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ABOUT THE JOURNAL

The Mediterranean Journal of Humanities (MJH) is the annual publication of the Akdeniz University, Faculty of Letters is published in June. The journal accepts articles written in: English, German, French, Spanish and Italian in addition to Turkish. MJH is an academic peer-reviewed journal accepting articles on: Mediterranean Culture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Language and Literature, Education, Philosophy, Philology, Gerontology, Media Studies, Psychology, Art History and Sociology, containing original unpublished documentary or other material.

PUBLICATION ETHICS & MALPRACTICE STATEMENT

Mediterranean Journal of Humanities (MJH)

Mediterranean Journal of Humanities (MJH) is an international electronic journal which does not disclose either the authors submitting articles to the journal or the referees who evaluate the articles as the experts of the field through a double-blind peer review process without compromising on the principles of transparency and justice, which are the most delicate elements of the publication and review process. It is also an open access journal which gives an undertaking to provide a universal platform prioritising publication ethics.

The peer review process of an article submitted to Mediterranean Journal of Humanities begins by being sent to two expert referees within the scope of the double-blind peer review process. The article is accepted if both referees present positive opinions. Should the referees present negative opinions, the process of rejecting the work is applied. Should one of the blind referees evaluate the article as positive and the other as negative then the article is sent to a third referee. According to the final decision, the acceptance or the refusal of the article is reported to the author together with the reasoned reports of the referees. Subsequently, the editorial process begins. In line with this the author is asked to make the necessary amendments on the article (if not applied in advance) with regard to the publication principles formed on the basis of the Harvard style as well as to the abbreviations, citations in footnotes and bibliography. In addition to this, he or she should the probable/necessary amendments stated by the referees and provide the necessary reasons, supplying examples if he or she does not agree to apply the amendments which have been requested. After this addendum and corrigendum process, the article is read by the proofreaders of the journal several times. Afterwards, the reading process carried out by the journal editors and the editor in-chief is completed. After that, the MJH publication format is applied by the publication editors and the article is submitted to the approval of the editor-in-chief. Following the evaluation of the editor-in-chief, the final version of the article is sent to the author for his or her approval and is included in the publication process of the relevant issue. 

The Publication Ethics & Malpractice Statement of Mediterranean Journal of Humanities is prepared on the basis of the guidelines and suggestions for the execution, reporting and regulation of the policy statements of the COPE (Committee of Publication Ethics) and the CSE (Council of Science Editors).

The duties and expectations of all parties such as referees, editors, critics, authors etc. included in the publication process of the Mediterranean Journal of Humanities is to comply with instructions of the publication ethics and malpractice statement given below. Otherwise, it will not be possible to publish an article within the scope of the Mediterranean Journal of Humanities.


Submitting Articles and Authorship

The articles submitted by the authors are expected to be in accordance with the objectives, aims and scope of the Mediterranean Journal of Humanities. In addition, authors should submit a statement explaining in which way their article complies with the content of the journal, either verbally or in writing. The articles submitted to the journal should be prepared in accordance with the journal publication principles formed on the basis of the Harvard style  (see: Publication principles). Otherwise, it would be an unnecessary waste of time and energy. Authors should not send their articles to another journal to be published simultaneously. Should the MJH Journal be informed of such a malpractice/process – and one of our colleagues was caught in such an undesirable position – the aforesaid author would not be allowed to publish any article in the journal for 5 years.  The same process is also applied to authors who withdraw their articles after the peer review process and the necessary amendments have been completed.

The articles submitted to the MJH Journal should not be published or applications sent for publishing in any other journal either in the same or a similar form. Moreover, the identical parts of an MA or PhD Dissertation may not be published as an article in the journal. A similarity rate of %15 to %20, excluding the bibliography, is allowed on condition that proper quotation and citations are provided. Should the similarity score exceed this percentage, the article cannot be published.

The MJH Journal publishes common articles written by a maximum of three joint authors. Should the article be written by more than three authors, the article only undergoes the editorial evaluation on condition that each author clearly explains which part was written by him/her and the reasons for this, in a reasoned statement.  

