Editorial Policies

Aims and Scope

The journal was established with the aim of publishing new research results of the Earth cryosphere. Results of works in physics, mechanics, geophysics, and geochemistry of snow and ice are published here together with geographical aspects of the snow-ice phenomena occurrence in their interaction with other components of the environment. The challenge was to discuss the latest results of investigations carried out on Russia’s territory and works performed by Russian investigators together with foreign colleagues.

Editorial board works in collaboration with Glaciological Association that is professional community of specialists in glaciology from all republics of the Former Soviet Union which are now new independent states. The journal serves as a platform for the presentation and discussion of new discoveries and results which help to elucidate the state of the Earth’s cryosphere and the characteristics of the evolution of the snow-ice processes and phenomena under the current conditions of rapid climate change.




Peer Review Process

double-blind peer review method is mandatory for processing of all scientific manuscripts submitted to the editorial stuff of "Ice and Snow" («Led i Sneg»). This implies that neither the reviewer is aware of the authorship of the manuscript, nor the author maintains any contact with the reviewer.

  1. Members of the editorial board and leading Russian and international experts in corresponding areas of life sciences, invited as independent readers, perform peer reviews. Editor-in-chief, deputy editor-in-chief or science editor choose readers for peer review. We aim to limit the review process to 2-4 weeks, though in some cases the schedule may be adjusted at the reviewer’s request.
  2. Reviewer has an option to abnegate the assessment should any conflict of interests arise that may affect perception or interpretation of the manuscript. Upon the scrutiny, the reviewer is expected to present the editorial board with one of the following recommendations:
    - to accept the paper in its present state;
    - to invited the author to revise their manuscript to address specific concerns before final decision is reached;
    - that final decision be reached following further reviewing by another specialist;
    - to reject the manuscript outright.
  3. If the reviewer has recommended any refinements, the editorial staff would suggest the author either to implement the corrections, or to dispute them reasonably. Authors are kindly required to limit their revision to 2 months and resubmit the adapted manuscript within this period for final evaluation.
  4. We politely request that the editor be notified verbally or in writing should the author decide to refuse from publishing the manuscript. In case the author fails to do so within 3 months since receiving a copy of the initial review, the editorial board takes the manuscript off the register and notifies the author accordingly.
  5. If author and reviewers meet insoluble contradictions regarding revision of the manuscript, the editor-in-chief resolves the conflict by his own authority.
  6. The editorial board reaches final decision to reject a manuscript on the hearing according to reviewers’ recommendations, and duly notifies the authors of their decision via e-mail. The board does not accept previously rejected manuscripts for re-evaluation.
  7. Upon the decision to accept the manuscript for publishing, the editorial staff notifies the authors of the scheduled date of publication.
  8. Kindly note that positive review does not guarantee the acceptance, as final decision in all cases lies with the editorial board. By his authority, editor-in-chief rules final solution of every conflict.
  9. Original reviews of submitted manuscripts remain deposited for 3 years.


Publication Frequency

4 issues per year


Open Access Policy

"Ice and Snow" («Led i Sneg») is an open access journal. All articles are made freely available to readers immediatly upon publication.

Our open access policy is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition - it means that articles have free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.

For more information please read BOAI statement.



  • Russian State Library (RSL)
  • National Electronic-Information Consortium (NEICON)



Articles in "Ice and Snow" («Led i Sneg») are indexed by several systems:

  • Web of Science (ESCI)
  • Scopus
  • Elibrary.ru
  • Urlich's periodical directory
  • OCLC Worldcat
  • iNeicon
  • ВАК
  • Google scholar
  • РГБ
  • LoC
  • Oxford University
  • DOAJ


Publishing Ethics

The section is prepared according to the files (http://health.elsevier.ru/attachments/editor/file/ethical_code_final.pdf) of Elsevier publisher (https://www.elsevier.com/) and files (http://publicationethics.org/resources) from Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE - http://publicationethics.org/). 


1. Introduction

1.1. The publication in a peer reviewed learned journal, serves many purposes outside of simple communication. It is a building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. For all these reasons and more it is important to lay down standards of expected ethical behaviour by all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society for society-owned or sponsored journal: "Ice and Snow" («Led i Sneg»)

1.2.Publisher has a supporting, investing and nurturing role in the scholarly communication process but is also ultimately responsible for ensuring that best practice is followed in its publications.

1.3. Publisher takes its duties of guardianship over the scholarly record extremely seriously. Our journal programmes record «the minutes of science» and we recognise our responsibilities as the keeper of those «minutes» in all our policies not least the ethical guidelines that we have here adopted.

