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Müktesebat Toplantıları

Media literacy is the integration of knowledge and skill that will enable to recognize, comprehend and consciously use the possibilities and challenges of the already-established media order and the digital world by utilizing the knowledge accumulation of “media and communication education”, which is defined as the training of professional experts and by utilizing “media and communication studies” as a scientific activity. Media literacy, which is one of the ever-expanding research areas within the scope of media and communication studies, is attempted to be spread for active citizenship education that points to recognizing and comprehending the world and developing a quality life practice, while at the same time it is regarded as one of the tools to overcome information disorder. Therefore, the concepts of critical thinking, effective communication and being an active citizen come into prominence by being associated with the media and communication field.

Based on such a need and necessity, the Journal of Media Literacy Studies aims to begin its publication life as Turkey’s first journal on media literacy as an academic periodical journal that deals with research and education together without neglecting the current developments and the search for new literacy in the context of the expansion and spread of digitalization.

Aim

Journal of Media Literacy Studies aims to make a qualified contribution to social sciences, humanities and educational sciences at national and international level in the field of media literacy, which is one of the important issues within the scope of media and communication studies. Accordingly, this journal aims to create new discussion areas by publishing academic articles, especially research and evaluation articles; news, movie, game and advertisement analysis, book reviews, case studies, interviews, etc.

Scope

Journal of Media Literacy Studies is a peer-reviewed, open access electronic journal published twice a year, in June and December. This journal, in which articles written in Turkish and English will be evaluated, aims to raise new questions in the field of media literacy by making the most of the possibilities and potential of academic knowledge in Turkey and around the world, to prioritize research that is consistent and strong in terms of theory and methodology, to develop policy in terms of analysis, attaches importance to and aims the emergence of original works that are expected to contribute to the fields of education and practice.

Journal of Media Literacy Studies acts with the aim of being a forum that will enable the production and sharing of information and ideas about new developments in media literacy research and education. Acting as a journal that is open to the contributions of academics, educators, media and communication professionals and prioritizes a critical media literacy approach, it will endeavor to publish interdisciplinary research and educational materials that also address different media literacy approaches such as liberal/mainstream and protectionist.

Publication Ethics and Abuse Statement

Journal of Media Literacy Studies is based on applying the highest standards of scientific publication ethics. It undertakes to comply with the following principles, which are based on the recommendations and guidelines developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for journal editors.

  • Manuscripts to be submitted to the Journal of Media Literacy Studies must not have been previously published, included in the publication process, or have not been in the stage of evaluation for publication in another journal.
  • Journal of Media Literacy Studies adopts the standards set by COPE in applying publication ethics. In this context, in case of abuse or violation of publication ethics, it takes it as a reference the publication ethics flowcharts (https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts) developed by COPE.
  • Journal of Media Literacy Studies guarantees the anonymity of authors, field editors and reviewers as a requirement of the double-blind peer-review process it has adopted. 
  • Confidentiality of information about the author is the responsibility of the journal. However, this information may be shared for the purpose of investigating possible abuses. Journal of Media Literacy Studies fulfills the process management regarding potential abuse situations by following the guidelines established by COPE. (https://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts).
  • The use of a text by the same author in more than one journal by the same author is not acceptable for the Journal of Media Literacy Studies. In such cases, the journal applies the relevant guidelines set by COPE.
  • Journal of Media Literacy Studies defends and protects academic freedom and freedom of expression under all circumstances. In addition, this journal regard racist, sexist, discriminatory content as hate speech and uses its right to reject the articles including such a content without putting it into the process.
  • In the event of a conflict of interest regarding an article, this journal openly stands by intellectual and ethical standards; The relevant guidelines established by COPE are taken as basis in the acceptance and implementation of the ethical principles that the authors, reviewers, editor-in-chief and field editors are responsible for.
  • In the event of a conflict of interest, this Journal suspends the evaluation process of the article until the uncertainty is resolved. In this context, this journal has the right and authority to request Ethics Committee Permission, Interviewer Consent Forms and documents to be submitted for the article from the applicant author.
  • Journal of Media Literacy Studies acts responsibly and sensitively about publishing such content as corrections, explanations, apologies, and rebuttals.Medya 
  • Editors and publishers of the journal are obliged to comply with legal advice in case of possible violation of intellectual property rights in articles that are in the process of publication.

