Review Policy

GENERAL PROVISIONS

All papers submitted to the Editorial Board are subject to peer review aimed at the most objective assessment of the academic paper content providing a comprehensive analysis of the strong and weak points of the paper. Materials submitted for publication for the first time that correspond to the aim and problematic of the UNESCO Chair Journal "Lifelong Professional Education in the XXI Century" are accepted for publication.

The Editorial Board supports the world standards of the peer review process transparency, so it practices double-blind peer review: the author and the reviewer do not know each other's names. All their personal data is firstly deleted from paper texts and file properties.

All papers are tested for plagiarism by the anti-plagiarism system StrikePlagiarism.com

Papers by the Editorial Board Members go through the standard procedure of external independent review organized by the Editor-in-chief. The Editorial Board Members do not participate in the screening process of their manuscripts.

Peer review is carried out in accordance with the confidentiality principle implying the non-disclosure of information about review stages, comments, and acceptance decisions. The exception is the need for a special consultation with another specialist in the relevant field, it requires the editorial board`s permission.

REVIEWERS` RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

Peer review helps the editor-in-chief in making the acceptance decision, and by means of the editor's correspondence with the author it can also help the author improve their paper;

The reviewer`s purpose is to objectively assess the quality of the submitted paper and determine the degree of its compliance with scientific, literary and ethical standards;

The reviewer has to refuse to review a manuscript if their qualification and education do not correspond to the paper specialization;

The reviewer has to treat the manuscript to be reviewed as a confidential document and cannot show the manuscript to third parties, and discuss it with others except for people authorized by the editor;

In the event of a conflict of interest or professional or personal ties between the reviewer and the author that may influence the reviewer's judgment, they should return the paper disclosing a conflict of interest;

The accusation of plagiarism requires the reviewer to substantiate such comments. Any plagiarism or biased citation claim has to be justified by appropriate references;

If the reviewer entertains suspicions regarding plagiarism, authorship or data falsification, they have to address the editorial board to request the collective review of the author's paper;

To ensure the publication periodicity of the UNESCO Chair Journal "Lifelong Professional Education in the XXI Century" the reviewer has to timely review a manuscript with respect to its author.

AUTHOR'S RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS

The author of the peer-reviewed paper is given the opportunity to read a review report, in particular, if they do not agree with the reviewer`s conclusions.

In case of dissent from the reviewer`s opinion the author has the right to give a reasoned answer to the UNESCO Chair Journal editorship. The paper can be sent for re-review or approval to the Editorial Board.

Papers sent to authors for revision has to be resent to editors no later than 2 weeks after receipt. If the paper is sent back at a later date, the date of its receipt for publication changes accordingly.

The author shall be notified by the Executive Secretary of the paper publication terms within not more than one month from the date of the acceptance decision.

MANUSCRIPT (SUBMISSION) REVIEW PROCEDURE

All materials submitted for publication in the journal must be peer-reviewed.

The Editor-in-chief is responsible for the quality of reviews and their timeliness

The Editor-in-chief and the Technical Secretary determine the paper compliance with the UNESCO Chair Journal`s area of expertise and formatting requirements and check the paper with the anti-plagiarism system StrikePlagiarism.com.

Papers submitted to the journal are sent out to two independent peer-reviewers. They are appointed by the Editor-in-Chief. By the Editor-in-Chief`s decision, under certain circumstances, the appointment of reviewers may be entrusted to the editorial board member. In some cases, the issue of assigning reviewers is resolved at the Editorial Board Meeting.

Peer reviewers can be the UNESCO Chair Journal Editorial Board Members, as well as third-party highly qualified specialists who have deep professional knowledge and experience in a particular field, usually Doctors of Sciences, Professors.

After receiving the paper for review (within 4 days), the reviewer evaluates the possibility of its evaluation, based on their competence in the author's field and the absence of any conflict of interest. If there are any competing interests, the reviewer may refuse to review a manuscript and has to notify the editorial board. The latter has to appoint another reviewer.

As a rule, the reviewer makes a conclusion about the possibility of paper acceptance within 14 days. The review deadlines may vary from case to case in order to create the conditions for the most objective assessment of the quality of the submitted materials, but cannot exceed 1 calendar month.

Peer Review is conducted confidentially according to the principles of double-blind review (when neither the author nor the reviewer knows each other). The interaction between the author and the reviewers takes place through the Executive Secretary of the UNESCO Chair Journal. At the request of the reviewer and in agreement with the editorial board taskforce, the interaction between the author and the reviewer can take place in an open mode (such a decision is made only if open interaction will improve the style and logic of research material presentation).

Reviewers work on the material and evaluate its scientific level. Following the final analysis of the paper, the "Review Form" is filled in specifying final recommendations. The editors notify the author of the review results by e-mail.

If the reviewer requires certain changes to be made in the paper, the paper is sent to the author with a proposal to take into account the comments in the preparation of an updated version of the paper or to refute them in a reasonable manner. The author adds a letter to the revised paper containing answers to all comments and explaining all the changes that were made in the paper. The revised version is re-submitted to the reviewer to make a decision and prepare a reasoned opinion on the manuscript acceptance. The date of paper acceptance is the receipt date by the editors of positive reviewer inputs (or the Editorial Board decision) that find it worthy of publication.

In case of disagreement with the reviewer`s conclusions, the author has the right to provide a reasoned answer to the editors. In this case, the paper is considered at a meeting of the Editorial Board taskforce. The editorial board may send the paper for an additional or new review to another specialist. The Editorial Board has the right to reject papers in case of the inability or unwillingness of the author to take into account reviewers` recommendations and comments. At the request of the reviewer, the Editorial Board may submit the paper to another reviewer with mandatory adherence to the principles of double-blind review.

The final decision on the manuscript rests with the editor (or, on his behalf - a member of the Editorial Board), and if necessary is made at a meeting of all Editorial Board Members. After the acceptance decision is made, the executive secretary notifies the author and specifies the expected date of publication.

The final decision on the list of published papers is registered in the minutes of the meeting of the Academic Council of the Ivan Ziaziun Institute of Pedagogical and Adult Education of the NAES of Ukraine, which is noted on the second page of the UNESCO Chair Journal cover.

The paper approved for publication is submitted to the layout editor. Minor stylistics or formal corrections that do not affect the content of the paper are made by the layout editor without the consent of the author. If necessary or at the request of the author, manuscripts in the form of a paper layout are sent to the author for approval.

The responsibility for copyright infringement, the reliability of the facts and data, the validity of the conclusions and recommendations rests with the author.