Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies endeavors to enrich academic literature with publications done on Alevi Bektashi belief system within different scientific fields. In this context, Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies, after reviewing process, publishes original research paper, compilation, translation, review and similar publications concerning Alevi Bektashi communities prepared according to scientific criteria.
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Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies is published in hard copy and online twice a year. The hard copy is sent free of charge to researchers and major libraries relevant to Alevism-Bektashism field. The journal has adopted the “open access policy” to enable easy online access. Increasing the global exchange of scientific knowledge, open access generates useful results for humanity. Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies, a publication of the Institute of Alevi-Bektashi Culture, supports the Budapest Open Access Initiative which was signed on September 12, 2012. The BOAI Policies, adopted by the Editorial Board of Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies, are available at http://www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org/boai-10-translations/turkish-translation.
All papers published in Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies are licensed under “Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License”. All articles, data sets, graphics and supplementary files published together with this license can be copied, redistributed, and shared on data mining applications, search engines, websites, weblogs and all other digital platforms, provided that the journal is cited.
Since Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies adopts the policy of providing open access, it doesn’t ask for any subscription or fee from any library or reader to access electronic articles.
Since Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies claims no transaction fees from authors and no subscription fees from readers for the published article, it has no source of income. One thousand copies of each issue of the journal are printed and distributed to research and libraries without any shipping charges. The Institute of Alevi-Bektashi Culture covers all these costs of the journal.
The following obligations of the articles submitted to Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies are under the responsibility of the authors.
Since its first issue published in 2009, Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies has been published in Turkish, English and German. The 12 issues of the journal obtain abstracts in German, English, Turkish and Albanian, and German translations of the articles. Starting from the 13th issue, each paper is published with an abstract in two languages different from the language of the paper (Turkish, German or English). The German language editor of our journal assists with the German abstracts of papers written in Turkish and English. Our journal continues publishing papers with abstracts in three languages (English, Turkish and German). No fee is charged from the author for the assistance of the language editor.
Following the suggestions from the reviewers or field editors, Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies considers that the accepted papers are obliged to have correct and complete references and citations in accordance with its publication ethics. In this context, every accepted paper is checked for bibliography, referencing and citation by a company approved by the editorial board.
The papers accepted after peer review process in Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies undergo the processes of plagiarism checking, editing of bibliography, cross-reference and reference control, layout and typesetting, assigning a DOI number, respectively. The author(s) bears the expenses involved in the stages of this process.
Relationships with the Journal's Owner and Publisher
The relationship between the editors and publisher is based on the principle of the independency of editors. The Institute of Alevi-Bektashi Culture is not involved at any stage of the publication of the papers in the journal. The responsibility of the Institute is limited to the monitoring of financial activities. Works are shared with the readers in cooperation with the editors and the Editorial Board. The relations between the journal owner and editors are founded in trust and respect. In accordance with the written agreement between the editors and the Institute of Alevi-Bektashi Culture, as publisher, all decisions that will be taken by the editors are independent of the publisher and the journal owner.
Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies, published by the Institute of Alevi-Bektashi Culture, is an international peer-reviewed journal. As a non-profit civil society organization, the Institute of Alevi-Bektashi Culture aims to conduct and support scientific and cultural activities on Alevi-Bektashi belief system.
Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies has been published since 2009 with the aim to enrich academic literature with scientific publications of the institute.
Following submissions are out of the scope of Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies, and they are not accepted for review:
- Submissions presented and published as proceedings;
- Submissions presented and published as conference posters;
- Submissions printed as an article, a book chapter or a presentation.
Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies, an international peer-reviewed journal, is issued two times a year, in January and June. The Journal can publish special issues upon decision of the editorial board. Call for papers related to special issues is made at least one year prior to publication.
All issues of Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies have been published in Turkish, English and German since the first issue of the journal published in 2009. Every paper has two abstracts in two different languages (other than language of research paper). The journal assists with abstracts in German if paper is written in Turkish or English.
The papers submitted to the journal should be consistent with the language of paper (Turkish, English and German) and scientific literature, and should have a plain and clear language quality. Papers should be written in a fluent language free of foreign words.
Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies publishes original research papers, papers done as a part of a compilation, translations and book reviews.
Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies has both print and online editions. Print editions of the journal are sent to addresses of libraries, researches and relevant institutions and persons determined by the editorial board. This list is updated regularly in accordance with incoming requests. Distribution of print editions and giving open access to journal are conducted simultaneously. 50 copies of every issue are kept in the Archive of the Institute of Alevi-Bektashi Culture. Moreover, all issues are opened to access on www.abked.de.
