Publication ethics

Russian Psychological Journal adheres to international standards of publishing ethics. The prevention of publication malpractice is one of the most important responsibilities of the editorial board. Russian Psychological Journal strives to base its publication on ethical grounds, in particular reject any form of plagiarism, preserve confidentiality of submitted work, and protect copyrights of published material. Submitted papers should not have been previously published in any language nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere, in whole or in part.

The basic principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) underlie the following ethical responsibilities of the Journal editors, authors, and reviewers (Core practices).

Ethical responsibilities of editors

For more information about the duties and responsibilities of the Journal editors see this section of the site.

Publication decisions

The editor is responsible for deciding which of the papers submitted to the journal should be published. The editor may be guided by the policies of the Journal editorial board, being limited by the current legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors and reviewers.

Fair Play

The editor will evaluate the intellectual content of manuscripts regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, citizenship or political preferences of the authors.


The editor and the editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than authors, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper will not be used by the editor or the members of the editorial board for their own research purposes without the author’s explicit written consent.

Reviewers' responsibilities

For more information about the duties and responsibilities of the Journal reviewers see this section of the site.

Contribution to Editorial Decisions

The peer-reviewing process assists the editor in making editorial decisions and may also serve the author in improving the paper.


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 and excuse himself from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review should be treated as confidential documents. They must not be disclosed to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor. This should be discussed with the author.

Standards of Objectivity

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

Acknowledgment of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published works that have not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, conclusion or argument has already been reported should be accompanied by a reference. Reviewers should draw the editor’s attention to the detection of a significant similarity or coincidence between the manuscript under consideration and any other published work of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Confidential information or ideas obtained through peer review should be kept confidential and not used for personal purposes. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions associated with the papers.

Authors' responsibilities

For more information about the duties and responsibilities of the Journal authors see can be found here.

Reporting Standards

Authors of original research reports should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data Access

Authors could be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the paper for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable. In any event, authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals for a reasonable amount of time after publication.

Originality & Plagiarism

Authors must submit only entirely original works, and should appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

Papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal. Submitting the same paper to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Those who participated in some significant aspects of the research project should be listed as project participants. The corresponding author will also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should include a statement disclosing any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that may be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental Errors in Published Works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and to cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

Author of work

The author of the article should be the person who made the greatest contribution to the creation of the work. All who contributed to the creation of the work should be listed in the article and as co-authors. If there are other co-authors who have participated in the preparation of the work to be listed as partners.

Changes in Authorship

Changing the confidentiality of authorship refers to the addition, deletion or redistribution of author names in the accepted version of the article. Changes in the data on authors or co-authors are not possible after acceptance and publication in the online version.

If you need to make changes to the information about the authors, you must specify the following:

  1. Reason for adding or removing an author.
  2. Written confirmation (send scanned email), in which all authors agree that the notified transaction is a named person, is added to or removed from the list of authors.
  3. The editor will notify the author you want to add or remove from the list and ask for his consent.

Claims not submitted by the corresponding author will not be considered.

Originality and Plagiarism

Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. The editors check each paper for plagiarism and notify authors if its content is plagiarized.

Russian Psychological Journal uses the Antplagiat software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts ( This service helps to detect borrowed passages in different types of texts. The editors verify all materials submitted for publication for uniqueness. The acceptable percentage level of uniqueness is 80%. If the percentage of uniqueness in a research paper is lower the required rate, its authors will be recommended to reduce the percentage of plagiarised content. The editors reserve the right to reject an article if the percentage of its uniqueness is below 80%.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

At the end of the manuscript, all authors should disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest, including any financial (direct or indirect), personal or other relationships with other people or organizations.


By signing a Contract with Russian Psychological Journal, the author grants the publisher the following rights to the manuscript, including any additional materials, parts, extracts, or elements: (a) to reproduce and distribute the manuscript in print and electronic formats; (b) to publish and reprint the manuscript; (c) to translate the manuscript into other languages; (d) to reproduce and distribute the manuscript electronically or optically on any media, especially machine-readable / digital media, such as hard disks, CD, DVD, and Blu-ray discs (BD), mini-discs, and tape data; (e) to keep the manuscript in databases, including online databases, and the right to transmit the manuscript in all technical systems and modes; (f) to make the manuscript available to the public or private groups of users upon individual request, for use on monitors or other reading devices (including e-books), as well as in a print format, on the Internet, other online services, or via internal or external networks.

Articles published in the journal are open access articles distributed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

The corresponding author agrees to inform his/her co-authors of any of the above conditions.