Frequently Asked Questions
- Is your journal a refereed and international journal?
Our journal is a refereed, scientific and international journal. It is indexed by many international indices.
- Which fields are accepted in your journal?
Only the papers in the fields accepted by the journal are approved.
- Are the readers allowed to access to the volumes and the articles without being a member of the journal?
All the volumes can be downloaded from our website in pdf format without being a member.
- What is the publication frequency of the journal?
The journal publishes three times a year; the volumes with full texts are uploaded to the system at the end of April, August and December. However, some special issues can be published in some cases.
- Are the authors informed about the evaluation process of the submissions?
The journal is web-based, and the authors can follow all kinds of information concerning their submissions from the membership panel of the system. The authors will also be provided with the necessary information about the process and procedure.
- How many referees evaluate a manuscript?
Manuscripts are firstly evaluated by the field editors and then the ones found appropriate are sent to the referees by the field editors. Field editors send the approved papers to two field referees and referee evaluation process begins. This process takes two months at most according to the referee evaluation. If evaluation reports are not received within three months, the article is sent to the third referee. If there is still not any progress, field referee, and the editorial board decide on the publication process.
- Is any information concerning “the author and authors” confidential?
In this journal and all the international refereed journals, information, concerning the author(s) is known only by the system editors, field editors, chief editor and assistant chief editors. This information is completely kept confidential. The referees or members of the journal are not allowed to access to the relevant information.
- Are there a certain number of articles to be published in the journal?
There are not a certain number of articles in the journal. Each article, approved by the referees and the editorial board, is accepted to be published in the journal without delay and sent for the layout process which is the final stage.
- Is an author allowed to submit more than one paper in the same issue?
It is out of the question in terms of ethics. However, more than one manuscript of the same author can be published in the same journal or the following issues if the publication and editorial board approve the articles. But this situation is only valid for specific cases and those requiring initiative. This case is only valid for special conditions and those requiring initiative.
- Is there sufficient number of referees in all the fields that the journal accepts articles?
All the submissions sent to our journal are subjected to evaluation by expert academicians and scientists and referees are not getting paid for the evaluation they make. Evaluation and reports are only on a volunteer basis.
- What is the duty of the science and advisory board?
The science and advisory board is responsible for solving the incompatibility problems that the referees experience; the board gives the final decision independently, and they act actively to solve such problems. The decisions of the science and advisory board are accepted without questioning. The decisions are applied accordingly. Their decisions cannot be changed and offered to be changed.
- Is an author allowed to submit his/her paper to the science and advisory board in a negative situation?
This situation is out of the question. Functionality of science and advisory board occurs only with the approval of the editor-in-chief.
- If an author submits her/his paper simultaneously to another journal for consideration, and the paper is accepted in that journal too, what kind of procedures is taken?
The executive board and editorial board give the final decision in such cases. As the publication board does not regard such attitudes as ethical, even if the paper has been published, it is removed from the system on condition that refutation is published, necessary institutions are informed, and the rights are reserved. However, in order to avoid such problems, the guidelines for the authors should be read carefully and the appropriate papers should be submitted. Our journal’s all rights are kept reserved under the guidance of journal’s legal advisors within the framework of Turkish Commercial Law and Law on Intellectual and Industrial Rights in such negative conditions. It defends its material and moral rights within the framework of Laws of Turkish Republic.
- Does your journal accept papers from other languages?
Currently, the language of our journal is Turkish and English. However, studies in English and other languages are also accepted.
- Is an author allowed to get information about referees evaluating her/his paper?
It is out of question. The names of the referees will never be revealed to the authors even if they want to learn. The author cannot recommend a referee for the paper s/he sent. Only the editor-in-chief, assistant editors, field editor and system editor can decide on this. It is also out of the question to assign a referee outside those boards and to give information.
- Is an author allowed to give a name of a referee that s/he does not want her/his paper to be evaluated by?
If such a problem occurs, and the referee is in the journal list, on condition that the process is confidential, the author should submit the necessary explanations and reasons in an official document to the editor-in-chief. If this is approved by the chief editor, necessary steps are taken; otherwise, common procedures and standard working are carried out.
- Is an author allowed to suggest a referee to contribute to the evaluation process?
It is out of question. The field and system editors decide on the issue. Authors cannot interfere in this process.
- Are the authors to sign the transfer agreement or publishing transfer contract?
This situation is stated on the main page of the journal in the section titled publication principles. All the submitted papers are accepted to be transferred to the journal with exclusive rights. The author is not asked to sign the document concerning the submission. However, in some cases the author should sign the contract, required by the field editors or administrative board and submit it to the chief editor officially. Otherwise the paper will not be published.
- Is an author allowed to withdraw his/her paper when desired?
If the evaluation process has started, papers cannot be withdrawn. The paper can only be withdrawn in case of plagiarism and scientific disquality and if the author sends an official letter, explaining the situation to the chief editor. The journal acts unilaterally in this issue.
- What is the process in papers requiring the approval and report of ETHICS BOARD?
As in “Media Organs” of National and International journals, author(s) has to upload “Date of Report”, “Report Information-Report Number” to “Ethics Board Report Information” part of the publication submission system of the journal in “EXPERIMENTAL, CASE STUDY and INSTITUTIONAL” works requiring ETHICS BOARD approval and report. The chief editor has the right to ask for the original report if deemed necessary with an official approval of the institution. In such cases, if the chief editor doesn’t get the ethics board report despite the request made, the manuscript cannot be included in the system and published even if it has obtained referee approval and completed the publication process. The paper is rejected with the decision of chief editor and other editors. In this case, author(s) cannot make a demand for right. This information isn’t necessary for the papers not requesting ethics board report or being lack of this report. However, this information should be uploaded to the system by author(s) for the papers requesting and having the ethics board report. Author(s) are held responsible for this situation. Our journal doesn’t accept any liability and responsibility regarding this matter. The whole responsibility in legal process belongs to author(s). Otherwise, our journal cannot bear any legal, spiritual and material responsibility. Journal management and referees cannot be imposed any liability in this matter. In case of a possible negative condition, our journal unilaterally reserves its legal rights.