 

THE DUTIES OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD, PUBLISHER AND EDITOR

The Publishing Policy and the administration of unethical publication

The publisher with the aid of the editors carries out the necessary examinations and investigations in order to determine the articles which are a subject for malpractice. Should any malpractice be detected, the publisher would take necessary precautions to prevent it being publishing. Neither the administrative board nor the editors encourage or permit any type of malpractice.   

The administrative board, Publisher and editor(s) take all the necessary precautions to clarify the uncertainties or inaccuracies in the article, to amend the said article, to eliminate any alleged or proven scientific abuse, fraudulent publication, plagiarism or close cooperation with the editors. Should such an article exist, it should be proved with certainty, with the assistance of referees, editors and the editorial board with justified evidence or the article should be withdrawn.  

Participation and Investigation

Mediterranean Journal of Humanities is responsible for responding to all allegations and doubts suggested by students, readers, academics, critics and other editors related to the article. Probable plagiarism and unnecessary/repeated articles will be evaluated by the journal. In other cases, an investigation may be requested by the administrative board or related authorised body. Under these circumstances, the journal may provide aid to the relevant institutions/authorities by presenting information or documents from its archives.

Each reported unethical publishing act undergoes examination even if discovered after several years of publication.  The responsibility of the article which has been published in the journal rests solely with the author(s).


THE DUTIES OF EDITORS

Publication Decisions

Editors ensure that all applications undergo a swift and just editorial process. Even if the peer-review process is affirmative, the editor in-chief takes all responsibility relating to the article which will be published in the Mediterranean Journal of Humanities. Thus, whether the article is accepted or not depends on the decision of the editor in-chief.

However, it must be highlighted that any article review process of which the result is negative or which does not undergo the review process cannot be published in the journal under any circumstances.

Impartiality

Editors evaluate submitted articles in terms of its problem, authenticity, quality and intellectual content rather than its author, institution or political tendencies. Editors should not be affected by other factors such as ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, political opinion and personal disputes. Should editors state their concerns about an article and examine the subject and find any evidence of abuse of research or publication, they will take action immediately.

Confidentiality

The editor and editorial staff will not disclose any information about a submitted article to anyone other than referees, potential referees, other editorial advisers and publishers, even if they insist.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Unpublished materials, ideas and hypotheses disclosed in a submitted article will not be used by the editor and editorial board for their own research purposes without the authors’ explicit consent in writing. Privileged information or ideas obtained by editors as a result of handling the manuscript will be kept confidential and not used for their personal gain. Editors should request explanations of conflicts of interest of authors or all other contributors. Should conflicts of interest arise after the publication of the article, other alternative precautions such as amendment or withdrawal of the article can be taken. 


THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE AUTHORS

Reporting Standards

Authors are expected to make necessary endeavours to control and verify the publication process. All information provided by the author should be stated as being produced by the author and being accurate

The authors of the results of survey studies or the inter-disciplinary authors of the excavation reports should present a correct narration of the studies which have been carried out, as well as an objective discussion of their importance. The findings which have been revealed in the studies carried out that year should be stated correctly, in these types of preliminary examinations. The expressions stated and the findings set forth here should be able to be utilised as references in the scientific studies carried out by other researchers who are interested in the subject matter and their colleagues, as well as containing sufficient details and references which they can refer to. The authors are required to provide information concerning the methodologies of research they have used in the matters they are discussing. This is especially valid where biological materials, in the anthropological, zoological, floral and faunal sense have been collected and used in the study. Any unethical behaviour, in the form of the use of dishonest or knowingly incorrect expressions by the authors in their articles will not be accepted by the administrators of the journal and such studies will not be published in the journal.

Authenticity and Plagiarism

Where necessary, the authors may be required to provide the raw data of their studies for an editorial control and, if applicable, their data should be ready to be made public. In any event, subject to the protection of the confidentiality of the participants and the prevention of release of legal rights in connection with registered data, the authors should ensure that this data is accessible to other authorised professionals for a period of 10 years following publication (preferably through an institutional or subject based data store or other data centre).

