General Issues of Review Process
The Journal of Turkish Science Education (TUSED) only publishes original manuscripts. Each submitted manuscript has not been published nor under review elsewhere. The authors are absolutely responsible for any inconvenience. All manuscripts should be uploaded via online system. The authors can track their manuscripts through this system. After getting the manuscripts accepted, the authors waived and transferred all copyrights to the journal. However, legal and ethical responsibilities of the manuscripts belong to the authors. All manuscripts submitted are initially undergone to editorial review prior to starting peer-review procedure. When the manuscripts lack of reviewing criteria of the journal, they will be returned to the authors. Because TUSED only accepts the manuscripts in English, non-native speakers of English get manuscripts proofread by a native English speaker before submission. Unless all manuscripts submitted for review are free from language errors and must strictly be written the latest edition of the APA style., they will not be considered for publication and will not be sent to any of the journal reviewers for evaluation. It is completely the authors’ responsibility to comply with the rules and check for any errors. When manuscripts are in a harmony with instruction for authors, they are sent at least two referees out. Given referees' comments, the associate editor comes up with a final decision. After acceptance, a pdf version of the manuscript is sent to the authors for proofreading. The authors merely make some minor changes in the manuscripts. They have to return this version to the editorial office within 72 hours.
All manuscriptssubmitted to the Journal of Turkish Science Education (TUSED) undergo a strictly blinded peer review in which the authors’ names are removed for the manuscripts to prepare an anonymous version. Peer review process mainly comprises two steps, e.g., editorial review and blinded peer review.
The editorial office initially reviews the submitted manuscripts in terms of the use of template, scope;instructions for authors and proficiency of English.
This review results in three possible decisions:
- Editorial rejection;
- Starting peer review process
- Requesting the authors revise their manuscripts given the editorial suggestion(s) and resubmitting the revised version.
The editorial review process generally takes about three weeks, but sometimes lasts longer than the time schedule due to backlogs.
Blinded Peer Review
Each manuscript is sent to at least two referees to make a scientific decision of its publication in the TUSED. The referees anonymously analyze the manuscript in accordance with the following criteria:
- The clarity of the purpose
- Originalityof problem
- Literaturereview and theoretical framework
- Research design/methodology
- Presentation, fluency and consistency of the findings
- Quality of discussion
- Implications for learning, teaching and future studies
- Strength and weak points of the manuscript.
Given the referees’ decisions and comments, assigned Associate Editor makesa decision about the manuscript (Accept, Minor revisions, Major Revisions, Reject and Resubmit, andReject) and informs the corresponding author about the review results.
If the manuscriptneeds major revisions, the editor reviews the revisions and makes a decision without another peer-review. For the other decisions, except for rejection, all revised and re-submitted manuscripts are undergone to another round for blinded peer-review process. Hence, the associate editor makes a final decision after completing the second round of the peer review process.
The accepted articles are sent to the author/s for their correction and the publishing approval. In this process, the authors must have the papers proofread bya professional editing service. The review process takes about6 to12 months.