Moscow University Psychology Bulletin
ISSN 0137-0936 (Print)
ISSN 2309-9852 (Online)
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ISSN 0137-0936 (Print)
ISSN 2309-9852 (Online)
Editorial Politics

Editorial Politics


The Editorial Board of the journal "Moscow University Bulletin. Series 14. Psychology" adheres to the ethical norms accepted by the international scientific community; both in its own work and in the relationship with all participants of the publication process, such as: Editors, Reviewers, Authors, Publishers, distributors, and readers.

  • The Editorial Board of the journal "Moscow University Bulletin. Series 14. Psychology" upholds the Code of Scientific Publications Ethics as formulated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and the principles enshrined in the Code of Ethics of the Russian Psychological Society. The board also works in close coordination with the Commission of the Russian Psychological Society for scientific publications in order to ensure the compliance with all current ethical recommendations in published works.
  • The articles are published by the journal on a royalty-free basis, following the results of: the check for content match in publicly available electronic sources; double-blind review; and signing of copyright license agreement with all the Authors of each published article. The provisions of the Copyright Licence Agreement stipulate the conditions for the use of the manuscript by the Author and the Publisher before and after the publication.

1. Responsibilities of the Editorial Board

1.2. Adoption of decisions on publication.

It is the responsibility of the Editorial Board of the journal "Moscow University Bulletin. Series 14. Psychology" to adopt decisions regarding publications of Authors’ works. The Editor-in-Chief adopts such decisions in collaboration with the Editorial Board, Editorship, and taking into consideration Reviewer’s opinions.

Decision on the publication is always adopted pursuant to the confirmation of the work authenticity.

1.3. Impartiality

The Editorial Board of the journal "Moscow University Bulletin. Series 14. Psychology" evaluates the scientific value of submitted works, as well as their intellectual content, and its decisions shall not be conditioned by race, sexual orientation, gender, religion, ethnical origin, citizenship, or political views of the Author.

1.4. Confidentiality

The journal Editorial Board shall not disclose any information contained in the submitted manuscript to any third parts except the Editor-in-Chief, the corresponding Author, the Reviewers, the Editorship, and the Publisher.

1.5. Disclosure of information and conflict of interest

1.5.1. The Editorial Board of the journal "Moscow University Bulletin. Series 14. Psychology" as represented by the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorship, shall be obligated to no use of unpublished data in any work of their own without a written consent of the Author.

1.5.2. All confidential information on ideas obtained within the process of work on the manuscript, should be maintained in confidence of the Editorial Board, the Editorship, and Reviewers, and not be used for personal advantage.

1.6. Authenticity of publications

If the Editor-in-Chief receives satisfactory evidence of erroneousness of statements or conclusions included in the publication, he/she is obliged to inform the Editorship of such fact for the purpose of introduction of amendments, withdrawal of the publication, publication of an official declaration or expression of concern; or of any other appropriate actions.

2. Responsibilities of Reviewers

2.1. Contribution to the adoption of decisions by the Editorship

Reviewing is of assistance to the Editor-in-Chief and the members of the Editorship in the adoption of decisions. Reviewers can also lend support to the Author in order to improve the article within the process of active interaction between the Authors and the Editorial Board. Reviewing is a highly valuable component of the development of scientific method.

2.2. Efficiency

Any chosen Reviewer who considers him/herself insufficiently qualified, or in lack of time for proper analysis of the suggested article, shall duly inform the Editor-in-Chief of the journal "Moscow University Bulletin. Series 14. Psychology", and request to be excluded from the reviewing process.

2.3. Confidentiality

Any manuscript delivered for Reviewing, shall be treated as a confidential document.

2.4. Objectivity standards

The reviews of the articles shall be objective. Personal critics of the Author are considered unacceptable. Reviewers shall express their views clearly, and in a well-argued manner.

2.5. Confirmation of original sources

The fact of existence of significant published works matching the subject of the submitted manuscript, yet, not included in the references, shall be indicated by Reviewers. Any reference to previously published papers should be specified correspondingly in the References section. The Reviewer shall also bring the attention of the Editor-in-Chief to a noticeable similarity or exact match of the submitted manuscript and any other published work being within the scope of the Reviewer’s scientific expertise of the Reviewer.

