Information For Authors

Russian Psychological Journal

Information for RPJ authors

Dear authors,

Do you want to send material for publication in the journal? First of all, carefully read this section "for authors". Authors need to register in the journal before submitting materials, or if you are already registered, you can simply log in with your account and start the submission process, which consists of five steps.

For questions on the publication, please contact the Managing Editor Mariya V. Bunyaeva via the following e-mail address:

For questions about the work of the electronic editorial board and other technical questions, please contact the technical editor of the journal Evgeny A. Pronenko at

Russian Psychological Journal does not have article submission charges, but in order to reimburse the costs of the journal, the authors pay a article-processing charge (APC).

Dear authors, article-processing charge (APC) is: 330 rubles for 1000 characters (with spaces) of publication materials; 150 rubles for the assignment of DOI.

Before submitting an article to the journal, please read the journal's policies, in particular:

Publication ethics

Review process and stages of work with the article

Duties and responsibilities of authors


Guidelines for authors (version 09.2019)

The original theoretical and experimental works on various branches of psychology and pedagogy, and reviews of native and foreign research can be published in the Journal.

We check all the submitted manuscripts using the Antiplagiat system, and verify the formal correctness of the material (abstract, keywords, references, etc.). We use double-blind reviewing.

The article sent to the author to complete and being not returned to the appointed date is excluded from the editorship’s stock of orders.

  1. All manuscripts must be submitted in an electronic format (Microsoft Word, font size – 14, line spacing – 1.5 lines, printable field of 2.0 cm.). Papers must be between 10 and 20 pages, including references. Prepare the manuscript in Times New Roman font.
  2. A Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) code should be indicated before the title of the manuscript (available at:
  3. The title of the manuscript should clearly reflect the content of the paper. Make your title 10 to 12 words (or fewer) in length. Try to avoid abbreviations.
  4. The following author information is required for submission (in a separate file):

1) surname, first name, patronymic;

2) academic degree, academic rank (if any), and position;

3) affiliation (the full official name of the university, according to its statute);

4) address (postal code, city, country);

5) telephone number with area code;

6) e-mail;

7) mobile phone number (for the corresponding author);

8) mailing address with the postal code (for the author making payment and receiving a copy of the journal issue, including his/her surname, first name, patronymic);

9) ORCID number.

If you do not have an ORCID ID, download detailed instructions for registering with the ORCID Registry (in Russian).

  1. Abstract

5.1. The abstract should be limited to 200-250 words.

5.2. Please note that the abstract must reflect the content of the paper and the main contribution of the authors.

5.3. The abstract should contain all of the major sections of the text (see an example on the journal website

5.4. No copied fragments of the text, references, abbreviations, and acronyms are permitted in abstracts (unless the abstract explains them). The abstract should be informative.

5.5. The abstract should reflect the novelty and originality of the paper content.

  1. Keywords

6.1. Please provide 10 keywords that reflect the scientific content of your manuscript. Each keyword should consist of no more than two words.

6.2. No quotes and abbreviations are permitted in keywords.

6.3. The text of the paper should contain all the keywords generalizing its main content.

  1. The Highlights section includes the main results and conclusions of the article. Please make a bulleted list of 3–5 sentences. The Highlights should be limited to 85 words.
  2. The text of the article

8.1. The article text follows the IMRaD format. The text of experimental articles may be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. The Conclusions section may be separate from the Discussion section.

8.2. The text of observational articles may include the Theoretical Basis section instead of Methods. The main sections of the article may include subsections. Use Bold Italic for the titles of subsections.

  1. Please use figures, tables, schemes, diagrams, and/or photos to present your data. Submit your figures also in a separate file.

9.1. Use APA style when making tables (see Guidelines for preparing manuscripts using APA style). Note that there are no internal row and column boundaries in the table construction sample. The table references: (Table 1).

9.2. Use APA style when making figure captions (in italic, e. g. Figure 1). Do not use italics when providing titles for figures. The title should reflect the essence of the illustration presented in the manuscript. The figure references should provide abbreviations, for example: (Fig. 1).

