About the Journal

Focus and Scope

East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies is a scholarly, peer-reviewed, online periodical, publishing original research articles, reviews and review articles.

EWJUS encourages submission in English of previously unpublished work by academics, graduate students, and policymakers. The journal welcomes thematic issues by guest editors and original scholarship presented at conferences; it is open to sponsoring online forums for scholarly debates and exchanges. The journal accepts research that incorporates web technologies and multimedia (e.g., audio and visual materials). The focus and themes of the journal include, but are not limited, to the following: Ukraine and its neighbors; Ukrainian humanities and social sciences in a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective; the Early Modern, Modern, and Contemporary periods; cultural geography and geopolitics; empires, regions, borders and borderlands; dominant and subordinate cultures; collective identities, gender, multiculturalism, nationalism; and the sociocultural foundations of modernization.


Peer Review Process

Peer Review Process: Overview

EWJUS accepts for review previously unpublished manuscripts, written in English, that are not under consideration by another journal.

(Note: Authors may submit articles in other languages but only for purposes of initial evaluation and feedback. If an article is deemed suitable by the editor, the author will be required to submit the manuscript in English for the formal peer review process).

The editor and/or the editorial board are the initial reviewers of articles; they make a preliminary judgment about the appropriateness of the article for the journal, the quality and clarity of the text and check for adherence to the journal’s stylistic, bibliographic and formatting criteria (see Submissions). Submissions that do not meet these basic standards will be rejected.

Articles that pass the initial screening undergo a double blind review process by outside reviewers selected by the editor and/or the editorial board. Referees are scholars with known reputations and expertise in the same field as the submitting author. They are invited to review the article by being sent the title and abstract; on agreeing, they receive access to the full text with the author’s name removed.

Referees write an assessment, recommending acceptance or not. An article must receive at least two positive reviews to be published. In some cases, e.g., if the assessment is vague or noncommittal, the opinion of another referee will be sought.

Authors receive copies of all the anonymous written appraisals and are required to address any deficiencies. Manuscripts that show promise but are not ready for publication are returned to the author for further work and are then subject to a second review.

Normally, peer reviews take between 4 and 6 months, depending on the availability of appropriate referees.

Publication Frequency

EWJUS is published twice a year, but individual articles and reviews may appear as soon as they are ready.

Open Access Policy

EWJUS is an Open Access Journal.

Writing and Submitting Book Reviews

We welcome expressions of interest to review for EWJUS.

Browse the books currently available by clicking on BOOKS FOR REVIEW on the main menu bar.

Please view our Guidelines for Writing and Submitting Book Reviews and Tips for Writing a Good Review.

Journal History

East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies replaces two venerable publications: Skhid/Zakhid, issued by the Kowalsky Eastern Ukrainian Institute in Kharkiv since 1998; and the Journal of Ukrainian Studies, published by CIUS since 1976.