Guide to Authors

Focus and Content

Nazâriyât, Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences, issued twice a year in English and Turkish (Nazâriyât İslam Felsefe ve Bilim Tarihi Araştırmaları Dergisi), is a refereed international journal. It publishes original studies, critical editions of classical texts and book reviews on Islamic philosophy, kalām, theoretical aspects of Sufism and the history of sciences.

The goal of Nazâriyât is to contribute to the discovery, examination, and reinterpretation of the theoretical traditions in the history of Islamic thought, by giving special attention to the postclassical period of it.

Find detailed information concerning article submission in Guide to Authors. Please contact directly to the editor through editor@nazariyat.org if Guide to Authors does not include the inquired information.

Article Submission and Application

The first step for publication is to send the article through online application system. Afterward, you will receive an automatic message certifying your application. Please contact us through an e-mail at editor@nazariyat.org if you do not receive this message.
The articles sent for review should be drafted either in Turkish or in Eng
Only the articles that have not been published elsewhere qualify for publication. The articles are first reviewed by our Editors. If an article provides the necessary conditions in terms of content and form, then the editors will examine it in order to determine its acceptability.
Two referees review all articles; only when necessary a third referee is called to review. The publication of an article depends on the referees’ approval. Authors are responsible for the revisions requested by the referees.

Form and Style

Form

Drafts should satisfy the following rules:

Articles should include between 5000 and 8000 words in t
Articles should be drafted with MS Word processor, in normal margins, Times New Roman, font 10, 5 spaced and justified to the left.
Tables, figures, pictures and charts should fit to the page dimension. If necessary, they can be written in smaller fonts and single-spaced.
Tables and charts should be numbered in respect to their appearance in the article. Footnotes for tables should be place under each table and they should be specified with descriptive lowercase letter Vertical tables should be avoided. Tables should be used as few as possible and the data shown in a table should not duplicate the results given any section of the article.

Title, Abstract and Keywords

Drafts should include the following sections:
A title in English and an abstract including 150-200 words with a list of 5-8 keywords.
Author’s affiliation and Acknowledgements

A footnote specified with the symbol () should include the following information: the author’s name, affiliated institution, e-mail addr If the author has a list of acknowledgements, it should precede the author’s name in a footnote specified with the symbol ().
The submitted draft should have an additional page having author(s)’s full name(s) and institutional affiliation(s); and mailing address(es), work/cell phone numbers and e-mail address(es).
Footnotes and Bibliography

Nazariyat follows the citation rules according to Chicago Manual of Style, Notes and Bibliography. The authors should observe the rules and formats outlined in The Chicago Manual of Style (available online at http://chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html) both for quotations and for the bibliography.
When quotations are included in a text, the citation should be added into the related section. We do not recommend citing unpublished works and personal connections in references, but these can be mentioned in the text. If these citations are to appear, the journal’s standard rules for citation should be followed and for the publication date “Unpublished work” or “Personal Connections” should be writ- ten.
Transliteration of Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Turkish words

Nazariyat follows Transliteration Guide of International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) for Arabic, Persian and Ottoman Turkish wor (available online at http://ijmes.chass.ncsu.edu/IJMES_ Translation_and_Transliteration_Guide.htm).
Citing websites

For citing an internet link, authors should specify the complete URL address(es) and the last access to the address(es). If known, information such as author names, dates, reference sources should be given. Internet link citations can be listed separately (e.g. after the list of references) or added to the list of references.

Articles’ Translations

Under the conditions set by the Journal, the articles accepted for publication in Nazariyat İslam Felsefe ve Bilim Tarihi Araştırmaları Dergisi are translated into English to be published in Nazâriyât, Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences, and vice versa.
All procedures are to be followed through online communication system. Please follow the instructions throughout these procedures.

