Ethical Guidelines


Duration of publishing the journals for a refereed journal, editors, reviewers, publishers and also authors are supposed to have duties and responsibilities in accordance to the highest level professional ethic and norms. 

The primary responsibility of the publisher(s) and the institution is to provide editors, assistants (of) editor, authors and reviewers to collaborate with each other so as to accurately complete the tasks in accordance to ethic rules and norms in the publishing process.      

The responsibilities of editor and associate editor(s)

The editor and associate editor(s) should acknowledge receipt of submitted manuscripts to the authors within seven days. The editor and associate editor(s) have responsibility in order to determine which of the submitted manuscripts could be published.

First of all, the submitted manuscripts will be controlled by the editor and the associate editor(s) in case of the plagiarism possibility. In this stage, the detected plagiarized manuscripts by the editor and the associate editor(s) will be rejected by the editor and associate editor(s). No way that the plagiarized manuscripts will be taken in the consideration process.

The unpublished data and method in the submitted manuscripts should not be exploited/use by anyone in her/his study without the written permission of the author.

The submitted manuscripts should be evaluated in accordance to the framework of solely intellectual norms in regardless of social, religious, cultural, economical background.

The submitted manuscripts should not be disclosed no one other than the reviewer, the publisher, the editor assistants and the author(s) of such manuscripts by the editor and the associate editor(s).

When obtained interest struggle/conflict among the submitted manuscripts and other author(s) and/or institution, such submitted manuscripts should be recuse himself or herself from the review process.

The final decision concerning the acceptance or rejection of the submitted manuscripts belongs to the editor. This situation will be decided with reference to the originality and significance of the submitted manuscripts.

The editor should not oblige the authors to cite any articles or papers in the journal as the submitted manuscripts of the authors to be able to accept in the journal.

The responsibilities of reviewer(s)

The reviewers have responsibility to the editor to inform the editor and the associate editors regarding the review process of the submitted manuscript in case the reviewers do not feel enough qualified in order to review the assigned manuscript of if they cannot complete the review process on time.

The reviewers should complete her/his task in the respect to principle of secrecy. Reviewers should not share or discuss any data regarding the submitted study with no one except the editor and the associate editor(s).  

The reviewer should not disclose and share any data/content and opinions of the submitted manuscripts and should not use personal interest. Furthermore, the reviewers should not use any data of the unpublished paper.     

The criticism of the reviewers should be based on objective and scientific perspective and also the reviewers should avoid from personal criticism against the author(s). The reviewers are supposed to support her or his opinions by providing clear and tangible proofs.

If the reviewers detect any similarities between the assigned manuscript and another published articles in the journal or in an another journal, they are supposed to notify the editor about this situation.

The reviewers should not take any part in evaluation process of the submitted manuscripts with author(s) who have competition, cooperation or other kind of relations or links.

The responsibilities of the author(s)

From the beginning of 2020, according to the index of ULAKBIM, “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 accordance with this decision, our authors who submit articles to be evaluated for our journal should state ethics committee approval number and upload the text to the system. The data collection period should be specified in the manuscript for the studies containing data collected before 2020 but uploaded to the system in 2020.

Basically the authors are supposed not to publish/submit the same manuscript in the context of the another article and should not send it to other journals.

The author(s) should not send the same study manuscript to more than a/one journal simultaneously.

The authors should gather the data relating the studies in the framework of principle of ethic. The publisher, the editor and the reviewer could demand the raw data from the author(s) which the study is based on.

The studies which are sent to the journal should provide details and references/sources in an adequate level. Dishonesty and incorrect statements are unacceptable due to causing unethical principles.

The submitted manuscripts should be original and the originality of the study should be ensured by the author(s). If others’ papers and/or words are used in the context of the submitted manuscript, the reference should be provided in accordance to appropriate style. Also excerpts should be in an appropriate style in accordance to the writing rules of the journal and scientific ethics. The authorities are supposed to refer to other publishments which effect the essence of their submitted studies. 

The authors are supposed to notify a conflict of interest, financial sources and foundations if any of them are supported their studies.

All the person(s) who contributed to the submitted manuscript in the respect of design, interpretation or implementation should be written on the submitted manuscript. All participations contributed in essence, should be listed respectively. Also apart these persons should be added to the part of “Acknowledgement”.

If the author detects any flaw or error(s) in the context of the submitted manuscript, the author is responsible to urgently notify this situation to the editor or the publisher in behalf of collaboration in order to correct such error(s) or flaw(s).