Peer review process

Every scientific article submitted for publication in the "Actual Problems of International Relations" obligatory is checked for plagiarism with the use of Unicheck software and, in case of successful result (the level of text matches can't exceed 15% for articles on world economy and international economic relations and international business, 20% for articles on international relations, international information and international law) is submitted for the blind peer-review procedure that is processed by our editorial team as follows:

- the application phase. The article is submitted online by means of ''Make a submission'' button and is accepted by either the executive editor or one of assistant editors to the executive editor. Article is checked  for plagiarism on the principles described above. In case the specified indicators are exceeded the article would get refused and authors will be asked either eliminate the corresponding parts of text or put appropriate references;

- member of the editorial board executes the double blind review procedure, doublechecks for the cases of plagiarism. If the article includes cases of meaningful plagiarism not detected in course of Unicheck procedure the article would get refused and authors will be asked either eliminate the corresponding parts of text or put appropriate references; 

- сompletion of the article by author (s) in accordance with the edotors' recommendations; 

-  acceptance or rejection of article by the Editorial Board and the editor in chief.   

All articles are anonymized to prevent any possible violations of ethical policy. In case the article failed to pass the similarity check for plagiarism the author (s) receives the Unicheck report. 

Being fully aware of the fact that the Founder of the Journal is Taras Schevchenko National University of Kyiv, we deliberately established the editorial team that includes well-known foreign (meaning not citizens of Ukraine and not employees of Taras Schevchenko National University of Kyiv) scholars and researchers. In rare cases, when the subject of the article is overly connected with internal and very specific Ukrainian issues, member of editorial team may request the opinion of member of advisory board to editorial team, for purposes of clarification and better understanding of some historical, legal or economic features in Ukraine.

Thus, materials are subject to blind peer-review, which is carried out by members of the editorial team, possibly followed by additional comments from a member of advisory board to editorial team– specialist on relevant scientific field and national Ukrainian peculiarities. 

However, the editorial board reserves to itself the right to reject articles or to return them for completion. The editorial board makes fair and unbiased decisions independent of commercial or other interests and provides an honest process of manuscripts reading.

The editor and editorial board members do not share any information on the contents of the manuscripts under reviewing with third parties, except for the peers participating in their professional estimation.

In case the editor’s decision is positive, the article is published in the journal and is placed in the corresponding electronic resources.