Ethics Policy

The publication of articles in a refereed journal through authoritative reviews is highly significant in the development of a respectable and consistent information network, for this is an indicator to the quality of the authors’ researches and to the institutions supporting these authors. Scientific methods are adopted and support- ed in the articles reviewed by authoritative referees. For this reason, it is considerably important that all actors involved in publication process, namely authors, editors and referees, should agree on certain ethical attitudes

Approval of an article sent to Nazâriyât for publication depends on the following ethical and legal conditions:

Every author agrees on the article’s content and the submission of this content to the journal.
The article’s content is approved through reviews by authoritative and responsible referees.
The article, partially or completely, has not been published before, in any language.
An article submitted to Nazariyât for publication must not be submitted to another journal during the review process.
If a draft submitted to Nazariyât includes figures, tables or long text block that have been published before, the author is responsible for obtaining permission from the copyright owners. All copyrighted elements should be specified appropriately in the draft submitted to Nazariyât.

Transmission of Required Information

The authors, who transformed their original research into articles, should describe their research in detail and state the importance of their research. Article should convey correctly and include enough detail and citation, which will enable others to revisit the research. Inaccurate and intentionally distorted statements are contrary to the ethics of research and are not acceptable.

Access to Data and Preservation

Concerning revisions during the review process, the authors may be asked to show some of the sources they used in the articles; in case of such a request, they must provide access to these sources. Nevertheless, the authors may choose to withhold the sources and data for a short period, even after the publication.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors must prove that the works are product of their original research and if they utilize the works or ideas of others, they should quote and convey them accurately and appropriately.

Plagiarism has many forms such as wrongful appropriation of another’s work, stealing and paraphrasing of another author’s thoughts, ideas or expressions without citing and representation of others’ researches and results as one’s own original work. All kinds of plagiarism are unethical behaviors and are not acceptable.

Multiple, Repeating and Simultaneous Publication

Having published a work, the authors should not initiate multiple publications of their work based on the same research. Simultaneous publication of the same work is unethical behavior and is not acceptable.

Likewise, authors are expected not to submit their published works to another journal for review. For this,

the author and editors of the journal should agree on a second publication of the work including the sources and interpretation of the first publication. The references in the first publication should be represented accurately in the second publication.

Defining Sources

Defining other authors’ works should be done accurately. The special information derived from a talk, correspondence or a discussion with a third person should not be used and quoted without a written permission of the source.

Major Mistakes in Published Works

The authors, who notice a mistake or an error in their published work, are responsible to contact immediately with Nazâriyât editors or publishers to correct or withdraw their work through collaboration with the editor. If the editor or publisher is informed by third person about important mistakes in a published article, it is completely the author’s responsibility to withdraw or correct the mistakes or provide the evidence confirming the accuracy of the original research to the editor.

***Authors of the Work


The authors of a work can include the individuals who contributed significantly to the ideas, project and draft or translation of the work. These individuals who contributed significantly can be listed as assisting authors. The names of the individuals who contributed only certain parts should be mentioned in the list of acknowledgment.

The primary author should clearly state that all assisting authors are declared accurately and they all have seen the final draft of the work and have agreed on its submission for publication.

Article Publication Policy

Revision and Reorganization

Nazâriyât publishes articles in Turkish and English. Texts should be written in idiomatic Turkish and English. The articles in Turkish should include an extended abstract in English.

Order for Publication

Having finished all reviews and revisions, the Editorial Board begins ordering publication of articles. In principle, articles are published in respect to their submission order, however some exceptions might happen for special issues and extraordinary conditions. If such an exception is decided, the authors are informed in this respect.

Letter of Acceptance

The editorial board sends a letter of acceptance if the author needs and requests such a letter. This letter includes Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number, which the author may need for later official paperwork.

Using DOI

DOI can be used for citation and providing access to electronic documents. DOI is a unique alphanumeric band, assigned to each document for the electronic publication by the publisher. An assigned DOI is never changed. Therefore, it is a suitable means for citing a document, especially when its bibliographical information is not yet complete.

An example of DOI given for Nazâriyât (in the format of an internet address: nazariyat.Volume Number.Issue Number.Article Number): http://dx.doi.org/10.12658/nazariyat1.1. M0002

When DOI is used to create a link to a document on the internet, this identifier link is never changed.

