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Author Guidelines (in English)

Types of Submission

The Current Issues of Mass Communication publishes the following types of submission: 1) full-length original articles, which has not been published previously; 2) reviews of books not more than two years old.

Requirements for Article

The articles may be submitted in English or Ukrainian languages.

The full-length article, including abstract, appendices and references, should be not less than 25,000 characters, and should not exceed 50,000 characters. Book reviews should be about 5,000 – 10,000 characters.

Title page of the article should include the following information:

Full name of the author; author’s affiliation (Institution, position, academic degree, e-mail);

Title of the article;

Abstract (about 2,000 characters, 250 words; the abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results, and major conclusions);

4-5 Keywords.

Structure of Articles

The article should be divided into clearly defined sections:

Introduction (about 3,000 characters; the objectives of the work and literature survey).

Methods (explain which methods and what for were used).

Results (write about the main results of the study).

Discussion (write how the results of the study are interpreted, what they mean; whether the initial hypotheses have been confirmed or rejected; what contribution the study makes to existing theories, about 2,000 characters).


Tables and Appendices (should have titles and numbers; notes to the tables should be put just below the tables).


References must be submitted in alphabetical order in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition1.

Quotations in the text

Every reference mentioned and quoted in the text should be present in the Reference list and vice versa.

Quotations in the text should be followed by in brackets the surname of the author(s), year of the publication, after the comma «p.» and a page numbers should be written. If the author refers to several different sources at once, then their numbers should be separated with the semicolon.


(Johnston, 2009, p. 35; Smith, 2007, p. 44).

Reference list

References must be listed at the end of the manuscript in alphabetical order. Full details of the source are required.

References should be made in APA, 6th Edition Style1. Hereinafter You can find the examples of how to use this referencing style.

Reference to the article in Printed Journal

The basic structure of the reference should be as follows:

Author, A.A. (2013). Title of article. Title of Journal, 10(2), 49-53. doi: xxxxxxxxx

Author, A.A., Author, B.B., & Author, C.C. (2014). Title of article. Title of Journal, 11(3), 85-94. doi: xxxxxxxxx


Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J.A.J., & Lupton, R.A. (2010). The art of writing a scientific article. Journal of Scientific Communications, 163, 51–59.

Reference to the article in Electronic Journal


Gilmore, J. (2014). Translating American exceptionalism: Comparing presidential discourse about the United States at home and abroad. International Journal of Communication, 8. Retrieved from

Reference to the Book

The basic structure of the reference should be as follows:

Author, A.A., Author, B.B., & Author, C.C. (2014). Title of book. City of publication, Country of publication: Publisher.


Bryant, J., Thompson, S., & Finklea, B.W. (2013). Fundamentals of media effects (2nd edition). Long Grove, IL, USA: Waveland Press Inc.

Reference to the Edited Book

The basic structure of the reference should be as follows:

Editor, E.E. (Ed.) (2014). Title of book. City of publication: Publisher.


Perepelytsia, H.M. (Ed.) (2014). Foreign policy of Ukraine – 2013: Strategic assessments, forecasts and priorities. Kyiv, Ukraine: Stylos.

Reference to the Chapter in Edited Book

The basic structure of the reference should be as the following:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (2014). Title of chapter or entry. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. xxx–xxx). Location: Publisher.


Mettam, G.R., & Adams, L.B. (2009). How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In B. Jones, & R. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the electronic age (pp. 281–304). New York: E-Publishing Inc.

Reference to the Dissertation or the Abstract of Dissertation


Yakhno, O.M. (2006). Ukraine in Contemporary Geopolitical Space (Political and Media Aspects), PhD diss. (polit. sci.), Institute of Journalism, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, 189 p.

Yakhno, O.M. (2006). Ukraine in Contemporary Geopolitical Space (Political and Media Aspects), Abstract of the PhD diss. (polit. sci.), Institute of Journalism, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, 20 p.

Reference to the Conference Paper

The basic structure of the reference should be as follows:

Contributor, A. A., Contributor, B. B., Contributor, C. C., & Contributor, D. D. (Year, Month). Title of contribution. In E. E. Chairperson (Chair), Title of symposium or conference. Symposium conducted at the meeting of Organization Name, Location.



Khylko, M.M. (2014, April). Modern social and communication technologies: international experience and Ukrainian prospects. In V.V. Rizun (Chair), Proceedings of the all-Ukrainian scientific conference “Criteria of diagnostic and methods of estimation of the media impact”. Institute of Journalism, Kyiv, Ukraine, pp. 89-91.

