The editorial and publication processes of the journal are shaped in accordance with the guidelines of the International Council of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), the Council of Science Editors (CSE), the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the European Association of Science Editors (EASE), and National Information Standards Organization (NISO). The journal complies with the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (doaj.org/bestpractice).
Studies using human or animal subjects should be approved by the appropriate institutional and local Ministry of Health ethics committees. Ethics approval of research protocols in accordance with international agreements (World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki “Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects,” amended in October 2013, www.wma.net) is required for experimental, clinical, and drug studies, as well as for some case reports. Ethics committee reports or an equivalent official document may be requested from the authors. For manuscripts involving experimental research on humans, a statement should be included that shows that written, informed consent of patients and volunteers was obtained. For studies carried out on animals, the measures taken to prevent pain and suffering of the animals should be stated clearly. A statement regarding patient consent, and the name of the ethics committee, the ethics committee approval date, and number should be stated in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript. It is the authors’ responsibility to carefully protect patients’ anonymity. For photographs that may reveal the identity of the patients, signed releases of the patient or of their legal representative should be enclosed.
The editor is responsible for everything published in the journal. In the context of this responsibility, editors have the following duties and obligations:
The editor is to make publication decisions based on expectations of suitable and desirable material. Studies accepted for publication must be original contributions that benefit the reader, researcher, practitioner, and the literature. In addition, editors are obliged to take into account feedback from readers, researchers, and practitioners, and to provide an informative response. Readers will also be informed of any funding provided to support published research.
Editorial Board Relationship
The editor works with the members of the editorial board to ensure that they are familiar with journal policies and developments in regular meetings and announcements, and will provide training for new members and assistance to board members during their tenure in their role as a supporter of the journal.
Relations with the Owner of the Journal and the Publisher
The relationship between the editors and the publisher/journal owner is based on the principle of editorial independence and stipulated by contract.
Editorial and Blind Review Processes
The editor will apply the publicly defined publication policies created and enforced to ensure a timely and impartial evaluation process for all submissions.
The editor is responsible for confirming that the Erciyes Medical Journal publishing policies and standards are upheld for all articles.
Protection of Personal Data
The editor is obliged to ensure the protection of personal data related to subjects or images included in published work. Explicit documented consent of the individuals referenced in the research is required before the study will be accepted. The editors is also responsible for protecting the individual data of authors, reviewers, and readers.
Ethics Committee, Human and Animal Rights
The editor is required to ensure that human and animal rights were protected in the studies submitted for publication.
Measures Against Potential Misconduct
The editor must take action against any allegations of possible misconduct. In addition to conducting a rigorous and objective investigation of complaints, the editor is expected to share the findings and conclusions.
Maintaining Academic Publication Integrity
The editor is expected to ensure that any errors, inconsistencies, or misleading statements are corrected quickly and appropriately acknowledged.
Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
The editor is obliged to protect intellectual property and to defend the rights of the journal and author(s). In addition, the editor is to take the necessary measures to prevent any violation of the intellectual property rights of others in journal publications.
Creativity and Openness
Editors are to respond to all complaints in a timely and comprehensive manner.
Political and Commercial Concerns
Political or commercial factors will not affect editorial decisions.
Conflicts of Interest
The editor is required to ensure that any conflicts of interest between authors, reviewers, or other editors are disclosed and managed appropriately to provide an independent and impartial process.
REVIEWER’S ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES
Peer review of research embodies the scientific method, subjecting the work to the rigorous scrutiny of knowledgeable colleagues. The rigor of the review process directly affects the quality of the literature; it provides confidence in an objective and independent evaluation of the published work. The Erciyes Medical Journal uses a double-blind review process. All comments and the evaluation are transmitted through the journal management system. Reviewers should: