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Writing and Publishing Policies

Author Guidelines

  1. In addition to original research articles, Beytulhikme also publishes interviews, reviews of book and papers, technical notes, and critical notices. Such submissions should be between 600 and 1000 words in length.
  2.  also publishes translations. All translations should include the name of the original paper, its writer, its date, its place of publication, information about the journal in which it was published, and the consent of the original publisher if the original is still under copyright protection.
  3. All papers should contain abstracts of 150 words in both Turkish and English, as well as key words in both Turkish and English (non-Turkish authors may provide these in English only). Papers should not exceed 5000 words, with double spacing and margins as follows: left 4.5 cm, top 4.5 cm, bottom 3.5 cm, and right 4.5 cm. References and the end bibliography should be given in APA style.
  4. Each paper sent for publication is evaluated by at least two referees. Since there is a blind review process, papers must be sent online without the name(s) of the author(s) in the main text via the Manuscript Tracking System. Authors must also assure that their identities are not revealed in any other way in preliminary manuscripts (acknowledgments, etc.). Such information can be added if necessary after the review process is complete.
  5. Any pictures or graphics in the paper should be sent separately as jpg files and should be a maximum of 10 × 20 cm in size.
  6. The Editorial Board is fully authorized to make the final decision of whether to publish or not publish a paper. Authors are fully responsible for all ideas and contents of papers. All rights of published papers belong to Beytulhikme.

Submission Review Process

1. Submission of Paper

The corresponding author submits the manuscript to the journal. This is done via the online Manuscript Tracking System.

2. Editorial Office Assessment

The journal compares the manuscript’s format with the journal’s Author Guidelines to make sure it complies to the journal’s requirements. Manuscripts that do not comply to the Author Guidelines may be rejected. The quality of the paper is not otherwise assessed at this point.

3. Appraisal by the Editor-in-Chief (EIC)

The EIC checks that the manuscript is appropriate for the scope of the journal and is sufficiently original and interesting. If not, the paper may be rejected without further peer review.

4. Invitation to Reviewers

The EIC sends invitations to individuals he or she believes would be appropriate reviewers. As responses are received, further invitations are issued, if necessary, until the required number of acceptances is obtained. All manuscripts are reviewed by two referees.

5. Response to Invitations

Potential reviewers consider the invitation in light of their own expertise, conflicts of interest, and availability. They then accept or decline. If possible, when declining, they might also suggest alternative reviewers.

6. Review Is Conducted

The reviewer sets time aside to read the paper several times. The first reading is used to form an initial impression of the work. If major problems are found at this stage, the reviewer may feel comfortable rejecting the paper without further readings. Otherwise they will read the paper several more times, taking notes so as to build a detailed point-by-point review. The review is then submitted to the journal with a recommendation to accept or reject it, or with a request for revisions (usually flagged as either major or minor) before it is reconsidered.

7. Journal Evaluates the Reviews

The EIC considers all the returned reviews before making an overall decision. If the reviews differ significantly, the editor may invite an additional reviewer to get another opinion before making a final decision.

8. Decision Is Communicated

The editor sends a decision email to the author including any relevant reviewer comments. The identity of the referees is also kept anonymous as part of the double-blind review process.

9. Following Steps

If accepted, the paper is sent on for further processing. If the article is rejected or returned to the author for either major or minor revisions, the EIC should include constructive comments from the reviewers to help the author improve the article. At this point, reviewers should also be sent an email letting them know the final outcome of their review. If the paper was sent back for revisions, the reviewers should expect to receive a new version, unless they opt out of further participation. However, where only minor changes are requested, the follow-up review might be done by the EIC.


In-text citations and end reference lists should both ascribe to the APA system.


One Author

Ryle, G. (2009). The Concept of Mind. London & New York: Routledge.

Two or More Authors

Whitehead, A. N. & Russell, B. (1910). Principia Mathematica. 3 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Edition, Translation, Collection, or Letter to Editor

Alfarabi (1962). Alfarabi’s Philosophy of Plato and Aristotle. (Trans. M. Mahdi). New York: The Free Press of Glencoe.

Aristotle (1925). Metaphysica. (Trans. W. D. Ross). The Works of Aristotle, vol. VIII. (Ed. W. D. Ross). Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Kant, I. (2000). Critique of Pure Reason. (Trans. P. Guyer & A. W. Wood). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Locke, J. (1974). An Essay Concerning Human Understanding. (Ed. A. D. Woozley). New York: Meridian Book.

Chapter or Other Part of a Book

Sorabji, R. (1990). The Ancient Commentators on Aristotle. Aristotle Transformed: The Ancient Commentators and Their Influence. (Ed. R. Sorabji). New York: Cornell University Press, 1-30.

Preface, Foreword, Introduction, or Similar Part of a Book

Hourani, G. F. (1976). Intruduction. Averroes. On the Harmony of Religion and Philosophy. (Trans. & ed. G. F. Hourani). London: Luzac and Company, 2-8.


Article in a Print Journal

Kripke, S. (2005). Russell's Notion of Scope. Mind, 114, 1005-1037.

Article in an Online Journal

Frias, L. (2013). Moral Responsibility after Neuroscience. Filosofia Unisinos, 14 (1), 35-44.

Article in a Newspaper or Popular Magazine

Mendelsohn, D. (2010). But Enough about Me. New Yorker, January 25.


Book Review

McEvoy, M. (2008). Fear of Knowledge: Against Relativism and Constructivism by Paul Boghossian. Metaphilosophy, 39, 144-150.

Thesis or Dissertation

Arriew, R. (1976). Ockham’s Razor: A Historical and Philosophical Analysis Ockham’s Principle of Parsimony. PhD Thesis. Illinois: Graduate College of the University of Illinois.

Paper Presented at a Meeting or Conference

Adelman, R. (2009). Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On: God’s Footstool in the Aramaic Targumim and Midrashic Tradition. The Annual Meeting for the Society of Biblical Literature. New Orleans, Louisiana: November 21-24.


Google (2009). Google Privacy Policy. Last Modified March 11, 2009. http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacypolicy.html.

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