Ethical Principles and Publication Policy

There is no fee for submission, article-editorial processing, or publication (page or color charges) of manuscripts. 

This is an open-access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose except commercial use, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. 

The compliance of manuscripts with QSS/NSB publication principles and research ethics principles are the main conditions for publication. The article may be withdrawn if it is found to be contrary to ethical principles. Ethics committee approval must be obtained for clinical and experimental studies requiring ethical committee decision; this approval should be stated and documented in the article. Ethics committee approval must be obtained for clinical and experimental studies, this approval must be stated in the article and the sample of the document must be uploaded. Authors must observe the high standards of publication ethics set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Plagiarism is unacceptable; plagiarism includes falsifying or deriving data, copying the author's own work without proper citation, and/or misuse of the work. 
In case we identify that author(s) of the manuscript use(s) falsified and fabricated data, then we will report this to the institution of the authors. Editorial members of the journal and/or the reviewers reserve the right to ask author(s) to provide raw data and plagiarism analysis (from Turnitin, and iThenticate).
This journal uses double-blind review, which means that the identity of the author(s) is concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity. Submitted studies are accepted by the journal according to the evaluation report of at least two referees.

The Responsibilities of Editorial Board
• Editorial Board determines and performs journal policies as publication, blind review, evaluation process and ethical principles.
• Editorial Board prepares a “Guide for Authors” to inform authors and “Reviewer Forms” to inform reviewers about evaluation processes.
• Editorial Board determines incentive policies for the authors.
• Editorial Board keeps records of every article electronically.

The Responsibilities of Editors
• Editors try to inform reviewers, authors, researchers and readers, to answer their questions clearly within the principles of clarity.
• Editors, during the publication process, consider that the articles should be original and contribute the literature, the readers and researchers.
• While editors are making decisions about the article publication, they consider originality, contribution to the field, clarity of expressions, content and validity and reliability of the articles.
• Editors consider positive views of reviewers, and they do not change the decisions of the reviewers unless there is a major problem.
• Editors implement the policies of blind review and evaluation processes, keep private personal identity information of the authors, and provide impartial evaluation processes in due of time for the articles.
• Editors send the articles to reviewers considering their professional fields, and care that the articles are evaluated impartially and independently.
• Editors should consider if there are conflicts or collaborations between authors and reviewers.
• Editors prevent non-scientific that do not comply with academic etiquette rules.
• Editors ensure that journal publishing processes are operated in accordance with publishing policies and guidelines, inform those who are in the process of the developments on publishing policies.
• Editors communicate effectively with everyone involved in the publishing processes.
• Editors provide protection of personal data in assessed articles; they keep personal data of authors, referees and readers.
• Editors attach importance to the protection of human and animal rights in the articles, emphasize that the clear approval of the participants of the article is documented, and rejects the articles without the approval of the ethics committee.
• Editors take precautions against misconduct. When there are complaints about the abuse of duty, they share the findings about the subject by conducting an objective investigation.
• Editors should highlight errors, inconsistencies, or misleading errors in articles and ask authors to correct them. Editors also take the necessary precautions to ensure that the content of the published articles does not infringe the intellectual property rights of other publications; they can ask authors to check authenticity-similarity.
• Editors considers consistent critiques for the articles published in the journal and enables authors to answer these critiques.

Ethical Responsibilities of Reviewers
• Reviewers should only accept to evaluate the articles related to the field of their specializations.
• Reviewers should make the evaluation impartially and confidentially. In accordance with this principle, the articles they review should be annihilated after the evaluation process, but they may be used after publication. Nationality, gender, religious beliefs, political beliefs and commercial concerns should not distort the impartiality of the evaluation.
• When reviewers understand that there is a conflict or collaboration, they should inform the editors and refuse to evaluate the article.
• Reviewers must evaluate articles with a constructive attitude in accordance with the academic etiquette rules; they should refrain from insulting and hostile personal comments.
• Reviewers should inform editors about their availability in 15 days and if they agree to review an article, it should be conducted in 15 days. 

Ethical Responsibilities of the Authors
The ethical responsibilities of the authors as below:
• The authors should not send an article already published or in review of another journal.
• The authors should send original articles to QSS. 
• Persons who do not contribute to the articles should not be listed as authors, and it should not be proposed to change the author order of a published article and to add authors.
• Authors must notify the editors of the conflicts and collaborations about the article.
• In the evaluation process of the articles the authors should provide the editors with information about the articles or the raw data if required.
• The authors must document the rights to use the data they use in their articles, the permission for research or the approval of the participants to whom they have interviewed.
• Authors should communicate with the editors to provide information, to correct the article or to withdraw if they notice a typo, error or misleading data analysis in early view or the published article in electronic form. Authors can publish their work in preprint archives. Publications within this scope are not considered as duplication or plagiarism.