Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope


Aims and Scope

The Ankara Medical Journal is a peer-reviewed, open access, current periodical journal belonging to the Department of Family Medicine of Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Faculty of Medicine. Our journal is published four times annually and is listed in CiteFactor, DOAJ, DRJI, EBSCOhost, GIF (Global Impact Factor), Google Scholar, HINARI, Index Copernicus, J-Gate, Journal Index, Journal TOCs, SHERPA/RoMEO, TUBITAK Turkish Medical Index, Turkish Citation Index, Turkish Medline and Ulrichs Web Global Serials Directory. Being a peer-reviewed journal, the manuscripts sent will be evaluated by consultants and should be appropriate for the current version of common rules (icmje_08.pdf)  indicated for biomedical manuscripts as defined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

The official language of the journal is English and Turkish. 

Ankara Medical Journal is dedicated to publishing clinical research articles, invited reviews, letters to the editor, case series / reports on family medicine, medical education, health policies, community health and primary care.

Articles will not be accepted for evaluation if they have been published or if they are considered for publication elsewhere and if they are not prepared according to the publication rules. Only articles sent online via our website  http://www.ankaramedicaljournal.com and sent by the full transfer of copyright form would be considered for publication. Free full-text articles can be accessed from the following link; www.ankaramedicaljournal.com.

Editorial Process and Peer Review

All manuscripts submitted for publication are strictly reviewed by at least two reviewers. Due to the Ankara Medical Journal’s double-blinded review principles, the names of the authors and reviewers are not known to the other. All submitted manuscripts are screened with plagiarism software at least two times during the evaluation process to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. Once your article is accepted for publication, it may be subject to editorial revi­sions to aid clarity and understanding without changing the data presented.

The editor-in-chief has full authority over the editorial and scientific content of the Ankara Medical Journal and the publication time of the content.

Ankara Medical Journal does not charge any article submission or processing charges

Conflict of Interest

Authors should declare that there is no conflict of interest and also, if there is any, the status for their financial support should be clear in the copyright transfer form and at the end of the article.


Approval by the institutional ethical review board according to Helsinki Declaration is obligatory for experimantal, clinical and drug researches. Informed consents from participants should be obtained and these two points should clearly be declared in the ‘’Materials and Methods’’section.

All papers reporting animal experiments should include a statement in ‘’Materials and Methods’’ section giving assurance that all animals have received humane care in compliance with  the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and indicating for the approval by the institutional ethical review board. If necessary, a copy of the form could be required by the editor.

It is obligatory for the articles to be convenient in terms of research and publication ethics, the authors are responsible for their articles. 


Section Policies

Research Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Reports

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letter to the Editor

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted for publication are strictly reviewed by at least two reviewers. Due to the Ankara Medical Journal’s double-blinded review principles, the names of the authors and reviewers are not known to the other. A standard form is supplied to the revieweres in case they want to fill out.  All submitted manuscripts are screened with plagiarism software at least two times during the evaluation process to detect instances of overlapping and similar text.



Publication Frequency

Quarterly (March, June, September, December)


Open Access Policy

Ankara Medical Journal has adopted the “open access policy” by considering the principle increasing the global exchange of the knowledge that generates useful results for humanity. Ankara Medical Journal is an "open access" journal the content of which is available to all users freely. Users can read the articles in full text, download, issue, print out and link to articles citing the journal without taking permission from the publisher or the author(s).




This journal uses LOCKSS system to allow participating libraries create distributed permanent archives for conservation and restoration. If you would like more information about LOCKSS system.


Instruction to Authors

General Format

The manuscripts should be typed in a Microsoft Word™ file (version 7.0 and more),double-spaced with  2.5 cm margins on each side and 12-point type Times New Roman font. "System International" (SI) units should be used. Tables and graphics should be referred in the text. The abbreviations (should be written briefly in the first place they appear and then be explained in paranthesis) could be used in the abstracts and in the text.

