ETHICAL PRINCIPLES AND PUBLICATION POLICY
The publishing processes applied in Fırat University Journal of Social Sciences constitute the basis for the development and distribution of information in an impartial and respectful manner. The processes implemented in this direction are directly reflected in the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support the authors. Peer-reviewed studies are studies that embody and support the scientific method. At this point, it is important that all shareholders of the process (authors, readers and researchers, publishers, referees and editors) comply with ethical principles. Fırat University Journal of Social Sciences expects all shareholders to bear the following ethical responsibilities within the scope of publication ethics.
The ethical duties and responsibilities below have been prepared by taking into account the guidelines and policies published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) as open access.
Ethical Responsibilities of the Authors
The author(s) who send the Fırat University Journal of Social Sciences are expected to comply with the following ethical responsibilities:
1) Articles submitted by the author(s) must be original. If the author(s) benefit from other studies or use other studies, they must cite the studies they have used completely and accurately and/or cite them completely and accurately.
2) Persons who do not contribute to the content intellectually in the creation of the study should not be specified as authors.
3) The situations and relationships of all studies submitted for publication that may constitute a conflict of interest -if any- are explained.
4) Raw data related to their articles can be requested from the author(s) within the framework of evaluation processes; in such a case, the author(s) should be ready to present the expected data and information to the editorial board.
5) The author(s) must have a document showing that they have the rights to use the data used, the necessary permissions for the research/analysis, or the consent of the experimental subjects.
6) In the event that the author(s) notices a mistake or error in their published work at the early view or evaluation stage, he/she has an obligation to inform the journal editor of the publisher and cooperate with the editor in, correcting or withdrawing.
7) Articles submitted to the journal cannot be sent to more than one journal at the same time. Each application is initiated following the completion of the previous application. A study published in another journal cannot be sent to Fırat University Journal of Social Sciences.
8) Changing the author responsibilities of a study whose evaluation process has started (such as adding authors, changing author order, removing authors) cannot be proposed.
Ethical Duties and Responsibilities of the Editors
Fırat University Social Sciences Journal editors have the following ethical duties and responsibilities on the basis of "COPE Code of Conductand Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors" and "COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors", which are published by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) as open access.
General Duties and Responsibilities
Editors are responsible for every publication published in Fırat University Journal of Social Sciences. In the context of this responsibility, editors have the following roles and responsibilities:
1) They make an effort to meet the information needs of readers and writers.
2) They ensure the continuous development of the journal.
3) They carry out the processes to improve the quality of the studies published in the journal.
4) They support freedom of thought.
5) They provide academic integrity.
6) They continue their business processes without compromising intellectual property rights and ethical standards.
7) They show clarity and transparency in terms of publication in matters that require correction and explanation.
Relationship with the Readers
Editors make decisions by considering the knowledge, skills and experience expectations of all readers, researchers and practitioners. They pay attention to the fact that the published studies contribute to the reader, researcher, practitioner and scientific literature and to be original. In addition, editors take into account the feedback from readers, researchers and practitioners, and provide explanatory and informative feedback.
Relationship with the Authors
Editors' duties and responsibilities towards authors are as follows:
1) Editors make positive or negative decisions based on the importance, original value, validity, clarity of expression, and the journal's goals and objectives.
2) Editors take the works suitable for the scope of the publication to the pre-evaluation stage unless they have serious problems.
3) Editors do not ignore the positive referee suggestions unless there is a serious problem with the work.
4) New editors cannot change the decisions made by the previous editor(s) for the work unless there is a serious problem.
5) Editors publish the "Blind Refereeing and Evaluation Process" and prevent possible deviations in the defined processes.
6) Editors provide descriptive and informative notification and feedback to the authors.
Relationship with Referees
The duties and responsibilities of editors towards referees are as follows:
1) Editors determine the referees in accordance with the subject of the study.
2) Editors provide the information and guides that referees will need during the evaluation phase.
3) They observe whether there is a conflict of interest among editors, authors and referees.
4) Editors keep the identity information of referees confidential in the context of blind refereeing.
5) Editors; encourage referees to consider working in an impartial, scientific and objective language.
6) Editors evaluate the referees with criteria such as timely return and performance.
