Ethical Principles and Publication Policy

Ethical Guidelines
AYDIN GASTRONOMY is committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behaviour at all stages of the publication process. It strictly follows the general ethical guidelines provided by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). Depending on these principles and general publication requirements, editors, peer reviewers, and authors must take the following responsibilities in accordance to professional ethics and norms. The proper and ethical process of publishing is dependent on fulfilling these responsibilities.


1. The Responsibilities of Editors
1.1. The General Responsibilities
The editor is accountable for the execution of the publication process of all articles published in their journals.
The editor should make efforts to improve the quality and contribute to the development of the journal.
The editor should support authors’ freedom of expression.


1.2. Relations with Readers
Readers should be informed about who has funded research or other scholarly work and whether the funders had any role in the research and its publication and, if so, what this was.
The editor should ensure that the non-peer-reviewed sections of the journal (letter to the editor, invited paper, announcements of conferences, etc.) are clearly identified.
The editor should make efforts to ensure that the articles published align with the knowledge and skills of the readers.


1.3. Relations with Reviewers
The editor should match the knowledge and expertise of the reviewers with the manuscripts submitted to them to be reviewed ensuring that the manuscripts are adequately reviewed by qualified reviewers.
The editor is responsible to obtain the approval of reviewers that there is not any conflict of interest regarding the article before evaluating the article.
The editor should provide necessary information about the review process and what is expected of them to the reviewers.
The editor must ensure that the review process is double-blind and never reveal the identities of the authors to the reviewers or vice versa.
The editor encourages reviewers to evaluate manuscripts in a scientific and objective language.
The editor should develop a database of reviewers and update it on the basis of reviewers’ performance and timing.
In the reviewer database; the editor should be attentive to have scientists who evaluate the manuscripts objectively, perform the review process on time, evaluate the manuscript with constructive criticism and act in accordance with ethical rules.


1.4. Relations with Authors
The editor should constantly update the publication and writing rules regarding what is expected from authors.
The editor should evaluate the articles submitted to the journal in terms of journal writing and publication rules, importance of the study, originality, and language of expression, and make a positive or negative decision. If the editor decides to reject the article during the first submission process, he/she should clarify the reason of this to the authors in a clear and neutral manner. If the decision is made that the manuscript should be revised by the authors in terms of written language, punctuation, and/or rules in the guidelines (spacing, proper referencing, etc.), the authors should be notified and given time to do the corrections accordingly.
The authors should be provided with necessary information about the process of their review (at which stage is the manuscript at etc.) complying with the rules of double-blind review.
In the case of an editor change, the new editor should not change a decision taken by the previous editor unless it is an important situation.

1.5. Relations with Editorial Board Members
The editor should notify the publication and writing rules of the journal to the new editorial board members and explain what is expected of them.
The editor should evaluate the editorial board members and choose members to the editorial board who can actively contribute to the journal’s development.
The editor should constantly be in communication with the editorial board members and inform about developments.
The editor should inform the editorial board members about their roles and responsibilities such as
• Supporting the development of the journal
• Writing reviews in their expertise fields when asked
• Reviewing and improving the publication and writing guidelines
• Taking necessary responsibilities in journal’s operation

2. The Ethical Responsibilities of Reviewers
The reviewers must only review the manuscripts which align with their expertise fields.
The reviewers must make the evaluation in neutrality and confidentiality. In accordance with this principle, they should destroy the manuscripts they examine after the evaluation process, but use them only after they are published. Nationality, gender, religious belief, political belief and commercial concerns should not disrupt the neutrality of the assessment.
If reviewers notice any conflict of interest, they should inform the editor about it and decline to review the related manuscript.
Reviewers must fill in the Article Evaluation Form for the manuscripts they evaluate. And they should include their final decision about the manuscript whether or not it should be published and why. Reviewers should indicate their decision on whether the manuscript is publishable or not, and the reasons for their decision on this form.
The suggestions and tone of the reviews should be polite, courteous and scientific. The reviewers should make the assessment in a constructive language in accordance with academic propriety and avoid subjective personal comments including defamation and hostility. When it is determined that the reviewers made such unscientific comments, they are contacted by the editor or the editorial board to revise and correct their comments.
The reviewers should respond in time when a manuscript is submitted to them to be reviewed and they should adhere to the ethical responsibilities declared hereby.

