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Horizons of Psychology :: Psihološka obzorja

Scientific and Professional Psychological Journal of the Slovenian Psychologists' Association

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About Horizons of Psychology 

General information

Horizons of Psychology is the official scientific and professional journal of the Slovenian Psychologists' Association. Until 2012, the journal was available in print and online editions. In 2013 (Volume 22) Horizons of Psychology became an online, open-access journal (published articles are licensed under the CC-BY license). The articles are published as soon as they are accepted and are continuously numbered within the current Volume (there are no issues). Although we discarded publishing in separate issues, we nevertheless encourage publishing of special section articles or issues that are focused on a narrow psychological theme. If you have an idea for a special issue and are prepared to assume the role of the guest editor, please send an e-mail to the editor-in-chief.

The journal is financed by the Slovenian Research Agency.


2350-5141 (online edition; 2013–)
1318-1874 (printed edition; 1992–2012)

» Aims and scope
» Abstracting / Indexing
» General instructions for authors and the review process
» Open access policy
» Notice about the (re)use of published articles
» Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

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Horizons of Psychology publishes articles from all fields of psychology, as well as interdisciplinary articles and articles from neighbouring fields. Hence, the authors can be either psychologists or non-psychologists, addressing issues involving psychology from the points of view they are experts in. The aim of the journal is to encourage empirical and theoretical research in psychology in Slovenia and abroad by publishing and critically reviewing original research, theoretical discussions, methodological novelties and contemporary professional experience. The journal is trying to promote publication of results of relevant psychological scientific research, which could be of interest to Slovenian and foreign psychologists, while at the same time it is aimed at publishing technical papers reporting on professional issues and enquiries, psychological practice, recommendations, opinions and dilemmas.

Journal structure

The journal is recognised as an important and influential scientific and technical/professional serial publication in the field of psychology by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia, thus meeting the criteria in terms of value for personal bibliography evaluation. The contents of the journal are three-fold: the first part contains original scientific papers (reporting on empirical research or presenting theoretic reviews), the second part is dedicated to technical and/or professionally oriented papers (either of empirical nature or reviews), while the third part consists of new PhD presentations, book reviews, reports from conferences, opinions, and discussions. This editorial policy is aimed at preserving an integrative concept of psychology as a science and as a profession, covering a broad scope of topics from a wide range of interest-depth perspectives.

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Horizons of Psychology are indexed in:

* DOIs are assigned to scientific and professional articles published from 2012 on.

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Horizons of Psychology publishes articles either in Slovene or English language. Typically, the length of the articles is limited to approximatelly 45.000 characters with spaces. The quality of the articles is assured by anonymous review procedure. Each technically acceptable manuscript, falling within the aims and scope of the journal, is subject to double-blind review by two reviewers. The reviewers are chosen by the Editorial Board on individual manuscript basis.

» Instructions for authors

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This journal provides immediate open access to the full-text of articles at no cost on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Conditions for further use or re-use of the published articles are determined by the CC-BY license.

There is no Article Processing Fee (and Submission Fee) charged to authors. Articles are immediately available on the journal website once accepted for publication.

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Creative Commons Licence

Authors retain ownership of the copyright for their article and grant the publisher the right of first publication under the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY license). This license allows others to share and adapt published articles with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors and other end users are permitted and encouraged to post the article(s) online (e.g., in institutional repositories, on their website etc.) as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

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The publication of an article in the peer-reviewed journal Horizons of Psychology is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. It is therefore necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the editor (and the editorial board), the peer reviewer and the publisher.

Slovenian Psychologists' Association as publisher of the journal Horizons of Psychology takes its duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing extremely seriously and we recognize our ethical and other responsibilities. We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, the Slovenian Psychologists' Association and the editorial board of Horizons of Psychology will assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers where this is useful and necessary.

Our ethic statements are based on COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and on existing Elsevier policies.

Duties of authors

Reporting standards
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

Data access and retention
Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data, if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism takes many forms, from 'passing off' another's paper as the author's own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another's paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. See also APA: Open letter to authors.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper. Publication of some kinds of articles (e.g. translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation as the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication. See also APA: Open letter to authors.

Acknowledgement of sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.

Authorship of the paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards and human subjects
If the work involves the use of human subjects, the author should ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subject must always be observed.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. Examples of potential conflicts of interest which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.

Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.

Duties of the editor and editorial board

Publication decisions
The editor is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may consult with editorial board or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play
The editor evaluates manuscripts solely for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

The editor and any editorial staff do not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript are not used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should recuse themselves (i.e. should ask another member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. Editors should require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections in competing interests are revealed after publication. If needed, other appropriate action should be taken, such as the publication of a retraction or expression of concern.

Involvement and cooperation in investigations
An editor should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the publisher (or society). Such measures will generally include contacting the author of the manuscript or paper and giving due consideration of the respective complaint or claims made, but may also include further communications to the relevant institution and research bodies, and if the complaint is upheld, the publication of a correction, retraction, expression of concern, or other note, as may be relevant. Every reported act of unethical publishing behaviour must be looked into, even if it discovered years after publication.

Duties of reviewers

Contribution to editorial decisions
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgment of sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflict of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer's own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should recuse themselves (i.e. should ask another member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers.

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