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Author Guidelines

As a multi-disciplinary open access publisher, the Saint-Petersburg Theological Academy Press encourages authors to submit their research work to publish in the respective journals of the Saint Petersburg Theological Academy Press, and mainly in the journal Khristianskoye Chteniye [Christian Reading]. The main goal of the Saint-Petersburg Theological Academy Press is to provide a medium for the prompt publication of scientific papers that contain insights into current research.

A list of journals of the Saint-Petersburg Theological Academy Press see here: https://cyberleninka.ru/article/n/the-schooling-of-the-lord-in-the-life-of-the-three-hierarchs.



As part of the submission process, authors are requested to check the following:

  1. The article should be in Microsoft Word document format (doc.).
  2. The article should contain complete details about the corresponding author, including the e-mail address and full postal address.
  3. The article should be single-spaced and typeset in 12 point font; all illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  4. A Cover Letter stating the work belongs to the corresponding author and other co-authors should be submitted.



The article must be typeset single-spaced using 12 point font. All manuscripts must contain the essential elements needed to convey your research, for example, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials, Results, Conclusions, Artwork and Tables with Captions.

1. Types of Articles
We are committed to publishing quality articles and requests authors to submit any articles that fit the following classification.

1.1 Research Articles
Articles with new findings/innovations in the topic of research. The article should be no more than 5000 words, excluding references. It should contain an Article Title, Author Affiliations, Corresponding Author Details, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion and References.

1.2 Review Articles
Articles that summarize the existing research in the topic. The article should be no more than 5000 words, excluding references. It should contain an Article Title, Author Affiliations, Corresponding Author Details, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials, Discussion, Conclusion and References.

1.3 Short Communication
Short communications should present new important findings in a brief form. They should be no more than 2000 words and should include an Article Title, Author Affiliations, Corresponding Author Details, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Discussion and References.

1.5 Editorials
Editorial articles are written on any topic relevant to the journal and should be no more than 1200 Words, excluding References. These articles contain a Title, Author Affiliations, Corresponding Author Details, Description and References.

2. Cover letter
All submissions must include a cover letter in a separate Word/PDF file that includes:
a) Declaration from the corresponding author on behalf of all co-author(s).
b) An explanation of the suitability of the article for publication in this journal in light of the journal’s aims and scope.

3. Article Structure
The article structure may vary with the type of article. Please refer to section 1.

Article Title: Concise and informative should use bold 14 point font. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.

Author's Complete Details: Kindly provide complete details for each author including the email address.

Abstract: The article should contain an abstract. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. The abstract should be self-contained and citation-free and should not exceed 300 words.

Keywords: Authors are requested to provide 4-10 keywords related to the topic. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

Introduction: This section should state the objectives of the paper and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Materials: This part should contain explanations to reproduce reported data. It can be divided into subsections if several topics are covered.

Results and Discussion: This section should explore the significance of the results of the paper. All the results should be provided along with an appropriate discussion.

Conclusions: This section should clearly explain the main conclusions of the work, highlighting its importance and relevance.

Acknowledgements: All acknowledgements should be included in a separate section before the references and may include a list of people who contributed to the work in the paper but are not listed in the author list as well as information about supporting grants. The name of any funding agencies should be provided if the funding was made available for the research.

References: the journal Khristianskoye Chteniye follows a style where all the references are noted in the text within square brackets like this:  

[Marmodoro, Viltanioti, 2017, 5]

which corresponds to a reference in the References section:

Marmodoro, Viltanioti (2017) — Marmodoro А., Viltanioti I.-F. (eds). Divine Powers in Late Antiquity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. 280 p.

Some examples of citing possible references and sources are given below:

Primary Sources

GK RF — Grazhdanskiy kodeks Rossiyskoy Federatsii (chast' vtoraya) ot 26.01.1996 № 14-FZ (red. ot 05.12.2017) v «Sobraniye zakonodatel’stva RF», 29.01.1996, № 5, st. 410 [Civil Code of the Russian Federation (part two), dated 26.01.1996 no. 14-FZ (as amended on 05.12.2017). Collection of Legislation of the Russian Federation, dated 29.01.1996, no. 5, art. 410].

Polozheniye (2008) — Polozheniye o tserkovnom sude Russkoy Pravoslavnoy Tserkvi (Moskovskogo Patriarkhata) prinyato na Arkhiyereyskom Sobore Russkoy Pravoslavnoy Tserkvi v 2008 godu (red. Arkhiyereyskiy Sobor 2017 g.). [The Statute on the Ecclesiastical Court of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) adopted at the Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church in 2008 (Edited by the Bishops’ Council of 2017)]. Available at: http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/5082532.html (accessed: 15.12.2017).

