Hacettepe University Journal of Turkish Studies as a Foreign Language
Institute of Turkish Studies
Ethical Principles and Publication Policy


Hacettepe University Journal of Turkish Studies as a Foreign Language is a peer-reviewed, periodical and international journal that accepts original, theoretical and/or applied research and review articles produced with an interdisciplinary approach on language, history, geography, art, literature, social, economic, political and cultural issues related to the Turkish world from past to present. Abbreviated as HÜYDOTAD, the journal adopts the Committee on Publication Ethics' (COPE) "Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors" and "Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers". For COPE's "Core Practices" document, see https://publicationethics.org
Authors Submitting Papers for Publication in HUTAD Must Meet the Following ETHICAL PRINCIPLES
1- Originality: The submitted work must be entirely the work of the author(s) in terms of main idea, expression and style. If other researchers' works are included in the article by direct or indirect quotation, it is obligatory to give this in accordance with the APA referencing style detailed in the journal's publication principles, and these works must be listed in the references.
2- Plagiarism-Free: The author's use of direct or indirect long/short quotations or repetitions of ideas, sentences, visual materials, tables, graphics, figures, maps, etc. from other researches or previous works of their own done without referencing the printed or digital material, is considered plagiarism. Authors should strictly avoid this. Plagiarism is a violation of ethics, regardless of whether it is intentional or not. It is not only unethical but also a crime and unacceptable if the articles are similar to other sources without reference and submitted for publication in this form.
Articles submitted to the journal are checked with a plagiarism prevention software, Turnit-in. Articles with a similarity rate of more than 10% are not evaluated.
The Editorial Board acts in accordance with COPE rules in the face of allegations and suspicions of plagiarism, citation manipulation and data falsification regarding the articles submitted to the journal.
3- Ethics Committee Permission and Approval: Ethics committee permission must be obtained in advance for all kinds of surveys, scales, interviews, observations, etc. applied in areas such as qualitative research and oral history. Evidence of sensitivity to ethical issues during the data collection process (such as obtaining permission to use scales, questionnaires and photographs belonging to others) should be presented in the study. The name, date and number of the Ethics Committee should be included on the method and first/last page of the article.
Non-university member researchers can apply to the Ethics Committees in their region.
4- Resubmission of a Published Publication: The articles submitted to HÜYDOTAD must not have been previously published in any form (in print or digital media). Submitting an article submitted to HÜYDOTAD to another journal without permission or notice is a violation of ethical rules and is unacceptable.
5- Slicing: It is ethically inappropriate for authors to transform the results of a research into more than one publication by inappropriately slicing the results of a research into parts in a way that disrupts the integrity of the research which will compromise the originality of the study and be repetitive.
6- Presentation and Storage of Raw Data: Authors are obliged to submit the raw data of their research when requested by the editors and reviewers and to keep these data even after the publication of their articles.
7- Error Detection in Published Articles: When an author detects a significant error or inaccuracy in their article published in HÜYDOTAD, they must immediately notify the journal editor and cooperate with the editor to withdraw or correct the article.
8- Forgery: Using non-existent or altered data in scientific research is forgery and it is a criminal offense under the law.
9- Falsification: It is a crime to falsify research records or data obtained, to show devices or materials that were not used in the research as if they were used, to falsify or alter the results of the research in line with the interests of the people and organizations supported.
10- Improper Authorship: It is a violation of intellectual property rights to include people who do not have active contributions among the authors or not to include people who do, to change the author ranking in an unjustified and inappropriate manner, to remove the names of those who have active contributions from the work in subsequent editions, to use their influence to have their names included among the authors even though they do not have active contributions.
11- Declaration of Support: Authors are required to indicate the persons, institutions or organizations that provide support and their contributions in the publications resulting from the supported research. Misusing resources, spaces, facilities, and devices allocated for scientific research constitutes an ethical violation.
12- Citation of Unpublished Work: Authors may not use theses, research or studies that have not yet been presented or defended without the permission of the owner. Such citations must also be made with the permission of the owner or by citing a reference.
