Reviewer and Editor's Guide
Reviewer Guide

Considering that the Journal of Sociological Context aims to publish original and important articles, we ask the reviewers to assist in the evaluation of the article submissions we receive. Below are recommendations on the article review process, how to become a reviewer, and how to write a good review. We also have our arbitration terms and conditions based on the COPE Principles, which provide more information on how to conduct objective and constructive arbitration.
Journal of Sociological Context has adopted the double-blind peer-review model.

Selection of Reviewers

The reviewers are selected from among experts who have a doctorate degree in the field of science related to the article and have publications. The information of the experts working in Turkish universities can be accessed from the YÖK Academic website, and the information of the experts abroad from Publons.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Reviewers

1- Objectivity: Investigations should be done objectively. Reviewers should be aware of any personal biases they may have and take this into account when reviewing a manuscript. The reviewer must clearly express his/her evaluations in support of his/her decision.

2- Contribution to Editorial Decision: Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and provides the author with the opportunity to improve the article. In this respect, a referee who feels inadequate to review an article or thinks that he will not be able to complete the review in a short time should not accept the invitation to review.

3- Confidentiality: All articles that reach the journal for review should be kept confidential. Reviewers should not share reviews or information about the article with anyone or contact the authors directly. The information contained in the study should not be used by a referee in his own research without the express written permission of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review should be kept confidential and not used for personal gain.

4- Sensitivity to Research and Publication Ethics Violations: Reviewers should be careful about possible ethical issues in the article and report them to the editor.

5- Conflict of Interest: Reviewers should not agree to review an article with potential conflicts of interest arising from their relationships with the authors or the institutions to which the articles are affiliated.

6- Request for Referee Citation: If a reviewer recommends that an author include citations to the reviewer’s (or their partners’) work, it must be for genuine scientific reasons, not to increase the reviewer’s citation count or increase the visibility of their work. See also Ethical Rules for Referees

Making a Review

The evaluations of the referees should be objective. During the refereeing process, the referees are expected to make their evaluations by considering the following points.

• Does the article contain new and important information?

• Does the abstract clearly and properly describe the content of the article?

• Is the method comprehensively and clearly defined?

• Are the comments and conclusions made substantiated by the findings?

• Are adequate references given to other studies in the field?

• Is the language quality adequate?

• Does the Abstract/Abstract/keywords/keywords accurately reflect the content of the article?

Editor's Guide

Selection of Editors

Editors are selected among experts who have a doctorate degree and have publications in accordance with the scope of the journal’s publication.


Türkiye Editors’ Workshop Group

Journal of Sociological Context supports the editors to keep in touch with other editors, thinking that it will be useful. Our editors are members of the Türkiye Editors’ Workshop Group.


Duties and Responsibilities of Editors


Coordinating the Referee Process

The editor should ensure that the peer review process is fair, impartial and timely. Research articles should be reviewed by at least two external reviewers and the editor should seek additional comments when necessary.


Determination of Reviewers

Editor; will select reviewers with appropriate expertise in the relevant field, taking into account the need for appropriate, inclusive and diverse representation. Editor will follow best practices to avoid selection of fraudulent reviewers.



The editor must maintain the confidentiality of all materials submitted to the journal and all communications with referees, unless otherwise agreed with the respective authors and referees. In exceptional circumstances and in consultation with the publisher, the editor may share limited information with the editors of other journals when deemed necessary to investigate suspected research misconduct. The editor must protect the identities of the reviewers. Information contained in a submitted article should not be used in the editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained during the reviewing process must be kept confidential and not used for personal gain.



Editors should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnicity, citizenship, or the political philosophy of the authors.


Investigation of Claims

An editor who finds convincing evidence of an ethical violation should contact the Editorial Board and the Publisher to have the article rectified, retracted, or other correction made.


Conflict of Interest

The editor should not be involved in decisions about articles written by him or his family members. In addition, such work should be subject to all the usual procedures of the journal. The editor should follow the ICMJE guidelines regarding disclosure of potential conflicts of interest by authors and reviewers.


Publication Decision

The editor is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published by examining the reviewers reports. The editor must comply with the policies determined by the Editorial Board.


Journal Citation Request

The editor should not attempt to influence the ranking of the journal by artificially increasing any journal metric. The editor will not request reference to the articles of his own journal or another journal, except for scientific reasons.


Correction, Withdrawal, Publication of Concern

Editors may consider issuing a correction if minor errors are detected in the published article that do not affect the findings, comments, and conclusions. Editors should consider retracting the article in case of major errors/violations that invalidate the findings and conclusions. Editors should consider issuing a statement of concern if there is evidence that the findings are unreliable and that the authors’ institutions did not investigate the case if there is a possibility of abusive research or publication by the authors, or if the potential investigation seems unfair or inconclusive. COPE and ICJME guidelines are taken into account with regard to correction, withdrawal or expression of concern.


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