General Issues of Review Process
The Journal of Turkish Science Education (TUSED) only publishes original manuscripts. Each submitted manuscript should be one that has not been published nor under review elsewhere. The authors themselves are absolutely responsible for any inconvenience. All manuscripts should be uploaded via the online system. The authors can track their manuscripts through this system. After getting the manuscripts accepted, the authors should waive and transfer all copyrights to the journal. However, legal and ethical responsibilities of the manuscripts belong to the authors. All manuscripts submitted initially undergo an editorial review prior to starting peer-review procedure. When the manuscripts lack of reviewing criteria of the journal will be returned to the authors. It is because TUSED only accepts the manuscripts in English; therefore, non-native English speaker authors need to get manuscripts proofread by a native English speaker before submission. All manuscripts submitted for review should be free from language errors and strictly written according to the latest edition of the APA style and not have been sent to any of the journal reviewers for evaluation; otherwise, they will not be considered for publication. It is completely the author’s responsibility to comply with the rules and check for any errors. When manuscripts are in a harmony with instruction for authors, they are sent out to at least two referees. Given referees' comments, the associated editor makes the final decision. After acceptance, a pdf version of the manuscript is sent to the authors for proofreading. The authors may need to make some minor changes in the manuscripts. They, then, have to return this version to the editorial office within 72 hours.
All manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Turkish Science Education (TUSED) undergo a strictly blinded peer review in which the authors’ names are removed for the manuscripts in order to prepare an anonymous version. Peer review process mainly comprises two steps; 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 to revise their manuscripts given the editorial suggestion(s) and resubmitting the revised version.
The editorial review process generally takes about three weeks, but sometimes even for longer than the time schedule due to backlogs.
Blinded Peer Review
Each manuscript is sent to at least two referees in order to make a scientific decision of its publication in the TUSED. The referees anonymously read, examine and analyze the manuscript in accordance with the following criteria:
- The clarity of the purpose
- Originality of problem
- Literature review 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 makes a decision about the manuscript (Accept, Minor revisions, Major Revisions, Reject and Resubmit and Reject) and informs the corresponding author about the review results.
If the manuscript needs 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 undergo 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 by a professional editing service. The review process takes about 6 to 12 months.