13- Acknowledgments: Authors are obliged to declare the organizations and financial resources, if any, that support their research and studies in the "Acknowledgments" section of their work.
The Editorial Board may act in accordance with COPE rules in the face of allegations and suspicions of plagiarism, citation manipulation and data falsification regarding the articles submitted to the journal.
Copyright Transfer
Authors must agree to waive the copyright of their work and transfer the copyright of their work to the Institute of Turkish Studies upon submission for evaluation. This transfer becomes binding upon manuscript acceptance for publication. No part of the published material may be used elsewhere without the written permission of the Institute of Turkish Studies.
The authors reserve all unregistered rights other than patents and copyrights. They have the right to reproduce the work for their own purposes provided that they do not sell the work, the right to use all or part of the work in the author's own books and other academic works, provided that the author cites the source, and the right to keep the work on their personal websites or in the open archive of their university, provided that they specify the work's source.
Authors must obtain permission from the copyright holder when using previously published content, including supplementary images, tables or any other content in printed or electronic format. The legal, financial and criminal responsibility in this regard belongs to the authors.
Authors submitting a manuscript to our journal must fill in the "Copyright Transfer" form and sign it with a wet signature. The signed form should be scanned and sent to the journal via e-mail.
Ethical Duties and Responsibilities of the Editors
Editors must act in a balanced, objective and fair manner in fulfilling its duties without discrimination on the basis of gender, religious or political beliefs, ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.
They must evaluate the submitted works according to their content and not show privilege to any author.
They must take the necessary measures to prevent potential conflicts of interest and evaluate existing statements, if any.
They must treat sponsored studies or studies on special topics in the same way as other studies.
In the event of a complaint of ethical violation, they must implement the necessary procedures, adhering to the journal's policies and procedures. They must give the authors an opportunity to respond to the complaint, and take the necessary sanctions regardless of who the work belongs to.
They must reject the incoming work if it is not suitable for the purpose and scope of the journal.
Ethical Responsibilities of the Reviewers
Reviewers must objectively review the work in a timely manner to contribute to the editor's decision-making process and agree to evaluate only work related to his/her area of expertise.
They must evaluate objectively only in relation to the content of the work. They must conduct the evaluation without political and economic interests.
They must provide guidance to help improve the quality of the article to be published and review the work meticulously. They must convey comments to the author in a constructive and polite manner.
They must protect the confidentiality of information provided by editors and authors, evaluate the reviewed work in accordance with the principle of confidentiality, notify the editor of any situation contrary to blind peer review, and refrain from evaluating the work.
They must be aware of potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative, or other relationships between the authors) and, if necessary, they must alert the editor to withdraw their assistance.
Ethical Responsibilities of the Publisher
The publisher, one of the stakeholders involved in a scientific study, should also act within the scope of all these ethical principles.
The publisher is obligated to use its communication power without any self-interest and to guide its target audience correctly.
It protects the ownership and copyright of every work published within its organization and undertakes the task of archiving every published product.
Individuals should not hesitate to contact the publisher when they encounter an unethical situation.
Conflict of Interest
Conflicts of interest arise when there is an economic or a personal benefit. The credibility of the scientific process and published articles is directly related to the objective handling of conflicts of interest during the planning, implementation, writing, evaluation, editing and publication of scientific work.
Financial relationships are the most easily identifiable conflicts of interest and inevitably undermine the credibility of the journal, the authors and the science. These conflicts can arise from personal relationships, academic competition or intellectual attitudes. Authors should avoid, as much as possible, entering into agreements with sponsors, both for-profit and non-profit, that restrict access to all data of the study or interfere with their ability to analyze and interpret data, prepare articles, publish, etc.
To avoid conflicts of interest, editors should avoid bringing together people with whom they may have any relationship during the evaluation of submitted works. Editors who make the final decision on articles should also have no personal, professional or financial ties with any of the subjects they are deciding on. Individuals should inform the editorial board about possible conflicts of interest so that articles can be evaluated within the framework of ethical principles and an independent process can be carried out.