Ethical Principles and Publication Policy

Ethical Principles and Publication Policy 

Ethical Principles

The publication processes in Sustainability with Climate and Energy (SWCE) are designed to be the foundation for the unbiased and reputable development and distribution of knowledge. The processes applied in this context directly impact the quality of work by authors and supporting institutions. Peer-reviewed studies embody and support the scientific method. Therefore, it is essential for all stakeholders in the process (authors, readers, researchers, publishers, reviewers, and editors) to adhere to ethical standards. In the context of SWCE publication ethics, all stakeholders are expected to uphold the following ethical responsibilities. To ensure ethical oversight and prevent unethical conduct, iThenticate, Turnitin, or may be used.


The ethical duties and responsibilities outlined below have been prepared taking into account the guidelines and policies published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) as open access.


Author's Ethical Responsibilities


Authors submitting their work to SWCE are expected to adhere to the following ethical responsibilities:


Authors are expected to ensure that the work they submit is original. If authors use or refer to other works, they must provide complete and accurate citations and/or quotations.

Individuals who do not contribute intellectually to the creation of the work should not be listed as authors.

All potential conflicts of interest and relationships that could constitute a conflict of interest must be disclosed when submitting all work for publication.

Authors may be asked to provide raw data related to their articles during the review process. In such cases, authors should be prepared to provide the required data and information to the editorial board.

Authors should have the rights to use the data they have used, and they should possess the necessary permissions for research/analyses, or they should have documented consent from research subjects.

If authors identify an error or mistake in their published, pre-publication, or evaluation-stage work, they have an obligation to inform the journal editor or publisher and collaborate with the editor in correction or withdrawal processes.

Authors cannot submit the same work to more than one journal simultaneously. Each submission can begin only after the completion of the previous submission. A work that has been published in another journal cannot be submitted to SWCE.

Changes to author responsibilities (adding, changing the order, or removing authors) cannot be proposed once the review process has begun.


Within the framework of ethical rules, the following research requiring Ethical Committee Approval for evaluation in the journal:


Any research involving data collection from participants using qualitative or quantitative approaches such as surveys, interviews, focus group studies, observations, experiments, and interview techniques,

The use of humans and animals (including materials/data) for experimental or other scientific purposes,

Clinical research involving humans,

Research involving animals,

Retrospective studies in accordance with the Law on the Protection of Personal Data.

In this context, in studies to be evaluated in our journal;


It should be stated that the "Informed Consent Form" has been obtained in case presentations.

Permission must be obtained from the owners for the use of scales, questionnaires, and photographs belonging to others, and this must be stated.

Compliance with copyright regulations for ideas and artistic works used must be stated.


Editor and Associate Editor Ethical Duties and Responsibilities


SWCE editors must have the following ethical duties and responsibilities based on the "COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors" and "COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors" guidelines published by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) as open access:


General duties and responsibilities


Editors are responsible for every publication in SWCE. Within this responsibility, editors have the following roles and responsibilities:



Efforts to meet the information needs of readers and authors,

Continuously ensuring the development of the journal,

Managing processes aimed at improving the quality of published studies,

Supporting freedom of thought,

Ensuring academic integrity,

Continuing business processes without compromising intellectual property rights and ethical standards,

Demonstrating transparency and openness in terms of publication in case of correction or explanations.


Relationship with readers


Editors should make decisions taking into account the information needs of all readers, researchers, and practitioners. Editors should also consider the feedback from readers, researchers, and practitioners and provide explanatory and informative feedback.


Relationship with authors


Editors' duties and responsibilities towards authors are as follows:


Editors should make positive or negative decisions about the importance, originality, validity, clarity of expression, and compliance with the journal's aims and objectives based on the content of the study.

Editors should, unless there is a serious problem, take submissions that are suitable for the scope of publication to the preliminary evaluation stage.

Editors should not disregard positive referee recommendations unless there is a serious problem with the study.

New editors should not change decisions made by previous editors regarding studies, unless there is a serious problem with the work.


"Blind Peer Review and Evaluation Process" must be published, and editors must prevent deviations in the defined processes.

Editors should publish a "Author Guide" that includes everything expected from authors in detail. These guidelines should be updated at regular intervals.

Authors should be provided with explanatory and informative notifications.

Relationship with reviewers


Editors' duties and responsibilities towards reviewers are as follows:



Editors should determine referees in line with the subject matter of the study.

Editors are responsible for providing referees with the information and guidelines they will need during the evaluation process.

Editors must monitor whether there is a conflict of interest between authors and referees.

In the context of blind peer review, editors must keep the identities of referees confidential.

Editors should encourage referees to evaluate the study with a neutral, scientific, and objective language.

Editors should evaluate referees in terms of criteria such as timely response and performance.

Editors should establish practices and policies that increase the performance of referees.

Editors must take the necessary steps to update the referee pool dynamically.

Editors should prevent impolite and unscientific evaluations.

Editors should take steps to ensure that the referee pool consists of a wide range of experts.


Relationship with the editorial board

Editors are responsible for ensuring that all members of the editorial board carry out processes in line with publication policies and guidelines. Editors should inform editorial board members about publication policies and keep them informed of developments. New editorial board members should be trained in publication policies and provided with the information they need.


In addition, editors;


Must ensure that editorial board members evaluate studies impartially and independently.

Should identify works suitable for the expertise of editorial board members for evaluation.