The authors should be certain that they have written and sent only original works, and if they have used the works and / or expressions of others, should specify these in the appropriate manner, with the necessary references. The authors may only send original works to the journal and quote the works and / or statements of others by specifying so in the appropriate manner. The publications and periodicals which were effective in determining the characteristics of the quoted study should also be stated. No forms of unethical publishing behaviour, such as the copying of any part of a different article, book, study or thesis (Master’s – Doctorate Degree thesis) either of the author’s own work or the work of anyone else, the stating (paraphrasing) of a significant part of another article without showing references, or the self-accrediting of the results of the studies carried out by others, will be accepted by the administrators of the journal. Where articles have been written by utilising theses, the thesis on which the article is based must be stated in the first footnote of the article or immediately underneath the identity of the author.

Articles sent to the Mediterranean Journal of Humanities should be original and not plagiarised. All articles sent to the journal will be checked for plagiarism using software such as Turnitin and iThenticate. If the similarity index (SI) of the article is above 20%, apart from in the introduction, materials and methods, tables and references sections and the bibliography of the article, it will be returned to the relevant author for revision, in order for the SI to be reduced to less than 20%. In this sense, the first stage of the article will be concluded with the study being rejected. In the event that any plagiarism or abuse is determined and this is proven after the article has been published, the article will immediately be removed and taken off the website. It will then be deemed that any applications by the relevant author(s) to the Mediterranean Journal of Humanities are not suitable for acceptance for a period of 5 years, as a result of this.

Acceptance of Sources

The author(s) should be certain that he/she/they has/have understood the works of other correctly when citing references to them and also cite references to the publications which have been effective in determining the characteristics of the referenced works. Information which has been obtained privately (conversations, written communications or discussions with third parties) should not be used or reported in the study without obtaining express written permission from the source. Authors should not use the information obtained through the provision of confidential services, such as applications for arbitration for handwritten manuscripts or grants, unless they have obtained the express permission of the authors involved in such services. The list of abbreviations related to the ancient sources used in the article and the standard and periodic publications used in the texts is shown in the relevant tabs in the publication principles of the journal website.

Article Writing

Authors who meet these writing criteria should be listed in the article to ensure that they take responsibility in the public domain. First of all, the authors must have made significant contributions to the correct understanding, design, conduct, obtaining of data or analysis / interpretation of the study. Secondly, authors are expected to ensure that the work they have prepared has been critically revised for significant intellectual content, contains general assessments on the subject matter, enlightens problems in the light of examples, synthesises, sets forth hypothetical ideas or brings analytical solutions to the subject. Thirdly, the authors should have seen, checked and approved the final version of the article, as well as having accepted that the article will be published in that particular edition of the journal and signed a declaration on copyright. Any other individuals who have made a significant contribution to the work (technical support, support with authoring and editing, general support, unnecessary acknowledgements, etc.), but who do not meet the writing criteria should not be listed as authors, and should be stated in the “notifications” section after having obtained written permission. This should especially be written in the relevant areas of the reports where annual assessments are made concerning Archaeological Excavations and Surface Studies and above the sections related to the names of the academicians working in the disciplines, with the identity details and ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) number of the author being given in the footnote section, immediately below it.

The relevant author should ensure that all appropriate joint authors (according to the definition set out above) and inappropriate joint authors are not included in the list of authors and verify that all joint authors have seen and approved the final version of the article and agreed to it being published. Applications to the journal should only be made once these approvals have been obtained.

Multiple, Unnecessary and Simultaneous Publications

In general, an article which presents studies which are fundamentally the same should not be published in more than one journal. The submission of the same article to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and cannot be accepted. They result in the loss of additional time and energy for the journal and referees. Therefore, it will be deemed that any applications by the relevant author(s) to the Mediterranean Journal of Humanities are not suitable for acceptance for a period of 5 years.

Articles which have been published as materials which are protected under copyright elsewhere cannot be submitted to the journal. In addition to this, any articles which have been examined by the journal should not be re-submitted to publications which are protected under copyright. Authors only protect the publication rights of published materials by submitting articles. They permit the use of their studies under the CC-BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by3.0/) if they are published. This allows others to copy, distribute and transmit the published work, while at the same time adapting the work and using it in their own studies, subject to citing references.

