Author Guidelines

Papers submitted to the Kurdish Studies journal should be original, unpublished accounts between 4,000 and 8000 words. All articles must be submitted via the online system: https://kurdishstudies.net/journal/index.php/ks/information/authors

Authors are personally responsible for obtaining permission for the reprint of any previously published material. By submitting a manuscript to the Kurdish Studies journal, the author(s) agrees to pass copyright to the Journal and the Publisher. The Publisher is authorised to disseminate the submitted material in print and electronic format following a thorough peer-review and editorial process.

All manuscripts must be submitted in English. To disseminate your research more effectively, you may consider getting professional paper editing support.

Manuscripts submitted to Kurdish Studies will not be returned.

Manuscripts accepted for publication or published by Kurdish Studies cannot be distributed, reproduced or reprinted without the prior permission of Kurdish Studies.

Please submit the following separately:

  1. Title page. This must include a) the title of the paper, b) an abstract of up to 100 words and c) 5 key words. The key words ideally should not be the same as those in the title of the paper.
    Full author contact information with institutional affiliations must also be provided.
    If possible, provide names and affiliations of three possible peer reviewers (who should be sufficiently distant to prevent conflict of interest questions).
  2. The full text of the article, preceded by an abstract (100 words) and up to 5 keywords.
    Please remove all personal or affiliation information from the manuscript file. This file will be used for blind reviewing.

Manuscripts must be submitted as Word documents. Please ensure your manuscript is paginated.

If the manuscript contains tables or graphics, provide these as separate documents (Excel tables, picture files).

The format of the text should follow the journal style guide.

Kurdish Studies – Style Guide

Contributions should be in British English (or American English for American authors). Spelling should be consistent throughout (make sure not to mix British English and American English conventions). When using British English, note the following preferences:

-ize / -ization
ageing
analyse
centre
colour
connection
cooperate
defence
dispatch
elite (no accent)
enquiry
focused
fulfil / fulfilling
Global South / Global North
indices
judgement
medieval
New Left
neo-liberal
per cent
practice (noun)
practise (verb)
premise
programme
reflection
sceptic / skeptical
socio-economic
World War I / World War II

Quotations

In quotations, the punctuation, capitalization and spelling of the original must be followed. For short quotations use double quotation marks (except for quotations within quotations, which take single quotation marks). Long quotations of fifty words or more should be typed as a separate block with a space above and below without quotation marks and should be indented. Superscript numbers (indicating footnotes) follow punctuation.

Abbreviations and acronyms

Please distinguish between abbreviations proper and contractions. The latter are not followed by a point:
p. (page); pp. (pages); f. (the following page); ff. (the following pages)
ed. (editor); vol. (volume); but eds (editors); vols (volumes)

For any acronym an explanation should be provided at the first mention, e.g. European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),
Republican People’s Party (CHP).

Dates

Dates should be written without commas as follows: 5 July 2013.
In referring to a century use the form “twentieth century”; when used as an adjective, use a hyphen between the ordinal and “century”: “nineteenth-century reforms”.

Referencing

All references to books, articles and other sources are made in footnotes, following the Chicago Manual of Style. The first time a book or article is quoted, full publication details are given and, where relevant, a page number or range of pages. Second and later references to the same source mention only the author’s family name and a shortened version of the title, followed by page number. Sample references to different types of sources follow below.

Main words in book and journal titles are capitalized. The titles of articles use minimal capitalization. Titles in other languages than English follow the common style in the main countries concerned.

Please follow the punctuation of these sample quotations:

Single author book:

In footnotes:

Sabah Mofidi, Political Function of Religion in Nationalistic Confrontations in Greater Kurdistan (London: Transnational Press London, 2022), 23-50

Janet Klein, The Margins of Empire: Kurdish Militias in the Ottoman Tribal Zone (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011), 15.

David Romano, The Kurdish Nationalist Movement: Opportunity, Mobilization and Identity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 35-50.

Shortened references:

Mofidi, Political Function of Religion in Nationalistic Confrontations in Greater Kurdistan, 23-50

Klein, The Margins of Empire, 85.

Romano, The Kurdish Nationalist Movement, 160-80.

In bibliography:

Klein, Janet. The Margins of Empire: Kurdish Militias in the Ottoman Tribal Zone. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011.

Mofidi, Sabah.  Political Function of Religion in Nationalistic Confrontations in Greater Kurdistan. London: Transnational Press London, 2022.

Romano, David. The Kurdish Nationalist Movement: Opportunity, Mobilization and Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Multiple author book

Farangis Ghaderi, Clémence Scalbert Yücel, Yaser Hassan Ali, Women’s Voices from Kurdistan – A Selection of Kurdish Poetry (London: Transnational Press London, 2021).

Philip Kreyenbroek and Khalil Jindy Rashow, God and Sheikh Adi are Perfect: Sacred Poems and Religious Narratives from the Yezidi Tradition (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2005).

Shortened:

Ghaderi, Yücel, Ali, Women’s Voices from Kurdistan, 45-6.
Kreyenbroek and Rashow, God and Sheikh Adi are Perfect, 207-9.

In bibliography (in alphabetical order):

Kreyenbroek, Philip, and Khalil Jindy Rashow. God and Sheikh Adi are Perfect: Sacred Poems and Religious Narratives from the Yezidi Tradition. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2005.

