Moscow University Psychology Bulletin
ISSN 0137-0936 (Print)
ISSN 2309-9852 (Online)
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ISSN 0137-0936 (Print)
ISSN 2309-9852 (Online)
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Moscow University Psychology Bulletin accepts for publication articles, reviews, brief reports which are in the line of research and educational work of the Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University. Specialists in psychology from other scientific institutions and higher educational institutions are welcome to be published in this journal.


The journal offers a double-blind peer review option for the selection of articles for publication.

The principle of deciding on the publication of a manuscript: 2 positive reviews - the article is accepted; at least 1 negative review - the article is rejected. The decision to accept, reject or send an article for revision based on the reviewers’ comments is made and communicated to the author within 3 months from the date the article is received by the editorial board (reviews are attached). Articles corrected by the authors based on the reviewers’ comments are re-reviewed. Articles sent to authors for revision and not returned to the editorial board by the specified date are excluded from the editorial portfolio.

All the submitted articles for publication are checked for plagiarism.

Publication and formatting requirements

The beginning of the article should contain:

  1. Title of the article (in Russian)
  2. Initials and the surname of the author (in Russian)
  3. The full name of the scientific institution where the research was carried out (in Russian);
  4. Abstract (200-250 words in Russian); the abstract should contain the following sections: relevance, goals of work, methods and sample collection, results, conclusions.
  5. Acknowledgments - if any - the grant title with the name of the project, number, and grantor’s name.
  6. Keywords (5-7 words or phrases in Russian).
  7. Items 1-6 in English

The main text of the article and the bibliography go after that. The main content of an article or review is divided into the following sections:

  • introduction1;
  • methods;
  • results 2;
  • discussions 3;
  • conclusions;
  • Reference list 4.

1. The introduction consists of four subsections:

  1. Description of a research problem;
  2. Review of research-related literature;
  3. Description of unexplored facts in the problem or what has not yet been done;
  4. Formulation of the goal and objectives of the research.

2. There are three ways to present the results, which should be used together:

  • text (verbal presentation);
  • tables (semi-verbal presentation);
  • pictures: diagrams, graphs, images (visual presentation).

3. List the main results, regardless of whether they support or disprove the hypothesis being tested, are in agreement or contradict the data of other researchers; summarize the results; compare the results with those of other researchers; provide possible explanations for the similarities and contradictions with other studies; remind about the purpose and hypothesis of the research; discuss whether the results obtained are consistent with the hypothesis of the study; point out the limitations of the study.

4. The list of references should contain mostly relevant sources (at least 80% of the list should be linked to Scopus indexed materials, published no later than 4 years ago).

Formatting requirements

Text and tables are accepted only in MS Word format, Times New Roman font, 12-14 point, 1-1.5 line spacing. Tables should be numbered and titled. All data in tables (especially statistical) should be presented in whole and fractional numbers. For example,,886 is not correct; 0.886 is correct!


Table 1

Descriptive statistics of the stating experiment





Average value

Standard deviation

























Tables should not be a repetition of textual data.

The tables should also be translated and submitted in English.

Figures and diagrams should be inserted into the text and sent in separate files. They can be built-in graphical editors and must be editable. Pictures must be submitted in .jpeg (quality index of at least 8) or .tiff (with a resolution of at least 300 dpi without compression), and it is also possible to submit images in * .pdf, * .eps, and other formats.

Drawings and diagrams should be only black and white: black elements on a white background.

Color drawings are not accepted.

Figures, diagrams in the text should be numbered and titled.

Graphs and figures should not be a repetition of textual data.



Fig.1. Image description - the title of the picture

Figures, diagrams, and diagrams containing text, as well as their titles (titles) should also be translated and presented in English.

The total volume of the manuscript, including text, list of references, tables, and figures, should not exceed 40000 characters with spaces. Exceeding the volume may serve as grounds for a refusal to publish.

List of references

Moscow University Bulletin makes the following requirements for sources and cited documents used by authors under the norms of international publishing law:

  1. The list of references for each submitted manuscript should contain mostly relevant sources (at least 70% of the list should be published within the last 5 years).  
  2. Foreign language sources should make up at least 50% of all references in the list.  
  3. Moscow University Bulletin follows APA Style guidelines. In this regard, we draw your attention to the fact that the style of the list of references has changed significantly.

Requirements for foreign language sources in the bibliography

The bibliography in foreign languages (author, title, place, and year of publication) is given in alphabetical order at the end of the article. The bibliography in foreign languages is given after the bibliography in the Russian language. In the text, a reference to the source is made by indicating within parentheses the author of the book or the article, the year of publication, and, in the case of direct citation, the page/pages.  

