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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 manuscript has not been published or accepted for publication in any other journal and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • The manuscript publication has been approved by all co-authors.

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted must not have been published or accepted for publication in any other journal and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. The manuscript publication must have been approved by all co-authors.

Article structure

General structure

The text of the manuscript should be divided into sections: Abstract, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgments, and References.

If necessary, you can merge the sections as Results and discussion or Discussion and сonclusions.

Abstract and keywords are mandatory elements of the manuscript. 

Concise manuscripts, which do not exceed 4 pages, can be submitted in the form of Short communication.

Manuscript should be written in correct English (American or British, but not a mixture of these). Russian-speaking authors should provide the abstract in Russian.


Manuscripts are submitted through the online system.

The submission file should be in Microsoft Word format with figures and tables embedded in the text. The body of the text should be organized as follows: title of the manuscript, author names and affiliations, abstract, keywords, text of the article, figure captions, figures (each in a new page with a caption) and tables.

All figures should be also downloaded separately as TIFF or JPG files (with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi) and supplied with a caption in the appropriate fields of the online system.

Additionally, the manuscript should be supplied with the approval of all co-authors for publication and suggestions of 2-3 potential reviewers (names and email addresses).


Example of a correct article structure:

  • Title of the manuscript – (Times New Roman 14 pt, bold)
  • Surname and name of each author (Times New Roman 14 pt, bold)
  • Authors’ affiliations (full postal address of each affiliation)
  • Corresponding author

Lake Baikal's response to remote earthquakes: Lake-level fluctuations and near-bottom water layer temperature change

Granin N.G.1*, Radziminovich N.A.2, De Batist M.3, Makarov M.M.1, Chechelnitcky V.V.4, Blinov V.V.1, Aslamov I.A.1, Gnatovsky R.Yu.1, Poort J.5, Psakhie S.G.6

1 Limnological Institute, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ulan-Batorskaya Str., 3, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia
2 Institute of the Earth's Crust, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Lermontov Str., 128, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia
3 Renard Centre of Marine Geology, Department of Geology, Ghent University, Krijgslaan 281 S8, B-9000 Gent, Belgium
4 Baikal Division of the Geophysical Survey, Federal Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Lermontov Str., 128, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia
5 Institut des Sciences de la Terre de Paris (ISTeP), Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC/CNRS), Case Courrier 129 - 4, Place Jussieu, 75252, Paris Cedex 05, France
6 Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, pr. Akademicheskii, 2/4, Tomsk, 634055, Russia

 *Corresponding author. E-mail address: nick@lin.irk.ru (N.G. Granin)


The abstract should preferably contain 150 – 300 words briefly reflecting the aim, main results and conclusions of the study. Non-standard or uncommon abbreviations (except for generally accepted abbreviations of measures, physical and mathematical values and terms), as well as references, figures and tables should be avoided.


Provide 5-6 words or short word combinations, which can be used for indexing purposes.

Text formatting

Times New Roman 12 pt, single spacing, automatic numbering of pages and lines, indentation 1 cm.


The numbering of the headings begins with the Introduction section (for example: 1. Introduction, 2. Materials and methods, 3. Results, 3.1. Material composition, 3.2. Distribution, 4. Discussion, 5. Conclusions).

Sections Abstract, Acknowledgements and Reference must not be numbered. 

Each heading should be in bold and begin with a new line without indentation.


Place the Acknowledgments section at the end on the article before References. List in this section individuals, grants, funds, etc. assisting in the research. If necessary, you can fully specify the sponsoring and funding organizations.


  1. References cited in the text must be given in parentheses with the name of the author and comma-separated year of publication. Several references should be ordered chronologically and semicolons-separated. References to the same author published in the same year should be cited with addition of small letters to the year of publication in alphabetical order.