Ghaderi, Farangis, Clémence Scalbert Yücel, Yaser Hassan Ali, Women’s Voices from Kurdistan – A Selection of Kurdish Poetry. London: Transnational Press London, 2021.

Edited volume

Thomas Schmidinger, ed. The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria: Between A Rock and A Hard Place (London: Transnational Press London, 2020).

Shivan Fazil and Bahar Baser, eds. Youth Identity, Politics and Change in Contemporary Kurdistan (London: Transnational Press London, 2021).

Shortened:

Schmidinger, The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.
Fazil and Baser, Youth Identity, Politics and Change in Contemporary Kurdistan.

In bibliography:

Fazil, Shivan and Bahar Baser, eds. Youth Identity, Politics and Change in Contemporary Kurdistan. London: Transnational Press London, 2021.

Schmidinger, Thomas, ed. The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria: Between A Rock and A Hard Place. London: Transnational Press London, 2020.

Chapter in edited volume

Janroj Yılmaz Keles, “Diaspora, the Internet and social capital,” in Migrant Capital, Networks, Identities and Strategies, ed. Louise Ryan, Umut Ereland and Alessio D’Angelo (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), 315-333 [if the reference is to specific pages and not the entire chapter, list only those pages here, and the entire range in the bibliography at the end].

Lokman Turgut, “An inside view of the Kurdish Alevis: Dîwana Heq of Pir Ali Bali,” in Religious Minorities in Kurdistan: Beyond the Mainstream, ed. Khanna Omarkhali (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014), 159-172.

Shortened:

Keles, “Diaspora, the Internet and social capital,” 317.
Turgut, “An inside view of the Kurdish Alevis,” 168-9.

In bibliography:

Keles, Janroj Yılmaz. “Diaspora, the Internet and social capital,” in Migrant Capital, Networks, Identities and Strategies, ed. Louise Ryan, Umut Ereland and Alessio D’Angelo, 315-333. Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Turgut, Lokman. “An inside view of the Kurdish Alevis: Dîwana Heq of Pir Ali Bali,” in Religious Minorities in Kurdistan: Beyond the Mainstream, ed. Khanna Omarkhali, 159-172. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2014.

Journal article

Nodar Mossaki, “In memoriam: Izzaddin Mustafa Rasul (1934-2019), Iraqi Kurdish man of letters and Soviet trained scholar,” Kurdish Studies 9 no. 1 (2021): 113-128. [If the reference is to specific pages of this article, list only those here, and the entire range in the bibliography at the end]

Gülay Türkmen, “Negotiating symbolic boundaries in conflict resolution: Religion and ethnicity in Turkey’s Kurdish conflict,” Qualitative Sociology 41 no. 4 (2018): 569-91.

Shortened:

Mossaki, “In memoriam: Izzaddin Mustafa Rasul,” 120-21.
Türkmen, “Negotiating symbolic boundaries,” 583-6.

In bibliography:

Mossaki, Nodar. “In memoriam: Izzaddin Mustafa Rasul (1934-2019), Iraqi Kurdish man of letters and Soviet trained scholar,” Kurdish Studies 9 no. 1 (2021): 113-128.

Türkmen, Gülay. “Negotiating symbolic boundaries in conflict resolution: Religion and ethnicity in Turkey’s Kurdish conflict,” Qualitative Sociology 41 no. 4 (2018): 569-91.

Audiovisual material

Metin-Kemal Kahraman, hazırlayan, “Yaşlılar Dersim türküleri söylüyor”. CD recording (Istanbul: Ada Müzik, n.d. [1992?]).

Partow Hooshmandrad, compiler, “Ritual music of Gûran”. 2 CD set (Tehran: Mahoor Institute of Culture and Art, 2013).

Nizamettin Arıç, Klamek ji bo Beko / Ein Lied für Beko. Film (Germany, 1992).

Shortened:

Kahraman, “Yaşlılar Dersim türküleri söylüyor”.
Hooshmandrad, “Ritual music of Gûran”.
Arıç, Klamek ji bo Beko.

Internet sources

Dilan Sirwan, “Federal court decision on Kurdish oil, gas industry ‘unconstitutional’: KRG,” Rudaw, 15-2-2022. Online at https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/150220222 (last accessed 20-2-2022)

Wladimir van Wilgenburg, “VOA interview in Kurdish: Rewşa Kurdên Sûriyê,” Voice of America Kurdish Program, 22 January 2020. Online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilJBkq_TAN4 (last accessed 20-2-2022).

shortened:

Sirwan, “Federal court decision.”
van Wilgenburg, “VOA interview.”

Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements should be given either in a footnote on the first page or at the end of the manuscript, before the list of references.

Bibliography should be placed at the end of the text and must only include sources referred to in the text. All items should be listed alphabetically by author and by year of publication. Italics must be used for titles of books and journals.

Illustrations should be inserted in the text. All graphs and diagrams should be referred to as figures, and should be numbered.

Tables should also be numbered consecutively in the text and must be inserted in the text. There should not be redundant tables in the manuscript.

Any submission which does not conform to the above instructions may be returned for the necessary revision before consideration for publication.

Editorial Policy

All submitted papers are refereed by the associate editors and/or external reviewers. Referees are expected to provide supportive comments regarding their decisions. Following the receipt of a manuscript in the appropriate format, we anticipate a decision within three months subject to availability of reviewers and editors.

Kurdish Studies, Editorial Team

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