About the Journal

«Scientific Studios on Social and Political Psychology» is the one in its field Ukrainian open access peer-reviewed scientific journal that presents original studies on social and political psychology.

Addressed to social and political psychologists, specialists in related fields of science, educators, Ph. D. students, and university students.

Topics: Social Psychology, Political Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Media Psychology, Media Education.

The journal is approved as the professional one (category B) in the field of psychological sciences (Order of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine On approval of decisions of the Certification Board of the Ministry №886, 02.07.2020).

Founder: Institute for Social and Political Psychology of NAES of Ukraine

Subject area: 053 Psychology

UDC 316.6

Manuscript languages: Ukrainian, English.

Frequency of publication: biannually

Year of foundation: 1995 (certificate of state registration: КВ №22197-12097 ПР, 08.07.2016).


Journal Policies

1. Aims and Scope

The journal is founded in 1995 by the initiative of Mykola Slyusarevsky, Director of Scientific-Practical Center for Political Psychology which was the only one at that time in Ukraine. The first three issues presented the results of the most important theoretical and empirical studies of the Center and were released under the title “Scientific Studios on Political Psychology”. From the fourth issue, the journal received the current name and covered a wider range of studies. From its founding until 2019 the journal published 1057 articles of 471 authors.

Today the journal accepts theoretical, methodological, and empirical articles from all over Ukraine and from abroad by the following sections:

  • Theoretical-Methodological Basics of Social and Political Psychology
  • Socio-Psychological Problems of Transformational Processes in Ukrainian Society
  • Psychological Problems of Crisis Phenomena in Public Life
  • Social Psychology of Personality
  • Psychology of Masses and Communities
  • Psychology of Groups and Interpersonal Relations
  • Historic and Ethnic Psychology
  • Psychology of Communication
  • Family Psychology
  • Media Psychology and Media Education
  • Problems of Education in Social and Political Dimensions
  • Information Processes and Socio-Psychological Technologies
  • Psychology of War and Peace
  • Forum on Socio-Psychological Issues

2. Open Access Policy

The journal provides readers with immediate free access to all published content under Creative Commons Attribution License International CC-BY.

Users are free to read, download, copy and print submissions, search content and link to published articles, disseminate their full text and use them for any legitimate non-commercial purposes (i.e. educational or scientific) with the mandatory reference to the article’s authors and initial publication in this journal.

3. Copyright, Licensing & Deposit Policies


  • Authors who publish in this journal agree to the following terms:
  • Authors hold copyright immediately after the publication of their works and retain publishing rights without any restrictions.
  • The copyright commencement date complies with the publication date of the issue, where the article is included in.


  • Authors grant the journal a right of the first publication of the work under a Creative Commons Attribution License International CC-BY that allows others freely to read, download, copy and print submissions, search content and link to published articles, disseminate their full text and use them for any legitimate non-commercial purposes (i.e. educational or scientific) with the mandatory reference to the article’s authors and initial publication in this journal.
  • Original published articles cannot be used by users (except authors) for commercial purposes or distributed by third-party intermediary organizations for a fee.


  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) during the editorial process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (see this journal’s registered deposit policy at Sherpa/Romeo directory).
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Post-print (post-refereeing manuscript version) and publisher's PDF-version self-archiving is allowed.
  • Archiving the pre-print (pre-refereeing manuscript version) is not allowed.

4. Archiving

All journal issues are archived and preserved with The Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine.

5. Editorial Ethics

The basic principles:
1. Objectivity and impartiality in the selection of articles for the purpose of the publication.
2. The high demands on the quality of scientific research.
3. "Double Blind" review of the articles.
4. Collegiality in decisions regarding publications.
5. Accessibility and efficiency in dealing with authors.
6. Strict compliance of copyright and related rights.

  • The authors must comply with the ethics of publishing on authorship, conflicts of interest, and materials dissemination; to avoid simultaneous submission of the same material to several publications, plagiarism, data manipulation, etc.
  • Reviewers and editors are obliged to carry out the impartial expert review of manuscripts, observing confidentiality and pre-declaring the presence of a conflict of interest.
  • Editorial staff carefully considers all disputes and infringements, if necessary, corrects and takes out of materials.

6. Peer Review Process

The Editors accept theoretical and methodological articles concerning the journal's focus and scope. Manuscripts that do not correspond to the main approach (ICT in education) or the edition's requirements can be rejected at the stage of the initial review.

