Ethical Principles and Publication Policy

Our journal undertakes to apply the highest standards of academic publication ethics and to comply with the following principles of the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement. This declaration was created on the basis of the recommendations and guidelines developed by the organizations named Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Council of Science Editors (CSE), World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

The studies submitted to our journal for evaluation should not have been previously published in another medium (including papers presented in congresses and symposiums and published full text, book chapters, etc.) or sent to another journal to be evaluated during the evaluation process. Studies submitted for publication should not be published in another language, provided that the content remains the same.

The similarity rate of the studies submitted to our journal should be 15% or less. The editorial board reserves the right to have the similarity assessment applied before, after the refereeing process or at any time it wishes. Studies containing data (not properly collected or manipulated) that could be considered within the scope of unauthorized transfers or forgery from the author that may be considered within the scope of plagiarism are not published in the journal, even if they have received approval from the referees.

The articles submitted to the journal are evaluated by the editorial board at the first stage. At this stage, studies that are not suitable in terms of form and content are rejected before the peer review process is initiated. The refereeing process is initiated for the works that pass the editorial evaluation successfully. In our journal, blind peer-review is applied and at least two referees are appointed for each study. Referees are at least equal to the author or higher in terms of title. On the other hand, referees are appointed from different institutions with the author. Works that receive refusal from two referees are directly rejected, and if one of the referees refuses, a third referee is appointed.

Our journal reserves the right to cancel the referees' evaluations that are not suitable for the content or do not have a scientific quality and not to share them with the author. In our journal, only articles produced from doctoral dissertations – with limited number - are evaluated. (Articles produced from doctoral dissertations, if peer-review process is completed, are placed in the order of publication and published in subsequent issues.)

Editors' Responsibilities

Editors are responsible for every publication published in the journal. In the context of this responsibility, editors have the following roles and responsibilities:

• Making efforts to meet the information needs of readers and writers,
• Continuous improvement of the journal,
• Conducting processes to improve the quality of the studies published in the journal,
• Supporting freedom of thought,
• Ensuring academic integrity,
• Continuing business processes without compromising intellectual property rights and ethical standards,
• Showing clarity and transparency in terms of publication in matters that require correction and explanation.

Responsibilities of the Referees

The evaluation of all studies by "Blinding Refereeing" directly affects the quality of the publication. This process provides confidence through objective and independent evaluation of the publication. Journal of Selcuk Communication 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 editor. In this context, it is expected that referees evaluating a study for our journal will have the following ethical responsibilities:

• Should only accept study evaluation related to the field of expertise.
• It should evaluate in impartiality and confidentiality.
• If he / she thinks that he / she faces a conflict of interest during the evaluation process, he / she should refuse to examine the study and inform the editor of the journal.
• Due to the confidentiality principle, they should destroy the studies they examine after the evaluation process. They can only use the final versions of the studies they have reviewed, only after they are published.
• Make the assessment objectively only in relation to the content of the study. It should not allow nationality, gender, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and commercial concerns to influence the assessment.
• The assessment should be made in a constructive and courteous language. He should not make derogatory personal comments that contain hostility, slander and insult.
• They should perform the work they have accepted to evaluate, in a timely manner and with the above ethical responsibilities.

Responsibilities of the Authors

The author(s) who submit the Journal of Selcuk İletisim work are expected to comply with the following ethical responsibilities:

• It is expected that the works submitted by the author (s) will be original. If the author (s) benefit from or use other studies, they must cite and / or quote completely and accurately.
• People who do not contribute to the content intellectually in the creation of the study should not be specified as authors.
• The situations and relationships of all the works submitted for publication that may create a conflict of interest, if any, should be explained.
• In the framework of evaluation processes, raw data related to their articles may be requested from the author (s), in such a case, the author (s) should be ready to present the expected data and information to the editorial board and scientific board.
• The author (s) must have a document showing that they have the right to use the data used, the necessary permissions for the research / analysis, or that the consent of the experimental subjects has been obtained.
• In the event that the author (s) notices a mistake or error in their published work, early appearance or evaluation stage, the journal editor or publisher has an obligation to cooperate with the editor in informing, correcting or withdrawing.
• Authors cannot have their work in the application process of more than one journal at the same time. Each application can be started following completion of the previous application. Work published in another journal cannot be sent to us.
• Changing the author responsibilities of a study whose evaluation process has started (such as adding an author, changing the order of the author, removing the author) cannot be proposed.

Relations with the Reader

Editors should make decisions by considering the knowledge, skills and experience expectations of all readers, researchers and practitioners. The published studies should be paid attention to the readers, researchers, practitioners and contributors to the scientific literature and to be original. In addition, editors are obliged to take into account the feedback from readers, researchers and practitioners and to provide explanatory and informative feedback.

