Author Information Pack

Aim and Scope
Nazariyat Journal (TR: Nazariyat Dergisi) was founded in 2014. Nazariyat Journal, issued twice a year in English and Turkish (Nazariyat 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 Nazariyat Journal 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.
The publication of an article in another language provided that the original source is published in English and Turkish, as well as the original source is fully and clearly stated, does not pose any problems in terms of publication ethics. (See. Committee On Publication Ethics Guidelines On Good Publication Practice
All articles are evaluated by two anonymous reviewers. The publication of an article depends upon approval by these reviewers, and authors must provide the necessary corrections demanded by them.
For any questions regarding article submission, a detailed guide may be found at Guide to Authors. If, however, you require assistance or information not provided in the Guide to Authors, please do not hesitate to contact the editor directly at:

Editor in Chief
İhsan Fazlıoğlu, İstanbul Medeniyet University

Eşref Altaş, İstanbul Medeniyet University
İbrahim Halil Üçer, İstanbul Medeniyet University
İshak Arslan, İstanbul Şehir University
M. Cüneyt Kaya, İstanbul University
Rahim Acar, Marmara University
Ömer Mahir Alper, İstanbul University
Ömer Türker, Marmara University

Associate Editors
Hasan Umut, Mcgill University
Mehmet Arıkan, İstanbul Medeniyet University
Sümeyye Parıldar, İstanbul University
Ümit Güneş, Yıldız Teknik University
Nur Muhammed Şahin, İstanbul Medeniyet University

Editorial Board
A. Saim Kılavuz, Uludağ University
Ali Durusoy, Marmara University
Atilla Arkan, Sakarya University
Atilla Bir, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University
Ayman Shihadeh, University of London
Dimitri Gutas, Yale University
Ekrem Demirli, İstanbul University
Esin Kahya, Ankara University
F. Jamil Ragep, McGill University
Hasan Hüseyin Bircan, Konya Necmettin Erbakan University
Hikmet Yaman, Marmara University
İlhan Kutluer, Marmara University
İlyas Çelebi, İstanbul 29 Mayıs University
İsmail Kara, İstanbul Şehir University
Jari Kaukua, University of Jyväskylä
Jon McGinnis, University of Missouri
Judith Pfeiffer, Universität Bonn
Khaled el-Rouayheb, Harvard University
Muhittin Macit, Manuscript Institution of Turkey
Mustafa Kaçar, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University
Orhan Ş. Koloğlu, Uludağ University
Peter Adamson, Ludwig Maxmilians Universität
Reşat Öngören, Istanbul University
Robert Morrison, Bowdoin College
Robert Wisnovsky, McGill University
Sabine Schmidtke, Institute for Advanced Study
Sajjad Rizvi, University of Exeter
Tahsin Görgün, Istanbul 29 Mayıs University
Tony Street, Cambridge University
Yaşar Aydınlı, Uludağ University
Şükrü Özen, Istanbul University

Abstracting and Indexing
Nazariyat Journal is abstracted and indexed by

  • ESCI
  • ATLA
  • Index Islamicus
  • Index Copernicus
  • The Philosopher’s Index
  • Religious and Theological Abstracts

Basic Guidelines for Authors
Article Submission and Application

  • The first step for publication is to send article through online application system. Afterwards, you will receive an automatic message certifying your application. Please contact us through an e-mail at if you do not receive this message.
  • The articles sent for review should be drafted either in Turkish or in English.
  • Nazariyat Journal does not charge the authors for publication.
  • 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

  • Drafts should satisfy the following rules:
    * Articles should include between 5000 and 8000 words in total.
    * Articles should be drafted with MS Word processor, in normal margins, Times New Roman, font 10, 1.5 spaced and justified to the left.
    * Tables, figures, pictures and charts should fit to the page dimensions. 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 letters. 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 address. 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 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 written.

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.

Nazariyat Journal follows Transliteration Guide of International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) for Ottoman Turkish, Arabic and Persian words.
[Available online]

Articles’ Translations
1- 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 Nazariyat, Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences, and vice versa.
2- All procedures are to be followed through online communication system. Please follow the instructions throughout these procedures.
3- Nazariyat Journal does not charge any fee for the publication of the submitted articles.
4- Submitting the English version of the Turkish-written articles for publication is under the responsibility of the authors. Nazariyat Journal supports the authors to cover half of the cost arising from the English translations written in Turkish.
5- In the case of Turkish translation and proof-reading of English-written articles, Nazariyat Journal supports the authors to cover all of the costs arising from Turkish translation and proof-reading.

