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Ethical Principles and Publication Policy

UNIKA Journal of Health Sciences is the publication of Karabuk University Faculty of Health Sciences.  This journal, which accepts both Turkish and English papers, is published in three issues per year. UNIKA Journal of Health Sciences publishes original research articles, reviews, case studies, and letters to the editor.

Ethical Principles

The publication processes applied in the UNIKA Journal of Health Sciences bases on development and distribution of the knowledge in an unbiased and respectful manner. Peer-reviewed studies embody and support the scientific method. At this point, it is important that all stakeholders should follow the ethical principles.

The authors are responsible for the compliance of the articles with scientific and ethical rules. Helsinki Declaration is aimed to guide researchers through the proper planning, conduct and publication of the research and to ensure scientific integrity. Nowadays, the concept of publication ethics has expanded, and it concerns not only the authors but also the editors and referees. UNIKA Journal of Health Sciences accepts the criteria of Helsinki (https://www.wma.net/what-we-do/medical-ethics/declaration-of-helsinki/doh-oct2008/).

Papers presented at any meeting can be submitted to this journal, unless they have not been previously published in full text. If there is a direct-indirect commercial link or institution that provides financial support for the study in the article, the authors must inform the editor on the presentation page that they have no commercial relationship with the commercial product, drug, company used, and what kind of relationship (consultant, other agreements) they have. The authors must inform the editor on the presentation page if there is a direct or indirect commercial relationship with any institution provided financial support for the study in the article.  A conflict of interest statement should be added. Studies are screened for plagiarism by the journal editor. Similarity rate should not exceed 15%, except for the bibliography and abstract sections of the studies.

Articles must be approved by the Journal Editorial Board to publish. This board has the right to accept or reject the articles. Our journal has the copyright for all published papers.

Manuscript Preparation

The following guide has been prepared for manuscripts submitted to the journal. It is necessary to follow the journal format. A manuscript which does not fit to the journal’s format will be rejected.

Manuscript Structure

Manuscripts submitted to the journal should be uploaded in "Microsoft Word" format.

  • It should be written in Times New Roman font and in double-column format with a double line spacing and 2.5 cm margins from left, right, upper and lower. Paragraph indent should be 1 cm.
  • The title of the manuscript should be written in bold with 14 point; subtitles should be written in bold with 12 point and a first letter capitalized only; the main text should be written with 12 point.
  • Abstract, table and references should be written with 10 point and single line spacing.
  • Title of table should be placed on top of the table, titles of graphs, figures and pictures should be placed at the bottom and the titles should be written with 10 point.
  •  Decimals should be separated by comma (,) in Turkish manuscripts and by period (.) in English manuscripts.
  • Manuscripts should not exceed 5000 words, excluding tables, figures and graphs.

Title Page

Title Page includes paper title (in Turkish/English) authors’ full names and affiliations, corresponding author’s contact info (e-mail and correspondence adress).


Abstract (in Turkish or English) should have 150-300 words. Abstract content should be as follows: Aim, Material and Method, Results, Conclusions, Keywords. Keywords between three and five should be seperated by comma (,). Turkish keywords should compatible with “Türkiye Bilim Terimleri” and can be taken from http://www.bilimterimleri.com. English keywords should compatible with “Index Medicus: Medical Subject Heading (MeSH)” standards.


Research Papers

Research paper structure should be as follows:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Suggestions
  • References

Review Papers

These are the studies in which the authors describe their opinions for a subject in relation to current and emerging topics by using national and international literature.

Review paper structure should be as follows:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Subtitles
  • Conclusion
  • References

Case Studies

These are rare articles that contain topics that differ in diagnosis, treatment, and care. It should be supported by a sufficient number of photos and diagrams.

Case study structure should be as follows:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Case Study
  • Results and Discussion
  • References

Citation in Text

APA 6.0 (https://www.academia.edu/32604983/APA_6th_Edition_Manual) spelling rules are applied in the use of sources.

  • If a source with a single author is specified in the text: (e.g., Andsoy, 2004)
  • If a source with two authors is specified in the text: (e.g., Gül and Andsoy, 2015).
  • If a source with between three and six authors is specified in the text:

The first use of a source (e.g., Önalan, Andsoy, and Ersoy, 2018), and later the use of the source (e.g., Önalan et al., 2018).

  • If a source with seven or more authors is specified in the text:

The first and later use of the source (e.g., Özyürek et al., 2015).

