Guide for Authors



Aim of the Journal

Journal of Turkish Psychological Counselling, published by Turkish Psychological Counselling and Guidance Association (Turkish PCG-Association) is an international peer-reviewed journal.

Journal of Turkish Psychological Counselling aims to contribute to the psychological well-being, happiness and development of the society. Therefore, the journal attaches importance to the following:

  • Helping individuals, families and psychological counselling professionals to develop within the scope of foundation purposes and social responsibility policies of Turkish PCG-Association, a non-governmental organization.
  • Contributing to the development of Psychological Counselling and Guidance and helping to bring solutions to the current problems.
  • Hosting the theoretical and practical research about psychological counselling and guidance needs of individuals and especially of children and teens.
  • Contributing to the psychological well-being of every individual in our country and the world, supporting personal and educational development, helping with career planning, providing family counselling and guidance, hosting scientific research that will contribute to the development of psychological counselors’ professional skills and knowing the individual better.
  • Disseminating the academic studies that benefit the professional development of the counselors and academicians who present tangible solutions to problems in their field at all stages of education from pre-school to higher education and that work mainly at Ministry of Education, and  institutions like Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Famiy and Social Policies, Turkish Labour Agency and private psychological counselling centers. 
  • Promoting and maintaining international and inter-disciplinary cooperations to help counsellors with their professional development and better quality education.

Focus and Scope

The publication focus of the Journal of Turkish Psychological Counselling is improving psychological counselling and guidance at schools, providing better quality psychological counselling and guidance education, supporting the improvement of those working in this field, production and transfer of innovation and  producing joint content together with related disciplines. The Journal prioritizes assuming the role of a mediator in the production of a sustainable development and shared wisdom for psychological counselling and guidance which gains more and more importance both in Turkey and the world.

Moreover, within the scope of its aims, Journal of Turkish Psychological Counselling focuses on studies that

  • help school counselors to get more professional,
  • serve as a bridge between theory and practice by contributing directly to school PCG applications,
  • provide a  new approach to holistic PCG services in school and ecosystem of societies,
  • evaluate the local and current problems of Turkish PCG in its own context and make international comparisons,
  • help the methodology and research potential of PCG to grow,
  • contribute  to the development of professional principles, values, responsibilities and ethical codes,
  • contribute to the development of equipment, applications and methods to be used by PCG professionals,
  • are aimed to increase the intellectual and scientific accumulation in the field of PCG.

In addition to these, the following types of studies are also within the publication scope of Turkish PCG Journal:

  • Studies that develop applications and evaluate fundamental problems in education with respect to psychological counselling and guidance in preschool, primary and secondary school levels and that.
  • Studies helping PCG professionals in active work and other professionals to improve their competencies and to develop training strategies.
  • Studies that scrutinize education models, aiming that future school counselors/psychological counselors become better qualified professionals.
  • Studies that include innovation and applied research in personal, educational and professional counselling and guidance.
  • Studies including meta-analysis, content analysis, profile analysis and conducted with big research groups or samples.
  • Studies that develop and evaluate a new model or strategy for psychological counselling and guidance even if in theory.
  • Studies that develop and support family counselling and guidance. Multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary studies.
  • Research about the development of quality research tools that can be used in academic research or PCG applications at schools.
  • Research that analyze individual differences and development processes.
  • Technology integration studies helping to improve PCG applications.

Limitations and Returned Applications

Studies conducted in the areas indicated below are out of the scope of Turkish Psychological Counselling and Guidance Journal, and they are not accepted for review:

  • Studies that are related only with clinical applications or directly with Psychiatry.
  • Studies that solely focus on content about sociology or social services.
  • Studies that ignore the priorities and needs of PCG even if they relate educational history or philosophy with behavioral sciences.
  • Research that does not bear a direct relation to psychological counselling and guidance services at schools although it may be conducted on candidate teachers and psychological well-being.
  • Research that does not contribute directly to PCG applications despite the fact that it uses psychology concepts and is conducted on samples selected from Nursing, Police and Forensic matters etc. by

Publication Frequency

Internationally peer-reviewed Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Journal is published regularly three times a year - every four months ( April, October and December). On the other hand, in May and/or November, there may also be maximum two special issues which contribute to the development of focus and content related with problems and improvements of priority. The content announcements of special issues are made beforehand. The topics to be covered in the special issues are determined by the Editors in a way that current discussions are the focus and they guide the education and applications of the field.

