Publication Ethics: The publication process at Engineering Sciences is the basis of the
improvement and dissemination of information objectively and respectfully.
Therefore, the procedures in this process improves the quality of the studies.
Peer-reviewed studies are the ones that support and materialize the scientific
method. At this point, it is of utmost importance that all parties included in
the publication process (authors, readers and researchers, publisher, reviewers
and editors) comply with the standards of ethical considerations. Engineering Sciences expects all parties to
hold the following ethical responsibilities.
Ethical Responsibilities of Authors: The authors
who submit their manuscripts to Engineering
Sciences are expected to comply with the following ethical
- Author(s) must submit original studies to the journal. If they utilize
or use other studies, they must make the in-text and end-text references
accurately and completely.
- People who have not contributed to the study at the intellectual level
should not be indicated as author.
- If the manuscripts submitted to be published are subject of
conflicting interests or relations, these must be explained.
- During the review process of their manuscripts, author(s) may be asked
to supply raw data. In such a case, author(s) should be ready to submit such
data and information to the editorial and scientific boards.
- Author(s) should document that they have the participants' consent and
the necessary permissions related with the sharing and research/analysis
of the data that are used.
- Author(s) bears the responsibility to inform the editor of the journal
or publisher if they happen to notice a mistake in their study which is in
early release or publication process and to cooperate with the editors
during the correction or withdrawal process.
- Authors cannot submit their studies to multiple journals
simultaneously. Each submission can be made only after the previous one is
completed. A study published in another journal cannot be submitted to Engineering
- Author responsibilities given in a study (e.g.: adding an author,
reordering of author names) whose review process has begun cannot be
General duties and responsibilities: Editors are responsible for each study published in Engineering Sciences. In this respect, the editors have the following
roles and responsibilities:
- Making efforts to meet the demand for knowledge from readers and
- Ensuring the continuous development of the journal,
- Managing the procedures aimed to improve the quality of the studies
published in the journal,
- Supporting freedom of expression,
- Ensuring academic integrity,
- Following the procedures without making concessions on intellectual
property rights and ethical standards,
- Being transparent and clear in issues that require correction or explanation.
with Readers: Editors must make decisions taking into
consideration the knowledge, skills and expectations of all readers,
researchers and practitioners need. They must also ensure that the published
studies contribute to literature and be original. Moreover, they must take
notice of the feedback received from researchers and practitioners and provide
explanatory and informative feedback.
Relationships with Authors: Editors have the following duties and
responsibilities in their relations with authors:
- Editors must make positive or negative decisions about the
studies' importance, originality, validity, clarity in wording and
suitability with the journal's aims and objectives.
- Editors must accept the studies that are within the scope
of publication into pre review process unless there are serious problems
with the study.
- Editors must not ignore positive suggestions made by
reviewers unless there are serious problems with the study.
- New editors, unless there are serious issues, must not
change the previous editor's decisions about the studies.
- “Blind Review and Review Process” must be published and
editors must prevent possible diversions in the defined processes.
- Editors must publish an “Authors Guide” that is
comprehensive enough in answering queries by authors. This guide must be
- Authors should be provided with explanatory and informative
Relationships with Reviewers: Editors have the following duties and
responsibilities in their relations with reviewers:
- choose reviewers according to the subject of the study.
- provide the information and guidance reviewers may need during the
- observe whether there are conflicting interests between reviewers and
- keep the identities of reviewers confidential in blind review.
- encourage the reviewers to review the manuscript in an unbiased,
scientific and objective tone.
- evaluate reviewers regularly based on criteria like performance and
- develop practices and policies that increase the performance of
- take necessary steps to update the reviewer pool dynamically.
- prevent unkind and unscientific reviews.
- make effort to ensure the reviewer pool has a wide range.
Relationships with the Editorial Board: Editors must
make sure that the members of the editorial board follow the procedures in
accordance with the publication policies and guidelines, and must inform the
members about the publication policies and developments. The editors must also
train new members of the editorial board and provide the information they need.
Moreover, editors must
- ensure that the members of the editorial board review the manuscripts
in an unbiased and independent manner.
- select the new members of the editorial board from those who can
contribute to the journal and are qualified enough.
- send manuscripts for review based on the subject of expertise of the
editorial board members.
- regularly communicate with the editorial board.
- arrange regular meetings with the editorial board for the development
of publication policies and the journal.
