Editorial policy

The editorial policy of the Ukrainian-Polish scientific electronic journal «The Modern Higher Education Review» aimed at ethical norms accepted by the international scientific community.

Editorial Board activity in this direction is based on the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics, valuable experience in reputable international journals and publishing houses as well as current legislation of Ukraine.

The Editorial Board is guided by the REGULATIONS on the academic integrity of academic, pedagogical and research staff and higher education learners of Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University.

All authors must not submit materials which contain offensive statements, national, religious, racial and other types of discrimination or can cause ethnic and racial enmity, violate international law and legislation;

The Journal allows the authors to retain publishing rights and to hold the copyright without restriction.

All relationships with publishing ethics issues that arise between authors and the editorial board and are not regulated by this document generally can be regulated by international standards of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics).


Members of Editorial Board:

  • adhere to the ethical aspects of the work of editors and members of the Editorial Board in accordance with the Code of editorial ethics (https://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors_Mar11.pdf) and best practices of editorial work COPE;
  • encourages and supports scientific integrity, adheres to editorial independence, accords priority to discussion and dispute;
  • ensures timely careful selection and independent reviewof materials proposed for publication;
  • are responsible for organizing the acceptance of the article for publishing, appointing a reviewer, notifying the author of approval for publishing, rejection or return for revision;
  • have to send the results of reviewing, comments and recommendations to the author(s) in a period no more than 3 weeks; documentation associated with reviewing process should be retained;
  • must ensure that submitted articles are processed in a confidential manner; editors should not disclose the names and other details of the authors and/or reviewers to a third party without their permission;
  • gives no information related to maintenance of manuscript on consideration to other persons except persons which participate in reviewing process. After positive decision of the Editorial Board the article is published in the journal and placed on its webpage; after which the paper is submitted to the corresponding electronic resources of Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine and placed on the websites of international scientifically-metrical bases;
  • should investigate all authors and/or reviewers’ complaints;
  • may reject submitted articles if they consider the articles to be inappropriate for the journal and outside its sections;
  • have the right to make the final decision on whether to accept or reject article depending on its originality, novelty, clarity and conformity to journal’s requirements


  • provide an accurate description of the research, objectively highlight its scientific novelty and practical significance;
  • are responsible for the views, opinions, results and conclusions of the articles published in the journal;
  • have responsibility for the accuracy of the information in the articles, accuracy of names and quotes;
  • confirm that submitted article was not published (in whole or in part). If the material has been previously published, the author must provide the wording of bibliographic references about previous publications and relevance of publications to justify a new version, explaining the nature of additions and changes made to the latest version of the article;
  • must report any potential conflict of interests and guarantee absence of contract relations or ownership rights which the publication of results contained in a manuscript could influence (https://publicationethics.org/files/Recognise_Potential_Authorship_Problems.pdf)


  • adhere to the ethical aspects of the work of reviewers in accordance with the norms established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (https://publicationethics.org/files/Ethical_guidelines_for_peer_reviewers_0.pdf);
  • have to evaluate all manuscripts according to set criteria. All articles have to be reviewed in a period no more than 2 weeks. In other way reviewers should inform the editor if this is not possible; 
  • evaluate the manuscript regardless of ethnic, gender, religious or political affiliation of the authors;
  • ensure the confidentiality of all materials related to the publication;
  • it is forbidden to disclose information from the article or use any part of unpublished materials in own research;
  • have to inform the Editorial Board about the manuscripts with plagiarism, fabricated data and biased citation. But any allegation of plagiarism should be accompanied by adequate and reasonable proofs.
  • have to take into account a possibility of conflict of interests in the case when a manuscript is closely related to their current or published work or in case of professional or personal relations of the reviewer with the author, which may influence the reviewer’s judgment. If there is a conflict, a reviewers have to return the manuscript without a review, reporting the Editorial Board about the conflict of interests.


Mechanism for eliminating violations of publication ethics and unfair:

If publication ethics is breached by the members of Editorial Board, authors or reviewers, a mandatory investigation is required. Editorial Board must act in accordance with the norms established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and in accordance with the specifics of the detected violations. The decision of the Editorial Board must be impartial, objective and independent of third parties. In order for us to take an unbiased approach, Editorial Board investigate each case thoroughly, seeking clarification from all affected parties.


Types of publication ethics violations:

  • violation of the norms of universal morality, hate speech, humiliation of the dignity of other persons, institutions, organizations, discrimination based on age, race, social, national, gender, religious, territorial, professional, political criteria in the text of the publication;
  • undisclosed conflict of interest;
  • re-publication (duplicate publication);
  • plagiarism;
  • lack of reference to the source, or other copyright violations;
  • falsified data, indicating fictitious co-authors, publishing under a false name;
  • assignment of an author's scientific idea or data by a reviewer, editor, etc.

If reviewers or members of the editorial board find such violations, they must act in accordance with the algorithm proposed Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE):

  • request an explanation from author, reviewer or member of Editorial Board about publication ethics violation;
  • in case of satisfactory explanation to continue publication process;
  • in case of unsatisfactory explanations, the article or review with publication ethics violations is rejected;
  • all decisions on violation of publishing ethics are made at the meeting of the Editorial Board with mandatory open voting and recording of the decision in the protocol of the meeting of the Editorial Board.