Peer Review Process

The articles that fit the scope of the scientific problems of the journal «Ukrainian sense / Український смисл» are accepted. The manuscript that does not meet the requirements of the journal can be rejected at once by the Executive Editor.

The Editorial Board adheres to the global standards of transparency of peer reviewing, so it practices double-blind review of manuscripts: an author and a reviewer are not aware of the identities of each other. Their personal information is preliminarily removed from the texts of articles and file properties.

Articles are sent for reviewing to two independent experts. A reviewer studies the abstract of an article and either agrees or refuses to review the material obtained. In case of refusal, the Editorial Board invites another reviewer. 

A reviewer evaluates the scientific level of the article, filling in the «Review form», where he/ she makes critical comments. The expert can additionally upload the files with the corrected manuscript or materials that can be used during further work at the article.  

After filling in the «Review form», reviewers choose one of the proposed recommendations:

  • Accept the paper – the paper is ready to be published and is accepted without changes.
  • Make changes – the paper is accepted if an author takes into account recommendations.
  • Return for another review the paper will be reviewed after the another introduces the changes.
  • Forward to another journal – the subject of the paper is more suitable for another journal.
  • Reject the paper – the paper does not meet the requirements of the journal.
  • See comments – any of the above recommendations applies.

Upon completion of the peer review process, all the relevant information is sent to the author. The author makes changes to the manuscript and uploads its new version. If the manuscript is not returned within two months or the author does not notify the Editorial Board about the reasons for the delay, it is removed from the waiting list. 

Reviewers reconsider the improved paper and make recommendations on the possibility of its publishing. 

Appeal Procedure:

  1. If the author does not agree with certain comments of the reviewer, he has the right to send the appeal in the format «reviewer’s comments – author’s comment» to the Editorial Board. This document is sent to the reviewer and the decision with regard to the manuscript is made together with the Editorial Board.
  2. In case the reviewers make opposite resolutions on the submitted paper (accept/ reject), the Editorial Board appoints an additional independent