Ethical Principles and Publication Policy

Ethical Principles

Ethical Principles for Authors

It is the responsibility of the author to contribute to academic field. The articles must be original and based on academic research. Although the plagiarism scan will be conducted by AID, authors will be responsible for academic consequences of plagiarism. Papers should not be sent to different journals at the same time and must be previously unpublished. It should be made sure that other individuals shown as co-authors, have contributed to the research. It is contrary to the scientific ethics to add some, who are not academic contributors to the article, as co-authors or to put in order co-authors with non-academic criteria such as title, age, and gender regardless of the order of contribution. It is assumed that authors who submit articles to the journal read and accept the publishing and writing principles of the journal and the writers are deemed to have committed themselves to these principles. Citations and bibliography should be complete and organized. Authors should take into account the Scientific Research and Publication Ethics Directive specified by the Higher Education Council.

Ethical Principles for Referees

Reviewers should act with the awareness that they are the most basic determinant of the academic quality of the article to be published in the journal and should evaluate it with a view increasing the academic quality. Reviewers should only accept the articles that they have the expertise necessary to make an appropriate appraisal. Also, they should only accept the articles that they can adhere to the double-blind peer-review secrecy and they should keep the details of the article in every way confidential. Any information about the article examined in the review process should not be shared with anyone in any way. Reviewers should only evaluate the correctness of the content of the articles and the appropriateness of the academical criterias. The opinion put forth in the article by authors may differ from those of the referees. The differences should not affect the evaluation. Reviews should be objective and moderate. Defamatory, derogatory and accusatory statements must be avoided. Reviewers should avoid superficial and ambiguous expressions in evaluation reports. For the evaluations that resulted negative, the missing points and imperfections of the article must be shown clearly and concretely. Reviewers must evaluate the articles within the timeframe granted to them. If they will not evaluate the article, they must notify the journal within a reasonable time.

Ethical Principles for Editorial Board

Editors should accept the articles that may contribute to the relevant areas expressed in the scope of the Journal to the evaluation process. Editors should not be in any conflict of interest with the accepted or rejected articles nor take advantage from them. Editors have all the responsibility and authority to accept or reject a submission. It is the responsibility of editors to keep the names of referees and authors confidential. Editors should take the necessary effort to ensure that the articles submitted for publication will be scanned to prevent plagiarism that is an academic dishonesty. It is the responsibility of editors to complete the review, refereeing, editing and publishing processes of the submitted articles in a timely and healthy manner. Editors should give priority to academic concerns and criterias when accepting the article to the journal.

Editorial Principles

1) The Journal of Academic Inquiries (AID) is a peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes studies on social, human and administrative sciences.

2) The Journal of Academic Inquiries is a double-blind peer reviewed journal which is published twice a year (April and October).

3) The publication language of the journal is Turkish and English.

4) The articles to be published in the journal should be original and academic studies prepared primarily by using appropriate research methods related to their fields. In addition, translations, book reviews, critiques and evaluations that contribute to the academic field are also acceptable.

5) The articles submitted for publication in our journal are controlled by a plagiarism software called i-Thenticate. Articles with a similarity rate higher than 45% are rejected without being processed into evaluation. Similarity rates between %20 and %30 are required to be reviewed by the author and should be reduced below 20%. There should not be more than 3% similarity rate from a single source.

6) The articles submitted to the journal should not be published before or sent for publication anywhere else at the same time.

7) In studies requiring ethics committee approval, it is assumed that the permissions are obtained, and “information about the permits should be included in the manuscript”. Ethics committee approval must be obtained for the following cases in the manuscripts which sent as of 01.01.2020 and added to the manuscript.

Researches requiring Ethics Committee approval are as follows::
• Any research carried out with qualitative or quantitative approaches that require data collection from participants using questionnaire, interview, focus group study, direct observation, and experiment and interview techniques alike.
• Use of humans and animals (including material / data) for experimental or other scientific purposes,
• Clinical researches on humans,
• Researches on animals,
• Retrospective studies related to The Law on The Protection of Personal Data,
• In the case reports, it must be stated that “Informed consent form” was taken,
• Approvals from the owners for the use of scales, surveys and photographs that belong to others must be expressed and obtained.
• It must be noted that copyright regulations are observed for the intellectual and artistic works.

8) The submitted articles are first examined in terms of formal requirements. The article which do not comply with the publication and writing principles would be returned to the author in order to make the necessary corrections without subject to the content review.

9) The articles submitted to the journal for publication are sent to the related reviewers by the editorial board after the preliminary examination. With the report of two positive reviews, it is decided to publish the article and publishable issue of the journal is notified to the author. In case of two reviews give negative result, the article is not published. When positive and negative reviews are available for the same article, the decision on the article is given by the Editorial Board, with the consideration of the content of the reviews.

10) If the articles that are decided to be published after revisions by the reviews, the article returned to the author for the necessary corrections. The author makes corrections in a different colour. After the revisions, the reviewer's warnings are taken into account and checked again.

11) It is decided within three months that the articles sent to the journal will be published and the author is informed.

12) A maximum of two studies of the same author (copyright and translation) can be published in an issue.

13) No copyright fee is paid to the author for the published articles.

14) The academic and legal responsibility of the published work belongs to the author or authors.