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Editorial ethics


The policy of the National Psychological Journaleditorial board (from this point forward referred to as the Editorial  Board) is based on the international practise regarding copyright protection as well as  ethical principles supported by: 1) the community of leading publishers of scientific periodicals Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), 2) Budapest Open Access Initiative; 3) chapter 70 ("Copyright") of the Civil code of the Russian Federation. It also takes into account previous experience of reputable international journals and publishers.

Ethical principles of the Editorial Board of the journal

The National Psychological Journal Editorial board follows the ethical standards adopted by the international scientific community both in its functioning and relations with all the participants of the process of scientific publications preparation: authors, reviewers, editors publishers, distributors and readers.

  • The National Psychological Journal Editorial Boardis responsible for the quality of the scientific articles published. The staff of the journal review the materials in a comprehensive, objective and honest way and select for publication those of them that reflect modern, relevant scientific studies of high quality.

  • The Editorial Board provides support to the initiatives which are aimed to reduce the number of cases when researchers act  incorrectlyor violate ethical standards. It ensures compliance with  the publication ethics by members of the Editorial  Board, reviewers and authors.

  • If the authors use negative results of their research, it cannot be an obstacle to their publication in theNational Psychological Journal. Scientific discussions and experience exchange are encouraged.

  • The Editorial Board does not publish materials if their content is prohibited by Russian Federation law.

The Editorial Board follows these ethical principles:

  • Impartiality.

  • Transparency of the workflow combined with respect for the confidentiality of research participants, authors and reviewers.

  • Compliance with scientific ethics when writing reviews on articles, encouraging honest scientific discussion between authors and reviewers.

  • No preexisting contracts between the publisher, editors and authors.

  • The journal gives the author exclusive copyright without any restrictions.

  • Free publicationof all materials – with the Creative Commons license ( Attribution Non-Commercial CC-BY-NC ("with attribution-non-Commercial”) type.

  • Declining the manuscript of the article in case of direct textual borrowings or the use of materials of other authors with no references to the original sources (plagiarism).

  • Non-disclosure of personal data of the authors and reviewers or other information obtained during professional interactions (according to the standards of blind review and  Federal Law of 27/07/2006 N 152-FZ On personal data).

  • Making editorial changes to articles in agreement with the authors.

  • Preventing conflicts of interest between the publisher, Editorial Board members, reviewers and authors.

If there are claims of editorial ethics violation concerning the reviewed manuscripts or published materials, the Editorial Board acts in response. The Editorial Board communicates with the authors of the manuscript regarding the complaint or demand, and communicates with representatives of the scientific organisations and research centres  where the study was conducted.

  • In the case  of the Author finding essential errors or inaccuracies in their publication, they shall inform the Editorial board. The publication will be withdrawn in order to correct the mistakes. If a third party informs the Editorial board about significant errors in a publication, the Author shall withdraw the work or correct the mistakes as soon as possible. 

Ethical principles of reviewing articles

The National Psychological Journal Editorial Board believes that reviewing articles is not only a necessary condition for their publication but also an opportunity to improve their quality, which, in turn, can guarantee a high scientific level of the journal. 

Reviewers shall follow these ethical principles:

  • to only review and evaluate manuscripts which pertain to their area of expertise and which they can review on time.

  • to maintain the confidentiality of peer review: the reviewer shall not reveal to anybody the details of the manuscript or of the review during or after writing, except for  when the journal explicitly approves this. Reviewers do not have the right to use the information  from the reviewing processfor personal purposes nor the interests of others.

  • to have no partialities in the assessment. The content of the review should not be influenced by the nationality, gender, religious or political views of the authors (if the latter do not affect the scientific value of the article).

  • to provide correct assessments. The review should be objective and constructive. The reviewer shall not give harsh or tactless evaluations of the manuscript nor slanderous or humiliating comments.

  • to avoid conflicts of interest. Reviewers shall not participate in the assessment of manuscripts if they have competitive, collaborative, or other kinds of interactions and relationships with any of the authors or organisations associated with the submitted work.

  • National Psychological Journal editors have an opportunity to publish their materials in the journal on a general basis provided that they maintain anonymity in the course of their reviewing

Ethical guidelines for the authors of the journal

Determining the authorshipAll those who have significantly contributed to the  research or the text of an article should be listed as authors.  The authors shall determine the order of their names. 

Unacceptable forms of authors' participation include:

  • "Guest authors", i.e. reputed scientists who did not work on the article, but whose participation could potentially increase the chances for publication.

  • "Honorary authors", i.e. those who did not work on the article, but have authority over the real authors, for example, heads of departments, administrative employees.

  • "Invisible authors", that is, excluding people who worked on the research orthe article from the list of authors. If people or organisations contributed to an article in a way that does not fall under the definition of the authorship, this contribution should be mentioned in the Acknowledgmentssection.

The responsible author acts as a contact person between the publisher and other authors. They should inform co-authors and involve them in the decision making of publication issues (for example, when responding to reviewers' comments).

Reviewers shall follow these ethical principles:

  • The published research must be conducted following ethical and legal standards. Thematerials presented in the article should not be previously published or submitted for review and publication in other editions, including those in other languages.

  • No form of plagiarism is allowed. Authors should comply with the requirements for submission of the articles to the National Psychological Journal.  The work proposed for publication should contain original materials and have no textual or other borrowings. It is necessary to indicate the authorship of statistical and experimental data, text fragments, drawings and ideas, which the author got from other sources. Direct quotes from the work of other researchers should  use quotation marks and a corresponding link. Full internet addresses (URLs) should be provided for links where possible. However, copyright-protected materials (such as tables, figures, or large quotations) may only be reproduced with the permission of their owners. 

  • The obtained results should be reliable: authors shall strive to clearly and unambiguously describe the methodology of work so that  other studies could also confirm its results.

  • The significance of research should be discussed in an objective way. Authors shall declare the results of their works in a clear and honest manner, without any falsification or manipulation of data.

  • The contribution of other people should be recognised and bibliographic references provided. The results of scientific studies should be presented in the article in the context of previous research. They must necessarily reflect the works of other scientists.

  • The sources of funding, and possible conflicts of interest related to them, must be revealed.

  • When using materials involving animals or humans (as objects of research), authors shall indicate that all the stages of the study comply with the law and regulatory documents of research organisations and are approved by the relevant ethical committees. It should be mentioned in the article that all the people who became objects of study gave their informed consent

  • Authors shall inform the Editorial Board in a timely manner if significant errors or inaccuracies are found in a publication in order to correct them as soon as possible or withdraw the publication.