About the journal

About the journal

The mission

Online research journal Neizvestnyi Dostoevskii=The Unknown Dostoevsky was established on July 12, 2013 upon the initiative of executive board members of the International Dostoevsky Society (IDS): Deborah Martinsen (Columbia University, USA), William Mills Todd III (Harvard University, USA) and 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.

 Dostoevsky works have acquired global significance. Public intellectuals and great artists have compared him to Shakespeare. The entire world hails Dostoevsky as a novelist, psychologist, philosopher and preacher. A writer and prophet, critic and columnist, editor and journalist – he still stirs up disputes and contradictory judgments. His artistic credibility is still determined by literary myths, rather than persuasive assumptions. Today, there is no shortage of traditional and ingenious interpretations of his writings, concepts of his work, but the crisis of contemporary research is apparent: the critical essays are dominated by patchwork strategies, the question of textual criticism, archival sources and the reception of Dostoevsky’s legacy in journalism and critical studies in 1845-1931 are insufficiently studied. There is a persistent need to expand the source base for the research into Dostoevsky’s biography and work. The mission of Neizvestnyi Dostoevskii=The Unknown Dostoevsky research journal is to attract and support such research.


Aims and Scope

The journal aims to reveal new perspectives in study of the biography and works of the brilliant Russian writer. The objectives of the journal are:

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 to ensure the access of readers and researchers from different countries to unpublished archives and little-known sources of Dostoevsky’s works.

 The content

Readers have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with authentic biographical and textual research containing

  • unique materials (documents and photos) from Russian and international archives, related to the life and work of Dostoevsky, his relatives and acquaintances;
  • manuscripts by Dostoevsky  and his contemporaries with chronological attribution, interpretation of the faded, strikethrough and illegible records;
  • epistolary legacy of Dostoevsky and the previously unpublished letters of his correspondents (with textological reports, comments and dating);
  • attribution of the letters of Dostoevsky’s anonymous correspondents ;
  • new facts and assumptions regarding the writer’s biography;
  • various viewpoints, criticism of critical writings, criticism of myths, pro and contra debates;
  • archival data and genealogical research (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), as well as in the weekly Grazhdanin  (1873–1874).


General information

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

The editorial activity of the journal is carried out on the basis of its charter.

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

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

Periodicity. The journal is published 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 are subject to a plagiarism test, expert-based selection and peer review. The publication of articles is free for the 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 from the journal by reference without a preliminary permission from the publisher or the author, for information, scientific, educational or cultural purposes with mandatory citing 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 included in the List of peer-reviewed academic journals recommended for publication of the main scientific results of doctoral and candidate’s theses, with the following areas of expertise and respective fields of study: 5.9.1. Russian literature and literature of the peoples of the Russian Federation(philological sciences), 5.9.2. Literature of the peoples of the world (philological studies), 5.9.3. Theory of literature (philological studies), 5.9.9. Media communications and journalism (philological studies), 5.6.8. Documentary, documentation science, archiving (historical sciences).

Archiving and Indexing

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


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

The journal is registered in the Russian Index of Science Citation and in the "CYBERLENINKA" Academic Electronic Library  (cyberleninka.ru), is hosted on the Readera publishing platform .



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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