Gümüşhane University Journal of Faculty of Letters, Mavi Atlas adopts the development and distribution of information in an objective and respectful manner. The processes applied in this direction directly reflect the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support the authors. Peer-reviewed studies are the ones that support and materialize the scientific method. In the publication process, it is of utmost importance that all parties included authors, readers and researchers, publisher, reviewers and editors comply with the standards of ethical considerations. These stakeholders are required to pay attention to the standard general and specific ethical rules and responsibilities shared below according to the open access guidelines published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
I. General Actions against scientific research and publication ethics
a) Plagiarism: To present the ideas, methods, data, practices, writings, figures or works of others as if they were their own work, without making reference to scientific ethical rules,
b) Forgery: To produce data not based on research, to prepare or change presented or published work based on unreal data, to report or publish them, to make undone research look like as done.
c) Distortion: Distorting research records and obtained data; pretending to use methods, devices and materials that were not actually used; evaluating data unsuitable to the research itself;, distorting data or results in order to adapt them to established theories or hypotheses; distorting or altering research results to promote or confirm the interests of the sponsoring person or foundation.
d) Repeated publishing: Submitting more than one work of research consisting of the same results in order to obtain associate professorship, examination review, or academic promotion.
e) Slicing: Destroying the integrity of the results of research by slicing it improperly and submitting fragments as specific assessments to gain academic promotion.
e) Unfair authorship: Adding persons who have not actively contributed to the production of the article or failing to add persons who actually did contribute; altering the arrangement of authors’ names improperly and unjustifiably; subtracting the names of actively contributing writers during the publication process or subsequent printings; or adding the name of an author who did not contribute as a way of gaining prestige.
f) Other ethical violations: Failure to indicate clearly the persons, institutions, and foundations that supported the publication of the research; failure to follow ethical rules while experimenting on animals and humans; failure to respect the rights of patients in publications; sharing information of a study for which you were appointed as referee prior to its publication; the misuse of sources, spaces, facilities, and apparatus provided for the research; or accusing someone intentionally and baselessly of ethical violations (Provided by the YÖK Scientific Research and Publication Codes of Conduct, Article Number 8)
II. The Responsibilities of Authors, Reviewers, and Editors:
1. Authors’ Responsibilities:
In studies requiring ethics committee permission, information about the permit (board name, date and number no) should be included in the method section and also on the first / last page of the article. In case reports, informed volunteer / consent form should be included in the article.
· The author must guarantee the authenticity and originality of the data used in the article. Copyright regulations must be followed for the ideas and works of art used.
· The author must make necessary revisions asked by the referee, including the revision of doubtful data and conclusions, errors, and possible instances of plagiarism. If the author fails to make such revisions, he or she must state reasons for doing so.
· Individuals who have not intellectually contributed to the manuscripts must not be indicated as authors.
· Works cited pages must comply with the formatting rules of the journal and References must be prepared in strict compliance with the requirements of publishers
· All work must be free of plagiarism and false data.
· If the authors identify mistakes in their studies, they must inform the editor or the editorial board and cooperate with the process of correction or withdrawal.
· The authors must indicate that the manuscript has not been submitted to any other journals and they must fill in the form of “Copyright Release.”
2. Reviewers’ Responsibilities
The administration of our journal promises to the successful execution and improvement of the refereeing process within the framework of ethical publishing rules. All articles are evaluated through a blind review process. Articles are forwarded to reviewers through the journal management system which operates by DergiPark for evaluation. Through the Reviewer Form sent from this system, the opinions of the reviewers regarding their decisions on the contribution of the article to the field and whether the article can be published or not and the reasons for these decisions are obtained. In this direction, it is based on the reviewers' compliance with the following principles.
· The reviewers must only agree to review manuscripts which align with their expertise.
· The reviewers must review the manuscripts in unbiased and objective manner.
· The reviewers must only review manuscripts which they do not have any conflict of interests.
· The reviewers must indicate deficiencies in terms of work, attribution, rules etc., related to the article and they must mark the points need to be revised by author on the article.
· The reviewers must include their final decision about the manuscript whether or not it should be published and why in the Article Evaluation form.
· 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.
The editor must adhere to the following ethical responsibilities based on guidelines of "COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors" and "COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors" published as open Access by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The editor is responsible for the all published articles in the journal. Besides above-mentioned responsibilities, the editor’s ethical duties and responsibilities are as follows.
· The editor should provide clear publication guidelines and a template of what is expected of them to the authors and continuously reviews the guidelines and templates.
· Editors have the right to accept or decline articles. They have to use this responsibility in a timely way that conforms to publishing schedules.
· Editors must not have a conflict of interest regarding articles they accept or reject.
· Editors should only accept articles that are original and contribute to the field of research.
· The editor should develop a database of suitable reviewers and update it on the basis of reviewer performance.
· Editors should enable authors to make corrections to their work after receiving requests for revision (thus enabling publication) or to withdraw their articles before or after any requests for revision are made.
· The editors will ensure that articles will be assessed by at least two referees according to the double-blind peer review system and to keep the identities of those referees confidential.
· Submission and publication acceptance dates must be included in the articles.
5. Plagiarism Policy
Editors, referees and authors are required to comply with international publication ethical rules and articles to comply with the spelling rules. If plagiarism or unethical behavior is detected, publication may be refused.
Stakeholders and readers of the research are welcomed to report plagiarism, duplicate publication, inaccuracies, suspicious content or situations they see in the published works in Gümüşhane University Faculty of Letters Mavi Atlas Journal to the e-mail address email@example.com. The journal must follow up and report on any data and results related to the inquiry.