Ethics Policy

The Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine operates to the highest standards of research and publication ethics. All submitted manuscripts are screened with plagiarism software (iThenticate®) to detect instances of overlapping and similar text during the evaluation process. High similarity scores (> 20%) may lead rejection of a manuscript. The editors will act in accordance with the relevant international rules of publication and research ethics (COPE guidelines, WAME resources, WMA policies and ORI) if any ethical misconduct is suspected.

In accordance with the journal's policy, an approval of research protocols by an ethics committee in accordance with international agreements "WMA Declaration of Helsinki - Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects (last updated: October 2013, Fortaleza, Brazil)", "Guide for the care and use of laboratory animals (8th edition, 2011)" and/or "International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals (2012)" is required for all experimental, clinical and drug trial studies. For articles concerning experimental research on humans, a statement should be included that shows informed consent of patients and volunteers was obtained following a detailed explanation of the procedures that they may undergo. The journal requests a copy of the Ethics Committee Approval received from the relevant authority. Informed consent must also be obtained for case reports. More details on the ethical principles of the journal may be found at the "Instructions to Authors" pages.

Conflict of Interest Policy

The Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine Editorial Review Process is accordance with the Good Editorial Practice set by international editorial organizations (WAME, COPE). WAME indicates that "conflict of interest exists when an author, reviewer, or editor in the publication process (submission of manuscripts, peer review, editorial decisions, and communication between authors, reviewers and editors) has a competing interest that could unduly influence his or her responsibilities (academic honesty, unbiased conduct and reporting of research, and integrity of decisions or judgments) in the publication process.

The Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine requires that each author, reviewer, and editor must disclose to the Editor any conflict of interest related to family, personal, financial, political or religious issues as well as any competing interest outlined above at the WAME's definition. Whether or not a conflict of interest and financial support exist, they must be declared at the Conflict of Interest Statement as well as at the end of the manuscripts. If a reviewer, an associate editor, or a section editor has a conflict of interest and/or believes that it is not appropriate to be a reviewer, or an editor for a given manuscript, the reviewer or the editor should resign from the assignment.

The Editorial Board members of the Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine may also submit their own manuscripts to the journal. However, they cannot take place at any stage on the editorial decision of their manuscripts. They will be treated like any other author, and if any, final acceptance of such manuscripts can only be made by the positive recommendation of at least two external reviewers.

Authors should not contact any of the section editors during the review process. All necessary information regarding the process of a manuscript can be obtained from the editorial office. However, the names of the handling editor and the reviewers are not given to the author(s). Due to the Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine double-blinded review principles, the names of authors and reviewers are not known to the other.

You will be asked to verify on behalf of all authors the presence or absence of the potential conflicts of interest listed in the ICMJE guidelines (please review them at Specifically, you will be asked whether any authors or their institutions have received: grants, consulting fees or honoraria, support for meeting travel, fees for participation in review activities such as data monitoring boards or statistical analysis, payment for writing or reviewing the manuscript, and/or provision of writing assistance, medicines, equipment, or administrative support? All positive responses should also be noted on the title page of the manuscript.

You will be asked to verify on behalf of all authors the presence or absence of any financial relationships in the past 36 months with entities in the bio-medical arena that could be perceived to influence, or that give the appearance of potentially influencing, what you wrote in the submitted work. Examples include, but are not limited to: board membership, consultancy, employment, expert testimony, grants/grants pending, payment for lectures including service on speakers bureaus, payment for manuscript preparation, patents (planned, pending, or issued), royalties, payment for development of educational presentations, stock/stock options, other travel/accommodations/meeting expenses. All responses, positive or negative, should also be noted on the title page of the manuscript (and will be published with the manuscript if accepted.).

The Editorial Board of the Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine is appointed by the Board of the Emergency Medicine Association of Turkey once a year in December.

Please refer to the "Conflict of interest statement and copyright form" section at the "Instructions to Authors" page for the conflict of interest declaration for authors.

Open Access Policy

Full text access is free. There is no charge for publication or downloading the full text of printed material.

Plagiarism Policy

We make a special effort to screen for plagiarism in our peer review process. In cases of suspected plagiarism, the manuscript will be immediately rejected and the authors' institution will be notified by the journal editors.

Other Publishing Policies

Original Content: The Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine prefers publishing randomized controlled trials (RCTs) as they provide higher level of evidence. All articles containing original information and data must not have been published or simultaneously submitted for publication in another scientific journal. This restriction does not apply to an abstract presented in scientific meetings and congresses.

Multiple Authors: All authors share the responsibilities of the content and duties in the preparation of the submitted material.

Statistical Consultant: All articles containing statistical analysis must be prepared in consultation with an individual experienced in statistical analysis in the given subject. One of the authors or a person other than the author(s) who experienced in statistical analysis should claim responsibility for the correctness of the statistical information.

Permissions: Written consent for reproduction should accompany any submitted material, such as the tables and figures that have appeared in another journal or a book. Approval from the appropriate ethics board should be obtained for original research and written consent should be obtained from the patients referred to in case reports, images and case series.

Prior or similar publications: You will be asked whether a prior version of this manuscript or study has been submitted to Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine under a different submission sequence and/or manuscript number. You will be asked whether any data used in this study have been included as part of another manuscript (whether published, submitted, or in preparation).

Access to Data: Editors of the Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine may request the author(s) to submit the original data during the peer-review process in order to better assess the manuscripts. It is, therefore, vital to submit a full address and other contact information on the title page of the manuscript.

Responsibility for Published Information: The authors are responsible for all the information contained in the text. Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine is not responsible for statements made by the author(s).

Material Disclaimer

All opinions and reports within the articles that are published in the Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine are the personal opinions of the authors. The Editors, the publisher and the owner of the Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine do not accept any responsibility for these articles.

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