Review & Manuscript Processing
All the manuscripts are processed and reviewed according to the following algorithm:
- Submitted manuscripts should comply with the requirements of the National Psychological Journal, published online (http://npsyj.ru/en/for-authors) and in its print version.
- Submissions are registered under an individual ID.
- All the submissions are subject to plagiarism check.
- If a submission does not meet the requirements, the author is requested to amend it accordingly.
- The editorial board performs expert evaluation of a submission via double blind peer review. All the manuscripts are anonymized; authors do not obtain any information about reviewers as well.
- One manuscript is assigned to two reviewers. Reviewers are the specialists who are well-known for their expertise and have published work on the considered topic in the other peer-reviewed journals over the recent 3 years. A reviewer may be an editorial board member, responsible for the corresponding topic / branch of psychological science or a leading specialist from another institution.
- There are three typical review outcomes: 1) recommended for publication, 2) recommended for publication after amendments according to the reviewer’s comments, 3) reject. Outcomes 2 and 3 must be substantiated by a reviewer. Reviews are performed on the basis of the standardized review form that contains qualified analysis on an article, its objective evaluation and supporting arguments as well as clear recommendations. All the reviews are shared with the authors. Review terms depend on a manuscript’s topic and other peculiarities, but do not exceed 3 month.
- In case of two positive outcomes a manuscript is accepted for submission; in case of two negative outcomes it is rejected. If one review is positive and another is negative, the third reviewer is addressed for the final decision.
- In case a manuscript is recommended for publication after amendments according to the reviewer’s comments, the re-submitted amended version is subject to repeat review. An author also can contest a reviewer’s point of view by providing his/her own arguments.
- All the accepted manuscripts are subject to professional editing and proofreading by English and Russian native speakers.
- Final decision about publication of an article, including the issue and the thematic section for its publication, is made at regular editorial board meetings.
- Original signed reviews are stored in the editorial for five years from the date of publication of an article. The editorial team can provide their copies in case of appropriate requests from the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation and its Higher Attestation Committee.
All the submissions are subject to plagiarism check:
- For articles in Russian: “Antiplagiat” system, checking for direct derivations
- For articles in English: Similarity Check (previously known as CrossCheck)
If special concerns arise in the editorial team, some other search systems and algorithms may be applied. If any technical modifications for artificial increase of an article’s originality are detected, such submissions are rejected.
Plagiarism is defined as:
- Verbatim quotation of any text material of any volume without indication of its source and appropriate reference to this source
- Use of figures, pictures, photos and the other graphic and visual aids without indication of its source and approval from the copyright holder
Excessive quotations, even if properly organized, are not supported. Acceptable ratio of quotations is 30 % of the whole article. If articles require more quotations on some objective grounding, such cases are considered individually. Authors should also abstain from unnecessary self-citation.