The Porte Akademik Journal of Music and Dance Studies is committed to the highest accepted standards of publication ethics. To this end, the journal adheres to the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Academic Publishing published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME).

Journal editors, referees and authors are expected to have the following ethical duties and responsibilities, prepared in accordance with the “Code Of Conduct And Best Practice Guidelines For Journal Editors” and “Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors” published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) :

Ethical Responsibilities of Editors

The editor is responsible for every article published in the journal. They must ensure the quality of the material they publish and maintain the integrity of the published record. In this context, the editor;

  • S/he only makes academic decisions and takes full responsibility for these decisions.
  • S/he takes care to act in accordance with the principle of freedom of thought so that the works can be evaluated fairly and impartially.
  • S/he conducts business processes in accordance with intellectual property rights and ethical standards.
  • S/he strives to meet the information needs of readers and authors and constantly tries to ensure the development of the journal.
  • S/he protects the confidentiality of authors and referees and manages the referee process accordingly.
  • S/he takes into account the opinions of the authors, readers and referee board members on the development of the journal’s processes.
  • S/he follows research on refereeing and publishing, and reviews the journal’s processes in the light of new information.
  • Editors pay attention to the originality of published works. S/he pays attention to the scientific contribution of the study to readers, researchers and practitioners.
  • Editors consider feedback from all stakeholders and strive to provide descriptive and informative feedback.
  • Editors take care to ensure that all studies are reviewed by appropriately qualified referees.
  • S/he is in constant communication and cooperation with the authors and referees in order to prevent any disruptions in the acceptance, evaluation and publication processes.
  • During the appointment of the referees, editors take care of whether there is a conflict of interest between the authors and the referees.
  • Since the evaluation process is carried out by the method of Double Blind Arbitration, the identity information of the referees is kept confidential. The referee list for each issue is announced in the relevant issue.
  • Reviewers are encouraged to use an impartial, scientific and objective language when evaluating the work.
    In order for the referee pool to consist of professionally equipped and competent names, it is constantly updated. Efforts are made to include referees from sub-disciplines in the evaluation processes.
  • Precautions are taken regarding to rude and unscientific evaluations.
  • Editor provides a fair, impartial and timely evaluation of each work.
  • Editor/Editorial Board may make a decision based on the similar and opposing views of the referees who evaluated the study. In this regard, editor does not look at the number of referees who accepted or rejected, but the strength of the arguments of the referees or authors. Editor/Editorial Board considers reports that contain strong, justified propositions rather than reports whose evaluation questions are answered as yes or no.  
  • After a study is published, the referee may find that her/his views are not fully reflected in the study. It is possible that other referees had different opinions and that Editor/Editorial Board took these opinions into account. In this case, in line with the request of the referee who evaluated the study, the opinions of other referees can be sent to him if the Editorial Board deems it appropriate. According to the suggestions of the referees, Editor/Editorial Board may publish the study, accept the study with partial and/or significant changes and improvements for publication, start a new evaluation process by asking the author(s) to edit the study in accordance with the referee’s opinions, or reject the study altogether.
  • Editor refuses to work without the expressed consent of the individuals used in studies containing personal data. In addition, s/he is responsible for protecting the individual data of the authors, the referees and readers.
  • Editor takes care to ensure the protection of human and animal rights in the evaluated studies. Ethics committee approval for the subjects used in the studies is responsible for refusing the study in cases where there is no permission for experimental research.
  • Editor is obliged to protect the intellectual property rights of all published articles and to defend the rights of the journal and the author(s) in case of possible violations.
  • Editor takes into account the criticisms of the works published in the journal and tries to display a constructive attitude towards these criticisms.

Ethical Responsibilities of Referees

The articles sent to the Porte Akademik Journal of Music and Dance Studies for publication are subjected to editorial process in terms of the suitability of the purpose, scope, method and writing principles, and the manuscripts that can be published, are sent to two different referees due to the Double-Blind Refereeing practice.

