Author Guidelines

General regulations

Principles of reviewing

Authors’ responsibility

Requirements for manuscripts

Procedure for submitting materials

Editorial process

Regulations on copyrights

Regulations on confidentiality

 

GENERAL REGULATIONS

The journal publishes scholarly articles in Theology, Canon Law, Church History, Religious Studies, and also related scholarly fields such as Culture Studies, Philosophy, Philology, Archeology, Social Sciences, etc.

The editorial board considers only original scholarly texts which have not been published anywhere previously and are not being considered by the editorial boards of other publications.

The journal does not publish multiple or duplicate articles, the materials of which essentially duplicate or re-iterate the author’s previously published articles.

In exceptional, individual instances, the editorial board can decide to publish a Ukrainian-language translation of texts published outside Ukraine in other languages if they will acquaint the reader with new aspects of theological research and have high scholarly value.

The articles of doctors and young scholars (undergraduates and graduate students) and also other persons with a higher education who are involved in scholarly research are accepted for publication. The editorial board has the right to review, edit, shorten, and reject articles.

Students and researchers who do not have an academic degree are to submit materials for publication together with the comments of an academic director or other person who has an academic degree and is an expert in the field of research.

Articles are published in the author’s version but the editorial board has the right to introduce editorial changes to the author’s original, not thereby changing the content of the article.

The journal does not accept payment for publishing authors’ texts. The publication of the journal is financed by the Ukrainian Catholic University.

Materials for publication should be sent to the e-mail of the journal’s editors ([email protected]).

 

PRINCIPLES OF REVIEWING

The articles to be included in a given issue are chosen according to the principles of blind peer-review and all texts are checked with the licensed anti-plagiarism system “Unicheck”.

The approximate term of reviewing is 30 to 40 days from the moment the article has been submitted for review.

On the basis of the reviews received, the editorial board either accepts the article for publication in the journal, returns it to the author for revision, or rejects the article.

If the reviewers disagree in their assessments, the editorial board has the right to send the manuscript to other reviewers for their review. If after further reviews essential disagreements remain, the editorial board has the right to refuse to publish the author’s text.

Reviews are intended only for internal use.

The author is not informed of who the reviewers are.

If the article is rejected, the journal’s editorial board does not enter into further discussions with the author.

Download: Review Form

 

AUTHOR’S RESPONSIBILITY

  • The author guarantees that the submitted materials are original, have never been published, and are not plagiarism.
  • The author is responsible for receiving the permission of third parties for the use of their material.
  • The author is responsible for the content of the article, the accuracy of facts and other information contained in the article, the correctness of the translation of footnotes and key words, and also for all mistakes in the text.
  • Upon submitting the article, the author should provide the editorial board with information about all previously publications that might be considered multiples or duplicates. Copies of such materials should be provided with the submitted article. If duplicate articles are submitted to the editors without an explanation, this can be grounds for refusing publication.
  • By submitting the manuscript of an article to the editors, the author gives them the right to publish the article in the journal and post the text of the article on the journal’s official website.
  • The author is obligated, if necessary, to correct mistakes in the article or reasonably respond to observations of reviewers and editors of the article.
  • The author receives no financial reward for material published and has no financial obligations to the journal.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR MANUSCRIPTS

General requirements

Themes of articles

The journal “Analecta of the Ukrainian Catholic University. Series: Theology” publishes scholarly articles in Theology, Canon Law and Religious Studies. The journal’s target audience is researchers, theologians, religious studies scholars, church historians, and teachers and students of institutions of theological education and spiritual academies and seminaries.

Type of materials

The journal publishes original scholarly articles that cover various aspects of theological research and also surveys and reviews of current theological publications, translations of the Fathers of the Church and other shorter theological works, conference materials, reports on conferences, reviews, obituaries, etc.

Length

The length of an article should not exceed 40,000 characters with spaces. Exceeding this length may be grounds for refusing to publish an article.

Languages of publication: Ukrainian, English.

 

Technical requirements

  • Optimal length of an article – 20,000-40,000 characters with spaces.
  • The text of a manuscript should be submitted in MS Word.
  • Font – Times New Roman, font size – 12 (text) and 10 (footnotes), single-spaced.
  • Page parameters: top, bottom, left, and right margins – 2 cm.
  • Paragraph indentation – 1.25 cm (automatic paragraphing; paragraph indentation with Tab key or spaces is not allowed).
  • Text is fully justified.
  • Do not use automatic hyphenation.
  • Hyphen (-) and dash (–) must be distinguished.
  • A section of text can be highlighted in italics (underlining is not allowed).
  • The text should correspond to the requirements of the UCU Press on style. (See General instructions of the UCU Press).
  • Footnotes with Arabic numerals throughout must be formatted according to the guidelines of the UCU Press (see General instructions for formulating bibliographic references).
  • References to textbooks, popular scholarly literature, and one’s own publications are not desirable and allowed only in the case of extreme necessity.
  • Secondary references are not allowed (the reference should be to the author in question, not to another author who cites him or her.)
  • Exhaustive bibliographic information about sources and literature used should be given in the bibliography at the end of the article.
  • If ancient languages are used, the use of Unicode fonts is recommended (download the offered fonts: GreekSyriacCopticOld-Slavonic); if the author uses other fonts, he or she should submit with the text of the article these fonts and a copy of the article in pdf format.

 

Requirements on content

 

1. Content of the article

The article should present the results of independent research on a narrow theme and respond to the criteria of scholarly relevancy and originality. It should have an introduction, main section, and conclusions.In the introduction, the author presents an overview of the article’s general problem and shows its connection to important scholarly or practical tasks. The introduction should contain these necessary elements:

  • a presentation of the research problem, its relevancy and originality;
  • a consideration of the status quaestionis (analysis of recent research and publications and the distinguishing of previously unresolved parts of the general problem to which this article is dedicated);
  • formulating a goal and tasks to be achieved in the article and presenting the article’s structure and the methodology of research.

