Moscow University Psychology Bulletin
ISSN 0137-0936 (Print)
ISSN 2309-9852 (Online)
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ISSN 0137-0936 (Print)
ISSN 2309-9852 (Online)
Ethics Policy

Ethics Policy

Legal basis and ethical aspects of the editorial policy of Moscow University Bulletin Psychology journal

The editorial policy of Moscow University Bulletin Psychology journal is based on the traditional ethical principles of Russian scientific periodicals and current legal requirements in respect to copyright law, plagiarism, and libel as outlined in in the Russian legislation.

The journal's editorial board upholds the Code of Scientific Publications Ethics as formulated by the Committee on Scientific Publications Ethics (Moscow, Russia), the Ethical Principles of Scientific Publications Declaration, adopted by the Association of Science Editors and Publishers (ANRI) on 20 May 2016,  and conducts the journal's policy taking into account the work ethics of editors and publishers, enshrined in the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers, elaborated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), as well as modern legal requirements concerning copyright, set out in the Russian legislation.

The publications in the journal are free of charge based on the results of:

  • checking for plagiarism by open electronic sources;
  • double-blind review;
  • conclusion of a license agreement with all authors of each published article (see Rights and obligations of the parties involved in the publication process). The terms of the author's license agreement stipulate the terms of use of the manuscript by the author and publisher before and after publication. (link to a sample agreement).

Materials are posted on the journal’s official website and on the journal page on elibrary.ru. The access fee is charged for all issues of the current year on the library website. All issues of previous years are available on the journal’s website in the open gold format.

An audit is carried out by a special commission of members of the editorial board about the disclosure of a conflict of interest, the process of preventing cases of violation of the ethics of scientific activity and scientific publications, the processing of incoming complaints.

Below are the rules of conduct (rights and obligations) of the parties involved in the article publication process.

Obligations of the parties

1. Authorship

  • A manuscript can be submitted for publication only by its author or one of its co-authors.
  • All authors listed in the document are equally responsible for the content of the submitted manuscript or published article.
  • Corresponding author ensures the consent of all listed coauthors regarding the manuscript content, publication, and authorship.
  • Corresponding author guarantees that all persons who have made significant scientific contributions to the work are identified as co-authors.

2. Licensing and Copyright

  • The author (co-authors) guarantees (guarantee) that their manuscript has not been previously published and is not currently being reviewed in any other journal. 
  • The author (co-authors) transfers (transfer) to the MSU Publishing House the right to use the article under a simple (non-exclusive) license for the period of exclusive rights to the work. The respective author guarantees that they have sufficient rights to enter into such a contract.
  • The author (authors) guarantees (guarantee) that their article does not infringe on the copyrights of third parties. Authors who include any materials (tables, figures, images, including those used as incentives, etc.), which are the copyright of a third party, must obtain and submit to the editors’ written permission to reproduce these materials in print and electronic form from their respective copyright holders.
  • In case the research described in the manuscript involves the use of third-party data that are not explicitly declared publicly available, the authors are responsible for obtaining proper permission for their use from the copyright holders.

3. Plagiarism Prevention

  • The author (authors) must include correct citations and links to all sources (both print and electronic) used during the article preparation.
  • The use of any third-party texts without appropriate links confirming authorship is not allowed. If fragments of third-party texts are used verbatim, they must be formatted as verbatim quotations, i.e. they must be quoted and retain the author's formatting and editing.
  • Authors are not allowed to reuse their own previously published texts.
  • If the manuscript includes a reanalysis of previously published data or includes some elements of previous research, the author (authors) should refer to their earlier work.

4. Ethics of Empirical Research

Authors reporting research involving humans or animals must attach research ethics committee approval.

No identifying information about individuals or organizations involved in the study should be included in the article unless the information is necessary and written informed consent has been obtained

5. Academic Honesty

  • Authors are responsible for describing all stages of their research, and they may be asked to provide their original data.
  • Authors are responsible for identifying all sources of their funding and explicitly declaring any potential conflicts of interest when submitting their manuscript.

Editorial Board Responsibilities

  • The editorial board is responsible for their decision on which of the articles submitted to the journal will be published. 
  • The editorial board makes decisions to reject/accept the manuscript only based on originality, reliability, scientific significance, quality, relevance, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, citizenship, or political beliefs of the authors of the manuscript.
  • The editorial board strives to maintain academic honesty and reserves the right to reject any manuscript in the event of any malpractice.
  • The editorial board is responsible for ensuring a fair, impartial, and anonymous review of all submitted manuscripts.

Article retraction

The article is retracted in the following cases:

  • the violation of publication ethics in the submitted material in terms of the author's composition of the article (one or more actual authors of the article are not indicated, publication/reprint of the article without the consent of the author, etc.);
  • detection of plagiarism in a publication (the presence of illegal borrowing in a large volume, including self-citation), as well as duplication of past publications (multiple publications of an article);
  • concealment of conflicts of interest that could affect the interpretation of the data or recommendations about their use;
  • the presence of serious structural and substantive mistakes in the text of the article, making its publication in the journal impossible (erroneous data, etc..);

The decision to retract the article is made by the minutes of the meeting of the Editorial Board. The author/group of authors should be informed about the situation that has arisen with a description of the reason for the retraction of the publication.

Conflict of Interest and Disclosure

Unpublished data obtained from submitted manuscripts cannot be used in personal research without the written consent of the Author. 

Information or ideas received during reviewing and related to possible benefits should be kept confidential and not used for personal gain.

Plagiarism and Borrowings

During the review process, the Editorial Board checks all submitted materials using the Antiplagiat software. If borrowings are detected (more than 25%), the Editorial Board acts under the COPE guidelines.