About the journal

Studia Doctoralia Psychology and Education is the official journal of The Doctoral School of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Bucharest, Romania, published by the Doctoral Centre for Interdisciplinary Research, Innovation and Sustainable Development (CCIIDD). Audience and potential contributors include scholars, educators, consultants, practitioners, doctoral students, teachers and other professionals from all over the world and in all the applied fields of psychology and education science.

Vision and mission

We are a mixt team of enthusiastic researchers, both highly advanced and incipient, and this blend reflects our vision of the journal as well as the way we coordinate it. The enthusiasm of our young researchers is reflected in:

  • Prompt replies to the authors. We know that waiting for an answer from a journal, whether negative or positive, can be burdensome - so we do our best to speed up the publication process for authors. The first post-submission response regarding the decision of whether or not the manuscript would be sent for review takes up to 1 week. The review takes between 1 month and 2 months.
  • Non-bias publication. It's time to publish null-result studies! The academic community has developed a culture that overwhelmingly promotes significant effects. We do consider no-effect studies valuable and our policy is to promote a pure, unfiltered reality of research.
  • Balance between original contributions and replication results. We all value originality and pay tribute to the advancement of science. We also believe that it is equally important to have solid, generalizable results. This is not just a statement in the mission of this journal but it is reflected in the preferential selection of replication studies.
  • Removal of barriers in access to science. We promote the principle of open access to scientific information. Therefore, we support authors who published their papers in Studia Doctoralia to also promote them on their personal website, blog, LinkedIn page, Researchgate profile, etc. We do not charge authors with fees for either the online publication or the print version. We give open access to readers on the online version. However, the printed form of the journal bears publishing costs.
  • Zero tolerance even with implicit discrimination. The sample should be relevant for the research purpose, of course. But, many well-known journals do not publish articles that have participants from smaller countries and do not hesitate to suggest that researchers publish their articles in their country of origin. We consider such a practice to be discriminatory and this will never be a reason for rejection in our journal. The status of the researcher is also not relevant for us. Please don’t add a senior adviser as co-author to make the manuscript more appealing for publication. We do support and encourage young researcher with few years of experience in research – if the study has quality.
  • Constructive and specific feedback. As editors, we maintain a professional approach when providing authors with feedback. Sarcasm or malicious remarks will not be accepted. We also strive to match your research theme with our reviewers’ experience.
  • No more bureaucracy. No obligation for you as author to nominate a reviewer. No request for persuasive editorial letters of intent. By sending in your manuscript we automatically understand your intention to publish it in our journal. 

The exigencies of the more experienced researchers on our team are reflected in:

  • Blind review process. During the review process, the editor reviews the submitted manuscripts and if they are considered to be suitable for publication they are sent out to two independent reviewers each, for a double blind peer review. The papers considered unsuitable may be desk rejected by the editor without having gone through the peer review process.
  • Data sharing encouragement or data verification. We encourage and enable authors to share data or make a data availability statement. If considered for publication, editors may ask for access to your data and syntaxes for a routine verification.
  • Good English requirement. Manuscripts should be written in English, or Romanian. Accepted Romanian manuscripts will be translated and published in English. The cost of such translation will be borne by the authors.
  • Zero tolerance for breaches in ethical guidelines. The Journal subscribes to the ethical standards of the APA, within the legal framework of Romania. If we detect malicious plagiarism (e.g., entire passages copied) we are entitled to publish this information by contacting the institution you represent.
  • Rigorous with manuscript format. Authors should prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts appear in the APA Publication Manual. We however try to help you with free guidance and online tutorials regarding APA Style. For full formatting APA Style manuscripts, you can opt here for this service. The cost of such service will be borne by the authors.
  • Desk rejection for non-alignment with the journal’s guidelines. We know that the journal guidelines are overly long and not a very attractive read-through. However, we urge you to go through them, as lack of alignment with the journal’s guidelines (Ethical Guidelines and Publication Guideline) will attract a desk rejection.