How many lives can a scholarly journal have? Probably one or two. Our journal is an exception with three lives already.
The first life began in 2007 as a private independent online project, of which the online journal was a part. Researchers from various countries responded to the invitation to publish in an unknown online journal. It was quite an adventurous undertaking. Editing, proofreading, and posting were done by one person. No formal signs of a solid printed journal. A time when almost no one in Russia knew about indexing systems. All this gave boundless freedom and wings. But the enthusiasm endured only three years.
The second attempt was short and lasted only two years (2014 and 2015). The interest was there, but limited and increasingly so from scholars in the fields that the editor was not interested in. When everyone around was concerned about indexing their articles, all requests for publishing almost narrowed down to authors from Africa, which was alarming and did not allow to guarantee quality with limited forces.
Here is a third attempt that we would like to make definitive. The editorial board has grown, and ambitions have developed into a clear understanding of our place in the modern division of scientific publishing.
We want to prove that an independent academic journal can exist and be of exceptional quality. Naturally, high goals can only be achieved through long-term hard work, and we are only at the beginning of a new section of our journey. But I do not see any significant obstacles that could prevent us from succeeding. There will be certain difficulties, but any journal undergoes them.
Let us work for the benefit of our readers and our authors, for the cause of free exchange of knowledge, not confined to corporate or other affiliations.
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