Explanations, Conflicts of Interest and Financial Support

Authors should disclose any conflicts of interest (if any), which can be interpreted as possibly having an effect on their conclusions or inferences in the article, as early as possible, in particular by adding an explanatory note at the time of submission and by making a statement to that effect in the article. Examples of any potential conflicts of interest which need to be disclosed are complimentary teaching or other forms of financing, participation in speakers rostrums, memberships, employment, consultancy, share ownerships or other interests related to shares, statements made by specialists in return for a fee, patent licensing arrangements, personal or professional relationships, related parties, non-financial matters, such as information or beliefs or the materials being discussed in the article. All sources of financial support for the study should be disclosed (including grant numbers or other reference numbers if any). If the study is supported by any national / international bursaries or by a project, this should also be stated with a relevant footnote, at the start of the article.

Risks and Human or Animal Related Subjects

Where studies involve chemicals, procedures or equipment which constitute extraordinary dangers when used, the authors should state this in their articles. Where studies involve use by animals or human participants and experiments related to these, the authors must ensure that all procedures are in accordance with relevant laws and institutional directives and that the relevant institutional committees have approved these. A statement to this effect should be written in the introduction to the article. The authors should also have informed human participants regarding the content of the experiments to be carried out and include a statement to the effect that their approval has been obtained, in the article. The rights of confidentiality of the human participants should always be protected within the article.

In accordance with national and international index criteria, as of 2020 Ethics Committee Permissions are required in order for articles possessing the following characteristics (in general) to be published in the MJH Journal:

  • The use of humans and animals (including material and data related to them) for experimental and other scientific purposes;
  • Clinical research carried out on humans;
  • Research carried out on animals;
  • All types of studies conducted with quantitative or qualitative approaches requiring the collection of data from participants using surveys, interviews, focus group studies, observations, experiments and discussion techniques;
  • Retrospective studies, in accordance with the legislation concerning the protection of personal data.

Blind Reviews

Authors are required to respond immediately to any requests for raw data, explanations, ethics approvals and copyright permissions by the editors, and to participate in blind reviews and cooperate in full. Where an initial decision has been made that “revision is necessary”, authors should provide systematic and timely answers to the comments of referees and re-submit their articles to the journal by the final due date, after having reviewed them.

Involvement in the same edition of the MJH Journal as both a blind referee and an author is not permitted. The articles of any authors who are employed as blind referees in the edition which is to be published cannot be published in the same edition. Similarly, the editorial group of the MJH Journal may not appoint an author in one edition of the journal as a blind referee in the same edition.

Fundamental Errors in Unpublished Works

Where authors have discovered significant errors or mistakes in their own works, which have been published, they have an obligation to notify the editors or published of the journal immediately and to cooperate with them to correct or retract the article. Where editors or the publisher learn from a third party that a study which has been published contains significant errors or mistakes, the authors have an obligation to prove to the editors that the said information is correct, or to correct or retract the article, immediately. Under these circumstances, if the article has not been placed on national and international indices, or sent to the publishing house for publication, or where any revisions or corrections would not constitute any problems, the editors may correct important errors and mistakes in the study.

Data Access and Storage

Authors may be required to provide the raw data of their studies for an editorial control and, if applicable, their data should be ready to be made public. In any event, subject to the protection of the confidentiality of the participants and the prevention of release of legal rights in connection with registered data, the authors should ensure that this data is accessible to other authorised professionals for a period of 10 years following publication (preferably through an institutional or subject based data store or other data centre). Authors should only send notifications concerning studies which have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and which abide by all the relevant regulations.

THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF COMMENTATORS

Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Referee reports assist the editor in the making of editorial decisions at the stage where the article is being assessed. At the same time, the editor may also assist the author to improve the article. The editor may share any inconsistencies in the narrative of the subject of the article, the fluidity of the language of the narrative, grammatical mistakes and errors in the terminology with the author, providing advice in this way. Similarly, the editor may also warn the author about any methodological, logical or speculative errors in the study and any problems with the article. The editor may guide the author on matters such as consistency / inconsistency between the title and content of the work and situations where the author has diverged from the focus and main problem of the study.

The MJH Journal expressly declares that it has an obligation to carry out a fair assessment of all articles submitted to the journal by all academicians who wish to make a contribution to the cultural and historical accumulation and the scientific process regarding the Mediterranean Basin.