2.6. Disclosure and conflict of interest

No unpublished data from the submitted manuscript can be used in the Reviewer’s own works without a written consent by the Author. Privileged information or ideas obtained while reviewing the manuscript shall remain confidential and not be used for personal purposes. Reviewers shall abstain from working with the manuscripts that can produce a conflict of interest due to competitive, joint, or other relationship or other association with any of the Authors, companies or organizations involved.

3. Responsibilities of Authors

3.1 Requirements for the manuscripts

The Authors of the articles describing original studies are obliged to provide valid evidence regarding their work, and hold an objective discussion of its value. Main background data should be presented neatly and clearly in the article. The text should be sufficiently detailed and include corresponding references to other sources. Intentionally inaccurate or false statements are unacceptable, and are qualified as unethical behaviour.

3.2 Access and storage of data

Upon consent of the Authors, all articles are available to the public. The Editorial Board has the right to request benchmark data from the Authors for the purposes of reviewing and re-examination. Authors should be disposed to store this data during a sufficient period of time after the publication.

3.3. Originality and unattributed borrowing

3.3.1 Authors are obliged to guarantee the submission of a completely original manuscript. In case Authors used works / words by other Authors, all quotations should be duly presented and listed in the References.

3.3.2 There are different forms of unattributed borrowing; from appropriating of someone else’s paper to copying and rephrasing of a significant part of it (without any indication of real author) with the purpose of appropriating of other researcher’s study results. Unattributed borrowing in all its forms is unacceptable, and is qualified as unethical behaviour.

3.4 Unnecessary multiplication, excessiveness and simultaneity of publications

3.4.1 Authors shall not publish multiple manuscripts describing the same study in more than one journal, even if the publications are in different languages. Submission of a manuscript to more than one journal is unacceptable, and is qualified as unethical behaviour.

3.5 Authorship of publications

3.5.1 Only those who provided a significant contribution to the elaboration of the idea, development, interpretation, and execution of the study. All those answering to this definition, should be mentioned as paper co-authors.

3.5.2 If there are any other contributors that took part in some significant aspects of the research project, they should be listed in the Acknowledgements or indicated as co-authors.

3.5.3 Corresponding Author submitting the manuscript to the Editorial Board shall provide the inclusion of all co-authors into the article, and obtain their unanimous approval of the final version of the article, and agreement to its publication.

3.6 Risks and objects of study

3.6.1 If animals or people become subjects of the study, the Authors shall be obligated to ensure that all stages of research work comply with the current legislation and regulatory documents for research organizations, as well as were approved by a corresponding Research Ethics Committee.

3.6.2 It is essential to respect the rights to personal privacy. A report on the study with the participation of animals/people should clearly state that the Author collected corresponding approbations, licenses, and registrations, prior to the study. For example, an Institutional review board approbation, Research Ethics Committee approbation, or a licence of national governing authority for the involvement of animals.     

3.7 Disclosure policy and conflict of interest

3.7.1 All Authors shall be obligated to disclose in their manuscript a financial or any other conflict of interest that can affect the results or the interpretation of the paper. All sources of funding shall be duly indicated.

3.8 Fundamental errors in published works

Should an Author discover a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her published work, he/she shall immediately notify the Editorial Board for early error correction or removal of the publication in question

4. Responsibilities of Editorship

4.1. The journal’s Editorship provides support for initiatives aimed to reduce the number of incorrect actions from the side of researchers and violations of ethical standards.

4.2. The journal’s Editorship shall be obligated to suspend from the publication submitted manuscripts if their content is prohibited by applicable laws of the Russian Federation and doesn’t comply with the principles of the Code of Ethics of the Russian Psychological Society.

4.3. The journal’s Editorship shall be obligated to control the compliance with scientific ethics in the reviewing of articles, and encourage honest and transparent scientific discussion between Authors and Reviewers.

4.4. The journal’s Editorship shall promote the development of regulations and rules for the publications and introduce improved publishing and scientific ethical standards.