Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted to the TESAM Academy Peer-Reviewed Journal must not have been previously published or submitted for publication.

After a preliminary evaluation by the editors in terms of form and content, submitted papers are checked for plagiarism using the iThenticate software. Following plagiarism detection, qualifying papers are reviewed by the editor-in-chief for originality, method, the importance of the subject covered, and consistency with the journal’s scope.

The Editor-in-Chief reviews papers regardless of ethnicity, gender, nationality, religious beliefs, or political ideology of the authors. It assures that articles submitted for publication are subjected to a fair double-blind peer-review process.

Selected papers are sent to at least two national/international referees for evaluation; the decision to publish is decided by the editor-in-chief after the authors have made arrangements in accordance with the referees’ demands and the referee process.

The editor-in-chief prevents any conflict of interest between authors, editors, and referees. He has complete authority to assign referees and makes the final decision on which papers will be published in the journal.

The referees’ evaluations should be objective. During the refereeing process, referees are supposed to make decisions based on the following criteria.


  • Does the title reflect the content?
  • Are there unnecessary terms or phrases in the title?


  • Does the abstract clearly state the problem/thesis of the study?
  • Do the keywords accurately and adequately reflect the subject, content, and scope of the study?
  • Have key findings been outlined and comments on key findings summarized?
  • Does the abstract reflect the Turkish abstract?


  • Is the problem presented in a clear and understandable way?
  • Are the theoretical information and researches about the problem stated sufficiently?
  • Has the literature on the problem been critically reviewed (contradictions, gaps, inconsistencies, methodological shortcomings)?
  • Have the reasons for the research been emphasized by stating the gap in the literature?
  • Are the aims of the research clearly and comprehensibly stated?
  • Is the theoretical framework on which the research is based expressed?

Literature Review

  • Is the literature review sufficient?
  • Have related resources been brought together?
  • Have the necessary comparisons of resources been made?
  • Does the literature review follow an order from general to specific?
  • Is there a research requirement at the end of the literature review?
  • Does the literature review form a basis for the research purpose and questions?


  • Is the theoretical and practical contribution of the research to the field mentioned?
  • Have the necessary suggestions for the solution of the problem been presented?

Fundamental Ideas / (Original and New Contributions to the Field as well as the Competence of the Studies in terms of Methodology are also the Basic Publication Criteria)

  • Does it provide an original contribution to the knowledge in the field of study?
  • Is there an original thesis in the study? Is this thesis argument internally consistent?
  • Is the study’s message meant to be delivered in a clear and intelligible manner?
  • Is it scientifically up to date?
  • Does the study provide practical value to experts, policymakers, and practitioners?
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