Boethius — Boethius. Liber de persona et Du abus naturis. Patrologiae cursus completus (Series Latina –– PL). Ed. by J.-P. Migne. In 221 vols., Paris, 1844–1856, vol. 64, col. 1337–1354. 

Basilius Caesariensis — S. Basilius Caesariensis. Regulae fusius tractatae. Patrologiae cursus completus (Series Graeca –– PG). Ed. by J.-P. Migne.  In 161 vols., Paris, 1847–1866, vol. 31, col. 889–1052. 


GATO — Gosudarstvennyy arkhiv Tverskoy oblasti [State Archives of Tver’ Region]. Fund 1409, №988, №1210. (In Russian).

NIOR RGB — Nauchno-issledovatel’skiy otdel rukopisey Rossiyskoy gosudarstvennoy biblioteki [Research Department of Manuscripts of the Russian State Library]. F. 609 (Fund of St. Tikhon Zadonsky). Cart. 1, Item 4; Cart. 2. Items 6–8. (In Russian).

Book: print 

Makgrar (1994) — Makgrar A. Bogoslovskaya mysl’ epokhi Reformatsii [Theological Thought of the Reformation]. Odessa: Bogomyslie, 1994, 316 p. (In Russian).

Book: chapter in an edited book 

Plantinga (2011) — Plantinga A.  Superman vs. God? Dennett D.C., Plantinga A. Science and Religion: are they compatible? Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, рр.  39–44.

Cavaldini (2003) — Cavaldini J. Carolingian Hilary. The Study of the Bible in the Carolingian Era.Ed. by Chazelle C.M. & Edwards B. Turnhout, 2003, p. 133–140.

Journal article: print

Jugie (1940) — Jugie MBarlaam est-t-il né catholique? Échos d'Orient, 1940, no. 39, pp. 100–125.

Legeyev et al. (2018a) — Legeyev M., priest. Methodius (Zinkovsky), hierom., Ciril (Zinkovsky), hierom. Nauchno-bogoslovskoe osmyslenie istorii v IV–V vekakh: popytki i tendentsii [The Scientific and Theological interpretation of History in the IV-V Centuries: Attempts and Tendencies]. Khristianskoye Chteniye, 2018, no. 4, pp. 10–27. (In Russian).

Legeyev et at. (2018b) — Legeyev M., priest, Methodius (Zinkovsky), hierom., Ciril (Zinkovsky), hierom. Periodizatsiya «Epokhi utrachennoy ekumeny»: vzglyad so storony bogosloviya istorii [Periodization of the “Epoch of the Lost Ecumene”: A View from the Theology of History]. Russko-Vizantiyskiy vestnik, 2018, no. 1, pp. 64–72. (In Russian).

Journal article (on-line):

Swaminathan et al. — Swaminathan V., Lepkoswka-White E., Rao B. P. Browsers or buyers in cyberspace? An investigation of electronic factors influencing electronic exchange, Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, 1999, vol. 5, no. 2. Available at: www.ascusc.org/jcmc/vol5/issue2/ (accessed: 13.09.2017).

Conference proceeding: individual paper 

Kostromin (2018) — Kostromin K. Osobennosti «Zakona sudnogo lyudem» kak odnogo iz drevneyshikh pamyatnikov drevnerusskogo tserkovnogo prava [Features of the "Law of the People's Judiciary" as One of the Oldest monuments of Old Russian Church Kaw]. Tserkov'. Bogoslovie. Istoriya. Materialy VI Vserossiyskoy nauchno‑bogoslovskoy konferentsii (Ekaterinburg, 10‑12 fevralya 2018 g.). Ekaterinburg: EDS, 2018, p. 337‑342. (In Russian).

Web page/website

Rossiyane za god potratili $30 milliardov na gadalok i koldunov [Russians spent $30 billion this year on mags and fortune-tellers]. Available at: http://www.vesti.ru/doc.html?id=1060109 (accessed: 26.08.2014). (In Russian).

Figures and Tables: Authors should include all figures and tables at the appropriate place in the manuscript. All figures should be cited in the paper in a consecutive order. Figures should be of high quality and clear. Every figure must have a descriptive title. Tables should be cited consecutively in the text. Every table must have a descriptive title and, if numerical measurements are given, the units should be included in the column heading.

4. Copyright Notice
Authors retain the copyright of their article and the publisher will have the right to publish the article. We follow the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 license.

5. Correspondence with the Editor-in-Chief

Article Submission and all correspondence with the authors is carried out only through the e-mail address: christian-reading@spbda.ru.