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Authors guidelines

“Moscow University Anthropology Bulletin” (the journal) is a peer-reviewed journal founded in 2008. The journalpublishes original articles of a theoretical and methodological nature with an emphasis on the physical conditions of the population of modern Russia, monitoring of spatial and temporal/secular changes in physical development and the main morphofunctional characteristics, and environmental effects that cause these changes. In the first place, the journal provides opportunities for the publication of unique data reflecting the regional patterns of the somatic development in Russian population of different age categories, the results of screening of urban and rural groups, modern indigenous and migrant populations living in various environmental conditions. This is important for further studies on adaptability of Russian population to the current environment. Due to its particular interests, the journal takes some special place among other Russian scientific periodicals. The journal also provides an opportunity for professional communication to a wide range of specialists whose works cover a range of related problems. The journal welcomes interdisciplinary research in anthropology, paleoecology and other scientific fields.

The structure of the journal includes original scientific articles, scientific reviews, book reviews and a chronicle of academic and scientific events.

General requirements for manuscripts submitted for publication

Articles that are not formatted according to the rules published below will be returned to the author without consideration by the reviewers and the editorial board.

All articles sent to the editorial office must be original material. The editors do not accept articles that are being prepared for publication or have already been published elsewhere.

The author(s) of the manuscript guarantee(s) that no copyright laws or other legislative norms were violated, take(s) responsibility for the accuracy and correctness of the information in the article, confirm(s) that the research was carried out taking into account the requirements of bioethics, and it’s reflected in the text of the article.

Articles should be written in a good literary language without spelling and stylistic errors, carefully edited, match the scientific style and scientific terminology, and do not require additional editing (or need minimal editing). All technical terms, including those in Latin, must be in strict accordance with international biomedical science terminology standards. Anthropometric terms must correspond to the terminology adopted at the Research Institute of Anthropology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University [Bunak, 1941]. It is also possible to use terms following the International Biological Program [Weiner, Lourie, 1969]).

General technical requirements

The total volume of the article should not exceed 40 thousand characters with spaces, including tables, references, and all other components of the article.

The text is typed in MS Word (*doc or *docx) using Times New Roman font, 12 font size; 1.5 line spacing; margins: left - 3 cm, top and bottom - 2 cm, right - 1.5 cm; paragraph indentation - 1.25 cm; justified alignment.

The text is typed without additional formatting and word wrapping.

All text is indented and aligned to the page width.

The text should not be typed in capital letters, no tabs should be used.

Underlining is not applied in the text (mixed with hyperlinks). Instead of underlining, use italic (preferred) or bold font (minimal).

No more than one space is used between words. All extra spaces should be removed from the text. To remove extra spaces, use the "Find - Replace" option in Word.

Mathematical and other formulas should be typed in Symbol font.

In the text and tables, the most common statistical parameters are indicated as follows:

N is the size of the sample, the surveyed group;

M - arithmetic mean;

± m - error of the arithmetic mean;

SD - standard deviation;

V - coefficient of variation;

Min - the minimum value of the feature;

Max - the maximum value of the feature;

P - level of statistical confidence;

% - percentage.

Submitting a manuscript

The article and additional documents should be submitted on the journal's website or send to the editorial office's e-mail address:

All files must be zipped into a single archive (*rar). The files should have the surname of the author in their name, e.g.:

  1. cover letter - Petrov_Author_Inform.pdf or Petrov_et_al_Inform.pdf.
  2. the main text of the article - Petrov_text.doc or Petrov_et_al_text.doc.
  3. file(s) containing tables - Petrov_Tabl_1.doc, Petrov_Tabl_2.doc, etc.
  4. file(s) containing the illustrations - Petrov_fig_1.tif, Petrov_fig_2.tif or Petrov_fig_A.tif, Petrov_fig_B.tif, etc.

Cover letter

The article must be submitted to the editorial office with a cover letter, in which the author(s) provide information about a) the authors, b) research area of the article, and c) that the material has not been previously published or submitted for publication to another journal.

Information about authors should provide the following (for each author): surname, name, patronymic name (if applicable), academic degree, position (academic rank) and the full official name of institution and division in which the author works, and full postal addresses of the institution with postcode, e-mail address.

