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, traditional arts, sociology of culture, history of religions, musicology, folk dances, handicrafts, literature and linguistics.

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

4. Publication language is in Turkish and English.

5. 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)

6. In the process of reviewing the articles, double blind referee system is used.

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. 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.

9. 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.

10. The manuscripts must be sent in the following format. Manuscripts that are not entered into the system in this format are rejected after the review of the Editorial Board.


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

2. 28 articles in research and review type shall be given place in each issue of the journal. 30 studies at the most shall be given place together with studies in publication introduction/criticism and translation type. Book critiques are not subject to the same evaluation process as research / review type studies. (Decision by Editorial Board, dated 10.02.2019).

3. 70% of total number of articles in each issue of the journalhas been assigned to folklore field, and %30 to other fields of cultural studies. (Decision by Editorial Board, dated 15.12.2018).

4. 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).


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

                    Paper Size              Width: 16 cm    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, M. F. (1999). Edebiyat araştırmaları. Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu.

Translated Book:

Sartre, J. P. (1967). Edebiyat nedir. (Çev.: Bertan Onaran), İstanbul: De.

Lvova, E. L. - Oktyabrskaya, İ. V. - Sagalayev, A. M. (2013). Güney  Sibirya Türklerinin geleneksel dünya görüşleri: Simge ve ritüel. (çev.: Metin Ergun), Konya: Kömen.

Book by Two Authors:

Ergun, M. - Aça, M. (2005). Tıva kahramanlık destanları-1. Ankara: Akçağ.

Book by More than Two Authors:

Aça, M. -  Gökalp, H. - Kocakaplan, İ. (2009). Başlangıçtan günümüze Türk edebiyatında tür ve şekil bilgisi, İstanbul: Kriter.


Aça, M. (2018). Trabzon çevresinde tütün kaçakçıları ve kolcular etrafında oluşan anlatılar. Uluslararası Türkçe Edebiyat Kültür Eğitim (TEKE) Dergisi, 2017, 6 (4), 2545-2565.

Unpublished Dissertation:

Küçük, A. (2015). Giresun yöresi kemençecilik geleneği üzerine bir araştırma, Balıkesir: Balıkesir Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Yayımlanmamış Doktora Tezi.


Cunbur, M. (2000). Dede Korkut Oğuz-namelerinde İslami unsurlar. Uluslararası Dede Korkut Bilgi Şöleni Bildirileri. (hzl.: A. Kahya-Birgül vd.), 77-108, Ankara: Atatürk Kültür Merkezi Başkanlığı.

Internet Sources:

* URL-1: “Social groups”. (Date of access: 10.06.2014)

* Hufford, M. (1991). American folklife: A commonwealth of cultures”, (Date of access: 17.06.2014)

Archive Sources:

Belge-1/Arşiv-1: BOA-Başbakanlık Osmanlı Arşivi [Prime Ministry Ottoman Archives] (BOA, DH.EUM.EMN, no: 3, 19.Ş.1330); BCA: Başbakanlık Cumhuriyet Arşivi  (BCA, 1927)

Oral Sources:

KK-1: Mustafa Mutlu, İstanbul-1935, Primary school graduate, Retired. (Interview date: 12.06.2014)