Copyright Regulation and Conflict of Interest Policy

Each author who submits article to be published in the Journal of Media Literacy Studies is deemed to give permission for the article to be published by the journal with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license allows the study to be shared, copied, reproduced in any size and format except for commercial use, and re-editing, transforming, adapting including constructing upon the original work, provided that appropriate reference is made to the original work. 

  • Journal of Media Literacy Studies assumes that possible conflicts of interest among its stakeholders, especially the authors and reviewers, will harm the ethics of scientific publication. In order to detect and prevent conflicts of interest, the journal is based on the relevant guidelines set by COPE in case of a controversial situation.
  • When applying for an article to the Journal of Media Literacy Studies, the authors declare that they accept the issues related to Copyright Transfer and Conflict of Interest.

Open Access Policy

All content of the Journal of Media Literacy Studies is provided free of charge to the reader or the institution to which the reader is involved. Readers can read, download, copy, search and link the full text of journal articles without permission from the publisher or author, except for commercial purposes.

The articles in Journal of Media Literacy Studies are open access and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/deed.tr ). 

Principles Regarding Possible Abuse Claims

  • The Journal of Media Literacy Studies adopts COPE’s “possible abuse” measures against abuse. In this direction; this journal is based on the relevant guidelines established by COPE within the framework of Publication Ethics Principles about responsibilities of the publisher, editors, reviewers, editorial board and authors against possible abuse before, during and after publication.
  • In cases where the same study is sent to different publishers, when comparing different versions of the same studies submitted to different journals, comparing the explanations compiled from the authors and investigators regarding the submitted study, cooperating in the investigation in suspected abuse cases and making efforts in this direction, this journal attaches importance to acting together and in coordination with the journals investigators/authors and/or journals to which the same study has been sent.
  • Journal of Media Literacy Studies, considering the importance of confidentiality in the scientific publishing process, shares information about the author, field editors and reviewers only in order to prevent suspected abuse of research and to fulfill its obligation to respond.
  • Journal editors should make initial inquiries before sharing information in doubtful cases. Information sharing is only feasible when the author is not responding, the response is inadequate, or more than one journal is likely to be affected by possible abuse.
  • When deemed necessary, information is shared only with field editors who are believed to have knowledge on the subject, and the shared information is limited to factual content only.
  • The Editor-in-Chief undertake to protect the confidentiality of communications to the greatest possible extent.
  • In the event of a possible abuse, the claims are seriously investigated by a committee to be formed from the editorial or advisory board and the conclusions are drawn on the basis of the relevant guidelines established by COPE.

Publisher

  • Publisher undertakes to implement the principles of publication ethics of the journal by its relevant stakeholders, to provide free and continuous open access to the journal content, to archive and protect the publications.
  • Publisher is responsible for taking the necessary steps to clarify the situation in case where there is a suspicion of violation of scientific publication ethics such as abuse, plagiarism, conflict of interest, copyright violations, text recycling.