7) Editors determine practices and policies that increase the performance of referees.
8) Editors take the necessary steps to dynamically update the referee pool.
9) Editors avoid impolite and unscientific reviews.
10) Editors take steps to ensure that the referee pool is made up of a wide variety.
Relationship with the Editorial Board
Editors ensure that editorial board members progress in accordance with processes, publishing policies and guidelines. They inform the editorial board members about the publishing policies and keep them informed of the developments. They train new editorial board members on broadcasting policies and provide the information they need.
Also the editors:
1) ensure that the editorial board members evaluate the works impartially and independently.
2) select the new editorial board members from amongst the faculty members who can contribute and are qualified.
3) send the editorial board members the works appropriate to their field of expertise for evaluation.
4) regularly interact with the editorial board.
5) organize meetings with the editorial board at regular intervals for the development of publishing policies and the journal.
Relationship with the Owner and Publisher of the Journal
The relationship between editors and publisher is based on the principle of editorial independence.
Editorial and Blind Review Processes
Editors follow the "Blind Review and Evaluation Process" policies in the journal publishing policies. In this context, editors ensure that each work is completed in a fair, impartial and timely evaluation process.
Editors publish every article published in the journal in accordance with the journal's publication policies and international standards.
Protection of Personal Data
Editors ensure the protection of personal data regarding the subjects or images included in the evaluated studies. They protect individual data of authors, referees and readers.
Ethics Committee, Human and Animal Rights
Editors ensure the protection of human and animal rights in the studies evaluated. In the absence of the ethics committee approval for the subjects used in the studies, they refuse to work in the absence of permission for experimental research.
Prevention Against Possible Misuse and Misconduct
Editors take action against possible abuse and misconduct. They conduct a meticulous and objective investigation and share their findings on the identification and evaluation of complaints regarding this situation.
Ensuring Academic Publication Integrity
Editors quickly correct judgments that contain errors, inconsistencies, or misdirections in their work.
Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
Editors protect the intellectual property rights of all published articles, defend the rights of the journal and author(s) in possible violations. In addition, they take necessary measures to ensure that the content in all published articles does not violate the intellectual property rights of other publications.
Constructiveness and Openness to Discussion
1) They take into account the persuasive criticisms of the works published in the journal and display a constructive attitude towards these criticisms.
2) They give the author (s) the right to reply to the criticized studies.
3) They do not ignore studies with negative results.
Editors respond in an enlightening and descriptive way by carefully examining complaints from authors, referees or readers.
Political and Business Concerns
Journal owner, publisher, and any other political or commercial aspect does not affect the editors' independent decision making.
Conflicts of Interest
Editors guarantee the completion of the publication process in an independent and impartial manner, taking into account the conflicts of interest between the author(s), referees and other editors.
Ethical Responsibilities of Referees
The evaluation of all studies with "Blind Review" directly affects the quality of the publication. This process provides confidence through objective and independent evaluation of the publication. Fırat University Journal of Social Sciences, the evaluation process is carried out with the principle of double-blind review. Referees cannot contact the authors directly, evaluations and comments are submitted through the journal management system. In this process, referee comments on evaluation forms and full texts are sent to the author(s) through the editors. In this context, referees evaluating articles for Fırat University Journal of Social Sciences are expected to have the following ethical responsibilities:
1) They only agree to evaluate studies related to their field of expertise.
2) They make evaluations in impartiality and confidentiality.
3) If they think that they are faced with a conflict of interest during the evaluation process, they refuse to examine the study and inform the editor of the journal about the issue.
4) In accordance with the principle of confidentiality, they destroy the works they examine after the evaluation process.
5) They only use the final version of the studies they examine, after they are published.
6) They make the evaluation objectively only in relation to the content of the study.
7) They do not allow nationality, gender, religious and political beliefs, and commercial concerns to influence evaluation.
8) They make the assessment in a constructive and courteous language. They do not make derogatory personal comments that include hostility, slander and insults.
9) They perform the work that they accept to evaluate, on time and within the framework of the above ethical responsibilities.
If you encounter any unethical behavior or content in Fırat University Journal of Social Sciences other than the above mentioned ethical responsibilities, please report to email@example.com via e-mail.
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