Publication Ethics and Editorial Policies
AVES journals adhere to the Core Practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE); the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE); and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.
We provide both counseling and training to our editors, authors, reviewers, and publication staff regarding these guidelines so as to meet the international academic publishing standards.
Manuscripts submitted to AVES journals are peer reviewed by a team of experienced independent experts.
In each journal, the peer review process is managed by an independent editorial board. The editor-in-chief, who is appointed by the journal’s home organization, selects the members of his/her editorial team.
Each submission goes through an initial screening process wherein editors have the option to reject manuscripts without further review. Manuscripts that are approved for peer review are assigned to a handling editor, who works with a team of external reviewers.
A double-blind peer review, wherein identities of the authors and reviewers are not disclosed to one another, is conducted by all AVES journals.
Final decisions are based on the recommendations of the reviewers and the handling editor, with the final approval from the journal’s editor-in-chief.
All appeals and complaints are handled by the editorial board of each journal, under the scope of COPE guidelines. An ombudsperson may be assigned to resolve any cases that cannot be internally resolved by the journal’s editorial board.
Conflict(s) of Interest
AVES journals require all individuals involved in the peer review process to disclose any existing or potential conflict(s) of interest, including financial, personal, ideological, and academic issues that may lead to any bias.
All authors and co-authors are required to submit the ICMJE’s Potential Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form.
Editors and reviewers are also encouraged to disclose any conflict(s) of interest regarding the submissions assigned to them.
Throughout the evaluation and publication processes, manuscripts submitted to AVES journals are screened (multiple times) for plagiarism by using Crossref Similarity Check (iThenticate).
If it is detected that the submitting authors have plagiarized a portion or the entire manuscript, the editorial board handling the manuscript will act in accordance with the relevant COPE guidelines.
In the event of alleged/suspected research misconduct (e.g., plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication), AVES journals will act in accordance with the relevant COPE guidelines.
Copyright Policy and Open Access
The archives of all AVES journals are available online and free of charge.
The content of the journals are licensed under various copyright formats, including the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, which allows third parties to share and adopt the content.
Although the content of some journals are licensed with a traditional copyright, they will still be available online and free of charge.
As AVES journals are open access publications, authors are not charged any submission or publication fee.
The publication expenses are covered through the financial resources of each journal’s home institution, with occasional support from the journal’s advertisement revenue.
Accepted articles are usually published between 4 and 12 weeks. However, a fee may be charged for manuscripts that are published ahead of the usual publication schedule.
The content published by AVES journals is electronically preserved by using PubMed Central and Portico to ensure its availability to scientists and researchers in the future.
We are planning to have all AVES journals archived through Portico by the end of 2019.
Although each AVES journal is financially supported by the journal’s home institution, a limited number of drug/medical products and hardware/software advertisements may be presented.
Advertisement sales and editorial workflow processes are separated from one another to secure editorial independency and to mitigate any influences from financial interests.
The published advertisements are clearly marked and easily distinguishable from the editorial content.
It is the advertisers’ responsibly to ensure that their advertisements are in accordance with the governing laws regarding content and ethical issues that are deceiving and/or offensive.
As a basic principle, in accordance with the Turkish Privacy Act, AVES processes the personal data of any individual who comes into contact with the company. Accordingly, all personal data is processed by a data supervisor, as described below, within the limitations of the regulations.
It is possible to browse AVES’ website as well as the websites of our publications without entering any personal information. However, we will collect your personal information when you require a specific service/transaction (e.g., contact forms, e-mail alerts, subscription cancellations, etc.).
Any news about AVES journals, including the latest developments in scholarly publishing, is announced via e-mail. When preparing the list of recipients for these announcements, the user information of those who have previously submitted manuscripts to our journals is also collected. This information may include the individual’s name, contact details, and field of expertise. You may update this information and/or request to be removed from the list at any time.
AVES accepts no liability for the privacy policies of third parties that are linked to our website.
AVES will process your personal information for determining the subscriber and client profiles, while responding to your questions/comments, providing appropriate services, and expanding business development. All of the data collected by AVES will be kept private, and third parties will not be allowed to access/edit this information.
In accordance with the Turkish Privacy Act, upon written request, you have the right to know how your personal information was processed and whether your information was shared with third parties. You also have the right to request that your personal information be corrected or deleted by AVES (or any third party). In addition, you may object the results of the analyses performed on your data by exclusive automated systems and demand any losses that you may have experienced as a consequence of the unlawful processing of your personal data. You may contact AVES via firstname.lastname@example.org to effectively exercise your rights in this regard.