TR Index Application Requirements and Journal Evaluation Criteria
Prerequisites for Journal Application to TR Index

The following issues are a prerequisite for journal applications for screening in the TR Index, and the issues stated as incomplete or incorrect will result in the rejection of the journal application. Therefore, be sure to provide the relevant items.

  1. To apply to the index, at least one issue must be published.
  2. The journals in the field of Health Sciences, Dentistry and Pharmaceuticals should publish at least 3 issues per year; journals in the field of Engineering, Basic Sciences, Veterinary Medicine should publish at least 2 issues per year and journals in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities should publish at least 1 issue per year.
  3. ISSN should be obtained for printed journals and E-ISSN for electronic journals. If both formats are published, both ISSNs must be available.
  4. The ISSN number must be obtained from the ISSN Office of Libraries and Publications General Directorate of the Ministry of Culture.
  5. The format of the journal name on the outside cover/inside cover/web page should be the same as the ISSN registration at the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture.
  6. The ISSN of the printed version of the journal (on the outside cover of the journal, preferably on the upper right, together with the information regarding the journal on the inner cover) and the ISSN of the electronic version should be easily visible on the journal website and on the home page.
  7. The journal should be a peer-reviewed and scientific journal. This should be indicated in the journal and/or on the web page.
  8. The journal should have an independent web page and the detailed information for the scientific journal should be designed in an easily accessible manner. Information related to the journal [full name of the journal, name in other languages (such as the English name), if any, abbreviated name, ISSN (printed) and/or ISSN (electronic), full address, publication language of the journal, publication months, publication interval, purpose, scope and ethical information, corporate contacts and e-mail addresses, history of the journal (if applicable such as change of name and ISSN with year intervals), editors and related boards, publisher, publishing house, etc. information] should be indicated on the inside cover of the journal and/or on the website under separate headings.
  9. The purpose and scope of the journal should be indicated in detail in the journal and/or on the web page.
  10. The articles in the journal should contain abstract and keywords in the article language. A word limit should be given for the abstract and this rule should be followed. Abstract and Keywords should comply with international standards.
  11. Articles written in languages other than Latin alphabets should include the title, abstract, keywords and references written in Latin alphabets.
  12. The articles in the journal should be classified according to their types (research article, case report, review, etc.) and indicated on the table of contents and on the first page of the article.
  13. On the first page of the scientific articles in the journal, preferably at the bottom, the article submission and acceptance dates, the institutions of all authors, contact information and the internationally valid “ORCID” information should be included.
  14. In order not to disrupt the integrity of scientific articles, advertisements and similar promotions should not be included in the article and should not be given a page number.
TR Index Journal Evaluation Criteria

The journals providing the “Prerequisites for Journal Application to TR Index” and whose application is approved are evaluated by TR Index Experts and Committee according to the following criteria after a period of 1 (one) year follow-up. This period is 2 (two) years for newly published journals.