Materials and methods section should be described briefly, including the statistical analyses used. While expressing the results, percentages and means in decimals should de given as 2 digits after the point (112.20 or 112.21 instead of 112.2). P,t, Z values are exceptional and should be given as 3 digits after the point (p<0,001 instead of p<0,05).

If the work has been presented in a scientific meeting before, the name, date and place of the meeting should be supplied.

Please submit, with the manuscript, the names, addresses and e-mail addresses of two potential referees. Note that the editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the suggested reviewers are used.

The first page should include the titles in Turkish and English, the category of the manuscript names of the institutions, name, address, telephone, fax number and mail address of the corresponding author.

Following the abstract sections of the scientific articles in Turkish and English, at least 3 key words should be given in the appropriate language in that format of  Index Medicus "Medical Subject Headings" . Key words in Turkish should be the exact translation of MESH terms and chosen among ‘’Turkey Scientific Terms’’, for that reason, the authors should use  http://www.bilimterimleri.com and http://www.nim.nih.gov/mesh/mbrowser.html.


All articles should contain abstracts containing titles in Turkish and English. Word count should not exceed 400 (250 for case reports) and the number of  key words should be between 3-6.

Research articles

Abstracts should not exceed 400 words and should be structured as follows: Abstracts should be structured as follows:

  • Objectives,
  • Materials and Methods,
  • Results,
  • Conclusion

The main text should not exceed 3000 words, excluding the abstract, references, tables, and figure legends. There should be a maximum of 30 references.

Research articles should contain these sections:

  • Titles and abstracts in Turkish and English,
  • Key words in Turkish and English,
  • Introduction,
  • Materials and Methods,
  • Results,
  • Discussion,
  • References,
  • Tables, photos and figures.


In review articles, written upon invitation, new progress on the subject should be handled together with the author’s experiences. Non-structured, brief, explanatory Turkish and English abstracts not more than 400 words should take place. Review articles must not exceed 5000 words for the main text (excluding abstract, references, tables, and figure legends). Number of the authors should not exceed 5 and number of references should not exceed 60.

Case Reports

The abstract should be brief, descriptive, non-structured and should not exceed 250 words.

Case reports should contains these sections;

  • Titles in Turkish and English
  • Abstracts in Turkish and English (why the case has been proposed for publication should be declared clearly),
  • Key words in Turkish and English,
  • Introduction
  • Case-report,
  • Discussion,
  • References,
  • Tables and figures.

Case reports must not exceed 1200 words (excluding references, tables, and figure legends). Case reports can be signed by no more than 5 authors and can have no more than 10 references and 5 figures or tables.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor must not exceed 500 words (excluding references). An abtract is not required with this type of manuscripts. A letter can be signed by no more than 4 authors and can have no more than 5 references and 1 figure or table.


References should be numbered in the order they appear in the text and should be given as superscripts in the text, at the end of the sentences ( e.g., reference 4 should be given as,4). All authors should be listed if the number is six or fewer, otherwise list the first three and then add et al. If online references are to be used do not forget to give date of access in parantheses.

Journal abbreviations should conform to the style used in the Cumulated Index Medicus.

For journal articles, the citation should be as follows; surnames, initials of the author names, title of the article, name of the journal, year, volume, number and inlusive pages. Please use the abbreviation for the journal names, you may use the full name if the abbreviation form does not exist.

As an option, if a journal carries continuous pagination throughout a volume (as many medical journals do) the month and issue number may be omitted.

Examples for both situations;

Berg AO, Allan DJ, Homer JC, Johnson MS, Klein DJ, Lieu AT, et al. Preventive Services Task Force: Screening for depression: Recommendations and rationale. Ann Intern Med 2002;136(10):760-4.

Korytina G, Kochetova O, Akhmadishina L, Viktorova E, Victorova T. Polymorphisms of cytochrome P450 genes in three ethnic groups from Russia. Balkan Med J 2012;29:252-60.

Citation from a book should be as follows;

Tos M. Cartilage tympanoplasty. 1st ed. Stuttgart-New York: Georg Thieme Verlag; 2009.