The length of the specified elements of the article should be short, and it is not mandatory that they should be separated into separate paragraphs.

In the main part of the article, the author presents the main material of research, provides the author’s key positions, facts, arguments, and examples which explain and substantiate the results of his or her research.

In the final section of the article, the author makes corresponding conclusions and presents the results of his or her research and prospects for further research in the given area.

 

2. Abstracts and keywords

Short abstracts and keywords should be added in addition to the text. The abstracts should contain:

1) first and last name of the article’s author;

2) title of the article;

3) concise information about the contents, main ideas, and conclusions of the author.

The length of the annotations should not exceed 1000 characters with spaces.

 

3. Graphic materials

Graphic materials can be added to the article – drawings, photographs (provide separate files, each of which should have the name indicated on the list of illustrations), tables, diagrams, etc.

Tables should be in Microsoft Word and placed directly with the text that they illustrate.

Photos and other illustrations are accepted in jpg and tif formats (pdf is allowed as an exception) with a resolution of no less than 600 to 800 pixels.

The editors have the right to print color illustrations in black and white.

The list of illustrations is given after the annotations in the following format: title of the file of the illustration with a caption for it.

 

Formatting requirements 

The following structure should be maintained in formatting articles:

  • title of the article (the title is not capitalized);
  • author’s first and last name;
  • brief information about the author, including his or her academic degree, position, affiliation, membership in professional organizations, and also contact information (telephone, e-mail, mailing address);
  • keywords (up to 10);
  • presentation of the main material and justification of the research results;
  • bibliography (divided into sources and studies)
  • list of abbreviations (if necessary);
  • list of graphic materials with captions (if necessary).

For the convenience of authors, we recommend as samples of formatting to look at examples of articles on the website of our journal in the “Archive” section. 

 

PROCEDURE FOR SUBMITTING MATERIALS

  • Manuscripts must be submitted in the Ukrainian or English language.The text should be carefully edited and checked by the author (submission of material is confirmation that the author’s editing of the text is final).

    For your article (or other text) to be published, it is necessary to e-mail the following materials to the editors of the journal ([email protected]):

    • an article (or other text) in the .doc format for Microsoft Office 2000/XP, formulated according to the editorial requirements in all structural elements (if rare fonts are used in the text, the article should also be given in pdf format with the fonts included as attachments);
    • a scanned electronic copy of the declaration of academic integrity with the author’s personal signature (download: Declaration of Academic Integrity).

    The names of the files should contain the author’s name with appropriate note about the contents of the file: Article (for example, Ivanenko-Article); Review; Translation; Report; Obituary; Declaration (for the Declaration of Academic Integrity), etc.

    Submitted materials which do not meet the requirements will be returned to the author for revision.

 

EDITORIAL PROCESS

Stage 1: The editorial board, upon receiving an electronic version of a manuscript, assesses the text received for its correspondence to the themes of the journal and its maintaining all formal requirements for the formulation of scholarly publications.

Stage 2: After determining that the scholarly text corresponds to the profile of the journal and is appropriately formulated, the editorial board checks the manuscript for the presence/absence of signs of academic plagiarism. If signs of academic plagiarism are found, the editorial board rejects the manuscript, without the right to resubmit. After the absence of signs of academic plagiarism has been determined, the editorial board informs the author that his or her text has been sent to two anonymous reviewers.

Stage 3: The editor-in-chief determines potential reviewers and sends them a request and, upon their agreement, the materials for review. When the manuscript is sent to the reviewers, all information about the author of the text is removed. At the same time, the author of the manuscript is not informed of the persons of the reviewers.

Stage 4: The reviewers have 30-40 days to work on the article and give the editors a review with recommendations: accept, accept with minor/significant revisions, or reject the article.

Stage 5: The editorial board makes a decision about the article. The editor-in-chief (or responsible secretary) informs the author about the editorial board’s decision and, if necessary, sets a deadline for revising the article, minor revisions 7-10 days, major revisions 10-30 days.

Stage 6: On the basis of the articles that the editorial board has accepted for publication, the editor-in-chief prepares the issue, arranges its contents, and presents it to the Academic Board of the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology of the Ukrainian Catholic University, which makes the decision to recommend the issue for publication.

Stage 7: The editor-in-chief submits the materials of the recommended issue to the UCU Publishing Department for pre-publication preparation (which includes literary editing, layout of materials, correcting and technical editing of the draft of the issue) and determines with the head of the publishing department an approximate schedule for carrying out the assignment.

Stage 8: The editor-in-chief reads the laid out and corrected text of the issue and approves it for publication, after which the issue goes to the printing house.

Stage 9: After the issue has been printed, the journal is sent to institutions on the “List of institutions and organizations to which must be sent scholarly publications in which are published the main results of dissertation works.” An electronic copy of the issue is posted on the website of the journal “Analecta of the Ukrainian Catholic University. Series: Theology.” The authors receive one hard copy of the journal after its publication.

 

REGULATIONS ON COPYRIGHTS

The author retains the copyright to the text of the article.

The editorial board retains the copyright to the layout of the article and the entire issue of the journal.

The author is acquainted with the layout version of the article and returns an approved text to the editorial board within three days.

 

REGULATIONS ON CONFIDENTIALITY

The names and e-mails of the users of the website of this journal will be used exclusively to carry out the internal technical tasks of this journal and will not be distributed or passed on to third parties.

Requirements for submission