Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs
ISSN 2475-6164 (online)
The Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs is dedicated to maintaining the utmost standards of ethics in publishing and takes into consideration the guidelines for transparency and excellence in scholarly publishing established by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).
» Publication decisions
» Fair play
» Confidentiality and anonymity
» Disclosure and conflicts of interest
» Citation policies
» Updating published papers
» Data fabrication and falsification
» Journal policy on ethical oversight
» Sex and gender in research
» Journal policies on intellectual property
» Journal policies on data sharing and reproducibility
» Data availability statement
» Post-publication discussions and corrections
» Publishing Schedule
» Privacy Statement
» Policy of Screening for Plagiarism
» Complaints Policy
» CrossMark Policy
Copyright & Licensing
The Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs editors have the responsibility of determining which articles submitted to the journal will be published. The decision-making process is guided by the referees' reports, and the editors may consult with other reviewers or editors before making their final decision.
Manuscripts are evaluated solely on their intellectual content, regardless of the author's age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, nationality, or political beliefs.
Confidentiality and anonymity
Submitted manuscripts for peer review are kept confidential and will not be disclosed by the editor or editorial staff to anyone except the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, or other editorial advisers when necessary. The editors and reviewers will not use the submitted materials without obtaining the authors' permission.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Conflicts of interest, which can also be called competing interests, happen when there are outside factors that might be seen as influencing the impartiality or objectiveness of the research or its evaluation. By openly disclosing any potential conflicts, others can make informed decisions about the research and how it's being reviewed. Some common conflicts of interest include:
- Intellectual property
COPE has produced a discussion document on "Citation Manipulation" with recommendations for best practices. Our journal follows COPE's guidelines in this regard. For more information please see: https://doi.org/10.24318/cope.2019.3.1
Updating published papers
The Editorial Office, with the assistance of the Editorial Board and the Editor-in-Chief, thoroughly examines complaints and requests for revisions to papers. When needed, they may seek advice from external sources such as university officials or subject experts.
Corrections: Corrections to published articles should be submitted for any errors that impact scientific accuracy. A note will be added to the article versions and abstract page to inform readers that a corrected version has been uploaded.
Retractions: The Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs follows the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for retraction.
Expression of Concern: The Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs follows the recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) for Expression of Concern.
Comments and Replies: Comments are short letters to the editors from readers questioning either the results reported or the experimental methods used in a specific article.
Addendum: If important results (e.g. missing affiliation information, clarification of methodology/analysis, etc.) were unintentionally left out in the initial publication, an Addendum can be added to report these previously omitted results and amend the original article.
Reports of suspected violations of the publication's ethics policies or concerns about research ethics, before or after publication, should be submitted to the Research Integrity team. If requested, the identity of the person making the report will be kept confidential, but they may choose to use an anonymous email service such as ProtonMail or TorGuard. The Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs may request authors to provide data and images, seek advice from editors, or contact institutions or employers to initiate an investigation or raise concerns. The journal's editors and publisher follow the guidelines provided by COPE. For further details, see Allegations of misconduct.
Data fabrication and falsification
This journal reserves the right to reject a submitted manuscript if any fabrication or falsification of data is detected. Such unethical practices include plagiarism, submitting the same work to multiple sources, redundant publication (splitting a single study into multiple articles), and manipulating citations.
Journal policy on ethical oversight
The Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs adheres to the COPE guidelines for ethical oversight, which include policies on consent for publication, protection of vulnerable populations, ethical treatment of animals and human subjects in research, handling confidential information, and responsible business/marketing practices. To ensure compliance with national and international guidelines, authors must obtain approval from their institutional ethics committee (Institutional Review Board) for all protocols used in their research. When submitting an article, authors must provide proof of this approval, including the name of the institution and ethics committee, and the permit number(s).
Sex and gender in research
We urge our writers to comply with the "Sex and Gender Equity in Research (SAGER)" guidelines created by the European Association of Science Editors (EASE). The writers should distinguish between the terms "sex" (a biological characteristic) and "gender" (influenced by social and cultural factors) accurately to prevent any confusion between the two.
Journal policies on intellectual property
The Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs is an open-access publication that operates under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY) license. Under this license, readers are allowed to use and share the journal's published materials for non-commercial purposes as long as proper credit is given to the Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs. The journal adheres to COPE's guidelines on Intellectual Property. For further details, please refer to the Copyright, Licensing, and Repository Policy.
