Information for Authors

Description

Journal of Advanced Research in Health Sciences – Sağlık Bilimlerinde İleri Araştırmalar Dergisi is an open access, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal published triannually in February, June and October. It has been an official publication of Istanbul University Institute of Health Sciences.

Aim and Scope

Journal of Advanced Research in Health Sciences – Sağlık Bilimlerinde İleri Araştırmalar Dergisi aims at publication of high quality manuscripts that contribute to health sciences field.

Journal of Advanced Research in Health Sciences – Sağlık Bilimlerinde İleri Araştırmalar Dergisi provides a forum for exploring issues basicly in health sciences and covers subjects in fields related to health sciences. The journal publishes research articles, reviews, case reports and letters to the editor. The target group of the journal consists of academicians, researchers, professionals, students, related professional and academic bodies and institutions.

Editorial Policies and Peer Review Process

Publication Policy

The subjects covered in the manuscripts submitted to the Journal for publication must be in accordance with the aim and scope of the journal. The journal gives priority to original research papers submitted for publication.

General Principles

Only those manuscripts approved by its every individual author and that were not published before in or sent to another journal, are accepted for evaluation.

Submitted manuscripts that pass preliminary control are scanned for plagiarism using iThenticate software. After plagiarism check, the eligible ones are evaluated by editor-in-chief for their originality, methodology, the importance of the subject covered and compliance with the journal scope.

The editor hands over the papers matching the formal rules to at least two national/international referees for evaluation and gives green light for publication upon modification by the authors in accordance with the referees’ claims.

Changing the name of an author (omission, addition or order) in papers submitted to the Journal requires written permission of all declared authors.

Refused manuscripts and graphics are not returned to the author.

Open Access Statement

Journal of Advanced Research in Health Sciences – Sağlık Bilimlerinde İleri Araştırmalar Dergisi is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Except for commercial purposes, users are allowed to read, download, copy, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

The articles in Journal of Advanced Research in Health Sciences – Sağlık Bilimlerinde İleri Araştırmalar Dergisi are open access articles licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/deed.en/)

Article Processing Charge

All expenses of the journal are covered by the Istanbul University. Processing and publication are free of charge with the journal. There is no article processing charges or submission fees for any submitted or accepted articles. 

Peer Review Process

Only those manuscripts approved by its every individual author and that were not published before in or sent to another journal, are accepted for evaluation.

Submitted manuscripts that pass preliminary control are scanned for plagiarism using iThenticate software. After plagiarism check, the eligible ones are evaluated by Editor-in-Chief for their originality, methodology, the importance of the subject covered and compliance with the journal scope.  Editor-in-Chief evaluates manuscripts for their scientific content without regard to ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, religious belief or political philosophy of the authors and ensures a fair double-blind peer review of the selected manuscripts.

The selected manuscripts are sent to at least two national/international referees for evaluation and publication decision is given by Editor-in-Chief  upon modification by the authors in accordance with the referees’ claims.

Editor-in-Chief does not allow any conflicts of interest between the authors, editors and reviewers and is responsible for final decision for publication of the manuscripts in the Journal.

Reviewers’ judgments must be objective. Reviewers’ comments on the following aspects are expected while conducting the review.

-    Does the manuscript contain new and significant information?

-    Does the abstract clearly and accurately describe the content of the manuscript?

-    Is the problem significant and concisely stated?

-    Are the methods described comprehensively?

-    Are the interpretations and consclusions justified by the results?

-    Is adequate references made to other Works in the field?

-    Is the language acceptable?

Reviewers must ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential and must report to the editor if they are aware of copyright infringement and plagiarism on the author’s side.

A reviewer who feels unqualified to review the topic of a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

The editor informs the reviewers that the manuscripts are confidential information and that this is a privileged interaction. The reviewers and editorial board cannot discuss the manuscripts with other persons. The anonymity of the referees is important.

