Author Information Pack

Aim and Scope
Tahkik Journal of Critical Editions of Islamic Manuscripts is an international, peer-reviewed and themed journal that launched semi-annually (June-December) in Turkish. The main theme is the preparation of a manuscript for publication in the manner of a critical editions. In other words, it is the projection of a work as penned by the author based on the single or multiple extant copies and editing it for publication. The theme also involves academic essays related to research, cataloging, libraries and literature review concerning manuscripts.
The aim of the Tahkik is the criticism, reinterpretation and publication of the manuscripts integral to the scientific contribution over the history of Islamic sciences. The journal critique prioritizes the texts produced in the scientific heritage of Istanbul and Anatolia.
The main research field of the Tahkik is the Islamic sciences. It incorporates the research and publication in divinity comprising main Islamic sciences, philosophy, theology, Islamic history and arts, as well as history and philosophy. In addition to the critical editions and reviews related to the themes stated above, the articles that present transcription into Latin alphabet (Latinization), intra-language translation, translation of a text, original research articles, review and debate essays are welcome for publication in the Critique. Mainly concentrating on treatises in Islamic sciences, the critical editions of treatises in Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, and Persian will be published in the Tahkik.
Tahkik uses the ISNAD Citation System (İSNAD Atıf Sistemi) in the Turkish section and it is based on the Principles of Critical Editions of ISAM (İSAM Tahkikli Neşir Esasları, İTNES) in Arabic section.
Tahkik started as a periodical of the Abu Said Hadimi Research Center established by Hacıveyiszade Foundation for Science and Culture in Konya. To publish the manuscripts of Tahkik Journal, as well as the original source is fully and clearly stated, does not pose any problems in terms of publication ethics. For any questions regarding article submission, please contact the editor at •

Editor in Chief
Murat Simsek, Necmettin Erbakan University

Esref Altas, İstanbul Medeniyet University (Islamic Philosophy and Logic Editor)
Ali Coban, Necmettin Erbakan University (Editor of Sufism)
Osman Demir, Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University (Theological Science Editor)
Necmettin Kızılkaya, İstanbul University (Islamic Law Editor)
Saffet Kose, İzmir Katip Celebi University (General Editor of Islamic Law)
Hasan Ozer, Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University (Edisyon Kritik Editörü)
Mahmut Samar, Social Sciences University Of Ankara
Murat Tala, Necmettin Erbakan University (Editor of Arabic Language and Literature)

**Associate Editors***
Necmettin Azak, Directorate of the Turkish İnstitution for Manuscripts
Halil İbrahim Delen, Namık Kemal University
Hüseyin Ors, Directorate of the Turkish İnstitution for Manuscripts
Esra Erdoğan Şamlıoğlu, Social Sciences University Of Ankara
Halil İbrahim Uren, Konya Necmettin Erbakan University

**Editorial Board***
Berat Acil, Marmara University
Abdulrahman Taha el-Hebshi, al-Ahgaff University
Hamzeh al-Bakri, İbn Haldun University
H. Yunus Apaydın, Erciyes University
Seyit Bahcıvan, Selcuk University
Hasan Tuncay Basoğlu, Türkiye Diyanet Foundation, Centre for Islamic Studies
Mürteza Bedir, İstanbul University
Said Bektas, Medine Taybe University
Ertuğrul Boynukalın, Marmara University
Mehmet Boynukalın, Marmara University
Ahmet Caycı, Konya Necmettin Erbakan University
Islam Dayeh, Freie Universität Berlin
Lejla Demiri, Universität Tübingen
Ekrem Demirli, İstanbul University
İhsan Fazlıoğlu, İstanbul Medeniyet University
Nizar F. Hermes, University of Virginia
Fikret Karapınar, Konya Necmettin Erbakan University
Mehmet Cüneyt Kaya, İstanbul University
Mahmut Kelpetin, Marmara University
Najm Adurrahman Khalaf, International Islamic University
Asım Cüneyd Köksal, Marmara University
Bilal Kuşpınar, Konya Necmettin Erbakan University
Ali Oge, Konya Necmettin Erbakan University
Kayhan A. Özaykal, İstanbul University
Şükrü Ozen, İstanbul University
Judith Pfeiffer, Universität Bonn
Adam Sabra, University of California
Emilie Savage-Smith, University of Oxford
Ayman Shihadeh, SOAS University of London
Ahmet Türkan, Dumlupınar University

  • Alphabetically ordered by last name
  • Abstracting and Indexing
    Tahkik Journal is abstracted and indexed by
    ISAM Library Database

Basic Guidelines for Authors
Guidelines for Authors
• The Tahkik Journal of Critical Editions of Islamic Manuscripts is a peer reviewed quarterly academic journal publishing articles in both research part and edition part.

