About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Russian American Studies (JRAS) is a peer-reviewed journal focused on the history of Russian American studies from the 18th to the 21st centuries.  Its aim is to be a forum for the latest scholarship regarding the history of the intricate relationship between Russia (broadly defined) and the United States.   The journal welcomes submissions and publishes articles and book reviews in English and Russian.

Open Access Policy

All articles are open access and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC).

Creative Commons License

The articles in this journal are openly available as soon as they are published. Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles for non-commercial uses as long as the original article is cited. 

 Copyright is held by the authors.


Publication Agreement

Publication Agreement

Journal of Russian American Studies


Authors, please provide the following information:

Author Name(s):


Phone Number:

Email Address:

Title of Proposed Article:

Projected Year of Publication: 


The following is an agreement between the author listed above (the “Author”) and the Journal of Russian American Studies (JRAS) (the “Publisher”) and governs the above-stated proposed article (the “Work”).

Section 1: Author’s Grant of Rights

In consideration of the Publisher’s agreement to publish the Work in JRAS, the Author hereby grants to the Publisher a license on the following terms:

1.1      The irrevocable, royalty-free right to publish, reproduce, publicly display, publicly perform and distribute the Work in perpetuity throughout the world in all means of expression by any method or media now known or hereafter developed, including electronic format;

1.2      The irrevocable, royalty-free right to use the Author’s name and likeness in association with the Work in published form and in advertising and promotional materials; and

1.3      The irrevocable, royalty-free right to license others to do any or all of the above.

Section 2: Prior Publication & Publication by Others

2.1      The Author agrees not to publish the Work, or authorize any third party to publish the Work, either in print or electronically, prior to publication of the Work by the Publisher.

2.2      The Author agrees not to publish the Work in any journal which is substantially similar to JRAS for a period of one (1) year after publication of the Work in JRAS.

2.3      The Publisher requests that, should the Author publish or distribute the Work elsewhere at any time or in any alternate format, the Author cite the publication in JRAS by author, title, and publisher, through a tagline, author bibliography, or similar means.  A sample acknowledgement would be:

"Reprinted with permission from the author.  Originally published in the Journal of Russian American Studies, https://journals.ku.edu/jras"

Section 3: Editing and Formatting

The Author authorizes the Publisher to edit the Work and to make such modifications as are technically necessary or desirable to exercise the rights in Section 1 in differing media and formats.  The Publisher will make no material modification to the content of the Work without the Author’s consent.

Section 4: Author’s Ownership of Copyright and Reservation of Rights

4.1      Nothing in this agreement constitutes a transfer of the copyright by the Author, and the copyright in the Work is subject to the rights granted by this agreement.

4.2      The Author retains the following rights, including but not limited to, the right:

4.2.1      To reproduce and distribute the Work, and to authorize others to reproduce and distribute the Work, in any format;

4.2.2      To post a version of the Work in an institutional repository or the Author’s personal or departmental web page so long as JRAS is cited as the source of first publication of the Work (see sample acknowledgement above).

4.2.3      To include the Work, in whole or in part, in another work, subject to Section 2 above and provided that JRAS is cited as the source of first publication of the Work (see sample acknowledgement above).

4.3      Articles in JRAS are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license that allows others to distribute, remix, and build upon the Work for non-commercial purposes, as long as they credit the Author for the original creation.

Section 5: Author’s Warranties and Undertakings

The Author warrants that:

5.1      The Author is the sole author of the Work, or if a joint author, the Author has identified within the Work the other authors, and holds the copyright and has the power to convey the rights granted in this agreement.

5.2      The Work has not previously been published, in whole or in part, except as follows: _________________________________________________________________.


5.3      Any textual, graphic or multimedia material included in the Work that is the property or work of another is either explicitly identified by source and cited in the Work or is otherwise identified as follows: _________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________.


5.4      To the best of the Author’s knowledge, the Work does not contain matter that is obscene, libelous, or defamatory; it does not violate another’s civil right, right of privacy, right of publicity, or other legal right; and it is otherwise not unlawful.

5.5      To the best of the Author’s knowledge, the Work does not infringe the copyright or other intellectual property or literary rights of another.

5.6      The Author will indemnify and hold Publisher harmless against loss, damages, expenses, awards, and judgments arising from breach of any such warranties.

Section 6: The Reuse of Third-Party Works

The Publisher requires that you determine, prior to publication, whether it is necessary to obtain permissions from any third party who holds rights with respect to any photographs, illustrations, drawings, text, or any other material (“third-party work”) to be published with or in connection with your Work.  Copyright permission will not be necessary if the use is within fair use, if the work is in the public domain, or if the rightsholder has granted a Creative Commons or other license.  If either the Author or Publisher determines for any reason that permission is required to include any third-party work, the Author will obtain written permission from the rightsholder.


This agreement represents the entire understanding of the parties and can only be modified in a writing signed by both parties.



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