Ethical Principles and Publication Policy

It is essential that the authors comply with national and international ethical guidelines and obtain permission from the relevant ethical committees for research conducted in humans or animals. Compliance of the articles with scientific and ethical rules is the responsibility of the authors. Ethics committee permissions are not requested for every article. is requested for articles that "require ethics committee approval".

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Balıkesir Health Sciences Journal, as a journal that is aware of the need for easy access to information in order to advance scientific studies, supports the initiative to make the peer-reviewed journal literature open access in the Budapest Open Access Declaration and offers all published articles free of charge in an environment that everyone can read and download. In this declaration, open access means that "scientific literature can be accessed, read, recorded, copied, printed, scanned, linked to full text, indexed, transferred to the software as data and used for any legal purpose via the Internet without financial, legal and technical barriers" It was used to mean. Given the role of knowledge sharing in the advancement of science, open access is of paramount importance to researchers and readers. Therefore, articles in this journal can be used as long as the author and original source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or publishers. Articles in this journal are available across search engines, websites, blogs, and other digital platforms.

These open access policies, adopted on 12 September 2012 and adopted by our editorial board, can be accessed at

Balıkesir University Institute of Health Sciences, which is the publisher of the Journal, does not charge any subscription fee, publication fee or similar payment for access to electronic resources.

Creative Commons

A Creative Commons license is a form of public copyright license that allows a copyrighted work or work to be distributed free of charge. When an author wishes to give the right to share or modify the work he created for use, he uses the CC license.

Our Journal deems the "Creative Commons Attribution License (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International CC BY-NC)" license for all published articles.

This license permits other authors to use your work in their works for non-commercial purposes, provided that they refer to your work.

Open access is an approach that reinforces interdisciplinary development and encourages cooperation between different disciplines. Therefore, JOURNAL contributes to its field by providing more access to its articles and a more transparent review process.


It is aimed that all stakeholders (author, editor, referee, publisher and reader) who produce a scientific study contribute to the progress of science correctly. Compliance with scientific ethical principles is important in scientific studies prepared in accordance with this goal.

These ethical principles have been accepted by us on the basis of the directive prepared by the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) and are suggested to be adopted by the stakeholders and are presented below.

Ethical Responsibilities of scolds

To be sure of the accuracy of the data related to the study, to keep the records of the research in order and to be able to give access to these data upon possible request.

Make sure that the article you submit has not been published or accepted elsewhere.

Accept this conflict and cite if the content it presents matches with the published or presented content, if necessary, provide the editor with a copy of any work that may contain similar content, obtain permission to reproduce or use any content from other sources, citation.

Ensure that all work involving human or animal subjects comply with national and international laws and guidelines (for example, WMA Declaration of Helsinki, NIH Policy on the Use of Laboratory Animals, EU Directive on the Use of Animals), confirm that the necessary approvals have been obtained, and respect subject privacy. To indicate relevant ethical committee approvals and research details in the "Materials and Methods" section of the study.

In case of any conflict of interest, to share it with the editor and publisher when it detects an ethical violation related to the article, to publish a statement of error, addendum, indemnity or withdraw the work when deemed necessary.

Editors' Ethical Duties and Responsibilities

To act in a balanced, objective and fair manner in the performance of their duties without discrimination on gender, religious or political beliefs, authors' ethnic or geographical origin.

To evaluate the articles submitted to the journal according to their content, not to show any privileges to any author.

To take the necessary measures to prevent possible conflicts of interest and to evaluate existing statements, if any.

To treat sponsored studies or studies on special topics in the same way as other studies,

In case of a complaint of ethical violation, to follow the necessary procedures by adhering to the journal's policies and procedures. To give the authors an opportunity to respond to the complaint and not to avoid applying the necessary sanctions regardless of who the work belongs to.

To reject the incoming work if it is not suitable for the journal's purpose and scope.

Ethical Responsibilities of Referees

To review the article objectively in a timely manner in order to contribute to the editor's decision-making process and to agree to evaluate only the studies related to the area of ​​expertise

To make the evaluation objectively only in relation to the content of the study. To evaluate working without considering religious, political and economic interests.

To provide guidance that will help to increase the quality of the article to be published and to examine the work meticulously. To convey your comments to the author in a constructive and courteous language.

To protect the confidentiality of the information provided by the editor and the author, to destroy the study after the evaluation process due to the principle of confidentiality, to notify the editor if there is a situation against blind refereeing and not to evaluate the work.

To be aware of potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative, or other relationships between author and author) and, if necessary, to alert the editor to withdraw their assistance for this article.

Publisher's Ethical Responsibilities

Among the stakeholders involved in a scientific study, the publisher should act within the scope of all these ethical principles.

The publisher is obliged to use its communication power without any individual benefit and to direct its target audience correctly.

It protects the property and copyright of every published work and undertakes the duty of archiving every published product.

