Ethical Principles and Publication Policy

Publication Ethics

Peer-reviewed studies are those that embody and comply with the scientific method, and thus ensure quality standards, improvement of performance, and credibility in science. Consequently, it is important that all stakeholders (authors, readers, researchers, publishers, referees and editors) comply with the ethical principles and standards. Within this framework, Plant Protection Bulletin expects all stakeholders to have the following ethical responsibilities as a part of its publication ethics.

Ethical Responsibilities of Authors
1. The manuscript should not be published elsewhere or submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
2. The manuscript should be original works in accordance with the purpose and scope of the journal.
3. The authors are required to make a full and correct reference to other studies.
4. The manuscript submitted for publication should not be contrary to the ethics of scientific publications (plagiarism, falsification, distortion, republishing, slicing, unfair authorship etc.). The publisher has the right to reject and/or retract the manuscript in case of any ethical violation, even it was previously accepted. The authors are not able to object to the decision made by the journal.
5. All authors must disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest.
6. Authors have to be prepared to share raw data assessed in the manuscript and any related information if so requested by the editorial board within the framework of the evaluation process.
7. Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and therefore share public responsibility for all the results.
8. Any changes to authorship during the publication process must be approved by all authors of the paper, and these approval decisions must be sent to the journal. In addition, the reasons behind the change in authorship must be explained to the journal. Changes of authorship or in the order of authors are not accepted after acceptance of a manuscript.
9. Authors should fully declare all sources of funding received for the research submitted to the Journal.

Ethical Responsibilities of Editors
1. All manuscripts are judged based on the intellectual contents, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenship or political values of the authors.
2. Editors are responsible for making decisions based on the contribution of the article submitted to the journal to researchers and readers and the comments of the referees within the framework of the editorial board policies and copyright rules. If editors think that the manuscripts submitted to the journal do not comply with the journal policies due to ethical problems or insufficient academic originality, they may reject them without sending them to the referees.
3. Submitted manuscripts are not shared with anyone - except the referees - without the author's permission until it is decided whether the article will be published or not.
4. Confidentiality of reviewers' names and other details is ensured.
5. Personal data related to the manuscript does not share with any individual or organisation.
6. Double-blind review system with at least two reviewers is used to evaluate manuscripts for publication.

Ethical Responsibilities of Reviewers
Before accepting to review the manuscript, reviewers should consider the following points:
1. The article submitted for evaluation should be considered as a confidential document. This means that information and ideas obtained whilst acting as a reviewer must be kept confidential and not used strictly for competitive advantage.
2. Reviewers should provide objective peer review, with clear and well-founded comments and submitted in a timely manner.
3. Reviewers must be experts in the subject matter and refuse the proposal if they do not have sufficient information. In addition, if they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the reviewed manuscript, they should not accept the article evaluation.
4. Assessment of the manuscript should be made in an objective manner, and be based exclusively on the contents of the study. It should not allow nationality, gender, religious beliefs, political beliefs and commercial concerns to influence the assessment.
Once the invitation to review the manuscript is accepted, reviewers should first check if the manuscript is an original research or not, and if so, first step of the review should be to check whether the methodology of the study meets the following conditions:
1. The methodology is reliable and valid;
2. Related methods are used completely;
3. There is no contradiction between the results reported in the manuscript and the statistical or qualitative evidence.
For a general review, reviewers should fill the manuscript evaluation form of Plant Protection Bulletin. In addition, they can mark their corrections and suggestions on the manuscript using “Track Changes”, provided that their names remain anonymous. If any ethical violation is found in the manuscript under review, we request for the reviewers to inform the editor about the issue as soon as possible.

Rights granted to Plant Protection Bulletin
Plant Protection Bulletin reserves the right to reject a paper even after it has been accepted, if it becomes apparent that there are serious problems with its scientific content, or the publishing policies of journal have been violated.
The journal reserves the right to provide the article in all forms and media, so the article can be used by the latest technology even after its publication.

Ownership and Management
Plant Protection Bulletin is an academic research journal owned and managed by Directorate of Plant Protection Central Research Institute, Turkey.

Open Access Policy
All research articles published in Plant Protection Bulletin are fully open access and the final version of the published article is made freely available, immediately, to everyone.
Articles are published under the terms of a Creative Commons license which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.