3. The Ethical Responsibilities of Author(s)
To be applied in studies submitted as of the beginning of 2020, ethics committee approval must be obtained for researches in all disciplines including social sciences and for studies on clinical and experimental people and animals that require ethical committee decision, this approval must be specified and documented in the article. In studies requiring ethics committee permission, information about the permit (board name, date, and number) should be included in the method section and also on the first / last page of the article. In case reports, information about the volunteer informed / consent form being signed should be included in the article. Since a retrospective ethics committee decision cannot be taken for the studies containing data collected before 2020 but uploaded to the system in and after 2020, the data collection period should be specified in the manuscript.
The articles should include the statement that Research and Publication Ethics are complied with.
Submitted manuscripts should be original works in accordance with the specified fields of study.
Manuscripts sent for publication should not contradict scientific publication ethics (plagiarism, counterfeiting, distortion, republishing, slicing, unfair authorship, not mentioning the supporting organization).
The potential conflicts of interest of the author(s) should be stated and the reason should be explained
The bibliography list should be prepared complete and correctly and the cited sources must be specified.
The names of the people who did not contribute to the manuscript should not be indicated as authors, and should not be suggested to change the author’s order, remove the author, or add an author for a manuscript that is submitted for publication. Nevertheless, they should identify individuals who have a significant share in their work as co-authors. A study cannot be published without the consent of all its authors.
Author(s) are obliged to transmit the raw data of the manuscript to the editor upon request of journal editors.
The author(s) should contact the editor to provide information, correction, or withdrawal when they notice an error regarding the manuscript in the evaluation and early view phase or published electronically.
Author (s) must not send manuscripts submitted for publication to another journal at the same time. Articles published in another journal cannot be resubmitted to be published in the AYDIN GASTRONOMY.
With the decision of the editorial board, English or Turkish translations of original articles from foreign languages, which are considered to have contributed in their field, may also be included. It is obligatory to send the permission text to be obtained from the author or the right owner of the original article along with the translation text in order for the translation articles to be published.
The acceptance or rejection of the article is decided according to the reports from the referees. Correction may be requested from the authors in line with the opinions of the referees. The authors are expected to send their corrected articles or explanations related to the subject to the journal editorial board within 1 month at the latest.
The copyright of the articles accepted to be published after the evaluation process is deemed to have been transferred to Istanbul Aydın University. The authors should fill in the “copyright transfer form” for publication at the time of application and be submitted to the journal editorial with a wet signature.


4. The Ethical Responsibilities of Publisher
The publisher acknowledges that the decision making process is the responsibility of the editor at all stages of the article publication process.
The publisher is responsible for protecting the property and copyright of each published article and keeping a record of every published copy.
The publisher is obliged to provide free access to all articles of all issues of the journal in electronic environment.

Plagiarism and unethical behavior
All manuscripts submitted to AYDIN GASTRONOMY are reviewed through iThenticate and Turnitin software before publishing. Studies with more than 20% similarity in the entire study, and more than 5% similarity from a single source as a result of screening are not included in the preliminary study. Studies with a similarity rate below 20% are checked for aspects such as; whether the source is given at the end of each sentence quoted (in some cases, paragraphs quoted made of 4-5 sentences and a source is given only in the last sentence. In such cases the quoted expression must be enclosed in double-quotes and italicized.), whether the similarity is from the main source (in some cases, different sources are cited and instead of giving as transporter, reference is made to the main source). If there is a block excerpt in the study, if the sections with similarity are not cited, or if the similarity belongs to a source other than the main source and no expressions are available, they will not be evaluated. Any responsibility for ethical violations rests with the authors. Manuscripts which exceed these limits are analyzed in detail and if deemed necessary returned to the authors for revision or correction, if not they could be rejected to be published if any plagiarism or unethical behavior is detected.
Some of the unethical behaviors are listed below:
• Indicating individuals who have not intellectually contributed to the manuscripts as authors.
• Not indicating individuals who have intellectually contributed to the manuscripts as authors.
• Not indicating that a manuscript was produced from author’s graduate thesis/dissertation or a project.
• Salami slicing, producing more than one article from a single study.
• Not declaring conflicting interests or relations in the manuscripts submitted.
• Unveiling the double-blind process.

Notifying The Editor About The Violation Of Ethical Principles
In case of noticing a behavior that does not comply with the ethical principles regarding the editors, referees and authors, or a situation contrary to ethical principles regarding an article in the evaluation process, preliminary assessment or published in the journal AYDIN GASTRONOMY, please report to aydingastronomy@aydin.edu.tr

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