Should refer studies to editorial board members in line with their areas of expertise.

Must have regular interactions with the editorial board.

Should hold meetings at specific intervals with the editorial board for publication policies and the development of the journal.

Relationship with the journal owner and publisher


The relationship between editors and the journal owner and publisher is based on editorial independence.


Editorial and blind peer review processes

Editors are responsible for implementing the policies related to "Blind Peer Review and Evaluation Process" in the journal's publication policies. In this context, editors ensure that a fair, impartial, and timely evaluation process is completed for each study.


Quality assurance

Editors are responsible for ensuring that every article published in the journal is published in accordance with the journal's publication policies and international standards.


Protection of personal data

Editors are responsible for ensuring the protection of personal data related to participants or visuals in the evaluated studies. Editors must reject studies unless documented consent is obtained from individuals used in the studies unless the studies have ethical board approval or permissions for experimental research are not available. In addition, editors are responsible for protecting the personal data of authors, referees, and readers.


Ethics committee, human and animal rights

Editors are responsible for ensuring the protection of human and animal rights in the studies they evaluate. In studies involving subjects, editors are responsible for etik kurul approval and should reject studies in cases where there are no permissions for experimental research.


Preventing potential abuse and misconduct


Editors are responsible for taking measures against potential abuse and misconduct. In cases of such complaints, editors are responsible for conducting a thorough and objective investigation, as well as sharing the findings related to the issue.


Ensuring academic publishing integrity

Editors should ensure that errors, inconsistencies, or misleading statements in studies are corrected promptly.


Protection of intellectual property rights


Editors are responsible for protecting the intellectual property rights of all articles published. In cases of possible violations, editors are responsible for defending the rights of the journal and the author(s). Additionally, editors are responsible for taking necessary precautions to prevent content in published articles from violating the intellectual property rights of other publications.


Constructiveness and openness to debate

Editors should:

Consider persuasive criticisms of articles published in the journal and adopt a constructive attitude towards these criticisms.

Provide authors of criticized works with the right to respond.

Not ignore or exclude articles with negative results without justification.




Editors are responsible for carefully reviewing and responding to complaints from authors, referees, or readers in an enlightening and explanatory manner.


Policy and commercial interests


No political or commercial factors should influence editors' independent decision-making.


Conflict of interests


Editors should consider conflicts of interest among authors, referees, and other editors, ensuring that the publication process remains independent and impartial.


Reviewer's Ethical Responsibilities


The evaluation of all studies through "Blind Peer Review" directly affects the quality of publication and ensures trust through objective and independent evaluation. The SWCE evaluation process is conducted with the double-blind peer-review principle. Reviewers in SWCE are expected to have the following ethical responsibilities:


They should only accept to evaluate works that are related to their area of expertise.

They should conduct evaluations impartially and in confidence.

If they believe they have a conflict of interest during the evaluation process, they should inform the journal editor, refusing to review the study.

In line with the principle of confidentiality, they should destroy the studies they have reviewed after the evaluation process. They should only use the final versions of the studies they have reviewed after publication.

They should conduct evaluations objectively, based solely on the content of the study. Nationality, gender, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and commercial concerns should not influence their evaluation.

They should provide constructive and kind feedback during the evaluation. They should avoid making derogatory personal comments involving hostility, defamation, or insults.

They should complete the evaluations of the works they have accepted in a timely manner and in line with the ethical responsibilities mentioned above.


Editors are responsible for all processes of studies submitted to SWCE. In this context, editors, regardless of economic or political gains, are the decision-makers. They are committed to creating an independent editor decision.


Independent editorial decision-making should be ensured.

Editors are responsible for taking measures against all kinds of scientific misconduct, citation cartels, and plagiarism.



Publication Policy


SWCE (e-ISSN 2980-339X) is an international academic journal that employs a double-blind peer review system and follows an open-access policy. It is electronically published.


SWCE Topics of particular interest include: energy economics, circular economics, ecological economics, energy supply security,  energy policies, energy transation and responsibilites, energy diplomacy, green jobs, green employment, carbon footprint, sustainability, sustainable development, sustainable production and consumption, sustainable policies, the relationship between inflation and energy prices, the relationship between income and energy prices, cultural awareness for energy,  the relationship between sociology and energy. Articles must be submitted in English. The views expressed in the articles are the responsibility of the authors.


Articles submitted to SWCE should not have been published elsewhere and should not be submitted to another printed/electronic medium for publication. If it is determined that the articles submitted to the journal and/or taken into the referee process have been submitted to another medium or published in the same form or a similar form before, the process is canceled.


Articles submitted to SWCE are primarily subject to preliminary examination in terms of form and content. Articles found suitable in terms of form and content are submitted to the editorial board for the appointment of referees. It is not guaranteed that the articles submitted to the journal will be taken into the referee process. In addition, no date is given for the evaluation period of the articles. If the articles are found suitable by the Editorial Board, referees are appointed. According to the reports of the referees, a decision is made on the publication of the article, requesting corrections, additional information, and abbreviation from the author/authors within the framework of the report, or not publishing. This decision is communicated to the author/authors. All communication regarding article submission and evaluation processes is carried out via the e-mail system. No information is provided with other communication tools.


The process of appointing referees in accordance with the “Blind Peer Review and Evaluation Process” stated in the publication policies of the journal is applied by the editors. In this context, editors ensure the completion of a fair, impartial, and timely evaluation process for each study.