Since 2000, when the journal Central Asia and the Caucasus was first published, we have been using double number assignments to designate the issues: current (indicating the index number of the issue for the current calendar year) and cumulative (indicating the index number of the issue since the publication began).

But this type of indexing is only convenient when a publication comes out for no more than ten years. For longer terms, cumulative indexing becomes too unwieldy, creating difficulties in accounting, registration, and identification of the necessary issue. Therefore, it appears more expedient to use the procedure (Volume/Issue number) customary for periodicals that come out continuously for several decades, i.e., the index number of the volume, which usually corresponds to the number of years (less frequently half-years) the publication has been coming out, and the current number of the issue in the volume.

With this in mind, the editors have decided to change the journals indexing this year. From now on, the journal cover will feature the volume number to indicate the number of the year of the publications life and the number of the issue within that year. For instance, a journal showing Volume 11, Issue 1 would be in its 11th year of publication, and youd be reading the first edition printed in that year. This numbering scheme is used to demonstrate continuity of publication and to facilitate indexing, binding and other organization operations.

In world practice, comprehensive academic journals that do not publish on-the-spot information, but feature longer term and expanded analytical studies are usually published quarterly. This year, the journal Central Asia and the Caucasus will begin practicing precisely this sequence of issues and indexing of individual issues.

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