Ethical 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 supported 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 Nazariyat for publication depends on the following ethical and legal conditions:

  1. Every author agrees on the article’s content and the submission of this content to the journal.
  2. The article’s content is approved through reviews by authoritative and responsible referees.
  3. The article, partially or completely, has not been published before, in any language.
  4. An article submitted to Nazariyat for publication must not be submitted to another journal during the review process.
  5. If a draft submitted to Nazariyat 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 Nazariyat.

Reporting Standards
The authors who provide articles of original research should present an accurate account of the work they have performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements reflect unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.
Review and professional publication articles must also be accurate and objective. Any editorial ‘opinion’ works should be identified as such.

Data Access and Retention
Authors may be asked to provide the raw data connected to a paper for editorial review, and authors should be prepared to provide public access to such data. Furthermore, authors are expected to be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism
Authors should ensure that they have written genuinely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others this must be appropriately cited or quoted.
Plagiarism takes many forms, from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Concurrently submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.
In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper. Publication of some kinds of articles (e.g. clinical guidelines, translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals concerned must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation of the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication.

Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of other authors must always be given. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work should be cited. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in those services.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.
A conflict can be actual or potential, and full disclosure to the journal is the safest course. All submissions must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest. The journal may use such information as a basis for editorial decisions and may publish such disclosures if they are believed to be important to readers in judging the manuscript. A decision may be made by the journal not to publish an article on the basis of the declared conflict. At the end of the text, under a subheading ‘Disclosure Statement’, all authors must disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three (3) years of beginning the work submitted that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work.
Examples of potential conflicts of interest that should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible.
All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. This declaration (with the heading ‘Role of the Funding Source’) should be made in a separate section of the text and placed before the References. Authors must describe the role of the study’s sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the paper for publication.

Fundamental Errors in Published Works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.

Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are declared in the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Reference Style
Nazariyat Journal 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 both for quotations and for the bibliography.

Citation in Text
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full. Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should follow the standard reference style of the journal and should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

Web References
As a minimum requirement the full URL of any web references should be given and the date when it was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given. Web references can be listed separately (e.g., after the reference list) under a different heading if desired, or can be included in the reference list.

References in a Special Issue
Please ensure that the words 'this issue' are added to any references in the list (and any citations in the text) to other articles in the same Special Issue.

Submission Policy
Submission Declaration
The submission of an article implies that the work has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere including electronically in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

Disclosing Data
All data relating to the article must be made available in Supplementary files or deposited in external repositories and it must be submitted if it is requested.

Changes to Authorship
Nazariyat Journal accepts the add and drop or rearrangement of author names in an accepted manuscript before publication. Before the accepted manuscript is published, requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Journal Secretary by the corresponding author. This request must include:

  • The reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and
  • Written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.
  • Requests that are not sent by the corresponding author will be forwarded by the Journal Secretary to the corresponding author, who must follow the procedure as described above. Note that: (1) the Journal Secretary will inform the Journal Editors of any such requests and (2) the publication of the accepted manuscript in an issue will be suspended until authorship has been agreed. After the manuscript is published any requests to add, drop or rearrange author names will not be taken into consideration.

Authors should add their papers a confirmation of copyright of the article submitted to Nazariyat Journal, a sample is shown below.

“The attached article(s), whose writer(s) and title(s) are clearly indicated below, has/have been sent for your consideration to be published in Nazariyat Journal. The article(s) has/have yet to be published anywhere else, nor has/have the article(s) been sent to another journal for consideration. In the case that any or all of the article be accepted for publication, we affirm that all publishing rights shall belong permanently to Nazariyat Journal for each accepted article.
As the writer(s) whose signature(s) appear below, I/we accept all the conditions found in the Author Guidelines section and affirm that the below article(s) has/have been written in accordance to the ethical rules stated therein. I/we furthermore affirm that all accompanying articles are original works, that all articles are accompanied with their original copyright forms, that the writer(s) transfere/s all editing rights to the Publications Board for the Nazariyat Journal, and that all copyrights, including registered copyrights, shall be transferred to the Nazariyat Journal upon acceptance.”

