation of a document on the possibility of publishing your article in the public domain. It must be attached to the materials when submitting an article to the journal.

Author Guidelines

Article Preparation

Dear Authors! Please pay attention to the preparation of a document on the possibility of publishing your article in the public domain. It must be attached to the materials when submitting an article to the journal.

Length of papers

Your article’s total character count should be between 10,000 and 80,000, including spaces. Please note that the total length of the article includes the text of the article and the notes (footnotes), as well as the illustrative, reference and bibliographic material.

Formatting requirements

When preparing their articles, authors are advised to use the specially designed document templates that would be available for download on our website. If you prefer not to use the templates, please consider the journal requirements when preparing the text. After your article is accepted for publication, it will be subjected to scholarly and literary editing and formatted in accordance with the layout of the journal.

Article Template

Article Example

Completeness and presentation of papers

  1. Papers are presented in the form of a single file in the .doc or .docx format that includes the following parts in the following order: information about the author in English and Russian, universal decimal classification (UDC), the title of the article, the abstract, and the keywords, the text of the article, notes of acknowledgement, and the list of sources and references. Main text, metadata and all other content with the exception of information about the author should be provided in English only.
  2. To name the article file, use the author’s last name in Latin characters.
  3. If the article text requires the use of non-standard fonts, formulas, complex formatting, etc., a .pdf file of the article text should be provided in addition to the .docx file. The files of the fonts used should be provided additionally.
  4. If the article contains illustrations, each of them should be provided as a separate .jpg, .jpeg or .png file. To name the file, use “the author's last name in Latin characters, space, Fig, sequence number”.
  5. When submitting your article, please attach the open publication clearance certificate indicating that the contents of your submission are not subject to any restrictions as intelligence making up state secret (Article 5 of the Law of the Russian Federation on State Secrets) or information classified as state secrets as specified in the Russian Federation Presidential Decree No. 1203 of 30 November 1995, and, as such, is not classified and may be published openly.

Format, font, paragraphs: the article should use Times New Roman, 14 pt; line spacing 1.5; alignment — justified text; paragraph indent — 1.0 cm from the left margin. Automatic hyphenation should be deactivated.

Language: The article should be written in academic voice.

Information about the Author

All information about the author should be stated on the first page of the article file sent to the editorial team. The information must include the following:
— the name of the author in full (if the name is natively written in non-Latin alphabet it should be transliterated in Latin characters which the author uses in all his publications);
— the academic degree (in English and in Russian);
— the position, the name of the organization (place of work) (in English and in Russian);
— the legal address of the organization (not of its subdivision!) (in English and in Russian);
— the author's email address (only for corresponding author);
— author’s ORCID.

If there are several authors, all of the above information is provided for each one of them.

UDC index: the Universal Decimal Classification index should be specified on the left-hand side of the first page of the main text, giving an accurate reflection of the article’s subject. The UDC is used in most countries of the world for systematization and efficient search for articles.

Heading: under UDC it is necessary to indicate one of the headings of the journal to which your article refers:

  • Quantum Mechanics;
  • Quantum Field Theory;
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics;
  • Elementary Particle Physics;
  • General Relativity and Gravity;
  • Cosmology;
  • Quantum Gravity;
  • Semiconductor Physics;
  • Semimetal Physics;
  • Dielectric Physics;
  • Polymer Physics;
  • Physics of Random Structures;
  • Physics of Low-Dimensional Structures and Nanostructures;
  • Physics of Transport Phenomena in Condensed Matter;
  • Physics of Thermoelectric Phenomena;
  • Physical Properties of Thermoelectric Materials;
  • Interaction of Electromagnetic and Particle Radiation with Condensed Matter;
  • Non-Equilibrium Phenomena and Self-Organisation in Condensed Matter;
  • Photonics and Laser Physics;
  • Computational Materials Science;
  • Recent directions in Solid State Physics.

The title should be given in bold; capital letters are used only at the beginning of the title and for proper names.

The abstract should precede the main text of the article and be separated from it graphically; it should be at least 500 and not more than 1000 characters long, including spaces. The abstract should contain the indispensable elements: the relevance of the study, characteristics of of the problem studied and the main conclusions of the study. The abstract should give the reader an opportunity to form a clear idea of the subject studied, its course and conclusions reached by the author. Background information, general and insignificant statements, superfluous introductory words, etc., should be avoided when writing an abstract.

Keywords must follow the abstract, precede the main text of the article and be separated from both graphically. Please start the list of keywords with the “Keywords:”. Your list should comprise between 5 and 10 keywords.

The article structure: the text should have a clear structure, contain sections and subsections which reflect the logic of the subject studied.

Formulae, Symbols, Equations

For mathematical formulae, use the Microsoft Word Equation Editor. In physics, mathematics and chemistry, use Latin and Greek characters only to represent any quantities, including subscripts. Do not use one character to represent several quantities (e.g. n for carrier concentration, n as a variable exponent and n as a variable whole number, or x for the proportion of an element in InxGa1−xAs solid solution and x as the coordinate). Do not use Cyrillic characters as symbols or include them in subscripts or superscripts.

