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p-ISSN: 1306-696x
e-ISSN: 1307-7945

The Turkish Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery (TJTES) is an monthly official publication of the Turkish Association of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. It is a double blind peer-reviewed periodical that considers for publication clinical and experimental studies, case reports, technical contributions, and letters to the editor. Scope of the journal covers the trauma and emergency surgery.

Each submission will be reviewed by at least two external, independent peer reviewers who are experts in their fields in order to ensure an unbiased evaluation process. The editorial board will invite an external and independent reviewer to manage the evaluation processes of manuscripts submitted by editors or by the editorial board members of the journal. The Editor in Chief is the final authority in the decision-making process for all submissions.

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review, or thesis); that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication in the Turkish Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery is approved by all co-authors. The author(s) transfer(s) the copyright to the Turkish Association of Trauma and Emergency Surgery to be effective if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication. The author(s) guarantee(s) that the manuscript will not be published elsewhere in any other language without the consent of the Association. If the manuscript has been presented at a meeting, this should be stated together with the name of the meeting, date, and the place.

Manuscripts must be submitted in English. All submissions are initially reviewed by the editor, and then are sent to reviewers. All manuscripts are subject to editing and will, if necessary, be returned to the authors for questions to be answered or for any missing information to be added. For accuracy and clarity, a detailed manuscript editing is undertaken for all manuscripts accepted for publication. Final galley proofs are sent to the authors for approval.

Artificial Intelligence (Ai)–Assisted Technology
At submission, the journal should require authors to disclose whether they used artificial intelligence (AI)– assisted technologies (such as Large Language Models [LLMs], chatbots, or image creators) in the production of submitted work. Authors who use such technology should describe, in both the cover letter and the submitted work, how they used it. Use of AI for writing assistance should be reported in the acknowledgment section. Authors who used AI technology to conduct the study should describe its use in the methods section in sufficient detail to enable replication to the approach, including the tool used, version, and prompts where applicable. Chatbots (such as ChatGPT) should not be listed as authors because they cannot be responsible for the accuracy, integrity, and originality of the work, and these responsibilities are required for authorship. Therefore, humans are responsible for any submitted material that included the use of AI-assisted technologies. Authors should carefully review and edit the result because AI can generate authoritative-sounding output that can be incorrect, incomplete, or biased. Authors should not list AI and AIassisted technologies as an author or co-author, nor cite AI as an author. Authors should be able to assert that there is no plagiarism in their paper, including in text and images produced by the AI. Humans must ensure there is appropriate attribution of all quoted material, including full citations.

TJTES is indexed in Science Citation Index Expanded, Index Medicus, Medline, Scopus, EMBASE, Excerpta Medica, CINAHL, the Turkish Medical Index of TUBITAK-ULAKBIM , Turkiye Citation Index, Pubmed Central and GALE. Priority of publications is given to original studies; therefore, selection criteria are more refined for reviews and case reports.

Submission Fee:
In order to further improve the quality and accessibility of the journal, a fee will be charged as a contribution to the cost of production. This fee will be charged during the process of application of submitted articles and will be charged regardless of eventual acceptance/rejection of the manuscript.

Foreign authors can complete the article submission process after depositing USD 600.- to the USD account below.
Turkish authors can complete the article submission process after depositing 5.000.- TL to the account below.

IBAN: TR02 0006 4000 0021 0490 9277 35   (USD)

Turkish authors can complete the article submission process after depositing 5.000.- TL to the account below.
The article number released at the last stage of the article upload process must be written in the bank shipment description section.

IBAN: TR75 0006 4000 0011 0491 5103 66 (Türk Lirası Hesabı)

Article Processing Charge
Starting with the first issue of 2024, the Turkish Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery will be introducing an Article Processing Charge (APC) of 200 USD (+40 VAT) for articles published in the journal. This charge is necessary to cover the costs associated with the publication services provided by the journal. These services include article management costs, the production of articles in PDF and other formats, and the distribution of published articles to various venues and other publishing functions.

This measure is essential to sustain the high-quality standards and operational expenses of the journal. While it represents an additional cost for authors, it is a common practice in scientific publishing, particularly in the context of maintaining the viability of publications like open-access journals.

We appreciate your understanding and continued support in advancing the field of trauma and emergency surgery through scholarly communication.

Fast-track Publication Fee
The Turkish Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, the scientific publication of the National Association of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, has now added the option of a Fast-track Publication Fee to meet the demand for an accelerated publication process. The charge for early publication is 10.000 TL for Turkish authors and 1.000 USD for foreign authors.

This fee is not required, it merely provides authors with an alternative, and is in compliance with the Inter-Universities Council statement of January 25, 2022 regarding predatory journals.