The process of applying for indexing of Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies is in progress.
Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies does not accept advertising sponsorship as a part of its publication policies. All expenses of the journal are covered by the Institute of Alevi-Bektashi Culture.
The papers to be submitted to Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies should be prepared according to the following “Article Templates”.
Page Format: A4 Portrait, Margins (Normal) (4 sides 2,5cm)
Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies do not limit the page or word numbers of papers. However, the editorial board or the scientific board may remark that the paper can be shortened without losing quality.
Font Family: Palatino Linotype font; main titles should be written using 11 punt and the text using 10 punt.
Each paper should be composed of the following main titles in the same order:
The title of the paper should reflect its content clearly and be comprehensive. Each word should be capitalized except for the linkers.
Abstract should briefly and clearly state the aim of the paper, its scope, method, results, important features and original value. There is no word limit for it.
Minimum 5, maximum 7 keywords that reflect the whole paper should be determined.
The basis of the research subject, summary related with the parts of the paper, the response to the subject in the academic literature, the importance of the research, research problem and objectıves should be elaborated in the introduction.
The type, research group, data collection tools, validity and reliability, data collection techniques, data analysis, limitations and, if necessary, ethical committee approval of the research should be elaborated in the method section of the paper.
The results of the research should be explained with tables, diagrams, graphics or pictures in a form that preserves the integrity and supports the aim and problem of the paper.
In the light of the importance of the paper, the results should be discussed referring to literature of scientific field and author comments.
In the conclusion, the main ideas driven from the discussions should be explained.
Suggestions concerning the discussion and results of the paper must be made. In addition, suggestions directed to the contribution to literature, to the future researches and applications in the field must be included in the paper.
People or institutions that contributed to the shaping of the research should be acknowledged.
References should be prepared according to APA 6-Citation Guide. The in-text references should be given in accordance with the language of the full text. For Turkish full texts Turkish referencing guidelines and for English full texts English referencing guidelines should be consulted.
Font family is Palatino Linotype and line spacing is 3nk. Indentation should start under the 4th letter.
Additional tables, diagrams, graphics and pictures should be given on a separate page after the references. Each appendix should be numbered as Appendix 1, Appendix 2, etc. and each appendix should have a separate title.
* Discussion, Results and Suggestions could be given by authors under the same title or separately.
** If there are Acknowledgements and Additional Information these should be given in the form of one main title, like Introduction or Method.
Tables and Diagrams
The titles of Tables and Diagrams and text properties should be given considering the pattern of the examples given under the Template.
12 nk space should be given before and after Tables and Diagrams.
The titles of tables and text, Font size: 10 punts
Table and its number, Bold. E.g.: Table 1. Table Title
If the diagram is in a form of graphic and can be edited, font size of the title and internal text should be 10 punts.
Diagram and its number, Bold. E.g.: Diagram 1. Diagram Title
If the diagrams include a picture or a visual that cannot be edited, it should be transferred into Word with 300 DPI resolution and the original diagram should be uploaded via Upload Supplementary Files in the 4th step of Submitting a Paper.
- Chapter of a book
- Translated Book
- Electronic Article
- Web page
The papers submitted to Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies for publication should be original papers that were not published before or not submitted to anywhere else for publication.
Authors are obliged to transfer the copyright of their papers to Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies along with their submissions acknowledging that they renounce the copyright of the papers. The editorial board of Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies is authorized to publish the paper. However, the following rights of authors are reserved:
- Patent rights,
- All unregistered rights apart from copyright,
- Duplication rights for personal purposes on condition that the paper is not sold,
- The right to use the whole or parts of the paper in the author's own books or other academic studies on condition that reference is given,
- The right to publish the paper on personal websites or open archive of their university on condition that the copyright details are provided.
Those authors who will submit their studies to Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies have to fill in the “Copyright Transfer Form”. Scanned form should be uploaded to the online system of Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies via file upload option. The papers of authors who do not submit “Copyright Transfer Form” will not be published.
Blind peer review is a method used for publishing scientific journals with the highest quality. This method underlies the objective review of scientific papers and is preferred by many scientific journals. Reviewer views are determinant in the publication quality of Journal of Aleism-Bektashism Studies. All papers submitted to Journal of Aleism-Bektashism Studies are peer reviewed according to the steps below.
Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies uses the double-blind review method in the process of reviewing all papers. In a double-blind review, the identity of both author and referee is confidential.
Initial Review Process
The papers submitted to Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies are initially reviewed by the editors. In this phase, papers which are not in accordance with the journal’s objective and content, poor in the sense of language (Turkish, English and German) and writing rules, contain critical scientific errors, lack originality and do not meet the journal policy will be rejected. The authors of rejected papers will be informed within two weeks following the submission date. As for accepted papers, they will be submitted to a field Editor whose field of study is related to the subject area of the paper.
In the pre-review process, the field editors analyze the introduction, method, results, conclusion, appraisement and discussion parts of the papers in terms of originality within journal policy and content. As a result of this analysis, rejected papers will be returned to authors within four weeks the latest along with the field editor report. Accepted papers are assigned to reviewers.
A reviewer is assigned in accordance with the subject area of the paper and his area of expertise. The field editor, who reviews the paper, proposes at least two reviewers, in accordance with their areas of expertise, from the reviewer pool of Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies or may propose a new reviewer in accordance with the subject area of the paper. The field editor’s proposal is evaluated by the editors and the papers are passed on to the reviewers. The reviewers must guarantee that they will not share any information or document about the reviewed paper.
The reviewer reports are based on the analysis of the paper’s originality, method, compliance with ethical standards, consistent presentation of the results and conclusions, and grasp of the relevant literature. The review is conducted according to following:
Introduction and literature: The reviewer report contains views about the presentation of the research problem and its objectives, the importance of the subject, the coverage of the relevant literature, its actuality and the originality of the paper.
Method: The reviewer report contains views about the compliance of the research method, the choice and characteristics of the research group, the data concerning validity and reliability as well as the process of data collection and analysis.
Results: The reviewer report contains views about the presentation of the results obtained through the method used in the paper, the accuracy of the analytical methods, the consistency of the objectives and results of the research, the presentation of tables, diagrams and visual elements needed, and the cognitive evaluation of the tests used in the paper.
Evaluation and Discussion: The reviewer report contains views about discussion of the subject based on results, suitability with research question(s) and hypothesis, generalizability and applicability.
Conclusion and Suggestions: The reviewer report contains views about paper's contribution to scientific literature, suggestions about applications in the field and recommendations for future studies.
Style and Expression: The reviewer report contains views about the correspondence between title and subject, the accurate use of language, the consistency in giving references in accordance with rules of Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies.
Overall Evaluation: The reviewer report contains views about the originality of paper as a whole, the contribution to literature and applications.
In the review process, reviewers are not expected to redact the papers.
The reviewing period given to reviewers is 6 weeks. It is compulsory for the authors to complete the editing of their papers within 1 month according to the rules stated in “editing manual”. Just as reviewers can make a decision about the acceptability of the paper, they can, if necessary, ask editing of paper more than one time.
The reviews will be evaluated by the field editors within 2 weeks at latest. As a result of the evaluation, the field editor informs the editors about the final decision regarding the paper.
Editorial Board Decision
Editorial board reviews the paper based on the reviews done by the editors, field editor and reviewers. Editorial board review along with suggestions made by with the field editor and reviewer are reported to author within 1 week at the latest. The papers rejected in this process are returned without request for plagiarism detection. The final decision about the accepted papers is given according to the plagiarism detection report.
How long does the peer-review process last?
The peer-review process of the papers submitted to Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies is anticipated to be completed approximately within 6 months. However, the period during which editors or reviewers ask the author(s) to do editing and the author(s) complete the editing is not included in this period of time.
Online Submission Guide
The author(s), who will submit the paper(s) to Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies for peer-review, can do so by signing up to the journal management system at the web address www.abked.de.
Author(s) should follow the “Online Submission Guide” to sign up and submit the paper.
Guidance for Revision
At Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies, editors, field editors and/or reviewers can request, one or more times, editing and revision of papers during reviewing process.
Author(s) is obliged to complete editing and revision on time in accordance with the evaluations of reviewers, understanding that recommendations are objective and intended to increase the originality of paper.
Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies values holistic and exhaustive publishing for researchers and libraries. The journal acknowledges that this can be realized by publishing reliable original research papers. In case of paper withdrawal, author(s) and the editorial board share some duties and responsibilities concerning the policy of Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies. These duties and responsibilities are listed below.
In the case of finding an error in the paper which is published, in early release or reviewing phase, the author(s) is obliged to cooperate with the editor of the journal during withdrawal process.
The author(s), who claims withdrawing of the paper in reviewing process, is obliged to send filled and scanned "Paper Withdraw Form" with author(s) original signature(s) on it through membership on www.abked.de or via e-mail to the editorial board. After evaluating submitted "Paper Withdraw Form", the editorial board returns to author(s) within 15 days. As long as the editorial board doesn't approve paper withdrawal, which copyrights belong to the journal in the stage of submission, author(s) cannot submit the paper for review to another journal.
