TR Index Application and Evaluation Processes
Creating a User Account and Journal Application
Post-Application Processes and Journal Evaluation Procedures

The process of the publication starts after the journal information is filled out. Its application shall be completed after at least one issue and the peer-review reports specified in the criteria are submitted. The journals whose applications have been approved shall be monitored for at least one (1) year, 2 (two) years for newly-published journals, as of the submission date of the first issue and peer-review reports, for regular publication/submission and completion of deficiencies in the criteria other than the application conditions, if any. During the monitoring process;

  1. Journals published for a long time may upload PDFs of the issues of the previous year at most, as of the application date by logging into ODIS with the user name and password specified in the “Editor Application Form”.
  2. PDFs of the issues to be published (including the outside cover, inside cover, and contents page) must be uploaded to ODIS within 1 month, and for electronic journals only, the parts that are missing from the above mentioned sections must be accessible from the web page.
  3. The Pdf contents of the issue must be copyable.
  4. The data file must be submitted in the xml standard of the issue or article information must be entered.
  5. When submitting the first issue of the new year, the issues of the accepted and rejected articles in the previous year, if any, must be entered. If possible, it is suggested to submit an excel spreadsheet with the title of the article, name of the author(s), date of delivery, acceptance/rejection status and date.
  6. After the application is approved, the journal issues and peer-review reports specified in the Journal Evaluation Criteria should continue to be uploaded. If any of these are missing, your journal will not be included in the evaluation process and will be rejected for the related year. Please make timely and regular uploads.
  7. At the end of the monitoring period, a preliminary evaluation of the journal is conducted by TR Index experts. As a result of the preliminary evaluation, necessary suggestions/warnings are provided to the journals with determined deficiencies. Journals may be rejected during the preliminary evaluation phase due to deficiencies regarding the basic quality and quantity issues. If not, journals whose monitoring process is completed are submitted for committee evaluation.
Committee Evaluation Processes

Committee evaluation is carried out using general publishing principles, journal evaluation criteria, peer-review reports and preliminary evaluation forms.

  1. The committee members will evaluate the journal’s;
    • Compliance with Research and Publication Ethics,
    • Peer-review evaluation system, contribution of peer-reviewing, adequacy of reports, effectiveness, content quality etc.
    • Editorial board quality, competence, contribution, independence, publication accuracy (language and spelling), product accuracy (in terms of typesetting, etc.), international and geographic representation of the journal (reviewers, advisory and editorial board) competent names, etc.
    • Formal features of articles, compliance with spelling rules, accuracy of article sources and conformity to standards, article title, abstract and keyword quality.
  2. Committee members may request additional information and documents if they do not consider the existing documents sufficient in the committee evaluation process.
Post-Committee Evaluation Procedures
  1. The result of the committee evaluation (such as acceptance and rejection) shall be notified to the publisher/editor in an official letter. “TR Index Participation Agreement” is signed in 2 (two) copies between the accepted journal editor and the Directorate of ULAKBIM.
  2. Following the signing of the agreements, the journal is included in the TR Index data entry process.
  3. New issues of “accepted“ journals should be uploaded in PDF format. It is the responsibility of the editor and/or publisher to ensure that the issues are sent on time and regularly. Failure to upload the issues and related peer-review reports to ODIS in time will cause the journal to be removed from the index.
  4. The new issues of the accepted journal should also comply with the conditions and criteria. In case of non-compliance with the criteria, the status of the journal in the index is re-evaluated by the relevant Committee.
  5. After the committee evaluation, journals that are not accepted to the TR Index will continue to be monitored for a period of one year.
  6. In the case of monitoring after rejection, the journal is re-evaluated at the end of the period provided that it completes its new issues and uploads peer-review reports and completes the missing points in question.
  7. As a result of the second evaluation of the Committee, if the deficiencies mentioned previously continue, the re-evaluated year and the next year of the journal will remain as rejected. The journal, which has been rejected twice in a row, will not be considered for 2 years.
  8. According to the committee evaluation results, “accepted” or “rejected” journals should upload their new issue and documents requested for evaluation by the committee (sample peer-review reports, etc.) to ODIS on time.
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