 

Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

Journal of Advanced Research in Health Sciences – Sağlık Bilimlerinde İleri Araştırmalar Dergisi is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and pays regard to Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) on https://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines-new/principles-transparency-and-best-practice-scholarly-publishing

All submissions must be original, unpublished (including as full text in conference proceedings), and not under the review of any other publication synchronously. Each manuscript is reviewed by one of the editors and at least two referees under double-blind peer review process. Plagiarism, duplication, fraud authorship/denied authorship, research/data fabrication, salami slicing/salami publication, breaching of copyrights, prevailing conflict of interest are unethical behaviors.

All manuscripts not in accordance with the accepted ethical standards will be removed from the publication. This also contains any possible malpractice discovered after the publication..

Human and Animal Rights

Journal of Advanced Research in Health Sciences Sağlık Bilimlerinde İleri Araştırmalar adopts as principle to comply with the ethical standards of “WMA Declaration of Helsinki - Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects”, “WMA Statement on Animal Use in Biomedical Research”, “Good Clinical Practice”, “Good Laboratory Practice” and relevant laws and regulations of  the Turkish Republic Ministry of Health.

Ethics Committee Approval and Informed Consent

Approval of research protocols from national or local ethics committees must be obtained and submitted together with the manuscripts for the studies involving human subjects or animal subjects.

Authors must indicate in the methods section of the studies involving human subjects that ethics committee approval and written informed consent were obtained. Unless a copy of ethics committee approval was submitted to the journal, the manuscript will not be published.

Authors of case report must obtain written informed consent from patients or their legal representative and indicate that it was obtained in the manuscript. A copy of informed consent obtained from the patients or their legal representative must be submitted to the journal as well.

Conflict of Interest

Authors must report any conflicts of interest regarding their manuscripts, if any. If the article contains an indirect or direct commercial link (such as employment, direct payments, stock ownership, firm consultancy, patent licensing or service charge) or financial support for the work, the authors should declare it. It is obligatory to fill in the conflict of interest form of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) and include the conflict of interest declaration in AuthorForm.

Author Contribution

In case of more than one author’s contribution, every author must declare his/her contribution (conception or design, acquisition and interpretation of data, drafting the work or revising it critically, final approval and accountability etc) in the Author Form.

Grant Support

It is obligatory to declare any financial support received for the research in the Author Form.

Research Ethics

The journal adheres to the highest standards in research ethics and follows the principles of international research ethics as defined below. The authors are responsible for the compliance of the manuscripts with the ethical rules.

-    Principles of integrity, quality and transparency should be sustained in designing the research, reviewing the design and conducting the research.

-    The research team and participants should be fully informed about the aim, methods, possible uses and requirements of the research and risks of participation in research.

-    The confidentiality of the information provided by the research participants and the confidentiality of the respondents should be ensured. The research should be designed to protect the autonomy and dignity of the participants.

-    Research participants should participate in the research voluntarily, not under any coercion.

-    Any possible harm to participants must be avoided. The research should be planned in such a way that the participants are not at risk.

-    The independence of research must be clear; and any conflict of interest or must be disclosed.

-    In experimental studies with human subjects, written informed consent of the participants who decide to participate in the research must be obtained. In the case of children and those under wardship or with confirmed insanity, legal custodian’s assent must be obtained.

-    If the study is to be carried out in any institution or organization, approval must be obtained from this institution or organization.

-    In studies with human subject, it must be noted in the method’s section of the manuscript that the informed consent of the participants and ethics committee approval from the institution where the study has been conducted have been obtained.

 

Author Responsibilities

It is authors’ responsibility to ensure that the article is in accordance with scientific and ethical standards and rules. And authors must ensure that submitted work is original. They must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere or is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere, in any language. Applicable copyright laws and conventions must be followed. Copyright material (e.g. tables, figures or extensive quotations) must be reproduced only with appropriate permission and acknowledgement. Any work or words of other authors, contributors, or sources must be appropriately credited and referenced.