Publication Language

Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Journal accepts applications for publication both in Turkish and English. The manuscripts submitted to the journal should have a plain and clear language quality and should be consistent with the scientific literature and Turkish or English language rules. Manuscripts should be written fluently and free of foreign words. Moreover, manuscripts in Turkish should include an abstract in English.

The extended abstract should include titles like introduction, aim, method, findings and discussion, and result. Length is restricted to a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1000 words.

During the review process for the manuscripts submitted to Turkish Psychological Counseling and Guidance Journal, language editing may be required by the editorial board. Such manuscripts are edited by the recommended accredited language companies and the editing documents should be submitted to the editorial board.  Those manuscripts that are not edited and documented will not be accepted for publication.

The companies that could help authors with their manuscripts are as follows:

Journal Sections

Original Research Articles have publication priority at Turkish PCG Journal. In each issue, maximum one Literature Review and one White Paper can be published. Therefore, it is recommended that those authors who think of uploading a manuscript to the journal should contact the editors and inquire about the number of applications.

Open Access Policy

Turkish PCG Journal adopts open access policy. Open access to information benefits the humanity, improving the global value of information. Turkish PCG Journal also supports the Budapest Open Access Initiative that was signed on September 12, 2012. Thus, the open access policies adopted by the editorial board of Turkish PCG Journal can be found at

Creative CommonsAll articles published in Turkish PCG Journal are licensed with "Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License". This license entitles all parties to copy, share and redistribute all the articles, data sets, figures and supplementary files published in this journal in data mining, search engines, web sites, blogs and other digital platforms under the condition of providing references Open access is an approach that eases the interdisciplinary communication and encourages cooperation among different disciplines. Turkish PCG Journal, therefore, contributes to its own field by providing more access to its articles and a more transparent review process.

As part of its open Access policy, Turkish PCG Journal recommends that libraries include the article contents into library catalogue records.

Turkish Psychological Counselling and Guidance Association, publisher of Turkish PCG Journal, guarantees that it will not ask for any publication or subscription fees from any library or reader to access the electronic articles.

Because Turkish PCG Journal claims no fees for manuscript processing (review or publication fee) and access to articles, it has no source of income. However, the following pecuniary obligations of the manuscripts submitted to Turkish PCG Journal lie with the authors:

  • The studies in Turkish PCG Journal are published as full texts both in Turkish and English. The journal does not have any translation services for this purpose, but recommends some accredited companies to the author(s).
  • In accordance with the suggestions made by field editors or reviewers, language editing or editing required by the editorial board of Turkish PCG Journal is done by the aforementioned companies.
  • All costs incurred in plagiarism detection, layout and galley, references, attribution and attribution check lies with the author(s).

Privacy Statement

Personal information like names and e-mail addresses submitted to the Turkish PCG Journal management system will be used exclusively for this journal and the scientific activities of Turkish Psychological Counselling and Guidance. Such information will not be used for other purposes and will not be shared with third parties.


All the high level data and full texts of the articles published in Turkish PCG Journal are stored in XML and .pdf formats in a third party cloud server that is closed to access. Moreover, all the articles are stored and published in .pdf format on ULAKBİM servers via TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM National Databases.

Printed volumes and issues of the journal are archived in Compilation Libraries under the law on “Compilation of Reproduced Intellectual and Artistic Work”; law no: 6279.

Abstracting and Indexing



Turkish Psychiatry Index

Index Copernicus

Academic Index

Sponsorship and Advertising

As part of its publication policies, Turkish PCG Journal does not accept sponsorship or advertisements. However, the journal can make announcements on its web page about non-profit scientific and educational events in accordance with its purposes.



Rules of Writing

Manuscripts sent to Turkish PCG Journal can be prepared in Microsoft Word format as free submission. If the manuscript is accepted during the review process, professional page layout is prepared. In other words, authors can submit their manuscript in a legible and understandable format as free submission.

The Editorial Board of Turkish PCG Journal does not bring any page or word number limitations to manuscripts. However, the Editorial Board can recommend the manuscript be shortened without losing its quality.

Each manuscript should include the following titles in the order indicated:

Title (Turkish and English)

The title of the study should reflect the content clearly and be comprehensive. Except for the linkers, each word should be capitalized.

Abstract (Turkish and English)

It should include the aim of the study, its scope, method, results, important features and original value briefly and clearly. It should be maximum 150 words.


Minimum 3, maximum 5 keywords that reflect the whole study should be identified.


