Вісник Київського національного університету імені Тараса Шевченка


Bulletin of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv


The procedure of the consideration of submitted materials

The submission of the article on consideration

The authors send their articles (in Word format) and additional materials (pictures, charts, graphs etc.) in electronic form on e-mail of the responsible secretary of “Bulletin of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv: Geography series”, which is mentioned in Contacts section  (e-mail geovisnyk.knu@gmail.com) The article should be designed in accordance with the design requirements (look at the section of the requirements to the arrangement of the article).

Previous consideration

The responsible secretary gives the submitted article an enter the register number and checks it for the accordance with the scope of the journal “Bulletin of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv: Geography series” and appropriate arrangement of the article (the title of the material, author team, quality of annotations, visual elements and referenced). After this, sent materials undergo a check on plagiarism. In case of positive decision, the responsible secretary gives the article on the review of specialist (or few specialists) in corresponding field.

An important element is a cover letter from the author to the Editorial Board, in which you must justify your choice for publication in our publication.

In case of the wrong arrangement of the article and/or its discrepancy with the scope of the journal “Bulletin of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv: Geography series”, also in case of plagiarism, responsible secretary can withdraw the article at this stage. He will notify the authors about that decision and send back the article for the completion. In this case, the receipt date of the article will be the date of the second submission in the appropriate form. The percentage of failures at that stage now stands at 40% of the total.


The review of the submitted article is made by the double blind method. It means that the authors don’t know the names of the reviewers, and the reviewers don’t know the authors’ names. The editorial office appoints the reviewers at their discretion.

In the review, the reviewer gives his own mind about the topicality of the article, its structure, newness, accordance to the methods, the expediency of chosen methods of the research, conclusion validity, adequacy and quality of the pictured material etc.

The editorial office review

An article submits on the review of the editorial office by the responsible secretary where such decisions are taken as:

  • Approval for printing without any changes;
  • Approval for printing with minor changes (without a review on the next meeting of the editorial office);
  • Returning the articles to the authors for some changes (with a review on the next meeting of the editorial office);
  • Returning the article to the authors for completion with the re-review;
  • Denying the article. The percentage of rejections following the blind review process is 30% of the total today.

The responsible secretary notifies the author about the editorial office’s decision by e-mail and sends him an article’s text and a reviewer’s questionnaire without specifying the name of the reviewer.

The completion of the article

In the first case, the author doesn’t need to complete or make some changes in the article. In the second case, the article returns to the author for some revision. Then, the author sends it to the responsible secretary of the magazine. In the third case, the article would be returned to the author for making appropriate changes and then repeated for the repeated review. In the fourth case, the article returns for completion to the author. After it, the article sends on the editorial office’s e-mail and passes the re-review by the editorial office. In the fifth case, the editorial office completely rejects the article. In this case, when the author later presents a new article based on materials used earlier, the article gets a new registration number, and the procedure of the review replays from the initial point.

Editing and layout

Chosen articles are subject of scientific and literary editing. After the layout of the article, the author gets a letter on e-mail for the final agreement. The author has to send his changes for 10 days from the date of the editorial office’s sending. If the editorial office doesn’t get the author’s answer within 10 days, the article is published in unchanged form. After any changes are impossible.

Withdrawing of the article

The author has a right to withdraw the article at any stage of its reviewing until the moment of the publication. After the publication, the author cannot withdraw the article. The editorial office has a right to withdraw published articles which have some signs of plagiarism. The verification on plagiarism can be made by the editorial office and in response to some messages or complaints of the third parties. Decisions about the withdrawing of the article from publishing are taken at the editorial office’s meeting by the open voting.