Open Access Policy

IJAST Open Access and Free Submission Policy


IJAST is an open access journal and all the manuscripts published in this journal are freely available online for anyone. There are no subscription or submission charges.
All of our academic journals operate under the Creative Commons Attribution license in International Version 4 (CC BY-SA 4.0). This allows for the reproduction of articles free of charge with the appropriate citation information. All authors publishing
with TÜBİTAK academic journals accept these as the terms of publication.


Submission and Evaluation Process

  1. Submission
  2. First Control
    a. Scope check
    b. Preliminary language check and technical control
  3. Scientific Evaluation
    a. Editor-in-chief
    b. Editor
    c. Referee
  4. Publication
    a. Technical control
    b. After acceptance language correction
    c. Galley proof
    d. Publication

Submission
All manuscripts must be submitted electronically via the Internet through the online system for TÜBİTAK journals from dergipark.org system. After selecting the journal, you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading
of the various files.
Papers are accepted for evaluation on the understanding that:
• they have not been published,
• they are not being considered for publication simultaneously elsewhere,
• they are not going to be submitted for publication elsewhere.
Authors should certify that neither the manuscript nor its main contents have already been published or submitted for publication in another journal. The copyright release form, which can be found at pdf, must be signed by the corresponding author on behalf of all authors and must accompany all papers submitted. Please see the form for additional copyright details.
After a manuscript has been submitted, it is not possible for authors to be added or removed or for the order of authors to be changed. If authors do so, their submission may be canceled (see Publication Policy for details).

All authors need to send their ORCID iDs so that the process of evaluation and publishing of the manuscripts can continue in accordance with our publishing policy. Authors can visit https://orcid.org/ to get a unique 16-digit ORCID iD number.


Evaluation


Technical Control
During the first check, journal administrators may return the articles for the following reasons:
– The manuscript is not prepared in the format provided on the journal’s website,
– The manuscript file is not the same as the manuscript template file given on the journal’s website,
– The order and format of the names of the authors in the manuscript are not consistent with those on the copyright form,
– The number of references or pages exceed the specified limits,
– The authors did not perform the requested corrections or provide the necessary documents within the requested time,
– Similarity index (iThenticate result) is higher than the permitted threshold. There is no single number for the similarity percentage since each report is investigated in detail, but submissions exceeding 25% score are generally returned to authors.
The resubmission of the same title without reducing the similarity score may cause a ban of the authors from the journal.
Similarity reports with more than 50% scores, even in a single submission, may cause a ban from the journal and the authors’ future submissions may not be considered for publication.


Scientific Evaluation
The peer review process is double blind, i.e. both authors and referees are kept anonymous. Manuscripts may be rejected without peer review by the editor-in-chief if they do not comply with the instructions for authors or if they are beyond the scope of the journal. After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, i.e. after referee recommended revisions are complete, the author will not be permitted to make changes that constitute departures from the manuscript that was accepted by the editor.
Before publication, the galley proofs are always sent to the authors for corrections. Mistakes or omissions that occur due to some negligence on our part during final printing will be rectified in an errata section in a later issue. This does not include those errors left uncorrected by the author in the galley proof.
See Publication Policy for details.


Plagiarism
The use of someone else’s ideas or words in their original form or slightly changed without a proper citation is considered plagiarism and will not be tolerated. Even if a citation is given, if quotation marks are not placed around words taken directly from other authors’ work, the author is still guilty of plagiarism. Reuse of the authors’ own previously published words, with or without a citation, is regarded as self-plagiarism. All manuscripts received are submitted to iThenticate®️, a sophisticated plagiarism checking system, which compares the content of the manuscript with a vast database of web pages and academic publications. Manuscripts judged to be plagiarized or self-plagiarized, based on the iThenticate®️ report or any other source of
information, will not be considered for publication. Open-access theses are considered as published works and they are included in the similarity checks.


Preparation of Manuscript
Manuscripts that are not prepared using the template will not be considered for publication.


Manuscript Types
Original research articles and review articles to the editor are welcome.
The total number of double-spaced pages of the relevant subsections as required for the journal in question and the references (with figures and tables) excluding supplements should not exceed 8 pages, 15 pages, 30 pages, and 50 pages for case studies/case reports, research notes/short communications, research articles, and review articles, respectively. The editor-inchief can change the manuscript type after manuscript submission.


