- REGULATION for PUBLICATION ETHICS of ACADEMİC JOURNAL oF HİSTORY and IDEA
Publication transactions (processes) of Academic Journal of History and Idea are based upon putting knowledge forward neutrally (objectively), developing and sharing it. This situation is first step to original studies; and is basis of publication ethics of journal, as well. Peer-reviewed articles are studies that scientific researches and methods are valid and that take contributing to literature as a goal. In this context, process of scientific publication concerns all of publisher, editors, authors (writers), peer-reviewers and readers. Therefore, these components should also undertake obeying (conform) to the said codes of conduct (ethics rules) as a duty. Based on this sentence, there is a publication ethics and open access policy of Academic Journal of History and Idea and this issue necessitates (requires) that all parties should obey the codes of conduct (ethics rules) during the publication process in line with guidelines and policies, published by Committee on Publication Ethics–COPE– on open access (for example; ‘‘Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors’’
and ‘‘COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors
’’. During the publication, to encounter situations, such as confronting to knowledge distorted on articles, using the unfounded knowledge and documents in the study, and violating individual rights etc., shall be reason for refusal of the study directly, and on this issue the author (writer) and his/her affiliated institution shall be informed through official channel(s). While articles which have been sended to the journal are being made ready for publication according to their current situations after their scientific situation has been determined during publication process, they shall be made ripe (matured) from different multi-directional points of view and shall gain scientific quality (feature) by publishing on the following first issue upon final approval (confirmation) which would be taken from peer-reviewers
Publisher’s ethical responsibilities
Academic Journal of History and Idea is a publication organization that looks after public interest (benefit) without being supported by any institution and that does not seek profit (non-profit). Academic Journal of History and Idea has been conducting its ethical rules (codes of ethics)-bound and systematic studies at the helm of General Board of Publication and editor-in-chief since December 2013 when it published its first issue.
Publication, advisory and editorial boards of Academic Journal of History and Idea are conducted on a volunteer basis by important scientists at universities from different countries in the world including Turkey. Editor-in-chief is a person-in charge who follows all publication process sticking to ethical rules (codes of conduct) in behalf of publication board, and editor-in-chief provides for the process to continue without interruption, through editors whom are tasked (assigned) by editor-in-chief, and deputy editors if needs be. Editors, whom are tasked (assigned) according to subjects of articles, function (serve) as a bridge between authors (writers)&peer-reviewers, and editors are persons-in charge who provide for the matured articles to convey to publication board. If deemed necessary, editors-in-chief can send articles to faculty members (teaching fellows) who are not member of Editorial Board by giving task of field editor.
Responsibilities of Editorial Board
Editorial board is responsible for articles which have come to Academic Journal of History and Idea. Responsibility of editorial board is conducted as a priority of public interest (benefit), for the purpose of service to science, and without thinking personal gain. There is an independent relationship between editorial board and publisher. All decisions which will be taken by editors are independent in line with ethical principles. While editorial board is making a decision to the appropriateness (suitability) and the publication of the submitted writings (manuscripts), editorial board does it (makes a decision) according to publication policy and scientific sensitivity of the journal, but not to factors such as author(s), author(s)’s race, gender, belief and nationality etc.
Editorial board keeps (takes) privacy as a basis in process (transaction) steps and can not share personal information (details) with peer-reviewers, members and publisher. Editorial Board makes an effort to develop (improve) the journal consistently and to rise (enhance) the quality of publication. Editorial Board provides for determination and implementation of journal policies, such as publication, blind review, peer reviewing process and ethical principles etc. Editorial Board protects authors’ copyright of articles, published in Academic Journal of History and Idea. Editorial board prepares for ‘‘Guide for Author (Author Guidelines)’’ consisting of author(s)’ knowledge/information requirements; and for ‘‘Guide for Peer Reviewer (Peer Reviewer Guidelines)’’ containing knowledge/information which peer reviewers would need during peer reviewing process, and when required, Editorial board updates them.Editorial Board keeps (stores) in written or electronically records of each article and correspondences concerning the journal. Editorial Board follows index and database functionings (operations) of the journal.
