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Author Guidelines


"Morfologiia" ("Morphology") journal (Archives of Anatomy, Histology, and Embryology) publishes original studies, overviews and general theoretical articles on anatomy, anthropology, histology, cytology, embryology, cell biology, morphological aspects of veterinary medicine, morphological disciplines, history of morphology, reviews of scientific works textbooks, monographs, published in this country and abroad, as well as on related issues. In agreement with the editorial office, the accelerated publishing of articles it is possible, as well as publishing of abstracts of scientific conferences. The Journal is published in Russian. The reprints of the articles are not provided by the journal.

The direction of the works that had been published previously in other editions or are submitted for publication elsewhere, is not allowed. The authors bear full and exclusive responsibility for the originality and accuracy of the materials submitted for publication in "Morphology" journal.

To include the borrowed materials (drawings, diagrams, tables, etc.) into their own works, the authors should obtain a written permission from the copyright holders for their reproduction in "Morphology" journal. Manuscripts prepared not in conformity with these requirements are not considered. All articles submitted for the publication, are reviewed on a mandatory basis. The editors reserve the right to shorten and edit the articles. The rejected manuscripts are not returned to the authors.

In the process of manuscript preparation, authors should adhere to the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). (Updated December 2016).

Published materials are the property of the "Morphology" journal.



The article should have a visa of the Head of the Department or of the Laboratory and must be accompanied by the recommendation letter with the stamp of the institution.

The manuscripts of the articles should be submitted in two copies of computer text printed on one side of a standard A4 sheet (210 × 297 mm) with a copy on a CD-R(W). Computer text layout must contain no formatting and hyphenation and must use Word text editor, Times New Roman 14 font, with one and a half intervals between the lines (double typing interval), and standard page borders.

Original article size should not exceed 12–14 pages, including summaries, bibliography, figure legends and illustrations. Review and general theoretical article size is agreed with the Editorial Board.

The beginning of the first page of the manuscript must contain: 1) the initials and surnames of the authors; 2) the title of the article; 3) the name of the Department or Laboratory (with the academic title, initials and surname of its Head indicated in brackets) and the name of the institution.

If there are several authors, each author and a corresponding institution are assigned with a digital index. This information block should be presented in both Russian and English.

In accordance with the requirements of the "Scientific Electronic Library", for the journals included in the list of VAK (Higher Attestation Commission), all articles published should contain detailed information on the authors. Therefore, during the preparation of the article, the following data should be indicated: surnames and first names and patronymics of all the authors, e-mail addresses, full official names of the institutions and their departments, complete postal addresses of the institutions with postal indices (in Russian and English). It is recommended to transliterate the authors' names according to BSI (British Standards Institution) system, see website. In references to the organization(s), it is necessary to indicate an officially accepted English name. For the correctness of the information provided, we recommend authors to check the English spelling of the name of the institution on the site

In the text of the article, all abbreviations and acronyms (except for generally accepted abbreviations of physical, chemical and mathematical units or terms) should be explained at the first mention. Complex formulas, quotations and dosages of medicines are validated by the authors on the page borders. When using morphological terms, it is necessary to adhere strictly to the relevant international terminology. In the statistical processing of the data, the methods used as well as parameter names should be indicatedOriginal articles should have the following compulsory sections:

"Introduction", in which, on the basis of the literature cited, the current state of the knowledge or the problem is described and the timeliness of the study is justified;

"Material and Methods" with a concise but comprehensive description of all procedures for obtaining the results; in experimental studies it is necessary to refer to compliance with the "Rules for carrying out work using experimental animals" The Helsinki Declaration of 1975 and its revised version of 2000; indicate the methods of experimental animal anesthetizing and sacrifice.
In the studies of an autopsy or clinical material, information should be provided on the sources of its obtainment, taking into account the existing ethical and legal norms. In the studies examining either experimental or clinical material, a reference to the institutional Ethics Committee approval is obligatory (containing number and date of receipt). One of the most important elements of a system that guarantees the ethics of medical experiments and the observance of the subject rights, along with the Ethics Committees, is an informed consent. The author must confirm the availability of patient's informed consent to participate in the study. This section also indicates on which basis all the studies described were performed.

Authors working with the autopsy material, should observe the requirements of the Federal Law "On Burial and Funeral Affairs" of 12.01.1996 N 8-FZ (as amended on 03.07.2016 and on 19.12.2016, with amendments and additions, entered into force on 01/01/2017) (art. 5).
For all devices and reagents used in the study, it is necessary to indicate the manufacturer and the country. The type of statistical analysis method should be indicated for quantitative (numerical) data.

"Results of the Study", which provides a concise and substantiated report of the concrete results of the study, without their evaluation. All quantitative data and their comparison require statistical analysis.

"Discussion of the Findings" should not repeat the description of concrete findings, but must present the results of their analysis in relation to the data obtained by other authors; at the end of the Discussion, it is nesessary to summarize the main points or formulate conclusions.

