Open Access Policy

MEDIAJ provides open access to the published source by adopting the principles of open and free circulation of information for humanity to develop the information society. In this sense, MEDIAJ does not charge authors at any stage of the publishing process.
All articles published  are accessible at MEDIAJ DergiPARK and mediajdergi.com.

MEDIAJ accepts that, as long as it is cited in accordance with the definition of Open Access Initiative of Budapest and in accordance with scientific ethics and rules,  the peer-reviewed scientific literature published in the journal can be freely accessed, read, downloaded, copied via the Internet,  distributed, printed, scanned, linked to full texts, indexed, transferred to the software as data and used for any legal purpose without financial, legal and technical obstacles. (http://www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org/boai-10-recommendations)

Also, all authors whose papers and articles are included in the journal accept open source access and the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.

MEDIAJ grants its authors the sole restriction authority on reproducing and distributing published articles and the sole copyright role in this field. MEDIAJ, does not charge for any fee for copyright, publication processing, referee fee, etc. at any stage of the publication process. Any work that passes the editorial and two-way blind review processes is published free of charge.

Ethical Principles and Publication Policy

1. General Principles

The International Journal of Media and Communication Studies – MEDIAJ is committed to adhering to the highest scientific publication ethics standards. In this direction, it adopts the following principles based on the recommendations, principles, and guidelines put forward by The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) organization:

  • Articles sent to MEDIAJ should not have been published before and should not be included in the evaluation process of any journal for publication.
  • After the articles sent to MEDIAJ pass the pre-evaluation process, they are taken to the double-blind refereeing process and sent to the referee evaluation process to protect the authors’ and referees’ confidentiality.
  • In case of detection of violations of publication ethics and abuse, such as reproduction, plagiarism, fake data, fake authorship, copyright violation, etc., in the submitted and/or published articles, the flow in the publication ethics schemes created by COPE (https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts) is followed, and the articles in question are removed from the publication.
  • MEDIAJ defines the ethical principles that editors, referees, and authors are obliged in cases of conflict of interest that may arise regarding the submitted articles and suspends the evaluation process of the article until the conflict is resolved by acting with sensitivity to ensure that the process is carried out in accordance with ethical standards.
  • MEDIAJ acts sensitively about publishing content such as correction, explanation, apology, and denial.

2. Publisher’s Responsibilities

The publisher of MEDIAJ is the Dean of the Faculty of Communication on behalf of Aydın Adnan Menderes University. The publisher is responsible for the following aspects of the journal:

  • Implementation of publication ethics principles among stakeholders,
  • Providing open access to journal content free of charge and continuously,
  • Archiving and preserving publications,
  • Clarifying and resolving suspected cases of violations of scientific publication ethics.

3. Responsibilities of Editor and Assistant Editors

Editor and assistant editors are responsible for all publications published within MEDIAJ. In this context, the relevant people’s main responsibilities are to ensure that the journal operates in line with intellectual property rights and ethical standards and take all kinds of measures related to the subject.

In the event of a suspicion about plagiarism or other ethical standards in the publications published or sent to them for publication, they act according to the business schemes determined by COPE (https://publicationethics.org/guidance/Flowcharts) in their investigations to resolve the aforementioned concerns. Besides, other roles and responsibilities of the editor and assistant editors are listed below:

  • Protection of personal data within the scope of the journal’s publishing policies and ethical principles,
  • Ensuring the academic integrity of the journal and improving its quality,
  • When deciding the publications sent to MEDIAJ with the request for a publication, acting transparently and impartially in accordance with the formal criteria determined by the journal, the purpose and scope of the journal, and international scientific and ethical rules,
  • Paying attention to the protection of human and animal rights, determining the studies requiring ethics committee approval and requesting this approval from the author,
  • Meeting the information needs of readers and writers and ensuring freedom of thought and diversity in the studies published in the journal.

