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Bibliometric analysis of publications from post-Soviet countries in psychological journals in 1992–2017

  • Andrey LovakovEmail author
  • Elena Agadullina


For several decades the Soviet academic psychology community was isolated from the West, yet after the collapse of the Soviet Union each of the 15 countries went their own way in economic, social, and scientific development. The paper analyses publications from post-Soviet countries in psychological journals in 1992–2017, i.e. 26 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Over the period in question, 15 post-Soviet countries had published 4986 papers in psychology, accounting for less than one percent of the world output in psychological journals. However, the growth of post-Soviet countries’ output in psychological journals, especially that of Russia and Estonia, is observed during this period. Over time, post-Soviet authors began to write more papers in international teams, constantly increasing the proportion of papers in which they are leaders and main contributors. Their papers are still underrepresented in the best journals as well as among the most cited papers in the field and are also cited lower than the world average. However, the impact of psychological papers from post-Soviet countries increases with time. There is a huge diversity between 15 post-Soviet countries in terms of contribution, autonomy, and impact. Regarding the number of papers in psychological journals, the leading nations are Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Georgia. Estonia is the leader in autonomy in publishing papers in psychological journals among post-Soviet countries. Papers from Estonia and Georgia are cited higher than the world average, whereas papers from Russia and Ukraine are cited below the world average. Estonia and Georgia also boast a high number of Highly cited papers.


Post-Soviet countries Psychology Bibliometric analysis National comparison Web of Science InCites 



We thank Professor Jüri Allik and Vladimir Pislyakov for comments to previous version of the manuscript. The article was prepared within the framework of the HSE University Basic Research Program and funded by the Russian Academic Excellence Project ‘5-100’.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Institutional StudiesNational Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia
  2. 2.School of PsychologyNational Research University Higher School of EconomicsMoscowRussia

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