The editorial board of Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies is obliged to start a plagiarism investigation of the paper if there is a suspicion that the paper, which is unpublished, or in pre-reviewing or reviewing phase, includes plagiarism and/or it has copyright issues.
As a result of investigation conducted by the editorial board, if breach of copyright or plagiarism for the papers in review process is detected, the board withdraws the paper without reviewing it and returns it to the author referring in detail detected cases of plagiarism.
If the editorial board detects breach of copyright or plagiarism for the published paper or paper in early release, within 1 week the board will take following withdrawal and reporting procedures.
In case of plagiarism:- The paper, in electronic version, is labelled as “Withdrawn”.
Besides, the editorial board can make suggestions to the publishers or editorial boards through whom the author(s) had their papers published before that the published papers of the author(s) should be reviewed for validity and reliability or be withdrawn.
Appeals Against the Review Reports
The author(s) retains the right to appeal against the views of the editorial and scientific boards reported to the author(s) upon the completion of the review process at Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies. The author(s) should send the reasons for appeal against the views and comments upon the completion of the review process of the papers in a scientific manner and by showing references to www.abked.de or via e-mail. After the appeals are examined by the editorial board within one month the latest (the opinion on the appeal of the field editor and reviewers may be requested), the author(s) is informed of any positive or negative result. If the appeal is found positive, the editorial board assigns new reviewers in accordance with the subject area of the paper and re-starts the review process.
The publication processes at Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies are the basis of the improvement and dissemination of information in an objective and respectful way. Accordingly, the applied processes reflect directly on the quality of the papers of the authors and institutions that support these authors. Peer-reviewed papers are the ones that materialize and support the scientific method. At this point, it is important that all parties included in the publication process (authors, readers and researchers, publisher, reviewers and editors) comply with the standards of ethical principles. In the scope of the publication ethics of Journal of Alevism-Bektashism, it is expected that all parties hold the following ethical responsibilities.
Ethical Responsibilities of Authors
The author(s) who submit the paper to Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies are expected to comply with the following ethical responsibilities:- Submitted papers are expected to be original. If the author(s) utilize or use other studies, they must accurately and completely cite and/or quote.
Ethical Duties and Responsibilities of Editors
The editors and field editors of Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies should hold the following ethical duties and responsibilities on the basis of the “COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors” and “COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors” published as Open Access by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE):
General duties and responsibilities
Editors are responsible for each paper published in Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies. In the context of this responsibility, the editors have the following roles and obligations:
- Making efforts to meet the demands for knowledge from readers and authors,Ensuring consistently the development of the journal,
Relationships with Readers
Editors must make decisions taking into consideration the knowledge, skills and experience expectations of all readers, researchers and practitioners. They must ensure that the published papers contribute to reader, researcher, practitioner and scientific literature and pay attention on paper to be original. Also, the editors are obliged to take in consideration the feedback received from readers, researchers and practitioners and provide explanatory and informative feedback.
Relationships with Authors
Editors have the following duties and responsibilities to the authors:
- Editors must make positive or negative decisions about the importance, originality, validity, clarity in expression and suitability with the journal's aims and objectives of the paper.- Editors must accept the papers that are within the scope of publication into pre review process unless there is a serious problem with the paper.
Relationships with Reviewers
Editors have the following duties and responsibilities to reviewers:- Editors must choose reviewers according to the subject of the paper.
Relationships with the Editorial Board
Editors must ensure that the members of the editorial board follow the procedures in accordance with the publication policies and guidelines. Editors must inform the members of the editorial board about the publication policies and developments. The editors must train new members of the editorial board on the matter of the publication policies and provide the information they need.
In addition, editors- must ensure that the members of the editorial board review the papers in an objective and independent way.
Relationships with the Journal's Owner and Publisher
The relationship between the editors and publisher is based on the principle of the independency of editors. In accordance with the written agreement made between editors and publisher, all the decisions that will be made by the editors are independent of the publisher and the owner of the journal.
Editorial and Blind Review Processes
Editors are obliged to apply the policies of “Blind Review and Review Process” stated in the journal's publication policies. In this context, the editors ensure that each paper’s review process is completed objectively and fairly on time.
Editors are responsible for publishing of the papers in the journal in accordance with the publication policies of the journal and international standards.
Protection of Personal Information
Editors are obliged to provide the protection of the personal information related with the test subjects or visuals in the papers being reviewed. They have a duty to reject the paper if there is no documentation of the participants’ consent. Moreover, editors have a responsibility to protect the personal information of the authors, reviewers and readers.
