Ethical Issues and Editorial Policy

Ethical Issues and Editorial Policy

Publication Ethics

Publishing processes applied in the Sociological Context are the basis for the development and distribution of information in an impartial and respectful manner. The processes applied in this direction directly reflect the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support the authors. Peer-reviewed studies are studies that embody and support the scientific method. At this point, it is important that all stakeholders of the process (authors, readers and researchers, publishers, referees and editors) comply with the standards of ethical principles. Our journal is expected to bear the following ethical responsibilities from all stakeholders within the scope of publication ethics.

The ethical duties and responsibilities below have been prepared by taking into account the guidelines and policies published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and YÖK Scientific Research and Publication Ethics Directive.

Ethical Responsibilities of the Authors

It is expected that the author(s) submiting studies to the Sociological Context comply with the ethical responsibilities indicated below;

  • It is expected that the works submitted by the author(s) will be original. In case the author(s) benefit from or use other studies, they must cite and/or quote completely and accurately.
  • Those who do not contribute to the content intellectually in the creation of the study should not be specified as authors.
  • The situations and relationships of all studies submitted for publication that may constitute a conflict of interest, if any, should be explained.
  • Raw data related to their articles may be requested from the author(s) within the framework of evaluation processes, in such a case the author(s) should be ready to present the expected data and information to the editorial and scientific boards.
  • The author(s) must provide proper documentation showing that they have the rights to use the data used, the necessary permissions for the research/analysis, or that the consent of the experimental subjects has been obtained.
  • In the event that the author(s) notices a mistake or error in their published work, at the early view or evaluation stage, they have an obligation to inform the journal editor or publisher, and cooperate with the editor in correcting or withdrawing the study.
  • Authors cannot have their work in the application process of more than one journal at the same time. Each application can be started following completion of the previous application. Work published in another journal cannot be submited to us.
  • Changing the author responsibilities of a study whose evaluation process has started (such as adding author, changing author order, removing author) cannot be proposed.

Ethical Responsibilities of the Editors

Sociological Context editors and field editors should have the following ethical duties and responsibilities based on the “COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors” and “COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors”, as open access published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE):

General duties and responsibilities

Editors are responsible for every publication published in the journal. In the context of this responsibility, editors have the following roles and obligations:

  • Making efforts to meet the information needs of the audience and the authors,
  • Continuous improvement of the journal,
  • Conducting processes to improve the quality of the studies published in the journal,
  • Supporting freedom of thought,
  • Ensuring academic integrity,
  • Continuing business processes without compromising intellectual property rights and ethical standards,
  • Showing clarity and transparency in terms of publication in matters that require correction and explanation.

Relations with the audience

Editors should make decisions by taking into consideration the knowledge, skills and experience expectations of all readers, researchers and practitioners. They should be careful that the published studies contribute to the reader, researcher, practitioner and scientific literature, and to be original. In addition, editors are obliged to take into account the feedback from readers, researchers and practitioners and to provide explanatory and informative feedback.

Relations with the Authors

Duties and responsibilities of the editors for the authors:

  • Editors should make a positive or negative decision based on the importance of the work, its original value, validity, clarity of expression, and the journal’s goals and objectives.
  • Unless the studies that are suitable for the scope of the publication do not have serious problems, they should be included in the pre-evaluation stage.
  • Editors should not ignore the positive referee suggestions unless there is a serious problem with the work.
  • New editors should not change the decisions made by the previous editor(s) regarding the work, unless there is a serious problem.
  • “Blind Peer-Review and Evaluation Process” must be published and editors must prevent any deviations in the defined processes.
  • Editors should publish an “Author’s Guide” detailing every topic expected of them by the authors. These guides should be updated periodically.
  • Descriptive and informative notification and feedback should be provided to the authors.

Relations with the referees

Duties and responsibilities of the editors for the referees:

  • The referees should be determined according to the subject of the study.
  • They are obliged to provide the information and guides that the referees will need during the evaluation phase.
  • They must observe whether there is a conflict of interest among the authors and referees.
  • In the context of blind peer-reviewing, the identity information of the referees should be kept confidential.
  • They should encourage referees to consider working with an impartial, scientific and objective language.
  • They should evaluate the referees with criteria such as punctuality and performance.
  • They should determine practices and policies that improve the performance of referees.
  • They should take the necessary steps to dynamically update the referee pool.
  • They should prevent impolite and unscientific evaluations.
  • They should take steps to ensure that the referee pool is made up of a wide range.

Relations with the editorial board

Editors should ensure that all editorial board members advance processes in accordance with editorial policies and guidelines. The editorial board should inform its members about the publication policies and keep them informed of the developments. They should educate the new editorial board members on editorial policies and provide the information they need.

