Ethical Principles and Publication Policy


Sinop University Journal of Natural Sciences (Sinop Uni J Nat Sci) is a double-blind peer reviewed Open Access journal which has been published twice a year (June-December) since 2016 by Sinop University, accepts high quality works written in Turkish or English in the fields of biology, physics, statistics, chemistry, mathematics, aquaculture and engineering areas. All published items, including research articles, are 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 without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.


Sinop University Journal of Natural Sciences is a free open access journal licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0)


Charges (Fees)

Sinop University Journal of Natural Sciences does not charge the author/authors at any stage (submission, evaluation and publication of articles) for publication procedures. The PDF copies of accepted articles are free of charges, and can be downloaded from the website


The researches that require the permission of the Ethics Committee for the articles submitted to the Sinop University Journal of Natural Sciences are as follows:

• All kinds of research conducted with qualitative or quantitative approaches such as require data collection from participants using questionnaires, interviews, focus group work, observation, experimentation, interview techniques,
• Usage of humans and animals (including material/data) for experimental or other scientific purposes,
• Clinical investigations made on humans,
• Researchs made on animals,
• Retrospective studies in accordance with the law on protection of personal data also in addition
• In case reports, it should be stated that the "informed consent form" was obtained.
• It should be stated that permission is obtained from the owners for the use of scales, questionnaires and photographs belonging to others.
• It should be stated that copyright regulations are complied with for the intellectual and artistic works used.
Whether the articles to be published in the journal require ethics committee permission and/or legal/special permission should be stated in the article. If these permissions are required, it should be clearly presented from which institution, on what date and with which decision or issue number the permit was obtained.
Sinop University Journal of Natural Sciences attaches importance to ethical rules for the protection of the rights of both the journal and the authors and considers the ethical rules and responsibilities published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The editors, reviewers and authors of our journal are expected to act in accordance with the following ethical rules.

Research Ethics

-Scientific methods are used in obtaining, analyzing, interpreting and reaching the data. Non-scientific results cannot be used as research results.
-Author(s) must adhere to the national and international agreements during research period and must obtain permission from the competent authorities.
-The data obtained in the studies must be used in the manner/form permitted by the authorities. It is essential that data, which must not be shared, remain confidential.

If the study requires the use of human and animal subjects, the study must comply with international declarations, guidelines, etc. It must be declared that it has been carried out properly.

Studies on experimental research on humans must be carried out in accordance with the "World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki” Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects.

Experimental research studies on vertebrates or regulated invertebrates must be conducted in accordance with relevant institutional, national and/or international guidelines. The journal supports the principles of the Basel Declaration and the guidelines published by the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science (ICLAS).

In research involving species at risk of extinction, it is recommended to comply the “IUCN Policy Statement and the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora”.

Authors are advised to clearly state their compliance with relevant guidelines.

Actions Contrary to Scientific Research and Publication Ethics

(Turkish Council of Higher Education [YÖK] Scientific Research and Publication Ethics Directive, Article 4)

Plagiarism: A person's use of other people's expressions, inventions or thoughts in her/his paper as if they belonged to her/him without citing them,
Falsification: To modify a research according to its own interests through fraud during the proposal, evaluation and reporting stages,
Distortion: To falsify research records and obtained data, to show that methods, devices and materials that are not used in the research are used, not to evaluate data that are not in accordance with the research hypothesis, to play with data and/or results to fit relevant theories or assumptions, in line with the interests of the people and organizations supported falsify or shape research results,
Duplicate/Multiple Submission: Presenting republished papers as separate papers for academic appointments and promotions,
Least Publishable Units: Disseminating a published paper and re-publishing each part separately,
Unfair Author Contribution or Attribution: To include people who do not have active contributions among the authors or not to include them, to change the author's order in an unjustified and inappropriate manner, to remove the names of those who have active contributions from the paper in the following editions, to include the name among the authors by using their influence even though they do not have active contributions.

Author(s) Ethics
-Manuscripts are prepared within the scope of the subject and to be original,
-The manuscript is not submitted to more than one journal and is not published in more than one journal,
-Author(s) should refer to the sources they use in writing manuscripts in the correct way in the direction of ethical principles,
-Author(s) who want to withdraw manuscript submitted for publication from the journal due to delay, correction, or any other reason should report this to the editor,
-In the manuscript, the author(s) do not present the results of others as their own, and all the articles used in the study are cited,
-Each author(s) involved in the manuscript contributed to the paper and everyone who contributed was included in the manuscript,
-Author(s) cannot have their study in the application process of more than one journal at the same time. Each application can be started following the completion of the previous application.
-If the author(s) determine a significant error in her/his published article, she/he notifies the editor of the journal and cooperates with the editor to correct the error,
-The author(s), if any, must state the financial sources of the manuscript.

Reviewer(s) Ethics
-Reviewer(s) must be experts in the fields of subjects of the manuscript.
-Reviewer(s) is(are) obliged to objectively and clearly his/her criticism. He/she must not act in accordance with his/her personal interests/opinions and, if necessary, refuse to act as a referee.
-Reviewer(s) should take into consideration the texts are personal during the evaluation process and should not share the texts with third parties.
-Reviewer(s) should not transfer information from the manuscript for their own work and should not seek any academic/personal interest.
-Reviewer(s) should provide clear and detailed reasons for the articles to be rejected.
-Reviewer(s) should also take into account the journal's scientific research and publication ethic rules.

Editorial Ethics
-Editor(s) is (are) obliged to appoint at least two referees appropriate to the subject of the candidate manuscripts,
-Editor(s) must ensure communication between the referee(s) and the author in charge, taking into account the blind review process,
-Editor(s) must maintain their relations in a transparent and objective manner without discrimination between any authors and referees,
-Editor(s) must not use their position for their own individual and academic interests,
-Editor(s) must provide clear and detailed justifications for the manuscripts they will reject,
-Editor(s) must also consider scientific research, publication and review ethics.