Author Guidelines

Lectio Socialis is biannually published (January and July). Articles are expected to be in the range of 4000-10000 words. Manuscripts exceeding the upper limit might be published upon the decision of the Editor-in-Chief. Manuscripts are accepted for publication on the understanding that they have been submitted solely to Lectio Socialis and that they have not been previously published either in whole or in part.

We require that all submissions be made through the webpage of Lectio Socialis at DERGİPARK ( by subscribing to the journal. We do not accept submissions via e-mail. Please include your name, contact information, ORCID, and the title of your paper in your submissions. Manuscripts written in Turkish have to have titles and abstracts in English as well as Turkish. Also, Turkish submissions must have an extended English summary of at least 1000 words. All submissions will be acknowledged by email, and all subsequent correspondence regarding the manuscript will be sent via email rather than post. We do not charge authors for the submission or publication of their articles. 

Plagiarism is strictly forbidden in Lectio Socialis. The articles will be submitted to a plagiarism prevention program. We usually send the manuscripts to iThenticate program.  

Further, manuscripts must be prepared for double-blind refereeing, with any and all revealing references to the author removed, including personal acknowledgements. Any submission that does not adequately conceal the identity of its author will not be read. If the editor deems it necessary, the manuscript is firstly reviewed in terms of the use of language. If the manuscript is found weak in terms of language, the editor can reject the submission. Following the pre-review process, the manuscript is sent to two referees. Each referee may accept, reject, or ask for revision. The author is to make relevant revisions within a week. If two of the reviewers reject the manuscript, the reviewing process ends, and the submission is rejected. If one reviewer rejects the manuscript, it is sent to another reviewer. If the third reviewer rejects the manuscript too, the process ends with rejection. The editing process starts if the review process is completed and the manuscript is accepted.  The reviewing process takes three months on average. 

All manuscripts must be paginated. 

Please use our template before submitting your manuscripts. In order to download the template, click on this link.  

The journal complies with COPE Codes of Conduct

Please follow APA 6.0 Manual Style, and observe the following guidelines when preparing submissions:

Please, also see the following link:

You can also use Citation Machine to create a reference list of your sources: books, book sections, journals, websites, magazines, and newspapers. 

The editors are willing to read and evaluate a manuscript. However, please note that the editors may ask for a revision of excessively long submissions and that the final version of accepted manuscripts must be formatted as an MS Word file.

Preparation of manuscripts

The first page should include the paper's title and the author's name. The second page should repeat the title, abstract (between  100 and 220  words), and 3 to 5 keywords. The subsequent pages should be numbered. Contributions should be in English or in Turkish. The Turkish title, abstract, and keywords are optional if the manuscript is in English. The title, abstract, and keywords in English are mandatory if the manuscript is in Turkish.  At the end of articles having more than one author, the contribution rate of each author should be stated. If the study was funded by any agencies, institutions, or organizations, it should be declared in the Acknowledgements section. Also, if there is any Conflict of Interest, the authors should declare it.

The default font for the manuscripts is Times New Roman, and the font size is 12 points. 

Language Editing

If English is not your first language, you may wish to have it edited for language before submitting your manuscript. This may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication.

APA Documentation

You must document whenever you quote, paraphrase, summarize, or use any idea, fact, or figure from the source material (unless the material is “common knowledge”). The current form uses in-text parenthetical references in conjunction with an alphabetized References list (on a separate page at the end of your text).

In-Text Citation

APA style favours the use of the author’s name, followed by the publication date, as part of your sentence, like this:

 Strunk (1979) determined latent .....

The other common choice is to put both the author’s last name and the year of publication in parentheses at the end of the sentence, like this:

 ...latent adipose deposits also may be a cause of the problem (Strunk, 1979).

Whichever style you choose, remember that the following information is required for a complete citation:

1. Author’s last name

2. Year of publication (separated from the author’s name by a comma).

3. Page number is optional for summary or paraphrase but required when you use a direct quotation:

According to Gray (1996, p. 2), his study results “were ridiculous.” 

Works Cited (Bibliography)

The works list appears on a separate page at the end of your paper and is organized as follows:

1. Alphabetically by author’s last name. If no author, alphabetical by the first word in the title (not “A” or “The”).

2. The first line of each entry even with margin; subsequent lines indented five spaces.


BOOK, no author: Title. (Year). Place of publication: Publisher.

In-text citation: Grades are not the best measure of student learning (College Bound Series, 1979).

Reference example: 

College-bound seniors. (1979). Princeton, NJ: College Board Publication.

BOOK, single author: Author. (Year). Title. Place of publication: Publisher.

In-text citation: Thomas (1994) suggests the species do not run off the cliffs

Reference example: 

Thomas, L. R. (1994). The Life of Lemming. Notes on a species. New York: Macmillan.

BOOK, two or more authors: Authors (in the order listed on the title page; last name first for each author). (Year). Title. Place of publication: Publisher. (For first citations, list all authors. For future citations, use “et al.”)