 Reference to the Article in Online Resource (Website)

The basic structure of the reference should be as follows:

Author, A.A. (2014, January 22). Title of article. Retrieved at: url


Seddon, M. (2014, June 2). Documents show how Russia’s troll army hit America. Retrieved from

Reference to blog-posts and other internet-content

The basic structure of the reference should be as follows:

Author, A.A. (2014, January 22). Title of article [Web log post]. Retrieved from url.


Myers, P.Z. (2007, January 22). The unfortunate prerequisites and consequences of partitioning your mind [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Reference to the Anonymous Article in Online Resource (Website)

The basic structure of the reference should be as follows:

Title of article. (2014, January 22). Title of Edition. Retrieved from url.


Ukraine profile (2014, December). BBC News. Retrieved from

Ex-national security adviser ‘lied’ on security clearance. (2017, May 23). BBC News. Retrieved from (


Reference to the Document issued by the Corporate Author (e.g. Laws, Resolutions etc.)

The basic structure of the reference should be as follows:

Organization name (2014). Title of document. City of publication: Publisher. Retrieved from url


Council of the European Union (2014, October 20). Council conclusions on Ukraine. Luxembourg. Retrieved from

ATTENTION: To the manuscripts performed by authors who do not have a scientific degree, it is necessary to supplement a cover letter of the PhD or Doctor of Sciences with the indication of name and surname, scientific degree, position, working affiliation and signature of the reviewer. The scanned review must be submitted as a .jpg file in addition to the manuscript.


Peer review policy

In «Current Issues of Mass Communication» we use double-blind peer review. All the manuscripts are peer reviewed by two independent experts, appointed by the Editorial Board from a number of the well-known experts in the relevant research field. The final decision to publish or to reject the paper is made by the Editor-in-Chief, who is guided in his actions by the conclusions of the experts. When submitting the article, the author can request to exclude at most two scholars or two universities/institutes from the list of possible experts.

Peer review procedure may take up to 8 weeks, depending on the workload of experts and on the complexity of the topic. The Editorial Board informs the author of the reviewers’ comments and of the decision to accept or to reject the article.

If the decision is positive, the author makes the appropriate corrections and sends to the Editorial Board the final version of the article. This amended version is signed by the author and by the experts to print, and no further changes are allowed. While approving the content of the issue, the Editorial Board takes into account the date of receipt of the final version of the paper.

Scientists, who want to take part in the peer review procedure for our journal, should have a scholarly expertise: PhD or D.Sci. in the relevant research field, the appropriate experience, and high reputation in the academic world. Please send Your CV to the Editorial Board at

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The Journal is guided by ethical standards, recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics. We recommend to read the relevant rules at the COPE official website:

We also recommend to get acquainted with the Publishing Ethics Resource Kit, recommended by the «Elsevier»:

We also recommend to read the «Elsevier» recommendations on how to avoid the violations of the Publication Ethics while preparing the academic publication:

The authors are responsible for the originality of submitted manuscripts, which must not contain plagiarism and must not be previously published in other journals. All manuscripts are checked for plagiarism upon receipt in the journal. Along with the article manuscripts, the authors send a cover letter in which (1) they clearly indicate their consent to the publication of their article in our journal and electronic resources, (2) they confirm that the article had not been previously sent to other journals.
The editors of the
CIMC guarantee that each manuscript we consider impartially, regardless of the author’s gender, race, nationality, religion, citizenship, etc.

Submission of the manuscript to the edition of
Current Issues of Mass Communication involves the consent of the author / authors to the publication of the material in printed and electronic versions of the Journal and to the transfer to the Journal the respective copyright. The author(s) guarantees that the submitted manuscript does not infringe copyright or other rights of any party, and that the article has not been previously published and is not submitted simultaneously to any other journal.
After the manuscript is approved for publication by the
Editor-in-Chief, the article is transferred to the organization that will print the Journal. To this end, each author or co-author of the approved article signs an agreement with a printing organization and pays for these services within $25. This money is used both to print the Journal and to support the Journal’s website. Please note that this payment does not affect the Editor-in-Chief’s decision to accept or reject the article for publication, as it is presented to the authors only after (and in case) the decision on approval for publication was made.

Authors are welcome to submit their articles electronically by sending manuscripts at We are looking forward to receiving Your studies and will be glad to publish them in our Journal!



1 American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.