• In order to gain acceptance, all articles submitted to Tahkik for evaluation must have never been previously published.

• Submissions are first reviewed by the editorial board. If an article satisfies the necessary conditions of style and content, reviewers will then proceed to evaluate its suitability for publication.

• All articles undergo evaluation by two anonymous reviewers. If necessary, the article may be sent to a third reviewer for further assessment. The publication of an article depends upon the approval of these reviewers. Authors must provide the necessary corrections demanded by reviewers.

• The articles are screened for ethical control in the iThenticate and / or Turnitin Plagiarism Analysis Program.
In general, any submitted work should provide the following formatting conditions.
o Although there is no page limit, the editorial board has the authority to decide the articles that are too long.
o Tables, figures, pictures, and graphs should fit the journal page. If needed, they may be written in a smaller font size and their text may be single spaced.
o Tables and graphs should be numbered consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters. Avoid vertical rules. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in tables does not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.

• In a separate first page the full name and institutional affiliation of all author(s) and mailing address(es), work/mobile phone number(s), and e-mail address(es) of the corresponding author(s) should be included.

The study must include the following sections:
o A Turkish title and abstract between 150 and 200 words including 5-8 keywords.
o An English and Arabic title abstract between 150 and 200 words including 5-8 keywords.
• A long summary in English should be added for the articles in Turkish. This extended summary should be between 750-1500 words, including the English title, sub-topics of the article, and all references. This section may be sent after the study has been accepted for publication.

• Tahkik uses the ISNAD Citation System (İSNAD Atıf Sistemi) in the Turkish section and it is based on the Principles of Critical Editions of ISAM (İSAM Tahkikli Neşir Esasları, İTNES) in Arabic section.

• Articles should be submitted using the online submission system to initiate the editing process. An automatic confirmation e-mail will be sent after submission. If you do not receive this e-mail, please contact us via e-mail with

Ethical Policy
• The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the authors’ quality of work and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important for all parties involved in the act of publishing – the author, the editors, the peer reviewers, and the society owned the journals – to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior. Approval of an article sent to Tahkik Journal of Critical Editions of Islamic Manuscripts for publication depends on the following ethical and legal conditions:

• Every author agrees on the article’s content and the submission of this content to the journal.

• The article’s content is approved through reviews by authoritative and responsible referees.

• The article, partially or completely, has not been published before, in any language.

• An article submitted to Tahkik for publication must not be submitted to another journal during the review process.

• If a draft submitted to Tahkik includes figures, tables or long text block that have been published before, the author is responsible for obtaining permission from the copyright owners. All copyrighted elements should be specified appropriately in the draft submitted to Tahkik.

Reporting Standards
The authors provide articles of original research should present an accurate account of the work they have performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements reflect unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review and professional publication articles must also be accurate and objective. Any editorial ‘opinion’ works should be identified as such.

Data Access and Retention
• Authors may be asked to provide the raw data connected to a paper for editorial review, and authors should be prepared to provide public access to such data. Furthermore, authors are expected to be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism
Authors should ensure that they have written genuinely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others this must be appropriately cited or quoted. Plagiarism takes many forms, from ‘passing off’ another’s paper as the author’s own paper to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms counted as unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Ithenticate is used for checking plagiarism in Tahkik.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

• An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Concurrently submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper. Publication of some kinds of articles (e.g. clinical guidelines, translations) in more than one journal is sometimes justifiable, provided certain conditions are met. The authors and editors of the journals concerned must agree to the secondary publication, which must reflect the same data and interpretation of the primary document. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication.

Acknowledgement of Sources
• Proper acknowledgment of the work of other authors must always be given. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work should be cited. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in those services.

Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are declared in the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Submission & Publication Policy
Submission Declaration
The submission of an article implies that the work has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere including electronically in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

Disclosing Data
All data relating to the article must be made available in Supplementary files or deposited in external repositories and it must be submitted if it is requested.

Changes to Authorship
Tahkik Journal accepts the add and drop or rearrangement of author names in an accepted manuscript before publication. Before the accepted manuscript is published, requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to the Journal Secretary by the corresponding author. This request must include:
• The reason the name should be added or removed, or the author names rearranged and
• Written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.
Requests that are not sent by the corresponding author will be forwarded by the Journal Secretary to the corresponding author, who must follow the procedure as described above. Note that: (1) the Journal Secretary will inform the Journal Editors of any such requests and (2) the publication of the accepted manuscript in an issue will be suspended until authorship has been agreed. After the manuscript is published any requests to add, drop or rearrange author names will not be taken into consideration.

