Editorial Policy

Turkish Medical Student Journal is a fully open access journal that provides free and unrestricted online availability to its content immediately upon publication without delay. This means;

  1. all content is freely and limitlessly available without charge to the user or her/his institution;
  2. everyone has free and unlimited access to the full-text of all articles without subscription;
  3. all articles are released immediately in open access format (no embargo period);
  4. everyone is allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.

The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited. The copyright holder of a scholarly work grants usage rights to others using an open license. Turkish Medical Student Journal applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license to its published articles. Authors that submit their papers for publication thereby agree to have the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license applied to their works.

The authors retain all patent, and other proprietary rights to the article, including copyright without any restrictions. In addition to non-exclusive rights the publisher has under the CC-BY-NC-ND license, copyright policy also authorizes the publisher to permit commercial use or derivation of the content as well as publication, republication in electronic and print format in the journal, and distribution of the content.

This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative which can be assessed at the URL http://www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org/.

Under Open Access license, no special permission is required to copy, distribute or reuse all or part of article published by Turkish Medical Student Journal, including figures and tables, for non-commercial purposes for free as long as the author and original source are properly cited. Reuse of an article does not imply endorsement by the authors or Turkish Medical Student Journal.


All manuscripts submitted for publication are reviewed for their originality, methodology, importance, quality, ethical nature, and suitability for the journal by the editorial board and briefly revised by the advisory board whose members are respected academicians in their fields. A well-constructed scheme is used for the evaluation process. All manuscripts are reviewed by two different members of the editorial board, followed by peer revision from at least two professors, belonging to different institutions, who are experts in their areas. The editors assist authors to improve the quality of their papers. The editor-in-chief has full authority over the editorial, scientific content, and the timing of publication.

Turkish Medical Student Journal depends on publication ethics to ensure all articles published in TMSJ are acceptable in terms of scientific ethical standards and do not include any kind of plagiarism. TMSJ expects authors and the editorial board to adhere the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). To reach the highest standards, TMSJ has an advisory board member who is a professional in ethics.

All original articles submitted to the TMSJ have to be approved by an ethical committee and include the name of the ethics committee(s) or institutional review board(s), the number/ID of the approval(s). Additionally, informed consent documents obtained from patients involving case reports are required for the submission.

All received manuscripts are screened by plagiarism software (iThenticate). Similarity percentages more than 21 (or more than 5 for one paper) and six consecutive words cited from another published paper in the same order are the causes of immediate rejection.

All opinions, reports, and results within the articles that are published in the TMSJ are the personal opinions of the authors. The Editorial Board, the editorial advisory board, the publisher and the owner of the TMSJ do not accept any responsibility for these articles.

The Turkish Medical Student Journal’s editorial review process pursues the Good Editorial Practice set by international editorial organizations (ICMJE, EASE, WAME, COPE, CSE,…). According to the WAME; a conflict of interest arises when an author, peer-reviewer, or editor in the publication process has an incompatible interest that could unmeritedly influence his or her responsibilities (academic honesty, unbiased conduct, and reporting of research and transparency) in the publication process. 

If a 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, exists; TMSJ requires that the author should report the condition to the editorial board and declare at the ICMJE Conflict of Interest form, and specifically define it under a title at the end of the manuscript. The Editorial Board members of the Turkish Medical Student Journal may also submit their own manuscripts to the journal as all of them are active researchers. Nevertheless, they cannot take place at any stage on the editorial evaluation of their manuscripts in order to minimize any possible bias. These manuscripts will be treated like any other author’s, final acceptance of such manuscripts can only be made by at least two positive recommendations of external peer-reviewers. 

Turkish Medical Student Journal follows a double-blinded review principle. Authors cannot contact any of the peer-reviewers during the publication process and vice versa; since any of the peer-reviewers and author’s information are obscured. 

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Turkish Medical Student Journal encourages authors to follow best practice in publication ethics. Therefore, the authors may withdraw their manuscripts in absolutely necessary conditions. If authors want to withdraw their manuscript, they need to submit the ''Manuscript Withdrawal Form''. Authors should state their reason of withdrawal and the form need to be signed by all authors, sent to tmsj@trakya.edu.tr.

TMSJ Editorial Board evaluates the form and if the reason for withdrawal is found as reasonable, the authors will receive a confirmation e-mail. Before getting this confirmation e-mail, the authors should not consider their manuscripts as withdrawn. 

All articles that are accepted by the Turkish Medical Student Journal, will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) which allows third parties to freely access, use, and share the material for only non-commercial purposes by giving the appropriate credit to the original work. This also allows others to freely access, copy, and use research provided. Adaptation and modification of the material is not permitted. For further details of the license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0, please visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

The authors retain all patent, and other proprietary rights to the article, including copyright without any restrictions. In addition to the non-exclusive rights the publisher has under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license, the copyright policy also authorizes the publisher to permit the commercial use or derivation of the content as well as publication, republication in electronic and print format in the journal, and distribution of the content.  

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