Ethical Principles and Publication Policy

Ethical values are one of the most important elements of all scientific study processes. For this reason, studies submitted to the journal are subjected to a completely confidential evaluation process. The information and ideas acquired during the evaluation are kept confidential; they cannot be used to gain an advantage in any way.

Plagiarism Policy

As a requirement of its publication ethics, the Journal of Media and Religion Studies necessitates that every study which has passed the blind refereeing process goes through  ith-logo.png plagiarism check in order to protect the integrity of every study. In this context, Turkish and English copies of each study go through plagiarism check by a member appointed by the editorial board.

Plagiarism check is carried out through appropriate software according to the nature of the article and a report is prepared accordingly. The author may be asked to correct the errors pointed in the report or his/her study may be returned. The ethical and legal responsibility of the studies belongs primarily to the authors.

The editorial board of Journal of Media and Religion Studies complies with the following rules for plagiarism policy:

The articles with an overall similarity index of greater than 20% are rejected without proceeding for the formal peer review. In such cases, the author(s) will be asked to re-revise the article within three weeks. The similarity index for a single source must be equal to or lower than 5%. Editors may also choose to run a similarity report at any other point during the review process or post-publication.

The above-mentioned rules are accepted by all authors who have uploaded articles to the journal.

Journal of Media and Religion Studies expects all parties to hold the following ethical responsibilities.

1. Publication and authorship:

  • List of references, financial support;
  • No plagiarism, no fraudulent data;
  • Forbidden to publish same research in more than one journal.


2. Author’s responsibilities:

  • Authors obliged to participate in peer review process;
  • All authors have significantly contributed to the research;
  • A statement that all data in the article are real and authentic;
  • All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.


3. Peer review/responsibility for the reviewers:

  • Judgments should be objective;
  • Reviewers should have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders;
  • Reviewers should point out relevant published work which is not yet cited;
  • Reviewed articles should be treated confidentially.


4. Editorial responsibilities:

  • Editors have complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article;
  • Editors should have no conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept;
  • Only accept a paper when reasonably certain;
  • When errors are found, promote the publication of correction or retraction;
  • Preserve the anonymity of reviewers.
  • No plagiarism, no fraudulent data.


5. Publishing ethics issues

  • Monitoring/safeguarding publishing ethics by editorial board;
  • Guidelines for retracting articles;
  • Maintain the integrity of the academic record;
  • Preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards;
  • Always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.