All the authors of a submitted manuscript must have direct scientific and academic contribution to the manuscript. The author(s) of the original research articles is defined as a person who is significantly involved in “conceptualization and design of the study”, “collecting the data”, “analyzing the data”, “writing the manuscript”, “reviewing the manuscript with a critical perspective” and “planning/conducting the study of the manuscript and/or revising it”. Fund raising, data collection or supervision of the research group are not sufficient roles to be accepted as an author. The author(s) must meet all these criteria described above. The order of names in the author list of an article must be a co-decision and it must be indicated in the Copyright Agreement Form. The individuals who do not meet the authorship criteria but contributed to the study must take place in the acknowledgement section. Individuals providing technical support, assisting writing, providing a general support, providing material or financial support are examples to be indicated in acknowledgement section.

All authors must disclose all issues concerning financial relationship, conflict of interest, and competing interest that may potentially influence the results of the research or scientific judgment.

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published paper, it is the author’s obligation to promptly cooperate with the Editor to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.

 

Responsibility for the Editor and Reviewers

Editor-in-Chief evaluates manuscripts for their scientific content without regard to ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, religious belief or political philosophy of the authors. He/She provides a fair double-blind peer review of the submitted articles for publication and ensures that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential before publishing.

Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication. He/She must publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.

Editor-in-Chief does not allow any conflicts of interest between the authors, editors and reviewers. Only he has the full authority to assign a reviewer and is responsible for final decision for publication of the manuscripts in the Journal.

Reviewers must have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders. Their judgments must be objective.

Reviewers must ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential and must report to the editor if they are aware of copyright infringement and plagiarism on the author’s side.

A reviewer who feels unqualified to review the topic of a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

The editor informs the reviewers that the manuscripts are confidential information and that this is a privileged interaction. The reviewers and editorial board cannot discuss the manuscripts with other persons. The anonymity of the referees must be ensured. In particular situations, the editor may share the review of one reviewer with other reviewers to clarify a particular point.

Manuscript Organization

Language

The journal publishes articles in Turkish, American English, German and French.

Manuscript Organization and Submission

All correspondence will be sent to the first-named author unless otherwise specified. Manuscpript is to be submitted online via https://dergipark.org.tr/sabiad    and it must be accompanied by a Cover Letter and Title Page indicating that the manuscript is intended for publication, specifying the article category (i.e. research article, review etc.) and including information about the manuscript (see the Submission Checklist). Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word 2003 and upper versions. In addition, Copyright Agreement Form that has to be signed by all authors must be submitted.

1.       The manuscripts should be in A4 paper standards: having 2.5 cm margins from right, left, bottom and top, Times New Roman font style in 12 font size and line spacing of 1.5.

2.       The manuscript should not exceed 12 pages.

3.       If the manuscript was previously presented at a scientific meeting, the title of the manuscript, the name, place and date of the meeting should be given as a note on the first page.

4.       If the manuscript was produced from a master’s or doctoral thesis, the title of the thesis, year, name of institute and place should be given as a note on the first page.

5.       Figures, Tables and Graphics: Figures, tables and graphics must be indicated at the end of the relevant sentence. They must be submitted together with the manuscript as separate files. The images must be .jpg or .gif files scanned at 600 × 600 and 300 dpi resolution. Abbreviations used must be indicated in the caption beneath the figures, tables and graphics. If the figure, table, graphics and illustration is reproduced from another source, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder and it must be indicated in the caption.

6.       Cover Letter: Cover Letter should include the category of the manuscript, confirm that “the paper is not under consideration for publication in another journal”, the statistical design of the research article is reviewed, last control for fluent English was done, journal policies detailed in Information for Authors have been reviewed, the references cited in the text and listed in the references section are in line with journal’s reference system and include disclosure of any commercial or financial involvement.

7.       Title Page: Title page must be submitted together with the manuscript. The title page is to include fully descriptive title of the manuscript, short title of the manuscript not exceeding 40 characters including spaces, category of the manuscript, affiliation, title, e-mail address, postal address, phone and fax number of the author(s), ORCID’s of the author(s), declaration of grant support, conflict of interest and acknowledgement if exists (see The Submission Checklist).

8.       Abstract: Submitted manuscripts must have before the introduction section, the abstract both in the language of the manuscript and English, and it should not exceed 200 words. Underneath the abstract, 3 to 5 keywords that inform the reader about the content of the study should be specified in the language of the manuscript and in English. The keywords should be according to Index Medicus: Medical Subject Heading (MeSH).

