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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 264-270

Turkish health field periodical editors' Views on publication process and ethical problems

1 Department of Pediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
3 Department of Public Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
4 Department of Nursing Services Administration, Faculty of Nursing, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Dr. H Pars
Departments of Pediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Hacettepe University, Ankara
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/njcp.njcp_49_17

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Objective: We aimed in this study to investigate views and suggestions of health field editors about the publication process and ethical problems. Materials and Methods: The study involved 42 journal editors who accepted to participate in the study. The data were collected through 70-item “Editor Views Questionnaire” which was developed by the researchers in line with the related literature. Results: The editors who participated in the study were asked about their views about the most common problems they encountered related to publication ethics; the top three problems indicated by the editors included unjustified authorship (40.5%), duplicate publication (33.3%), and falsification (26.2%). An analysis of the problems encountered in the initial evaluation stage revealed the top three issues as articles that did not follow the writing rules of the journal (33.3%), unqualified articles (30.1%), and negligence of the author(s) (14.3%). Views in relation to the problems about the referee evaluation stage included evaluations that were not completed within the time given (28.6%), insufficient importance attached to the evaluation (23.9%), and inability to find sufficient number of referees (16.7%). Conclusion: some editors were found to encounter violation of publication ethics, to experience problems in the revision stage, and not to feel fully independent in their contribution to article publication and thus the improvement of the journal quality. Identification of journal editors' views and problems is an important step for the solution to these problems; it could thus contribute to improving the quality of publication process and journal quality.

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