SDU International Journal of Educational Studies (SDU IJES) is published biannual as an international scholarly, peer-reviewed, open-access online journal. In this journal, research articles which reflect the survey with the results and translations that can be considered as a high scientific quality, scientific observation and review articles are published. Teachers, students and scientists who conduct research to the field (e.g. articles on pure sciences or social sciences, mathematics and technology) and in relevant sections of field education (e.g. articles on science education, social science education, mathematics education and technology education) in the education faculties are target group. In this journal, the target group can benefit from qualified scientific studies are published. The publication languages are English and Turkish. Articles submitted the journal should not have been published anywhere else or submitted for publication. Authors have undertaken full responsibility of article's content and consequences.
SDU IJES has a two stage review process. The first stage is an initial review by one of the editors, resulting in either a decision to send to two members of SDU IJES's review panel having appropriate experience, expertise and interests, or an editorial rejection. SDU IJES uses a 'double blind' review process. That is, reviewers are not given the names and institutional affiliations of the authors, and authors are not given the names of the reviewers assigned to their article. It is therefore essential that authors remove all identifying information from their papers in the first instance. This includes removing references in the text that would enable reviewers to identify authors e.g references to authors previously published works. Names, instiutional affiliations and references can be added if the paper is accepted for publication.
Reviewers will assess the article against the following criteria:
1. Contribution to advancing knowledge of education area.
2. Quality of critical engagement with relevant literature (literature review and discussion)
3. Clarity of research and/or development goals
4. Clarity and justification of appropriate methodology
5. Quality of empirical data, analysis, presentation and interpretation of results
6. Inclusion of appropriate implications for further research, theory, practice and/or policy.
7. Quality of writing (including structure, writing style, clarity of expression) and adherence to SDU IJES formatting and referencing conventions.
Notifications of acceptances are in most cases accompanied by advice specifying revisions which may range in character from necessary for publication to optional suggestions for improving the article. In some cases alterations to figures and diagrams may be requested for purposes of facilitating production of a PDF for publication.
Peer Review Process SDU IJES has a two stage review process. The first stage is an initial review by one of the editors, resulting in either a decision to send to two members of SDU IJES's review panel having appropriate experience, expertise and interests, or an editorial rejection. SDU IJES uses a 'double blind' review process. That is, reviewers are not given the names and institutional affiliations of the authors, and authors are not given the names of the reviewers assigned to their article. It is therefore essential that authors remove all identifying information from their papers in the first instance. This includes removing references in the text that would enable reviewers to identify authors e.g references to authors previously published works. Names, instiutional affiliations and references can be added if the paper is accepted for publication. Reviewers will assess the article against the following criteria: 1. Contribution to advancing knowledge of education area. 2. Quality of critical engagement with relevant literature (literature review and discussion) 3. Clarity of research and/or development goals 4. Clarity and justification of appropriate methodology 5. Quality of empirical data, analysis, presentation and interpretation of results 6. Inclusion of appropriate implications for further research, theory, practice and/or policy. 7. Quality of writing (including structure, writing style, clarity of expression) and adherence to SDU IJES formatting and referencing conventions. Notifications of acceptances are in most cases accompanied by advice specifying revisions which may range in character from necessary for publication to optional suggestions for improving the article. In some cases alterations to figures and diagrams may be requested for purposes of facilitating production of a PDF for publication.
(Note:Author guidelines in Turkish is at the end of this section / Yazım kurallarının Türkçe açıklaması alt kısımda yer almaktadır)
Please make sure that your article is within 8000 words (including title, author names, affiliations, abstract, keywords, main body, references, appendices).
The articles should be original, unpublished, and not in consideration for publication elsewhere at the time of submission to the SDU International Journal of Educational Studies.
The SDU IJES is a refereed journal and has a double-blind review Any manuscript submitted for consideration in publication in the SDU IJES is reviewed by at least two international reviewers with expertise in the relevant subject area.
The manuscript template for formatting is available here. sduIJES_template_ENG
While submitting the manuscript, the authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
Papers are accepted only English and Turkish.
• Full paper: 4,000 to 8,000 words
• Please use margins of 2.5 cm (1 inch).
• Please use A-4 page size.
• Please use font style as Times New Roman. Title Page
• Please use 14-point bold for your article title, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns. Please margin the article title to the center.
• All the authors of a paper should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone and fax numbers and email addresses on the title page of the manuscript. One author should be identified as the Corresponding Author. Please use one line for all author names and one line for all author information.
• An informative 10-point abstract (150 to 200 words) presenting the main points of the paper and conclusions.
• Please include descriptive keywords (4 to 5). Separate keywords with a comma. Capitalize the first letter of each keyword (e.g., Science education, Educational technology).
• Please use 11-point font size.
• Please margin the text to the justified.
• Manuscripts should be single spaced.
• Footnotes and endnotes are not accepted. All relevant information should be included in main text.
• Do not indent paragraphs; leave a space of one line between consecutive paragraphs.
• Do not underline words for emphasis. Use italics instead.
• Both numbered lists and bulleted lists can be used if necessary.
• Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure that every in-text citation has a corresponding reference in the reference list. Conversely, ensure that every entry in the reference list has a corresponding in-text citation. Headings
• Subdivide text into unnumbered sections, using short, meaningful sub-headings. Please do not use numbered headings.
• Please limit heading use to three levels.
• Please use 12-point bold for first-level headings with capital letters.
• Please use 11-point bold for second-level headings, and 11-point bold italics for third -level headings with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.
• Leave one blank line after each heading and two blank lines before each heading. (Exception: leave one line between consecutive headings.)
