Author Guidelines


1. Motif Academy Journal of Folklore is a peer-reviewed journal and published as four issues in three-month periods in a year.

2. In Motif Academy Journal of  Folklore, we give a place to studies such as scientific articles, translations and introductory/critical reviews etc., concerning folklore, anthropology, ethnology, sociology of culture, history of religions, musicology, folk dances, handicrafts, literature and linguistics (Additional:  70% of total number of articles in each issue of the journalhas been assigned to folklore field, and %30 to other fields of cultural sciences. Decision by Editorial Board, dated 15.12.2018).

3. Sending the paper (writing) to Motif Academy Journal of  Folklore shall be accepted as an application for its publication. No royalty (copyright fee) shall be paid for papers (writings) (Additional: 20 studies in research and review type shall be given place in each issue of the journal. 24 studies at the most shall be given place together with studies in publication introduction/criticism and translation type. Decision by Editorial Board, dated 15.12.2018.).

4. All kinds of legal liabilities concerning contexts of papers which are published in Motif Academy Journal of Folklore shall belong to the their authors.

5. Motif Academy Journal of Folklore has the right to revise (make correction) in papers, to publish or no (not) publish them (Additional: Studies of which more than %50 of their content consists of images&visuals shall be refused during editorial process. Decision by Editorial Board, dated 15.12.2018.).

6. Publication language is in Turkish and English.

7. At the beginning of the article, there should be Turkish and English abstract(s) consisting of minimum 150 and maximum 250 words; Turkish and English key words of 5; and Turkish and English (second language) title(s). The abstract should be of a feature that gives an opinion about scope of the study, its purpose, method, effects and results.

8. Articles should have maximum 20 pages including abstracts, graphics, tables, images (visuals) and appendix.  

9. Information such as author(s)’ name(s), under the title of the paper, author(s)’ title(s) in footnote, institution the author works, and e-mail address that can be arrived to the author etc. should be no given place. Since it can be seen by system administrator that papers have been added to the system or sended to the journal, by which academician, these information shall be added by the editor to the paper after the papers have gone through peer-reviewing process. Therefore, while papers are entering into the system, it should be assured that no information belonging to the author have been given a place in the paper by reviewing them. This matter is important to enabling peer-reviewers to review the article in a more comfortably way.

10. The paper can be sended through  Article Sending tab on by becoming member. Peer-reviewing process can be followed carrying out membership login from the same page. After this stage, in order to make correction(s), it should be waited that reports have arrived from all peer-reviewers. After all reports by peer-reviewers have arrived, if considered necessary, author(s) shall convey the text containing opinions and suggestions by peer-reviewers, to the editorship (Additional: In case that corrections which were requested during the peer-reviewing process have not been made by author(s), the study shall be removed from the publication process. Decision by Editorial Board, dated 15.12.2018.).        

11. Transactions of papers in the journal, donation are requested to Motif Foundation.

12. All issues of Motif Academy Journal of  Folklore, which were published on General (Public) Network environment, are also available in print. All published issues until today of the journal which was printed in hard cover (paperboard/hardbound) can be requested from for a fee.

13. Papers which were sended to the journal are required to have not to be published anywhere before. It is possible for symposium proceedings, which were not published as book, to publish prodiving that this situation has been stated (Additional: Presentation text of symposium at the rate of maximum 20% of total article number shall be given a place in each issue of the journal. *Decision by Editorial Board, dated 15.12.2018.).

14. Papers which were sended to the journal shall be checked through similarity (plagiarism) programs such as Turnitin etc. during editorship process. Studies having more than 30% of percentage of similarity shall not be able to be published.

15. Researcher identification numbers (Researcher IDs) are being used to prevent some problems arising from scientists and academicians’ name/institution similarities in their scientific studies. In the scope of studies conducted in cooperation with TUBİTAK (Scientific and Technological Research and Council of Turkey)-ULAKBİM (Turkish National Academic Network and Information Center) and YÖK (Council of Higher Education), it was decided to use ORCID information. Authors who sended articles to our journal are required to convey, together with their texts of articles, their ORCID identification numbers which they would obtain by carrying out free membership from, to the editorship.

16. In articles with multiple (more than one) authors, contribution to which each author made should be added to the end of their title, address and mail information. 

17. Papers should be definitely sended in below-mentioned format.  Papers which have not been entered into system in this format shall not be taken under review.

18. Studies which have completed editorship process shall be put in publication order based on their arrival dates to the journal and this putting in order shall not be changed.


1. Manuscripts should be written in Microsoft Word program and their page setup should be arranged as below:

Paper Size              Width: 16m    Height: 24 cm

Top Margin             1,5 cm

Bottom Margin        1,5 cm

Left Margin             2 cm

Right Margin           1,5 cm

Font                       Cambria

Font Style               Normal

Size (text)               11 (Cambria)

Size (abstract and footnote text)  9 (Cambria)

Paragraph Spacing   Before 6 nk, After 0 nk

Line Spacing            Single (1)

Paragraph indent      1 cm

2. In manuscript where a special font was used, also the font used should be sended together with the manuscript.

3. No details such as page number, header and footer etc. should be given in manuscript.

4. Only first letters of each word of headings within the manuscript should be capitalized and there should not be any other formatting.