Journal policies on data sharing and reproducibility
The Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs adheres to the principles of Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability (FAIR Principles) in its publishing practices. If authors do not make the raw data for a publication accessible, without a valid reason, the article may be turned down. Every article submitted must have a Data Availability statement included at the end, even if there is no accompanying data or if no data has been included in the article.
General repositories: In case subject-specific or institutional/funder repositories are not available, authors can consider using a general repository such as:
Information on costs
- Dryad Digital Repository
Contact repository for datasets over 1 TB
Open Science Framework
Free of charge
Science Data Bank
Free of charge
Donations towards sustainability encouraged
Our journal follows COPE's guidelines on "data sharing and reproducibility". For more information in this regard please see: https://publicationethics.org/data
Data availability statement
The Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs is committed to fostering open research and requires that all manuscripts submitted for publication include a "Data Availability Statement." This statement is intended to inform readers about the accessibility and availability of the research data associated with the paper. The table below provides templates for authors to use or modify to fit their specific requirements.
Availability of data
Template for data availability statement
- Data is openly available in a public repository that issues datasets with DOIs
The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in [repository name ] at xxx .
- Data openly available in a public repository that does not issue DOIs
The data that support the findings of this study are openly available in [repository name] at [URL].
- Data derived from public domain resources
The data that support the findings of this study are available in [repository name] at [URL/DOI]. These data were derived from the following resources available in the public domain: [list resources and URLs].
- Data available within the article or its supplementary materials
The authors confirm that the data supporting the findings of this study are available within the article [and/or] its supplementary materials.
Basic, Share upon Request
- Data generated at a central, large-scale facility, available upon request
Raw data were generated at [facility name]. Derived data supporting the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author [initials] on request.
Basic, Share upon Request
- Embargo on data due to commercial restrictions
The data that support the findings will be available in [repository name] at [URL / DOI link] following a [7-month] embargo from the date of publication to allow for the commercialization of research findings.
Basic, Share upon Request
- Data available on request due to privacy/ethical restrictions
The data that support the findings of this study are available on request from the corresponding author, [initials].
Basic, Share upon Request
- Data subject to third-party restrictions
The data that support the findings of this study are available [from] [third party].
Basic, Share upon Request
- Data available on request from the authors
The data that support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author, [author initials], upon reasonable request.
Basic, Share upon Request
- Data sharing is not applicable – no new data is generated
Data sharing is not applicable to this article as no new data were created or analyzed in this study.
- Non-digital data available
Non-digital data supporting this study are curated at [add location].
- Data not available due to [ethical/legal/commercial] restrictions
Due to the nature of this research, participants of this study did not agree for their data to be shared publicly, so supporting data is not available.
Post-publication discussions and corrections
The Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs encourages discussion and debates regarding its published articles through letters to the editor or on an external moderated platform such as PubPeer. PubPeer is a platform that facilitates the evaluation and discussion of scientific research after it has been published. The journal follows the guidelines set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) regarding post-publication discussions and corrections.
Duties of Editors
Our journal follows COPE's guidelines on the "Code of conduct for journal editors". For more information in this regard please see: https://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors_Mar11.pdf
Types of conflicts of interest for editors are:The Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs recognizes and takes into consideration the following potential sources of conflict when evaluating and publishing articles: personal conflicts, financial conflicts, non-financial conflicts, submission by an editor, submission from the same institution, personal relationships, political or religious beliefs, submission by a family member of the editor(s), or by an author whose relationship with the editor(s) may give rise to the appearance of bias. Our publisher and editors are committed to publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies as necessary.
Duties of Authors
The term "authorship" can refer to either the originator of an idea, such as the person who created the theory of relativity, or the individuals responsible for executing and disseminating intellectual or creative works. To address this, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) offers crucial resources for authors, policy guidance for editors, clarification on the scope of submission guidelines, tools for resolving pre- and post-publication authorship disputes, and guidance for institutions to maintain and support the integrity of authorship. Our journal follows COPE's guidelines on authorship. For additional information, please refer to COPE's Discussion Document on Authorship.
Credit Author Statement
CRediT provides authors with the chance to accurately and thoroughly describe their various contributions to the published work. CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) is a high-level categorization system consisting of 14 roles that can be utilized to represent the typical functions performed by contributors to scientific scholarly output. The roles describe the unique contribution of each contributor to the scholarly output.
The following are guidelines that should be followed when using the CRediT taxonomy for documenting the contributions of multiple authors in a research article:
- Assign multiple roles to individual contributors and a single role to multiple contributors.