Relations with the Author

Editors’ duties and responsibilities towards authors are as follows:

• Editors should make positive or negative decisions based on the importance of the work, its original value, validity, clarity of expression, and the journal's goals and objectives.
• Unless the studies that are suitable for the scope of the publication do not have serious problems, they should be included in the pre-evaluation stage.
• Editors should not ignore positive referee suggestions unless there is a serious problem with the work.
• New editors should not change the decisions made by the previous editor (s) regarding the work, unless there is a serious problem.
• "Blind Review and Evaluation Process" must be published and editors must prevent deviations that may occur in the defined processes.
• Editors should publish a "Author's Guide" detailing every subject that will be expected of them by the authors. These guides should be updated periodically.
• An explanatory and informative notification and feedback should be provided to the authors.

Relations with Referees

The duties and responsibilities of editors towards referees are as follows:

• It should determine the referees in accordance with the subject of the study.
• It is obliged to provide the information and guides that referees will need during the evaluation phase.
• It has to check whether there is a conflict of interest between the authors and referees.
• In the context of blinding refereeing, the identity information of the referees should be kept confidential.
• Encourage referees to consider working in an impartial, scientific and objective language.
• Evaluate the referees with criteria such as timely return and performance.
• It should determine practices and policies that increase the performance of referees.
• Take the necessary steps to dynamically update the referee pool.
• Avoid impolite and unscientific evaluations.
• Take steps to ensure that the referee pool is made up of a broad spectrum.

Relations with the Editorial Board

Editors should ensure that all editorial board members advance processes in accordance with editorial policies and guidelines. The editorial board should inform its members about the publication policies and keep them informed of the developments. The new editorial board should educate its members on editorial policies and provide the information they need.

In addition, the editors;

• Editorial board members should ensure that they evaluate the work impartially and independently.
• Identify new editorial board members who are capable and appropriate to contribute.
• The editorial board should send the works appropriate to the field of expertise of the members for evaluation.
• Should be in regular interaction with the editorial board.
• Organize meetings with the editorial board at regular intervals for the development of the publication policies and the journal.

Editorial and blind review processes
Editors; It is obliged to implement the "Blind Refereeing 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.

Quality assurance
Editors; is responsible for publishing every article published in the journal in accordance with the journal publishing policies and international standards.

Protection of personal data
Editors; It is obliged to ensure the protection of personal data regarding the subjects or images in the evaluated studies. Unless the express consent of the individuals used in the studies is documented, it is responsible for refusing to work. In addition, the editors; is responsible for protecting the individual data of the author, reviewer and readers.

Ethics committee, human and animal rights
Editors; is obliged to ensure the protection of human and animal rights in the evaluated studies. Ethics committee approval for the subjects used in the studies is responsible for refusing to study in cases where there are no permissions for experimental research.
Prevention against possible misconduct and misconduct
Editors; is obliged to take precautions against possible abuse and misconduct. In addition to conducting a meticulous and objective investigation in determining and evaluating complaints regarding this situation, it is among the editor's responsibilities to share the findings on the subject.

To ensure academic publication integrity
Editors should ensure that any errors, inconsistencies, or misleading judgments in the work are quickly corrected.

Protection of intellectual property rights
Editors; It is obliged to protect the intellectual property rights of all published articles and to defend the rights of the journal and the author (s) in possible violations. In addition, editors are obliged to take the 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
• Should take into account convincing criticisms of the works published in the journal and display a constructive attitude towards these criticisms.
• The author (s) of the criticized studies should give the right to reply.
• Should not ignore or exclude studies with negative results.

Editors; is responsible for responding in an enlightening and descriptive manner by carefully examining the complaints from authors, referees or readers.

Political and Commercial concerns
Journal owner, publisher, and any other political or commercial aspect does not affect the independent decision-making of the editors.

Conflicts of interest
Editors; It guarantees the completion of the publication process of the studies in an independent and impartial manner, taking into account the conflicts of interest between the author (s), referees and other editors.
Publisher's Ethical Responsibilities
The Board of Directors of the Journal acts with the awareness of the following ethical responsibilities:
• Editors are responsible for all processes of work submitted to the journal. In this context, the decision makers are editors, regardless of economic or political gains.
• The independent editor commits to making the decision.
•Journal of Selcuk Communication protects the property and copyright of every published article and undertakes the obligation to keep the records of every published copy.
• Has the responsibility to take precautions for all kinds of scientific misconduct, citation fraud and plagiarism regarding editors.

Publisher's Ethical Responsibilities
The Board of Directors of the Journal acts with the awareness of the following ethical responsibilities:
• Editors are responsible for all processes of work submitted to the journal. In this context, the decision makers are editors, regardless of economic or political gains.
• The independent editor commits to making the decision.
•Journal of Selcuk Communication protects the property and copyright of every published article and undertakes the obligation to keep the records of every published copy.
• Has the responsibility to take precautions for all kinds of scientific misconduct, citation fraud and plagiarism regarding editors.