"Literature" is cited and arranged as a list. It is recommended to use no more than 15 literary sources in the articles that cover the last 10–15 years, both domestic and foreign (not less than one half), which would allow the reader to become acquainted with the current state of the problem. Self-citation (links to the author’s own previous work) should not exceed 10%. Text references are given as numbers in square brackets, in accordance with the list of the literature, in which the authors are cited in the alphabetical order (first — sources in Russian, then in foreign languages). The following information should be provided: the names and the initials of the authors (in collective publications all of the authors are mentioned), the full title of the work (monograph), the place of its publication, the publisher or the name of the journal (the abbreviations adopted by PubMed/Medline should be used), year, volume and issue, pages (from – to). References to unpublished data and quotation of the dissertation abstracts are not allowed. References to collected papers and conference proceedings dating back over 5 years should be avoided.

At the end of the bibliographic description (behind the square bracket), article digital object identifier (DOI) is placed, if present.

Examples of a standard format used in the “Literature” section.

      1. Ding S.L. Comparative anatomy of the prosubiculum, subiculum, presubiculum, postsubiculum and parasubiculum in human, monkey, and rodent // J. Comp. Neurol. 2013. Vol. 521, № 18. P. 4145–4162. doi: 10.1002/cne.23416
      2. Kleiber M. L., Wright E. Maternal voluntary drinking in C57BL/6J mice: advancing a model for fetal alcohol spectrum disorders // Behav. Brain. Res. 2011. Vol. 223. P. 376–387.
      3. Paxinos G., Watson C. The Rat Brain in Stereotaxic Coordinates. 4th Edition. London: Academic Press, 1998.
      4. Sharp F. R., Bernaudin M. HIF-1 and oxygen sensing in the brain // Nat. Rev. Neurosci. 2004. Vol. 5. P. 437–448.


A structured informative abstract, describing purpose, methods, results and conclusions of the study (up to 0.5 pages in size) in Russian and English and a list of key words in two languages (no more than 5) should be attached to the article in duplicate. It is appropriate to use MeSH service to determine the keywords.

In the original multi-author articles, it is necessary to indicate the specific contribution of each author to the work presented in the paper:
— conception and design of the research;
— collection and processing of material;
— statistical processing of data;
— analysis and interpretation of data;
— text writing and editing.

Source of funding

Data on the individual sources of financing (if present) are provided. For example, "This work was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Grants No. …)".

Conflict of interest
In accordance with the position of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors [International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals: writing and editing for biomedical publication. (Updated April 2010)], a conflict of interest relating to a specific manuscript arises if one of the participants in the peer review process or publication — the author, reviewer or editor has obligations that could influence his or her opinion (even if it doesn’t take place in reality). Financial relations, direct or indirect, are the most frequent cause of conflict of interest. If the research was supported by sponsors, the authors must indicate their role in this work. The article must contain the statement confirming the absence of conflict of interest. "Morphology" journal does not accept articles from authors who have a conflict of interest.
At the end of the article, signatures of all authors, their surnames, first names and patronymics, academic degrees and academic titles, addresses for correspondence (e-mail) and telephones for communication are listed.


The amount of illustrations in original articles should not exceed one page of the journal. Illustrations are published in black and white. By agreement with the editorial office, it is possible to place color illustrations. Photos should be rectangular, contrast; diagrams, graphs and diagrams created in Word, Excel, Graph, Statistica, must allow further editing. It is possible to place several photos on one page. Illustrations are sent in duplicate; the designations are made only on one of them. Letters, numbers and symbols are indicated only when editing the pictures in the article file (on the printout), in the source files in the figures there should be no additional markings (letters, arrows, etc.). Micrographs should have a scale bar, especially when the figure legend indicates a change in the size of objects.

For mounts, only one copy of the photographs is used. Illustrations are put in a separate envelope with the names of the authors and the title of the article written on it. Photos should be in TIF format with a resolution of at least 300 dpi and the width of at least 82.5 mm and no more than 170 mm.

Legends to figures are given on a separate sheet in duplicate. In the legends to micrographs, the magnification of the lens and of the eyepiece should be indicated. On electron micrographs a scale bar should be placed. All the symbols must be explained, the way of staining or processing of the preparations should be indicated. Tables should have headings; the numbers in the tables should not be repeated in the text. Illustrations made by photocopying can be attached only as a second copy. In the text of the article, the place where the figure or table should be placed, must be marked on the page borders by a square with the figure (table) number.


In "Short communications" section, the original research materials on the subject of the journal are published with up to 6 pages of typewritten or computer text, including the main text, illustrations (up to 0.5 pages), figure legends and a short list of references (up to 5 sources). Manuscripts sent to the "Short communications" section are processed in accordance with the rules given above.

