For authors

The materials for publication are taking in the Republican Unitary Enterprise “Research and Production Centre for Geology” (office 227) or sending to the chief editor of “Lithosphere” to the address: 220141, Minsk, Kuprevicha street, 7, Republican Unitary Enterprise “Research and Production Centre for Geology”, “Lithosphere”.

To publish an article in “Lithosphere” magazine the author is required to get permission and expert’s evaluation of the organization where authors work.

The article should have Universal Decimal Classification and must be signed by all the authors stating author’s name and phone numbers for contact with the editorial staff.

Scientific material should include the introduction, body, conclusion and list of references. The introduction reflects the main objective of the scientific paper, gives brief characteristic of the issue (case) which should be defined and solved within this article. The conclusion represents ordered output of conclusion points.

The title of material is to be typed by upper case letters.

On the next line after the headline the information with the initials, author’s name, organization name, address and Е-mail should be pointed out.

The size of article including text, illustrations, tables, the list of references and summary shouldn’t exceed 15 pages, and the size of brief reports, reviews and chronicles shouldn’t exceed 3 pages.

The scientific material should be followed by the next tools: references for the legislation, documents of official interpretation of law, materials of law enforcement practice, scientific literature, statistical data, data room information and the other data which justify its scientific foundation.

Released scientific articles should be followed by an annotation (review) in one of the national languages of the Republic of Belarus and in the English language (around 10 lines), and for brief statements – (5-6 lines).

Abstracts in the English language should be:

  • informative (should not include generalizations);
  • individual (should not be a calque of the Russian-language annotation);
  • contextual (should reflect article content and the results of investigations);
  • structured (should follow the logic of result description in the article);
  • «English-language» (should be written in proficient English);
  • tight, but not short (from 100 till 250 words)

Manuscripts are presented in 2 printed copies (sheet of A4 format with 170 x 225 mm field, interline spacing – 1.5, Times New Roman 12 font, the page numbering is in the upper centre of the page). Electronic copy of article should be also provided.

Publication rules 

The requirements for paper articles are provided below. 

Size of pictures and photos shouldn’t exceed 16.0×21.5 cm. Type height within the images: upper case letters and numbers shouldn’t be less than 2.5 mm, lower case letters – 2 mm.

Photos should be printed on white glossy paper. The number, author’s name and the title of article should be specified on the reverse side of photo. Captions are to be printed on the other sheet. Scale should be always specified on the maps. Pictures with unreadable or under-hand superscriptions, with fuzzy, thin or crookedly scanned lines are not to be admitted.

The list of references should be designed in the following way: EXAMPLE

The list of references is to be printed on the other sheet of paper. Points of references should be given in square brackets with the indication of resource number listed in the list of references. The points of references for unpublished contributions aren’t allowed.

The requirements for electronic version are provided below.

The article should be presented in Microsoft Word format (any version) on the removable media devices such as CD, DVD or USB-flash. Articles and short report text should be typed in this format with .doc name suffix, type font – Times New Roman 12 (other type fonts are inadmissible), syllabifications in line ends shouldn’t be used, the text should be justified, there must be only one gap between words, spaces from left side of the page and upper side is 20 mm, the headline should be outlined by upper case letters. Text which is to be outlined should be typed by BOLD font, single line interval. The duplication of the same data in the text, tables and graphics is inappropriate. The images are fulfilled in TIFF format (* .tif) without LZW-reduction with the definition not less than 300 dpi, and they should be performed using high quality ink on white thick paper and should be applicable for printing. The images with GIF format (*.gif), JPЕG (*.jpg) are not to be accepted. The photos from digital cameras having JPЕG format are to be accepted if they have the definition not less than 300 dpi. Vector graphic should be fulfilled using Corel Draw (*.cdr), Adobe Illustrator (*ai) or other editor. Each table, diagram or image should be provided as separate files (tables are presented in MS Word), diagrams which are designed in Excel are to be accepted in Corel Draw program (*.cdr). with Times New Roman or Arial fonts. It is not advisable to convert graphics from vector format to bit map based format, and convert Excel diagrams also.

The publication of duplicative article is possible if to follow the next requirements:
  • Authors receive approval from the editors of both journals;
  • Author should present the copy of primary version of the article to the editorial staff who manages the duplicative publication;
  • For the priority of primary publication the duplicative publication should be published within time limits which are defined by two editors, but not earlier than one week after the publication of the primary issue;
  • The article for the duplicative publication should be aimed at the other group of readers; however short version can be enough for publishing;
  • Duplicative version reflects the data and its interpretation which were stated in the primary version;
  • At the title page of the duplicative issue should be outlined the statement, that the primary issue was fully or partly published and the reference for the primary publication should be provided.
  • At the title of duplicative publication should be mentioned the statement that it is a secondary publication (precise reedition, abridged reedition, full or abridged text translation) of the primary issue.