2. Duties of Editors

2.1.Publication decision – The Editor of a learned "Ice and Snow" («Led i Sneg»)  is solely and independently responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published, often working on conjunction with the relevant society (for society-owned or sponsored journals). The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always underwrite such decisions. The Editor may be guided by the policies of the "Ice and Snow" («Led i Sneg») journal’s editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers (or society officers) in making this decision.

2.2.Fair play – An editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

2.3.Confidentiality – The editor and any editorial staff of "Ice and Snow" («Led i Sneg») must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

2.4.Disclosure and Conflicts of interest

2.4.1. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

2.4.2. Editors should recuse themselves (i.e. should ask a co-editor, associate editor or other member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers.

2.5.Vigilance over published record – An editor presented with convincing evidence that the substance or conclusions of a published paper are erroneous should coordinate with the publisher (and/or society) to promote the prompt publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or other note, as may be relevant.

2.6.Involvement and cooperation in investigations – An editor should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the publisher (or society). Such measures will generally include contacting the author of the manuscript or paper and giving due consideration of the respective complaint or claims made, but may also include further communications to the relevant institutions and research bodies.

3.    Duties of Reviewers

3.1. Contribution to Editorial Decisions – Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. Peer review is an essential component of formal scholarly communication, and lies at the heart of the scientific method. Publisher shares the view of many that all scholars who wish to contribute to publications have an obligation to do a fair share of reviewing.

3.2. Promptness – Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor of "Ice and Snow" («Led i Sneg») and excuse himself from the review process.

3.3. Confidentiality – Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorised by the editor.

3.4. Standard and objectivity – Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

3.5. Acknowledgement of Sources – Reviewers  should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor’s attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

3.6. Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

3.6.1. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

3.6.2. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

4. Duties of Authors

4.1. Reporting standards

4.1.1. Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

4.1.2. Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate and objective, and editorial 'opinion’ works should be clearly identified as such.

4.2. Data Access and Retention – Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

4.3. Originality and Plagiarism

4.3.1. The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

4.3.2. Plagiarism takes many forms, from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

4.4. Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

4.4.1. An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal of primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

4.4.2. In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper.

4.4.3. Publication of some kinds of articles (eg, clinical guidelines, translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals concerned must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation of the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication. Further detail on acceptable forms of secondary publication can be found at www.icmje.org.

4.5. Acknowledgement of Sources – Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.

4.6. Authorship of the Paper

4.6.1. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

4.6.2. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

4.7. Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects

4.7.1. If the work involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

4.7.2. If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) have approved them. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.

4.8. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

4.8.1. All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

4.8.2. Examples of potential conflicts of interest which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest possible stage.

4.9. Fundamental errors in published works – When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in a published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the editor of "Ice and Snow" («Led i Sneg») journal and cooperate with Publisher to retract or correct the paper, If the editor or the publisher learn from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper.

5. Duties of the Publisher (and if relevant, Society)

5.1. Publisher should adopt policies and procedures that support editors, reviewers and authors of "Ice and Snow" («Led i Sneg») in performing their ethical duties under these ethics guidelines. The publisher should ensure that the potential for advertising or reprint revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions.

5.2. The publisher should support "Ice and Snow" («Led i Sneg») journal editors in the review of complaints raised concerning ethical issues and help communications with other journals and/or publishers where this is useful to editors.

5.3. Publisher should develop codes of practice and inculcate industry standards for best practice on ethical matters, errors and retractions.

5.4. Publisher should provide specialised legal review and counsel if necessary.


Author fees

Publication in journal is free of charge for all the authors.


Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


Plagiarism detection

"Ice and Snow" («Led i Sneg») use native russian-language plagiarism detection software Antiplagiat to screen the submissions. If plagiarism is identified, the COPE guidelines on plagiarism will be followed.


Preprint and postprint Policy

Prior to acceptance and publication in "Ice and Snow" («Led i Sneg»), authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites.

As part of submission process, authors are required to confirm that the submission has not been previously published, nor has been submitted. After a manuscript has been published in "Ice and Snow" («Led i Sneg») we suggest that the link to the article on journal's website is used when the article is shared on personal or public websites.