– Research Articles
A research article reports the results of original research and assesses its contribution to the body of knowledge in a given area with the relevant data and findings in an orderly, logical manner. Research articles should be no longer than 30 pages, should have an abstract of 300 words at most, should contain a limit of 60 references, and should have no more than 10 figures and tables combined.

– Review Articles
A review article is written to summarize the recent developments, improvements, discoveries, and ideas in various
subjects. Review articles should present an unbiased summary of the current understanding of the topic.
Review articles should cover subjects that fall within the scope of the journal and are of active, current interest. Review
articles should be no longer than 50 pages, should have an abstract of 300 words at most, should contain a limit of 120 references,
and should have no more than 12 figures and tables combined. Principal sections should be numbered consecutively (1.
Introduction, 2. Historical background, etc.), and subsections should be numbered 1.1., 1.2., etc. All reviews should contain
an introduction section and a conclusion section, with relevant section headings in between. The introduction should explain
the importance of the subject, the text should be comprehensive and detailed, and the references should be exhaustive. Review
articles should be written with the support of original published studies of the author(s).

Manuscript Content
All research articles should be divided into clearly defined and numbered sections as appropriate. Principal sections should
be numbered consecutively (1. Introduction, 2. Materials and methods, etc.) and subsections should be numbered 1.1., 1.2., etc.
Do not number the Acknowledgements or References sections.


– Title page
All submissions must include a title page, which is to be uploaded as a separate document. Do not repeat the information
from the title page within the main manuscript document. The title page should contain the full title in sentence case (e.g.,
Urothelial cancers: clinical and imaging evaluation), the full names (last names fully capitalized) and affiliations of all authors
in English (Department, Faculty, University, City, Country), the ORCID iDs of all authors, and the contact e-mail address for
the clearly identified corresponding author. Only one corresponding author is permitted per manuscript. Do not repeat this
information in the main document. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, this information will be moved to the main
document after the peer review process is completed.


– Acknowledgments/disclaimers/conflict of interest, if any
Please include any necessary acknowledgments or disclaimers on the title page, as well. Names of funding organizations
should be written in full. Do not repeat them in the main document.
All authors should also disclose any conflict of interest that may have influenced either the conduct or the presentation of
the research.

– Informed Consent
Manuscripts reporting the results of experimental investigations conducted with humans must clearly state that the study
protocol received institutional review board approval and that all participants provided informed consent in the format required
by the relevant authorities and/or boards. Please reference the relevant review board(s) and approval code(s) here.


– Title and abstract
The first page of the main manuscript should begin with the title. Do not include author names or affiliations here. Directly
below the title, an informative abstract of not more than 300 words must accompany each manuscript. The abstract should not
contain citations. The abstract must be structured to include the study’s background/aim, materials and methods, results, and
conclusion under 4 separate headings. Abstracts of review articles should be a brief overview of the main points from the review.


– Key words
Please provide a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 key words or phrases to enable retrieval and indexing. Only the first
letter of the first key word should begin with a capital letter; the other key words should be written in lower case. Please do not
put a period at the end of the list of key words. Acronyms should be avoided. Key words should not be a virtual copy of the title.
Always try to use terms from the Medical Subjects Headings list from Index Medicus.


Style and Format
In general, the journal follows the conventions of Scientific Style and Format, The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and
Publishers, Council of Science Editors, Reston, VA, USA (7th ed.).
The manuscripts (except Letters to the Editor) should be divided into logically ordered and numbered sections. Principal
sections should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals (1. Introduction, 2. Materials and methods, etc.) and
subsections should be numbered 1.1., 1.2., etc. Do not number the Acknowledgments and References sections.
Manuscripts should be double-spaced with 3-cm margins on all sides of the page, in Times New Roman font size 12. Every
page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. All copies of the manuscript should
also have line numbers starting with 1 on each consecutive page. Manuscripts must be written in English. Contributors who
are not native English speakers are strongly advised to ensure that a colleague fluent in the English language or a professional
language editor has reviewed their manuscript. Concise English without jargon should be used. Repetitive use of long sentences
and passive voice should be avoided. It is strongly recommended that the text be run through computer spelling and grammar
programs. Either British or American spelling is acceptable but must be consistent throughout.