  1. The journal should publish its issues on time and at the intervals announced during the year and upload them to the TR Index Online Journal Monitoring System (ODIS). Responsibility for timely and regular submission belongs to the journal editor. Journals that do not submit their issues in time will not be accepted to TR Index.
  2. Field editors should be present for the institutional and journals with a broad scope.
  3. The journals should have language editors for the publication language. Compliance with the spelling rules of the relevant language should be considered.
  4. Publication and Advisory Boards should have an institutional distribution and the editorial board should consist of at least 1/3 different institutions. The names of the institutions where the board members work or at least the city and country information should be included.
  5. Competencies, publications etc. of editor and editorial board members should be taken into consideration.
  6. Appropriate peer-reviewers should be appointed from different institutions and the principles of impartiality and diversity should be observed.
  7. The diversity of institutions and authors in the articles published in the journal should be taken into consideration.
  8. The following should be observed under the code of ethics.
    1. An ethics committee approval must be obtained for research conducted in all disciplines including social sciences and for clinical and experimental studies on humans and animals, requiring ethical committee decision, and this approval should be stated and documented in the article.
    2. It should be indicated in the journal and/or web page under a separate heading referring to national and international standards.
    3. Information on the ethical rules under separate headings should be provided under this heading, for the peer-reviewers, authors and editors.
    4. It should be stated that the articles comply with Research and Publication Ethics.
    5. Reference to international standards and institutions should be made. For example, scientific articles sent to journals should take into account the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and the International Standards for Editors and Authors of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics).
    6. In studies requiring ethical committee permission, information about the permission (board name, date and issue number) should be included in the method section and on the first/last page of the article.
    7. For the scales used in data collection, the permission of the scale owner should be obtained and declared in the article.
    8. Copyright regulations must be observed for the ideas and works of art used.
  1. The number of articles to be included in each issue of the journal should be proportional and the number of articles among issue/volume should be even.
  2. The total scientific research article within a year should constitute at least 50% of the total number of scientific articles (research, case report, review) for the science subject area. In addition, for the fields of health sciences, dentistry and pharmacy, the total scientific research paper must be at least 12 in one year.
  3. Article writing rules should be given in detail in the journal and the articles should be strictly in accordance with this format. For example; table, figure, title, sub title, abstract, references.
  4. In journals that begin with a new volume number at the end of each year, the page numbers should start from 1 in the first issue and follow each other in the issues within the same volume. The page number can start from 1 in each issue of the journals published with an issue number without a volume.
  5. The number of peer-reviewers must be at least two for each article, taking care to be from different institutions.
  6. All journals within the scope of the TR Index (accepted, pending or new applicants), should submit peer-review reports of two accepted (1st and 4th article published in the first issue), one rejected and one additional article to be selected by the editor in 2020. (For 2019, the 2nd and 4th articles in the 1st issue and the peer-reviewer reports of one article that was not suitable for publication should be uploaded.) If a peer-reviewer report is requested by the Committee additionally, it should be uploaded to ODIS by the same method. In addition to the format review, the peer-review evaluation reports should indicate that a scientific evaluation has been carried out (selective peer-review form, peer-reviewer notes on the article, scientific evaluation notes etc. in the evaluation form). [* for the related article,it should be uploaded in 1 pdf file (the first form of the submitted article, 1st peer-review opinion, 2nd peer-review opinion, corrections if any, referee names and evaluation dates and signed if possible) showing the whole peer-review evaluation process].
  7. In the journal, the publishing of a combined issue can be made only once for 2 consecutive issues within 3 years.
  8. Special issues or additional issues are also evaluated based on the criteria. Additionally;
    1. Additional/Special issue: They are issues published in addition to the regular issues of a journal issued at regular intervals.
    2. Page numbers in the additional/special issue should be numbered differently from the regular issues in the year.
    3. Number of Special/Additional issues cannot be more than 1/3 of the normal period. Special issues including abstracts of congress proceedings are not included in this scope.
    4. Case reports, review and research article rates (excluding congress abstracts) published in Special/Additional issues will be included in the rates of published articles in other issues.
    5. Award numbers are not accepted under special/additional issues. It should be numbered and submitted as an ordinary issue.

“Review” and “Case Report” journals:

In addition to meeting the above-mentioned criteria, it is also required to comply with the following issues.

Review Journals
  1. The journal should only publish a review article and this should be indicated in the journal.
  2. These journals should meet the criteria other than the article related to the “number and percentage of research articles” of the TR Index criteria.
  3. Review journals planned to be included in TR Index must be peer-reviewed. However, “invited reviews” will not require peer-reviews. Invited review refers to a limited number of invited articles in a journal. These reviews should at least be approved by the editor.

Review journals outside this scope will not be evaluated.

Case Report
  1. Only the case report should be published and this should be stated in the journal.
  2. It should meet the criteria other than the criterion related to the “number and percentage of research articles” among the TR Index Criteria.
  1. The announcement of the peer-reviewer list is at the discretion of the journal editor, however it is suggested that a list by issue/volume/year be provided,
  2. It is suggested that article titles be provided in Turkish and English in the “Contents” page of the journal,
  3. It is suggested that a plagiarism program be used and announced in the journal and/or website,
  4. It is suggested that the abbreviation of the name of the journal be indicated in the journal,
  5. It is suggested that the title, abstract and keywords be published in the journal in a language other than the article language in order to increase the impact of the articles in national and international fields.
  6. It is suggested that the journal include detailed information about the journal publishing process and policy (such as open access information, pricing policy, if any, article review period and process) under the title of “publication policy”.
  7. It is suggested that a statement regarding the contribution rate of the researchers, a statement of support and acknowledgment, if any, and a Conflict of Interest Statement be submitted at the end of the article.
TR Index Application Requirements and Journal Evaluation Criteria
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