Guide for Authors

Journal of Social Policy Conferences
Guide for Authors

Submission Guidelines

Basic Principles

·         Journal of Social Policy Conferences publishes articles, book reviews and reviews of judgement in Turkish and English.

·         The papers submitted should be original ones. They should not have been published or submitted for publishing at any other point in time in a similar form or with generally the same content. 

·         All the views, opinions and statements expressed in the papers are the sole responsibility of the author(s).

·         While publishing rights of the papers belong to the Journal of Social Policy Conferences, authors have the right to republish their articles, in whole or in part, in any book, article, or other scholarly work, provided that they give credit to the Journal.


Paper Selection and Publishing Process


·           Following the submission, papers are evaluated by the Editorial Board in terms of the formatting requirements, general scientific quality, and appropriateness for the journal’s focus and scope. 

·           To verify originality, your article may be checked by the originality detection service iThenticate

·           Papers that meet the criteria for the Journal, proceed to the next stage, which is reviewer evaluation. A double- blind system for peer review is used; both reviewers’ and authors’ identities remain anonymous. Papers are sent to three expert referees in the relevant field.

·           The acceptance of the paper submitted shall be decided in accordance with the majority referees’ votes.

·           The Editorial Board and referee reviews take approximately 2 months to complete.


Formatting Guidelines


·           Articles should not exceed 10.000 words including abstract, notes and bibliography.

·           Both abstracts and the articles should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents.

·           The font used in the article should be Times New Roman, font size 12.

·           Page margins for bottom, top, right, and left should be pre-set as 2,5cm. Text should be typed as a single-column document with line spacing 1.5, before and after 6 pt.   

·           Tables, figures, pictures, graphics, and similar aspects should be embedded in the text and should not be exceed the space of 10 x 17cm. Therefore, smaller font size and single line spacing format should be preferred. 

·           The main text should be structured as follows:

Title of the paper

Name of the author(s)

Abstract: 150 to 200 words

Key words: 3-5

Text: see the notes below for text layout

Acknowledgments (optional)

References: see the notes below for references

Appendix: (optional)


Title Page

·           Cover page should be prepared as a separate file that consist of author(s) name(s), affiliations and contact information (mail and e-mail addresses and phone numbers) of the author(s) and the title of the article. 


·           Papers should be accompanied by an abstract of between 150 and 200 words in Times New Roman, font size 10. The abstract should state briefly the purpose and the substantive argument of the article, the principal results and major conclusions. 3–5 words in italics representing the article should be given as keywords.


·                The headings are separated from the text with one line before and after the heading.

·                One of the two possible formatting arrangements can be preferred for the heading style:

o   Suggested formatting style: The headings in the text are to be numbered consecutively, main headings with 1., 2., 3. and so on; sub-headings with 1.1, 1.2, and so on; further sub-headings with respectively 1.1.1, 1.1.2 etc. with boldfaced characters.

o   Second option is to write the heading directly, without numbering. Main headings must be boldfaced and the sub-headings must be italicized.

Citation Style and References

·         Both in-text citations and references should comply with the APA guidelines as provided in the Publication Manual of American Psychological Association (APA) (6th edition).


Text Citations - Examples:

·         One author; (Kessler, 1940, p. 36) 

·         Two authors; (Tuna and Yalçıntaş, 2011, p. 153)

·         Three and more authors; (Özdemir et al., 2010, p. 25)

·         If a parenthetical citation includes two or more papers, separate the chronologically listed citations with semicolons:

    (Zaim, 1990, p. 25; Kutal, 2010, p. 120; Dereli, 2011, p. 49) 

·         For internet sources, access date must be mentioned.

 (Parlak, 12th December 2015) or  (Parlak, 12th December 2015, p. 25)


·         Reference to a book with single author:

o   Zaim, S. (1992). Çalışma Ekonomisi (9th Edition). İstanbul: Filiz Kitabevi.

·         Two or more authors:

o   Tuna, O., Yalçıntaş, N. (2011). Sosyal Siyaset. İstanbul: Filiz Kitabevi.

·         Edited book:

o   Tokol, A., Alper, Y. (Ed.) (2012). Sosyal Politika (2nd Edition). Bursa: Dora Yayınları.

·         Reference to a chapter in an edited book:

o   Murat, S. (2003). Avrupa Birliği Ülkeleri ve Türkiye'nin Karşılaştırmalı Sosyal Yapısı. Aykaç, M., Parlak, Z. (Ed.), Tüm Yönleriyle Türkiye-AB İlişkileri (pp. 45-91). İstanbul: Elif Kitabevi.       

·         Reference to a journal publication:

o   Akgeyik, T. (2006). Sosyal Güvenlikte Reform Eğilimleri: Geleneksel Sistemlerden Bireysel Emeklilik Programlarına Dönüşüm.  Sosyal Siyaset Konferansları Dergisi, 51, 47-99.

o   Yıldırım, K., Şahin, L. (2015). Osmanlı’dan Günümüze Mesleki Eğitimin Gelişimi. Çalışma ve Toplum, 44, 77-112.

·         Book translated into Turkish;

o   Neumark, F. (2006). Boğaziçi'ne Sığınanlar (Türkiye'ye İltica Eden Alman İlim Siyaset ve Sanat Adamları; 1933-1953). (Ş. A. Bahadır, Trans.) İstanbul: İstanbul Üniversitesi Yayınları.

·         Web sources;

o   Lindquist, G. S. (01 Ocak 2011), Unemployment Insurance, Social Assistance and Activation Policy in Sweden, Date Accessed: 22nd January 2011,

·         Dissertations;

o   Özgür, A. (2008). Pension Reform: The Turkish Case in The European Context (Master’s Thesis). ODTÜ SBE, Ankara.

Important Note:


·         Articles fail to meet above mentioned criteria will be returned to the authors for adjustment.

·         All submissions to the journal should be sent to