GUIDE TO REFEREES
The Journal of Mesopotamian Studies
The Journal of Mesopotamia Studies (JMS) is publication of The Institute of Living Language of Mardin Artuklu University. The JMS is a peer-reviewed journal which gives places to scientific researches on Kurdish, Arabic and Syriac culture, language and literature. It is published semi-annually (Spring and Summer Issues). The articles to be published should bear criteria of scientific researches, be innovative, and also should not be published anywhere else before. If an article has been presented in a scientific meeting, it will be accepted on the condition that it has not been published anywhere before.
The Evaluation of Articles
· Articles submitted for publication are firstly examined by editorial board in accordance with the publication principles of the journal. The endorsed ones are sent to two reviewers. The authors corrected the article according to the notes by reviewers; however they have right to object to the points where they do not agree with.
· Articles submitted for publication are sent to two experts of the field via methed of “blind review” afte they examined by Editorial Board. In the case of split in opinon of these two reviewers, the the article is sent to another reviewer. The article is published if at least two reviewers express positive opinion. The reports by reviewers are sent to the authors to pronounce the evaluation result.
· If one or both reviewers express “it could be published after certain revisions”, the article is sent to the author for the required revisions. After revisions are done, they are checked by reviewers or the Editorial Board to evaluate whether they are done in accordance with the remarks. Besides, the authors have right to object to the reviewers opinions. The objections are evaluated and resulted by the editorial board.
· The articles that decided to be published are sent to the author in PDF formatted after page adjustment. The author makes the last reading and shows necessary revisions on the text and sent it back.
· The unpublished articles are not return back to the rightful owner, furthermore the authors are responsible for the opinions of the articles.
· The journal does not demand any fees to publish their articles, and likewise does not pay any fees for publishing articles.
· The Editorial Board may make small adjustments those are not on the main stage.
· It is accepted that the copyright of the published articles are transferred to The Institute of Living Language of Mardin Artuklu University. This transfer includes virtual platforms.
· The JMS gives places to articles in Turkish, Kurdish, Arabic, English and Syriac. However, it accepted as a principle that at least half of the studies in the journal shouldbe in Kurdish and its various dialects. The articles sent to the journal must be free from all kinds of defects related to the use of academic language.
Writing Rules and Page Layout
· The articles must be written on MS Word or compatiple programs. Times New Roman should be used as typeface. The articles should be written in 12 font size in1.5 ink line spacing and the pages should bear numbers. The articles should be as londg as 5.000-8.000 words. The custom typefaces should not be used and if there are transcription signs, their documents shuld be sent with the article.
· The name, surname, title, place of work and e-mail address must be stated.
· The title of the article must be in accordance with the content and written in bold face, and also must not be longer than 15 words.
· There must be a summary of 200 or 250 word at the start of the article. The summary must be written both in the original language of the article and in English. The title of the article must be stated before the summary as well. There must be key words that ranked from general to specific at the bottom of the summary.
· The title must be written in bold face. There should de be intermediate titles in the long articles. It is recommended that the main titles numbered as 1., 2., and intermediate titles as 1.1, 1.2., 2.1., 2.2. All the main and intermediate titles (main sections, sources and appendices) should be written in bold face.
· Expressions that should be highlighted in the text, must be "in quotes", bold or italic faces must not be used. There must not be double highlighting as "in quotes" and bold or italic.
· There must not be intents at the start of section and paragraphs.
· Illustrations, graphics, images and other materials those used in text must be in JPEG or GIF format. Visual material and attachments must be delivered also via e-mail if required.
· Methodically consistency is essential for writing the footnotes and sources. Names of long works (books, magazines, newspapers etc.) should be written in italic face, names of short works (articles, stories, poems and so on) "in quotes". Also, it recommended that to use footnotes only for the additional information that cannot be given in the text.
· The compilator, translator, preparer for publication, editor must be shown in the tag if exist.
· In case of the citation of the text of electronic media, the name of author, title and date of publication which are specified are used. The date of access should also be noted in parentheses in catalog information.
· The secondary sources should be avoided if the primary resources are available.
· The works those have not been cited must not be shown in the sources.
· The sources should be given at the end of the text in alphabetical order. The publishing houses should be given clearly and the pages ranges of the articles should be stated.
· Both APA and Classic Footnote Citation are acceptes for citation and referrances.