Rhema. Рема

Focus and scope

“Rhema” publishes academic papers on topical questions in linguistics, philology and methods of teaching languages and literature.
Priority is given to the works based on a clear system of terms and linguistic/philological analysis combining a broad theoretical approach with an analysis of linguistic phenomena (for works on linguistics) and texts (for works on textology). For the papers on methods of teaching foreign languages and literature the practical value of the methods presented is of high importance, as well as their accordance with the main and up-to-date tendencies in theoretical, methodological and practical pedagogic research.
The editorial board bases its decisions about publishing the paper on double-blind reviewing by two independent specialists (in case of disagreement between them a third reviewer is asked to evaluate the work). The following criteria are taken into consideration:

1. Originality
The paper should contain new results by the author. No reprint of one’s own older works is allowed.

2. Empirical data
Theoretical conclusions should follow from the linguistic / philological analysis of the data.

3. Familiarity with the scholarly literature in the given area
The paper should demonstrate the author’s awareness of the main works relevant to the question under discussion. The survey of literature and the critical analysis should highlight the place of the problem under discussion within the framework of a broad theoretical context and the relevance of the results obtained by the author.

4. Overall adequacy
The paper should be logically non-contradictory and have an adequate structure.


Philology. Textology

The section welcomes articles on literary history and literary theory, poetics, verse history and verse theory, editorial theory and textual criticism (“textology”), as well as the history of literary criticism and folklore studies. Priority is given to articles that focus on a philological analysis of the text, revealing its artistic structure and the ways it conveys specific artistic content, as well as research papers that employ linguistic and mathematical methods in literary analysis.
The range of languages and literatures on which the article can be based is not limited, unless the Editorial Board find themselves unable to provide a sufficient level of expertise for literatures in rare and insufficiently studied languages.
The journal does not accept literary essays, commented publications of literary and historical documents (except for those reproduced or published for the first time in the context of an analytical paper), or articles devoted to a linguistic analysis of literary and folklore texts, which does not contribute to their interpretation.


Articles on language theory (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse analysis), areal, typological, and diachronic studies, as well as experimental, corpus, and computational linguistics are accepted for consideration. Priority is given to articles which employ formal modeling and mathematical methods of linguistic research.
The range of languages on which the article can be based is not limited, but the Editorial Board of the journal reserves the right to recommend submitting the article to another journal if it is impossible to provide a sufficient level of expertise for less widely used and poorly studied languages.
The journal does not accept for publication exclusively descriptive articles that do not have a clear theoretical or applied thrust, as well as articles devoted to the study of linguistic consciousness and the description of specific language concepts. Articles dealing with linguistic analysis of literary texts should be directed to the heading “Philology. Textology”.

Language Teaching

The section welcomes for consideration original articles by Russian and international authors focusing on the problems of theory and methods of teaching literature, Russian and foreign languages, including Russian as a foreign language.
The journal is interested in publications covering the theoretical foundations (methodology, history, philological and linguistic education development strategies; methodological approaches; professional and pedagogical content and subject-content training of teachers), as well as organizational and technological aspects of education within these disciplines (teaching principles; innovative ways, methods, means, techniques of language education; assessment of the quality and level of philological and language training; experimental work).
The articles can address specific features of language education at different level and of different age, as well as varied educational contexts (formal and informal, traditional and distant learning etc.).
There is not limit to the target languages that can be considered in the articles; however, the editors reserve their right to reject proposals if no sufficient expertise for a certain rarer language can be provided.

Language of publication

Russian and English

Authors’ fees

Publication is free of charge for all the authors.
The journal doesn’t have any article processing, submission or publishing charges.


All articles are accessibile under Creative Commons Licence with reference to the authorship 4.0 Global.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.
2. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) after the publication, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

Publication Frequency

4 items per year (March, June, September, December)

Formatting Rules

The article must be formatted according to the Formatting Rules published on the journal website. The editorial board can refuse evaluation of the works violating the rules.

Formatting rules