Ethical Principles and Publication Policy




The Journal of Political Psychology seeks to expand its knowledge in relevant fields by publishing scientific and academic studies accepted at the national and international level that examine the interrelationships between psychological and political processes including social and cognitive psychology, political psychology, political science, sociology, economics, history, international relations, philosophy, and political theory. Contributing scientifically and methodologically to the fields applicable to the studies it publishes, as well as gaining new insights and methods, is one of the journal's key goals. The articles that will be published in the journal are chosen from original studies that have been prepared in compliance with academic and scientific ethical values, as well as expert referees' opinions. By pursuing an open access policy for all of the research it publishes, the Journal of Political Psychology hopes to advance scientific and intellectual awareness.



The Journal of Political Psychology is a peer-reviewed international publication that is published twice a year in June and December. Social and cognitive psychology, political psychology, public policy, political science, sociology, international relations, economics, business, and philosophy are among the subjects covered.


The journal publishes;


  • Original research articles
  • Review articles
  • Book reviews and
  • Commentaries in Turkish or English languages.


The studies submitted to the journal must not have been published elsewhere, submitted for publication before or approved for publication in order to be published. Papers that are presented at scientific meeting and have not been published previously can be accepted. The number of authors on the studies that will be submitted to the journal does not exceed three. With the report, the author should provide a document showing the plagiarism rate. Studies with a plagiarism rate of more than 15% (excluding bibliography) are not assessed and are returned to the author.


Publication Policy

The Journal of Political Psychology adopts open access policy for all published studies.

  • No application or evaluation fee is charged from the authors for the studies submitted to be published in the journal. Also, no payment can be made to authors or referees.
  • In order for the articles sent to the journal to be published; it must not have been previously published, accepted for publication and submitted for publication elsewhere. All ethical responsibilities regarding the study belong to the author of the study.
  • Texts to be sent to the journal should have a maximum of 3 authors. The author must send the document showing the plagiarism rate with the study. Studies with a plagiarism rate (excluding bibliography) over 15% are not evaluated and returned to their authors.
  • Manuscripts sent to the journal are first examined by the Editorial Board. The evaluation of the studies sent for publication is made by adhering to academic and scientific ethical values.
  • After the preliminary examination, the works found appropriate in terms of form and quality are evaluated by at least two referees who are experts in the relevant field. No information is given to the authors about the identities of the referees evaluating the article and to the referees about who the article belongs to.
  • Referees to evaluate the article are primarily selected from different institutions.
  • Referees should evaluate the work sent to them within 20 days. The referee who does not submit his report within this period is contacted and the referee is given an additional 10 days for the evaluation, for once. If the referee cannot send his report during this period, the referee's evaluation process is terminated.
  • If negative reports are received from both referees, the article is rejected. In case of a positive and negative report from the referees, the opinion of a third referee, who is an expert in the field, is consulted. Articles that receive two positive reports are deemed to have been accepted for publication.
  • If a situation inconsistent with scientific research and publication ethics is detected at any stage of the publication process, the study is not published. The Editorial Board reserves its final discretion on whether the work is published or not. Unpublished articles will not be sent back to their author. The decision authority on matters not mentioned here belongs to the Editorial Board.
  • It is assumed that the writers have agreed to pass the copyrights of all works submitted for publication in the Journal of Political Psychology. The writers of submitted works are not compensated for their copyright. The writers are solely responsible for the opinions and conclusions expressed in the published studies.
  • If a reader finds an important error or omission in an article published in the journal, or if they have any concerns about editorial content, they can contact .This feedback is greatly appreciated because it will enable us to improve.


Ethical Principles

The Journal of Political Psychology follows international publishing ethics guidelines. As a result, all parties involved in the publication process, including publishers, editors, referees, and writers, must agree on the expected ethical conduct standards. The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) have published ethical publishing guidelines, and the Journal of Political Psychology requires all parties to bear the following ethical obligations in this context.

Editors' roles and responsibilities

  • The editor has full responsibility and authority to accept or reject an article. The editor is responsible for the total quality of the content and publication.
  • The editor should not have a conflict of interest regarding accepted or rejected articles.
  • The editor does not allow any conflicts of interest between authors and referees and has full authority to appoint a referee.
  • The editor should keep the referees anonymous and prevent plagiarism / fake data.
  • While deciding whether to accept or reject an article submitted for publication, the editor should take into account the principles such as the importance of the study, its originality, clarity, validity, and the journal's suitability to the subject area.
  • Editor is obliged to make the final decision on the articles to be published in the journal.
  • Articles submitted to the journal should be evaluated in accordance with clear, transparent, scientific and objective criteria without any prejudice. The editor evaluates the articles independently of the authors' ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religious belief and political philosophy. It ensures that the articles submitted for publication are fairly double-sided blind peer review.
  • The editor guarantees that all information regarding the submitted articles will remain confidential until the article is published.
  • The editor should not hesitate to issue corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when it’s necessary.
  • Readers should be informed of who finances research and whether funders have a role in the research and publication process.


