Journal Laboratorium Announces Competition for Young Scholars

Journal Laboratorium Announces Competition for Young Scholars

Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research invites submissions of research papers by young authors-students working towards doctoral degrees and those who have received Ph.D.s no earlier than five years ago-doing research in social sciences: sociology, anthropology, ethnography, social history and related disciplines. The contest is open to original papers in either Russian or English, not previously published or currently under consideration at any other journal, which are based on the results of empirical qualitative studies. The objective of the competition is to help publicize results of recent research newss, contribute to new ways to analyze social processes, and find innovative uses of qualitative research methods.

The selection committee, consisting of members of the journal»s Editorial and Advisory boards, will evaluate papers based on the following criteria:

  • Originality of empirical data;
  • Theoretical, methodological and empirical validity of the analysis;
  • The quality and depth of the analysis;
  • The study»s contribution to existing discussions of the topic;
  • Heuristic conclusions of the study;
  • The structure, logic and style of the paper.

Submissions should be approximately 11,000 words, not counting the bibliography.
Best articles will be published in the forthcoming issues of the journal, after having gone through the process of the double-blind peer review.

In addition, the winners will receive cash prizes:

  • 1st place — 300 USD
  • 2nd place — 200 USD
  • 3rd place — 100 USD

Send submissions with «young authors» contest» in the subject line to the journal»s managing editor, Oksana Parfenova at:

Deadline for submissions is March 1, 2012.

Laboratorium is a new journal offering scholars from around the world a platform to publish and discuss results of their empirical studies. The journal is included in many electronic databases and is distributed in Russia and in the West. In addition to being publishing in its original language (Russian or English), every article appearing in Laboratorium is accompanied by an extended summary in the journal»s other language.

The journal is printed three times a year in St. Petersburg, Russia; full texts of all articles are also available on its website: