Author Guide

Publication Language

  • The publication language of Marife Turkish Journal of Religious Studies is Turkish. Articles written in English may also be published. As for articles written in other languages, the editorial board decides on them. The editorial board may require language editing for the articles submitted to Marife Turkish Journal of Religious Studies.

Paper Submission Policy

  • The articles submitted to the Marife Turkish Journal of Religious Studies for publication must be in accordance with the aim and scope of the Journal.
  • The articles submitted to Marife Turkish Journal of Religious Studies should be original and academic works prepared by using research methods suitable for their fields. In addition, translations, book reviews, criticisms, and evaluations as contributions to the scientific field are accepted.
  • For the publication of translations, the receipt of permission from the institution which published the study previously has to be presented.
  • For the works of translation, text simplification, and transcription, photocopies of the original texts or PDF format should be added. In addition, for the book introductions and reviews, the book cover image should be added in graphic format. At most one study of an author (any type of work) can be published in an issue.
  • Articles may not exceed 9.000 words (25 pages), including appended material such as pictures, charts, and maps etc.
  • Articles submitted to the Journal should be unpublished elsewhere or be unsent for publication. Articles published anywhere in any form or greatly extracted from any published materials are not taken into consideration.
  • Articles produced from a full text published paper will not be evaluated. However, only articles produced from the abstract published oral presentation can be evaluated.
  • For the articles presented in a scientific event and not being published yet, the name, place, and date of the event should be stated as a Note to the Editor in the article submission form.

Writing Principles

  • The articles to be sent to Marife Turkish Journal of Religious Studies must be written in Microsoft Word and uploaded on the website https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/marife along with the title page and Ethical Statement & Copyright Release Form. The name/names of the author should not be included in the main document, due to the double-blind referee ethics. All information about the author/authors should be included on the title page. Click to access the guide for the peer review system for the article upload process.
  • The articles to be submitted to Marife Turkish Journal of Religious Studies must be prepared using the reference management software (Zotero, EndNote, Mendeley, Citavi). Articles prepared without using reference management software do not proceed to the scientific evaluation process.
  • Articles should be in the range of 3000-9000 words, it should not be longer than twenty-five (25) pages including the bibliography and appendix such as pictures, charts and maps. Texts should be written via Microsoft Office Word with 10-point Cambria font with 12,5 nk space. Paragraphs should be justified. Margins should be; top 2.25, right 2, left 2, and bottom 1.5 cm.
  • Footnotes should be written with 8-point Cambria font with 1 nk space and justified.
  • The title of the article should be in Turkish and English.
  • Around 500-600 words summary of the articles and English translation of the summary should be submitted for the Turkish articles. Turkish and English abstracts should be submitted for foreign language articles.
  • There should be keywords consisting of five both in Turkish and English.
  • The original title of a translated article and its bibliographic information should be stated with a footnote attached to the main title.
  • The editor has got the right to do minor changes in terms of spelling etc. Spelling book of the Turkish Language Council should be the main reference for spelling and punctuation unless there are special situations of the article.
  • The author should be consistent in using diacritical letters and words with transcripts.
  • Under the title of the article, there is not any information about the name of the author, his/her institution, phone number and email address etc. Since the system administrator can already see the author of an article, the information about the author will be added to the article after the referee process. Thus, while adding an article to the system, the authors must be sure that there is no information about him/her. This is especially important for the referees who will examine the article to work independently.
  • There should be a bibliography at the end of the manuscript.


Submission Checklist
□ Did you prepare the study by using ISNAD Citation Style?
□ Did you submit the Article Template?
□ Did you use a reference management tool (Zotero, Endnote, Mendeley or Citavi)?

Did you submit Title Page?
□ Did you submit a signed Ethical Statement & Copyright Release Form?


General Actions Against Scientific Research and Broadcasting Ethics

a) Plagiarism: To show others' original ideas, methods, data, or works as their own work, partially or completely, without reference to scientific rules,
b) Forgery: Using data that does not actually exist or has been falsified in scientific research,
c) Distortion: Falsifying the research records or the data obtained, showing the devices or materials not used in the research as being used, falsifying or shaping the research results in line with the interests of the people and organizations,
d) Republishing: To present repetitive publications as separate publications in academic appointments and promotions,
e) Slicing: Dividing the results of research into pieces in a way that disrupts the integrity of the research and inappropriately and publishing in more than one issue and presenting these publications as separate publications in academic appointments and promotions,
f) Unfair authorship: Including persons without active contribution among the authors or not including those who are, changing the author's order in an unjustified and inappropriate manner, removing the names of those who have an active contribution from the work in subsequent editions, having their names included among the authors by using their influence even though they have no active contribution,
Other types of ethical violations:
a) Not specifying the supporting persons, institutions, or organizations and their contributions in the publications made as a result of researches conducted with the support,
b) To use the thesis or studies that have not yet been submitted or accepted as a source without the permission of the owner,
c) Not complying with ethical rules in researches on humans and animals, not respecting patients' rights in publications,
d) To act contrary to the provisions of the relevant legislation in biomedical researches and other clinical trials related to humans,
e) Sharing the information contained in a work that has been assigned to review with others before it is published without the explicit permission of the owner of the work,
f) Misuse of the resources, places, facilities, and devices provided or allocated for scientific research,
g) To make unfounded, unwarranted, and deliberate allegations of ethical violations,
h) To publish the data obtained without the express consent of the participants in a questionnaire and attitude research conducted within the scope of a scientific study or if the research will be conducted in an institution, also without the permission of the institution,
i) To harm animal health and ecological balance in research and experiments,
j) Failing to obtain written permissions from the authorized units in research and experiments before starting the work.
k) Research and experiments in legislation or engage in activities contrary to the provisions on related research and experimentation of the international conventions that Turkey is a party.
l) Failing to comply with the obligation of researchers and authorities to inform and warn those concerned about possible harmful practices regarding the scientific research,
n) Not using the data and information obtained from other persons and institutions in scientific studies, to the extent and as permitted, not to respect the confidentiality of this information and to ensure its protection,
m) To make false or misleading statements regarding scientific research and publications in academic appointments and promotions (YÖK Scientific Research and Publication Ethics Directive, Article 4).
Within the framework of ethical rules; Studies requiring Ethics Committee Permission to be evaluated in the journal are as follows:
1. All kinds of research conducted with qualitative or quantitative approaches that require data collection from participants using survey, interview, focus group study, observation, experiment, interview techniques,
2. Use of humans and animals (including material/data) for experimental or other scientific purposes,
3. Clinical researches on humans,
4. Research on animals,
5. Retrospective studies in accordance with the law on the protection of personal data.
In this context, in studies to be evaluated in our journal;
1. Obtaining and indicating "Informed Consent Form" in case presentations,
2. Obtaining and indicating permission from the owners for the use of scales, questionnaires, and photographs belonging to others,
3. It should be stated that the copyright regulations are complied with for the intellectual and artistic works used.
4. Editors ensure the protection of human and animal rights in the studies evaluated. Editors have the responsibility to refuse to work when there is no approval of the ethics committee on the subjects used in the study, and no permission for experimental research. In studies requiring ethics committee approval, information about the permission (name of the board, date, and number) should be included in the method section and also on the first/last page of the article. In case reports, the information that the informed consent/consent form was signed should be included in the article.