The basis of the research topic, summary related with the parts of the study, the significance of the subject in the academic literature, the importance of the study, research problem and aims should be explained in a detailed way in this part.


The type, group, data collection tools, validity and reliability, data collection techniques, data analysis, limitations and ethical committee approval (if necessary) of the research should be explained exhaustively.


The results of the study should be explained with tables, diagrams, graphics or pictures in a way that supports the aim and problem of the study.

Discussion *

In the light of the importance of the study, the results should be discussed referring to literature and author opinions.

Conclusion *

In the conclusion, the main ideas driven from the discussions should be explained.

Suggestions *

Suggestions that are suitable for the discussion and results of the study must be made. In addition, suggestions that can contribute to the literature and are related with future studies and applications in the field must be included.

Acknowledgements **

Those people or institutions who were of little help in the shaping of the study should be acknowledged.


References should be prepared according to APA 6 – Citation Guide. The in-text references should be given in a way that accords with the language of the full text. For Turkish manuscripts Turkish referencing guidelines and for English manuscripts English referencing guidelines should be observed.

Font family is Palatino Linotype and line spacing is 3nk. Indentation should start under the 4th letter.

Appendices **

Additional tables, graphics and pictures should be given on a separate page after the references. Each appendix should be numbered as Appendix 1, Appendix 2, ... and each appendix should have a separate title.

Extended Abstract (English)

Extended Abstract should be between 500 and 1000 words and include the following titles:

Introduction: A short conceptual background of the study in a general framework should be presented.

Method: In this part, there should be the methods and data collection techniques together with the data analysis process in general terms.

Results: The findings reached through the method of the study should be given in this section in general terms.

Discussion and Conclusion: Findings that are reached through the method used and that make the study important and reflect the original value of it should be included in this part. Here there should also be some general suggestions.

Results, Discussion and Suggestions could be given under the same title or separately.

** If there are Acknowledgements and Additional Information these should be given under main titles like Introduction or Method.

Tables and Figures
 Authors should pay attention to the template of the examples given in the Template for the titles of Tables and Diagrams and text properties.
 12 nk space before and after Tables and Diagrams
 Tables and their titles, Font size: 10
 Table and its number, Bold. E.g.: Table 1. Table Title
 If the diagram is a graphic and editable, the title and internal text should have a font size of 10.
 Diagram and its number, Bold. E.g.: Figure 1/Diagram 1. Figure/Diagram Title
 If the diagrams include a picture or a visual that cannot be edited it should be transferred into Word with 300 DPI resolution and the original diagram should be uploaded via Upload Supplementary Files in the 4th step of Submitting a Manuscript.



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In-text Reference: (Büyüköztürk, 2014, p. 194)

Parts of a Book

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In-text Reference: (Bayır, 1997, p. 207)

Translated Book

Lewis, B. (2000). Modern Türkiye'nin doğuşu (M. Kıratlı, Trans.). Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu.

In-text Reference: Lewis, 2000, p. 12


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In-text Reference:  (Karakelle, 2012, p. 245)

Electronic Article

Karakelle, S. (2012). Üstbilişsel farkındalık, zeka, problem çözme algısı ve düşünme ihtiyacı arasındaki bağlantılar. Eğitim ve Bilim, 37(164), 237-250. Retrieved from

In-text Reference:  (Karakelle, 2012, p. 240)


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In-text Reference:  (Mantar, 2003, p. 67)


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In-text Reference:  (Çakmak & Körpeoğlu, 2012, p. 92)

Web Page

UNESCO. (2013). World Heritage list. Retrieved from

In-text Reference:  (UNESCO, 2013)

Copyright Notice

The manuscripts submitted to Turkish PCG Journal for publication should be original studies that were not published before or not submitted to anywhere else for publication.

On the other hand, papers that include topics related with the scope of the journal and that were presented at national or international conferences and/or published in the conference summary booklet are accepted for publication on condition that this is indicated before and noted on the first page of the main text. Moreover, the copyright of such papers should not have been transferred to a third party.

Authors who submit their studies to Turkish PCG Journal should acknowledge that they have to transfer the copyright of their studies to Turkish Psychological Counselling and Guidance Association. The editorial board of the journal is authorized to publish the study. Nonetheless, the following rights are reserved:

  • Patent rights,
  • All unregistered rights apart from copyright,
  • Duplication rights on condition that the study is not sold,
  • The right to use the whole or parts of the study in the author's own books or other academic studies on condition that reference is given,
  • The right to publish the study on personal websites or open archive of their university on condition that the copyright details are provided.

Those authors who will submit their studies to Turkish PCG Journal have to fill in the "Copyright Transfer Form". Wet signature is required. The signed form should be scanned and uploaded to the system via file upload option in the 4th step of submitting manuscripts to the journal. Meanwhile, the wet-signed print out of the form must be sent to the following address: Türk Psikolojik Danışma ve Rehberlik Derneği Öncebeci Mah. Umut Sokak No 50/4 Kolej Ankara via post or to the fax number +90 312 430 36 74. The manuscripts whose copyright transfer form is not received by the journal will not be published. When the manuscript is uploaded its compyright is transferred. The editors of Turkish PCG Journal will make the final decision if the author(s) want to withdraw the manuscript after this stage, stating their reasons.

No action will be taken based on reasons beyond the scope of academic publishing. In recent years, authors have frequently uploaded the same study to multiple journals and preferred the journal which finished the publication process first. It must be noted that this is considered unethical and could pose serious problems for the author(s). 

Creative CommonsAll articles published in Turkish PCG Journal are licensed with "Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License". This license entitles all parties to copy, share and redistribute all the articles, data sets, figures and supplementary files published in this journal in data mining, search engines, web sites, blogs and other digital platforms under the condition of providing references Open access is an approach that eases the interdisciplinary communication and encourages cooperation among different disciplines. Turkish PCG Journal, therefore, contributes to its own field by providing more access to its articles and a more transparent review process.

Blind Review and Review Process

Blind review is a method used to make sure scientific publications are produced with the highest quality. This method is fundamental to the objective review of scientific studies and is preferred by many scientific journals. Reviewer views are determinant in the publication quality of Turkish PCG Journal. All manuscripts submitted to Turkish PCG Journal are blind reviewed according to the steps below:

Blind Review Method

Turkish PCG Journal uses the double blind review method in the review process of all studies. In this method the identities of the authors and reviewers are confidential.

Initial Review Process

The studies submitted to Turkish PCG Journal are reviewed by the editors first. At this stage, the studies which are not related with the journal's aim and scope, weak in terms of language and wording, lack originality, contain critical scientific mistakes and do not meet the publishing criteria are rejected. The authors of such studies are informed within one month following the submission date. The studies deemed acceptable, on the other hand, are submitted to a field editor related with the subject of study that the work focuses on.

Pre-review Process

In the pre-review process, the field editors evaluate the introduction and literature, method, findings, results, discussion parts of the studies in detail with respect to the publishing policies and scope of the journal as well as originality. As a result of this process, those studies that are found unacceptable are returned within four weeks the latest together with the field editor report. And the studies which are deemed appropriate are assigned to reviewers.

Assigning Reviewers

Reviewers are assigned according to the content of the studies and their subject of expertise. The field editor who reviews the study recommends at least two reviewers, based on their subject of expertise, from the reviewer pool of Turkish PCG Journal or a new reviewer related with the subject of study addressed in the article. Reviewer nominees identified by the field editor are evaluated by the editors and manuscripts are sent to reviewers by the editors. Reviewers are obligated to guarantee that they will not share any document or detail about the study they review.

Reviewer Reports

In general, the reviewer reports are based on the originality of the studies, methods, ethical considerations, consistent presentation of the findings and results and analysis of the studies with respect to literature. This evaluation is done according to the following:

  1. Introduction and literature: the reviewer report includes views about the presentation and aims of the problem addressed in the study, the importance of the topic, the scope of the related literature, the originality and topicality of the study.
  2. Method: the reviewer report includes views about the appropriateness of the research method, sample choice and properties, validity and reliability issues, as well as data collection and data analysis.
  3. Findings: the reviewer report includes views about the presentation of the findings obtained through the method, the accuracy of the analysis methods, the consistency of the aims and findings of the study, the presentation of tables, diagrams and visuals that are needed, and the conceptual evaluation of the scales.
  4. Evaluation and Discussion: the reviewer report includes views about discussions based on findings, suitability with the research question(s) and hypothesis(ses), generalizability and applicability.
  5. Results and Suggestions: the reviewer report includes views about contribution to literature, recommendations for future studies and suggestions about applications in the field.
  6. Style and Wording: the reviewer report includes views about whether the title comprises the content of the study, whether the Turkish language is used accurately and whether APA6 rules are observed in giving references and in-text references in parallel with the language of the full text.
  7. Overall Evaluation: the reviewer report includes views about the originality of the study as a whole and the contribution it makes to the psychological counselling and guidance literature and applications.

In the review process, reviewers are not expected to redact the study according to its galley features.

Reviewing Process

Reviewers are given 6 weeks for review. It is compulsory for the authors to complete the editing of their work within one (1) month according to the rules stated in "editing manual". Reviewers may ask multiple editing of a study if they deem necessary.

Review Result

The field editor evaluates the review by reviewers within 2 weeks the latest and as a result of this evaluation the field editor informs the editors about his/her final decision regarding the study.

Editorial Board Decision

Based on the review done by the field editor and reviewers, editors report the views of the editorial board to the author(s) in a week at the latest along with the suggestions made by the field editor and reviewers. In this process the studies that are not accepted for publication are returned without request for plagiarism detection. The final decision about the accepted studies is made based on the results of the plagiarism detection report.

How long does the Publication Review Process last?

It is anticipated that the publication review process of the studies submitted to Turkish PCG Journal be completed in four (4) to eight (8) months. However, the period during which editors or reviewers ask the author(s) to do editing and the author(s) complete the editing is not included in this time frame.

New Submission Guide

Those authors who will submit their manuscripts to Turkish PCG Journal for review can do so by signing themselves up to the journal management system at .

Author(s) should follow the "New Submission Guide" to sign up and submit their study.

Guidance for Revision

At Turkish PCG Journal, editors, field editors and/or reviewers may ask for multiple editing or revision of a study.

The author(s) is responsible for doing timely, complete and explanatory editing and revision to the study with an understanding that all the recommendations made by the journal are objective and intended to improve the quality of work.

The author(s) should upload the required editing and revisions to the system according to the "Editing Manual and Submit Revision".

Article Withdrawal

Turkish PCG Journal values holistic and exhaustive publishing for researchers and libraries and acknowledges that this can be realized by publishing reliable and original research articles. In the case that a study or article will be withdrawn, the author(s) and the editorial board will share some responsibilities as required by the publishing policies of Turkish PCG Journal. These responsibilities are listed below:


If the author(s) finds a mistake in their study which is unpublished or in early release or review process, they are obliged to cooperate with the editor of the journal during the withdrawal process.

The author(s) who wants to withdraw their study which is in review process is obliged to fill in the "Article Withdrawal Form", scan it with wet signature(s) on it and send the form via e-mail to the editorial board at [email protected]. The editorial board will return to the author(s) within a week, evaluating the request for withdrawal. The studies the copyright of which is transferred to Turkish PCG Journal during the submission process cannot be submitted to other journals for review unless they are approved for withdrawal.


The editorial board of Turkish PCG Journal holds the responsibility of starting an investigation about a study if a suspicion arises that the study includes plagiarism and/or it has copyright issues.

If the editorial board detects breach of copyright or plagiarism for the manuscripts in review process, they retract the study from review and cancel its review process by sending a detailed document to the author(s) showing what was detected and where in the study.

If the editorial board detects breach of copyright or plagiarism for the articles published in an issue or in early release, the retraction and reporting procedures below are applied in 1 week at the latest:

  1. The study is labelled as “Retraction” in the electronic environment.
  2. Instead of the Abstract and Full Text, the reasons why the study has been retracted, detailed evidence and the statements (if any) of the affiliated institution about the issue are published electronically.
  3. The study is announced as "Retraction" on the main page of the journal's web page.
  4. The study is included in the contents of the first issue of the journal to be published after the date of retraction as "Retraction: Article Title", and from its first page onwards the reasons why it has been retracted and the original citations are shared with the public and researchers.
  5. The institutions that the author(s) is affiliated with are informed about the retraction.
  6. The retraction reports indicated above are sent to the institutions where the journal is indexed and to the National Library of Turkey so that they are recorded in index directories and catalogues.

Furthermore, if there are any publishers or editorial boards through whom the author(s) had their studies published before, they can be recommended to retract or review the published studies of the author(s) who has plagiarized should be for validity and reliability.


The author(s) retains the right to appeal against the reports produced by the editorial and scientific boards upon the completion of the review process at Turkish PCG Journal. The author(s) should send their reasons for appeal in a scientific manner and by showing references to [email protected]. The appeal will be examined by the editorial board within one month the latest (the field editor and reviewers of the manuscript may be asked to share their opinions about the appeal) and the author(s) will be informed of any positive or negative result. If the result is positive, the editorial board assigns new reviewers that have expertise in the subject of the manuscript and re-starts the review process.



Publication Ethics

The publication process at Turkish PCG Journal is the basis of the improvement and dissemination of information objectively and respectfully. Therefore, the procedures in this process improves the quality of the studies. Peer-reviewed studies are the ones that support and materialize the scientific method. At this point, it is of utmost importance that all parties included in the publication process (authors, readers and researchers, publisher, reviewers and editors) comply with the standards of ethical considerations. Turkish PCG Journal expects all parties to hold the following ethical responsibilities.

The following ethical duties and responsibilities are written in the light of the guide and policies made by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Ethical Responsibilities of Authors

The authors who submit their manuscripts to Turkish PCG Journal are expected to comply with the following ethical responsibilities:

  • Author(s) must submit original studies to the journal. If they utilize or use other studies, they must make the in-text and end-text references accurately and completely.
  • People who have not contributed to the study at the intellectual level should not be indicated as author.
  • If the manuscripts submitted to be published are subject of conflicting interests or relations, these must be explained.
  • During the review process of their manuscripts, author(s) may be asked to supply raw data. In such a case, author(s) should be ready to submit such data and information to the editorial and scientific boards.
  • Author(s) should document that they have the participants' consent and the necessary permissions related with the sharing and research/analysis of the data that are used.
  • Author(s) bears the responsibility to inform the editor of the journal or publisher if they happen to notice a mistake in their study which is in early release or publication process and to cooperate with the editors during the correction or withdrawal process.
  • Authors cannot submit their studies to multiple journals simultaneously. Each submission can be made only after the previous one is completed. A study published in another journal cannot be submitted to Turkish PCG Journal.
  • Author responsibilities of a study whose review process has begun cannot be requested to change (e.g.: adding an author, reordering of author names).

Ethical Responsibilities of Editors

The editor and field editors of Turkish PCG Journal should hold the following ethical responsibilities that are based on the guides "COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors" and "COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors" published as open Access by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

General duties and responsibilities

Editors are responsible for each study published in Turkish PCG Journal. In this respect, the editors have the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Making efforts to meet the demand for knowledge from readers and authors,
  • Ensuring the continuous development of the journal,
  • Managing the procedures aimed to improve the quality of the studies published in the journal,
  • Supporting freedom of expression,
  • Ensuring academic integrity,
  • Following the procedures without making concessions on intellectual property rights and ethical standards,
  • Being transparent and clear in issues that require correction or explanation.

Relationships with Readers

Editors must make decisions taking into consideration the knowledge, skills and expectations of all readers, researchers and practitioners need. They must also ensure that the published studies contribute to literature and be original. Moreover, they must take notice of the feedback received from researchers and practitioners and provide explanatory and informative feedback.

Relationships with Authors

Editors have the following duties and responsibilities in their relations with authors:

  • Editors must make positive or negative decisions about the studies' importance, originality, validity, clarity in wording and suitability with the journal's aims and objectives.
  • Editors must accept the studies that are within the scope of publication into pre review process unless there are serious problems with the study.
  • Editors must not ignore positive suggestions made by reviewers unless there are serious problems with the study.
  • New editors, unless there are serious issues, must not change the previous editor's decisions about the studies.
  • "Blind Review and Review Process" must be published and editors must prevent possible diversions in the defined processes.
  • Editors must publish an "Author's Guide" that is comprehensive enough in answering queries by authors. This guide must be updated regularly.
  • Authors should be provided with explanatory and informative feedback.

Relationships with Reviewers

Editors have the following duties and responsibilities in their relations with reviewers:

Editors must

  • choose reviewers according to the subject of the study.
  • provide the information and guidance reviewers may need during the review process.
  • observe whether there are conflicting interests between reviewers and authors.
  • keep the identities of reviewers confidential in blind review.
  • encourage the reviewers to review the manuscript in an unbiased, scientific and objective tone.
  • evaluate reviewers regularly based on criteria like performance and timing.
  • develop practices and policies that increase the performance of reviewers.
  • take necessary steps to update the reviewer pool dynamically.
  • prevent unkind and unscientific reviews.
  • make effort to ensure the reviewer pool has a wide range.

Relationships with the Editorial Board

Editors must make sure that the members of the editorial board follow the procedures in accordance with the publication policies and guidelines, and must inform the members about the publication policies and developments. The editors must also train new members of the editorial board and provide the information they need.

Moreover, editors must

  • ensure that the members of the editorial board review the manuscripts in an unbiased and independent manner.
  • select the new members of the editorial board from those who can contribute to the journal and are qualified enough.
  • send manuscripts for review based on the subject of expertise of the editorial board members.
  • regularly communicate with the editorial board.
  • arrange regular meetings with the editorial board for the development of publication policies and the journal.

Relationships with the Journal's Owner and Publisher

The relationship between the editors and publisher is based on the principle of the independency of editors. All the decisions made by the editors are independent of the publisher and the owner of the journal as required by the agreement made between editors and publisher.

Editorial and Blind Review Processes

Editors are obliged to comply with the policies of "Blind Review and Review Process" stated in the journal's publication policies. Therefore, the editors ensure that each manuscript is reviewed in an unbiased, fair and timely manner.

Quality Assurance

Editors must make sure that articles in the journal are published in accordance with the publication policies of the journal and international standards.

Protection of Personal Information

Editors are supposed to protect the personal information related with the subjects or visuals in the studies being reviewed, and to reject the study if there is no documentation of the subjects' consent. Furthermore, editors are supposed to protect the personal information of the authors, reviewers and readers.

Encouraging Ethical Rules 

Editors are supposed to protect human and animal rights in the studies being reviewed and must reject the experimental studies which do not have ethical and related committee’s approval for the population given in such studies.

Turkish PCG Journal considers it vital that in manuscripts ethical codes be defined for each and every işlem and field because the journal, by its very nature, values and complies with these codes sensitively. It reserves the right to ask for additional documents, evidence and explanation where necessary. Editors are in charge of taking necessary action when the required documents are not provided within a reasonable amount of time.

Precautions against possible Abuse and Malpractice

Editors are supposed to take precautions against possible abuse and malpractice. They must conduct investigations meticulously and objectively in determining and evaluating complaints about such situations. They must also share the results of the investigation.

Ensuring Academic Integrity

Editors must make sure that the mistakes, inconsistencies or misdirections in studies are corrected quickly.

Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

Editors are responsible for protecting the intellectual property rights of all the articles published in the journal and the rights of the journal and author(s) in cases where these rights are violated. Also, editors must take the necessary precautions in order to prevent the content of all published articles from violating the intellectual property rights of other publications. See Plagiarism Check

Constructiveness and Openness to Discussion

Editors must

  • pay attention to the convincing criticism about studies published in the journal and must have a constructive attitude towards such criticism.
  • grant the right of reply to the author(s) of the criticized study.
  • not ignore or exclude the study that include negative results.


Editors must examine the complaints from authors, reviewers or readers and respond to them in an explanatory and enlightening manner.

Political and Economic Apprehensions

Neither the owner of the journal, publisher or any other political or economic factor can influence the independent decision taking of the editors.

Conflicting Interests

Editors, acknowledging that there may be conflicting interests between author(s), reviewers and other editors, guarantee that the publication process of the manuscripts will be completed in an independent and unbiased manner

Ethical Responsibilities of Reviewers

The fact that all manuscripts are reviewed through "Blind Review" has a direct influence on the publication quality. This process ensures confidentiality by objective and independent review. The review process at Turkish PCG Journal is carried out on the principle of double blind review. Reviewers do not contact the authors directly, and the reviews and comments are conveyed through the journal management system. In this process, the reviewer views on the evaluation forms and full texts are assigned to the author(s) by the editor. Therefore, the reviewers doing review work for Turkish PCG Journal are supposed to bear the following ethical responsibilities:

Reviewers must

  • agree to review only in their subject of expertise.
  • review in an unbiased and confidential manner.
  • inform the editor of the journal if they think that they encounter conflict of interests and decline to review the manuscript during the review process.
  • dispose the manuscripts they have reviewed in accordance with the principle of confidentiality after the review process. Reviewers can use the final versions of the manuscripts they have reviewed only after publication.
  • review the manuscript objectively and only in terms of its content and ensure that nationality, gender, religious and political beliefs, and economic apprehension do not influence the review.
  • review the manuscript in a constructive and kind tone, avoid making personal comments including hostility, slander and insult.
  • review the manuscript they have agreed to review on time and in accordance with the ethical rules stated above.

Ethical Responsibilities of Publisher

Turkish Psychological Counselling and Guidance Association, publisher of Turkish PCG Journal, is a non-profit civil society organization working for the good of the public. As required by its founding policy, Turkish Psychological Counselling and Guidance Association publishes the journal to make its knowledge public at international standards. Therefore, the Board of Turkish Psychological Counselling and Guidance Association is conscious of the fact that they must observe the ethical responsibilities below and act accordingly:

  • Editors are responsible for all the processes that the manuscripts submitted to Turkish PCG Journal will go through. Within this framework, ignoring the economic or political interests, the decision-makers are the editors.
  • The publisher undertakes to have an independent editorial decision made.
  • The publisher protects the intellectual property rights of all the articles published in Turkish PCG Journal and holds the responsibility to keep a record of each unpublished article.
  • The publisher bears all the responsibility to take the precautions against scientific abuse, fraud and plagiarism related with editors.

Unethical Behaviour

Should you encounter any unethical act or content in Turkish PCG Journal apart from the ethical responsibilities listed above, please notify the journal by e-mail at [email protected].



At Turkish PCG Journal, the accepted manuscripts undergo the processes of plagiarism detection, preparation of bibliography, cross-reference and reference check, layout and galley, assigning a DOI number and being put into early release. The manuscripts in early release are published in the volume and issue determined by the editorial board.

Since Turkish PCG Journal claims no fees for article review or printing and no subscription fees for access to articles, it has no source of income. However, the following pecuniary obligations of the accepted manuscripts lie with the author(s).

Plagiarism Detection

In accordance with its publishing policies, Turkish PCG Journal oblige each study that has undergone the "Blind Review Process" to be detected for plagiarism to protect the integrity of the study. Therefore, both Turkish and English copies of the study are detected for plagiarism by a company chosen by the editorial board. Incurring fees are paid by the author(s).

The plagiarism detection is done by Turnitin and iThenticate softwares. The matches found in each study after plagiarism detection are analyzed in detail and those matches with correct reference and cross-reference are sorted. In the next step, the mistakes in the remaining matches are determined and reported to the editorial board. The board, then, makes a final decision in the light of the plagiarism detection report. The author(s) may be asked to correct the mistakes listed in the report or the study may be returned to the author(s).

References and Citation Control

Scientific research builds upon previous studies. In new studies, references and attributions to the previous studies are provided within the framework of certain rules. Intentional or unintentional mistakes in scientific studies harm the reliability of the study and publication.

Turkish PCG Journal, in accordance with its publication ethics, considers it to be an obligation for the accepted studies to have correct and complete references and attributions. Therefore, each study, after acceptance, is checked in terms of bibliography, referencing and attribution by a company chosen by the editorial board. Incurring costs lie with the author(s).

The full Turkish and English texts of the accepted studies are processed for bibliography, referencing and attribution check in the following steps:

  • Bibliography is prepared according to the APA Referencing Style Guide 6th Edition.
  • It is checked whether the in-text references of the references given in the bibliography are in accordance with rules and regulations; and mistakes are corrected.
  • Attributions of the in-text references are checked. The author(s) is asked to provide the missing ones, and the incorrect ones are corrected.

For the Turkish full text Turkish rules and regulations of referencing are used, and for the English full texts English rules and regulations of referencing are used.

Layout and Galley

Turkish PCG Journal requires that the articles be printed in a common type of and complete page layout for formal integrity, readability and standards. Therefore, the studies whose plagiarism detection and bibliography preparation is finished, are sent to a company chosen by the editorial board for layout and galley. Incurring costs for page layout and preparation of the copy for print lie with the author(s).

Assigning a DOI Number

Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a unique access number that enables the identification and accessibility of each article published electronically. It is mandatory that each article published in Turkish PCG Journal or in early release is assigned a DOI number.

After acceptance, the manuscripts which are checked for plagiarism and bibliography and ready for publication are given a DOI number by the Editorial Board.

Early Release

Turkish PCG Journal values the dissemination of up-to-date and original information. Therefore, those manuscripts that are accepted after the review process and whose process for publication is over are published electronically as early release. Later, these manuscripts are given page numbers and published in the volume and issue found suitable by the editorial board and they are removed from early release. The manuscripts in the early release may not be the final version to be seen in the normal issue. Minor editing may be done on the final version to be published.

Language Editing

The language (Turkish and English) of the manuscripts submitted to Turkish PCG Journal must be accurate in terms of rules of grammar and scientific literature and must have a plain and clear language quality. Manuscripts should be written in fluent language and free of foreign words. If the manuscripts are edited before they are submitted for review, the process of publication gets healthy.

The editorial board may demand that the manuscripts be edited for language mistakes during the review process or after acceptance. The author(s) who has been requested to get his/her manuscript edited must do so referring to one of the companies below and present a related document to the editorial board afterwards.