Porte Akademik Journal of Music and Dance Studies expects referees to have the following ethical responsibilities:

  • Evaluations should be impartial.
  • Those who act as referees must be experts on the subject on which they express their opinions, and if they do not have sufficient information on the subject, they should reject the arbitration offer.
  • Referees should not have a conflict of interest with the research or the authors. If the referees find that there is a conflict of interest in the manuscripts sent to them, they should notify the issue editor and withdraw from the refereeing.
  • According to the confidentiality principle, the referees should destroy the studies they have reviewed after the evaluation process.
    Referees should make the evaluation objectively only in relation to the content of the study. Nationality, gender, religious beliefs, political beliefs and commercial concerns should not influence the evaluation.
  • As a requirement of their responsibilities to be educational and instructive, the referees should guide the authors, avoid offensive and insulting comments, and statements about the author’s inadequacies.
  • Referees must perform the work they accept to evaluate on time and within the framework of the above ethical responsibilities.

Ethical Responsibilities of Authors

  • Manuscripts submitted for publication should not be in violation of scientific publication ethics (plagiarism, forgery, distortion, republishing, slicing, unfair authorship, not specifying the supporting organization, noncomplying with ethical rules in studies on animals, etc.).
  • Author(s) must have conducted the research process of the studies they sent in accordance with ethical rules and relevant legislation. Manuscripts must be original studies that are suitable for the specified fields of study.
  • Author(s) should state the ethics committee decision information (committee name, date, number, etc.) in the manuscript, if research results that require an ethics committee decision are included in the manuscripts they submit. 
  • In case of direct quotation from other studies during the manuscript’s research process, the authors should be cited.
  • Bibliography list must be complete and the cited sources must be specified.
    In multi-author studies, authors should take joint responsibility for the content of their publications. Authors should check their publications at every stage to ensure that methods and findings are reported accurately.
  • Manuscripts submitted to the journal must not have been published elsewhere or sent for publication.
  • Author(s) should describe the research methods s/he used and present her/his findings clearly and precisely.
  • Author(s) must undertake that the work is original and has not been published elsewhere in any language.
  • If the research findings have been published before or sent to a different journal for publication elsewhere, the issue editor must be informed during the article submission process. The author(s) should submit copies of relevant publications or copies of works submitted to other journals.
  • Multiple publications originating from a single research project should be clearly identified and referenced to the primary publication.
  • Raw data regarding their submitted manuscipts can be requested from the author(s) within the framework of the evaluation processes. In such a case, the author(s) should be prepared to present the required data and information to the issue editor and the journal boards.
  • Author(s) must have the document(s) showing that s/he has the usage rights of the data used, and has the necessary permissions for the research/analysis, or s/he has performed the consent procedures for the subjects.
  • Author(s) should describe their methods clearly and precisely so that the findings in the study can be validated by others.
  • Author(s) cannot have their work in the application process of more than one journal at the same time. Each application can be started following the completion of the previous application.
  • In case of that an author(s) notices an error in her/his manuscript (published, in early appearance or evaluation stage), s/he is obliged to inform the journal editor, and to cooperate with the editor in the correction or withdrawal processes.
  • In studies with multiple authors, all authors should be listed, and the names of the authors should be entered in the copyright agreement form during the submission of the manuscript.
  • In multi-author studies, a corresponding author should be selected from among the authors during the manuscript evaluation processes, and the corresponding author should undertake the communication with the issue editor.
  • Changing author responsibilities (such as adding an author, changing the order of authors, removing an author) cannot be proposed for a work whose evaluation process has begun.
  • Changes and adjustments made in the manuscript should be communicated to the all authors. This process is the responsibility of the corresponding author.
  • In multi-author studies, authors are expected to take joint responsibility for the integrity of research and reporting. However, if authors take responsibility for only certain aspects and reports of the research, this should be stated in the study.
  • Detailed information about the referee process is specified on the Writing Rules page. Authors are deemed to have accepted these rules when submitting a manuscript.
  • Author(s) should cooperate in the evaluation process and respond to referee and editor requests in a timely and accurate manner.
  • If author(s) wish to withdraw their work during the evaluation process, they should inform the editor.
  • Author(s) must obtain appropriate approval, license, or registration prior to trial initiation and details must be provided in the report at the time of submission (e.g. institutional review board, research ethics committee approval, national licensing authorities for animal use).
  • If requested by the editors, authors should provide evidence that the reported research has received appropriate approval and was conducted ethically (e.g. copies of consents, licenses, participant consent forms).