The Kartvelologist

The Kartvelologist” is a bilingual (Georgian and English) peer-reviewed, academic journal, covering all spheres of Kartvelological scholarship. Along with introducing scholarly novelties in Georgian Studies, it aims at popularization of essays of Georgian researchers on the international level and diffusion of foreign Kartvelological scholarship in Georgian scholarly circles.

“The Kartvelologist” issues both in printed and electronic form. In 1993-2009 it came out only in printed form (#1-15). The publisher is the “Centre for Kartvelian Studies” (TSU), financially supported by the “Fund of the Kartvelological School”. In 2011-2013 the journal is financed by Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation.

Estimation System

Principles of reviewing a paper printed in the journal. Proceeding from the interests of the journal, the editorial staff may order a paper on some topic in advance. The management is entitled by way of an exception to pay to the author of the ordered paper royalties, if the budget of the journal can afford it.

Papers submitted by authors are sent to be reviewed if, by preliminary appraisal, the paper meets the demands and basic principles of the journal.

All papers received for publication in the journal will be sent to two reviewers, one of them a foreigner. The identity of the reviewers will remain anonymous to the author of the paper, irrespective of whether the paper is published or not.

Any specialist of the relevant branch may be chosen as a reviewer (bearing at least a Master’s degree), including a member of the editorial board of the journal, on the basis of an advance verbal agreement. The work of part of the reviewers will be remunerated, provided the budget of the journal can afford it (by decision of editorial staff). In the case of receiving a negative review the paper will not be published. If one review is negative and the other positive, the decision to publish the paper is taken by the editor-in-chief by consultation with the members of the editorial board.

The advisability of publishing papers with positive reviews and their placement under the appropriate heading of the journal is decided by the editor-in-chief by consulattion with the editorial staff.

Evaluation system: The paper will be assessed with a 100-point system.

The following criteria will be used in the assessment:

1. Content (maximum 20 points)

Assessed: Topicality and argumentation of the research (20 points)

2. Depth of analysis and argumentation of the research (maximum 20 points)

Assessed: in-depth and comprehensive study of the question set by the author. Precision of argumentation, complexity, relevance of the scholarly literature to the theme under study.

3. Reliability of data (maximum 20 points)

Assessed: correctness of the data, how correctly the author bases himself on the data of the literature he/she refers to. Are all the cited sources referred to correctly in the References to the work.

4. Structure (maximum 20 points)

Assessed:  Is the paper well laid out and the style and language acceptable?

5. Results (maximum 20 points)

Are the topics discussed in the paper novel and significant?

Familiarization with the results: The review should become available to the author (anonymously). Each review will considered positive provided the general appraisal exceeds 50 point.

The advisability of publishing the positively assessed papers in the journal and assigning them under the heading of each issue are decided by the Editor-inChief in consultation with the Editorial Staff and Board.