Authors should add their papers a confirmation of copyright of the article submitted to Tahkik Journal, a sample is shown below.
“The attached article(s), whose writer(s) and title(s) are clearly indicated below, has/have been sent for your consideration to be published in Tahkik Journal. The article(s) has/have yet to be published anywhere else, nor has/have the article(s) been sent to another journal for consideration. In the case that any or all of the article be accepted for publication, we affirm that all publishing rights shall belong permanently to Tahkik Journal for each accepted article.
As the writer(s) whose signature(s) appear below, I/we accept all the conditions found in the Author Guidelines section and affirm that the below article(s) has/have been written in accordance to the ethical rules stated therein. I/we furthermore affirm that all accompanying articles are original works, that all articles are accompanied with their original copyright forms, that the writer(s) transfere/s all editing rights to the Publications Board for the Tahkik Journal, and that all copyrights, including registered copyrights, shall be transferred to the Tahkik Journal upon acceptance.”

Online Submission System
Tahkik Journal uses the Open Journal System (OJS) for article submission. Submissions proceeds totally online through our web site.
Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project through its federally funded efforts to expand and improve access to research. OJS assists with every stage of the refereed publishing process, from submissions through to online publication and indexing. Through its management systems, it’s finely grained indexing of research, and the context it provides for research, OJS seeks to improve both the scholarly and public quality of refereed research. OJS is open source software made freely available to journals worldwide for the purpose of making open access publishing a viable option for more journals, as open access can increase a journal's readership as well as its contribution to the public good on a global scale.

Submission Checklist
The following list will be useful during the final checking of an article prior to submission. Please consult this Guide for Authors for further details of any item and ensure that the following items are present:
• In the first page, the full name and affiliation of all author(s)
• If article is written by two or more authors one author should be defined as corresponding author. In the first page, name, mailing address, work/mobile phone numbers, and e-mail address(es) of corresponding author.
• an abstract between 150 and 200 words and 5-8 keywords in Turkish or Arabic and a title
• an abstract between 150 and 200 words and 5-8 keywords in English.
• a long summary in English between 1500 and 2000 words. This extended summary should include the title in English, sub-topics of the article, and all references (This section may be submitted after acceptance).
• All figure captions; all figures supplied as a separate file in suitable formats (.jpg, .pdf or .png), printable resolution and proper size.
• All tables (including title, description, footnotes)
• Manuscript has been spell-checked and grammar-checked
• References are in the correct format (Tahkik uses the ISNAD Citation System (İSNAD Atıf Sistemi) in the Turkish section and it is based on the Principles of Critical Editions of ISAM (İSAM Tahkikli Neşir Esasları, İTNES) in Arabic section.)
• All references mentioned in the text are listed in the bibliography and vice versa
• Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web)
• The Research / Dirase section of the review articles may be in Turkish, Arabic, English and other languages deemed appropriate by the editorial board.

Copyediting and Proofreading
The main research field of the Tahkik is the Islamic sciences. It incorporates the research and publication in divinity comprising main Islamic sciences, philosophy, theology, Islamic history and arts, as well as history and philosophy. In addition to the critical editions and reviews related to the themes stated above, the articles that present transcription into Latin alphabet (Latinization), intra-language translation, translation of a text, original research articles, review and debate essays are welcome for publication in the Critique. Mainly concentrating on treatises in Islamic sciences, the critical editions of treatises in Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, and Persian will be published in the Tahkik.
Please write your text in good Turkish, Arabic or English. Articles in Turkish must have an extended English abstract. Authors who think their English and the edition section needs copyediting may request help from Journal Secretary. Tahkik Journal will find somebody for this. Charges for this service belong to the Authors.

Queuing for Publishing
After all review and copyediting processes completed Editorial Board will decide for the issue in which the article will take place. Normally the articles are listed according to submission dates. But in some cases there may be some exceptions related with the special issues and focused files. The author(s) will be informed about this decision.

Acceptance Letter
If author needs and demands an acceptance letter showing the status of the article may be supplied by editorial board.

Open Access System
Tahkik Journal has an open access policy. All of published articles and reviews can be reached at

Copies of the Journal
A hardcopy of the Journal will also be sent to all author(s). Besides this, the corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a PDF file of the article via e-mail.

