How are papers assessed in TURJE?
Peer Review Process
Blind review method is fundamental to the objective review of scientific studies and is preferred by many scientific journals to make sure scientific publications are produced with the highest quality. Reviewer views are determinant in the publication quality of Turkish Journal of Education. All manuscripts submitted to TURJE are blind reviewed according to the steps below:
Blind Review Method
TURJE uses the double-blind review method in the review process of all manuscripts which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers and vice versa.
Initial Review Process
The manuscripts submitted to TURJE are reviewed by the editors first.
At this stage;
- the manuscripts which are not within the journal's aim and scope,
- weak in terms of language and wording,
- contain critical scientific mistakes and do not meet the publishing criteria are rejected.
The studies should be submitted to TURJE with originality report and the studies which don’t meet the originality criteria are rejected. The authors are informed in a month following the submission date.
The studies considered as acceptable at that stage are submitted to a language editor. Language editor evaluates the manuscript according to academic language criteria and fills a review form and according to results of this report, the studies can be rejected, accepted or required revision. This stage lasts between eight and fifteen days.
In the pre-review process, the field editors evaluate the introduction and literature, method, findings, results, discussion parts of the studies in detail with regard to the publishing policies and scope of the journal as well as originality. At the end of this process, those studies that are found unacceptable are returned within four weeks the latest together with the field editor report. And the studies which are deemed appropriate are assigned to reviewers.
Field Editors assign reviewers according to the content of the studies and their subject of expertise. The field editor who reviews the study recommends at least two reviewers, based on their subject of expertise, from the reviewer pool of TURJE or a new reviewer related with the subject of study addressed in the article. If a new reviewer is assigned for the study, s/he has to register TURJE’ reviewer pool and after the confirmation, s/he can be assigned as a reviewer. Then the studies are passed on to the reviewers who are obliged to guarantee that they will not share any document or detail about the study they review.
The reviewer reports are based on the originality of the studies, methods, and ethical considerations, consistent presentation of the findings and results and analysis of the studies with regard to literature in general. This evaluation is done according to the following:
Statement of the Problem or Purpose
The relevance of the Topic
Importance of the Topic
Contribution to the Literature
Organization of the manuscript
Drawing and Building Upon Relevant Literature
A reviewer has seven days to accept or reject to review the study. If s/he accepts to review, then s/he has 21 + 7 days to complete the review process. It is compulsory for the authors to complete the editing of their work within 1 month according to editing rules of TURJE. Reviewers may ask multiple editing of a study if they deem necessary.
The field editor evaluates the review by reviewers within 2 weeks at the latest and as a result of this evaluation, the field editor informs the Editors in Chief about the final decision regarding the study.
Editors in Chief Decision
Editors in Chief accept or reject the manuscripts according to views of the field editors.
How long does the Publication Review Process last?
The publication review process of the studies submitted to TURJE is supposed to be completed in 2 or 3 months. However, the time period during which editors or reviewers ask the author(s) to do editing and the author(s) complete the editing is not included in this frame.