The cover letter must be personally signed by all authors. With the personal signature, each author legally confirms his/her personal consent to the submission, and in the case of publication of an article, personal consent for publication of the article and information about the author in the Russian Science Citation Index (RSCI) on the platform of the Scientific Electronic Library of the Russian Federation and/or publications on the journal's website.

The cover letter page with personal signatures of the authors can be presented as a scanned copy in *.pdf format or any separate graphic file.

Tables and figures

The presence of tables and figures in the text file of the article is not allowed.

Tables and figures should not duplicate each other informatively. One form of data presentation should be chosen. An acceptable option is a chart with an embedded table (MS Office tool).

In the text of the article, the abbreviations "fig." and "tab." are given only in brackets and are typed with spaces after a full stop: (fig. 1), (tab. 2). In the text, the reference to the figure or table is written in full. For example: Figure 2 presents data ...; Table 3 summarizes ...

Abbreviations are not used unless absolutely necessary; it is advisable to write all words in full; hyphens are not used. All terms (including previously introduced abbreviations in the text) must be deciphered in the notes under all figures and tables, despite possible repetitions.

Tables should have a serial number in the order of mentioning in the text of the article, the names of the tables and the corresponding (if necessary) notes to each table are placed in the text after the references in the section "List of figures and tables captions and notes".

When creating a table, it is recommended to use the capabilities of Word or Excel. Tables typed manually (with a lot of spaces, without using cells) are not used.

An en dash (–), not a hyphen (-) is used in empty table cells and for dashes.

The font of the text of the tables should be Times New Roman, the font size for the main part of the table - 10 pt, for the headings - 9 pt.

The maximum table width is 160 mm. The maximum height is 200 mm. If the table is larger than the indicated sizes, it is submitted in several parts.

The number of decimal places should be the same for values of the same name. Minus is not separated by a space from a negative number: -4.35

Be sure to indicate the units of measurement of indicators. The unit of measurement common to all numerical data is given in the title of the table.

Main headings and subheadings in the table start with a capital letter.

Each table should be presented as a separate file. Places in the text of the article, in which the tables should be are marked with words "place of Table 1" etc.

Photo tables and tables that have been converted to image files (*.bmp, *.png, etc.) are not accepted.

To indicate differences in the data presented in the tables, you can use the following signs and symbols *, **, ***, etc.

Illustrations for the article must be submitted as graphic files TIFF (*.tiff) or JPG (*.jpg) with a resolution of 300 dpi (for colour images) and 600 dpi (for black and white images) and image width of no more than 160 mm (maximum width of the page).

All types of images are called "Figure".

The number of illustrations should be minimal. The article should contain references to all illustrations. Figures should have a serial number in the order of mentioning in the text of the article (illustrations are numbered separately from tables). Places in the text of the article, in which the figures should be are marked with the words “Place fig. 1".

All images are submitted as separate files.

Graphs and diagrams should not include their titles and should be provided with separate titles placed in the section " List of figures and tables captions and notes".

Figures must be of high quality and do not require additional editing, including resizing. The recommended figure width is 85 mm. Do not overload pictures with numerous inscriptions, comments - it is better to use notes.

Diagrams, graphs, schemes can be in colour, but provided that in black and white (for example, when printing) there is no loss of information and all elements of the drawing remain well distinguishable.

On ultramicroscopic photographs, the scale must be indicated. For micrographs, the total magnification or magnification of the eyepiece and objective should be provided in the notes with an explanation of the symbols, the method of processing histological material or other preparations made.

The axes of the graphs should be named. The numbers presented in the figures should not be repeated in the main text of the article. All special symbols must be deciphered in the notes.

Electronic copies of drawings, diagrams, graphs, micrographs, electronic micrographs should be submitted as separate files.

Technical requirements for a main text of the article.

The article must contain the following mandatory sections in this order: article heading, abstract, keywords, main text (with sections: introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusion), acknowledgements, references, authors’ information, list of captions and notes (for tables and figures, if applicable). The names of sections are preceded by an empty line.

Article heading

Article heading contains the following: surnames, first names, (patronymics) of the author(s) in full, the title of the article, institution(s) name(s), postal address of the institution(s).

Example 1. Authors from the same institution:

Fedotova T.K., Gorbacheva A.K.