Responsibilities of referees

One of the most critical factors for success in science and academic publishing is how well the refereeing process works. The refereeing method is something that the Journal of Political Psychology is dedicated to protecting and improving.


As a result, referees are required to follow the following ethical guidelines:


  • A referee who does not find the work being assessed relevant to his profession, feels inadequate to critique, or is unable to provide timely criticism should be dismissed by notifying the editor.
  • Referees should make an academic assessment based solely on the text and refrain from making comments about the author/authors' incompetence or that would harm their reputation.
  • Referees should not pass by simply responding yes or no to the questions on the assessment form; instead, they should clarify and justify their decisions in depth. The texts evaluated should be classified as confidential documents, should not be shown to anyone other than those authorized by the editor, and should not be discussed about the articles. Privileged information and ideas obtained during the arbitration process must be kept confidential and not used for personal gain.
  • Referees should look for related published work that the author hasn't identified. A referee may also alert the editor to a significant resemblance or overlap between the reviewed work and another previously published work that they are familiar with.
  • Referees should avoid evaluating studies in which the author has a conflict of interest due to a competition, partnership, or other relationship. There should be no conflicts of interest with referees, writers, funders, editors, and others.
  • Referees should be able to assist editors in making decisions and writers in developing their texts.


The Journal of Political Psychology does not provide as much refereeing to those who:


  • People with whom the authors have previously collaborated, people who assisted in the pre-reading of the related study


  • People who are likely to have issues with the writers, people who would profit financially from the study's dissemination, and people who work at the same organization as the author.


Responsibilities of authors

  • All texts submitted to the journal must be original, and writers must guarantee that their work has never been published before.
  • The writers are responsible for the papers' adherence to scientific and ethical standards. The author can claim that the article is unique, that it has not been published previously, and that it is not currently being checked for publication in another language. In fact, copyright laws and agreements should be followed. The use of corresponding resources (e.g. tables, statistics, or broad quotations) should be done with the appropriate permission and acknowledgement.
  • All resources included in the article should be referenced, and the bibliography section should contain all works cited in the text.
  • In the submitted paper, all writers must make a clear scholarly and scientific contribution. The writers should decide on the order of their names together. The Copyright Transfer Form, which must be signed by all authors in the order they appear in the journal, must be submitted to the system.
  • All individuals who contributed to the study but did not meet the authorship requirements should be identified in the "acknowledgements / facts" section. People that only offer technical support, writing assistance, or general financial and material support are examples of this.
  • The data used in the analysis should be meticulously presented in the report. False and fraudulent claims can never be used because they can lead to immoral circumstances.
  • Authors are required to adhere to the journal's spelling guidelines. In this case, the referee should respond to the field editor's and editor-in-requests chief's for changes in a timely and careful manner.
  • All details and documentation requested by the journal's editor, as well as any requested changes to the paper, must be completed within 15 days at the latest and submitted via the system, with the editor being notified. If these demands are not met within the time frame, the article will be rejected.

All authors must disclose any financial arrangements, conflicts of interest, or competing interests that may have an effect on the study or scientific assessment performance.

When an author discovers a major error or inaccuracy in his or her published manuscript, he or she is responsible for contacting and cooperating with the publisher as soon as possible to get the error or inaccuracy corrected or retracted.


Plagiarism Policy

The Journal of Political Psychology will assess manuscripts for plagiarism. Any immoral act of copying or plagiarism, in any form, is strictly prohibited by the journal. Until sending a manuscript to a journal, plagiarism software programs should be used to verify the similarity ratio (iThenticate or Turnitin). Along with the manuscript, the author(s) may apply a document demonstrating the plagiarism ratio.

In this regard, manuscripts submitted to our journal are subject to a preliminary evaluation; manuscripts with a similarity ratio of less than 15% will be accepted by our Editorial Board. Manuscripts with a ratio greater than or equal to the prescribed value are returned to the author (s). Turnitin or iThenticate software is used to search all manuscripts submitted for publication in the journal for plagiarism. Plagiarism is detected during the initial stages of analysis, and manuscripts are immediately withdrawn and not considered for publication in the journal.

If a manuscript is discovered to be plagiarized after publication, the Editor-in-Chief will conduct a preliminary investigation, possibly with the assistance of a suitable committee. If the manuscript is found to be plagiarized outside the appropriate limits, the journal will notify the author's Institute, College, or University, as well as any funding agencies.