Ethical Principles and Publication Policy

  • Articles submitted for publication must not be previously published or sent to another journal for publication. The work should not be published before, except in the form of abstracts, preprints, published lectures, theses, proceedings-type publications, or discussion papers that have not undergone full journal peer-review, and is not under consideration for peer-reviewed publication elsewhere.
  • The articles submitted for publication will be evaluated according to originality, academic objectivity, and scientific quality criteria. 
  • All submitted manuscripts are reviewed for compliance with the Journal initially by the Editor. If the Editor judges the paper not to be appropriate for the Journal, the Editor will send an email with that advice.
  • All manuscripts submitted to the Journal undergo an initial assessment to check whether the paper is in scope. If the Associate Editor judges the paper to be more appropriate for a Journal with a different scope, the Editor will send an email with that advice.
  • The goal of the peer-review process is to ensure that the articles that are submitted for publication remain within the scope of the journal, contribute to the literature on distance education, and to the rigor of the journal. It also provides the author(s) with complete reviews within a month after the submission of the manuscript.
  • The names of the reviewers remain strictly confidential, and their reports are kept for five years.
  • The manuscripts are sent to at least two reviewers. If one of the reviewers is positive and the other is negative, the manuscript is sent to a third reviewer, then, the Editor and the Associate Editor make the final decision by examining the reports of all referees.
  • The author(s) should respond to Editor's, Associate Editor's and Editorial Board's comments in a professional and timely manner.
  • The author(s) should inform the Editor if they withdraw their work from review.
  • If the author(s) does/do not agree with the criticism and suggestions, they have the right to appeal with reasons.
  • Manuscripts not accepted for publication will be returned to the author(s).
  • The copyright of accepted articles to be published are transferred to Anadolu University.
  • The author(s) should take full responsibility for their submitted and published work.
  • There are no publication fees.
  • The author(s) is/ are aware that their submission will be automatically checked for plagiarism.
  • The author(s) is/are aware that discussion papers remain permanently archived, accessible, and citeable.
  • One author can only submit only one paper each year.
  • The manuscript should contain nothing that is abusive, defamatory, libelous, obscene, fraudulent, or illegal.
  • To prevent plagiarism, iThenticate and Turnitin are used before publication.
  • All articles related to distance education are welcome.
  • Articles should be either theoretical or research-based articles.
  • Published articles have DOI since the first issue of 2014.
  • Book reviews are also welcome.