Glossary (by SHERPA)

  • Preprint - In the context of Open Access, a preprint is a draft of an academic article or other publication before it has been submitted for peer-review or other quality assurance procedure as part of the publication process. Preprints cover initial and successive drafts of articles, working papers or draft conference papers.
  • Postprint - The final version of an academic article or other publication - after it has been peer-reviewed and revised into its final form by the author. As a general term this covers both the author's final version and the version as published, with formatting and copy-editing changes in place.


Editorial team


Deputy editor-in-chief

  • Glazovsky Andrey Fedorovich – PhD in Geography; Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leading Research Scientist; icemass@yandex.ruglazovsky@gmail.com; +7 (499) 125-90-11; Institute of Geography RAS, Staromonetny, 29, Moscow, 119017, Russia (Moscow, Russia)
  • Solomina Olga Nikolaevna – Professor, Doctor of Geography, Corresponding Member of RAS; Institute of Geography RAS, Tomsk State University; Deputy Director; olgasolomina@yandex.ru; +7-495-9590034; Institute of Geography RAS, Staromonetny, 29, Moscow, 119017, Russia  (Moscow, Russia)

Executive Secretary

  • Rototaeva Oksana Vasilievna - Cand. Sc. (Geography); Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leading Research Scientist; rototaeva@mail.ru; +7(499)124-73-80, +7(499)124-73-82;Institute of Geography RAS, Staromonetny, 29, Moscow 119017, Russia (Moscow, Russia)

