Editorial policies

Focus and Scope

BRICS Journal of Economics is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, covering key economic issues of middle-income developing countries, primarily, the BRICS countries. The objective of the journal is to expand knowledge on contemporary economic trends in the BRICS countries, to publish original research papers that present the results of initiatives and findings in all fields of economy and management in these countries. The scope of research includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • conceptual/practical approaches and methodologies disclosing the peculiarities of developing economies;
  • clarification of characteristics intrinsic to developing economies, especially the BRICS countries;
  • development of approaches boosting entrepreneurship, innovations, and cooperative behavior in and between developing economies;
  • assessment and framing of the implications of economic policy in developing economies.

Publication in the journal is free of charge thanks to the support of the Public Joint Stock Company VTB Bank and the Faculty of Economics of Lomonosov Moscow State University.


Publication Frequency

4 times a year


Open Access

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public contributes to a broader global exchange of knowledge. The article and any associated published material is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0):


Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0)

Anyone is free:

to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work 
to Remix — to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

Attribution. The original authors must be given credit. 

  • For any reuse or distribution, it must be made clear to others what the license terms of this work are. 
  • Any of these conditions can be waived if the copyright holders give permission. 
  • Nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author's moral rights.

The full legal code of this license.


After submission: editorial criteria and processes

Submitted manuscripts should be sent to the editorial staff by email. The editorial staff of the BRICS Journal of Economics will take three steps when submitting a manuscript:

  1. Initial quality check

The editorial staff performs an initial quality check on the manuscript to ensure that: (1) the paper is within the Journal's scope, (2) the paper is formatted correctly, it must completely match The Author’s Guidelines (3) information about the authors is uploaded as a separate document, (4)  a check for plagiarism is conducted using the Antiplagiat system and open sources.

If the submitted manuscript does not fit the requirements, the editorial staff informs the author of the desk-reject decision and provides some remarks on the reason. If the paper was rejected due to wrong/inaccurate formatting or lack of information about the authors of the document, the authors are encouraged to submit the paper again when they ensure the proper formatting (see  The Author’s Guidelines).

The editorial board assesses the manuscript for its scope. The decision on whether the manuscript matches the scope of the journal can be given without additional explanations and reviewing. The initial quality check is carried out within 15 days.

Only those manuscripts that fit all the basic requirements of the BRICS Journal of Economics proceed to the second stage of consideration: peer reviewing.


  1. Double-blind peer review procedure

Reviewers can be independent experts or members of the editorial board. Reviewers provide their expert opinion on a voluntary and gratuitous basis.

Manuscripts are reviewed according to the following provisions:

  1. The editorial board invites recognized experts in corresponding areas to evaluate the manuscripts. The reviewer can only be a scholar who has published at least one academic article or monograph in the field of research of the submitted manuscript in the last three years.
  2. The BRICS Journal of Economics uses a "double-blind" peer review approach. This means that the reviewers do not know the identity of the authors, and the authors do not know the identity of the reviewers.
  3. Each manuscript must be evaluated by at least two reviewers.
  4. It is the editor’s discretion to choose reviewers. The editorial staff sends a letter of invitation to a potential reviewer, providing the title and abstract of the manuscript.
  5. Reviewers get access to the full text of the manuscript after they have confirmed their readiness to perform the review. To ensure the double-blind review procedure, the file of the manuscript should not contain information about the author or any element of the text that allows identifying the authorship.
  6. The editoriasl asks the reviewers to provide their expert opinion on the manuscript within 4 weeks.
  7. Based on the results of the evaluation, the reviewers send their comments and recommendations to the editorial board. They can provide one of the following recommendations: (1) Provisional acceptance (the manuscript is provisionally recommended for acceptance); (2) Minor revision (the authors should address the reviewers’ concerns and improve the manuscript; re-reviewing is not required); (3) Major revision (the authors should revise the manuscript in accordance with the reviewers’ comments; the revised version will be re-sent to some or all of the original reviewers); (4) Reject (if, in the reviewer’s opinion, the manuscript does not correspond to the academic level or the scope of the journal, the quality of the work is low, and the manuscript cannot be sufficiently improved).
  8. Once two reviews are received, the editorial staff sends the results of the review to the author with the attachment of anonymized reviews.
  9. The corresponding author should notify the editorial staff whether the authors are going to revise the manuscript or prefer to withdraw it.
  10. The corresponding author should send the revised manuscript by email.
  11. If the reviewers recommend a major revision, the editorial staff sends the revised manuscript to the original reviewers who have requested the re-review and asks them to provide their expert opinion within 4 weeks.
  12. If the reviewers recommend a minor revision, the revised manuscript does not need to be re-reviewed. The editor delivers it to the editorial board for a final decision.

If the manuscript is rejected at the peer review stage, the editorial staff notifies the authors by attaching the anonymized reviews.


  1. Decision of the editorial board

Kindly note that a positive review does not guarantee acceptance. The final decision on the acceptance or rejection of the manuscript for publication in the BRICS Journal of Economics is made at the editorial board meeting. The decision is based on the reviews, as well as the opinions of the editorial board members.

The editorial staff notifies the authors of the decision made by the editorial board on the manuscript. In the case of acceptance, the authors should sign the license agreement and submit it to the editorial office.



Faculty of Economics of Lomonosov Moscow State University


General sponsor

VTB Bank


Publication fees

Publication in the BRICS Journal of Economics is completely free of charge for authors.

The journal has no fees for processing or publishing articles.

There is no fee for submitting articles in the journal.


Disclosure of Information and Conflict of Interest

The editor and editorial staff of the BRICS Journal of Economics must not disclose any information about the submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial consultants, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Unpublished materials disclosed in the submitted manuscript should not be used in the editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal benefit.

The editors should recuse themselves (i.e., should ask a co-editor, associate editor or another member of the editorial board to review and consider in their place) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers.

The reviewers should not consider manuscripts in case they have a conflict of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any authors, companies, or institutions connected to these papers. The reviewers should notify the editor about the conflict of interest as soon as the relevant circumstances become known.


Plagiarism detection

Plagiarism in all its forms is ethically unacceptable. Practices such as copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of someone else's paper without attribution and claiming the results of research conducted by others are recognized as plagiarism.

Self-citation should not exceed 10%.

The editorial board of the BRICS Journal of Economics uses the Antiplagiat system and open sources to detect plagiarism. If plagiarism is identified, the COPE guidelines on plagiarism will be followed.

The editors should not approve the paper for the BRICS Journal of Economics  if there are sufficient reasons to believe that it represents a plagiarism case or redundant self-citation.


Preprint Policy

Prior to being accepted and published in the BRICS Journal of Economics, the authors can post their materials as preprints on personal or public websites.

As part of submission process, the authors are required to confirm that the submission has not been previously published, nor has it been submitted. After the publication of the manuscript in the BRICS Journal of Economics, we suggest that the link to the article on the journal's website is used when the article is shared on personal or public websites.

In case of using any material published in the Moscow University Economics Bulletin, a reference to the journal is obligatory. Please include the article metadata, DOI, or URL.

Glossary (by SHERPA)

Preprint - In the context of Open Access, a preprint is a draft of an academic article or other publication before it has been submitted for peer review or other quality assurance procedure as part of the publication process. Preprints cover initial and successive draft articles, working papers, or draft conference papers.


Postprint - The final version of an academic article or other publication - after it has been peer-reviewed and revised into its final form by the author. As a general term, this covers both the author's final version and the published version, with formatting and copy-editing changes in place.