In-text citation: Shoe, Dore, and Roe (1995) suggest currents are a factor in navigation.

Shoe et al. (1995) support this view.

Reference example: 

Shoe, J. R., Dore, J., & Roe, T. (1995). Life of a rast in the Pacific Islands north of Hawaii. New York: Jossey-Bass.

Anthologized Work: Author of the piece you are citing (e.g. article, essay, report). (Year). Title of the piece you are citing. In editor’s name (Ed.), Book title with only first letter of first word capitalized (Inclusive pages of the piece you are citing). Place of publication. Publisher.

In-text citation: German (1981) suggests family therapy may be successful.

Reference example: 

German, A. S. (1981). Family therapy outcome research: Knowns and unknowns. In

D. P. Kinstein (Ed.). Handbook of family therapy. (742-775). New York: Bruner/Mazel.

Scholarly Journal: Author. (Year). Title. Journal, Volume number, Inclusive pages.

In-text citation: Pinker (1980) found the third dimension more difficult for subjects than the first.

Reference example: 

Pinker, S. (1980). Mental imagery and the third dimension. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 109, 354-371.

Magazine: Author. (Year, month, and date). Title. Journal, Volume number, Inclusive pages.

In-text citation: Smith (1994) discusses the need for teaching history in elementary school.

Reference example: 

Smith, T. R. (1994, October 12). More old information you need. Time, 148, 34-38.

Newspaper: Author, if any. Headline. (Year, month, and date). Paper, Page number.

In-text citation: Popular periodicals document the rise of chlorine residue (Took, 1994).

Reference example: 

Took, J. Study finds dioxins. (1994, April 3). London Times, p.1.

Government Document: Name of government agency or institute. (Year). Title. (Publication No.). City name: Country of government office.


ACRONYM. FOR SECOND CITATION—USE ACRONYM: Snail darter populations continue to decline (Environmental Protection Agency [EPA], 1988).

Reference example: 

Environmental Protection Agency. (1988). Report on snail darter threat(No. 5634-223). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Eric Document: Author. (Year). Title (Report No.). East Lansing, MI: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No.)

In-text citation: Syrdk (1993) says Bulgarian and Russian students have problems with articles.

Reference example: 

Syrdk, S.T. (1993). ESL problems faced by Eastern European immigrants. (Report No. NCRTL-tt-93-5). East Lansing, MI: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 378 091)

On-Line Journal: Author. (date). Title of article. Name of periodical [On-line], Volume number. Available: Specify path

In-text citation: Murphy (1995) discusses three causes of eating disorders in children.

Reference example: 

Murphy, T. (1995, March). Eating disorders in children.[online]

Database: Authors/contributors. (Year). Title of database [identify medium]. (YEAR HERE IF NO AUTHOR). Place of production or publication: Producer, Distributor, and/or Publisher [specify role]

In-text citation: ... over 40% of the population (National Psychological Survey, 1995).

Reference example: 

National Psychological Survey—Important topics in health [database]. (1995). Sacramento, CA: National Center for Statistics [Producer and Distributor]. CD-ROM: Author. (Date). Title of article or abstract [medium]. Journal, Volume number.Inclusive pages. Abstract from: Source and retrieval number

In-text citation: Meyer and Back (1992) remove all doubt about research interests.

Reference example: 

Meyer, A. S., & Back, K. (1992). The tip-of-the-tongue phenomenon: Blocking or partial activation?[CD-ROM]. Memory and Cognition, 20, 725-726. Abstract from Silver-Platter File: PsycLIT Item: 80-16351

In-text citation: Brener (1979) demonstrated the relationship between heart rate and stress.

Reference example: Brener, J. (1979, October). Energy, information, and the control of heart rate. Paper presented at a meeting of the Society for Research, Cincinnati, OH.

Indirect Sources: Author of material you read. (Year). Title of material you read. Title of source, Volume number, inclusive pages of material you read.

In-text citation: Johnson, in contrast, had positive results (as cited in Beatty, 1962)

Reference example: 

Beatty, J. (1962). Task-evoked pupillary responses, processing load, and the structure of processing resources. Psychological Bulletin, 91,276-292.

For information on other sources, please refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, the most recent edition possible. The summary here has been based on the 6th edition.

Caution on using materials on the internet: Some websites and links may have been put there by amateur users or some may have been plagiarized from other sources. These pages should not be used as sources for academic papers. Look at the internet sources with a critical eye before you decide to use them. 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. This journal does not charge authors for their submissions or publication of their articles. 

All articles published in Lectio Socialis are open to public use; and used freely, in free form, without permission from the publisher and author(s), and can be downloaded, distributed, and used provided that the source is shown.

Lectio Socialis is an international peer-reviewed journal on social sciences, humanities and arts. The journal welcomes articles mainly from the disciplines of economics; political science; public administration; business administration; international relations; urban planning; sociology; psychology; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; anthropology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts.

The major objective of Lectio Socialis is to maintain a vibrant and independent environment for scholars and researchers from different regions of the globe.

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