  • If it is necessary to make a quotation in the text:

In case the source with two authors: Gül ve Andsoy (2015), “kadınlarda kendi kendine meme muayenesini bilgi eksikliği, kanser bulma korkusunun etkilediğini”

In case the source with between three and six authors:

Önalan, Andsoy and Ersoy, (2018), “laparoskopik cerrahi öncesi oral karbonhidrat solüsyonu içirilen hastalarda konforun arttığını” in the first use,

Önalan et al., (2018), “laparoskopik cerrahi öncesi oral karbonhidrat solüsyonu içirilen hastalarda konforun arttığını” in later use.

In case the source with seven or more authors:

Özyürek et al., (2015), “okul öncesi ve ilkokullarda aile katılımı etkinliklerini farklı olduğunu” in the first and later use.



Journals' titles should be shortened according to MEDLINE style. (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/dergi). Please make sure that all sources mentioned in the text are included in bibliography. Papers, master's and doctoral theses presented in symposiums, congresses and similar meetings cannot be used as sources.

Journal Articles (with DOI number):

Onan, N., Karaca, S., & Ünsal, G. (2019). Evaluation of a stress coping course for psychological resilience among a group of university nursing students. Perspect Psychiatr Care. 55, 233-238. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12340.

            Journal Articles (Seven or more authors):

Ömeroğlu, E., Büyüköztürk, Ş., Aydoğan, Y., Çakan, M., Kılıç Çakmak, E., Özyürek, A., ………., Karayol, S. (2015). Determination and interpretation of the norm value of PreSchool Social Skills Rating Teacher Form, Educational Sciences: Theory & Practices, 15, 981-996. doi: 10.12738/estp.2015.4.2514

            Journal Articles (without DOI number):,

Sillick, T. J., & Schutte, N. S. (2006). Emotional intelligence and self-esteemmedi-ate between perceived early parental love and adult happiness. E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 2 (2), 38-48. Retrieved from http://ojs.lib.swin,eduau /index. php/ejap.

            Journal Articles (without DOI number, with Title Translation):

Barlas Ünsal, G., & Onan, N. (2008). Alzheimer’li hasta ve ailesi ile iletişim. [Communication with Alzheimer Patients and Their Family]. Atatürk Üniversitesi Hemşirelik Yüksekokulu Dergisi, 11, 105-111.  

           Journal Articles (Open Access):

Von Ledebur, S. C. (2007). Optimizin knowledge transfer by new employees in companies. Knowledge Management Research & Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1057/palgrave.kmrp.8500141

            Published Book:

Özyürek, A. (2015). Erken çocuklukta bellek gelişimi. Ankara:Türkiye Alim Kitapları.

             Electronic Book:

O'Keefe, E. (Ed.). Egoism & the crisis in Western Va/Lies. Retrieved from http://www.onlineoriginals.com/showitem.asp?itemID=135 (Accessed date)

             Electronic Book Chapter:

Strong, E. K., Jr., & Uhrbrock, R. S. (1923). Bibliography on job analysis. In L. Outhwaite (Series Ed.), Personnel Research Series: Vol. 1. Job Analysis and The Curriculum (pp. 140—146). doi: 10.1037/10762-000

             Published Book Chapter:

Işık Andsoy, I. (2017). Sıvı volum eksikliği riski. Erkal İlhan, S., Ançel, G., Hakverdioğlu, G. (Ed.), Hemşirelik Tanıları Girişimleri Sonuçları (ss. 537-540). Andaç Kitapevi.

            Translated Book Chapter:

Piaget, J. (1988). Extracts from Piaget's theory (G. Gellerier & J. Langer, Trans.) In K. Richardson & S. Sheldon (Eds.), Cognitive Development to Adolescence: A Reader (pp. 3—18). Hillsdale, NJ: Eribaum. (Reprinted from Manual of child psychology, pp. 703—732, by P. H. Mussen, Ed., 1970, New York, NY: Wiley)

            Cited Book:

VandenBos, G. H. (Ed.). (2007). APA Dictionary Of Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

            Corporate Publications

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (2003). Managing asthma: A guide for schools (NI Publication No. 02-2650). Retrieved from http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/lung/asthma/asthsch.pdf

             Unpublished or Individually Published Studies

Author, A. A. (Year). Title. Unpublished Paper ["Accepted" or "In Press"].


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