Confidentiality

Articles which have been received for examination should be treated as confidential documents by double-blind referees. Unless permission has been given by the Executive Editor who is to perform this, in only exceptional and special circumstances, referees may not disclose or discuss studies which have been received to be examined, with anyone else. This is also valid for referees who have not accepted the invitation to examine articles.

Standards of Objectivity

Examinations in the journal are carried out in an objective manner. Any persona or unnecessary criticism of the author is not appropriate. Referees should express their views clearly, with a supporting argument.

Acceptance of Sources

The referees and the editorial team should define the relevant studies which have been published, but not stated or overlooked by the authors. Any expressions to the effect that an observation, derivation or independent variable has been reported previously should be provided together with the relevant reference.

Should a referee find a significant similarity or overlap with other published works related to the published article, by taking into consideration anything overlooked by the editors, he/she may notify the editors of the journal on this matter, in a clear manner. The administrators of the journal will only be happy to receive such notifications.

Explanations and Conflicts of Interest

Privileged information or ideas which have been obtained through double-blind reviews will be kept confidential by the administrators of the journal. They cannot be used for personal gain under any circumstances. This is also valid for referees who have not accepted the invitation to examine articles. Academicians should not assess the work where they have joint interests or a conflict of interest with the authors, companies or organisations related to the article, through competition, cooperation or other relationships or ties. They should also notify the relevant editors concerning the said circumstances, immediately.

Waiver

Neither the editors, nor the editorial committee, nor the administrators of the MJH Journal can be held responsible for any of the views of the authors or the content of any of the articles published in the journal. Authenticity, the reading of the articles and individual errors are the responsibility of the authors. All articles submitted for publication to MJH: Mediterranean Journal of Humanities, for the purposes of examination, research, complication, critique, etc., will be subjected to double-blind reviews in connection with authenticity, ethical matters and beneficial contributions. The decisions of the referees are the final and sole vehicle for the articles to be published in the journal.

Directive Principles of Mediterranean Journal of Humanities (MJH)

25. 01. 2021

SECTION ONE

Aim

Article 1–

(1) This directive regulates the procedures and the principles relating to the aims, areas of activity, committees, the duties of the committees, the manner of working, scientific ethics and the time periods of Mediterranean Journal of Humanities (ISSN: 2146-4812; eISSN: 2148-144X) which is published by a group of idealist academics at the Akdeniz University.

Scope

Article 2–

(1) This directive covers the provisions concerning the aims, areas of activity, committees, the duties of the committees, the way of working, scientific ethics and the time periods of Mediterranean Journal of Humanities.

(2) Mediterranean Journal of Humanities is published annually – in June –, in electronic format and in the status of a peer-reviewed journal scanned through international indexes. The journal which was founded by Prof. Dr. Murat Arslan in 2011 has been scanned by international indexes such as Ulakbim and Index Copernicus.

  • The articles to be published or the editorial evaluations are not charged any fees.
  • The journal does not pay heed to the interests of any parties.
  • The journal is published by a group of academics from Akdeniz University in the Faculty of Letters.
  • It is an open access journal and free of charge
  • It cannot be sold in exchange for money.
  • The articles, the evaluation process of which has been completed, are published each year, in the month of June, both on the web page of the journal (http://mjh.akdeniz.edu.tr) and in print.
  • The responsibility of the works published in the journal rests with their authors.

 

Legal Basis

Article 3–

In accordance with articles 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the Press Legislation numbered 5187.

Definitions

Article 4–

(1) The following terms carry the meanings set out below, in this directive;

a) The Journal stands for Mediterranean Journal of Humanities.

b) The Owner of the Publication stands for the owner of the Mediterranean Journal of Humanities;

c) The Editor in Chief stands for the editor-in-chief of the Mediterranean Journal of Humanities;

d) The Editor stands for the editor of the Mediterranean Journal of Humanities;

e) Surface Explorations stand for the Directorate of Surface Explorations of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

SECTION TWO

The Aim of the Journal

Article 5–

(1) Mediterranean Journal of Humanities aims to be an interdisciplinary periodical in which experts in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, Art and Art History, Cultural Studies, Gerontology, History, Languages, Literature, Philosophy, Education, Psychology and Sociology find a place for discussion, that is also a peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes original, national and international research articles that make recommendations.

