Publication Policies

» Publication decisions
» Fair play
» Confidentiality and anonymity
» Disclosure and conflicts of interest
» Citation policies
» Updating published papers
» Investigations
» 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


» Duties of Editors
» Duties of Authors
» Duties of Reviewers
» Duties of Publisher

Reviewing Procedure

» Peer Review Statement
» Resolving inconsistencies

Open Access

» Open Access Policy
» Repository Policy
» Archiving Digital Version
» Article Processing Charge

Copyright & Licensing

» Copyright
» Licensing
» Self-archiving policy
» Disclaimer 


» Section Policies
» Ownership
» Journal’s Revenue Sources

Publication decisions

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.

Fair play

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:

  • Financial
  • Affiliations 
  • Intellectual property 
  • Personal 
  • Ideology
  • Academic 

Citation policies

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:


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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Journal policies on data sharing and reproducibility

Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs support the FAIR principles of Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR Principles). Failure to provide access to the raw data for publication without good justification is likely to result in the article being rejected. All articles must include a Data Availability statement at the end of the manuscript, even where no data is associated with or has been included in the article.

General repositories: Where subject-specific or institutional/funder repositories are not available, authors may wish to choose a general repository, such as:

Repository Name

Information on costs


- Dryad Digital Repository

Fees apply

Visit the  website

- Figshare

Fees apply

Visit the website

-Harvard Dataverse

Contact repository for datasets over 1 TB

Visit the website

Open Science Framework

Free of charge

Visit the website

Science Data Bank

Free of charge

Visit the website


Donations towards sustainability encouraged

Visit the  website

Our journal follows COPE's guidelines on "data sharing and reproducibility". For more information in this regard please see: 

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Data availability statement

As part of our commitment to supporting open research, the Journal of Contemporary Urban Affairs now requires all manuscripts to include a “Data Availability Statement” in order to be accepted for publication. A data availability statement tells the reader where the research data associated with a paper is available, and under what conditions the data can be accessed.  The table below contains template statements that you can use or adapt. 

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.



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Post-publication discussions and corrections

This journal allows debate on post-publication through letters to the editor, or on an external moderated site, such as PubPeer. PubPeer is a website that allows users to discuss and review scientific research after publication. Our journal follows COPE’s guidelines on Post-publication discussions and corrections.

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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:

Types of conflicts of interest for editors are: 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)  might create the perception of bias. Our Publisher and editors always are willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

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Duties of Authors


The term authorship can refer to the creator or originator of an idea (eg, the author of the theory of relativity) or the individual or individuals who develop and bring to fruition the product that disseminates intellectual or creative works. in this regard,  COPE provides key information resources for authors, core policy guidance for editors, notes on the scope of submission guidelines, resources for managing pre- and post-publication authorship disputes, guidance for institutions to manage and support authorship integrity. Our journal follows COPE's guidelines on "Authorship". For more information in this regard please see: COPE Discussion Document: Authorship


Credit Author Statement

CRediT offers authors the opportunity to share an accurate and detailed description of their diverse contributions to the published work. CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy) is high-level taxonomy, including 14 roles, that can be used to represent the roles typically played by contributors to scientific scholarly output. The roles describe each contributor’s specific contribution to the scholarly output.

Recommendations for applying the CRediT taxonomy are:

  1. Multiple roles possible - Individual contributors can be assigned multiple roles, and a given role can be assigned to multiple contributors;
  2. Degree of contribution optional - Where multiple individuals serve in the same role, the degree of contribution can optionally be specified as ‘lead’, ‘equal’, or ‘supporting’;
  3. Shared responsibility - Corresponding authors should assume responsibility for role assignment, and all contributors should be given the opportunity to review and confirm assigned roles.
  4. Not all categories are relevant to each type of research. Only select those contribution roles that are applicable to your study.
  5. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that the descriptions are accurate and agreed by all authors.
  6. The role(s) of all authors should be listed, as they appeared in the article.

For research articles with several authors, a short paragraph specifying their individual contributions must be provided. The following statements should be used:

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 should act as a point of contact between the editor and the other authors, keep co-authors informed, and involve them in major decisions about the publication. Joint first authors can be indicated by the inclusion of the statement “X and X contributed equally to this paper” in the manuscript. The roles of the equal authors should also be adequately disclosed in the contributorship statement.


  1. The presentation of the 14 roles has been adapted from the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration (CASRAI) website.

        Read more about CRediT here

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Duties of Reviewers

Reviewers of the Journal of contemporary urban affairs must follow the Ethical guidelines for peer reviewers developed by COPE. Promptness,  objectivity and expressing their views clearly with supporting arguments, confidentiality, and respect for ethical aspects of disclosure and conflicts of interest through peer review based on the regulations stated by COPE  are the main duties of the reviewers.   


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Duties of the Publisher

The publisher is committed to the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research and ensures accessibility by partnering with organizations and maintaining our own digital archive. The publisher undertakes to maintain independent editorial decision-making. The publisher bears all the responsibility for taking precautions against scientific abuse, fraud and plagiarism. In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum, clarification or, in the most severe case, the retraction of the affected work.  

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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

Publishing Schedule

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.

ORCID Number

The journal strongly recommends that all authors submitting a paper register an account with Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID). Registration provides a unique and persistent digital identifier for the account that enables accurate attribution and improves the discoverability of published papers, ensuring that the correct author receives the proper credit for their work. As the ORCID remains the same throughout the lifetime of the account, changes in name, affiliation, or research area do not affect the discoverability of an author's past work and aid correspondence with colleagues. The journal encourages all corresponding authors to include an ORCID within their submitting author data whilst co-authors are recommended to include one. ORCID numbers should be added to the author data upon submission and will be published alongside the submitted paper, should it be accepted.