ISSN 2307-9878 (Print)
ISSN 2518-1181 (Online)

Instructions for Authors

Please,

  1. read the Aims & Scope to gain an overview and assess if your manuscript is suitable for this journal;
  2. make sure that issues about publication ethics, plagiarism, copyright, authorship have been appropriately considered;
  3. ensure that all authors have approved the content of the submitted manuscript;
  4. read the following instructions before submitting a manuscript to assure timely handling and review of their material.

Submission process

A&F Journal accepts submissions of original research articles, case studies, review articles in English, Ukrainian, Russian, Polish and German language. Manuscripts submitted to A&F Journal should neither been published before nor be under consideration for publication in another journal.

The submitting author, who is generally the corresponding author, is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer-review process. The submitting author must ensure that all co-authors have read and approved the submitted version of the manuscript. 

To submit your manuscript, please create an author account by filling a web-based submission form. Moreover, manuscript can be submitted to the editor at magazine@faaf.org.ua (subject title: A&F Submission). Submission is completed upon receiving the electronic message that acknowledges the receipt of the manuscript. This electronic message also indicates the manuscript number assigned. This number will be used in all future correspondence for identification of the article. If you fail to receive this confirmation mail within 72 hours, please contact editor.

For publication of the article you have to send the following files:

1) The signed Agreement of the author (2 or 3 co-authors) that this is truly their (joint) work which they all agree to publish in A&F Journal, it has not been submitted anywhere else and is not under consideration by any other editorial office and/or conference committee (Download Author's Agreement);

2) The photo of the author, passport or visa size. If the article jointly prepared by several authors, you must send a photo of each of them;

3) The article file for the submission should include the full title page, structured abstract, text, tables, figures and references. Form and content of the text file should be carefully checked to exclude the need for later corrections.

After submission Editor informs an author about the expected volume and issue of the journal where the article could be published. This lets the authors feel comfortable regarding the reporting to their universities and plan their research activity effectively. We do it within three days after the article submission.

Reviewing process

Initial Check

All submitted manuscripts received by the Editorial Office will be checked by the Editor to determine whether they are properly prepared and whether they follow the ethical policies of the journal. Manuscripts that do not fit the journal's ethics policy or do not meet the standards of the journal will be rejected before peer-review. Manuscripts that are not properly prepared will be returned to the authors for revision and resubmission. 

Peer-Review

Once a manuscript passes the initial check, it will be assigned to independent experts for peer-review. All submitted manuscripts evaluated by referees, who are members of the Editorial Board of the journal. Among them there are referees from Ukraine, Germany, Russia, Poland. In the case if the decision about one manuscript could not be made upon two required reports of referees from Editorial Board, outside referees (Editorial Advisors) could be involved in the evaluation.

Potential reviewers suggested by the authors may also be considered. Reviewers should not have published with any of the co-authors during the past five years and should not currently work or collaborate with any of the institutions of the co-authors of the submitted manuscript.

The reviewers' recommendations determine whether an articles will be accepted as it is, without any alteration / accepted with minor revision / rejected, but encouraged to re-write and re-submit / rejected without further consideration. 

The process of reviewing lasts no longer than 30 days. A&F Journal uses the Double blind review model. In this type of peer review the reviewers don't know the identity of authors, and vice versa.

Editorial Decision and Revision

All the articles published in A&F Journal go through the peer-review process and receive two reviews. The editorial decision will be one of the following:

a. Accept after Minor Revisions: 

The article is in principle accepted after revision based on the reviewer’s comments. Authors are given five days for minor revisions.

b. Reconsider after Major Revisions: 

The acceptance of the manuscript would depend on the revisions. The author needs to provide a point by point response or provide a rebuttal if some of the reviewer’s comments cannot be revised. Usually, only one round of major revisions is allowed. Authors will be asked to resubmit the revised article within a suitable time frame, and the revised version will be returned to the reviewer for further comments.

c. Reject and Encourage Resubmission: 

If additional experiments are needed to support the conclusions, the manuscript will be rejected and the authors will be encouraged to re-submit the article once further experiments have been conducted.

d. Reject: 

The article has serious flaws, and/or makes no original significant contribution. No offer of resubmission to the journal is provided.

All reviewer comments should be responded to in a point-by-point fashion. Where the authors disagree with a reviewer, they must provide a clear response.

Author Appeals

Authors may appeal a rejection by sending an e-mail to the Editorial Office of the journal. The appeal must provide a detailed justification, including point-by-point responses to the reviewers' and/or Editor's comments. The Executive Editor of the journal will forward the manuscript and related information (including the identities of the referees) to the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief being consulted will be asked to give an advisory recommendation on the manuscript and may recommend acceptance, further peer-review, or uphold the original rejection decision. A reject decision at this stage is final and cannot be reversed.

Manuscript Preparation (MS Word Version)

Authors are required to ensure that their submitted manuscripts are in full compliance with the journal’s format guidelines as outlined below. 

A&F Journal has no restrictions on the length of manuscripts, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive. Full experimental details must be provided so that the results can be reproduced. 

All manuscripts should be submitted in DOC or DOCX format (paper size - A4). Margins should be 25 mm on the top, bottom, and sides. Please use 14-point Times New Roman or similar font with line-spacing - one-and-a-half. Please don't number the pages of the document.

On the title page of the manuscript you write down: JEL Code; your full name and full name of the institution/organization you represent; the title of the article, abstract and keywords.

The abstract (no less than 1800 printing characters, gaps including) should reflect the conceptual content of the article. In the abstract the author should give a brief overview of research importance, describe the subject matter and the aim of research, its methodology as well as highlight the most significant results of research. The abstract should be followed by a list of 5-6 keywords or short phrases which will assist in the cross-indexing of the article. The abstracts and keywords in Russian or Ukrainian (not machine translations) would be a plus.

Full text of the article should be divided into sections at the convenience of the author, but should include an Introduction and a Conclusion. 

Sections can be the following: 1) determination of the problem and its relation to key scientific and practical tasks; 2) review of recent research and publications in which a solution of this problem was started; 3) formulation purposes of the article; 4) presentation of the research material, including methodology description and key results of the research; 5) conclusions and further studies prospects.

All tables must be titled and numbered. Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data).

All figures and graphs must be titled and numbered, having high resolution and high quality. Adding a figure to your article, please, keep in mind that the journal is black-and-white, so all the figures submitted in colour will be different shades of grey only.

All figures and tables should be printed inside the article main body.

Use only standard abbreviations; use of nonstandard abbreviations can be confusing to readers. Avoid abbreviations in the title of the manuscript. The spelled-out abbreviation followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis should be used on first mention unless the abbreviation is a standard unit of measurement. 

References in the text are made as follows: (Myers, 2000), the former being the name of the author, the latter - edition year. The reference list, alphabetically, should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published. In addition to referencing the work of other scholars, you should be certain to cite your own work when applicable.

We encourage you to use bibliographic software when preparing your reference list. If you are using such software, please select APA StyleFor more information on APA Style, see the next link.

Please note: While the APA manual provides many examples of how to cite common types of sources, it does not provide rules on how to cite all types of sources. Therefore, if you have a source that APA does not include, APA suggests that you find the example that is most similar to your source and use that format.

Acknowledgements should be as brief as possible. Any grant that requires acknowledgement should be mentioned. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

The author contact information (your full name, degree and academic title, full title of your position and full name of the institution/organization you represent, contact phone and e-mail) should be submitted as an individual file.

If you have any questions, contact the Editorial Office or call +38-044-259-01-25.

Thank you for your interest in publishing with A&F Journal!