9.       The manuscripts should contain mainly these components: title, abstract and keywords; body text with sections, and references.

10.   When an abbreviation is made in the manuscripts, the long form should be written in the first use and the abbreviated form should be shown in parentheses next to it. The abbreviated form should then be used in the text.

11.   Article Types

a.       Research Article: Original research articles report substantial and original scientific results within the journal scope. Original research articles are comprised of Abstract, Key Words, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References and Figures, Tables and Graphics. The abstract must be structured as in below.

Abstract:  The abstracts in the language of the article and in English must be no longer than 200 words and structured as follows: aim, method, results, and conclusions.

Aim -the primary purpose of the article;

Method -data sources, design of the study, patients or participants, interventions, and main outcome measures;

Results -key findings;

Conclusions -including direct clinical applications.

 

Abstract must give information about the ground and the aim of the study, basic procedures (case selection, analytical or observational methods), main findings (specific weight and significance, if applicable) and basic conclusions. The novel and remarkable features of the study must be emphasized. Authors must ensure that the abstract would represent the whole study as it is the most prominent part of the work in the majority of electronic data bases.


Key Words: Up to 3-5  key words both in the language of the article and in English. English keywords should be in accordance with Index Medicus, Medical Subjects Subheadings (MeSH).


Introduction: This section must contain a clear statement of the general and specific objectives as well as the hypotheses which the work is designed to test. It should also give a brief account of the reported literature. The last sentence should clearly state the primary and secondary purposes of the article. Only, the actual references related with the issues have to be indicated and data or findings related with the current study must not be included in this section.

Methods: This section must contain explicit, concise descriptions of all procedures, materials and methods (i.e. data sources, participants, scales, interviews/reviews, basic measurements, applications, statistical methods) used in the investigation to enable the reader to judge their accuracy, reproducibility, etc. This section should include the known findings at the beginning of the study and the findings during the study must be reported in results section.

Results: The results should be presented in logical sequence in the text, tables, and figures, giving the main or most important findings first. The all the data in the tables or figures should not be repeated in the text; only the most important observations must be emphasized or summarized..

Discussion: The findings of the study, the findings and results which support or do not support the hypothesis of the study should be discussed, results should be compared and contrasted with findings of other studies in the literature and the different findings from other studies should be explained. The new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them should be emphasized. The data or other information given in the Introduction or the Results section should not be repeated in detail.

Conclusions: Conclusions derived from the study should be stated. For experimental studies, it is useful to begin the discussion by summarizing briefly the main findings, then explore possible mechanisms or explanations for these findings, compare and contrast the results with other relevant studies, state the limitations of the study, and explore the implications of the findings for future research and for clinical practice. The conclusions should be linked with the goals of the study but unqualified statements and conclusions not adequately supported by the data should be avoided. New hypotheses should be stated when warranted, but should be labeled clearly as such.

Figures, Tables and Graphics: Figures, Tables and Graphics should be numbered in Arabic numerals in the text. The places of the figures, tables and graphics should be signed in the text.

b.       Review Article: Reviews prepared by authors who have extensive knowledge on a particular field and whose scientific background has been translated into a high volume of publications with a high citation potential are welcomed. These authors may even be invited by the journal. Reviews should describe, discuss, and evaluate the current level of knowledge of a topic in clinical practice and should guide future studies. Review article should contain title, abstract and keywords; body text with sections, and references.

c.       Case Report: Case reports consider new, interesting and intriguing case studies in detail. They should be unique and present methods to overcome any health challenge by use of novel tools and techniques and provide a learning source for the readers. Case reports comprise of: Abstract (unstructured summary), Key-words, Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, Reference, Tables and Figures. Written informed consent of the patient should be obtained and indicated in the manuscript.

12.   Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work submitted to the Journal for publication.

 

References

Identifying citations of a journal is directly related to properly used reference system. It is of great importance that the submitted manuscript has references indicated in line with the style of referencing and quoting the journal uses.