The aim of the journal is to develop dialogue among scholars from different disciplines and introduce original and scientific studies that will make a contribution to update and spread the present data to the academic community.

The Content of the Journal

Article 6–

(1) Mediterranean Journal of Humanities is an interdisciplinary and international peer-reviewed journal which publishes articles in Turkish, English, German and French.  

(2) The articles which are sent to the Mediterranean Journal of Humanities should be in accordance with at least one of the criteria listed below:

a) The article should be prepared through appropriate research, method and models and be original so as to fill in a void in the area of the study.

b) It should be a study or research which evaluates a study which has been published previously, or which puts forward new and significant points of view.

c) It should be a study in which conceptual, methodical and theoretical approaches are examined in an original way.

d) It should be the translation of fundamental articles which have been published in other languages.

e) It should be the evaluation or review of a book which will contribute to the field of study.

(3) The articles sent to the journal for the review process should not have been previously published in any journals.

(4) The permissions relating to the artefacts presented for the first time in the article must be obtained from the head of the excavation/surface exploration research, the director of the museum or the Ministry of Culture and should be forwarded to the Editorial Committee of the Journal. 

(5) The artefacts presented for the first time in the article should not belong to the collections of private individuals.

Organisation

Article 7–

(1) The administrative bodies of the journal are as follows:

a) The Owner of the Publication and his/her Duties

b) The Editor in Chief and his/her Duties

c) The Editors and their Duties

ç) The Advisory Board and its Duties

d) The Editors’ Assistants and their Duties

e) The Proof-readers and their Duties

 

The Duties and the Term of Office of the Owner of the Journal

a)       The owner of the journal is the Dean of the Faculty of Letters on behalf of Akdeniz University Faculty of Letters.

b)      It is not subject to appointment and cannot be replaced unless he/she wishes.

The Duties and the Term of Office of the Editor-in-Chief

Article 8–

(1) Editor-in-chief is appointed by the present or the last editor-in-chief from among the academics deemed suitable within the framework of criteria such as commitment to ethical rules, scientific qualifications and editorial experience in parallel with the aims of the journal.  

(2) Only one editor-in-chief may serve in the Journal at any one time.

(3) The editor-in-chief is primarily responsible for the smooth execution of the work, the inspection and supervision of all activities and the publication of the journal.

(4) The editor-in-chief will determine the publication policy of the journal and obtain the contributions of the editors relating to this policy.  

(5) The editor-in-chief is responsible for the publication of the journal in a timely manner and in complete scope from scientific and technical aspect.

(6) The editor-in-chief will take a close interest in all stages of the publication process and ensure that this process is conducted out in a speedy and meticulous manner in accordance with the ethical conception of the journal.

(7) The editor-in-chief will assemble the necessary committees to evaluate any suggestions for a special edition of the journal, solve problems related to the function of the journal, develop the vision of the journal and preside over these assemblies.

(8) The editor-in-chief will carry out the first evaluation of the articles submitted to the journal; he/she may include the article in the peer-review process after having examined it based on the conformity of the subject matter and the principles of the journal, or may reject it on deciding that it is not appropriate for the journal. 

(9) The editor-in-chief examines the articles which have been accepted for publication in terms of their scientific validity, grammar, style and spelling and supervise the revisions carried out by the proof-readers.

(10) The editor-in-chief will appoint editors, assistant editors or field editors in; and he /she may change the members of committees where deemed necessary.

(11) The editor-in-chief will consult the committees of the journal on decisions related to the publication policies of the journal and make the final decision, taking into account general tendencies. 

The Duties and Terms of Office of the Editors, Assistant Editors and Field Editors

Article 9–

(1) All editors are in charge of the execution of the works within the framework of the schedule determined by the editor-in-chief.

(2) Editors are responsible for assisting the editor-in-chief to ensure that the publication process is conducted out in a speedy and meticulous manner and in accordance with the ethical conception of the journal and that it is published in a timely manner and in full.

(3) Editors will discuss all assessments and suggestions related to the scientific flow and publication of the journal.