Online Submission System
Nazariyat Journal uses the Open Journal System (OJS) for article submission. Submissions proceeds totally online through our web site.
Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project through its federally funded efforts to expand and improve access to research. OJS assists with every stage of the refereed publishing process, from submissions through to online publication and indexing. Through its management systems, it’s finely grained indexing of research, and the context it provides for research, OJS seeks to improve both the scholarly and public quality of refereed research. OJS is open source software made freely available to journals worldwide for the purpose of making open access publishing a viable option for more journals, as open access can increase a journal's readership as well as its contribution to the public good on a global scale.

Submission Checklist
The following list will be useful during the final checking of an article prior to submission. Please consult this Guide for Authors for further details of any item and ensure that the following items are present:

  • In the first page, the full name and affiliation of all author(s)
  • If article is written by two or more authors one author should be defined as corresponding author. In the first page, name, mailing address, work/mobile phone numbers, and e-mail address(es) of corresponding author.
  • In the article in Turkish
    * an abstract between 150 and 200 words and 5-8 keywords in Turkish and a title
    * an abstract between 150 and 200 words and 5-8 keywords in English.
    * a long summary in English between 1500 and 2000 words. This extended summary should include the title in English, sub-topics of the article, and all references (This section may be submitted after acceptance).
  • In the article in English
    * an abstract between 150 and 200 words and 5-8 keywords in English.
    * an abstract between 150 and 200 words and 5-8 keywords in Turkish and a title. If the author does not know Turkish, this part will be translated by Nazariyat Journal.
  • All figure captions; all figures supplied as a separate file in suitable formats (.jpg, .pdf or .png), printable resolution and proper size.
  • All tables (including title, description, footnotes)
  • Manuscript has been spell-checked and grammar-checked
  • References are in the correct format (Chicago - 16th Ed.)
  • All references mentioned in the text are listed in the bibliography and vice versa
  • Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web)

Article Publication Policy
Copyediting and Proofreading
Nazariyat Journal publishes articles in Turkish and English. Please write your text in good Turkish or English. Authors who think their Turkish and English needs copyediting may request help from Journal Secretary. Nazariyat Journal will find somebody for this. Charges for this service belong to the Authors.

Queuing for Publishing
After all review and copyediting processes completed Editorial Board will decide for the issue in which the article will take place. Normally the articles are listed according to submission dates. But in some cases, there may be some exceptions related with the special issues and focused files. The author(s) will be informed about this decision.

Acceptance Letter
If author needs and demands an acceptance letter showing the status of the article may be supplied by editorial board. This letter will include a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number which the author may further necessary official processes.

Use of the Digital Object Identifier
The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) may be used to cite and link to electronic documents. The DOI consists of a unique alpha-numeric character string which is assigned to a document by the publisher upon the initial electronic publication. The assigned DOI never changes. Therefore, it is an ideal medium for citing a document, particularly 'Articles in press' because they have not yet received their full bibliographic information.
An example of a correctly given DOI for Nazariyat Journal (in URL format; Nazariyat.Volume Number.Issue Number.Article Number): M0002
When you use a DOI to create links to documents on the web, the DOIs are guaranteed never to change.

Open Access System
Nazariyat Journal has an open access policy. All of published articles and reviews can be reached at

Copies of the Journal
A hardcopy of the Journal will also be sent to All author(s). Besides this, the corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a PDF file of the article via e- mail.

Review Policy
Peer review process is an essential component of the scientific process. Reviews by independent scientists provide advice to the editorial board of Nazariyat Journal to choose best articles to publish. A double-blind reviewing process is conducted.
Nazariyat Journal is international in authorship and in readership and referees are carefully selected from the worldwide academic community. Referees’ names are kept confidential and may only be disclosed to Editors who are also instructed to maintain confidentiality. Unbiased consideration is given to all manuscripts offered for publication regardless of the race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, political philosophy, age or reputation of the authors.

Duties of Editors

  • Publication decision
  • Fair play
  • Confidentiality
  • Disclosure and Conflicts of interest
  • Involvement and Cooperation in Investigations

Editor’s Declarations of Interest
Nazariyat Journal has asked its editors to provide brief statements on any interests which might be seen as having a potential bearing on the independence of their editorial evaluations. We have done so in the belief that such transparency is owed to our authors and readers, and is fair reciprocity for the requirement on declaration of interests which we put on authors, referees and book reviewers. Editorial staff is expected to distance themselves from any editorial decision-making where potential conflict of interest might be deemed to exist.

