PsyAnima, Dubna Psychological Journal

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PsyAnima, Dubna Psychological Journal  
Discipline Psychology
Language English
Edited by Boris Meshcheryakov
Publication details
International University "Dubna" (Russia)
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 2076-7099

PsyAnima, Dubna Psychological Journal is a scientific journal that publishes articles on psychological theory, history, methodology, as well as empirical studies. The leading scholarly edition of the Revisionist movement in cultural-historical psychology and Vygotskian science.


The journal was founded in 2008 under the auspices of University "Dubna", Russia as a publication vehicle for local psychologists as well as for those not connected with this institution, including international audience of readers and authors. Until recently the journal published materials in Russian with English abstracts, but from the end of 2011 switched to parallel multilingual publications. Until now the journal has published scholarly studies and research materials in English, Russian, German, Portuguese, and French. PsyAnima, Dubna Psychological Journal soon became most prominent Russian psychology journal and the most popular Russia-based international psychological journal that is read in roughly 60 countries in the world.[1]

Aims and goals[edit]

PsyAnima's mission has changed somewhat over the course of its development. Originally it was a journal of general and, mostly, experimental psychology. However, during last two years, it gradually came to focus on three specific themes:

1. "Vygotskian Studies" covering but limited to the topics of

2. Integrative and holistic theory of cultural-historical and bio-social development:

3. Transnational science:

  • Russian psychology in global context: scientific exchange, bi-directional import and export of Russian and non-Russian science
  • linguistic issues in transnational science
  • research on migrations of scholars, publications abroad, national scientific policies worldwide, transnational scientific associations, societies, foundations, philanthropies, and funding institutions
  • transnational nature of scientific knowledge: selection, circulation, and transformation of knowledge as its essential form of existence

Special projects[edit]

The journal has published several special issues on Vygotsky's legacy, featuring contributions from leading international Vygotskian and Lurian scholars including Jerome Bruner, Oliver Sacks, Elkhonon Goldberg, Michael Cole [2], René van der Veer [3], Peter Keiler, Luciano Mecacci, Jüri Allik, and other authors whose groundbreaking studies precipitated the ongoing "Revisionist revolution" in Vygotskian science. More specifically, there are several ongoing special projects supported by the editorial team of the journal that include such as:

  • Cultural-historical psychotherapy
  • "Uzbeks DO HAVE illusions!" Cross-cultural studies in psychology
  • Vygotsky as Art and Literary Scholar: The problems of cultural-historical psychology of language, literature, and art
  • Transnational history of Russian psychology[2]

The Complete Works of L.S. Vygotsky[edit]

In addition to a series of textological works on discourse of Vygotsky's published works[3] that followed recent "archival revolution" in Vygotskian studies,[4] the journal has launched "PsyAnima Complete Vygotsky" project[5][6][7] republishing rare and virtually inaccessible texts of Soviet scholars associated with Vygotsky Circle that have never been published since the 1920s-1930s and remain virtually unknown to general reader and professional scholars. All these publications of Vygotsky's works and comments to them are distributed in electronic form and free of charge. This, along with a series of critical textological and theoretical research publications on Vygotsky's legacy, makes this journal the leading edition of the rapidly growing Revisionist movement in Vygotskian science[8] and the major vehicle for the first ever edition of The Complete Works of L.S. Vygotsky.[9]


  1. ^ Statistics of visits to PsyAnima:
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  3. ^ van der Veer, R. & Yasnitsky, A. (2011). Vygotsky in English: What Still Needs to Be Done. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science html, pdf
  4. ^ Yasnitsky, A. (2010). "Archival revolution" in Vygotskian studies? Uncovering Vygotsky's archives [1]. Journal of Russian & East European Psychology, Vol 48(1), Jan-Feb 2010, 3-13. doi:10.2753/RPO1061-0405480100
  5. ^ psyanimajournal: PsyAnima Полное собрание сочинений Выготского / PsyAnima Complete Vygotsky
  6. ^ "PsyAnima Complete Vygotsky" project book scan release (Basov, 1928) and announcement:
  7. ^ "PsyAnima Complete Vygotsky" project book scan release (Vygotsky, 1929 & 1930) and announcement:
  8. ^ Yasnitsky, A. (2012). Revisionist Revolution in Vygotskian Science: Toward Cultural-Historical Gestalt Psychology. Guest Editor’s Introduction. Journal of Russian and East European Psychology, 50(4), 3-15.
  9. ^ Yasnitsky, A. (2012). The Complete Works of L.S. Vygotsky: PsyAnima Complete Vygotsky project. PsyAnima, Dubna Psychological Journal, 5(3), 144-148

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