Scientific Research Ethics, Obtaining Legal/Special Ethics Committee Approval, and Publication Policy

Ethics Policy

Editors should:

o hold the following responsibilities that are based on the guidelines "COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors" and "COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors" published as open Access by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Authors should:

o submit original manuscripts that have not published before or not submitted to anywhere else for publication.

o indicate just the authors who contributed to the manuscript at the intellectual level.

o should be ready to supply extra documents such as raw data, consent forms, and permission forms.

o just submit their submission to one journal at a time.

Reviewers should:

o agree to review only in their subject of expertise in an unbiased and confidential manner.

o review the manuscript constructively and kindly, avoiding insulting.

o review the content of a manuscript objectively without considering issues such as gender, religion, and politics.

The Journal has accepted implementing the following principles:

1. Editors, subject editors, and editorial assistants cannot submit their manuscripts as long as they are part of the editorial board.
2. One author cannot publish articles on successive issues.
3. There is a maximum 20% quota for the scholars affiliated with Afyon Kocatepe University considering their acceptance dates.
4. The journal does not accept manuscripts produced from theses that are prepared at Afyon Kocatepe University. 

Obtaining Legal/Special Ethics Committee Approval
Since 2020, TR Dizin-ULAKBİM requires researchers to obtain Legal/Special Ethics Committee Approval if they conduct field research, survey, or etc. In this regard, if your study requires such approval, authors must submit their approval document during the application. Moreover, this approval should be noted in the papers.
Publication Policy
The preliminary examination of the submissions approximately takes 10 days. Thus, within 10 days authors are being notified regarding the first decision of the editorial board.
The first round of the review process approximately takes 4 weeks. We ask reviewers to complete their evaluations within 15 days, but we may provide an extension for 15 days under certain circumstances. The Journal aims to complete all rounds of reviews within 8 weeks. However, because of the reviewers' availability, these durations may vary.