Tables, Figures, Charts

  1. Axes labels and names of physical quantities in your figures should be given in English and in upright typeface (e.g. Intensity). In subscripts, as well as for the representation of physical quantities, Latin and Greek characters should be used. Physical quantities that are represented by letters should be given in italic (e.g. U, I, t). Use international recommendations for the use of symbols for physical quantities.
  2. Tables should be found at the end of your article, following figure captions (tables with a high number of rows may start on a new page).
  3. Immediately after the paragraph of the main text in which this table, figure or chart is first mentioned, a note of should be inserted on a separate line, such as [Table 1 should be here].
  4. The content of the table, figure or chart should be clear without referring to the main text of the article and should not be duplicated in it.
  5. Objects are numbered continuously with Arabic numerals. A single object should not be numbered.
  6. Pictures and diagrams should be provided in separate files in the JPG, JPEG or PNG format. Image quality should ensure it remains clear after resizing. Resolution should be at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Figure and table captions should be placed after the references, starting on a new page.

Page numbering: sequence numbers are placed at the bottom of the page (using footers).

Dates and numerals

  1. Dates must be typed in accordance with the following format: 5 August 1982.
  2. Numbers from 1 to 10 inclusively are written as words, numbers over 10 are written as numbers.
  3. Centuries are marked by Roman numerals, decades are recorded in accordance with the following format: the 1980s.


The Harvard referencing style is used in the References section. BSI standard is used for transliteration. Transliterate all Russian sources. Authors’ names in Cyrillic characters should be transliterated into English; authors’ names in Latin characters should be provided in their original spelling (i. e. Genette G., Barthes R.; Köstlin K. R. von, etc.) In reference to companies, the official translation of their names should be used (if available).

To transliterate the list of references in Cyrillic alphabet, it is recommended to use the following website: Set the following preferences:
ё — e;
ц — ts;
й — j;
щ — shch;
ий— ij;
ый — yj;
х — always kh.

Principle of compiling a transliterated list of references


Examples of formatting references

For journal articles

  • Goryaev, M. A., Smirnov, A. P. (2015) Lyuminestsentsiya adsorbirovannogo na stearate serebra krasitelya i sensibilizatsiya fototermograficheskikh materialov [Luminescence of dye adsorbed on silver stearate and sensitization of photothermographic materials]. Izvestia Rossijskogo gosudarstvennogo pedagogicheskogo universiteta im. A. I. Gertsena — Izvestia: Herzen University Journal of Humanities & Sciences, 173, 50–54. (In Russian)
  • Nikonorova, N. A., Kononov, A. A., Dao, T. H., Castro R. A. (2019) Molecular mobility of thermoplastic aromatic polyimides studied by dielectric spectroscopy. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 511, 109–114. DOI: 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2018.12.032 (In English)
  • Cha, D., Kim, H., Hwang, Y. et al. (2012) Fabrication of molded chalcogenide-glass lens for thermal imaging applications. Applied Optics, 51 (23), 5649–5656. DOI: 10.1364/AO.51.005649 (In English)

For books

  • Oura, K., Lifshits, V. G., Saranin, A. A. et al. (2006) Vvedeniye v fiziku poverkhnosti [Introduction to surface physics]. Moscow: Nauka Publ., 490 p. (In Russian)
  • Kremer, K., Schonhals, A. (2003) Broadband dielectric spectroscopy. Berlin; Heidelberg: Springer, 729 p. (In English)
  • Kolobov, A. V., Tominaga, J. (2016) Two-dimensional tnransition-metal dichalcogenides. Berlin: Springer, 538 p. (In English)

Chapter from a book

  • Kolobov, A. V., Tominaga, J. (2012) Chalcogenides: Metastability and phase change phenomena. In: Methods of structure analysis. Berlin: Springer Science & Business Media, pp. 49–63. (In English)

For proceedings of conferences

  • Castro, R. A., Kononov, A. A., Dao, T. H. et al. (2017) Dielectric and structural study of polymer composites based on polyethylene and barium titanate. In: International conference on functional materials, characterization, solid state physics, power, thermal and combustion energy: FCSPTC-2017. AIP Conference Proceedings. Eluru, Andhra Pradesh: AIP Publishing, p. 20002. (In English)
  • Kononov, A. A., Castro, R. A. (2018) Vliyanie endoedral’nogo fullerena na molekulyarnuyu podvizhnost’ polifenikenoksida [The endohedral fullerene effect on the molecular mobility of polyphenylene oxide]In: PhysicA.SPb/2019. International conference proceedings. Saint Petersburg: Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, pp. 67–68. (In Russian)

For Internet sources

PhD dissertations and abstracts

  • Kononov, A. A. (2019) Dielektricheskaya relaksatsiya i molekulyarnaya podvizhnost’ v fullerenosoderzhashchikh polimernykh nanokompozitakh na osnove polifenilenoksida [Dielectric relaxation and molecular mobility in fullerene-containing polymer nanocomposites based on polyphenylene oxide]. PhD dissertation (Physics). Saint Petersburg, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, 125 p. (In Russian)
  • Kononov, A. A. (2019) Dielektricheskaya relaksatsiya i molekulyarnaya podvizhnost’ v fullerenosoderzhashchikh polimernykh nanokompozitakh na osnove polifenilenoksida [Dielectric relaxation and molecular mobility in fullerene-containing polymer nanocomposites based on polyphenylene oxide]. Extended abstract of the PhD dissertation (Physics). Saint Petersburg, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, 20 p. (In Russian)


Submission of Papers

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After sending the article it’s checked within 15 days if it’s in line with formal requirements and then it undergoes single-blind peer review (see Review Statement). There is no publication fee for an article review and its publishing.

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