Editor-in-Chief Dr. Sci. (Biol.), Moscow State University, Andrey V. Vasiliev
ISSN: 1062-3604 (Print)
Impact factor: 0.718 (2020)
Five year impact factor: 0.727 (2020)

Russian Journal
of Developmental Biology


Instructions for authors

  • No costs for authors
  • Article types: original articles, short reports, news and views, reviews and mini-reviews
  • Your paper, your way; no formatting rules until acceptance
  • Unrestricted online supplemental information
  • Publication of articles reporting negative research results
  • Rapid review process

Publishing fees
  • The submission and publication of manuscripts is free for all authors.

Article types
  • Original articles contain new information that contributes to a better understanding of development and cell differentiation. Methodological or "descriptive" articles (e.g., those containing data on the expression of individual genes) are accepted only if they are relevant for developmental biology. The article should not exceed 10 000 words excluding references. The paper should be accompanied by a two-sentence summary and a graphical abstract.
  • Short reports present new data that can be assessed as priority for the field of biology of development under study. The article should not exceed 3000 words and may include 2 figures and 15 references. The paper should be accompanied by a two-sentence summary and a graphical abstract.
  • News and views introduce and comment on the substantial advancement and its importance in the field of developmental biology. News and views articles are expected to be not exceed 3000 words with no more than 2 figures, and less than 15 references. The paper should be accompanied by a two-sentence summary and a graphical abstract.
  • Reviews should be problem-oriented, analytical, with a clearly visible position of the authors on the issue under consideration, with preference given to reviews devoted to new promising areas of biology of development The journal accepts mini-reviews (less than 3000 words, 2 figures, 30 references) and reviews that should not exceed 12 000 words. Both reviews and mini-reviews should be accompanied by a two-sentence summary and a graphical abstract.

The authors should use the electronic manuscript submission form. The initial submission is your paper, your way; no formatting rules are needed until acceptance. The manuscript containing an abstract, the text of the article, a list of references, tables and captions of figures, graphs and figures should be submitted in the MS Word or pdf format.

Authors of accepted manuscripts should provide graphics and drawings in JPG, TIFF or EPS format with a resolution of at least 300 dpi (each illustration is a separate file). This can be after acceptation of the article for publication. The size of the attached file should not exceed 20 Mb. If you need to send a larger file to the editorial office, please contact the editorial office by e-mail at editor@ontogenez.org.

Cover Image

The Editorial Board invites the authors of the accepted articles one or more images (primarily photographs of biological objects) that correspond to the subject of your publication and have a brief caption. The best images will be placed on the journal's website. The images can be submitted here

Submission of the final version of an accepted manuscript

The article should be clearly written and carefully edited. Original articles should be divided into the following parts: "Material and Methodology, Results, Discussion, References. Duplication of material in tables, figures and text is not allowed. All pages of the manuscript, including tables, references and figure captions, should be numbered.


The first page of the article should contain the title of the article, the names of the authors and their affiliations followed by the abstract and keywords.

The title of the article should be brief (less than 200 characters) and reflect the essence of the work. The use of abbreviations should be avoided.

The abstract should be concise and contain the purpose, main results and most significant conclusions of the paper. The abstract should not exceed 250 words.

Keywords should reflect the main aspects of the work (model, object of study, key methods). Abbreviations should be avoided.


Introduction should reflect the current state of the problem, contain the rationale for the used methodological approaches and clearly formulated goals and objectives of the study.


Description of methods should contain sufficient information to reproduce the work. Description of standard methods should be limited to a reference to the original work. Particular attention should be paid to the description of all controls used. Manufacturers' names for used reagents and equipment should be provided. Statistical processing of the material should indicate the statistical methods and software used. When working with animals, it is necessary to note the compliance of experimental manipulations with national and international standards on bioethics, to indicate the methods used for anesthesia, euthanasia and care of experimental animals before and after the experimental interventions.


Results should be presented clearly and concisely. All illustrations should be quoted at least once in the text.


The discussion should include an assessment of the reliability, novelty and value of the results obtained, as well as the prospects for further work. It is acceptable to combine the results and discussion in one section In this case, it is advisable to summarize the main points and conclusions of the work in the "Conclusion" section at the end of the article.

At the end of the article, the following sections should be included:


General information on any assistance with the work and preparation of the article, other than financial assistance: (a) thanks to colleagues and reviewers (in special cases); (b) information on the provision of materials, data, computer equipment, loaned instruments; (c) information on the conduct of research in collective centres; (d) assistance in the preparation of illustrations, etc.


