TURKISH JOURNALS INDEX (TR Index)
JOURNAL EVALUATION CRITERIA
  • Journals must have scientific content.
  • Journals must have an ISSN or/and e-ISSN (International Standard Serial Number / Electronic Serial Number), delivered by the Libraries and Publications General Directorate  of the Ministry of Culture upon application to ISSN Office (for print pblications, before the publication of the first issue, for electronic journals, after the first issue is published). ISSN should be placed on the front cover of the journal, preferably at the upper right; and at the inner cover (title) page, along with the information about the journal and on a clearly visible part of the web page.
  • Aim and the subject coverage of the journal must be stated.
  • Editors must make an application, fiiling out the application form in the Online Journal Monitoring System (ODİS) providing necessary information about the journal, and in case of any changes (in the Editorial Board, URL addresses, contact information etc.), this information must be updated immediately.
  • Upon the application of the journal for admission to TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM TR Index, the relevant Committee takes the journal under review for at least one year.
  • A journal which is rejected by the Committee twice is not taken into consideration for the next two years.
  • Journals are required to be published on time according to their stated frequency.
  • PDF files of the published issues must be uploaded to ODIS within one moth of publication, (including the front cover, inner cover, and “Table of Contents” page). A copy of print journals published must be sent to ULAKBİM within three months.
  • All the print issues of the journal must have the name of the journal, year, volume and/or issue number on the front/back cover and spine; as well as in every issue on its website.
  • Information about the journal [full title of the journal, alternative title in another language (such as English) and abbreviated title if available, ISSN and/or e-ISSN, open address, names and affiliations of its editors, editorial and/or advisory board, language of publication, frequency of publication indicating the month/time of the year, institutional communication and email addresses, history of the journal (along with publication periods, title/ISSN changes, if there are any), editors and relevant committees, publisher, printing house etc.] must be given on the back of the cover and/or on the webpage.
  • The journal editor should expressly specify the peer review process it applies for the approval of contributions. It must be clearly stated that the journal is peer-reviewed (with the expression “… hakemli bir dergidir”) on the inner cover page.
  • Scientific articles should be classified according to their categories (research articles, case studies, review articles etc.) in the “Table of Contents” page and at the first (title) page of the article.
  • Journals in the field of Health Sciences should be published at least three times in a year, while those in the field of Life Sciences, Engineering and Basic Sciences, and Law should be published at least twice, and those in the field of Social Sciences must be published at least once in a year.
  • In order not to impair the integrity of scientific articles, advertisements should not be placed between the pages of an article and should not be given page numbers.
  • All the journals in ULAKBİM databases are reviewed and reevaluated by TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM TR Index Committees at certain intervals.
  • Journals should not publish joint issues more than once in three years.
  • Special issues or supplements are also evaluated according to the criteria.
  • Total number of scientific research articles in a year is expected to comprise at least 50% of the articles in an issue, for the journals in the fields of Health Sciences, Engineering, and Life Sciences. The minimum number of scientific research articles in a year for a journal in the field of

Health Sciences must be 12.

  • Articles in the journal must have abstracts and keywords in the language of the article. If the article is not in Latin scripture; it should have a title, an abstract and keywords written in Latin alphabet. However, in order to increase the national and international visibility and impact of journals, articles are recommended to have both Turkish and English title/abstract/keywords. Abstracts and keywords should be in compliance with international standards. Keyword Index of TR Index , Medical Subject Headings, CAB Theasarus, JISCT, ERIC can be used in order to achieve this.
  • Submission and acceptance dates of the article, authors’ affliances and communication information must be placed on the first (title) page of the articles in the journal, preferably at the bottom of the page.
  • Instructions for Authors must be provided for those who want to submit articles, and the articles must be compliant with these requirements.
  • A peer review system is required for the evaluation and approval of submitted contributions. The number of peers reviewing each article must be at least two, and they must preferably be from different institutions. In case that the views of the two peers contradict, the opinion of a third one should be sought.
  • Peer review reports should be kept by the editor at least for five years and presented for examination upon the request of TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM TR Index Committees. Every year, starting with the year of application, peer review reports of the first and third articles of the first issue, and those of a rejected article, must be uploaded* to ODIS. In case that the Committee decides to examine the peer review reports of another article, relevant reports should also be downloaded to ODIS, or delivered to the Committee by the editor. [* A PDF file must be uploaded for each article, including the submitted article, the report of the fist peer, and that of the second peer, revisions/editings and the final version of the article as it is published, demonstrating the whole peer review process]
  • Each scientific article must have a “References” list, in alphabetical order by author, which includes all published information referred to in the text of the paper. The reference list must be provided in Latin Alphabet, and attention must be paid for the sources to be correct.
  • References should comply with international citation styles (APA, MLA, AIP, NLM, AMA, ACS etc.), and this must be clearly stated in the “Instructions for Authors”.
  • In the case where footnotes are used, the bibliographic information related to footnotes must be given at the end of the article.
  • National and international ethical rules of publication should be adhered to, and this must be clearly stated in the “Instructions for Authors”.
  • Ethical commission approval must be sought and documented for clinical and experimental animal studies.
  • Recommendations of ICMJE (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) and “International Standards for Editors and Authors” of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) should be taken into consideration while submitting research papers to journals.
  • PDF files of issues (including front cover, inner cover pages, and Table of Contents) must be uploaded to ODİS within one month following their publication. One copy of published issues of print journals must be sent to ULAKBİM within three months. Journals/publishers are responsible for any delays.
 Useful Information
  • It is up to journal editors to publish the list of reviewers.
  • A separate ISSN is required for every format (print version, electronic version, CD-ROM, Turkish version, English version etc.) in which a journal is published.
  • If the title changes, a new ISSN must be assigned. In each issue published under the new title, the former title should also be mentioned, at least for a few years. It is recommended that changes to the title should be mentioned in the section “About the Journal”, along with ISSN information.

Additional Recommendations

  • The titles of articles in Table of Contents should be given both in Turkish and English.
  • In the journals which volumes are indicated, (g. 2014; volume: 5, issue: 1,2) or those only issue numbers are indicated (e.g. 2014; issue: 1,2) and which publish more than one issue in a year/volume, page numbers must continue along the year/volume; starting again from page number 1 at the beginning of a new year or volume.
  • On the first page of scientific articles in the journal, preferably at the top, bibliographic information defining the journal should be given, in compliance with a universally accepted format [title (preferably, the abbreviated title designated by the journal editor), year; volume number (if there is one), issue number: first and last pages of the relevant article (e.g. Akd Araş Derg, 2014; 15(2): 15-22)], to be used for citations.