Editors

  • Members of the Editorial Board accept the publication ethical principles and policy of the Journal of Media Literacy Studies and evaluate the decisions regarding these principles and policies.
  • The editor decides the theme topics and the theme editorship (or guest editor) for the issue of themes.
  • The editor proposes member to the Editorial Board of the Journal.
  • In case where there is a suspicion of violation of scientific publication ethics such as abuse, plagiarism, conflict of interest, copyright violations, text dublication, the editor carries on and concludes the process in coordination with the members of the Editorial Board to clarify the situation.
  • The articles submitted to the journal are evaluated by the editors entirely within the framework of  scientific criteria.
  • The articles sent to the journal are submitted to the evaluation of the field editor assigned by the editor-in-chief. The Field Editor, anonymously, without knowing who the author is, takes into account the Editorial Preliminary Evaluation Form and gives a written opinion to the editor-in-chief about whether the article should be included in the peer-review process. The Field Editor may request corrections from the author during the editorial evaluation phase or make a recommendation to the editor-in-chief to reject the article without being included in the peer-review process. 
  • In the articles that will go through reviewing process, the chief editor acts with the responsibility of being the contact person between the field editor, the author and the reviewer. The chief editor carries out the reviewing process with academic courtesy, meticulously documenting every stage from the date the article reaches the journal until the stage of publication. The chief editor does not hesitate to give an account of the evaluation steps for each article regarding the evaluation process in a possible case (provided that the personal rights of the field editor, the author and the reviewer and the privacy principles of the journal are observed). 
  • In the circumstance that two reviewers give conflicting opinions for the article under evaluation, the editors apply for the evaluation of a third reviewer.
  • If the Chief editor has a conflict of interest with the articles submitted to the journal or is in a relationship that may cause a conflict of interest,  the decision is left entirely to the field editor whether the article will be included in the reviewing process and the follow-up of the publication process. Since the field editor evaluates the articles anonymously, the emergence of a conflict of interest between the author and the other editorial staff who will continue their editorial duties is prevented. In case of any conflict of interest, the editors withdraw from their editorial duties.
  • Editors cannot use any information obtained from the evaluated article for personal benefit.
  • Editors ensure that a published article is removed from publication in case of plagiarism and unethical situation. In this case, they are responsible for making the journal publicly available to all readers, with a statement clearly stating that the article has been withdrawn or removed from publication, and a statement of the reason for the retraction.
  • The Editorial Board decides to publish articles such as evaluation articles, research notes, letters to the editor, activity-book-film reviews, which can be published without the need for peer-review.
  • In the journal, the distinction between peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications is clearly stated. If necessary, the chied editor can develop comments and suggestions about the category under which the article can be published in the journal, and share this openly with the author. In this case, the final decision belongs to the author and/or chied editor.

Editorial Board

  • Editorial Board accepts the publication ethics principles and policy of the Journal of Media Literacy Studies and evaluates the decisions regarding these principles and policies.
  • Editorial Board gives opinions and suggestions to the team of editors about increasing and protecting the academic and intellectual quality of the journal.
  • Editorial Board fulfills its function as the journal’s Advisory Board.
  • Editorial Board makes suggestions to increase the national and international recognition of the journal.
  • In case where there is a suspicion of violation of scientific publication ethics such as abuse, plagiarism, conflict of interest, copyright violations, text dublication, it functions as the authority for an objection and decision-making to conclude the process according to the publication ethics and abuse statement.
  • Editorial Board offers index suggestions for the journal in order to increase its academic quality.

Author

  • The author is obliged to fulfill his/her legal, academic, ethical and social responsibilities.
  • The author cannot submit more than one article to the same issue of the journal.
  • The author follows the article submission deadlines and respects that the article submissions received after the submission due date are not taken into consideration. Yazar, makale başvuru tarihlerine riayet eder, başvuru tarihinden sonra gelen makale başvurularının değerlendirmeye alınmamasına saygı gösterir.
  • The author is responsible for not committing ethical violations such as plagiarism, labor theft, illegal references, forgetting references, and not mentioning the name of the institutions that support the research. If any unpleasant situtation is detected, the article will be rejected.
  • If the author has received research support, s/he should indicate the source in his/her article.
  • The data used in the article should be kept open to access and stored in a way that can be obtained upon request.
  • When the author submits an article of any type or format, s/he responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that may lead to bias in the study. Accordingly, when the author submists an article,
  • The author must sign and upload the Copyright Transfer and Conflict of Interest Notice Form to the system.
  • Authors are responsible for the situation that the ideas and expressions in their work submitted for publication have not been used in other previously published works. If these ideas and expressions have been used before, they should be cited where appropriate. Otherwise, the authors are obliged, upon the request of the editors, to correct the conflicting parts or, if the article has been published, to pull their weight to publish a new correction. 
  • The author undertakes that the articles they will send to the Journal of Media Literacy Studies have not been published before, have not been included in the publication process or have not been in the stage of evaluation for publication in another media.
  • The author should be accountable for validity and ethics for each part of the work.
  • If there is more than one author contributing to the study, the order of author names during the application should be determined and reported according to the joint decision of the all authors. 
  • It is the author’s responsibility to include only those who have actively contributed to the study, not to include those who do not have real contributions, and to properly justify any request for a change in author ranking during the evaluation process while the manuscript is ongoing. The author should be able to explain all these issues, if deemed necessary by the journal editors.
  • If the authors detect errors or inaccuracies after publication of their article, they should immediately notify the journal editors so that appropriate action can be taken.
  • The authors cannot publish the same article, in whole or in part, in more than one journal without proper justification, permission or cross-reference. The authors are obliged to comply with the license and copyright transfer agreement they signed. 