Editors’s Ethical Responsibilities
Editors are responsible for satisfying peer-reviewers’, authors’ and readers’ knowledge/information requirements; giving feedback when needed; correcting (emending) during publication process; and acting upon principle of clarity (publicity) on subjects which require explanation. Editors are attentive to articles to be original while they are making a decision of publication of articles, to scientific literature, and to articles to make contribution to readers, researchers and implementer. Editors shall refuse (reject) directly the article having 15% of similarity during plagiarism screening/checking and shall inform it to the author. While Editors are making a positive or negative decision for articles, they take into account original (authentic) value of articles and their contribution to the field, validity and reliability of research method, clarity (openness) of the narration (expression), and purpose and scope of the journal. As long as there are no important problems of articles submitted (of which application were made), editors take them under pre-review process/under apprasial phase (receive them for preliminary consideration); take peer reviewers’ positive recommendations into consideration; and they do not change decisions which were made by former editor(s) as long as there are no serious problems. Editors carry out policies for blind review and peer-reviewing process which are among publication policies of the journal; keep secret peer reviewers’ identity information; and provide for each article to be reviewed neutrally/objectively and in due of its time. Editors send articles by paying field editors’ and peer reviewers’ specialties (areas of specialization) regard to and they support that reviews (evaluations) are carried out neutrally (objectively) and independently. Editors take into account whether or not there is conflict of interest-unity of interest among editors, peer reviewers and author(s) so that the article could be reviewed (evaluated) neutrally/objectively. Editors are on a quest in order for pool of peer reviewers to consist of a wide range and to be updated continuously. Editors block reviews (evaluations) which do not obey(conform) to academic rules of etiquette and which are not scientific. Editors enable publication procedures of the journal to be processed in a suitable way for publication policies and guides (guidelines); inform those, who have taken charge (task) in the process, of developments on publication policies; and prepare for training programme when required. Editor are in an effective communication with everyone who has taken charge (task) in publication process and they organize meetings at certain intervals. Editors provide/ensure protection of personal data in articles reviewed; and they protect authors’, peer reviewers’ and readers’ personal data. Editors conduct all publication activities through authory, given by publication board to editors, and they help authors.
Peer Reviewers’ Ethical Responsibilities
There is a double-blind peer review implementation that neither author(s) nor peer reviewers know/s eachother in Academic Journal of History and Idea. Peer reviewers do not get to know authors. Article review (evaluation) forms, requests (demands) for correction together with notes which are stated on the text are conveyed by editors to author(s) through journal management system. Peer reviewers who will review (evaluate) articles which would be published in Academic Journal of History and Idea are subject to the following ethical rules (codes of conduct): Peer reviewers should review articles concerning their specialties (field of specialization) only. Peer reviewers should conduct their reviews within the principle of privacy (confidentiality) and impartiality (neutrality/objectivity). Peer reviewers should carry out their reviews regardless of conditions such as nationality, gender, religious belief, political opinion (view) and commercial concerns etc. Peer reviewers should give up reviewing the article (the writing/manuscript) when they have thought that there is a conflict of interest or unity of interest in the writing which they have taken for review and they should give information of it to the editor. Peer reviewers should carry out the review in a constructive language and decorously (in a suitable way for academic rules of etiquette); and they should avoid personal comments consisting of defamation and hostility.
Peer reviewers should review the article, which they have accepted, in due of its time
Authors’ Ethical Responsibilities
Author(s) who has/have made an application for article to Academic Journal of History and Idea be deemed to have accepted the following ethical rules and responsibilities:
Author(s) should not send article(s), which was/were published anywhere or author(s) has/have sended for publication to different places, to Akademik Tarih ve Düşünce Dergisi.
While author(s) is/are sending original and scientific articles to Academic Journal of History and Idea author(s) should also fill ‘‘the copyright release/transfer form to journal’’ and should send it together with the article. Author(s) should use references, from which author(s) have benefitted during the studies, in line with ethical principles and properly In case of the article with more than one author, these authors should be written in order from left side (left head) according to their contribution they have made. The author does not have the right of withdrawing the article of which reviewing process has begun, at the author’s personal pleasure (at the author’s own personal request). Author(s) has/have to certificate, if required, right of usage of knowledge/information which author(s) gave a place in their studies, and that the relevant permissions in researches-analyses or the approval from attendees upon whom authors have studied (done research) have been obtained. Author(s) should communicate with editors to give information of, correct or to withdraw the article when authors have noticed the mistake concerning the article which was published on electronic environment or under phase of the review (evaluation) and early appearance. Author(s) should state that author(s) have obtained approval by ethical board (ethical board’s approval) for studies which need to collect data through qualitative and quantitative methods, such as experiment, survey, scale, interview, observation and focus group work etc., which require decision by ethical board; on first-last page and in the method chapter of the article candidate, by name of ethical board, decision date and decision number, and author(s) should store the document which shows decision by ethical board (ethical board’s decision), into the system, together with application for the article. Author(s) should submit proofs within the article (for example, obtaining permission from others for the purpose of using others’ documents such as scales, surveys and photographs etc.) that author(s) has/have been attentive to ethical principles during data collection process. It should be stated that research&publication ethics and copyright regulations for intellectual and artistic works have been obeyed (comformed) to, in articles.
Situation Disobeying (Nonconforming) to Ethical Principles If there has been a situation that does not conform (disobeys) to ethical principles concerning editors, peer reviewers and authors, or in case of encountering an unethical situation with regard to an article which is under review process, early appearance or published, it should be informed to Academic Journal of History and Idea , via message, into e-mail address ‘‘ firstname.lastname@example.org’’ or ‘‘email@example.com’’, and in this context, the required measures shall be taken by the journal.