In addition, the editors should;

Ensure that editorial board members evaluate the work impartially and independently.
Identify new editorial board members who are able to contribute and are of a suitable nature.
Submit studies suitable for the field of expertise of editorial board members for evaluation.
Interact with the Editorial board regularly.
Hold meetings with the editorial board at regular intervals for the development of publication policies and the journal.

Relations with the publisher;

The relationship between editors and publisher is based on the principle of editorial independence. In accordance with the written contract between the editors and the publisher, all decisions taken by the editors are independent of the publisher and the journal owner.

Editorial and blind peer-review processes

Editors are obliged to implement the “Blind Peer-Review and Evaluation Process” policies in the journal publication policies. In this context, editors ensure that each work is completed in a fair, impartial and timely evaluation process.

Quality assurance:

Editors are responsible for publishing every article published in the journal in accordance with journal publishing policies and international standards.

Protection of personal data:

Editors are obliged to ensure the protection of personal data regarding the subjects or images in the evaluated studies. Unless the express consent of the individuals used in the studies is documented, they are responsible for refusing the study. In addition, the editors are responsible for protecting the individual data of the author, referee and readers.

Civil rights:

Editors are obliged to protect civil and environmental rights in the studies evaluated. They are responsible for refusing the study in cases where there is no legal permission for the participants in the studies.

Prevention against possible misconduct and malfeasance:

Editors are obliged to take measures against possible misconduct and malfeasance. In addition to conducting a meticulous and objective investigation in determining and evaluating complaints regarding this situation, it is among the editor’s responsibilities to share the findings on the subject.

Ensuring the integrity of academic studies:

Editors should ensure that any errors, inconsistencies, or misleading judgments in the study are quickly corrected.

Protection of the intellectual property rights:

Editors are obliged to protect the intellectual property rights of all published articles and to defend the rights of the journal and author(s) in possible violations. In addition, editors are obliged to take the necessary measures to ensure that the content in all published articles does not violate the intellectual property rights of other publications.

Constructiveness and disputability:

Editors should take into account convincing criticisms of the works published in the journal and take a constructive attitude towards these criticisms.
They should grant the author(s) the right to reply to the criticisims.
They should not ignore or exclude studies with negative results.


Editors are obliged to carefully examine complaints from authors, referees or readers and respond in an enlightening and explanatory manner.

Political and Commercial concerns:

Journal owner, publisher, and any other political or commercial aspect does not affect the editors’ independent decision making.

Conflict of interest:

Editors ensure that the publication process of the manuscripts is completed in an independent and impartial manner, taking into account the conflicts of interest between the author(s), referees and other editors.

Ethical Responsibilities of the Referees:

The evaluation of all studies by “Blind Peer-Reviewing” directly affects the quality of the publication. This process provides confidence through objective and independent evaluation of the publication. The Sociological Context evaluation process is carried out on the basis of double-blind peer review. Referees cannot contact the authors directly, evaluations and comments are submitted through the journal management system. In this process, referee comments on evaluation forms and full texts are sent to the author(s) through the editor. In this context, it is expected that referees evaluating a study for our journal will have the following ethical responsibilities:
– Referees should only accept work evaluations related to their specialty.
– The referees should evaluate in impartiality and confidentiality.
– If the referees think that they are faced with a conflict of interest during the evaluation process, they should refuse to examine the study and inform the editor of the journal.
– The referees should destroy the studies they examine in accordance with the confidentiality principle after the evaluation process. They can only use the final versions of the studies they have reviewed, after they are published.
– Reviewers should make the Evaluation objectively only in relation to the content of the study. They should not allow nationality, gender, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and business concerns to influence assessment.
– Referees should make the Evaluation in a constructive and courteous language. They should not make derogatory personal comments that contain hostility, slander and insult.
– Referees should carry out the work that they have accepted to evaluate in a timely manner and with the above ethical responsibilities.

Ethical Responsibilities of the Publisher

The Board of Directors of the Journal acts with the awareness of the following ethical responsibilities:
Editors are responsible for all processes of work submitted to the journal. In this context, editors are the decision makers, regardless of economic or political gains.
The Board undertakes to make an independent editorial decision.
Sociological Context protects the property and copyright of every published article and undertakes the obligation to keep a record of every published copy.
The Board has the responsibility to take all kinds of scientific misconduct, citation fraud and plagiarism related to editors.

If You Encounter an Unethical Situation:

If you encounter any unethical behavior or content other than the above-mentioned ethical responsibilities in our journal, please report it to via e-mail.