Ethical Principles and Publication Policy

Lectio Socialis fully accepts the COPE Code of Conduct and is managed under this code. The journal’s necessary policies in line with this code are as such:


Editor's Responsibilities

The journal has full editorial independence vis-à-vis its publisher.

The editor-in-chief is responsible for the published articles in Lectio Socialis.

The editor-in-chief ensures that reviewers are independent of the authors, i.e. not affiliated with the same institution.

If there is a need, the editor-in-chief does not refrain from publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies. The readers and authors can directly contact the editor-in-chief if it is necessary.

The freedom of expression and the intellectual standards freed from any business interest are under the guarantee of the editor-in-chief. The journal does not accept any advertisement.

If the editor deems it necessary, the author should provide approval of a research ethics committee. The editor has to make sure that the research material complies with international research and publication ethics.

The editor-in-chief has to respond to the complaints received by e-mail and allow the authors whose work has been criticised for responding.

The editor's decision to accept or reject an article for publication should be based solely on the importance, authenticity/originality and clarity of the manuscript and the relevance of the study to the scope of the journal. Authors are open to appeal to decisions. Firstly, the editor-in-chief reviews the appeal. If the appeal is about the conclusion of the editor-in-chief, she/he brings the issue to the Editorial Board.

The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers and potential reviewers. Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper cannot be used by the editor or the editorial staff for their research purposes.

Reviewers' Responsibilities

The peer-reviewing process is necessary for making editorial decisions and assisting the author(s) in improving the manuscript.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review a manuscript should notify the editor-in-chief.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be disclosed to or discussed with others except for the editor.

Reviews should be conducted objectively.

Reviewers should identify uncited work in a manuscript and or substantial similarity between a manuscript and a published work.

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions associated with the papers.

Authors' Duties

The manuscript should not be in the review process of other journals. The corresponding author has the right to withdraw the submission before the referee evaluation process begins. Even if no feedback is given to the author within an issue publication period (six months) after the referee process begins, the author may withdraw his submission.

of original research reports should present the underlying data accurately in the manuscript. A manuscript should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Authors could be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the paper for editorial review. They should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable.

Authors will submit only entirely original works, and will appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable. Manuscripts under review by Lectio Socialis should not be resubmitted to copyrighted publications. However, by submitting a manuscript, the author(s) retain the rights to the published material. In case of publication, they permit the use of their work under a CC-BY license, which allows others to copy, distribute and transmit the work as well as to adapt the work and to make commercial use of it.

The corresponding author ensures that all those who have made significant contributions to the manuscript should be listed as co-authors and they have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Ethics committee approval must be obtained for clinical and experimental studies and researches requiring an ethics committee decision, and this approval must be stated and documented in the article. In studies requiring an ethical committee decision, information about the approval (name of the board, date and number) should be included in the method section and also on the first/last page of the article. In case reports, information about the volunteer informed / consent form being signed should be included in the article.

If research published in Lectio Socialis benefits from a fund, the journal obliges authors to provide information about the fund to disclose all sources of financial support.

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her published work, the author must notify the editor-in-chief promptly and to cooperate with the editor-in-chief to retract or correct the article in the form of an erratum.

A dedicated Author Contribution section must be included with the article, to provide information about each author's contributions to the work. For this section, Lectio Socialis has adopted the CRediT classification, which allows for a standardized description of each author’s individual contributions to the reported study. This description will be required for all authors during submission process and the submitting author is responsible for providing the contributions of all authors at submission. It is expected that all authors will have reviewed, discussed, and agreed to their individual contributions prior to submission.

The contribution statement will be published with the final article and should accurately reflect contributions to the work.

CRediT classification:  

Conceptualization Ideas: formulation or evolution of overarching research goals and aims.
Data Curation: Management activities to annotate (produce metadata), scrub data and maintain research data (including software code, where it is necessary for interpreting the data itself) for initial use and later reuse.
Formal Analysis: Application of statistical, mathematical, computational, or other formal techniques to analyze or synthesize study data.
Funding Acquisition: Acquisition of the financial support for the project leading to this publication.
Investigation: Conducting a research and investigation process, specifically performing the experiments, or data/evidence collection.
Methodology: Development or design of methodology; creation of models.
Project Administration: Management and coordination responsibility for the research activity planning and execution.
Resources: Provision of study materials, reagents, materials, patients, laboratory samples, animals, instrumentation, computing resources, or other analysis tools.
Software: Programming, software development; designing computer programs; implementation of the computer code and supporting algorithms; testing of existing code components.
Supervision: Oversight and leadership responsibility for the research activity planning and execution, including mentorship external to the core team.
Validation: Verification, whether as a part of the activity or separate, of the overall replication/reproducibility of results/experiments and other research outputs.
Visualization: Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically visualization/data presentation.
Writing – Original Draft: Preparation Creation and/or presentation of the published work, specifically writing the initial draft (including substantive translation).
Writing – Review & Editing: Preparation, creation and/or presentation of the published work by those from the original research group, specifically critical review, commentary or revision – including pre- or post-publication stages.

The list of contributions needs to follow the following format: [Contributor role: List of all authors under that role].

Example:
Conceptualization: Ahmet Kul, Fatma Yüksel
Formal Analysis: Ahmet Kul
Funding Acquisition: Fatma Yüksel
Writing – review and editing: Ahmet Kul
Writing –original draft: Fatma Kul

The corresponding author or manuscript guarantor will have to confirm that he/she had full access to all of the data in the study and takes complete responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.