Istanbul Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities

Publication Ethics

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

The ethical policy of Istanbul Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities is based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines and complies with International Committee of THE JOURNAL Editorial Board codes of conduct. Readers, authors, reviewers and editors should follow these ethical policies once working with the Journal. The ethical policy of the Journal is liable to determine which of the typical research articles or articles submitted to the journal should be published in the concerned issue. For information on this matter in publishing and ethical guidelines please visit

Principles of Transparency and Publication Ethics


Peer review process: Istanbul Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities is a double-blind peer-reviewed open access research journal concerned with regional and national issues and problems arising in the Republic of Turkey and dealing with the past and present of its main megapolis, Istanbul. This process, as well as any policies related to the Journal’s peer review procedures, is clearly described on the journal’s website ( – Author Guidelines).

Governing Body: Istanbul Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities has a very strong editorial board, whose members are recognized experts in the subject areas covered by the Journal’s scope. The full names and affiliations of the journal’s editors are provided on the Journal’s website ( – Editorial Board).

Identification of and dealing with allegations of research misconduct: Editor-in-Chief takes reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of articles where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others.

Website: The Journal’s website ( – About the Journal)  stipulates that care has been taken to ensure high ethical and professional standards.

Contact information: Journal has provided the contact information for the editorial office of Istanbul Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (

Name of the Journal: The name of Istanbul Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (IGSS&H) is unique and cannot be easily confused with other journals.

Conflicts of interest: Authors are requested to evident whether impending conflicts do or do not exist while submitting their articles to the Journal.

Declaration of Competing Interests: The editor must not be involved in decisions about articles which she/he has written him/herself or have been written by family members or colleagues or which relate to products or services in which the editor has an interest. Further, any such submission must be subject to all of the journal’s usual procedures, peer review must be handled independently of the relevant author/editor and their research groups, and there must be a clear statement to this effect on any such article that is published.

Acknowledgments: All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help or writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Disclosure of Funding Sources: The authors are required to declare what support they received for conducting their research. Declaring funding sources acknowledges funders’ contributions, fulfills funding requirements and promotes greater transparency in the research process.

* Note: the Journal will not consider for publication manuscripts in which any of the research costs or authors’ salaries have been funded, in whole or in part, by a tobacco company.

Duties and Responsibilities of Editors


  • The Editors of the Journal should have the full authority to reject/accept a manuscript.
  • The Editors of the Journal should maintain the confidentiality of submitted manuscripts under review or until they are published.
  • The Editor-in-Chief should take a decision on publication of submitted manuscripts with other editors and reviewers
  • The Editors of the Journal should preserve the anonymity of reviewers.
  • The Editors of the Journal should disclose and try to avoid any conflict of interest.
  • The Editors of the Journal should maintain academic integrity and strive to meet the needs of readers and authors.
  • The Editors of the Journal should be willing to investigate plagiarism and fraudulent data issues and willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.
  • The Editors of the Journal should limit themselves only to the intellectual content.
  • The Editors of the Journal must not disclose any information about submitted manuscripts to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
  • Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted article will not be used by the editor or the members of the editorial board for their own research purposes without the author’s explicit written consent.
  • Guest editors play a vital role in acquiring content and leading the review process for special issue publications.
  • Associate editors play a key role in peer-reviewed publishing, supporting the journal editor as subject experts on various topics. Associate editors oversee assigned manuscripts, moving these articles through review and revision. Associate editors are responsible for assessing manuscript quality, obtaining peer reviews, requesting revisions where appropriate, and making recommendations to the journal editor about the acceptance or rejection of a manuscript.

Duties and Responsibilities of Reviewers


  • The Reviewers of the Journal should assist the Editors in taking the decision for publishing the submitted manuscripts.
  • The Reviewers should maintain the confidentiality of manuscripts, which they are invited to review.
  • The Reviewers should provide comments in time that will help editors to make a decision on the submitted manuscript to be published or not.
  • The Reviewers are bound to treat the manuscript received for peer reviewing as confidential, and must not use the information obtained through peer review for personal advantage.
  • The Reviewers’ comments against each invited manuscript should be technical, professional and objective.
  • The Reviewers should not review the manuscripts in which they have found conflicts of interest with any of the authors, companies, or institutions.
  • The Reviewers should disclose and try to avoid any conflict of interest.

Authors of Istanbul Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities must confirm the following:

  • Submitted manuscripts must be the original work of the author(s).
  • The submitting corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that the manuscript publication has been approved by all the other coauthors.
  • Only unpublished manuscripts should be submitted.
  • All authors have agreed to allow the corresponding author to serve as the correspondent with the editorial office, to review the edited manuscript and proof.
  • All authors should acknowledge the sources of data used while writing the manuscript.
  • All listed authors must have made a significant scientific contribution to the research in the manuscript and approved all its claims.
  • All errors discovered in the manuscript after submission must be swiftly communicated to the Editor.
  • All authors must know that that the submitted manuscripts under review or published with Istanbul Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities are subject to screening using Plagiarism Prevention Software. Plagiarism is a serious violation of publication ethics.