The author agrees that the articles that fail the APA control and proofreading preparation stages of the Journal of Media Literacy Studies will not be published even if the reviewing process is completed.

Reviewer

  • Reviewers adopt the double-blind review evaluation process and fulfills the requirements of this process.
  • When review offer is presented, reviewers respond either affirmatively or negatively within a reasonable time.
  • Reviewers explain if they do not have expertise on the subject of the research or are able to evaluate just a part of it.
  • Reviewers agree to make an evaluation within the mutually agreed timeframe, and inform in case of falling behind.
  • Reviewers should disclose to the editors any conflict of interest that may bias their views on the manuscript and, if such, withdraw from evaluating the manuscript. 
  • Reviewers consider it among their priorities to inform the editors in case of suspicion of plagiarism (including self-plagiarism) in the articles sent to them for evaluation.
  • Reviewers should not use any information included in the article which is of their own interest, before the article being reviewed is published.
  • If reviewers feel that they cannot make a fair and unbiased assessment, they should report it.
  • Reviewers should reject the review if it is a work that is very similar to a study that they are working on or is under evaluation.
  • Reviewer during evaluation;
    • Reviewers should notify the editors if there arises a conflict of interest during the review process after accepting the invitation.
    • All written texts and evaluations related to review should be kept confidential.
    • Reviewers should ensure that their assessment is purely scientific and will not be positively or negatively affected by personal, financial or intellectual bias.
    • Reviewers should not make personal comments or unjustified accusations against the author.
    • Reviewers should be specific in their criticisms; for example should embody a general statement, such as “a study previously conducted”; this will help editors to treat authors fairly in the evaluation and decision-making process.
    • Reviewers should remember that this is the work of the authors. They should not attempt to rewrite the work in their chosen style if the work is written in a clear and concise manner; however, suggestions to clarify the expressions are valuable as they will contribute to the upgrading of the text.
    • Reviewers should not contact the authors if they make a guess about the author judging from the text.
    • Reviewers should recognize any sensitivities that may arise from writing in another language and express this issue respectfully and appropriately.
    • Reviewers should not recommend citing any work just to increase their own citation counts or their colleagues’ citation counts or to be visible. If there is made a recommendation, it should be scientifically justified.
  • Reviewers after evaluation;
    • They should continue to protect the confidentiality of the research and the evaluation process.
    • They should inform the journal if a situation arises that may affect their main comments and feedback.
    • They should attempt to respond to requests from the journal regarding revision and re-evaluation.

Guest editor

  • The guest editors of the Journal of Media Literacy Studies accept the journal’s scientific publication ethical principles and fulfill their responsibilities in this direction.
  • Guest editors undertake the publishing ethical responsibilities established for journal editors, from the moment they call for an article for the issue they edit, to the moment when the issue is published.
  • Guest editors are responsible for answering the questions asked by this journal and sharing the requested documents, when deemed necessary within the framework of ethical principles, after the publication of the issue for which they are responsible.
  • When individuals accept the guest editorship offered by the Journal of Media Literacy Studies, they also undertake to fulfill their responsibilities listed above.
  • In case of other ethical problems than the circumstances stated above, the publication ethical principles of COPE (Committe of Publication Ethics) will be taken as a basis.

Plagiarism Review Policy

  • Journal of Media Literacy Studies regard ethical violations such as plagiarism and labor theft unacceptable.
  • It is declared that the non-existence of ethical violations in research texts submitted for publication in the Journal of Media Literacy Studies is primarily the responsibility of the author.
  • In the event of a suspicion or complaint regarding ethical violations, the argument is reviewed and decided by a committee consisting of members of the Editorial Board.
  • All manuscripts sent to this journal are checked before evaluation through Turnitin program and a similarity report is obtained.
  • If the similarity ratio is 15% or more as a result of the Turnition report, the editors share the result of the report with the author and reject the article without putting it into the evaluation process.
  • Journal of Media Literacy Studies performs the process management following the guidelines established by COPE in case of any plagiarism-related situation or abuse after publication.