The article analyzes the current crisis of Ukrainian scientific periodicals and the role of scientific journal as a means of self-organization and communication in the scientific community. Purely bureaucratic state regulation of scientific activity led to a degradation of science and scientific periodicals in Ukraine. A good expression of that situation is the practice of so-called "professional periodicals". The result of this practice is a huge number of periodicals that are officially recognized by the state and have, despite this, a null scientific level. However, this practice contributed to corruption in the field of academic research and replaces the real investigations with poor quality simulations. Consequently, the existing system of scientific periodicals in Ukraine should be abolished as being completely discredited. The authors propose a list of principles to build a new system of scientific periodicals in Ukraine. Chief among them are the principles of (1) rejection of a purely formal assessments of scientific results and (2) the replacement of bureaucratic regulation of scientific journals to standards recognized in the international science. The authors also describe the features of the application of international standards in Ukrainian scientific periodicals, especially the emphasis on publication ethics and on the independent peer-review procedure. The article also substantiates the role of a humanities journal as an organ of the scientific community and a platform for discussing the major challenges facing society.