Ensuring Academic Integrity
Editors must ensure that the mistakes, contradictions or sentences that include misdirection in the papers are corrected quickly.
Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
Editors are responsible for protecting the intellectual property rights of all the papers published in the journal and the rights of the journal and author(s) in possible violation of these rights. Moreover, editors are obliged to take the necessary precautions in order to prevent the contents of all published papers from violating the intellectual property rights of other publications. See Plagiarism Control.
Constructiveness and Openness to Discussion
Editors- must pay attention to the convincing criticism concerning papers published in the journal and must have a constructive attitude towards such criticism.
Editors are obligated to respond to the authors, reviewers or readers’ complaints in an explanatory and enlightening way after analyzing them in detail.
Political and Economic Apprehensions
The owner of the journal, publisher or any other political or economic factor cannot influence the editors’ independence.
By taking into consideration that there may be conflict of interests between reviewers and other editors, editors guarantee that the publication process of the papers will be completed in an independent and objective way.
Ethical Responsibilities of Reviewers
Reviewing of all papers through “Blind Review” directly influences on the publication quality. This process brings into safety the objective and independent reviewing of the publication. Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies uses the principle of double blind review in the review process. Reviewers do not directly contact the authors, the reviews and comments are conveyed through the journal management system. In this process, the reviewer comments on the evaluation forms and full texts are assigned to the author(s) by the editor. In this context, the reviewers reviewing the papers for Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studie are expected to hold the following ethical responsibilities:- Reviewer must accept a review assignment only if the paper is in accordance with their subject of expertise.
Ethical Responsibilities of Publisher
The Institute of Alevi-Bektashi Culture, which is a publisher of Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies, is a non-profit civil society organization that works for the good of the public. As required by its founding policy, Institute of Alevi-Bektashi Culture publishes Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies with the aim to enrich academic literature at international standards. In this context,- Editors are responsible for all the processes concerning papers submitted to Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies. Within this framework, ignoring the economic or political interests, the decision-makers are the editors.
At Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies, the papers accepted after peer review process undergo the processes of plagiarism detection, editing of bibliography, cross-reference and reference control, layout and typesetting, assigning a DOI number.
In accordance with its publishing policies, Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies obliges each paper that has undergone the “Blind Review Process” to be detected for plagiarism in a favor of protection of the integrity of the paper. In this scope, both Turkish and English copies of the paper are detected for plagiarism by a company approved by the editorial board. The author(s) bears the expenses incurred during detection process.
The plagiarism detection is done by Turnitin and iThenticate software. After analyzing in detail the matches found by the software in each paper, those matches with correct reference and cross-reference are sorted out. After analyzing the remaining matches, the mistakes are determined and reported to the editorial board. The editorial board makes a final decision about the paper in the light of the plagiarism detection report of each paper. The authors may be asked to correct the mistakes listed in the report or the papers may be returned to the authors.
Bibliography, References and Citation Control
Scientific researches build upon previous scientific works. In the papers, references and attributions to the previous scientific works are provided within the framework of certain rules. Intentional or unintentional errors in scientific papers harm the reliability of the paper and publication.
In accordance with its publication ethics, Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies considers that the accepted papers are obliged to have correct and complete references and citations. In this context, after acceptance of each paper, the papers are checked in terms of bibliography, referencing and citation by a company chosen by the editorial board. The author(s) bears the expenses of the control.
The full Turkish and English texts of the accepted papers are checked in terms of bibliography, referencing and citation in the following steps:
- Bibliography is prepared according to the procedures and principles stated in the journal policy.
- The in-text references concerning references given in the bibliography should be controlled in accordance with the procedures and principles, and incorrect ones are corrected.
Citations of the in-text references are controlled.
- The authors are requested to provide the missing ones, and the incorrect ones are corrected.
For the Turkish full text Turkish, and for the English full text English procedures and principles of referencing are taken into consideration.
Layout and Typesetting
Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies requires the papers to be printed in a common and complete page layout for formal integrity, readability and standards. In this context, the papers whose plagiarism detection and bibliography preparation is completed are sent to a company chosen by the editorial board. The author(s) bears the expenses considering page layout and preparation of the copy for print.
Assigning a DOI Number
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a unique access number that enables the identification and accessibility of each paper published electronically. It is obligatory to assign a DOI number to each paper published in Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies.
At the stage of acceptance, the papers which are controlled for plagiarism and bibliography and ready for publication are given a DOI number by the editorial board.
The contents of this system and all articles published in Journal of Alevism-Bektashism Studies are licenced under the "Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0".