About the journal

The mission of the journal 

The online research journal "THE UNKNOWN DOSTOEVSKY" was established on July 12, 2013 upon an initiative of executive-board members of the International Dostoevsky Society (IDS): Deborah Martinsen (Columbia University, USA), William Mills Todd III (Harvard University, USA), Vladimir Zakharov (Petrozavodsk State University, Russian Federation). The journal has been published since 2014. The Editorial board and team consist of the leading scholars from different countries of the world, researchers of F. M. Dostoevsky’s works and biography.

 The works of Dostoevsky have become an epoch-making event. Public intellectuals and great men of art have equated him with Shakespear. All the world worships Dostoevsky as a novelist, psychologist, philosopher and preacher. Being a writer and prophet, reviewer and columnist, editor and journalist he still stirs up disputes and contradictory judgments. His artistic credibility is still determined by literary myths and not persuasive assumptions. Today, there is no shortage of traditional and ingenious interpretations of his writings, conceptions of his work, but the crisis of contemporary researches is obvious: the critical essays are dominated by patchwork strategies, the question of textology, archival sources and the reception of Dostoevsky’s legacy in journalism and critical studies in 1845-1931 is insufficiently studied. There is a persistent need of amplification of the source base for the researches of Dostoevsky’s biography and works. The mission of the scientific journal "THE UNKNOWN DOSTOEVSKY" is to attract and support such research.


Aims and Scope

The journal is aimed at revealing new perspectives in study of the biography and works of the brilliant Russian writer. The objective of the journal is

  1. to publish new biographical and textual researches, unknown manuscripts and documents, critical essays from the newspapers and magazines of the 19th-20th centuries, related to F. M. Dostoevsky and his entourage;
  2. to ensure an access of readers and researchers from the different countries to unpublished archives and little-known sources of Dostoevsky’s works.


 The content of the journal

Readers have an opportunity to get themselves familiar with the  authentic, biographical and textual researches containing

  • the unique materials (documents and photos) from Russian and international archives, regarding life and work of Dostoevsky, his relatives and acquaintances;
  • manuscripts of Dostoevsky’s  and his contemporaries with the chronological attribution, interpretation of the faded, strikethrough and illegible records;
  • epistolary legacy of Dostoevsky and the letters of his correspondents not published before (with textological reports, comments and dating);
  • attribution of the letters of anonymous correspondents of Dostoevsky;
  • new facts and assumptions regarding the writer’s biography;
  • various viewpoints, criticism of critical writings, criticism of muths, debates under the principle of pro and contra;
  • data of archival sources and genealogical researches (study of parish registers, bulletins, official lists,  personal records etc);
  • shorthand notes of the writer’s wife, their decryption and analysis;
  • forgotten and unknown memoirs about the writer;
  • critical essays from the periodical press of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century;
  • attributions of anonymous and pseudonymous articles in the journals Vremya (1861-1863) and Epokha (1864-1865), in the weekly Grazhdanin  (1873–1874).


General information about the journal

Founder and PublisherPetrozavodsk State University, PetrSU (Petrozavodsk, Russian Federation).

The Editorial activity of the journal is carried out on the basis of its Statute.

The journal has its International Standard Serial Number – ISSN 2409-5788 (Online).

The online journal is registered in the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technologies and Mass Media and possesses the Registration Certificate ЭЛ № ФС77-73142 of July 2, 2018.

Periodicity. The journal is issued in the Russian and English languages once every three months, i.e. 4 times a year.

Review and publication. All articles submitted to the editorial office, undergo a plagiarism test, expert-based selection and peer review. The publication of articles is free for authors.

Open Access Policy. The journal is in open access without any restrictions. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print full texts of articles of the journal by reference without a preliminary permission of the publisher and the author, for the information, scientific, educational or cultural purposes on condition of the obligatory indication of the source (Art. 1273, 1274, 1286 Part IV of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation).

Since February 12, 2019 the journal  has been put on the List of peer-reviewed academic journals recommended for publication of the main scientific results of the doctoral and candidate’s theses, with the following areas of expertise and respective fields of studyLiterature Studies 10.01.01 – Russian literature (philological sciences), 10.01.10 – Journalism (philological studies), 10.01.08 - Theory of literature. Textology (philological studies).

Archiving and Indexing

The Journal is included in the international databases and Science Citation Indexes:


All research articles are included in Crossref database. Each research article gets a digital object identifier DOI.

The journal is registered in the Russian Index of Science Citation and in  Academic Electronic Library "CYBERLENINKA" (cyberleninka.ru).



Editorial Office address: 185910, Russia, Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk, Petrozavodsk State University, offices 301 and 302 (the main building).

Phone: 8-8142-719603

Fax: 8-8142-711000

e-mail: poetica@post.com  



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