• Please margin all headings to the left. Tables and Figures
• Please embed tables and figures in appropriate areas within the document and center them horizontally. Tables and figures should not exceed the given page margins.
• Provide captions (maximum length: 6 to 8 words) for each table or figure. Centre the caption above the table and below the figure. Please reference the table or figure in the text.
• For figures, GIF and JPEG (JPG) are the preferred formats.
• If necessary font size in the table can be reduced.
• Figures that do not fit the page should be placed on the next page or they should be given after the References in the Appendix. Acknowledgements or Notes Please collate acknowledgements or notes in a separate section at the end of the article before the references.
References • At the end of the article, please list all references in alphabetical order (based on authors’ last names) at the end of the article. • Please use the level-one heading, “REFERENCES” • Follow the citation procedures of the American Psychological Association (APA 6).
If necessary, please give appendixes after the “references” section.
For various reasons, this kind of free and unrestricted online availability, which we will call open access, has so far been limited to small portions of the journal literature. But even in these limited collections, many different initiatives have shown that open access is economically feasible, that it gives readers extraordinary power to find and make use of relevant literature, and that it gives authors and their works vast and measurable new visibility, readership, and impact. To secure these benefits for all, we call on all interested institutions and individuals to help open up access to the rest of this literature and remove the barriers, especially the price barriers, that stand in the way. The more who join the effort to advance this cause, the sooner we will all enjoy the benefits of open access.
The literature that should be freely accessible online is that which scholars give to the world without expectation of payment. Primarily, this category encompasses their peer-reviewed journal articles, but it also includes any unreviewed preprints that they might wish to put online for comment or to alert colleagues to important research findings. There are many degrees and kinds of wider and easier access to this literature. By "open access" to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.
While the peer-reviewed journal literature should be accessible online without cost to readers, it is not costless to produce. However, experiments show that the overall costs of providing open access to this literature are far lower than the costs of traditional forms of dissemination. With such an opportunity to save money and expand the scope of dissemination at the same time, there is today a strong incentive for professional associations, universities, libraries, foundations, and others to embrace open access as a means of advancing their missions. Achieving open access will require new cost recovery models and financing mechanisms, but the significantly lower overall cost of dissemination is a reason to be confident that the goal is attainable and not merely preferable or utopian.
To achieve open access to scholarly journal literature, we recommend two complementary strategies.
I. Self-Archiving: First, scholars need the tools and assistance to deposit their refereed journal articles in open electronic archives, a practice commonly called, self-archiving. When these archives conform to standards created by the Open Archives Initiative, then search engines and other tools can treat the separate archives as one. Users then need not know which archives exist or where they are located in order to find and make use of their contents.
II. Open-access Journals: Second, scholars need the means to launch a new generation of journals committed to open access, and to help existing journals that elect to make the transition to open access. Because journal articles should be disseminated as widely as possible, these new journals will no longer invoke copyright to restrict access to and use of the material they publish. Instead they will use copyright and other tools to ensure permanent open access to all the articles they publish. Because price is a barrier to access, these new journals will not charge subscription or access fees, and will turn to other methods for covering their expenses. There are many alternative sources of funds for this purpose, including the foundations and governments that fund research, the universities and laboratories that employ researchers, endowments set up by discipline or institution, friends of the cause of open access, profits from the sale of add-ons to the basic texts, funds freed up by the demise or cancellation of journals charging traditional subscription or access fees, or even contributions from the researchers themselves. There is no need to favor one of these solutions over the others for all disciplines or nations, and no need to stop looking for other, creative alternatives.
Open access to peer-reviewed journal literature is the goal. Self-archiving (I.) and a new generation of open-access journals (II.) are the ways to attain this goal. They are not only direct and effective means to this end, they are within the reach of scholars themselves, immediately, and need not wait on changes brought about by markets or legislation. While we endorse the two strategies just outlined, we also encourage experimentation with further ways to make the transition from the present methods of dissemination to open access. Flexibility, experimentation, and adaptation to local circumstances are the best ways to assure that progress in diverse settings will be rapid, secure, and long-lived.
The Open Society Institute, the foundation network founded by philanthropist George Soros, is committed to providing initial help and funding to realize this goal. It will use its resources and influence to extend and promote institutional self-archiving, to launch new open-access journals, and to help an open-access journal system become economically self-sustaining. While the Open Society Institute's commitment and resources are substantial, this initiative is very much in need of other organizations to lend their effort and resources.
We invite governments, universities, libraries, journal editors, publishers, foundations, learned societies, professional associations, and individual scholars who share our vision to join us in the task of removing the barriers to open access and building a future in which research and education in every part of the world are that much more free to flourish.
February 14, 2002
Leslie Chan: Bioline International
Darius Cuplinskas: Director, Information Program, Open Society Institute
Michael Eisen: Public Library of Science
Fred Friend: Director Scholarly Communication, University College London
Yana Genova: Next Page Foundation
Jean-Claude Guédon: University of Montreal
Melissa Hagemann: Program Officer, Information Program, Open Society Institute
Stevan Harnad: Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Southampton, Universite du Quebec a Montreal
Rick Johnson: Director, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
Rima Kupryte: Open Society Institute
Manfredi La Manna: Electronic Society for Social Scientists
István Rév: Open Society Institute, Open Society Archives
Monika Segbert: eIFL Project consultant
Sidnei de Souza: Informatics Director at CRIA, Bioline International
Peter Suber: Professor of Philosophy, Earlham College & The Free Online Scholarship Newsletter
Jan Velterop: Publisher, BioMed Central
There is no author’s submission fee or other publication related fee since every cost for the publication process is supported by the publisher; therefore it is an open access journal.