Editorial board

  • Alekseev Vladimir Romanovich - Doctor of Geography, Professor; Melnikov Permafrost Institute, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (PI SB RAS). Principal Research Scientist; Email: Snow@Irk.ru; Tel.: 3952-427767, mobile: 89245465455; Lermontov st., 289, fl. 40, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia (Yakutsk, Russia)
  • Volodicheva Natalya Andreevna - PhD in Geography; Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Geography associate professor; snow7dozor@yandex.ru; +7(495)939-26-32; Faculty of Geography of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Vorob’evy gory, 1, Moscow, 119991, Russia (Moscow, Russia)
  • Golubev Vladimir Nikolaevich - Doctor of Geography, Associate Professor Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Geography; Leading Research Scientist, golubev@geol.msu.ru; 7(495)939-1861,+7(916)599-1843; Faculty of Geography of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Vorob’evy gory, 1, Moscow, 119991, Russia (Moscow, Russia)
  • Konovalov Vladimir Georgievich - Doctor of Geography; Institute of geography, Russian Academy of Sciences; vladgeo-exp@yandex.ru; +7 495 959 0035, +7 906 053 3658; Institute of Geography RAS, Staromonetny, 29, Moscow, 119017, Russia (Moscow, Russia)
  • Lipenkov Vladimir Yakovlevich - PhD in Geography, Arctic and Antarctic Reseach Institute, Head of Laboratory; lipenkov@aari.ru; +7(812)337-31-62; Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, 38 Bering str., St.Petersburg, 199397, Russia (Saint Petersburg, Russia) 
  • Macheret Yury Yakovlevich - Doctor of Geography; Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leading Research Scientist; macheret2011@yandex.ru; 8 499-125-90-11; 8 495-959-00-35; Institute of Geography RAS, Staromonetny, 29, Moscow, 119017, Russia (Mocow, Russia)
  • Medvedev Andrey Аleksandrovich - PhD in Geography; Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences; Head of the cartography department;a.a.medvedeff@gmail.com; +7-495-959-38-49; Institute of Geography RAS, Staromonetny, 29, Moscow, 119017, Russia (Moscow, Russia)
  • Mikhalenko Vladimir Nikolaevich - Doctor of Geography; Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leading Research Scientist; mikhalenko@hotmail.com; +7(499)125-90-11, +7(916)643-68-55; Institute of Geography RAS, Staromonetny, 29, Moscow, 119017, Russia (Moscow, Russia)
  • Osokin Nikolay Ivanovich - PhD in Geography; Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences; Deputy Head of Glaciology Department; osokin@igras.ru +7(495)959-00-35; Institute of Geography RAS, Staromonetny, 29, Moscow, 119017, Russia  (Moscow, Russia)
  • Plyusnin Viktor Maksimovich - Professor, Doctor of Geography; Sochava Institute of Geography, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences; Director;plyusnin@irigs.irk.ru; +7 (3952) 426100; Ulan-Batorskaya Str. 1, Irkutsk, 664033, Russia  (Irkutsk, Russia)
  • Popova Valeria Vasilievna - PhD in Geography; Institute of geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Leading Research Scientist; valeria_popova@mail.ru; +7 (499) 129-04-74;  +7 (915) 341-04-14; Institute of Geography RAS, Staromonetny, 29, Moscow, 119017, Russia  (Moscow, Russia)
  • Salamatin Andrey Nikolaevich - Professor, doctor of science (physics and mathematics); Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University; Professor of the Department of Applied Mathematics; Andrey.Salamatin@kpfu.ru; +7(843)233-7037,   +7(917)287-5530; Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University, Department of Applied Mathematics, 18, Kremlyevskaya Str., Kazan 420008, Russia  (Kazan, Russia)
  • Severskiy Igor Vasilievich - Academician of National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Dr., Professor; Institute of Geography of the Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan; Principal Research Scientist, iseverskiy@gmail.com; +7(727) 2911625,   +7(727) 2925678; Institute of geography, Pushkin Street 99, Almaty, 050010, Kazakhstan (Almaty, Kazakhstan)
  • Sokratov Sergey Alfredovich - PhD in Geography; Ph.D. (Doctor of Environmental and Earth Science) of the Hokkaido University (Institute of Low Temperature Science), Sapporo, Japan; M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Geography; Senior research Scientist; sokratov@geol.msu.ru; +7 495 939-1861; Faculty of Geography of Lomonosov Moscow State University, Vorob’evy gory, 1, Moscow, 119991, Russia  (Moscow, Russia)
  • Frolov Ivan Evgen'evich - Doctor of Geography, Professor; Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Director General;
  • frolov@aari.ru, +7(812)337-31-01, Arctic and Antarctic Reseach Institute, 38 Bering str., St.Petersburg, 199397, Russia, (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
  • Khromova Tatiana Emel’yanovna - PhD in Geography, Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leading Research Scientist; tkhromova@gmail.com; +7(499)1259011; Institute of Geography RAS, Staromonetny, 29, Moscow, 119017, Russia (Moscow, Russia) 
  • Chistyakov Kirill Valentinovich - associate professor, Doctor of Geography; Saint-Petersburg State University
  • Professor, Head of Department of Physical Geography and Landscape Planning. k.chistyakov@spbu.ru; +7(812)323 3913; Saint-Petersburg University, 10th Line V.O., 33, Saint-Petersburg, 199178, Russia (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) 
  • Vihma Timo - Dr., Prof. Finnish Meteorological Institute, Head of Polar Meteorology and Climatology Group; timo.vihma@fmi.fi; +358 50 4126365; Finnish Meteorological Institute, P.O. Box 503, FI-00101 Helsinki, Finland (Helsinki, Finland)
  • Groisman Pavel Yakovlevich - PhD in geophysics, AGU Fellow; NOAA National Climatic Data Center (NCDC); UCAR Project Scientist, Asheville, North Carolina, United States of America. Pasha.Groisman@noaa.gov; +1 (828) 271-4347;  NCDC, Veach-Baley Federal Building, 151 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC, 28801-5001, (North Carolina, USA)
  • Zilitinkevich Sergej Sergeevich - Dr., Prof. Division of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Helsinki / Finnish Meteorological Institute, Research Director; University of Nizhny Novgorod (mega grant); sergej.zilitinkevich@fmi.fi;+358-50-526 9363, mobile +358 505 73 22 03; Division of Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Physics PO Box 48, Erik Palmenin aukio 1 (Room 1D176), FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland    (Helsinki, Finland)
  • Messerli Bruno - Dr. h.c. mult. (Former Director Institute of Geography, Former Rector University of Bern); Member of 6 European Academies, including the Russian Academy of Sciences; Job position: Professor emeritus; Prof. em. Dr. h.c. Bruno Messerli; Brünnweid 16, CH-3086 Zimmerwald; 0041 /(0)31 819 33 1; bmesserli@bluewin.ch (Switzerland)
  • Navarro Francisco Jose - PhD in physics (geophysics); Universidad Politecnica deMadrid, Professor titular; francisco.navarro@upm.es; +34 914533565; Departamento de Matemática Aplicada ETSI de Telecomunicación, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid; Av. Complutense, 30, 28040 Madrid, Spain   (Madrid, Spain)
  • Raynaud Dominique - PhD Physical Sciences; Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement (LGGE, CNRS/Joseph Fourier University); Emeritus Research Director at CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) Saint Martin d’Hères (near Grenoble), France; dominique.raynaud@ujf-grenoble.fr; +33 (0)4 76824252; Dominique Raynaud, 186 chemin des communaux, Cidex 21, 38190 Bernin, France  (Bernin, France)

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