Publication Ethics and Principles

Publication Ethics and Principles

-Arete Journal of Political Philosophy is an international double blind peer-reviewed e-journal that is published every six months, twice a year, winter and summer.

-Arete Journal of Political Philosophy is a non-profit periodical publication in the field of political philosophy. It aims to share scientific and original studies on political philosophy publicly. Everyone who participates in the Journal publication process as author, editor, reviewer, and so on, comply with the international ethical principles followed in the scientific works. The articles that do not discriminate between religion, language, race, genre, and gender and that succeed in looking at the given thought critically rather than reproducing it directly are evaluated by the editorial board.

-The editorial board consists of experts in political philosophy and social sciences. It pre-estimates the studies submitted to the Journal in accordance with the publication ethics. It sends the articles that meet the conditions to two referees interested in the subject. Referee reports are sent to the author within one month at the latest after the submission of the article. The author of the article makes the changes and corrections required by the referee report.

-The articles submitted to our journal for publication should not have been published anywhere or submitted for evaluation before.

-The author of the work which is sent to the Journal agrees to waive the copyright and transfers the copyright of the work to Arete Journal of Political Philosophy.

-The copyright agreement form, stating that the article has not been published or sent elsewhere, should be signed and scanned by the authors and sent via e-mail ( The articles sent to the journal should be sent together with the plagiarism screening report (, turnitin, etc.). A work with a similarity rate of more than fifteen percent will not be accepted

-Plagiarism, duplication, fraud authorship/denied authorship, research/data fabrication, salami slicing/salami publication, breaching of copyrights, and prevailing conflict of interest are unethical behaviors.

-The editorial and publication processes of the journal are shaped in accordance with the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and National Information Standards Organization (NISO), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).

-Arete Journal of Political Philosophy is an open access journalProcessing and publication are free of charge with the journal. No fees are requested from the authors at any point throughout the evaluation and publication process.

Research Ethics

The journal adheres to the highest standards in research ethics and follows the principles of international research ethics as defined below. The authors are responsible for the compliance of the manuscripts with the ethical rules.

- Principles of integrity, quality and transparency should be sustained in designing the research, reviewing the design and conducting the research.

- The research team and participants should be fully informed about the aim, methods, possible uses and requirements of the research and risks of participation in research.

- The confidentiality of the information provided by the research participants and the confidentiality of the respondents should be ensured. The research should be designed to protect the autonomy and dignity of the participants.

- Research participants should participate in the research voluntarily, not under any coercion.

- Any possible harm to participants must be avoided. The research should be planned in such a way that the participants are not at risk.

- The independence of research must be clear; and any conflict of interest or must be disclosed.

- In experimental studies with human subjects, written informed consent of the participants who decide to participate in the research must be obtained. In the case of children and those under wardship or with confirmed insanity, legal custodian’s assent must be obtained.

- If the study is to be carried out in any institution or organization, approval must be obtained from this institution or organization.

- In studies with human subject, it must be noted in the method’s section of the manuscript that the informed consent of the participants and ethics committee approval from the institution where the study has been conducted have been obtained.

Author's Responsibilities

It is authors’ responsibility to ensure that the article is in accordance with scientific and ethical standards and rules. And authors must ensure that submitted work is original. They must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere or is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere, in any language. Applicable copyright laws and conventions must be followed. Copyright material (e.g. tables, figures or extensive quotations) must be reproduced only with appropriate permission and acknowledgement. Any work or words of other authors, contributors, or sources must be appropriately credited and referenced.

All the authors of a submitted manuscript must have direct scientific and academic contribution to the manuscript. The author(s) of the original research articles is defined as a person who is significantly involved in “conceptualization and design of the study”, “collecting the data”, “analyzing the data”, “writing the manuscript”, “reviewing the manuscript with a critical perspective” and “planning/conducting the study of the manuscript and/or revising it”. Fund raising, data collection or supervision of the research group are not sufficient roles to be accepted as an author. The author(s) must meet all these criteria described above. The order of names in the author list of an article must be a co-decision and it must be indicated in the Copyright Agreement Form. The individuals who do not meet the authorship criteria but contributed to the study must take place in the acknowledgement section. Individuals providing technical support, assisting writing, providing a general support, providing material or financial support are examples to be indicated in acknowledgement section.

All authors must disclose all issues concerning financial relationship, conflict of interest, and competing interest that may potentially influence the results of the research or scientific judgment.

For researches requiring ethics committee permit, approval of ethics committee is obligatory. This approval should be stated and documented in the article.

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published paper, it is the author’s obligation to promptly cooperate with the Editor to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.

If the articles produced from the thesis should be mentioned separately in the footnote on the introduction page of the article.

Scientific and legal responsibility of the articles published in Arete Journal of Political Philosophy belongs to their authors.

The articles to be submitted for publication should be sent from  the manuscript submission tab  on the Journal’s main page.

Responsibility for the Editor(s)

- Editor(s) evaluates manuscripts for their scientific content without regard to ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, religious belief or political philosophy of the authors. He/She provides a fair double-blind peer review of the submitted articles for publication and ensures that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential before publishing.

- Editor(s) is responsible for the contents and overall quality of the publication. He/She must publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.

- Editor(s) does not allow any conflicts of interest between the authors, editors and reviewers. Only he has the full authority to assign a reviewer and is responsible for final decision for publication of the manuscripts in the Journal.

Responsibility for Reviewers

- Reviewers must have no conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the research funders. Their judgments must be objective.

- Reviewers must ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential and must report to the editor if they are aware of copyright infringement and plagiarism on the author’s side.

- A reviewer who feels unqualified to review the topic of a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

- The editor informs the reviewers that the manuscripts are confidential information and that this is a privileged interaction. The reviewers and editorial board cannot discuss the manuscripts with other persons. The anonymity of the referees must be ensured. In particular situations, the editor may share the review of one reviewer with other reviewers to clarify a particular point.