Example: « … This thesis is confirmed in a number of studies (Erikson, 1968)».


For books


Erikson E.H. (1968) Identity: Youth and crisis. N.Y.: Norton. 

Moghaddam F., Harré R., Lee N. (2008) Global conflict resolution through positioning analysis. N.Y.: Springer.

For a collection of works


Toseland R.W., Jones L.V., Gellis Z.D. (2004) Group dynamics. Handbook of Social Work with Groups. In C.D. Garvin, L.M. Gutierrez, M.J. Galinsky (Eds.). (pp. 13-31). New York: Gilford Publications.

For an article in journals

Links are made entirely in English. The following characters are removed: N, //, /. The journal and page numbers are separated by commas.


Condon, D. M., & Revelle, W. (2014) The International Cognitive Ability Resource: Development and initial validation of a public-domain measure. Intelligence, 43, 52-64.

Michinov E., Michinov N. (2011) Social Comparison Orientation Moderates the Effects of Group Membership on the Similarity-Attraction Relationship. The Journal of Social Psychology, 151 (6), 754–766.

For electronic documents


Kornilova T. V., Chumakova M. A. (2016) M.A. Testing of the short questionnaire of the Big Five (TIPI, COBP) [Electronic resource]. Psychological research, 46(9), 5. URL: (date of retrieval: 06.09.2018).

Please, note: 

When making a collection of works in English, please, indicate pages.

Requirements for References

References include the list of Russian language sources, transliterated from Cyrillic into Latin Alphabet.

  1. Each of the Russian-language references should be translated into English.
  2. All Russian language sources should be transliterated following the transliteration rules (algorithm) (download in pdf format), and English-language ones should be brought following the requirements
  3. The sources transliterated and translated into English should be included in References.

Examples of References

For books

The titles of books by Russian authors are translated into English. The year of publication is indicated after the author's full name. Please note that only the source name is italicized. Each link should be followed by (in Russ.). This rule applies to all Russian-language sources.

Surname, Initials - in English (year of publication) title of the article - in English – the place of publication (full definition), publisher – (in Russ.).


Afanas'ev V.G. (1980). Systematic character and society. Moscow: Politizdat. (in Russ.).

Prigozhin I.A. (2007) Disorganization: Causes, types, overcoming. Moscow: Al'pina Biznes. (in Russ.).

Сarver C.S., Scheier M.F. (2001) On the Self-Regulation of Behavior. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

For a collection of works

The title of the collection is translated into English. When linking, all signs "/", "//" are replaced by dots. First, the title of the collection is indicated, then the edition is stated.  Then the title of the article is indicated, separated by commas, and italicized. Please, note: in the collection, it is necessary to indicate the range of pages of the entire source (pp. 304-310).

Surname, Initials - in English (year of publication) Title of the collection- in English. Editor-in English, the title of the article - in English (page range). Place of Publishing and Publishing House - transliteration. (in Russ.).


Morosanova V. I. (2017) Conscious self-regulation of arbitrary human activity as a psychological resource for achieving goals. In A. L. Zhuravlev, V. A. Kol'tsova (Eds.), Fundamental and applied research of modern psychology: results and development prospects (pp. 501–509). Moscow: Institut psikhologii RAS. (in Russ.).

Baumeister R.F., Alquist, J. I. (2009) Self-regulation as a limited resource strength model of control and depletion. In J. P. Forgas, R.F. Baumeister & D.M. (Eds.), Psychology of self-regulation. Cognitive, affective and motivational processes (pp. 21-33). New York, London: Psychology Press.

For articles

The titles of Russian-language articles are also translated into English. It is important to note that the title of the journal is given both in English and in transliteration. Only the title of the journal is italicized (see example).

Surname, Initials - in English (year of publication), the title of the article - in English. Journal title - transliteration (Journal title - English translation), journal volume (journal number), pages (in Russ.).

Articles in English:

They are issued entirely in English. The signs N, //, / are removed. The journal number and page number are separated by commas.


Morosanova V.I., Kondratyuk N.G. (2011) New version of the questionnaire The style of self-regulation of behavior. Voprosy psikhologii (Questions of Psychology), 1, 10-18. (in Russ.).

Adamson L., Bakeman R., Dekner D. (2004) The development of symbol infused joint engagement. Child Development, 75, 1171–1187.

For electronic documents


Rodin M. V., Dryagalova E.A. (2014) Features of psychological and pedagogical diagnosis of children with visual impairments. Sovremennye problemy nauki i obrazovaniya (Modern problems of science and education), 3. (Retrieved from (review date: 15.04.2019) (in Russ.).

