Ethics Statements and Policies

Educational Process: International Journal (EDUPIJ) is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

EDUPIJ adheres strictly to the COPE guidelines on good publishing practice, and follows procedures set out in the COPE flowcharts when handling cases of suspected misconduct.

Ethics Statements

Editors, editorial board members, authors and reviewers of Educational Process: International Journal (EDUPIJ) must follow the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The publication processes conducted in the EDUPIJ journal establish the basis for the development and distribution of scientific information in an objective and respectful manner. All stakeholders of the review and publication process (authors, researchers, publisher, reviewers and editors) are expected to comply with the standards for ethical principles strictly.  

Ethical Responsibilities of Publisher

UNIVERSITEPARK, the Publisher of the Educational Process: International Journal (EDUPIJ) aims to produce, disseminate and transfer strategic information to raise the intellectual power based on national and universal values. UNIVERSITEPARK has committed itself to put forward constructive solutions for the society. The publisher provides EDUPIJ journal with the required resources such as website hosting of the journal, manuscript submission and publication portal, DOI identifiers, plagiarism checking tools, layout. The publisher is responsible for taking reasonable steps to protect the editorial autonomy, protecting the intellectual property rights of all the articles published in EDUPIJ, ensuring the independent editorial decision, taking the precautions against scientific abuse, fraud and plagiarism.

Ethical Responsibilities of Authors

The author(s) who submit a manuscript to the Educational Process: International Journal (EDUPIJ) are expected to comply with the following ethical responsibilities:

  • All the submitted manuscripts must be the authors’ original study. When the author(s) use other scientific sources, they are required to cite completely and accurately.
  • The author(s) must confirm that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere or is not currently under review by another journal. Multiple submission of the same manuscript to different journals is an ethical violation that the authors should avoid.
  • Authors must express any potential competing interests openly and transparently.
  • People who do not contribute to the content intellectually must not be specified as the author.
  • All funding information (if applicable) must be clearly stated.
  • When the authors are asked to supply raw data, they should be ready to submit such data and information
  • The author(s) must notify the editor or the Publisher promptly if they notice substantial mistakes or inconsistencies in a submitted manuscript or in a manuscript that is already published. In such a case, the author(s) should cooperate with the editors during the correction or withdrawal process.
  • Researches that involve living subjects should have appropriate ethical approval documents.
  • Informed consent to participate in the study must be obtained from participants for the researches involving human subjects, (Informed consent to participate in the study are obtained from the legal guardians of the people under 18).
  • The author(s) should confirm that the study was performed in accordance with the ethical standards as laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments.

Ethical Responsibilities of Editors

The editor and associate editors are responsible for managing the editorial processes of the submitted manuscripts. It is obligatory to act impartially in editorial processes without making any discrimination based on religion, language, gender, region, country, nationality or etc. Also the editor and associate editors of Educational Process: International Journal (EDUPIJ) must obey the following ethical responsibilities that are based on the COPE Guidelines such as Core Practices and the Principles of Transparency, Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing, COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors ,COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. These guidelines are published as open Access by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The editors should:

  • Provide explanatory and informative feedback to the author(s),
  • Ensure academic integrity,
  • Establish an open and constructive communication with the authors and reviewers,
  • Keep the identities of reviewers secret in blind review,
  • Select the reviewers based on their expertise and the subject of the study,
  • Keep all the information about the manuscript confidential,
  • Supervise the quality of review process,
  • Make sure that articles in the journal are published in accordance with the publication policies of the journal and international standards,
  • Take precautions against possible abuse and malpractice,

Editorial process for a manuscript submitted by the one of the editors or a member of the editorial board must be conducted by another editor to ensure the objectivity and transparency.

Ethical Responsibilities of Reviewers

All submitted manuscripts to Educational Process: International Journal (EDUPIJ) are subject to double blind review process.  This process ensures confidentiality by objective and independent review and aims to increase the quality of scientific material. Review process (selecting and assigning the reviewers) is conducted on EDUPIJ eJournal Management System. Reviewers do not contact the authors directly, and the reviews and comments are conveyed through the journal management system. EDUPIJ reviewers are supposed to bear the certain ethical responsibilities. Reviewers should:

  • Accept to review the manuscripts in their subject of expertise,
  • Notify the editor immediately in case of conflict of interests, malpractice, plagiarism or serious ethical violation,
  • Review the manuscript in terms of its content and scientific quality
  • Avoid making personal comments including hostility, slander and insult while writing review report
  • Review the manuscript in a constructive and kind tone,
  • Keep all the information about the manuscript confidential,
  • Make sure that nationality, gender, religious and political beliefs, and race do not influence the review process,
  • Conduct the review process in accordance with the ethical rules stated above within a reasonable timeframe.

Plagiarism, Malpractice and Retraction Policy

Authors must ensure the academic integrity and avoid any unethical and improper actions such as fabrication, fraud authorship, plagiarism, simultaneous submission, copyright breaches, hiding competing interests, undeclared funders or sponsors etc. Contributions submitted to Educational Process: International Journal (EDUPIJ) for publication must be the author(s) original work. Submitted manuscripts go through an initial editorial screening in terms of format, scope and originality. After the initial screening, all the submissions are checked by a plagiarism detection software to check a paper's originality before sending out for review. The submissions which cannot verify content originality are rejected immediately.

The editors or the publisher may decide to retract an article in cases plagiarism, falsification of data, inappropriate editing and manipulating of images or republication of previously published work.  If the scientific misconduct cannot be appropriately judged and assessed by the editors, the publisher may ask for an institutional investigation. EDUPIJ journal follows the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for retraction.

If the editorial board detects any ethical violations for the articles published in an issue or in early release, the retraction and reporting procedures are applied in 5 days. The paper which is detected to have plagiarism, multiple submission, fabrication of the data or unethical research is labelled as "Retraction" in the electronic environment. A retraction notification is published on the website of the journal with the reason that caused retraction. The online version of the article is preceded by a screen containing the retraction note. The HTML version of the retracted manuscript is removed. The editor informs the institutions that the author(s) is affiliated with.  Also the editor notifies the related institutions and databases where the journal is indexed about the retraction. 

If you encounter any ethical violation, unethical act or content in EDUPIJ apart from the ethical responsibilities listed above, please notify the journal by e-mail at editor@edupij.com or info@universitepark.com.tr   

Corrections

The authors are expected to inform the managing editor (details on the Contact section of the journal website) of any errors of fact they have noticed in their article once published. Minor corrections such as formatting or typographical errors that do not affect the scientific integrity and understanding of the paper may be rejected. The final version of the manuscript is not published unless all the authors approve it. If the correction request is accepted by the editor or the managing editor, the correction notice is published on the main page of the journal website as soon as possible. The online version of the article will link to the correction notice. The editor notifies the related institutions and databases where the journal is indexed about the correction. After the manuscript is submitted, correction requests for adding or removing the author's names are not accepted.

Funding

The authors have to provide all funding information (if applicable), including name of the funding institution and the grant numbers. Funding information should be declared under the heading “Funding” at the end of the manuscript file, before the references.

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