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.

TR Index Journal Evaluation Criteria
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