For thesis for degrees

Surname, Initials - in English (year of publication) thesis title - transliteration. Degree - transliteration (Dissertation title - English translation), degree - English translation, city (in Russ.).


Kokin S.A. (2015) Kliniko-funktsional'naya otsenka optimizirovannogo metoda dostizheniya prognoziruemoi anizometropii pri korrektsii afakii monofokal'nymi intraokulyarnymi linzami: Diss. ...kand. med. nauk. (Clinical and functional evaluation of an optimized method for achieving predicted anisometropia in the correction of aphakia with monofocal intraocular lenses: Ph.D. (Psychology). Moscow. (in Russ.)

Alekseeva L.V. (2006). Psikhologicheskaya kharakteristika sub"ekta prestupleniya. Avtoref. diss… doct. psikhol. nauk. (Psychological characteristics of the subject of the crime: Abstract of the doctor of psychological sciences). Doctoral dissertation (Psychology). Saint-Petersburg. (in Russ.).

For abstracts of degree thesis:

Leont'ev M.G. (2008) Vliyanie mezhkul'turnykh razlichii na sposoby razresheniya konflikta: Avtoref. dis … kand. psikhol. nauk (The effect of intercultural differences on conflict resolution methods (PhD) Thesis). Moscow (In Russ.).

Reviewing manuscripts

Peer reviewing procedure

First, the received article is checked by the editorial staff for compliance with the thematic concept of the journal, as well as the design requirements. If these requirements are not met, then the author is informed within a week of the need to correct technical shortcomings or the impossibility of accepting the article until the appropriate corrections are made. If the design requirements are met, then the article is sent to the reviewers within a week.

Members of the editorial board, as well as outside experts, act as reviewers. The average peer review period is 2 months. The review gives a general assessment of the article (recommended for publication, recommended for further development, recommended to reject) and formulates specific remarks and comments or grounds for rejecting the article. The editors reserve the right to reject an article without a review in the following cases: low scientific level of the article, inconsistency with the format, profile, or the journal concept.

The peer-review procedure is anonymous. The selection of articles for publication in the journal is carried out based on of double-blind peer review.

The selection of reviewers for each manuscript submitted to the journal's portfolio is carried out by comparing the scientific problems raised in it with the topics of scientific works of experts from the pool of external and internal organizations working with the journal. Reviewers are approved by the management of the editorial board.

After the nominations are approved, potential reviewers are sent written requests for consent to accept the manuscript for review. In case of obtaining consent (response from the reviewer), an impersonal text of the article and a review template approved by the editor-in-chief of the publication are sent to them. Depending on the volume and complexity of the text, the editorial board determines the terms of review - 5-15 working days. Terms are additionally agreed with the expert.

In case of a refusal (response from the reviewer or their absence for more than 5 working days), the text of the article and the review template will not be sent to them. Re-selection and approval of an expert on this manuscript are performed. 

The editors keep records of materials sent for review and received reviews. At the end of the year, the editorial board prepares gratitude to all experts who reviewed the manuscripts in the journal's portfolio during the calendar year.

The principle of deciding on the publication of a manuscript: 2 positive reviews - the article is accepted; at least 1 negative review - the article is rejected. The decision to accept, reject or send an article for revision based on the reviewers’ comments is made and communicated to the author within 3 months from the date the article is received by the editorial board (reviews are attached). Articles corrected by the authors based on the reviewers’ comments are re-reviewed. Articles sent to authors for revision and not returned to the editorial board by the specified date are excluded from the editorial portfolio.

The final decision on publication or rejection of an article is made by the editorial board.

The reviews are kept in the publishing house and the editorial office of the publication for 5 years. The editorial office undertakes to send copies of the reviews to the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation upon receipt of the corresponding request to the editorial office.

Reviewers’ Responsibilities

The purpose of the peer review procedure is to ensure that the manuscript accepted for publication is of a high academic standard. The journal puts forward requirements for reviewers to comply with the following principles: confidentiality, objectivity, impartiality, clarity, and clear justification of their opinion.

  • Reviewers should inform the editor of any conflicts of interest regarding authors, research topic, and/or funding sources.
  • The reviewer should draw the attention of the editor to any significant similarity or overlap between the manuscript in question and any other published work they are aware of.
  • Reviewers are responsible for compiling a review within the time frame established by the editorial board. In the event of any unexpected circumstances that do not allow them to complete the review on time, the reviewers are invited to inform the editorial board as soon as possible.

The procedure for providing information about the authors

Publishing agreement  

Information about the author/authors should be sent in a separate file. They must be titled and contain complete information about all authors of the publication. A licensing agreement is concluded with all authors.