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Ethical Issues & Peer-Review - Turkish Journal Of Neurology

Ethical Issues & Peer-Review

The Turkish Journal of Neurology is an independent, non-biased, periodical publication that adheres to the double-blind peer review process.

The Publication Policy and Manuscript Writing Rules were prepared in accordance with the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations) (2016, http://www.icmje.org).

Submitted manuscripts are first evaluated for their scientific value by the editor and associate editors. If found suitable, manuscripts are sent to at least two peer reviewers for evaluation. The Editorial Board may also send the manuscript to another reviewer if necessary. Reviewers are selected from independent national and international experts on the topic. Associate editors add their own evaluations to the peer reviews and send them to the Editor-in-Chief. The final decision is made by the Editor-in-Chief. The whole evaluation process is aimed to be finished within 3 months. Every submission is also evaluated by the statistics editor.

Dates when the manuscript was received and accepted are stated in the issue the manuscript is published. 

The Editor-in-Chief and associate editors have the right to reject, return manuscripts for revision, or revise the format of manuscripts that do not comply with publication rules.
Turkish Journal of Neurology must get informed about the manuscripts which requested to withdraw including the justifications. The decision is made in accordance with the editorial policies.

Ethical Issues
For the experimental, clinical and drug human studies, approval by ethical committee and statement on the adherence of the study protocol to the international agreements (Helsinki Declaration revised 2013 (https://www.wma.net/policies-post/wma-declaration-of-helsinki-ethical-principles-for-medical-research-involving-human-subjects/) are required. In experimental animal studies, the authors should indicate that the procedures followed were in accordance with animal rights (Guide for the care and use of laboratory animals, www.nap.edu.catalog/5140.html) and they should obtain animal ethic committee approval.

The Ethic Committee approval document should be submitted to the Turkish Journal of Neurology together with the manuscript.
The approval of the ethic committee, statement on the adherence to international guidelines mentioned above and that the patients` informed consent is obtained should be indicated in the `Material and Method` section and is required for case reports whenever data/media used could reveal identity of the patient. The declaration of the conflict of interest between authors, institutions, acknowledgement of any financial or material support, aid is mandatory for authors submitting manuscript and the statement should appear at the end of manuscript. Reviewers are required to report if any potential conflict of interest exists between reviewer and authors, institutions.

Plagiarism: To re-publish whole or in part the contents of another author's publication as one's own without providing a reference.
Fabrication: To publish data and findings/results that do not exist.
Duplication: Use of data from another publication, which includes re-publishing a manuscript in different languages without citing.
Salamisation: To create more than one publication by dividing the results of a study preternaturally.

We disapproval upon such unethical practices as plagiarism, fabrication, duplication, and salamisation, as well as efforts to influence the review process with such practices as gifting authorship, inappropriate acknowledgements, and references.
Additionally, authors must respect participant right to privacy. On the other hand, short abstracts published in congress books that do not exceed 400 words and present data of preliminary research, and those that are presented in an electronic environment are not accepted pre-published work.

Authors in such situation must declare this status on the first page of the manuscript and in the cover letter. (The COPE flowchart is available at: http://publicationethics.org)

We use Crossref Smilarity Check powered by "iThenticate" to screen all submissions for plagiarism before publication.
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