Ethical Principles and Publication Policy

3.08.2021     Other    

Law and Justice Review of the Justice Academy of Turkey is an academic review in which studies/articles in English, French and German are published following a double blind refereeing process.

Studies submitted to the Review should be prepared by the use of appropriate research methods in the fields of law and justice and should meet the original study conditions based on research that is capable of filling a gap in the relevant field.  Researches and reviews, which evaluate or criticise a previously published article and set forth novel and remarkable views on the subject, can also be published. Researches, unpublished papers, case studies and compilations, in which a concept or a theory is discussed, criticised or explained, may also be included.

Studies to be sent to the Review should be unpublished in elsewhere; in terms of previously  published studies, the copyright should belong to the author. This should be stated on the first page of the studies that are presented as a paper and then prepared in accordance with the article format.

The review is published twice a year in January and July. Furthermore, with the decision of the editorial board, a special issue can be published at most twice a year.

The publisher and executive editor of the Law and Justice Review is the President of the Justice Academy of Turkey.

The Law and Justice Review has editorial independence. No fee can be charged at any stage for the review.


Evaluation and Publication Process

After the drawing up of the reports on pre-assessment and plagiarism, carried out by the editor, studies submitted to e-mail address are either subjected to evaluation process or directly rejected.

In case the studies submitted for publication lack the required academic quality or do not comply with “Ethical Principles and Publication Policy” of the Review, they are rejected before the refereeing process begins. Studies passing the pre-check process are sent to a double blind referee. When necessary, they may be sent to a third referee. Referees or editorial group may ask the author to make corrections or changes in his/her work.

The author has the right to withdraw his/her article at any stage.

The editorial board expresses its opinion for the studies whose refereeing process has been completed, at the meeting held before the publication. Even if both referee reports are positive, the editorial board may decide not to publish a study by taking into account the warnings and opinions in the negative and positive referee reports and by providing the reasons.


Editorial Responsibility

The editor first reviews independently the studies submitted to the Law and Justice Review within the framework of the Ethical Principles, Writing and Publication Rules, Publication Directive and Publication Policy, taking into account the public interest.

Editors have responsibilities for accepting or rejecting a text. While making this decision, originality, intellectual property rights, compliance of the study with scientific ethics, and its contribution to the law, justice and literature are taken into consideration.

Editors are not allowed to share the studies submitted to the Review with persons or institutions, other than referees, members of the editorial board, publishers and authors.


Responsibilities of Authors

Authors should form the study in accordance with the writing and publication rules and, especially, the accepted citation system.

Authors are required not to publish the studies in elsewhere or not to sent them for publication before.

Where the studies submitted to the Review for publication have been published in elsewhere or the assessment process is ongoing for publication, responsibility lies fully with the authors.

Studies submitted for evaluation should not contain any plagiarism and should be original.

Authors should not use a sexist, marginalising or discriminatory language.

Authors should indicate the grants and supports they have received for their studies as footnotes in their articles.

It is necessary for authors that they have obtained ethics committee approval during the data collection processes they have carried out through methods such as surveys, observations, experiments, interviews, and focus group studies. The authors are required to submit the ethics approval document, which is required for certain studies, along with the article and, as stated in the decision made by TR DİZİN, to indicate in the article that “Research and Publication Ethics” are complied with. If ethics committee approval is not required, this should also be indicated in the article as a footnote.

The study should clearly indicate that permission has been obtained in the event of use of scales, surveys or photographs belonging to others and that copyright is respected for the use of intellectual and artistic works used in the article.

For articles produced from theses, the study should state as a footnote that it has been produced from a thesis, and thanks should be clearly presented to the person providing support to the author in the study. Ethics committee approval is not required for these articles.

Articles based on theses must be written by a single author. Presenting duplicate publications as separate publications without any reference to previous publications is considered as a repeated publication. The author should avoid repetition and display diligence to send authentic and original researches.

 The author is required to fill the Article Submission Form and the Undertaking and Assignment Form and submit them along with the article.


Editorial Board

The President of the Justice Academy of Turkey, the editor in chief of the publications of the Justice Academy of Turkey, and the publication editors are permanent members of the editorial board. The editorial board is composed of permanent members and four instructors to be selected by the President from the law faculties of universities.

The term of office of the members selected from the law schools of universities is one year. The members whose term of office expires can be re-selected.

The editorial board is entitled to make use of assistance of experts on the subjects it deems necessary.

The editorial board accepts “Ethical Principles and Publication Policy of the Law and Justice Review ” and makes its decisions accordingly.

The editorial board, which convenes after the refereeing process of studies has been completed, informs the editorial team of the Review about the negative aspects in the referee’s report and informs it in case of a suspicion of breach of publication ethics, such as plagiarism or conflict of interest or breach of copyright.



In the event that referees consider themselves unqualified to evaluate the studies  submitted to them for evaluation or they think they cannot evaluate a study within a given time, they should inform the editor and withdraw from the evaluation process.

If there is no response within a week after a proposal for the evaluation of a study is submitted to a referee, a proposal may be made to another referee for evaluation instead of that referee.

Referees should notify the editor if they find any plagiarism, text recycling or any situation that may create a conflict of interest for them in the articles sent to them for evaluation.

Individual criticism of the author should not be made, and evaluation should be made in an impartial manner.

Referees are obliged to evaluate the studies submitted to them in a fair and impartial manner and to maintain confidentiality required by the blind refereeing process.

Referees should not share the study they have evaluated with anyone other than the editorial group, and should inform the editor about the conflicts of interest.


Plagiarism Reports

Before the evaluation process starts, a similarity check is made through plagiarism software. The percentage of similarity should not exceed 25%, including references. If the study is produced from a thesis or an assignment, the similarity percentage should not exceed 50%. When the above-cited percentages are exceeded, the author is asked to make changes.


Special Issue Editors  

While preparing the issues they assume, special issue editors are deemed to accept “the Law and Justice Review’s Ethical Principles, Writing and Publication Rules and Publication Policy”, with which the editor of the Review is expected to comply.  

Special issue editors may be asked to share the documents of any particular issue, when deemed necessary.


Copyright Regulation

When an author submits a study to the Review and the study is published, he/she accepts that the right to first publication of the study belongs to the Law and Justice Review.

The author is required to sign the “Undertaking and Assignment” Form and submit it, together with his/her work, to the e-mail address


Privacy Statement

As regards the studies submitted to the Law and Justice Review, contact details of authors or referees are not shared with third parties or institutions under the Law no. 6698 on the Protection of Personal Data and are used only for the review.