New Literary Observer

Published since 1992
Frequency: 6 issues a year
448 pp
Theory and History of Literature, Criticism & Bibliography

The New Literary Observer was launched in 1992 as the first post-Soviet journal devoted to literature. Since its inception, the journal has become the leading Russian interdisciplinary publication dedicated to Russian culture in a global context.


The task of NLO is to study and elucidate contemporary culture, as well as to promote Russian cultural theory in the international intellectual community.

The journal includes material of the following nature:

- articles on the problems, or the history, of the liberal arts and sciences;
- articles devoted to various aspects of the cultural history of Russia and Western Europe;
- unique archive documents (literary texts, letters, memoirs);
- articles, reviews, interviews and essays on issues of contemporary literature;
- thorough bibliographies of works of fiction and the liberal arts and sciences;
- chronicles of scientific and creative life.

NLO is a member of Erozine, the network of European journals, which links up more than 70 editions dedicated to culture issues ​


Submission Guidelines

Rules of reviewing articles for the New Literary Observer

1. Submitted articles are to be reviewed, excluding those written by Doctors of Science, editors of the NLO and members of its editorial board, or those approved by the members of the editorial board.

 2. Articles are not reviewed by independent reviewers who are not members of the NLO editorial board. Reviewing by independent reviewers is possible ia second professional opinion is needed.

 3. Reviewing is confidential. Reviewers are informed that the articles they receive are intellectual property of their authors and contain confidential information. A breach of confidentiality may occur only if a reviewer claims that the article contains inaccurate or falsified information. 

 4. A reviewer is to assess an article objectively and to provide an educated and comprehensive analysis of its virtues and shortcomings. A review is to contain the reviewer's reflections along with a conclusion expounding on the possibility of publishing the article (either in its present form or after revisions) or the impossibility of publishing it.

 5. If an article has been reviewed positively, a copy of the review is sent to the author and he or she is notified as to when the article is supposed to be published. Original reviews remain in the possession of the editorial board for five years after the article's publication and are submitted to the Higher Attestation Committee expert councils when needed.  

 6. If a review indicates that revisions are in order, the article is sent back to its author so that these revisions could be made. Attached to the revised article should be a letter from the author addressing all the suggestions and clarifying all the revisions.     

 7. If an article has been significantly revised, it is sent to the same reviewer for a reassessment.

 8. If an author has a reasonable disagreement with a reviewer, the matter of the publication is settled by the NLO editors. An author whose article has not been accepted is sent an informative rejection letter.  

Rules of submitting and formatting articles

 1. Authors are to submit articles directly to the NLO office.

 2. A copy of an article is to be typed on white A4 pages (Word, Times New Roman, size 14, 1.5 line spacing); an additional electronic copy is required (to be delivered on any carrier, or via e-mail).     

 3. Authors must provide their initials and family names, academic degrees and titles, affiliations and positions, Russian titles of their articles, phone numbers, e-mail and postal addresses with ZIP codes.

 4. An article is to be signed by all its authors.

 5. An article is to be no less than 2000 symbols long.

 6. A bibliography is to be double-spaced, on a separate page; every source is to begin a new paragraph and be numbered. A bibliography has to list all the authors referenced in the text in the alphabetical order (Russian first, foreign second).

 7. Bibliographic entries for books should consist of the authors' names and initials, the books' full titles, publisher cities, and years of publication; entries for journals and collections should consist of the authors' names and initials, the articles' full titles, the journals' and collections' titles, the issues' numbers, years of publication, and the pages. Authors are responsible for listing all the sources correctly. Foreign authors' names are not transliterated.

 8. An article is to be proof-read and edited by its author. Quotes are to be checked; footnotes should consist of the sources' titles and bibliographic descriptions. 



Konstantin Azadovsky (Saint-Petersburg, PhD)

Henrik Baran (Professor, State University of New York, Albany)

Nikolai Bogomolov (Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University, PhD)

Tatiana Venediktova (Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University, PhD, Chief of the General Theory of Literature Department)

Tomáš Glanc (Humboldt University, Berlin / Carlow University, Prague; PhD)

Hans Ulrich Humbrecht (Professor, Stanford University, PhD)

Alexander Zholkovsky (Professor, University of Southern California, PhD)

Andrei Zorin (Professor, Oxford University / Russian Presidential Academy for National Economy and Public Administration, PhD)

Alexander Lavrov (Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences / Member of the Institute of Russian Literature (the Pushkin House), PhD)

John Malmstad (Professor, Harvard University, PhD)

Alexander Ospovat (Professor, Head of the ‘Philology’ branch at the National Research University ‘Higher School of Economics', PhD)

Pekka Pesonen (Professor, University of Helsinki, PhD)

Oleg Proskurin (Professor, Emory university, PhD)

Roman Timenchik (Professor, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, PhD)

Alexander Etkind (Professor, King’s College, Cambridge University, PhD)

Mikhail Yampolsky (Professor, New York University, PhD)



Editor in chief