For example:

  • The research spans many disciplines (Smith, 1995).
  • This result was later supported by Goldman and Petrov (1999).
  • We used the method of Zhou et al. (2016) to estimate the timing of the onset of the HO.
  • This effect has been widely studied (Jewson et al., 2000a; 2000b; Karlson and Smith, 2005; Firsov et al., 2010).


  1. There should be no references to unpublished works, since all works cited must be listed in the References section.
  2. References should be arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the first author. Several publications by the same author should be arranged in chronological order. If there are more than three authors, give the names of only the first three followed by ‘et al.’.
  3. Titles of non-English publications must be translated, and the original language should be given in parentheses. The names of editions in non-Latin characters without English versions should be transliterated using Latin alphabet and supplied with the translation in brackets. The non-English names of editions in Latin characters should be translated in brackets. Those editions having English version should be cited according to this version.

For example:

 Articles (Cite DOI, when available. The name of the journal must be written in full.)

  • Koene J.M. 2017. Sex determination and gender expression: reproductive investment in snails. Molecular Reproduction and Development 84: 132–143. DOI:1002/mrd.22662
  • Naumova T.V., Gagarin V.G. 2018. Prodorylaimus baikalensis n. and Mononchus minutus sp. n. (Nematoda) from Lake Baikal, Russia. Zootaxa 4459: 525–534. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4459.3.6
  • Timoshkin O.A., Moore M.V., Kulikova N.N. et al. 2018. Groundwater contamination by sewage causes benthic algal outbreaks in the littoral zone of Lake Baikal (East Siberia). Journal of Great Lakes Research 44: 230-244. DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2018.01.008
  • Kuznetsov S.I. 1951. Comparative characteristics of the biomass of bacteria and phytoplankton in the surface water layer of the Central Baikal. Trudy Baikalskoi limnologicheskoi stantsii AN SSSR [Proceedings of the Baikal Limnological Station of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR] 13: 217-225. (in Russian)
  • Cholodny N. 1929. Methodology of quantitative research of bacterial plankton. Zentralblatt fur Bakteriologie, Parasitenkunde, Infektionskrankheiten und Hygiene A [Central Journal of Bacteriology, Parasite, Infectious Diseases and Hygiene A] 77: 179–193. (in German)


  • Atlas of Lake Baikal. 1993. In: Galazy G.I. (Ed.). Moscow: Roskartografia. (in Russian)
  • Watson R., Noble I., Bolin B. et al. 2000. Land use, land-use change, and forestry. A special report to IPCC. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book chapters

  • Erbaeva E.A., Safronov G.P. 2009. Diptera, Chironomindae in Angara River and its reservoirs. In: Timoshkin O.A. (Ed.), Index of animal species inhabiting Lake Baikal and its catchment area. Novosibirsk, pp. 348-396. (in Russian)
  • Kaufman L., Rousseeuw P. 1987. Clustering by means of medoids. In: Dodge Y. (Ed.), Statistical data analysis based on the l1-norm and related methods. North-Holland, pp. 405–416.

Theses or dissertations

  • Moustakas N. 1990. Relationships of morphological and physicochemical properties of Vertisols under Greek climate conditions. PhD Thesis, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece.
  • Sizova L.N. 2017. The effect of large-scale atmospheric circulation on the elements of ice-thermal and water regime of Lake Baikal. Cand. Sc. Dissertation, Institute of Geography RAS, Moscow, Russia. (in Russian)
  • Zemskaya T.I. 2007. Microbial processes of carbon cycle in bottom sediments of Lake Baikal: the structure and functioning of microbial communities. Dr. Sc. Dissertation, Buryat State University, Ulan-Ude, Russia.


  • Egorov A.V., Nigmatulin R.I., Rimskii-Korsakov N.A. et al. 2010. Gas hydrate hills on the bottom of Lake Baikal. In: 10th International Conference on Gas in Marine Sediments, pp. 102.

Figures and tables

Number the figures and tables, as follows: Fig. 1 or Table 1. For citing them in the text, use parentheses.

Table should have a title at the top. The note should be placed below the table.


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