Instructions for Authors

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS

Review Policy

Manuscripts submitted to OJER will be checked for plagiarism by using Turnitin/ iThenticate plagiarism detection programs. Manuscripts leading to plagiarism will be rejected by the editor/associate editor. Any manuscripts submitted to Osmangazi Journal of Educational Research (OJER) undergo a process of “Peer Review” before publishing. OJER reviewers play an important role in maintaining the high standards for OJER. Process starts with initial manuscript evaluation. If a manuscript is submitted to OJER, it first undergoes a preliminary check by the Chief Editor. The manuscripts that do not conform to the required format of OJER will be rejected at this stage. The next step is review process by the Field (or Section) Editor who is initially assigned to a submission by an Editor. They manage the Review Process of submissions that are accepted. Editors send requests to Field Editors to see a submission through the editorial process. Submissions to the OJER that are assigned to the Field Editor by the Editor appear in that Field Editor's “Submissions in Review” queue. Field Editors have access only to those submissions to which they have been assigned. Field Editors can reject or assign reviewers to a manuscript submitted to OJER. OJER employs double blind reviewing, where both the reviewer and the author remain anonymous throughout the review process. Therefore, it is very important that all the manuscript files (including any supplemental files for review) have to be anonymized to allow for blind review. Thus, author/s should remove all personal information from the documents to be reviewed. Reviewers are chosen by the editors, field editors or members of the editorial board to whom the task has been delegated. Field editors are responsible for assigning manuscripts to reviewers. Reviewers are matched to manuscripts according to their expertise. OJER management system allows field editors to choose reviewers from our database or to add new reviewers.

Reviewers are expected to evaluate whether a manuscript meets the following criteria:

The first one is presentation. It includes general readability, organization of the manuscript, focus and aim, clear expression, grammar, and APA format. Introduction to manuscript is also important. Reviewers should check the appropriateness of title, structured abstract, rationale for design, appropriateness of research question, literature reviewed and methodology. Reviewers should also check the suitability of research design, sufficiency of research group/sample (described in detail, size justified), research tests and instruments (validity and reliability analysis), procedures and data analysis with enough statistical details. The result section should also be controlled for clarity and completeness. Reviewers should also check the last sections, discussion and conclusion and recommendation whether the results are compared with relevant literature, conclusion is stated clearly and completely, contribution to the field and implications for other areas/studies are presented, and recommendations are given for further research. Finally, reviewers are expected to finish their review with a general evaluation statement whether the manuscript is worth for publishing or needs further editing or rewriting by the author/s.

Final report is sent to the researchers by the Chief Editor. The Chief Editor sends one of the recommended actions to the researcher:

a) Accept as is: no revision needed,

b) Accept: minor revision needed,

c) Major revision needed: Suggest revision and resubmission

d) Reject: Provide reasons in the comments to the editors and authors.

The time required for the review process is mainly dependent on the response of the reviewers. The review process normally takes 2 to 3 months to complete depending on the number of rounds the reviews need to take place. All manuscripts submitted for publication in OJER will undergo rigorous peer review, based on an initial editor screening and then a blind review process by at least two anonymous reviewers. The field editors usually choose the reviewers from the OJER reviewer pool. Normally, the editor will seek reviewers’ feedback before considering the manuscript for publication. In that case, the editor will wait until he/she receives all reviewer comments on submission. If the reviewers’ reports contradict with one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed, a further expert opinion should be sought. In rare cases for which it is extremely difficult to find a second reviewer, or when one reviewer’s report has thoroughly convinced the editor; decisions at this stage to accept or ask for major revision or reject can be made on the basis of only one reviewer’s report.

Manuscript Template

You can reach the journal Manuscript Template HERE.   
 

Manuscript Preparation

All manuscripts to be submitted to OJER must be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association [APA] (7th ed.).

Text of the manuscript must be in Times New Roman font, 12-point, with 3 cm margins. All sections of the manuscript (abstract, text, notes, references, tables, and figure captions etc.) must be single-spaced and paginated.

Abbreviations can be used within the text according to internationally accepted conventions.

Notations should conform to international usage.

Title and Abstract

  • The title of the manuscript should not exceed 20 words.
  • The abstract should be no longer than 250 words.
  • Title page should include 3-8 keywords.

Paragraphs and Headings

  • Each paragraph should include at least three sentences but a paragraph cannot be longer than one manuscript page.
  • The levels of headings of the manuscript should be organized according to APA and reflect the organization of the paper.