Physical development of infants and newborns of Russian cities: secular dynamics

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Anuchin Research Institute and Museum of Anthropology, Mokhovaya st., 11, Moscow, 125009, Russia

Example 2. Authors from different institutions:

Fedotova T.K.1), Gorbacheva A.K.2)

Physical development of infants and newborns of Russian cities: secular dynamics

1) Lomonosov Moscow State University, Anuchin Research Institute and Museum of Anthropology, Mokhovaya st., 11, Moscow, 125009, Russia

2) Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Biology, Department of Anthropology, Leninskie Gory, 1 (12), Moscow, 119234, Russia


The total length of the abstract should be at least 200 but no more than 300 words.

The abstract should briefly but fully reflect the content of the article and should be structured by the mandatory sections: Materials and methods. Results. Discussion.

The abstract includes the main essence of the introduction, goals and objectives (if it is not clear from the title of the work); materials and methods (described briefly if they are new or important as the object of the work), results (discussion), conclusions. The text of the abstract is given without general words, without statistical data (numbers), without references, if possible, without special abbreviations (if any, then decipher once).


5 – 7 keywords should reflect the content of the article, include terms from the subject area and other important concepts related to the content of the work. Since keywords are used on the Internet to find materials relevant to a search query, the editors recommend using international thesauri to define keywords, such as, for example, the Universal Decimal Classification (UDC), subject headings of the US National Library of Medicine (MeSH), etc. It’s desirable to not include terms from the title of the article and abstracts. Words are separated by semicolons and written with a lowercase letter; at the end of a paragraph with keywords, a period is NOT put.


Keywords: body height; secular trend; socioeconomic status; pubertal maturity; adolescents; China

Keywords: physical fitness; body composition; obesity; adolescents; reference standards

Keywords: secular trend; anthropometry; puberty; menopause; sport

Main text

The main text of the article should contain all key data, an accurate description of research design and methods to ensure reproducibility of results. The main text contains references to publications that are directly related to the material described, research results and discussion, mainly over the past 10 years, as well as publications that have had a significant impact on the preparation of the study or have determined its format.

The text should be well structured and divided into the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion. Each section starts with a corresponding name.


The introduction should start with a short preamble that presents the topic of the article by describing the broader scientific context of the studied problem. The preamble helps the reader to understand what topic the article is about and to decide whether to continue reading.

The preamble is not equivalent to an analytical literary review that follows short introductory words, can be provided with separate meaningful headings and ends with the formulation of the research goal.

Materials and Methods

The section "Materials and Methods" contains the description of the sample, research methodology (a reference to the description of the methodology is required), data analysis methods (mathematical and statistical methods, computer programs). In the description of the materials, it is necessary to indicate the size of the samples, ethnic, spatial, and age-sex composition, principles and procedure of the formation of samples (random selection or other). The research described in the article must be carried out following the requirements of bioethics, and this must be reflected in the text of the article. For manuscripts reporting studies that involve human participants, a statement identifying the ethics committee that approved the study and confirmation that the study conforms to recognized standards is required. It should also state clearly in the text that all persons gave their informed consent before their inclusion in the study.

Research on museum collections must identify the source of information, the name of the collection or museum, and the availability of appropriate permits.

The methods used and the equipment used (including the manufacturer's name), as well as all other procedures, should be described in as much detail as possible so that there is no doubt about the reproducibility of the results. In the description of standard methods, only the relevant source or regulation can be referenced without a detailed description. In the description of the new original method, it is recommended to describe in detail the tools, manipulations, approaches, so that they can also be reproduced by other researchers. The statistical procedures (descriptive statistics, multivariate analysis methods), the statistical indicators used, significance levels of tested hypotheses should be described in detail, and only those used in this article should be indicated. In the text of the article, the phrases “... were used generally accepted methods” or “... were used standard methods of statistical processing of results” are not acceptable.

The Results section should be separated from the Discussion (interpretation) section

The main text ends with the section "Conclusion".

References in the text

In the text, reference is given in square brackets. Each reference in the text necessarily leads to an entry in the references list. The surname of the author(s) or the name of the source, as well as the year of publication, are indicated in square brackets. For example: [Bunak, 1949].

Names of co-authors in text reference are separated by a comma. For example: [Shtefko, Ostrovsky, 1929]. If there are three or more authors, "et al." is used. For example [Kharitonova et al., 1998] or [Manner et al., 1997]. If the article has 2 authors, then both are indicated.