Information on grants and any other financial support for research. Please do not use the abbreviated names of the sponsoring organizations in this section.


This section should be present in all articles (regardless of whether animals and humans were involved in the experiments in this study).


A conflict of interest is any relationship that could directly or indirectly affect or bias your work.


"Conflict of Interest: Author H.H.H. owns shares in the Company Y mentioned in the article. Author Y.Y.Y. is a member of Committee XXXX".

"Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.


Published to determine each author's contribution to the study.


"The authors of X1, X2 and X3 proposed the experiment, the authors of X4 and X5 synthesized the samples and conducted their electrochemical study. X3 and X4 conducted research by Raman Spectroscopy and NMR. The authors X1 and X6 participated in the data processing. The author of X7 performed theoretical calculations. The authors X1, X2 and X7 participated in writing the text of the article. All authors participated in the discussion of the results.Ф


Authors are encouraged to submit supplementary materials (e.g., videos, large spreadsheets, presentations).


References should contain only the works quoted in the article. Names of authors of articles are arranged in alphabetical order. If several works of one author are published in the same, they are given letter designations: 2009a, b, etc.

Book references should contain the name and initials of the authors, the title of the book, the place of publication and the publisher, the year of publication and the total number of pages, for example: Korochkin L.I. Title of the book (full name required). Moscow: Science, 1977. 280 pp..

Articles should be cited as follows: Vasilieva T.V., Michurina T.V., Khrushchov N.G. (If there are more than three authors, use et al.). Title of the article (in abbreviated form, without quotes). 1978. v 9. є 3. p.288Ц290.

It is recommended to use Microsoft Word. The text should be formatted with one and a half intervals between lines in the standard font Windows TrueType (Times New Roman - for text, Symbol - for Greek letters), font size12.

Physical values should be expressed SI units, and the relative atomic masses of elements on the scale of 12C.


The following common abbreviations may be used to refer to chemical compounds in the text of the article (except for the abstract): dimethyl sulfoxide - DMSO, dimethylformamide - DMFA, polyacrylamide gel - PAAG, amino acids - Gly, Ala, Val, etc.

Standard biochemical and molecular-biological methods of analysis and related terms are denoted in the text by generally accepted acronyms in capital letters: PCR: polymerase chain reaction, NMR: nuclear magnetic resonance etc. All non-standard designations and abbreviations used by the authors are explained in the text at the first mention.

Standard biochemical and molecular-biological methods of analysis and related terms are denoted in the text by generally accepted acronyms in capital letters of Russian or English alphabet: PCR - polymerase chain reaction, NMR - nuclear magnetic resonance, SDS-electrophoresis - electrophoresis with sodium dodecylsulfate, etc. All non-standard designations and abbreviations used by the authors are explained in the text at the first mention.


Use MS Word or MS Excel to create tables. Tables should be numbered and contain captions. Abbreviations are not allowed. Each table should be printed on a separate page.


The references should be cited as follows: (Girh, 1934). Multiple citations should be arranged in a chronological order, for example: "Tables for different fish species (Girh, 1934; Vernier, 1957; Smirnov, 1958; LeMeur, 1976) contain information...". References to works by more than two authors should be made as follows: (Dobrokhotov et al., 1962; Gateby et al., 1966).


Figures should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Vector illustrations should be provided in EPS format. Other illustrations are accepted in any standard graphic format, preferably JPEG or TIFF.


Color illustrations will be published in the online version of the journal. Illustrations should only contain 8-bit color; the color in CMYK format.

Review process

The article submitted to the Editorial Board is sent for review to experts in the field of research. At the discretion of the editorial board, the article may be sent for an additional review. Manuscripts that do not correspond to the profile of the journal are rejected after a rapid evaluation by the Editorial Board.


The article accepted for publication, but in need of improvement, is sent back to the authors with the reviewersТ comments. The authors should return the corrected version of the article together with the original text and the response to all the comments of the reviewers within 60 days from the initial decision, otherwise it will be considered as a new submission.

Authors of the articles accepted for publication should sign the copyright transfer agreement that can be found here.


Proofs are sent by the Publishers as a PDF file by e-mail to the authors for proofreading; no other changes or additions to the check correction are allowed. The corrected proofs must be sent back to the Publisher within 48 hours of receipt.

Additional information can be found at: http://pleiades.online/en/


Address of the editorial office: Vavilova St., 26, room 108, 117334 Moscow, Russia

E-mail: editor@ontogenez.org

Website: eng.ontogenez.org

Editor-in-chief: Prof. Andrey Vasilyev.

Executive editor: Ms. Elena Gasilo.

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