Format

  • The entire manuscript - including quotations, references, author notes, content footnotes, figure captions, and all parts of tables - should be neatly prepared in single spaced format.
  • Manuscripts should be in length of between 20-30 pages.
  • The title page, abstract, references, appendixes, author notes, content footnotes, tables, figure captions, and figures should not be on separate pages (with only one table or figure per page). They should be ordered in sequence, with the text pages between the abstract and the references.
  • All pages should be numbered in sequence, starting with the title page.
  • Since the manuscript will go through blind review, the author notes should be typed on the title page.
  • A signed cover letter should be submitted with the manuscript. The cover letter should include "the author's postal address, e-mail address, telephone number, and fax number for future correspondence and state that the manuscript is original, is not previously published, and not under concurrent consideration elsewhere." (if needed please see the Cover Letter Template)

Abbreviations

  • Any unnecessary abbreviations should be eliminated and all the necessary abbreviations must be explained and the long form of the abbreviation should be provided at the initial use.
  • Abbreviations in tables and figures should be explained in the table notes and figure captions or legends.

Mathematics and Statistics

  • Greek letters and all but the most common mathematical symbols should be identified on the manuscript.
  • All non-Greek letters that are used as statistical symbols for algebraic variables should be in italics.

Units of Measurement

  • Metric equivalents for all non-metric units (except measurements of time, which have no metric equivalents) should be provided.
  • All metric and non-metric units with numeric values (except some measurements of time) should be abbreviated.

References

  • Make sure references are cited in both the text and the references list.
  • Citations in the text and reference list entries must agree in both spellings and dates.
  • Don’t use abbreviations of journal titles. Journal titles in the reference list should be spelled out fully.
  • The references (both in the parenthetical text citations and in the reference list) should be ordered alphabetically by the authors' surnames.
  • Page numbers for all articles or book chapters should be provided in the reference list.
  • References to studies included in a meta-analysis/literature review should be preceded by an asterisk.

Author Notes and Footnotes

  • The departmental affiliation should be given for each author in the author notes.
  • The author note should include both the author's current affiliation if it is different from the byline affiliation and a current address for correspondence.
  • The author note should disclose special circumstances about the article (portions presented at an academic meeting, report of a longitudinal study, relationship that may be perceived as a conflict of interest).
  • In the text, all footnotes should be indicated, and footnote numbers correctly should be located.

Tables and Figures

  • Every table column, including the stub column, should have a heading.
  • All vertical table rules should be omitted.
  • The elements in the figures should be large enough to remain legible after the figure has been reduced to the width of a journal column or page.
  • Lettering in a figure should vary by no more than 4 point sizes of type.
  • EPS, JPEG, or TIFF files of figures may be submitted in addition to the prints.
  • Each figure should be labeled with the correct figure number and short title.
  • All figures and tables should be mentioned in the text and be numbered in the order in which they are mentioned.

Copyright and Quotations

  • Written/electronic permissions to use previously published text, tests or portions of tests, tables, or figures should be enclosed with the manuscript.
  • Page or paragraph numbers should be provided in text for all quotations.

Permissions

  • On final acceptance, authors are required to obtain and provide to the editor all permissions necessary to reproduce in print and electronic from any copyrighted work.
  • Each author of accepted manuscripts for the publication should fill out, print, sign, scan and email the “copyright form” to the editor via their personal e-mail addresses.
  • All the papers that are sent to the journal can be withdrawn only before the reviewing procedures have been begin the papers which are in the reviewing process cannot be withdrawn. 
  • The papers submitted by more than one author can only be withdrawn upon submitting a document that bears all the signatures of all the authors stating that the withdrawal of the article is approved by all of the writers.

  • You can reach the journal copyright form here.

In any case, poorly structured papers are sent back to authors before being forwarded to reviewers for evaluation.

Language of the Manuscripts

Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors should note that they are writing for an international audience. National colloquial expressions and idiomatic use of language should be avoided to the extent possible. Word choices and sentence constructions that might imply bias against persons on the basis of gender, racial or ethnic group membership, disability, sexual orientation, or age should be avoided.

Essential Title Page Information

  • Title of the manuscript must be concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
  • The family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name) and please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name, and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.
  • Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of reviewing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address.
  • Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a "Present address" (or "Permanent address") may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.

Manuscript Submission 

OJER accepts only English-written submissions and all manuscript submissions and correspondence must be carried out via email.

OJER also accepts manuscripts in Turkish for review. However, after the review process and acceptance for publication, the manuscript must be translated into English. After translation, authors can include extended abstract in Turkish.

Please send your manuscript to ojer@ogu.edu.tr

There is no article submission or publishing fees are charged to the authors. OJER is a free and open access journal.

Manuscript Submission Process:

  1. Prepare your manuscript according to the information provided above.
  2. Send your manuscript word file and other additional files to ojer@ogu.edu.tr with a cover letter (if needed please see the Cover Letter Template).
  3. After submission of a manuscript, editor sends ID number of the manuscript to corresponding author via e-mail for being able to track manuscript review process.