  1. Citing

10.1. Use American Psychological Association (APA) citation style. Use parenthetical in-text citations as follows: (Ivanov, 2015; Smith, 2019) (see Guidelines for preparing manuscripts using APA style).

10.2. Use quotation marks when citing information. In this case, the in-text reference should include the pages: e.g. (Smith, 2015, pp. 74–75).

10.3. All the sources should be accessible.

10.4. Please note that it is generally undesirable to refer to popular, educational, and local sources: newspapers, unpublished materials, learning materials, textbooks, and short abstracts of conferences. Do not refer to authors’ abstracts of theses. It is better to refer to the dissertation itself or the sources in its reference list. Citing secondary sources is also undesirable.

10.5. Experimental articles may contain 30-60 citations. The number of citations in observational articles may exceed 100.

  1. Reference list

11.1. All the in-text citations should link to the full reference that is found in your reference list at the end of the article. The full reference should include all authors’ names and initials, date of publication, title of article, title of publication, publisher, volume and issue number (of a journal), page numbers, doi, URL, and the access date. Please use APA style for an unnumbered list of sources (sources of literature should be in alphabetical order). Every work in the end-text reference list should have a corresponding in-text citation.

11.2. Please provide a Digital Object Identifier (doi) if any.

11.3. The article should contain more than 30 references. Make sure that at least 20 percent of your sources are foreign works. Self-citation should also be less than 20 percent of all the sources. It is desirable to refer to the most recent literature (not older than 5 years), with the exception of the papers on the history of science containing references to archival materials. Avoid arbitrary abbreviation of titles in the sources.

  1. Translation of the article (for articles in Russian)

12.1. Please submit all of your materials in Russian. Our scientific translator will translate and edit your manuscript. 

12.2. When using specific terminology, please provide its translation (in a separate file).

12.3. Please note that our translator uses the BSI transliteration system for the romanization of the names written in Cyrillic letters (available at: If authors have already profiles in the international scientometric databases, please provide the correct spelling of the names (in the file with author information).


For more information on preparing manuscripts for consideration for publication in Russian Psychological Journal, please read

Kirillova O.V. Guidelines for preparing scientific papers for the journals indexed in international scientometric databases. Moscow, 2017. 144 p. (in Russian).

Kirillova O.V. Brief guidance for preparing scientific papers for the journals indexed in international scientometric databases. Moscow, 2017. 11 p. (in Russian).


Peer Review Policy:

All research articles published in Russian Psychological Journal undergo a rigorous peer review.

Each submitted manuscript is evaluated on the following basis:

  • the originality of its contribution to the field of scholarly publishing;
  • the soundness of its theory and methodology given the topic;
  • the coherence of its analysis;
  • its ability to communicate to readers (grammar and style).

Peer review

The submitted papers are subject to a peer review process. The purpose of peer review is to assists the Еditor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author it may also assist the author in improving the paper.

A manuscript goes through the peer review process - Double-blind peer-review. Double-blind peer review mean that reviewers are unaware of the identity of the authors, and authors are also unaware of the identity of reviewers. The author must be notified of the receipt of the article by the editorial board of the journal within a period not later than seven days. The articles are reviewed for a period of 14 days.

The choice of reviewers is at the editors\ discretion. The reviewers must be knowledgeable about the subject area of the manuscript; they must not be from the authors\ own institution and they should not have recent joint publications with any of the authors.

Reviewers must not have conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the funding sources for the research. If such conflicts exist, the reviewers must report them to the Editor without delay.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Editor without delay.

Reviews must be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents.

Conflicts of Interest

When submitting your manuscript, please complete and submit the Conflict of Interest Disclosure form.Download the file here.


Example of an Article




The Title


Ivan I. Ivanov1*, Peter P. Petrov2

1 University, city, country

2 Institute, city, country

* Correspondence author. E-mail:

Introduction. The problem of … is an important issue for … The novelty of this research lies in the ...

Methods. The study used the following methods...

Results. We obtained the following results...

Discussion. The findings suggest ...

Conclusion. The next stage of our research will be …