(4) They will present opinions and make suggestions within this framework.

(5) They will submit suggestions to the editor-in-chief for articles which are considered appropriate for the peer-review process.

(6) Editors are responsible for providing suggestions when determining the publication policy of the journal, its operation, publication principles and style guides, as well as for making decisions in these areas.

(7) No special privilege is conferred on any of the editors in terms of authority or responsibility due to differences in terms of their title, seniority, etc..

(8) The editor-in-chief will determine the term of office of each editor.

The Duties of the Advisory Board

Article 10–

(1) The Advisory Board will provide consultancy services to the journal relating to the appointment of suitable referees, the presentation of the journal in domestic and international platforms and other scientific and technical matters.

(2) It will provide suggestions in order to improve the scientific content and the quality of the journal.

(3) In line with this, it will make the necessary contacts to ensure quality applications are made to the journal.

(4) The members of the Advisory Board will be selected from among individuals who possess experience or are experts in the field of study of the journal, are committed to academic ethics and possess the potential to carry the journal to the international level.

(5) The editor-in-chief possesses the authority to select and change the members of this board.

The Duties of the Assistant Editors

Article 11–

(1) The secretariat of the journal ensures the coordination between the various committees of the journal, assisting the synchronised operation of all of the units.

(2) The secretariat is required to read and respond to the e-mails sent to the e-mail address of the journal (mjh@akdeniz.edu.tr) as well as making the necessary telephone calls.  

(3) The secretariat will perform the filing, photocopying and other work within the scope of the secretaries and is responsible for ensuring that filing activities are carried out in full and in a timely manner which is transparent and open to inspection.

(4) The secretariat will make the necessary reminders to the referees who have not submitted their reports on time, or the authors who are late in making the necessary amendments in line with the publication principles. 

(5) The editor-in-chief possesses the authority to select and the change the members of the secretariat.

The Duties and Term of Office of the Proof-Reading Committee

Article 12–

(1)    The members of the proof-reading committee are selected from among the individuals who have command in the rules of grammar and spelling in the language of publication of the journal.

(2)    The committee will review all articles accepted for publication in terms of their conformance with the rules of grammar and spelling and ensure that the necessary amendments are made.

(3)    The committee is responsible for the preparation of the abstracts and the correction of any existing translations of the articles which have been accepted for publication.

(4)    The editor-in-chief is authorised to appoint proof-readers and determine their terms of office.

Publishing Editors and their Duties

Article 13–

(1) The Publishing Editors are responsible for the preparation and publication of the issues of the journal from a technical aspect.

(2) They are responsible for ensuring that the articles which have been decided to be published, are published, and to notify the Editor-in-Chief of any issues which may result in a delay to or which may hinder the publishing process, together with any recommendations they have for solving the said issues, in a timely manner.

(3) They are responsible for updating the website of the journal.

(4) They are responsible for updating the indexes in which the journal is scanned and for the operation of the processes related to the indexes which are to make an application.

(5) The editor-in-chief is authorised to appoint Publishing Editors and determine their terms of office. 

SECTION THREE

Admission of the Article, Publication Process and the Committees of Academic Ethics

Article 14–

(1) The articles which are to be submitted to the journal should be original so as to fill in a void in the area of the study, a methodological study including new founding and approaches, a research evaluating the studies published previously or an analytic study proposing significant ideas about the subject.

(2) The works which have been sent to the journal must not have been published and applications for their publications in any other journals/books must not have been made, in order for these works to be published in the journal. The articles which have been sent to the journal should have been prepared in line with the editing rules of the journal.

(3) The responsibility of the articles published in the journal, from a scientific and linguistic point of view, rests with the authors and they may not hold the journal or its editors responsible in this respect. The articles included in the journal are open to the use of everyone and all types of citations may be made subject to showing sources. No fees will be sought in any manner whatsoever for the articles sent to the journal.

Publication Principles

Madde 15–

(1) The article submitted to MJH should be unpublished and should follow the publishing guidelines of the journal accessible from the Journal’s web site. The text should be written in 12 point Times New Roman (for PC and for Macintosh).

(2) Please use the New Athenean Unicode/ Minion Pro Display font for Greek.