Authors' Responsibilities

1. Reporting standards: The authors of the original research should ensure that the study and results are presented accurately, and then the importance of the study is discussed objectively. If authors make use of other studies or use other studies, they must cite and/or cite completely and accurately.
2. Data access and retention: Authors are required to keep the raw data of their studies. When necessary, they should submit it for editorial review if requested by the journal.
3. Originality and plagiarism: Authors must submit entirely original works and if they have used the work or words of others, this must be appropriately cited. Plagiarism constitutes unethical publishing behavior in all its forms and is unacceptable. For this reason, a similarity rate report is requested from all authors who submit an article to the journal.
4. Multiple, duplicate, backup, or simultaneous submission/publication: Authors cannot have their work in the application process of more than one journal at the same time. Each application can be started following the completion of the previous application. A study published in another journal cannot be sent to the Marife Turkish Journal of Religious Studies. Simultaneous submission of an article to more than one journal is unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
5. Authorship of the manuscript: Only those who fulfill the authorship criteria should be listed as authors in the content of the manuscript. These authorship criteria are as follows; (i) contributed to the design, implementation, data collection or analysis phases (ii) prepared the manuscript or made a significant intellectual contribution or critically revised it; or (iii) saw the final version of the manuscript, approved it and agreed to be submitted for publication. The corresponding author should ensure that all authors (according to the definition above) are included in the list of authors and declare that they have seen the final version of the article and agree to be submitted for publication.
6. Statement and conflicts of interest: Authors should reveal conflicts of interest at the earliest possible stage (usually by submitting a disclosure form at the time of submission and including a statement in the article). All sources of financial support for the study must be declared (including the grant/fund number or other reference numbers, if applicable). In accordance with the publication policy of Marife Turkish Journal of Religious Studies, people who contribute in real terms to the articles submitted to the journal (original scientific research article, case reports and reviews) should be written as authors. The author (s) of the article must declare that there is no personal and financial conflict of interest within the scope of the study. They should indicate this declaration at the end of the article under the heading "Conflicts of Interest" (The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest).
7. Peer review: Authors are responsible for participating in the peer-review process and are obliged to fully cooperate by responding promptly to editors' requests for raw data, explanations and evidence of ethical approval, and copyright permissions. If a "required revision" decision is made first, the authors should review and resubmit their manuscript until the deadline given to the reviewers' comments in a systematic manner.
8. Fundamental errors in published works: When authors find material errors or inaccuracies in their own published work, they are obliged to inform the journal editors or publishers immediately and to cooperate with the journal editors or publishers to correct a typo in the article (erratum) or remove the article from publication. If editors or publisher learn from a third party that a published work contains a material error or inaccuracy, the author must take the responsibility of correcting or withdrawing the article immediately or providing the journal's editors with evidence of the paper's accuracy.

Notes and Bibliography

Marife requires writers to use The ISNAD Citation Style. Further information can be found on its web page http://www.isnadsistemi.org/en/.

Peer Review Process

Articles submitted to Marife Turkish Journal of Religious Studies go through a three-stage process: Preliminary Examination, Scientific Evaluation, and Preparation for Publication. These processes are planned and implemented by the Editors.
Click to see the details of the Evaluation Process.

Dergipark Peer Review System

Marife Turkish Journal of Religious Studies evaluates articles through the Dergipark Peer Review System. Click for a video about the use of the system.
Click for more information about Dergipark Peer Review System.

Similarity Check Policy

All studies submitted to Marife Turkish Journal of Religious Studies are scanned through software capable of similarity scanning (iThenticate, etc.). Studies with a plagiarism rate (excluding bibliography) over 15% are not evaluated and returned to their authors. If a work published in the journal is found to be plagiarism, the Editorial Board reserves the right to take various actions, including withdrawing the article, reporting the issue to the head of department, dean and / or relevant institutions at the institution where the author works. Click for detailed information.

Article Processing Charges

Marife Turkish Journal of Religious Studies as an open access journal does not charge any fees for article submission or article processing and printing. No copyright fee is paid to the author for the published articles.

Copyright Policy

Authors whose publication is published in Marife Turkish Journal of Religious Studies are deemed to have transferred the copyright of the publication to the journal indefinitely. During publication submission, the copyright transfer agreement must be filled in by the author and uploaded to the system. The responsibility of science, law, and language of the published articles belongs to their authors.

Article Submission Documents and Peer Review Process Evaluation Forms
Title Page
Article Template
Information About the Originality Report
Ethical Statement & Copyright Release Form
Article Pre-evaluation Form
Article Evaluation Form
Translated Article Evaluation Form
Book Review Evaluation Form
Article Withdrawal Form