Different references are separated by semicolons: [Deryabin, 1983; Hereditary diseases ... 2002]. References should be in chronological order.

For citations and indirect citation (retelling in your own words), the page(s) is indicated [Bauer, 1900, p. 75].

When specifying a page range, there are no spaces before and after the dash, the numbers are preceded by a space: [Medem, 1905, p. 21-22]

Works of one author (authors) and one year are marked with a Latin letter with the year of publication, without a space after the year: [Bauer, 1900a, 1900b].

A name that is too long can be shortened. For example: [Research of preschoolers ... 1999, p. 53]. A space is placed before and after an ellipsis that replaces part of the name. The truncated names of different sources should not coincide with each other.

If the source, for example, an Internet publication, does not indicate the year of publication use abbreviation n.d., for example: [Ivanov, n.d.].

If the text is cited not from the original source, but from another document use [as cited in Ivanov, 2003, p. 17]. This type of referencing should not be used unless absolutely necessary.

In cases of using links to an electronic resource (sites) or archival documents, a full inline link is used. The full inline link is given in the text in parentheses and is not included in the bibliography. An example of a full link in the text to a website: (available at: Accessed: 23.06.2019).

In the case when the authors reference an article, monograph, etc., available in electronic form, it is made in a standard way.


This is an optional component of the article, where the author(s) can state an expression of gratitude and provide information on financial support for the research (grants).


References are arranged alphabetically.

The initials of the authors are not separated by a space; a comma separates only the names of different authors; no comma is placed between surname and initials.

If an article has more than 5 authors after the name of the fifth author "et al." is added.

If there are several works of one author(s), the references are arranged in chronological order, from early works to later ones. Works of one author(s) and one year are marked in alphabetical order with Latin letters: 2007a, 2007b. In this case, references in the text also contain a letter when indicating the year [Ivanov, 2007a, 2007b].

Reference to the article in the journal contains:

Author(s); title of the article; a dot; the name of the journal in italics starting with a capita letter (if there is an official abbreviated name, then use it); then separated by commas - year, volume (issue), number (if there is both a volume and a number, then the number is given in brackets after a space); a range of pages with the qualification "pp." If there is a DOI, then indicate the DOI after the dot.

For example:

Topcu S., Simsek Orhon F., Ulukol B., Baskan S. Secular trends in height, weight and body mass index of primary school children in Turkey between 1993 and 2016. J. Pediatr. Endocrinol. Metab., 2017, 30 (11), pp. 1177-1186. DOI: 10.1515 / jpem-2017-0189.

Reference to a book contains:

Author(s); the title of the work in italics starting with a capita letter; then after a dot separated by commas - city, publisher(s) , year, a dot, the number of pages is indicated with the qualification “p.”. If there is an ISBN, it is given at the end of the reference.

For example:

Tanner J.M. A History of the Study of Human Growth. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1981.345 p.

Abbreviations in the list of references

Part      Pt.

Chapter            Chap.

Pages   pp.

Editor(s)           Ed(s).

Translated        Trans.

2ns edition        2nd ed.

Revised and edited        Rev. ed.

List of figures and tables captions and notes (if applicable)

There is no full stop after the table or figure name.

Notes are given after the title of the table or figure.

For example:

Table 1. Number of children investigated in 1987, 2006 and 2014

Figure 1. Growth curves of chest circumference (cm) in boys (A) and girls (B)

All terms, abbreviations, emphasis in another font must be explained in the notes. Notes end with a full stop.

For example:

Notes. Significance of differences: * - p <0.05; ** - p <0.01; *** - p <0.001.

Notes. 1 - Kostenki 1, 1st layer, complex II (Abramova, 2010). 2 - Avdeevo, "old" object. 3, 5 - Avdeevo, "new" object (2, 3, 5 - Gozdover, 1995).

Authors’ information

The following information should be provided for each author: surname, first name, patronymic (if applicable), academic rank (if any), academic degree (if any), ORCID identification number (ORCID ID), email address.

For example:

Authors’ information

Khomiakova Irina Anatolievna, PhD; ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2811-2034;;

Godina Elena Zinovievna, professor, PhD, D. Sc .; ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0692-420X;



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