Novitas-ROYAL is an open access, peer-reviewed, international journal of Children’s Research Center. It is devoted to promoting scholarly exchange among researchers who are academically interested in the education of youth with a focus on teaching, learning, acquisition and use of second/foreign languages, any issues related to linguistics and language sciences, cultures, and literatures. The primary aim of the journal is to help accumulate knowledge of how foreign languages, cultures, and literatures have the potential to change the lives of students. The journal is only electronic (no print version). It is biannually published in April and October. Authors who are interested in research on youth and language are encouraged to submit complete, unpublished, original, and full-length articles that are not under review in any other journals. The Journal only publishes articles written in English.
Publication Policy: Manuscripts submitted to the Journal for publication must be in accordance with the aim and scope of the journal. The journal gives priority to original research papers submitted for publication. Paramount importance is attached to authorial diversity. Accordingly, Novitas-ROYAL does not welcome and allow for repetitive authorship.
Editorial and Peer-Review Process: Manuscripts adjusted to the Journal’s template, not published before in or sent to another journal are accepted for the editorial evaluation. Manuscripts which do not meet the format of the journal are sent back to the author(s) and the author(s) are directly informed about the decision. Submitted manuscripts are scanned for plagiarism using Turnitin software. After plagiarism scan, all submissions are first reviewed by members of the core editorial board in terms of their originality, methodology, the importance of the subject covered and compliance with the journal scope. Eligible manuscripts are accepted for review and sent to at least two reviewers. The checklist used by the reviewers can be viewed in the section titled Reviewers’ Checklist.
Open Access Policy
Novitas-ROYAL is an open access journal. All content is freely available without charge to users or institutions. Except for commercial purposes, all users are allowed to read, download, copy, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.
Article Processing Charge
Novitas-ROYAL is a non-profit academic journal. There is no article processing charges or submission fees for any submitted or accepted articles. Reviewers may request authors proofreading for their manuscripts. Therefore, it is strictly suggested that authors have their manuscripts proofread before submission. Suggested proofreading services are listed below. Authors are free to choose any proofreading/editing services. The editor will have the final word when it comes to accepting the article for publication. Hence, the use of the English language must follow international academic standards.
- Amarican Journal Expers (https://www.aje.com/)
- Nature Research Editing Service (https://authorservices.springernature.com/)
- Peerwith (https://www.peerwith.com)
- Stallard Scientific Editing (https://www.stallardediting.com/)
Peer-Review Process (for Reviewers)
All reviewers must evaluate manuscripts in accordance with the criteria given in the Journal’s checklist. In special cases in which some of these criteria may not fully operate, they are responsible for using their own academic and field-specific expertise for evaluation. Reviewers must ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential and must report to the editor if they are aware of copyright infringement and plagiarism on the author’s side. A reviewer who feels unqualified to review the topic of a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse him/herself from the review process. The editor informs the reviewers that the manuscripts are confidential information and that this is a privileged interaction. The reviewers and editorial board cannot discuss the manuscripts with other persons. The anonymity of the referees is important.
Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement
Novitas-ROYAL is committed to upholding the highest standards of publication ethics and pays regard to Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Turkish Academic Network and Information Center (ULAKBİM), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
All parties involved in the publishing process (editors, reviewers, authors and publishers) are expected to agree on the following ethical principles. All submissions must be original, unpublished (including full text in conference proceedings), and not under the review of any other publication synchronously. Each manuscript is reviewed by the editor and at least two referees under a double-blind peer-review process. Plagiarism, duplication, fraud authorship/denied authorship, research/data fabrication, salami-slicing/salami publication, breaching of copyrights, prevailing conflict of interest are unnethical behaviors.
All manuscripts not in accordance with the accepted ethical standards will be removed from the publication. This also contains any possible malpractice discovered after the publication. In accordance with the code of conduct, we will report any cases of suspected plagiarism or duplicate publishing.
Novitas-ROYAL strictly adheres to the highest standards in research ethics and follows the principles of international research ethics as briefly defined below.
- All authors are responsible for the compliance of the manuscripts with the ethical rules.
- Principles of integrity, quality and transparency should be sustained in designing the research, reviewing the design and conducting the research.
- The research team and participants should be fully informed about the aim, methods, possible uses and requirements of the research and risks of participation in research.
- The confidentiality of the information provided by the research participants and the confidentiality of the respondents should be ensured. The research should be designed to protect the autonomy and dignity of the participants.
- Research participants should participate in the research voluntarily, not under any coercion.
- Any possible harm to participants must be avoided. The research should be planned in such a way that the participants are not at risk.
- The independence of research must be clear; and any conflict of interest or must be disclosed.
- In experimental studies with human subjects, written informed consent of the participants who decide to participate in the research must be obtained. In the case of children and those under wardship or with confirmed insanity, legal custodian’s assent must be obtained.
- If the study is to be carried out in any institution or organization, approval must be obtained from this institution or organization.
- In studies with human subject, it must be noted in the method’s section of the manuscript that the informed consent of the participants and ethics committee approval from the institution where the study has been conducted have been obtained.
Ethical Issues (for Editors)
Editor-in-Chief of Novitas-ROYAL must abide by the following ethical guidelines for articles submitted.
- Editor-in-Chief is responsible to give unbiased consideration to each manuscript submitted for publication. She/he should judge each submission on its merits, without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, seniority, or institutional affiliation of the author(s).
- Editor-in-Chief must keep the peer-review process confidential. She/he must not share information about a manuscript with anyone outside of the peer-review process.
