Guidelines for Authors




Guidelines for the Authors

Osmanlı Bilimi Araştırmaları / Studies in Ottoman Science is a biannual international referred academic journal. The journal is the official publication of the Department of the History of Science, Faculty of Letters, Istanbul University. Founded in 1995 (founding editor: Feza Günergun), it is the first academic journal dedicated to the history of science and technology in Turkey. It is abstracted and indexed by EBSCO and TÜBİTAK-ULAKBİM.

The journal Osmanlı Bilimi Araştırmaları (Studies in Ottoman Science) does not charge any submission or processing fee from the authors.


Open accessibility

Full texts (from 1995 on) are freely available at


Peer review process

Osmanlı  Bilimi Araştırmaları / Studies in Ottoman Science is a double-bind peer reviewed journal. All manuscripts sent to the journal for publication are first evaluated by the editor according to “Aim and Scope” of the journal (see homepage).

Double-bilnd peer reviewing process is applied to research articles, review articles and articles in translation. Research notes, book reviews and reports of scientific meetings are published solely with editor’s approval. .

The editor, to start the double-blind peer reviewing process, forwards the research and review articles to the Editorial Board which chooses three referees – all specialists in the field -- from the “Referees Committee” of the journal. Two referees should be from universities other than Istanbul University. This is a rule set by the Istanbul University Faculty of Letters. The editor, after concealing the identity of the author, sends the manuscript to the selected referees with an “evaluation form” provided by the “Publication Committee of Faculty of Letters, Istanbul University” and asks them to fill, sign and return to the editor within a designated period of time.

Following the return of the forms, the editor submits them to the Editorial Board. In case two of the three referees considered the manuscript to be published – due to the publication policy of the Faculty of Letters --  the Editorial Board sanctions its publication. In case the referee asks for a revision, his/her comments are sent to the author anonymously. At this stage, authors whose manuscripts are accepted for publication are informed and they receive the publishing agreement to be signed and returned to the editor. Then, manuscripts and publishing agreements are presented to the “Publication Office of the Faculty of Letters” from where they are sent to the Rectorate of the Istanbul University for publication. Proofs are sent to the authors before the printing of the journal.

Article types

The journal welcomes original research articles and research notes on the history of science, technology and medicine composed in Turkish, English and French. Articles in translation, reviews of books newly published as well as reports of scientific meetings in the field are also accepted. The journal is currently issued both as hard-copy and online.


Manuscript submission

Manuscripts (research papers, review articles, etc.) should be submitted in MS Word for MS Windows format, as an e-mail attachment to the editor:

Feza Günergun (editor)

İstanbul Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi

Bilim Tarihi Bölümü

Ordu Cad. No. 196, Beyazıt - Fatih

34134 İstanbul


Manuscript preparation

Preferably, the manuscript should not exceed 10 000 words (not including notes) and 120 notes. It should be submitted as an electronic file in A4 format, double-spaced and typed with 11 points. It should contain two abstracts of 100-150 words each, one in Turkish the other one in English. Key words (3 to 10) in Turkish and in English should be added to the abstracts.

For blind reviewing purposes, the title page should not include any information about the author (s). Full contact details (academic affiliation, mailing address, phone, fax, e-mail) of the author(s) should be provided on a separate sheet.

Quotations:  Short quotations should be given between double quotes within the paragraph. Long quotations (10 points) should have double indentation on the left (only), without quotes.

References:  Notes (8 points) should be given at the bottom of every page, signalled by superscript numbers in the main text.

Book and journal titles should be written in italics, articles within double quotes; names of the authors, publishers should be written in full.  Please avoid the style “Adıvar (1939)” and conform to the below examples for referring to books, articles, chapters, newspaper and encylopaedia articles.

Abdülhak Adnan, La Science chez les Turcs Ottomans, Librarie orientale et américaine, Paris: G.-P. Maisonneuve, 1939, p. 15.

A.Adnan Adıvar, “The cultural situation of Byzantines and Turks at the time of the conquest of Constantinople, 1453,” The Muslim World, vol. 45 (1955) pp. 61-71 (p. 69).

Abdülhak Adnan-Adıvar, “The interaction of Islamic and Western thought in Turkey,” in Near Eastern Culture and Society: A Symposium on the Meeting of East and West, ed. T.Cuyler Young, Princeton Oriental Studies 15, Princeton / New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1951, pp. 119-229.

A.Adnan-Adıvar, “Fikir hareketleri ve yabancı diller,” Cumhuriyet, 13 Ağustos 1948, s.2.

A.Adnan Adıvar, “Ali b. Muhammad al-Kushdji,” The Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition, vol.1, Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1960, p.393.

The author should feel free to use any style to quote archival material and manuscripts but should give the full name of the archive, section and classification number of the document.  

Centuries and dates should be written in full: “fifteenth century”, 29 October 1923. For dates please use BCE and CE in English texts, AEC and EC in French texts, and MÖ and MS in Turkish texts.

Figures, images and appendices should include captions with related bibliographical references.

All acknowledgements to individuals and/or funding institutions should be noted at the end of the article prior to the abstracts.


Language editing

English and French languge editing is not provided by the editor. Non-English and non-French speaking authors are kindly invited to consult language editing services before sending their manuscript and abstract.


Copyright notice

Manuscripts sent to the Osmanlı Bilimi Araştırmaları / Studies in Ottoman Science should not be published before their submission to the journal. Istanbul University Rectorate will ask the author(s) to sign an agreement (temlikname) to transfer the copyright and publication rights of the article to Istanbul University Faculty of Letters. The author /authors should also be aware that Istanbul University does not pay any royalty for manuscripts published.



Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any copyrighted material including illustrations, photos, drawings, tables, figures, maps, etc.


Plagiarism policy

Osmanlı Bilimi Araştırmaları / Studies in Ottoman Science uses iThenticate software provided by the Library of the Istanbul University to detect probable plagiarim in manuscripts submitted to the journal. In case plagiarism is detected by the Editorial Board, the manuscript will be rejected and the author informed.


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