Relationships with the Journal's Owner and Publisher: The relationship between the editors and
publisher is based on the principle of the independency of editors. All the
decisions made by the editors are independent of the publisher and the owner of
the journal as required by the agreement made between editors and publisher.
Blind Review Processes: Editors are obliged to comply with the
policies of “Blind Review and Process” stated in the journal's publication
policies. Therefore, the editors ensure that each manuscript is reviewed in an
unbiased, fair and timely manner.
Quality Assurance: Editors must make sure that articles in
the journal are published in accordance with the publication policies of the
journal and international standards.
Protection of Personal Information: Editors are supposed to protect the
personal information related with the subjects or visuals in the studies being
reviewed, and to reject the study if there is no documentation of the subjects'
consent. Furthermore, editors are supposed to protect the personal information
of the authors, reviewers and readers.
Encouraging Ethical Rules and Protection of Human and
Animal Rights: Editors are supposed to protect human and animal rights in the studies
being reviewed and must reject the experimental studies which do not have
ethical and related committee’s approval about the population given in such
Precautions against possible Abuse and Malpractice: Editors are supposed to take precautions
against possible abuse and malpractice. They must conduct investigations
meticulously and objectively in determining and evaluating complaints about
such situations. They must also share the results of the investigation.
Ensuring Academic Integrity: Editors must make sure that the
mistakes, inconsistencies or misdirections in studies are corrected quickly.
Intellectual Property Rights: Editors are responsible for
protecting the intellectual property rights of all the articles published in
the journal and the rights of the journal and author(s) in cases where these
rights are violated. Also, editors must take the necessary precautions in order
to prevent the content of all published articles from violating the
intellectual property rights of other publications.
Constructiveness and Openness to Discussion: Editors must
- pay attention to the convincing criticism about studies published in
the journal and must have a constructive attitude towards such criticism.
- grant the right of reply to the author(s) of the criticized study.
- not ignore or exclude the study that include negative results.
Complaints: Editors must examine the complaints from authors,
reviewers or readers and respond to them in an explanatory and enlightening
Political and Economic Apprehensions: Neither the owner of the journal,
publisher or any other political or economical factor can influence the
independent decision taking of the editors.
Conflicting Interests: Editors, acknowledging that there may be
conflicting interests between reviewers and other editors, guarantee that the
publication process of the manuscripts will be completed in an independent and
Responsibilities of Reviewers: The
fact that all manuscripts are reviewed through “Blind Review” has a direct
influence on the publication quality. This process ensures confidentiality by
objective and independent review. The review process at Engineering Sciences is
carried out on the principle of double blind review. Reviewers do not contact
the authors directly, and the reviews and comments are conveyed through the
journal management system. In this process, the reviewer views on the
evaluation forms and full texts are assigned to the author(s) by the editor.
Therefore, the reviewers doing review work for Engineering Sciences are
supposed to bear the following ethical responsibilities:
- agree to review only in their subject of expertise.
- review in an unbiased and confidential manner.
- inform the editor of the journal if they think that they
encounter conflict of interests and decline to review the manuscript
during the review process.
- dispose the manuscripts they have reviewed in accordance
with the principle of confidentiality after the review process. Reviewers
can use the final versions of the manuscripts they have reviewed only
- review the manuscript objectively and only in terms of its
content and ensure that nationality, gender, religious and political
beliefs, and economic apprehension do not influence the review.
- review the manuscript in a constructive and kind tone,
avoid making personal comments including hostility, slander and insult.
- review the manuscript they have agreed to review on time
and in accordance with the ethical rules stated above.
Responsibilities of Publisher: NWSA
Academic Journals publisher of Engineering Sciences, is a non-profit civil
society organization working for the good of the public. As required by its
founding policy, TEA publishes Engineering Sciences to enable the relation
between Engineering Sciences become public knowledge at international
standards. Therefore, the Board of NWSA Academic Journals is conscious of the
fact that they must observe the ethical responsilities below and act
- Editors are responsible for all the processes that the
manuscripts submitted to Engineering Sciences will go through. Within this
framework, ignoring the economic or political interests, the
decision-makers are the editors.
- The publisher undertakes to have an independent editorial
- The publisher protects the intellectual property rights of
all the articles published in Engineering Sciences and holds the
responsibility to keep a record of each unpublished article.
- The publisher bears all the responsibility to take the
precautions against scientific abuse, fraud and plagiarism.
Behaviour: Should you
encounter any unethical act or content in Engineering Sciences apart from the
ethical responsibilities listed above, please notify the journal by e-mail