Insight Turkey
Insight Turkey
Challenging ideas
On Turkish politics and International affairs

Guide to Authors


Submission of Manuscripts

Currently in its 21st volume, Insight Turkey is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal focusing on contemporary political, economic, and social issues. It covers a broad range of topics related to Turkish domestic politics and foreign policy, major developments throughout Turkey’s neighboring regions, and international politics. Indexed and abstracted by a number of major academic databases, Insight Turkey publishes papers written by various academic researchers, political analysts, and area experts from all over the world.

Insight Turkey publishes four types or written content:

  • Research articles answer a scholarly and relevant question through original research (5000 to 7000 words).
  • Commentaries present a policy-relevant argument on an actual issue (up to 4000 words).
  • Review articles review a set of recently-published books with a common theme (2000 to 3000 words).
  • Book reviews are reviews of a recently-published book (up to 1500 words).

Insight Turkey welcomes both solicited and unsolicited submissions. All manuscripts submitted to Insight Turkey undergo a rigorous process of assessment. Submissions are initially evaluated by the journal’s Editorial Board in terms of relevance, style, and scholarly qualities, with those that satisfy our minimum requirements are then sent forward to two external referees. The review process is conducted anonymously (double-blind peer review) and only the articles that the referees recommend for publication are then published.


Before submitting your manuscript make sure that:

  • You have included an abstract,
  • You have attached the cover sheet alongside your manuscript (click here to download the cover sheet),
  • You have used the referencing style used by Insight Turkey (for detailed information of referencing style, click here).

Manuscripts can be sent via mail to



Style and Format Guide

Authors are responsible for ensuring that their manuscripts conform to the style guidelines of Insight Turkey. Submissions must be written with the usage of clear and concise language. Since the journal’s readership comprises of specialists and non-specialists, authors should use a language appealing and accessible to all readers. Authors whose first language is not English are strongly recommended to have their manuscripts read and corrected by a proofreader before submission.

Particular attention is requested on the following points:



American spelling should be used throughout. Numbers from one to ten should be spelled out, other numbers should be given as numerals. Dates should be in the form April 8, 1999; 1996-1999; the 1980s. Use percent instead of %.



Use original spelling in languages that use Latin alphabet. For transliteration of all other languages (such as Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Persian, etc.) into English, please seek advice from the Editors.



The notes should be numbered consecutively throughout the article, using a raised numeral in the text, to correspond to a list of notes placed at the end. In the list of notes, consistency is crucial for giving references. Words in titles should be written with capital initials. In endnotes ‘ibid.’ should not be used.

Some examples for citation are given below. All of the information shown must be included.



Name and Surname of the Author, Book Title, (City: Publisher, Year), p. #.

Subsequent references should appear as: Surname, Book Title, p. #.

E.g.: John J. Mearsheimer, The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018), p. 100.

Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, (London: Profile Books, 2012), pp. 100-102.


Book Chapters

Name and Surname of the Author, “Chapter Title,” in Name/s of Editor/s (ed/s.), Book Title, (City: Publisher, Year), p. #.

Subsequent references should appear as: Surname, “Chapter Title,” p. #.

E.g.: Harry Gould, “What Is at Stake in the Agent-Structure Debate,” in Vendulka Kubálková, Nicholas Onuf and Paul Kowert (eds.), International Relations in A Constructed World, (London: Routledge, 1998), p. 83.


Articles in Journals

Name and Surname of the Author, “Article Title,” Journal Name, Vol. #, No. # (Month, Year), p. #.

Subsequent references should appear as: Surname, “Article Title,” p. #.

E.g.: Isa Blumi, “Albanian Slide: The Roots to NATO’s Pending Lost Balkan Enterprise,” Insight Turkey, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 149-170.


Unpublished Theses

Name and Surname of the Author, “Thesis Title,” thesis type, University, Year, p. #.

E.g.: Keith E. Wrightson, “The Puritan Reformation of Manners, with Special Reference to the Counties of Lancashire and Essex 1640-1660,” unpublished Ph.D. thesis, Cambridge University, 1974, p. 36.


Articles/Pages on Web Sites

Name and Surname of the Author, “Article Title,” E-Journal/E-newspaper/Web site Name, Vol. #, No. #, (Month Day, Year), retrieved Month Day, Year, from URL.

URL should link directly to the referred text.


Articles in Newspapers and Popular Magazines

Name and Surname of Author, “Article Title,” Newspaper/Magazine, Month Day, Year.

Subsequent references should appear as Surname, “Article Title.”


Translated Books

Name and Surname of the Author, Title of Book, translated by Name of Translator, (City: Publisher, Year), p. #.

E.g.: Edward W. Said, Şarkiyatçılık: Batı’nın Şark Anlayışları, translated by Berna Ülner, (İstanbul: Metis Yayıncılık, 1995), pp. 11-12.


Conference Papers

Name and Surname of the Author, “Title of Paper,” Conference Name, Conference Location, Date, (City: Publisher, Year), p. #.



“Title of Report,” Institution, (Month Day, Year), retrieved from URL, p. #.

E.g.: “European Union Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2017,” EUROPOL, (2017), retrieved from, pp. 42-43.


Social Media

Name and Surname of the Author, Twitter, time AM/PM, (date) retrieved from URL.

E.g.: Donald Trump, Twitter, 11.03 PM, (November 7, 2017) retrieved from



“Title,” Channel Name, retrieved on Month Day, Year, from URL.

E.g.: “Euronews Talks with Slavoj Žižek,” Euronews Youtube, retrieved on June 1, 2017, from


For Book Reviews

Reviews should be preceded by full publication information, in the following form:

Book Title (and translation, if applicable) by Name and Surname of the Author, (City: Publisher, Year), # of pages, price, ISBN. The reviewer’s name and affiliation should be given in the end.



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