Citation from a book which has a single author and editor should be as follows;

Neinstein LS. The office visit, interview techniques, and recommendations to parents. In: Neinstein LS (ed). Adolescent Health Care. A practical guide. 3rd ed. Baltimore: Williams&Wilkins; 1996:46-60.

Citation from a book which has authors and editors more than one, should contain notably the author names of the chapter;

Schulz JE, Parran T Jr: Principles of identification and intervention. In:Principles of Addicton Medicine, Graham AW. Shultz TK (eds). American Society of Addiction Medicine, 3rd ed. Baltimore: Williams&Wilkins; 1998:1-10.

If the editors are the authors of a chapter within the book;

Diener HC, Wilkinson M (editors). Drug-induced headache. In: Headache. First ed., New York: Springer-Verlag;1988:45-67.

For references from phD thesis;

Kılıç C. General Health Survey: A Study of Reliability and Validity. phD Thesis, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatrics, Ankara; 1992.

For references from an internet site; name of the site, URL address, names of authors if present and date of access should be given in detail.

Giving DOI;

Joos S, Musselmann B, Szecsenyi J. Integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine into Family Practice in Germany: Result of National Survey. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2011 (doi: 10.1093/ecam/nep019).

For other reference style, please refer to “ICMJE Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Sample References”.


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Ankara Med J is electronic peer reviewed international journal committed to upholding the possible highest standards of publication ethics. In order to provide our readers with a journal of highest quality we state the following principles of Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement. All articles not in accordance with these Standards, will be removed from the publication if malpractice is discovered at any time even after the publication. Ankara Med J is checking all papers in a double-blind peer review process. We also check for plagiats and research fabrication (making up research data); falsification (manipulation of existing research data, tables, or images) and improper use of humans or animals in research. In accordance with the code of conduct we will report any cases of suspected plagiarism or duplicate publishing. Ankara Med J reserves the right to use plagiarism detecting software to screen submitted papers at all times.

Authors must ensure that they have written original works. In addition they must ensure that the manuscript has not been issued elsewhere. Any work or words of other authors, contributors, or sources should be appropriately credited and referenced. Authors are also responsible for language editing before submitting the article. Authors submitting their works to the journal for publication as original articles confirm that the submitted works represent their authors’ contributions and have not been copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other works without clearly citing. Any work or words of other authors, contributors, or sources (including online sites) should be appropriately credited and referenced. All authors should disclose financial or other conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript (financial support for the project should be disclosed). When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. An author agrees to the license agreement before submitting the article. All articles must be submitted using online submission procedure. Submitting a paper simultaneously to more than one publication at a time is a breach of publications ethics.

Editors must ensure a fair double-blind peer-review of the submitted articles for publication. They will strive to prevent any potential conflict of interests between the author and editorial and review personnel. Editors will also ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential before publishing. Editor-in-Chief will coordinate the work of the editors.

Reviewers evaluate manuscripts based on content without regard to ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, religious belief or political philosophy of the authors. They must ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential and must report to the Editor-in-Chief if they are aware of copyright infringement and plagiarism on the author’s side. They must evaluate the submitted works objectively as well as present clearly their opinions on the works in a clear way in the review form. A reviewer who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Editor-in-Chief and excuse himself from the review process.


Statistical Knowledge

The statistical method used should be reported in a way that a reader whoever could reach the original data could understand the results. The terms used, abbreviations, symbols, if used the software and the statistical method should all be defined.

When reporting the results, especially when giving means and percentages, two digits should be given after the point (112.20 or 112.21 instead of 112.2). P, t, Z values are exceptional and three digits should be given after the point ( p=0.001, instead of p<0.05).

Briefly, except whole numbers, two digits after the comma should be given, but for statistical values like p,t,z,F,Chi-square, three digits after the comma should be given. When presenting p values, the exact p value together with the test statistics should be given, except for the case when this value is smaller than one percent or one per thousand (this time p<0.01 or p<0.001, respectively should be given).

ISSN: 2148-4570