Choosing Peer-Reviewers and Their Duties
Peer reviewers of Nazariyat Journal are chosen between experts in the scientific topic addressed in the articles.
They are selected for their objectivity and scientific knowledge. All reviewers are informed of Nazariyat Journal’s expectations. They are expected to fill the evaluation form and prepare a separate report if necessary.
Any person who has a conflict of interest in the subject of the article cannot be a reviewer for that article. Reviewers should contact the editorial office to declare any potential conflicts of interest in advance of refereeing an article (e.g. being a co-worker or collaborator with one of the authors, or being in a position which precludes giving an objective opinion of the work, those working for a company whose product was tested, its competitors, those with special political or ideological agendas).
Reviews are expected to be professional, honest, courteous, prompt, and constructive. The desired major elements of a high-quality review are as follows:

  • The reviewer should have identified and commented on the major strengths and weaknesses of the study design and methodology.
  • The reviewer should comment accurately and constructively upon the quality of the author's interpretation of the data, including acknowledgment of its limitations.
  • The reviewer should comment on the major strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript as a written communication, independent of the design, methodology, results, and interpretation of the study.
  • The reviewer should comment on any ethical concerns raised by the study, or any possible evidence of low standards of scientific conduct.
  • The reviewer should provide the author with useful suggestions for improvement of the manuscript.
  • The reviewer's comments to the author should be constructive and professional.
  • The review should provide the editor the proper context and perspective to make a decision on acceptance (and/or revision) of the manuscript.
  • The reviewers are expected to point out relevant work that has not been cited, and use citations to explain where elements of the work have been previously reported. They should also note any substantial similarity between the manuscript and any paper published in or submitted to another journal.
  • We request that reviewers do not contact authors directly. In most cases two reviewers will be consulted, but the opinion of these reviewers may not reflect the Co-Editor’s final decision on an article. Receiving partial advice from one referee can give authors a misleading impression of the peer review process.

Developing Review Process
The editors of Nazariyat Journal routinely assess all reviews for quality. Ratings of review quality and other performance characteristics of reviewers are periodically assessed to assure optimal journal performance. Performance measures such as review completion times should be used to assess changes in processing that might improve journal performance. Individual performance is kept confidential. The editors who do not contribute to the journal’s quality may be out listed. The review process in Nazariyat Journal is like:

We assign two referees for each article.

  • If two of the referees accept an article as publishable, the article is published.
  • If one of the referees accept it and the other rejects, the article is transferred to a third referee. If the third referee accepts it, it is published. If he/she rejects, it is rejected.
  • If two of the referees reject an article, it is directly rejected and not published.

You can find the referee form here.

In the review process, information and ideas obtained as a referee is kept confidential and not used for competitive advantage. The submitted manuscript is a privileged communication and should be kept confidential.

  • The submitted manuscript should not be retained or copied by the reviewers. Also, reviewers must not share the manuscript with any colleagues without the explicit permission of the editor.
  • Reviewers and editors must not make any personal or professional use of the data, arguments, or interpretations (other than those directly involved in its peer review) prior to publication unless they have the authors' specific permission or are writing an editorial or commentary to accompany the article.
  • Reviewers must disclose any conflicts of interest and inform the editorial board.
  • Reviewers must inform the journal if they are unable to review a paper or can do so only with some delay.
  • Reviewers must objectively judge the quality of the research reported, give fair, frank and constructive criticism and refrain from personal criticism of the authors. Comments made by referees may be seen by the authors. Therefore, referees’ judgments should be explained and supported so that authors can understand the basis of the comments and judgments.
  • If reviewers suspect misconduct, they should notify the editor in confidence, and should not share their concerns with other parties unless officially notified by the journal that they may do so.

Author Inquiries
The publisher of Nazariyat Journal, Scientific Studies Society (İLEM), was founded in 2002 with a view to train and support social scientists. Studies within İLEM are planned with a comparative and multi-dimensional interdisciplinary approach to assist the training of sapient and sagacious scholars. İLEM hopes its scientific studies will inspire varied groups in Turkey and abroad.
İLEM is committed to ensuring that no advertising, reprints or other commercial revenue has any impact or influence on editorial decisions. In addition, the Journal Secretary will assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers where this is deemed useful to editors. Finally, İLEM is working closely with other publishers and industry associations to set standards for best practices on ethical matters, errors and retractions--and are prepared to provide specialized legal review and counsel if necessary.
For inquiries relating to the submission of articles please visit this journal's homepage at
All details regarding the preparation and submission of articles and reviews may be found there.
If you have any ethical concerns about a paper, whether published or in review, please contact the editor in the first instance.
Please feel free to contact us for any further information via e-mail to