- Specify the degree of contribution as "lead," "equal," or "supporting" if multiple individuals have the same role.
- The corresponding author should be responsible for assigning roles and all contributors should be given the chance to review and confirm their assigned roles.
- Only select contribution roles that are relevant to the study, as not all categories may apply to every type of research.
- The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the role descriptions and ensuring agreement from all authors.
- The role(s) of all authors should be listed as they appear in the article.
A CRediT author statement must also be provided, detailing each individual's contributions.
For example: "Conceptualization: J.F., S.M., R.B, M.W. Data curation: S.M., J.F., J.S., J.P.B. Formal analysis: M.W., J.F., S.M., R.B. Funding acquisition: J.F., S.M., R.B. Investigation: S.M., J.S., J.P.B., J.F. Methodology: J.F., S.M., R.B., M.W. Project administration: S.M., J.F. Writing—original draft: S.M., J.F. Writing—review and editing: J.F., S.M., R.B., J.S., M.W., J.P.B. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript."
The corresponding author should act as the point of contact between the editor and the other authors, keep co-authors informed, and involve them in important publication decisions. If there are joint first authors, it should be indicated by including a statement such as "X and X contributed equally to this paper" in the manuscript, and the roles of the equal authors should be adequately disclosed in the contributorship statement.
This presentation of the 14 roles has been adapted from the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration (CASRAI) website.
For research articles with multiple authors, a short paragraph detailing each individual's contributions must be provided. For Example:
CRediT author statement:
Conceptualization: J.F., S.M., R.B, M.W. Data curation: S.M., J.F., J.S., J.P.B. Formal analysis: M.W., J.F., S.M., R.B. Funding acquisition: J.F., S.M., R.B. Investigation: S.M., J.S., J.P.B., J.F. Methodology: J.F., S.M., R.B., M.W. Project administration: S.M., J.F. Writing—original draft: S.M., J.F. Writing—review and editing: J.F., S.M., R.B., J.S., M.W., J.P.B. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.
Note: The corresponding author is responsible for serving as a liaison between the editor and the rest of the authors, maintaining communication with the co-authors, and involving them in significant publication decisions. In cases where there are multiple first authors, this can be noted by adding the statement "X and X contributed equally to this paper" in the manuscript. The roles of the co-first authors must be clearly described in the contributorship statement.
- The presentation of the 14 roles has been adapted from the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration (CASRAI) website.
Read more about CRediT here
Duties of Reviewers
The peer reviewers of the Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs are expected to adhere to the ethical guidelines established by COPE. As a reviewer, it is important to be prompt, objective, and clearly articulate your views with supporting arguments. Confidentiality and consideration for ethical considerations such as disclosure and conflicts of interest are also crucial responsibilities that must be taken into account during the peer review process, in accordance with COPE regulations.
Duties of the Publisher
The publisher is dedicated to ensuring the long-term accessibility and preservation of scholarly research and accomplishes this through partnerships with organizations and the maintenance of its own digital archive. The publisher upholds its commitment to independent editorial decision-making and takes full responsibility for protecting against scientific abuse, fraud, and plagiarism. In instances of suspected or confirmed scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication, or plagiarism, the publisher will work closely with the editors to take appropriate action, including publishing an erratum, clarification, or, in the most extreme cases, retracting the affected work.
For more information please see the Journal policies
The Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs publication ethics and malpractice statement has been written in accordance with COPE general guidelines http://publicationethics.org/
The Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs publishes two issues per year (June and December). Prior to release as a printout, the accepted papers will first publish online on the website of the journal.
Alanya Hamdullah Emin Pasa University is the sole owner of the Journal Of Contemporary Urban Affairs.
Journal’s Revenue Sources
Alanya Hamdullah Emin Pasa University Rectorate is the only source of income for this journal. There are no other "revenue sources" for the Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs.
The journal strongly suggests that all authors submitting a paper obtain an Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) account. ORCID registration provides a unique and permanent digital identifier for the author, which enhances the discoverability of their published work and ensures that proper credit is given to the correct author. The ORCID remains unchanged, even if the author's name, affiliation, or research field changes, ensuring that their past work remains easily discoverable and making it easier to correspond with colleagues. The journal strongly encourages the corresponding authors to include their ORCID in their submission information, and suggests that co-authors do the same. The ORCID should be included in the author information at the time of submission, and if the paper is accepted, it will be published along with the submission.