Ethical Principles

JMOS Publication Ethics

All manuscripts published in JMOS are ensured to be compatible with research and publication ethics. For this, we conduct all submission, evaluation and publication processes of the manuscripts sent to JMOS according to Committee on Publication Ethics – COPE and Best Practice Guidelines. In this way, compliance with all rules and principles determined by COPE is observed.


Ethical Responsibilities of Authors

Manuscripts submitted to JMOS for review should not have been published previously or be under current consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors must provide assurance during the submission of the manuscript. The works previously presented as conference papers is out of this scope. The manuscripts sent to JMOS should comply with the standards and rules of academic research and publication ethics. Authors, before submitting the manuscript to JMOS, should make sure that it is in conformity with scientific and ethical rules in all respects.  

Authors must ensure that citations are correctly done and there is more or less no plagiarism in their articles. Plagiarism is intolerable for JMOS. Therefore, manuscripts submitted to JMOS are screened for plagiarism using iThenticate program. If any plagiarism is detected, either the manuscript is directly rejected or the authors are asked to revise it depending on the level of plagiarism. 

The manuscripts that include research conducted by collecting data from people must have obtained the approval of the ethics committee and this should be stated in the manuscript. The ethical principles that researchers should follow in data collection for different types of research can be found in the TR Index Ethical Principles Flow Chart. Besides, evidence showing that ethical issues are taken into consideration in the data collection process should be presented in the method section of the manuscript. Authors should also ensure that the materials like tables, figures, scales as well as citations in their manuscripts comply with scientific requirements and the copyright laws and treaties in practice.

Each author should declare any conflicts of interest, financial relationships, and connections, if any, that could potentially affect research findings, conclusions, implications, and scientific evaluations, at the submission stage of the manuscript. To assess whether potential conflicts of interest, financial relationships, and links are reported, authors may ask themselves this question: Is there anything undeclared that might embarrass me or one of our co-authors when it becomes known after the manuscript has been published?

The authors are obliged to declare all financial support and contributions made to their study.

Authors are deemed to have transferred all copyrights of their published articles to JMOS. For this purpose, after the manuscript is accepted for publication, the responsible author signs the assignment sent by JMOS and sends it back to JMOS. Therefore, in order to republish the article published in JMOS in another journal or book, they must obtain permission from JMOS. However, the authors, if they wish, can put the web site link of their articles in JMOS as open access on their personal or institutional web sites.

The views and opinions expressed in the articles are those of the authors and naturally do not reflect the views and opinions of the editors, editorial board and publisher.

All authors in the article must have had an intellectual or active contribution to the idea of ​​the article, its design, data collection, analysis, writing, or reporting and interpretation of the results. In addition, each author must have read and approved the final version of the study before its submission to the journal. If any changes in authorship or author order are required after the submission of the manuscript, this should be reported with the joint letter of all authors.

Authors, if required within the framework of the evaluation processes, should be able to present the data they have collected regarding their manuscript to editors.


Ethical Responsibilities of Reviewers

Reviewers evaluate only within the framework of scientific criteria without knowing the authors of the manuscripts. Each reviewer is expected to make a comprehensive evaluation within the framework of the originality of the manuscript and its contribution to the existing knowledge, as well as to complete the reviewer evaluation form sent by JMOS. Reviewers should clearly highlight the strengths and improvements of the manuscript in these reviews, both to help editors in their final decision and to contribute to the authors in improving their manuscript.

Reviewers should avoid using judgmental and offensive expressions in their evaluations.

Reviewers should keep all information confidential regarding the evaluation of the manuscripts.

If reviewers notice an ethical problem such as plagiarism, inappropriate citation, copyright infringement in the manuscript that they evaluate, they should report it to the editor immediately.

Reviewers should not accept to evaluate the manuscript if they are in a conflict of interest with the people and organizations supporting the research, and hence there will be doubts about the impartiality of their evaluation.

Reviewers are expected to inform JMOS within one week at the latest about the articles that they think they will not be able to evaluate because of duration or/and content.


Ethical Responsibilities of the Editors

Editors are obliged to ensure the confidentiality of the manuscripts submitted to the journal through a double-blind review process. Only the reviews of the same manuscript’s reviewers, keeping the ownership of the reviews confidential, can be shared with each other, in order to make the evaluation more healthy and effective.

Editors, are obliged to ensure that the manuscripts are evaluated only according to scientific criteria within the framework of compliance with the scope of JMOS, originality and their potential to contribute to the literature, regardless of authors' race, religion, gender, ethnic origin, political opinion, and institution where they work.

Editors should not allow possible conflicts of interest or competitive relationships between themselves, authors and reviewers. 

Editors should ensure that personal data regarding the participants or images included in the reviewed articles are protected.

Editors cannot use the information and content included in the manuscripts that are in the evaluation and publication process in their own studies without the express approval of the authors.

If any errors are noticed after the manuscripts are published, editors ensure them to be corrected.