Peer-Review Process

 The text submitted for publication may not be previously published or accepted for publication by another publisher. 

Preliminary Examination and Plagiarism Screening: The study is reviewed by the editor for compliance with the journal publication principles, academic writing rules, and the MECRA Citation Style and it is scanned about plagiarism by using iThenticate program. Placenta similarity rate to be less than %15 condition required. This review is completed in a maximum of 10 days.  iThenticate is the leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology used worldwide by scholarly publishers and research institutions to ensure the originality of written work before publication. iThenticate helps editors, authors and researchers prevent misconduct by comparing manuscripts against its database of over 50 billion web pages and 130 million content items, including 40 million works from 590 scholarly publisher participants of CrossCheck, a service offered by CrossRef and powered by iThenticate software. iThenticate is developed by Turnitin, the leader in plagiarism and originality checking for educational institutions worldwide.

Section Editor Review: The study which was carried out by Preliminary Examination and Plagiarism Screening is examined by the related section editor in terms of problematic and academic language-style. This review is completed in a maximum of 15 days.

Referee Process (Academic Evaluation): The study, which is subjected to review by the section editor, is submitted to the evaluation of at least two referees who have a doctoral thesis, book or article. The arbitration process is carried out confidentially within the framework of Double-blind peer review (* Double-blind peer review: Reviewers are unaware of the identity of the authors, and authors are also unaware of the identity of reviewers). Referee names are kept strictly confidential. Referee identities may only be disclosed to journal Editorial Board members, who are also instructed to maintain confidentiality). The referee is required to present his / her opinion about the reviewed study either on the text or to justify it with an explanation of at least 150 words on the online referee form. The author is given the right to defend his / her objections and opinions if he/she does not agree with the opinion of the referee. The field editor provides mutual communication between the author and the referee while maintaining confidentiality. The arbitration process is completed within a maximum of 30 (20 + 10) days. If both of the referee reports are positive, the study is submitted to the Editorial Board with a proposal for the evaluation of its publication. In case one of the two judges declares a negative opinion, the study is sent to a third referee. The studies can be published at least two positive decisions. Translated articles are sent to language and related field experts to assess the appropriateness of the original, the proper use of spatial concepts and language. The translation which the experts’ stated negative opinions are not published. The publication of book and symposium reviews and dissertation abstracts is decided as a result of the evaluation of the related field editors.

Correction Phase: In the case of referees requesting proofreading in the text that they are examining, relevant reports are sent to the author and they are asked to correct them. The correction is requested to be completed within 10 days. The author presents his corrections by specifying a red color to the section editor.

Section Editor Control: The field editor checks whether the author makes the corrections requested in the text. The inspection process is completed within a maximum of 5 days.

Referee Control: The referee who requests correction checks whether the author has made any corrections requested from him in the text. The inspection process is completed within a maximum of 7 days.

Preparing Extended Summary: At least 750 words Turkish and English Extended Summary have requested from the author whose article has been approved as can be published by the referee. The inspection process is completed within a maximum of 7 days.

Turkish Language Control: The works which are passed through the referees and which have a minimum of 750 words in Turkish and English extended summary are examined by Language Editor and if necessary the author is asked for a correction. The inspection process is completed within a maximum of 15 days.

English Language Control: The works which are passed through the Turkish Language Control are examined by English Language Editor and if necessary the author is asked for a correction. The inspection process is completed within a maximum of 15 days.

Editorial Board Review: The works which are passed through technical, academic and linguistic examination, final broadcast status is decided with the review of the Editorial Board. In case of objection from the members, the Board shall decide by majority vote.

Typesetting and Layout: The works which decided to be published by the Editorial Board, are made ready for publication by making typesetting and layout of the works.

Data Transmission to National and International Indexes: The printed copies of the published issue shall be submitted to local and external reference libraries within 60 days at the latest; article metadata is transmitted to related Indexes within 15 days.