Instructions for Authors


Review Policy

All submitted manuscripts go through a blind-review process. After the initial submission of a manuscript, the editor or an associate editor screens the manuscript. At this stage the manuscript is examined in terms of technical quality and suitability for OJER. If the editor/associate editor approves the quality and suitability of the manuscript, the editor/associate editor starts the blind-review process by sending the manuscript to at least two reviewers. The review process can take up to 2-3 months and after completion of the review process, the editor/associate editor informs the author(s) about the decision.

Manuscripts submitted to OJER will be checked for plagiarism by using Turnitin/ iThenticate plagiarism detection programs. Manuscripts leading to plagiarism will be automatically rejected by the editor/associate editor.

Manuscript Preparation

All manuscripts to be submitted to OJER must be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association [APA] (6th 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.

You can reach the journal writing template here.

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.


  • 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)


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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

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 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.