Open Access Policy

Nazâriyât has a policy of open access. All published articles and reviews can be accessed from the address www. nazariyat.org

Journal Copies

A hardcopy of Nazâriyât will be sent to each authors. In addition this, each corresponding author will receive an electronic copy of his/her article for free of charge.

Review Policy

A thorough review is an essential part of scientific development. Reviews by independent scholars are recommendations of the articles of highest quality to Nazâriyât’s editorial board. All articles are subject to completely confidential review process.

Both the authors and readers of Nazâriyât are international. Referees are carefully selected from scholars throughout the world. The names of referees are kept confidential and known only for the editors whose names are not disclosed. All works submitted for publication are reviewed objectively without regard to authors’ race, gender, religious view, ethnicity, citizenship, political tendency, age and reputation.

Tasks of Editors

Decision for publication
Objectivity
Confidentiality
Disagreement and Declaration
Participation and cooperation in research
Declaration of opinion by Editors

Nazâriyât demands from the referees an explanatory short paragraph(s) on their opinions as proof of objectivity in reviewing process. This transparency is due to the ethical responsibility to authors and readers. It also addresses to the free declaration of opinion expected from authors, referees and book reviewers. Members of editorial office are expected to avoid from any arrangements that might potentially influence them or decide to create a disagreement.

Selection of Referees and Their Responsibilities

The group of referees for Nazâriyât are selected from the scholars who are authoritative on the subjects of articles. Their selection is for their objectivity and excellence in scientific knowledge. All selected referees are informed about what Nazâriyât expects from them. They are all required to fill out a review form and, if necessary, prepare a separate report.

Reviewing process is expected to be academic, honest, courteous, precise and constructive. The basic characteristics of a high-quality review are the following:

The referees should outline weak and strong aspects of the work in respect to its organization and methodology and also comment on each of these.
By taking into consideration of the probability of a limited data available to the author, the referees should criticize his ability of processing the data in a fair and constructive way.
The referees should identify weak and strong aspects of the work as a written means of communication, without regard to its organization, methodology, results and processing.
The referees should express their opinions on the work concerning whether it has ethically ominous content or whether it is below the standard for its scientific value.
The referees should give helpful suggestions for the development of the work.
The referees should have constructive and professional critiques addressed to the authors.
The review should provide a fair perspective and content to have a decision of acceptance (or revision).
The referees are expected to identify the works that do not include citations or have not cited usage of other works and specify which parts are reproduced by the author without citation. The referees should also state the outstanding similarities between the work submitted to Nazâriyât and any other study published in another jour
The referees should not contact with the author directly. In principle, the journal seeks reviews by two authoritative scholars, but their opinions on the article may not be the same as editor’s.

Review Process

Nazâriyât’s editors regularly examine the quality of the articles. Rating the review quality and other performative characteristics of the referees are revisited in certain period of times. We consider some of performance criteria, such as the review completion time, for increasing the effectiveness of the journal. Those editors who do not contribute to the quality of Nazâriyât may be excluded from the editorial board.

Confidentiality

The information and opinions acquired by the referees during the review process are all kept confidential and are never used for the advantage of someone. The submission of an article, as a special presentation, is kept confidential completely.

The referees do not accept the submission of an article and reproduce the submitted material. Without written permission of the editor, the referees do not share the article with colleagues.
Before the publication of an article, the referees and editors cannot utilize the data, ideas or subjects without permission of the author (unless it is strictly related to review process) and they cannot write and comment on the article.
In case of a disagreement/conflict of interests, referees should inform the editorial board about this.
If a referee is not able to review a work or complete the review with some delay, he/she should inform Nazâriyât.
The referees should review the quality of the work objectively, criticize it in an open, impartial and constructive way and avoid personal criticism against the authors. It is appropriate that the authors see and know the referees’ comments. Therefore, the referees’ judgments should be stated clearly and supported in order to facilitate the authors understand the comments and principles of review.
If the referees suspect a violation, they can inform the editor about this easily. But they should not share the issue with others unless they receive a directive concerning this.
Please contact immediately with the editor by sending a message to editor@nazariyat.org for further information about a work under review for its supposed unethical conduct.