Review Process and Policy
Peer review process is an essential component of the scientific process. Reviews by independent scholars provide advice to the editorial board of Tahkik to choose best articles to publish. A double blind reviewing process is counducted.
Tahkik is an international journal both in authorship and readership. For this reason referees are carefully selected from the worldwide academic community. Referees’ names are kept confidential and may only be disclosed to editors who are also instructed to maintain confidentiality. Unbiased consideration is given to all manuscripts offered for publication regardless of the race, gender, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, political philosophy, age or reputation of the authors.

Tasks of Editors
• Decision for publication
• Objectivity
• Confidentiality
• Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
• Involvement and Cooperation in Investigations.

Choosing Peer Reviewers and Their Duties
Peer reviewers of Tahkik are chosen between experts in the scientific topic addressed in the articles. They are selected for their objectivity and scientific knowledge. All reviewers are informed of Tahkik’s expectations. They are expected to fill the evaluation form and prepare a separate report if necessary.
Any person who has a conflict of interest in the subject of the article cannot be a reviewer for that article. Reviewers should contact the editorial office to declare any potential conflicts of interest in advance of refereeing an article (e.g. being a co-worker or collaborator with one of the authors, or being in a position which precludes giving an objective opinion of the work, those working for a company whose product was tested, its competitors, those with special political or ideological agendas).
Reviews are expected to be professional, honest, courteous, prompt, and constructive. The desired major elements of a high-quality review are as follows:
• The reviewer should have identified and commented on the major strengths and weaknesses of the study design and methodology
• The reviewer should comment accurately and constructively upon the quality of the author's interpretation of the data, including acknowledgment of its limitations.
• The reviewer should comment on the major strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript as a written communication, independent of the design, methodology, results, and interpretation of the study.
• The reviewer should comment on any ethical concerns raised by the study, or any possible evidence of low standards of scientific conduct.
• The reviewer should provide the author with useful suggestions for improvement of the manuscript.
• The reviewer's comments to the author should be constructive and professional
• The review should provide the editor the proper context and perspective to make a decision on acceptance (and/or revision) of the manuscript.
• The reviewers are expected to point out relevant work that has not been cited, and use citations to explain where elements of the work have been previously reported. They should also note any substantial similarity between the manuscript and any paper published in or submitted to another journal.
• We request that reviewers do not contact authors directly. In most cases two reviewers will be consulted, but the opinion of these reviewers may not reflect the Co-Editor’s final decision on an article. Receiving partial advice from one referee can give authors a misleading impression of the peer review process.

Review Process
The editors of Tahkik routinely assess all reviews for quality. Ratings of review quality and other performance characteristics of reviewers are periodically assessed to assure optimal journal performance. Performance measures such as review completion times should be used to assess changes in processing that might improve journal performance. Individual performance is kept confidential. The editors who do not contribute to the journal’s quality may be out listed. The review process in Tahkik is like:
We assign two referee for each article.
If two of the referees accept an article as publishable, the article is published.
If one of the referees accept it and the the other rejects, the article is transferred to a third referee. If the third referee accepts it, it is published. If he/she rejects, it is rejected.
*If two of the referees reject an article, it is directly rejected and not published.

In the review process, information and ideas obtained as a referee is kept confidential and not used for competitive advantage. The submitted manuscript is a privileged communication and should be kept confidential.
• The submitted manuscript should not be retained or copied by the reviewers. Also, reviewers must not share the manuscript with any colleagues without the explicit permission of the editor.
• Reviewers and editors must not make any personal or professional use of the data, arguments, or interpretations (other than those directly involved in its peer review) prior to publication unless they have the authors' specific permission or are writing an editorial or commentary to accompany the article.
• Reviewers must disclose any conflicts of interest and inform the editorial board.
• Reviewers must inform the journal if they are unable to review a paper or can do so only with some delay.
• Reviewers must objectively judge the quality of the research reported, give fair, frank and constructive criticism and refrain from personal criticism of the authors. Comments made by referees may be seen by the authors. Therefore referees’ judgments should be explained and supported so that authors can understand the basis of the comments and judgments.
• If reviewers suspect misconduct, they should notify the editor in confidence, and should not share their concerns with other parties unless officially notified by the journal that they may do so.
If you have any ethical concerns about a paper, whether published or in review, please contact the editor in the first instance. Please feel free to contact us for any further information via e-mail to
Tahkik started as a periodical of the Abu Said Hadimi Research Center established by Hacıveyiszade Foundation for Science and Culture in Konya/Turkey.