4. Responsibilities of Reviewers/Referees

The referees’ opinions are taken as a basis in the decision processes regarding the publication of articles sent to MEDIAJ. In this context, all publications sent to MEDIAJ are evaluated according to the double-blind review system in line with the principles of impartiality, independence, and reliability. The roles and obligations of the referees who evaluate for MEDIAJ are listed below:

  • To make the evaluation processes faster and healthier, the referees who feel insufficient to evaluate the subject covered in the articles directed to them, who think that the subject is not related to their field of expertise and/or who do not have enough time for evaluation, should immediately inform the editors and refuse to review the article, so that editors can contact alternative referees and offer a review.
  • Whether they accept the review or not, they do not share the articles or information about the articles with third parties because the articles sent to them are classified as confidential documents, they do not use the information they obtain during the review process for their personal interests, and in this sense, they comply with the principle of confidentiality.
  • When they think that they are faced with a conflict of interest, they declare this clearly and inform the editors by refusing to review the relevant article,
  • Being objective and constructive while evaluating the studies submitted to them, using polite language, making comments only on the text regardless of authors’ personality, and explaining all their arguments with supporting discourse and sources,
  • Evaluating the articles, they reach within the journal’s publishing policies and ethical principles, informing the editor of the journal about the scientific and ethical problems they encounter.

5. Responsibilities of Authors

In publications sent to MEDIAJ, authors are expected to comply with the following ethical responsibilities:

  • Authors are obliged to send their publications within the application dates of the relevant issue. Studies submitted outside the specified dates will not be evaluated.
  • Authors cannot send papers that are previously published and/or in the evaluation process of any journal for publication to MEDIAJ.
  • Authors are responsible for the compliance of the articles they submit to scientific and ethical principles.
  • Authors are responsible for ensuring the originality of the articles they submit. If other sources are used, it is the author’s responsibility to state this in line with academic and ethical practices. If ethical violations related to this are detected, the journal rejects the article.
  • In the studies sent to MEDIAJ, if the authors include the ideas and statements in their previously published works, they should refer to these parts. Authors are obliged to fulfill their responsibilities regarding the correction of the conflicts detected by the editors.
  • In cases in which the submitted studies are prepared with more than one author’s contribution, the authors must make a joint decision on the order of the names and apply in this way. In the studies whose evaluation process continues, the author’s responsibility is to apply with the justification to request a change in order of the authors’ name.
  • Persons who do not contribute actively to the study should not be included among the authors. The responsibility in this matter belongs to the author.
  • Authors are obliged to explain the situations and contents that may create a conflict of interest.
  • Authors are required to inform the editors of the journal to make corrections, explanations, apologies, and denials regarding the errors detected after the publication of the paper.

Copyright Regulation and Conflict of Interest Policy

The author has copyright on his/her own study and the right to publish his/her article for the first time belongs to MEDIAJ. The journal allows the sharing of the work by citing the author and the Journal in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution principles. MEDIAJ considers that potential conflicts of interest among stakeholders would harm scientific publication ethics. The journal defines its obligations for all stakeholders in order to detect and prevent conflicts of interest. When submitting a letter to MEDIAJ, the author must sign the Copyright Transfer and Conflict of Interest Form and upload it to the system.


Principles on Possible Misconduct Allegations

MEDIAJ adopts COPE’s measures against “possible abuse” situations against abuse and misconduct. Accordingly, it explains in detail the liabilities of the publisher, editors, referees, editorial board and authors against possible abuse before, during and after the publication process in the Ethical Principles and Publication Policy section.

  • In cases in which the same study is submitted to different publications, it aims to provide benefits such as comparing different versions of the same studies submitted to different journals, comparing the statements compiled from authors and investigators regarding the submitted study, cooperating and making efforts to investigate suspected fraud cases, acting together in studies for investigators/authors and/or their institutions.
  • Considering the importance of confidentiality in the scientific publishing process, MEDIAJ shares information about authors and referees only to prevent and respond to suspected misconduct in the research.
  • Journal editors and theme editors should make initial inquiries before sharing information in doubtful situations. Information sharing only occurs when it is thought that the author has not responded, the response is insufficient, or that more than one journal will be affected by possible abuse.
  • When deemed necessary, information is shared only with editors who are believed to have information on the subject, and the information shared is limited to factual content only.
  • Editor and theme editors are committed to protecting communication confidentiality to the fullest extent possible.

Plagiarism Review Policy

Ethical violations such as plagiarism, labor theft are unacceptable for MEDIAJ and it is primarily the author(s) responsibility to avoid such violations in the submitted articles.

