Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The journal "Psychological Thought" publishes its papers in English or in Bulgarian in all areas of psychology. It is focused on the psychological theory and practice. The papers could be some original research articles, meta-analysis data, clinical reports, case studies, students' essays, and book reviews. This journal is designed for psychologists, researchers, and psychology students.


Section Policies


  • Stanislava Stoyanova
Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Theoretical Analyses

  • Irina Roncaglia
  • Stanislava Stoyanova
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research Articles

  • Marius Drugas
  • Stanislava Stoyanova
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Clinical Cases and Studies

  • Irina Roncaglia
  • Stanislava Stoyanova
  • George Varvatsoulias
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Students' Essays

  • Marius Drugas
  • Stanislava Stoyanova
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

  • Stanislava Stoyanova
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Events, Meetings and Reports

  • Stanislava Stoyanova
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

2 reviewers per article, closed and blind peer-review


Publication Frequency

Psychological Thought is published twice per year, namely in April and October. Papers’ submission can occur at any time, throughout the year.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Psychological Thought also charges no author fee for submission or publication of papers.



This journal ensures the long-term availability of its contents by partnering with CLOCKSS.

CLOCKSS system has permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit.


Preprint Policy

As part of PSYCT's submission process, authors are required to confirm that the submission has not been previously published, nor has been submitted (or will be submitted while under consideration at PSYCT).

However, prior to submitting their article and prior to acceptance and publication in PSYCT, authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites. "A preprint is a draft of an academic article or other publication before it has been submitted for peer-review or other quality assurance procedure as part of the publication process. Preprints cover initial and successive drafts of articles, working papers or draft conference papers" (SHERPA. (n.d.). Glossary of open access abbreviations, acronyms and terms. Retrieved from http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/glossary.html).

Published conference presentations, posters etc. are considered preprints, provided they do not appear in a peer-reviewed, published conference proceeding.

After a manuscript has been published in PSYCT we suggest to link to the final article version, using the assigned article DOI in this way: https://doi.org/DOI, e.g.



Publication Ethics

Responsibilities of Psychological Thought's editors, reviewers, and authors concerning publication ethics and publication malpractice are described in PsychOpen's Guidelines on Publication Ethics


Plagiarism Screening

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PSYCT uses Similarity Check, a multi-publisher initiative to screen published and submitted content for originality. Similarity Check uses the iThenticate software, which checks submissions against millions of published research papers (the Similarity Check database), documents on the web, and other relevant sources. These submitted papers are not retained in the Similarity Check system after they have been checked.

Read more at Crossresf's Similarity Check & Reseachers page.


Corrections and Retractions

In accordance with generally accepted standards of scholarly publishing PSYCT does not alter articles after publication:

“Articles that have been published should remain extant, exact and unaltered to the maximum extent possible” (STM, 2006. Preservation of the objective record of science).

In cases of serious errors or (suspected) misconduct PSYCT publishes corrections and retractions (expressions of concern).


In cases of serious errors that affect the article in a material way (but do not fully invalidate its results) or significantly impair the reader’s understanding or evaluation of the article PSYCT publishes a correction note that is linked to the published article. The published article will be left unchanged.

Retractions (Expressions of Concern)

In accordance with the “Retraction Guidelines” by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) PSYCT will retract a published article if

  • there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation),
  • the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper crossreferencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication),
  • it constitutes plagiarism,
  • it reports unethical research.

An article is retracted by publishing a retraction notice that is linked to or replaces the retracted article. PSYCT will make any effort to clearly identify a retracted article as such.

If an investigation is underway that might result in the retraction of an article PSYCT may choose to alert readers by publishing an expression of concern.


Cookie Policy

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