People should not hesitate to contact the publisher when faced with an unethical situation.

Some of the actions considered to be against scientific research and publication ethics:

Plagiarism: Showing others' original ideas, methods, data or works as their own work, partially or completely, without reference to scientific rules,
Fraud: Using data that does not actually exist or has been falsified in scientific research
Distortion: Falsifying the research records or the data obtained, showing the devices or materials not used in the research as being used, distorting or shaping the research results in line with the interests of the people and organizations,
Republishing: To present repetitive publications as separate publications in academic appointments and promotions,
Slicing: Dividing the results of a research into pieces in a way that disrupts the integrity of the research and inappropriately and publishing in more than one issue and presenting these publications as separate publications in academic appointments and promotions,
Unfair authorship: Including non-active contributors among the authors or not including those who are, changing the author's order in an unjustified and inappropriate manner, removing the names of those with active contributors from the work in subsequent editions, using their influence to include their names among the authors, even though they have no active contribution, 
Not specifying the supporting persons, institutions or organizations and their contributions in the publications made as a result of researches conducted with the support
Using thesis or studies that have not yet been submitted or have not been accepted as a source without the permission of the owner,
Failing to comply with ethical rules in research conducted on humans and animals, not respecting patient rights in their publications, harming animal health and ecological balance, not obtaining necessary permissions,
Misusing the resources, places, facilities and devices provided or allocated for scientific research,
To make false or misleading statements regarding scientific research and publications in academic appointments and promotions,


Plagiarism (plagiarism) is an ethical violation, regardless of whether it is intent or not. It is unethical and unacceptable if the studies are similar to other sources without reference and publication in this form.

The Editorial Board can act in accordance with COPE rules against allegations and suspicions of plagiarism, citation manipulation and data fraud related to the articles submitted to the journal.

Articles with an Ithenticate similarity index of more than 15%, excluding references, and studies that do not have ethics committee approval and whose copyright transfer form is not signed by all authors are not considered for publication in our journal.


Studies submitted to our Journal for publication must have the quality of original work that has not been previously published or sent to be published elsewhere. When submitting their work, individuals are obliged to declare that the work has not been published on any other platform before, in whole or in part, and that they have not evaluated for publication. In case of a contrary situation, the author will be held responsible in accordance with the relevant sanctions.

The authors agree to waive the copyright of their work and must transfer the copyright of their work to the INSTITUTION together with the submission for evaluation. This transfer becomes binding upon the acceptance of the article for publication. No part of the printed material can be used elsewhere without the written permission of the publisher.

The publication processes of the journal are the International Medical Journals Editorial Board (ICMJE), the World Medical Editors Association (WAME), the Scientific Editors Council (CSE), the Publication Ethics Board (COPE), the European Science Editors Association (EASE) and the National Information Standards organization (NISO). It is conducted in accordance with the guidelines

The authors; All unregistered rights other than patents, copyrights, the right to reproduce the work for their own purposes provided that they do not sell the work, the right to use all or part of the work in the author's own books and other academic works, provided that the source is indicated, on personal websites provided that the work credential is specified, or the university reserves its rights, such as the right to keep it in its open archive.

When using previously published content, including ancillary images, tables or any other content in print or electronic format, authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder. The legal, financial and criminal responsibility in this matter belongs to the authors.

Authors who will submit a study to our journal must fill in the "Copyright Transfer and Conflict of Interest Declaration Form" document. The author (s) must sign the filled form with a wet signature. The signed form must first be scanned and sent to the Journal by e-mail at the first application and then by mail.


Situations that provide economic or personal benefits create a conflict of interest. Reliability of scientific process and published articles; It is directly related to objectively handling conflicts of interest during the planning, implementation, writing, evaluation, editing and publication of the scientific study.

Financial relationships are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest, and it is inevitable to damage the credibility of the journal, authors and science. These conflicts can be caused by individual relationships, academic competition, or intellectual approaches. Authors are responsible for restricting access to all data of the study or analyzing, interpreting, preparing articles, publishing, etc. As far as possible, it should avoid entering into agreements with sponsors, both for-profit and non-profit, that interfere with their abilities.

In order to avoid conflicts of interest, editors should also avoid bringing together people who may have a relationship during the evaluation of the work. Editors who make the final decision about the articles should also have no personal, professional or financial ties with any of the issues they will decide on. Individuals should inform the editorial board of possible conflicts of interest so that articles can be evaluated within the framework of ethical principles and an independent process can be carried out.

Our editorial board works devotedly to ensure that the evaluation process is carried out in an impartial manner, considering all these situations.

Resources used in the preparation and adoption of policies:

Budapest Open Access Statement

ICMJE (International Committee Of Medical Journal Editors)

Creative Commons

COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)

Education and Science Journal Publication Policies

DOAJ Principles Of Transparency And Best Practice In Scholarly Publishing, Version 3

YÖK Scientific Research and Publication Ethics Directive

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