PUBLICATION POLICY

This publication policy statement outlines policy and procedures relative to Turkish Journal of Field Crops.

1. General Policy

All material intended for publication by the Society should be written in English. Manuscripts for the Journal should be sent to the Editor in Chief.

2. Editor in Chief

Editor in Chief is nominated by the Governing Board and serves a 3-year term. The Editor in Chief makes recommendations to the Governing Board to appointment of the editors and associate editors and serves as a Chairman of the Editorial Board.

3. Editorial Board

Editorial Board consisting of the Editor in Chief, Editors and Associate Editors prepares the Journal. Editorial Board develops procedures for manuscript submission, review and referee criteria, acceptance, release and publication. The Editor in Chief delegates editorial functions to other members of the Editorial Board. The Editor in Chief also processes review and interpretive papers and handles the appeal procedure for rejected manuscripts. The Editor in Chief may write editorials or solicit manuscripts on special topics.

4. Editor

Editors are appointed for specific subject matter areas and are responsible for the technical and intellectual content of the journal in these areas. They supervise the registering of manuscripts and other record keeping activities and direct the work of the assigned Associate Editors in reviewing and evaluating manuscripts submitted to Turkish Journal of Field Crops.

5. Associate Editor

Associate Editors are responsible for obtaining a minimum of two reviews for each manuscript assigned to them, one of which should be accomplished by the Associate Editor. Each review is an evaluation of the intellectual content of the manuscript for publication. The fallowing steps will be fallowed for prompt reviews.
  • a.Associate Editors are expected to act as primary reviewer for papers close to their area of expertise.
  • b.Associate Editors are encouraged to contact prospective reviewers and request return of the reviewed paper within two weeks.
  • c.Associate Editors are advised to read papers carefully before sending them out for review. Associate Editor is encouraged to be one of the primary reviewers. Two quality reviews of manuscript is the goal.

6. Manuscript Handling

Three copies of manuscripts should be submitted to the receipt of the Editor in Chief. The Editor notifies the corresponding author of the receipt of the manuscript, sends a permission to print and reprint form to the author, assigns registration number to the manuscripts. The registration number must be used in all correspondence regarding the manuscript. The Editor in Chief assigns manuscripts to the Editors on the basis of subject matter. The Editors in turn assign manuscripts to the Associate Editors. The Associate Editors obtain a minimum of two reviews for each manuscript.
If the reviewers recommend publication without change and the Associate Editor agrees, the manuscript and reviewers report are sent to Editor for concurrence.
The editor in Chief could also assign manuscripts to the editors and two referees. If two referees accept, the manuscript is accepted for publication after the approval of the editor. 
If the reviewers and the Associate Editor find the manuscript could be published after some revision, the manuscript is returned to the author to obtain a satisfactory revision. If a revised manuscript is not returned by the author the first released manuscript must be submitted to the editor to receive additional consideration for the Journal.
If the reviewers and Associate Editor recommend that a manuscript be rejected, the manuscript and reviewers comments are sent to the Editor. If the Editor concurs that the manuscript should be rejected, the manuscript is released to the author. The author of a manuscript rejected has the option of appealing the release to the Editor in Chief. In appealing the release, the author must provide the Editor in Chief with a clean copy of the released version of the manuscript. All editorial correspondence and a letter are stating the reasons why the author is appealing the release.

7. Notes

Short papers covering experimental techniques, apparatus and observations of unique phenomena are published as notes. Review procedures for notes are the same as those for regular articles. The format for notes less than two printed pages is less formal than that for full length articles.

8. Letters to the Editor

The journal publishes Letters to the Editor. Letters may contain comments on articles appearing in the Turkish Journal of Field Crops or general discussion about crop science research and are limited to two printed pages. If a letter discusses a published paper, the author of that paper may submit a response to the comments. Published papers must be approved by the Editor and may receive a peer review.