Founded in 2009, the journal first published papers based on the reports presented at the Annual International (since 2014 till 2017 All-Russian) Scientific Conference “Lazarev Readings” (“Lazarevskie Chteniya”).

Since December 2016 the journal is listed in RSCI (Russian Science Citation Index). The papers from all issues since 2009 are presented in e-library.ru.

Since 2017 the edition is published as an electronic scientific journal.

There are four issues per year on three subject series:

*  Series A “Antiquity and the Middle Ages” (the 3rd quarter of the year)

* Series B “Modern and Contemporary History” (the 1st and 4th quarter of the year)

* Series C “International Relations” (the 2nd quarter of the year)

Since 2018, the supplement to the journal – «THE BEGINNING» almanac, which publishes scientific articles for students and senior schoolchildren, is published annually.

Since 2016 the articles are assigned the DOI (digital identifier of object) international index numbers which allows articles to get citation indices in the Web of Science and Scopus international data bases as soon as these articles are quoted in the issues listed in the bases mentioned above.

The electronic format of the journal is pdf only.

All articles are presented in e-library.ru.