When reviewing an article, the editorial team can check the material with the help of the Anti-plagiarism system. In the case of multiple borrowings, the editorial board acts in accordance with COPE rules.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with each of the following items, and submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines may be returned to the authors.

  • Отсутствие плагиата в тексте. Авторы гарантируют, что эта статья целиком или частично не была раньше опубликована, а также не находится на рассмотрении и в процессе публикации в другом издании. Если рукопись ранее была подана для рассмотрения в другие издания, но не была принята к публикации - обязательно укажите это в сопроводительном письме, в противном случае редакция может неверно истолковать результаты проверки текста на наличие неправомочных заимствований и отклонить рукопись. 

  • Правильный формат. Отправляемый файл рукописи имеет формат Microsoft Word или RTF - *.doc, *.docx, *.rtf. При оформлении рукописи соблюдены все требования редакции по оформлению текста, рукопись отформатирована в соответствии с указаниями официального сайта журнала (см. тут)

  • Сопроводительные документы. Авторы подготовили для передачи в редакцию сопроводительное письмо и обязуются загрузить его на сайт журнала на Шаге 3 в процессе отправки рукописи.

  • Дополнительные файлы. Авторы подготовили для передачи в редакцию и обязуются загрузить на сайт в процессе подачи рукописи:

    • графические файлы (фотографии, изображения, графики и т.п. в высоком разрешении);
    • файлы данных, которые целесообразно опубликовать вместе со статьей в электронном виде (первичные данные, база данных, результаты стат.анализа, медиа-материалы и др.).
  • Авторство:

    Авторы подтверждают, что:

    • все участники, внесшие существенный вклад в исследование, представлены как Соавторы;
    • не приведены в качестве Соавторов те, кто не участвовал в проведении исследования;
    • все Соавторы видели и одобрили окончательную версию работы и согласились с представлением ее к публикации (подтверждением этого являются подписи всех авторов в сопроводительном письме).

Copyright Notice

When submitting of an article manuscript for publication Author (Co-authors) shall transfer to the Publisher for the entire term of copyright all the exclusive rights to the manuscript, including the rights to translate, make copies of, reprint, grant a license, transfer, disseminate, distribute or otherwise use the article or any content therein, for publication in Morphology jounral and in derivative works thereof, worldwide, in any language, in print and electronic editions of Morphology jounral, other periodicals and derivative works in all media now known or later devised, as well as the right to license (or give permission) to third parties (including affiliated persons and others) to use the article for publication in journals, periodicals, derivative works and databases worldwide. The transfer of rights hereunder includes the right to process the form of presentation of the article for use together with computer programs and systems (databases), making copies of, publication, and distribution in machine-readable format and incorporation in the systems for information retrieval.

Author (Co-authors) or the Employer of the Author (Co-authors) of the article shall retain all proprietary rights (with the exception of the rights transferred to or referenced as owned by the Publisher hereunder), including patent and trademark rights, to any process or procedure described in the Works).

The Publisher grants the Author (Co-authors) the following:

  1. The right to self-archive print or electronic preprints of the unpublished article in form and with content accepted by the Publisher for publication in the Journal (see more).
  2. The right to perform free of charge the following actions: to copy or transfer to colleagues a copy of the published article, in whole or in part, for their personal or professional use, for promotion of academic or scientific research, or for informational purposes of the employer.
  3. The right to use any part of the content from the published article in a book written by any of the Co-authors.
  4. The right to use separate illustrations, tables, and text fragments from the article for their personal use in teaching, for their inclusion in another work published (in electronic or print format) by a third party or for presenting them in electronic form in intranet, or on the Author’s (Co-authors) or Author (Co-authors) Employers’ public websites.
  5. The right to include the artilce in lecture notes for classroom use; for free-of-charge distribution of the article to students of the Author (Co-authors); or to maintain them in electronic format on a local server, for students to have access to them as part of an educational course; or for internal training programs in the employer’s enterprise.

The copyright transfer agreement in form of public offer should be accepted (acceptance of an offer) due to manuscript submission via journal's electronic editorial system.

The full text of the public offer for Authors' Copyright Transfer is available here.

A copyright transfer agreement enters into force if a manuscript is accepted for publication. If for any reason your article is rejected by the editorial board of Morphology jounral, the agreement loses its force. The decision on acceptance of a manuscript for publication is the exclusive right of the Morphology jounral editorial board (see more). By signing the agreement, the authors guarantee that they have familiarized themselves and agree with its conditions.


Privacy Statement

The editorial Board of the journal and the administration of the website of the journal do not transfer personal information in any way specified by the users when working with the website of the journal to third parties, except for those cases and to the extent specified in the terms of the copyright agreement.

The affiliation work and e-mail address of the authors of the manuscript accepted for publication will be published in the section "information about the authors" of the printed version of the journal and in the section "about the authors" on the page of the article on the website of the journal.

The phone number of the corresponding author will be known only to the editorial Board Secretariat and will only be used in cases of emergency.


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