(3) Footnotes should be placed at the foot of the page, employing continuous numbering.

(4) For all photo­graphs, drawings and maps, only the abbreviation (fig.) should be employed in continous numbering. The plate numbers will be given by the editors. For this reason, remarks such as plate, picture, drawing, graphic, chart, plan, map other word or abbreviation should not be used, only fig. followed by the consecutive number.

(5) Figures (tables, images, graphs, photographs, pictures, drawings and maps) should be included in a manner which will not prejudice the integrity of the text or the pages. Any text related to the figures should be placed under the figures, in italics and should be type size 10.

(6) The article should be sent as an e-mail to MJH@akdeniz.edu.tr or submitted as a printed copy on A4 paper together with a CD/DVD copy of the article.

(7) Any visual images in the article should be in .jpeg or .tiff format with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.

(8) An abstract consisting of a 150 to 200 word summary of the article. It should contain the reasons why the author(s) felt the study was needed, a literature review, methods, findings and a conclusion, as well as a description of the sub-headings and contents of the study.

(9) An abstract is required with a list of 4 to 6 keywords.

(10) An article in Turkish is to have its abstract in both Turkish and English and an article in other languages is to have an abstract in both the language of the article and in Turkish.

(11) The submission form requires the author’s name, surname, academic title, institution, address, ORCID, e-mail address, telephone number and/or fax number.

(12) Abbreviations of any work cited should be given at the end of the article.

(13) References used in the text should be written in accordance with the reference system of the journal which is form based on Harvard style (author’s name-surname, publication date, page number, plate/figure no. if there is any) in abbreviated form. Same principle is applied to the references used once. (See. Publication Principles on the web page).

(14) Both the name of the publication and the author which are written in non-Latin alphabet should be written in the original script of the publication

(15) Subtitles in an article should be written in small letters and all initial letters of words should be written in bold.

(16) An author who has several cited articles published within the same year should have the reference marked a., b., c., etc. in both the footnotes and in the bibliography.

(17) Roman numerals are to be used when referring to centuries prior to and including the X century A.D. (IV century B.C., etc.). After the X century A.D. Arabic numerals are to be used eg. 19th century.

(18) Each article submitted for publication is examined by the editor-in-chief, the journal’s editor and field editors.

(19) The article will be evaluated by at least two referees. Decision concerning publication will be conveyed to the author within two months of the submission of an article to MJH.

(20) An author cannot publish articles in two consequent issues.

(21) Any unethical publication act such as copying a part of his/her works (book/MA-PhD thesis) or another book or article, paraphrasing a significant part of an article without citation, or adopting others’ works cannot be accepted. On such a situation is encountered, the aforesaid author is declared as not to be suited to apply Mediterranean Journal of Humanities for publication for 5 years.

(22) Should an article is produced through a thesis, it should certainly be expressed in the first footnote of the article stating through which thesis the said article is produced.

(23) It has been decreed that no special issue will be published within the scope of the journal.

(24) The text should not exceed nearly 7.500 words (app. 20 pages) excluding title, abstract and bibliography.

(25) The title and the subject of the article should be in accordance with its method, scope and main problem. 

(26) Article should be written in line with scientific principles and ethical rules which are commonly accepted.

(27) The ideas and conclusions are the personal remarks of the author and cannot be considered as the journal’s arguments.

(28) Editor-in-chief and the editorial board of the journal cannot publish any article in the journal while performing these duties.

Enforcement and Executing

Article 16–

(1) This hereby directive come into force after the approval of the owner of the Mediterranean Journal of Humanities. It can only be abolished by the decision of the owner of the journal.  

(2) The founder of the journal charges editor-in-chief and editorial board in order that the publication process and the running of the journal can be carried out in a smooth and scientific manner.

(3) All responsibility and the management of the journal is performed by editor-in-chief on behalf of the owner of the journal. 

(4) The journal is a scientific and open access publication. Administration and the running of the publication process is under the responsibility of the editor-in-chief.

Article 17–

(1) The provisions of the directive is executed by the Publication owner (Dean of the Faculty of Letters) of the MJH.

(2) This hereby directive is issued on the Internet page.

25. 01. 2021

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