- If the Editor-in-Chief receives a credible allegation of misconduct by an author, reviewer, or journal editor, then they have a duty to investigate the matter with Children’s Research Center.
- Editor-in-Chief may reject a submitted manuscript without formal peer review if she/he considers it to be inappropriate for the journal and outside its scope.
- Editor-in-Chief should make all reasonable effort to process submissions on time.
- Editor-in-Chief should delegate the peer review of any original self-authored research article to a member of the editorial or advisory board as appropriate.
- If the Editor-in-Chief receives convincing evidence that the main substance or conclusions of an article published in the journal are incorrect, then, in consultation with Children’s Research Center, the editor should ensure the publication of an appropriate notice of correction.
- Any data or analysis presented in a submitted manuscript should not be used in the editor-in-chief’s own research without the consent of the author.
For detailed information, please visit COPE website: https://publicationethics.org/ and see international standards for editors https://publicationethics.org/files/COPE_G_A4_SG_Ethical_Editing_May19_SCREEN_AW-website.pdf
Ethical Issues (for Authors)
- It is authors’ responsibility to ensure that the article is in accordance with scientific and ethical standards and rules. Authors must ensure that submitted work is original. They must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere or is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere, in any language.
- Applicable copyright laws and conventions must be followed. Copyright material (e.g. tables, figures or extensive quotations) must be reproduced only with appropriate permission and acknowledgement. Any work or words of other authors, contributors, or sources must be appropriately credited and referenced.
- All the authors of a submitted manuscript must have direct scientific and academic contribution to the manuscript. The author(s) of the original research articles is defined as a person who is significantly involved in “conceptualization and design of the study”, “collecting the data”, “analyzing the data”, “writing the manuscript”, “reviewing the manuscript with a critical perspective” and “planning/conducting the study of the manuscript and/or revising it”. Fund raising, data collection or supervision of the research group are not sufficient roles to be accepted as an author. The author(s) must meet all these criteria described above.
- The order of names in the author list of an article must be a co-decision and it must be indicated in the Copyright Agreement Form. The individuals who do not meet the authorship criteria but contributed to the study must take place in the acknowledgement section. Individuals providing technical support, assisting writing, providing a general support, providing material or financial support are examples to be indicated in acknowledgement section.
- All authors must disclose all issues concerning financial relationship, conflict of interest, and competing interest that may potentially influence the results of the research or scientific judgment.
- When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published paper, it is the author’s obligation to promptly cooperate with the Editor to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
For detailed information, please visit COPE website: https://publicationethics.org/ and see international standards for authors https://publicationethics.org/files/International%20standards_authors_for%20website_11_Nov_2011_1.pdf
Ethical Issues (for Reviewers)
- only agree to review manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise required to carry out a proper assessment and which they can assess in a timely manner.
- respect the confidentiality of peer review and not reveal any details of a manuscript or its review, during or after the peer-review process, beyond those that are released by the journal.
- not use information obtained during the peer-review process for their own or any other person’s or organization’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others.
- declare all potential conflicting interests, seeking advice from the journal if they are unsure whether something constitutes a relevant interest.
- not allow their reviews to be influenced by the origins of a manuscript, by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors, or by commercial considerations.
- be objective and constructive in their reviews, refraining from being hostile or inflammatory and from making libellous or derogatory personal comments.
- acknowledge that peer review is largely a reciprocal endeavor and undertake to carry out their fair share of reviewing and in a timely manner.
- provide journals with personal and professional information that is accurate and a true representation of their expertise.
- recognize that impersonation of another individual during the review process is considered serious misconduct.
For detailed information, please visit COPE website: https://publicationethics.org/ and see international standards for reviewers https://publicationethics.org/files/Peer%20review%20guidelines.pdf
Articles written in English are published. Submitted article must include an abstract both in English and Turkish.
- Submitted articles must be between 5000-10000 words long (including references).
- Abstracts (both in English and Turkish) must involve min. 150 words and max. 250 words. For authors whose native language is not Turkish, abstract will be translated to Turkish by the Journal’s academic staffs.
- Submitted articles must have min. 3 and max. 5 keywords (both in English and Turkish) that briefly describe the scope of the study.
- Titles (both in English and Turkish) must involve max. 18 words.
Manuscript Organization and Submission
- Manuscripts should contain mainly these components: Title (both English and Turkish), abstract (both English and Turkish), keywords (both in English and Turkish), introduction, methodology, findings (if not a review article), discussion, conclusion, references, appendix (if necessary). For authors whose native language is not Turkish, abstract will be translated to Turkish by the Journal’s academic staffs.
- In-text citations and references must be in accordance with APA 6. The following web pages can be used to obtain a condensed version of the guidelines:
- Before submitting your manuscripts, ensure that all in-text citations are correctly listed in the references section and all the sources listed in the references section are available in the text.
- For more information related to page layout, font sizes, line spacing etc. please see the Journal’s template.
- Articles not submitted to the Journal’s format will be sent back to authors.
- Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word 2003 and upper versions. Manuscripts must be submitted without the names of the author(s). Authors must include the following information on a separate sheet of paper: name, institutional affiliation and position, e-mail address and ORCID number.
- All manuscripts must be submitted via novitasroyal.org
- Unless otherwise specified, the first author is considered the corresponding author.
- When the manuscript is received, an email will be sent to the corresponding author. If you do not get an email, then please contact us.
- The manuscript evaluation process takes 45 working days under normal circumstances.
- Novitas-ROYAL attaches paramount importance to authorial diversity. Accordingly, the Journal does not welcome and allow for repetitive authorship.
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