About the Journal


The "Black Sea" Journal of Psychology is a natural reflection of the emergence and development of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the "Ovidius" University of Constanta and the development of concerns for scientific research in Psychology, Educational Sciences, and Social Sciences in this area of ​​Romania.

The "Black Sea" Journal of Psychology first appeared in May 2010. The journal is biannual, published in May and November. Initially, the magazine was edited by the Black Sea Psychological Association and the Department of Psychology of the "Ovidius" University of Constanta. Currently, the magazine has passed under the auspices of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and the Center for Psychopedagogical and Social Research and Assessment.

Focus & Scope

The „Black Sea” Journal of Psychology (ISSN: 2068-4649) welcomes high-quality contributions investigating topics in the fields of Psychology, Educational Sciences and Social Work, from theoretical, empirical, and critical perspectives. The BSJoP mainly favors original and articulate research papers, but theory-focused articles, book reviews, and other scientific contributions are also welcome.

Open Access Policy

The „Black Sea” Journal of Psychology publishes fully open access articles, which means that all articles are available on the internet to all users immediately upon publication, without requiring a subscription to the journal. The journals are online first which allows authors, within a set deadline, to revise their posted article before printing. All the articles undergo blind and editorial peer-review and quality control.

The articles that are published in the journal are distributed under CC BY license. Users can distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon our articles, even commercially, as long as they are credited for the original creation. 

Benefits of open access for authors include:

  • Free access for all users worldwide;
  • Authors retain copyright to their work;
  • Increased visibility and readership worldwide.

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.

Peer Review Process

All contributions are subject to a blind peer-review process. All received manuscripts will be sent to one or more referees. Authors will be notified whether their papers are accepted for publication or not. The authors whose contributions are accepted for publication will be sent the referee form in which is mentioned if revisions are required or if the paper is accepted as it stands. The authors requested to submit revisions for review will send the new versions of their articles to the editor (the deadline for submitting the revised papers will be mentioned by the editor in the correspondence with the author(s)). All submitted work must not have been published elsewhere or be currently under review for any other publication.


  • Relevance of theme/s & originality
  • Argumentative structure & clarity
  • Methodological integrity & use of data (if applicable)
  • Use of literature & theory
  • Language – the quality of communication
  • The reviewers will provide a score for each criterion, an overall recommendation, and comments.

The „Black Sea” Journal of Psychology (BSJoP) subscribes to the principles of ethical publishing suggested by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) [http://publicationethics.org]. We suggest that all prospective Authors and Reviewers read the COPE recommendations before submitting or reviewing manuscripts. To highlight those ethical commitments we consider basic, we present in the following a nonexclusive set of stringent rules guiding the submission, selection, evaluation, feedback, and publication processes at the BSJoP.

I. Authors who submit an article to the BSJoP thereby commit themselves to their being the sole owners and originators of the manuscript. Previously published (entirely or partially) manuscripts will not be accepted. Plagiarism, falsification or fabrication of data, and/or the omission of significant material will lead to the rejection of the manuscript and the termination of all relations with the author(s). Authors are solely responsible for all statements, citations, and materials included in the manuscripts they submit to the BSJoP.

II. All papers submitted to the BSJoP undergo a thorough, objective, and fair peer-review process. Reviewers should evaluate all manuscripts professionally, objectively, and fairly, without allowing for any kind of interference from personal biases or interests in their comments and/or recommendations. Evaluators should deliver their reviews promptly, and they should ensure the confidentiality of the peer-review process.

III. Editors manage the publication and peer-review processes in a confidential, unbiased and professional manner. They have editorial independence; the selection and final decision for the publication of manuscripts are based only on the scholarly merits of the materials. Responsibility for acceptance and rejection of all papers submitted rests with the Editors; their decisions, however, should be informed by feedback from Reviewers. Exceptionally, Editors may reject manuscripts that they consider inappropriate given RJCPR’s (and general academic) standards without any further review process.


This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.