Symbols, Units, and Abbreviations
If symbols such as ×, μ, η, or ν are used, they should be added using the symbols menu of Word in Times New Roman font.
Degree symbols (size 12. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, Multiplication symbols must be used
(×), not the letter x. Spaces must be inserted between numbers and units (e.g., 3 kg) and between numbers and mathematical
symbols (+, –, ×, =, <, >), but not between numbers and percent symbols (e.g., 45%). Please use SI units. All abbreviations and
acronyms should be defined at first mention. Any Latin terms such as et al., in vitro, or in situ should not be italicized.


Tables and Figures
All illustrations (photographs, drawings, graphs, etc.), not including tables, must be labeled “Figure.” Figures must be
submitted both in the manuscript and as separate files.
All tables and figures must have a caption and/or legend and be numbered (e.g., Table 1, Figure 2), unless there is only
one table or figure, in which case it should be labeled “Table” or “Figure” with no numbering. Captions must be written in
sentence case (e.g., Macroscopic appearance of the samples.). The font used in the figures should be Times New Roman. If
symbols such as aption and/or legend and be numbered (e.g., using the symbols menu of Word in Times New Roman font. All
tables and figures, including subfigures, must be numbered consecutively as they are referred to in the text; e.g., Figures 2a, 2b,
and 2c should be referred to in the text in that order before Figure 3. Please refer to tables and figures with capitalization and
unabbreviated (e.g., “As shown in Figure 2…”, and not “Fig. 2” or “figure 2”). The tables and figures themselves should be given
at the end of the text only, after the references, not in the running text.
The resolution of images should not be less than 118 pixels/cm when the width is set to 16 cm. Images must be scanned
at 1200 dpi resolution and submitted in jpeg or tiff format. Graphs and diagrams must be drawn with a line weight between 0.5
and 1 point. Graphs and diagrams with a line weight of less than 0.5 point or more than 1 point are not accepted. Scanned or photocopied graphs and diagrams are not accepted.
Figures that are charts, diagrams, or drawings must be submitted in a modifiable format, i.e. our graphics personnel should be able to modify them. Therefore, if the program with which the figure is drawn has a “save as” option, it must be saved as *.ai
or *.pdf. If the “save as” option does not include these extensions, the figure must be copied and pasted into a blank Microsoft Word document as an editable object. It must not be pasted as an image file (tiff, jpeg, or eps) unless it is a photograph.
Tables and figures, including caption, title, column heads, and footnotes, must not exceed 16 × 20 cm and should be no smaller than 8 cm in width. For all tables, please use Word’s “Create Table” feature, with no tabbed text or tables created with spaces and drawn lines. Please do not duplicate information that is already presented in the figures. Tables must be clearly typed, each on a separate sheet, and double-spaced. Tables may be continued on another sheet if necessary, but the dimensions stated above still apply.


References
Do not include personal communications or unpublished data or materials (such as project final reports, websites, computer programs, poster papers, presentations, and manuscripts that are not published yet) as references. However, these materials may be inserted as a footnote in the main text.

References within the Text and Reference List
References must be numbered in square brackets within the article and listed in order of their first appearance in the text. All authors should be included in reference lists unless there are 6 or more, in which case only the first 5 should be given, followed by et al. (not italicized). Within the manuscript, cite references by their given number in square brackets. Do not use individual sets of brackets for citation numbers that appear together, e.g., [2,6], not [2], [6]. Do not include personal communications, unpublished data, or other unpublished materials as references, although such material may be inserted as footnotes in the text. In the case of publications in languages other than English, the published English title should be provided if one exists, with an annotation such as “(in Turkish)”. If the publication was not published with an English title, cite the original title only; do not provide a self-translation. Please transliterate the titles of publications published in non-Latin alphabets.
Please ensure that author names are given exactly as they were published; e.g., if the names of Turkish authors were originally published with Turkish characters, include the Turkish characters: Güneş et al. [2]. If the original publication did not use Turkish characters, do not include them in your citations: Gunes et al. [2].
The reference list must not contain more than 10, 20, 30, 120, and 60 references for letters to the editor, case reports, short communications, review articles, and research articles, respectively.