For the articles submitted to the journal to be included in the evaluation process, they must be passed through the iThenticate program, and authors must upload the paper together with the similarity reports to the Dergipark system during their application process.

Studies with a similarity rate of 20% or more are rejected without being included in the evaluation process.

Writing Format & Rules

  • Articles to be sent to the journal should be between 6000-10000 words, including footnotes and references.
  • Book reviews to be sent to the journal should be between 1500-3000 words, including footnotes and references.
  • Papers should be sent with Turkish and English abstracts of 150-250 words. There should be 5 keywords under the abstracts.
  • Only the headline should be placed over the articles and abstracts.
  • Authors must enter their title and institution information, e-mail address and ORCID numbers in the relevant places in the Dergipark system.
  • Authors should not write any information about their names and institutions anywhere in the text, including sub-texts such as footnotes.
  • If reference is made to the author (s) ‘own works in the bibliography, instead of the name of the author (s), only the phrase “Author” should be written and the year should be specified, no other information about the author (s)’ works (article title, book title, etc.) should be included.
  • Manuscripts sent to the journal are accepted with the iThenticate report. As a result of the report, a similarity of maximum 20% is accepted. The journal secretariat can also take the similarity report. In case the rate exceeds 20%, the article can be sent back to the author along with the report.
  • In articles produced from theses, 50% similarity is accepted at most. The author must state in the footnote that the article was produced from the thesis. If the similarity rate exceeds 50%, the article is sent to the author with the report.
  • During the preliminary evaluation of the articles, it is checked whether they comply with the determined journal writing rules. Articles that do not comply with the spelling, reference and bibliography rules are sent back to the authors, and they are requested to be sent to the Journal after the article would be prepared according to the spelling rules.
  • Manuscripts should be written in Microsoft Word format (doc or docx extension), Times New Roman font, 12 font size and 1.5 line spacing. Footnotes should be written in 9 font size and single line spacing.
  • Footnotes should be indicated in numbers and placed at the end of the page.
  • Headings/Titles:
    • The main title of the article should be written in capital letters and bold.
    • Only the first letters of the subtitles should be written in capital and entire subtitle should be written bold.
    • Headings within the section should be italicized with only the first letters capitalized.
    • All titles should be left justified and not numbered.
  • Paragraphs should be adjacent to each other and 1 tab indented.
  • Quotations should be in double quotes if they are short, in blocks if they are 40 words or more, and should be inside 1 tab on the right and left. The font, font size and line spacing used in the main text are valid in quotations. In block citations, the line spacing should be 1.
  • Single digit numbers should be indicated by letters, larger numbers by numbers.
  • The reading of the word in the appendices made to the abbreviations made with lowercase letters, and the reading of the last letter of the abbreviation should be taken as basis in the appendices made with capital letters.
  • Dates should be indicated in numbers and an apostrophe should be used for the appendixes. (E.g. 1990s, in 2003)
  • Images such as graphics, photographs, tables etc. used in the articles should be placed in appropriate places in the text. Such visuals should be listed as Table1, Table2 and Figure1, Figure2.
  • In the articles, the explanation note should be given in the form of a footnote, not an endnote.

Referencing

All forms of quotation and reference should be made as shown at https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/iuchkd/page/5573.

Ethics Committee Approval

In the MEDIAJ, articles containing quantitative/qualitative field research will not be evaluated if they do not have “ethics committee approval”.

Included in the TR Index 2020 Criteria, “Ethics committee approval must be obtained separately for research in all disciplines, including social sciences, and for studies on clinical and experimental humans and animals that require an ethical committee decision, this approval must be specified and documented in the article.” In accordance with this criteria, “ethics committee approval” is required for articles containing quantitative/qualitative field research in the following issues of our journal. Therefore, this document will be requested from the studies that are already in this scope in the pre-control and evaluation process.

Copyright Transfer Form

Copyright Transfer Form must be signed by all authors. Authors working in different organizations can submit the Copyright Transfer Form by signing separately provided that the Article Name and Author Names sections are filled in. In case of missing signatures, the responsibility belongs to the authors who signed. Please fill in the form, sign it and send it to us with your application.