All references should be numbered and listed in alphabetical order according to the surnames of the authors.

The names of all authors should be written if there are up to five authors. If there are more than five authors, et al. should be placed after the first author.

Papers accepted but not yet included in the issue are published online in the Early View section and they should be cited as “advance online publication”.

Examples of references are given below.

a.  Book

Gordon I. (2004): Reproductive Technologies in Farm Animals, Oxfordshire: CABI Publishing.

b. Chapter in a Book

Hudson F.B., Hawcroft J. (1973): Duration of treatment in phenylketonuria. In: Seakins J, Saunders R, editors. Treatment of inborn errors of metabolism, London: Churchill Livingstone, 51-56.

c. Edited Book

Holst P.A. (1986): Vaginal Cytology in the Bitch. In: Morrow, D.A. (Ed.). Current Therapy in Theriogenology, Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 457-462.

d. Translated Book

Kramer K., Stock M., Writer M. (1993): Klinik Muayene Tanı ve Tedavi Klavuzu: Osteoporozda Tanı Yöntemleri, Çeviren: Ü. Ünlü, 2. Basım, Yüce Yayınları, İstanbul.

e. Institution as Author 

Türk Standartları Enstitüsü (TSE) (1974): Adlandırma İlkeleri, Ankara.

f. Journal Article

Burrow M.F., Tagami J., Negishi T. (1994): Early tensile bone strengths of several enamel and dentin bonding systems, Journal of Dentist Research, 74(2): 522-528.

g. Conference Proceedings Book

Kayır A. (1986): Tek ve kardeşli ergenlerde şahsiyet yapısı, XXI. Ulusal Psikiyatri ve Nörolojik Bilimler Kongresi Kitabı, Mimeray Ofset, İstanbul, 546-552.

h. Conference Proceedings;

Kanan N. (2001): Ağrı Yönetimi, XIV. Ulusal Kanser Kongresi, 30 Nisan- 04 Mayıs, İstanbul.

i. Thesis

Aktaş E. (2012): Çalışan Çocuklarda Deri ile İlgili Sorunlar ve İlişkili faktörler. Yayınlanmamış Yüksek Lisans Tezi, İstanbul Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Enstitüsü, İstanbul.

j. Internet source

Hiro D. (1998): Politics Lebanon: Lebanese voting again. IPS World News, 17-25, http://www.oneworld.org/ips2 (10.02.2000).

k. More than one book of an author published in the same year;

Ferrans C. E., Powers M.S. (1985a): Quality of life index: Development and psychometric properties, Advances in Nursing Science, 8(1): 15-24.

Ferrans C. E., Powers M. S. (1985b): Psychometric assesment of the quality of life index, Research in Nursing and Health, 15: 26-36.

Submission Checklist

Ensure that the following items are present:

    Cover letter to the editor

ü    The category of the manuscript

ü    Confirming that “the paper is not under consideration for publication in another journal”.

ü    Including disclosure of any commercial or financial involvement.

ü    Confirming that the statistical design of the research article is reviewed.

ü    Confirming that last control for fluent English was done.

ü    Confirming that journal policies detailed in Information for Authors have been reviewed.

ü    Confirming that the references cited in the text and listed in the references section are in line with the referencing system the journal uses. 

    Copyright Agreement Form

·         Author Form

    Permission of previously published copyrighted material if used in the present manuscript

    Title page

ü    The category of the manuscript

ü    The title of the manuscript in the language of the manuscript and in English

ü    All authors’ names and affiliations (institution, faculty/department, city, country), e-mail

addresses

ü    Corresponding author’s email address, full postal address, telephone and fax number

ü    ORCIDs of all authors.

    Main Manuscript Document

ü    The title of the manuscript in the language of the manuscript and in English

ü    Abstract (200 words) both in the language of the manuscript and in English.

ü    Key words (3 to 5 words) both in the language of the manuscript and in English.

ü    Main article sections

ü    Grant support (if exists)

ü    Conflict of interest (if exists)

ü    Acknowledgement (if exists)

ü    References

ü    Figures, Tables and Graphics (including title, description, footnotes).