Authors who would like additional information regarding expedited publication or make a request for this service can contact Kare Publishing, the publisher of our journal who acts on behalf of the association, by e-mail at [email protected].

Open Access Policy
The TJTES is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

Commons User License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0) .

Copyright Notice: All published material will become the sole property and will be copyrighted by the Journal. No part of the publication may be used without prior written permission of the publisher. Articles and illustrations become the property of the Journal after publication.

Policy of screening for plagiarism: The manuscripts are scanned by the Publisher’s Office using the iThenticate program for determination of plagiarism and non-ethical situations.

Notice: Dear readers, the subtitle Peer-review information was mistakenly written as “Internally peer-reviewed” in previous PDF’s from issue 2020-1 to issue 2022-11. The correct spelling would be as follows: Externally peer-reviewed. 
We deeply apologize to our readers for the typographical error.

Manuscript submission:TJTES accepts only online submission via the official web site (please click) and submissions that do not meet the TJTES publication criterion for standards may be rejected. All submissions are made by the online submission system called Journal Agent, by clicking the icon “Submit New Manuscript” .

Manuscript preparation: Manuscripts should have double-line spacing, leaving enough margin at both sides. The font size (12 points) and style (Times New Roman) of the main text should be uniformly taken into account. All pages of the main text should be numbered consecutively. Cover letter, manuscript title, author names and institutions and correspondence address, abstract in Turkish (for Turkish authors only), title and abstract in English are uploaded to the Journal Agent system in the concerning steps. The main text includes Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, References, Tables and Figure Legends.
Cover letter must contain a brief statement that the manuscript has been read and approved by all the authors, that it has not been submitted to, or is not under consideration for publication in, another journal. It should contain the names and signatures of all the authors. The cover letter is uploaded at the 10th step of the “Submit New Manuscript” section, called “Upload Your Files”.

Abstract: The abstract should be structured and serve as an informative guide for the methods and results sections of the study. It must be prepared with the following subtitles: Background, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Abstracts should not exceed 400 words.

Figures, illustrations and tables: All figures and tables should be numbered in the order of appearance in the text. The desired position of figures and tables should be indicated in the text. Legends should be stated in the concerning part of the main text and those for photomicrographs and slide preparations should indicate the magnification and the stain used. Color pictures and figures will be published if they are definitely required and with the understanding that the authors are prepared to bear the costs. Line drawings should be professionally prepared. For recognizable photographs, signed releases of the patient or of his/her legal representatives should be enclosed; otherwise, patient names or eyes must be blocked out to prevent identification.

References: All references should be numbered in the order of mention in the text. All reference figures in the text should be given in brackets without changing the font size. References should only include articles that have been published or accepted for publication. Reference format should conform to the “Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals” and its updated versions (February 2006). Journal titles should be abbreviated according to Index Medicus. Journal references should provide inclusive page numbers. All authors, if six or fewer, should be listed; otherwise the first six and “et al.” should be written. The style and punctuation of the references should follow the formats below:

Journal article: Velmahos GC, Kamel E, Chan LS, Hanpeter D, Asensio JA, Murray JA, et al. Complex repair for the management of duodenal injuries. Am Surg 1999;65:972-5.
Chapter in book: Jurkovich GJ. Duodenum and pancreas. In: Mattox KL, Feliciano DV, Moore EE, editors. Trauma. 4th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2000. p. 735-62.

In this context, we have included a search engine in our website so that you can access to full-text articles of the previous issues and cite the published articles in your studies.

Review articles: The reviews take place in the journal upon invitation. Only reviews written by distinguished authors based on the editor’s invitation will be considered and evaluated. It must include the title, summary, text, and references sections. Any accompanying tables, graphics, and figures should be prepared as mentioned above.

Case reports: A limited number of case reports are published in each issue of the journal. The presented case(s) should be educative and of interest to the readers, and should reflect an exclusive rarity. Case reports should contain the title, summary, and the case, discussion, and references sections. These reports may consist of maximum five authors.

Letters to the Editor: The letters should not exceed 500 words. The letter must clearly list the title, authors, publication date, issue number, and inclusive page numbers of the publication for which opinions are released. Please note that “Letters to the Editor” are only published electronically and they do not appear on printed version of TJTES and Pubmed. The editors do not issue an acceptance document as an original article for the ‘’letters to the editor.

Informed consent - Ethics: Manuscripts reporting the results of experimental studies on human subjects must include a statement that informed consent was obtained after the nature of the procedure(s) had been fully explained.

Manuscripts describing investigations in animals must clearly indicate the steps taken to eliminate pain and suffering. Authors are advised to comply with internationally accepted guidelines, stating such compliance in their manuscripts and to include the approval by the local institutional human research committee.