The Editors support international high standards of the peer review process transparency, therefore practicing the double "blind" peer review: authors and reviewers do not know each other's names. Previously all of their personal information is removed from the articles' texts and files.

The submitted articles are sent for review to two independent experts. The reviewers view the article's abstract, whereupon consent or refuse to review this material. In the case of refusal, other reviewers are appointed.

The reviewers consider the material and estimate its scientific level filling "Review Form", where specifies their remarks and comments. Additionally, experts may upload files with corrections or materials which can be used for the revision of the article.

After filling the basic "Review Form" experts select one of the offered recommendations:

Accept Submission – the article is ready for publication and accepted without changes

Revisions Required – accepted if the author takes into account the indicated remarks

Resubmit for Review – need a revision and repeated reviewing

Resubmit Elsewhere – the subject of the article corresponds to another edition

Decline Submission – the article does not correspond to the requirements of the edition

See Comments – choose in the case when none of the previous recommendations is satisfied

On completion of the reviewing process, all corresponding information will be sent to the author. The author improves the article and uploads an updated version. If the article is not returned or the edition is not informed about the delay, the article is taken off from a turn and deleted.

The reviewers re-examine the improved manuscript and provide a recommendation on the possibility of its further publication.

7. Screening for Plagiarism

The concept of plagiarism is determined as follows:

Plagiarism – promulgation (publication), fully or partially, of other's work under the name of a person who is not the author of this work

Self-plagiarism – re-publishing of large text parts from own scientific papers by the author without stating the fact of their prior or simultaneous publication

Textual plagiarism – full or partial copying of text fragments (modified or not) in the articles, theses, reports, books, manuscripts, theses, and so on.

The following actions clear characterize the process of plagiarism:

  1. turning in someone else’s work as your own; 
  2. copying another person’s words or ideas without reference to its work; 
  3. intentional omission of the quote from the reference list; providing incorrect source data (such as "broken" links); 
  4. changing words order, while preserving the overall structure of a sentence;
  5. copying large parts of text or ideas that make up the majority of new articles.

Plagiarism is classified into the following categories:

  1. the exact verbatim copying (Copy & Paste) without a proper bibliographic reference to the borrowed fragments;
  2. copying with modifications in language, vocabulary, and technological interpretation (the words switching, replacing letters, numbers, etc.);
  3. style plagiarism;
  4. translation from another language;
  5. idea plagiarism.


  1. The executive editor checks all submitted manuscripts by software Antyplagiat solution at the stage of the initial review.
  2. If plagiarism is detected - the Editors have the right to reject the submitted manuscript.
  3. The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the information presented in the articles, the accuracy of the names, last names, and citations.
  4. In case of finding out plagiarism authors have the responsibility according to the current legislation of Ukraine (Law of Ukraine «On Copyright and Related Rights»).

8. Competing Interests

Conflicts of interest (CI) – these are the factors that negatively affect the objectivity, or can be perceived as interference in the process of peer review, editorial decision-making, publishing and presentation of the manuscript.

A conflict of interest may arise in relation to individuals or organizations, and is divided into the following categories (but not be limited to these):

Personal CI:

  • Personal relationships (eg, friends, family members, current or previous managers, opponents) with persons involved in the supply or reviewing manuscripts (authors, reviewers, editors, or members of the editorial board);
  • Personal beliefs (political, religious, ideological, etc.) related to the topic of the manuscript, may interfere with the objective process of the publication (in the stage of submission, review, editorial decision-making, or publication).

Professional CI:

  • The reviewer or editor is the author's colleague, who participated or observed the conduct of the study.
  • Membership in organizations that lobby the interests of the author.

Financial CI:

  • Research grants from various funding organizations: governmental, non-governmental, research, or charitable institutions.
  • Patent applications (actual or expected), including the application of institutions to which the author refers, and from which he can make a profit;
  • Fees, gifts, and favors of any kind.


  1. All persons involved in the manuscript, including authors, editors, reviewers, and readers who comment on or evaluate the material, should report any conflict of interest.
  2. If in the opinion of the editors, there are circumstances that may affect the impartial review of the material, the editors do not appeal to this reviewer.
  3. Editorial Board reserves a right not to publish a manuscript if the conflict of interests declared by the author puts objectivity and authenticity of research estimation under a threat.
  4. If the editorial board will reveal a conflict of interest that has not been declared upon submission - a manuscript may be rejected. If an undeclared conflict of interest is discovered after publication, if necessary, the article can be corrected or removed.

9. Advertising Policy

The Journal's website does not contain online advertising.