5. In terms of spelling and punctuation, except for special cases where the paper or the subject requires, Spelling Book of Turkish Language Association should be taken as a basis.

6. The text to be included in the text should use the formal methods of the Word program for textual and textual endings such as pictures and photographs.


In-text citation

In-text citation must be madein APA system:

1. All citations main texts are stated by the in-text footnote system. The method of footnoting at the bottom of the page should be used for explanations which are not deemed suitable to take part within the text and these notes should be lined up as 1, 2, 3 within the text.

2. By opening parentheses at appropriate place in the text, surname of the author, publication date and the cite page number are stated.

a) If citation has been made again to same references in the text, also the same method is applied; abbreviations such as op. cit., ibid etc. should not be used.

For example: (Köprülü, 1966: 71-76)

b) If the cited author name has been mentioned in the text, it is no need to repeat the author name within the parentheses.

For example: Boratav (1984: 11) states that the number of these stories is 34.

c) If the reference to which is cited is with two authors, both authors’ surnames should be used.

For example: (Aça and Yolcu, 2017: 72)

d) If authors are more than two, the phrase ‘‘et al.’’ (and others) should be used after the first author’s surname.

For example: (Lvova et al., 2013: 194)

e) If references to which are cited are more than two, citations should be separated by semi colon.

For example: (Kaya, 2000: 180; Artun, 2004: 86)

f) In the text, if archive documents have been benefitted from, citations to these documents should be stated in order as Document-1 or Archive-1, and archive document information should be written onto opposite side of the relevant phrase in bibliography.

g) Within the text, if information received from oral sources have been given place, citations should be stated as (TB-1, TB-2...) in a way that would stand for Tradition Bearer, and information on each tradition bearer should be stated in a conformable manner with citation code, which is made within the text, under the sub-heading of Oral Sources in References chapter.

h) Within the text, if information received from internet sources have been given place, citations should be stated as (URL-1, URL-2 ...) in a way that would stand for internet sources, and information on each internet sources should be stated in a conformable manner with citation code, which is made within the text, under the sub-heading of Internet Sources in References chapter.


1. References to which are cited in the manuscript only should be given place in the References and alphabetical order by author surname should be followed.

2. If more than one study by an author is to take part in the references, an order by the publication date from old to new should be done. For studies which were carried out in the same year, the phrases “a, b, c…” should be used and these should be same with citations which are made within the text, as well.


KÖPRÜLÜ, Mehmet Fuat (1999). Edebiyat Araştırmaları. Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu Basımevi.

Translated Book:

SARTRE, Jean-Paul (1967). Edebiyat Nedir. (Trans.: Bertan Onaran), İstanbul: De Yayınevi.

LVOVA, E. L. et al. (2013). Güney Sibirya Türklerinin Geleneksel Dünya Görüşleri: Simge ve Ritüel. (Trans.: Metin Ergun), Konya: Kömen Yayınları.

Book by Two Authors:

ERGUN, Metin and AÇA, Mehmet (2005). Tıva Kahramanlık Destanları-1. Ankara: Akçağ Yayınları.

Book by More than Two Authors:

AÇA, Mehmet et al. (2009). Başlangıçtan Günümüze Türk Edebiyatında Tür ve Şekil Bilgisi, İstanbul: Kriter Yayınları.


AÇA, Mustafa (2018). “Trabzon Çevresinde Tütün Kaçakçıları ve Kolcular Etrafında Oluşan Anlatılar”. International Journal of Turkish Literature Culture Education (TLCE), 2017, 6 (4), pp. 2545-2565.

Unpublished Dissertation:

KÜÇÜK, Abonoz (2015). Giresun Yöresi Kemençecilik Geleneği Üzerine Bir Araştırma, Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, Balıkesir Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü.


CUNBUR, Müjgan (2000). “Dede Korkut Oğuz-namelerinde İslamî Unsurlar”, Proceedings of International Dede Korkut Symposium. (Prep. by.: A. Kahya-Birgül et al.), pp. 77-108,  Ankara Atatürk Kültür Merkezi Başkanlığı Yayınları.

Internet Sources:

* URL-1: “Social Groups”. (Accessed: 10.06.2014)

* Hufford, Mary (1991). “American Folklife: A Commonwealth of Cultures”, (Accessed: 17.06.2014)

Archive Sources:

Document-1/Archive-1: BOA-Başbakanlık Osmanlı Arşivi (BOA, DH.EUM.EMN, no: 3, 19.Ş.1330); BCA: Başbakanlık Cumhuriyet Arşivi  (BCA, 1927)

Oral Sources:

TB-1: Mustafa Mutlu, İstanbul 1935, Primary School Graduate, Retiree. (Interview: 12.06.2014)

The authors are required to arrange their papers according to the Editorial Principles.