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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Papers submitted to the Kurdish Studies journal should be original, unpublished accounts between 4,000 and 8000 words.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:

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.

Footnotes in the text should be numbered seriatim and include information which is not essential in the main text. Tables and figures should be integrated in the text and the copy editors may alter the layout whenever necessary.

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 must include the title of the paper, an abstract of up to 150 words and 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.  When possible, please also include the names and contact details of three potential reviewers to facilitate the peer review process.

2. Manuscript including an abstract (150 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 also send excel tables for graphics and/or figures used in the paper (if applicable). Please ensure your manuscript is paginated.

Format of the text should follow the journal style guide:

Kurdish Studies – Style Guide 2014

This guide is based on the APA (American Psychological Association) style. This resource draws on guides produced by Purdue Online Writing Lab and University College Dublin Library.

General Guidelines:

In text citations:

All references to books, articles and other sources should be made within the text, not as separate footnotes.

Footnotes in the text should be numbered seriatim and include information which is not essential in the main text.

Tables and figures should be integrated in the text and the copy editors may alter the layout whenever necessary.

If you are directly quoting from a work, you will need to include the author, year of publication, and the page number for the reference (preceded by “p.”).

  • Example: According to Jones (1998), “Students often had difficulty using APA style, especially when it was their first time” (p. 199).

Place direct quotations that are 40 words, or longer, in a free-standing block and omit quotation marks. The entire quotation should be indented 1/2 inch from the left margin. The parenthetical citation should come after the closing punctuation mark.

  • Example: Jones’s (1998) study found the following:

Students often had difficulty using APA style, especially when it was their first time citing sources. This difficulty could be attributed to the fact that many students failed to purchase a style manual or to ask their teacher for help. (p. 199)


The reference list should be placed at the end of the text and must only include sources referred to in the text.

All lines after the first line of each entry in your reference list should be indented one-half inch from the left margin. This is called hanging indentation.

Reference entries should be alphabetised by the last name of the first author of each work.

For multiple articles by the same author, list the entries in chronological order, from earliest to most recent.

If you are using more than one reference by the same author published in the same year, organise them in the reference list alphabetically by the title of the article or chapter. Then assign letter suffixes to the year. Refer to these sources in your article as they appear in your reference list

  • Example: Berdnt (1981a) makes similar claims…

Capitalise all major words in book titles.

Journal titles should maintain the original capitalisation and punctuation.

Italics must be used for titles of books and journals.

Specific Guidelines on Citing Sources:

Notation guide:

REF = reference list

ITC = in text citation

Book with one author:

REF: Author Last name, Initials (Year). Title. Place of publication: Publisher.

  • Example: Anaya, J.S. (1996). Indigenous Peoples in International Law. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.

ITC: Author Last name (year: page no.)

  • Example: Anaya (1996: 54) argues……

or (Author Last name, year: page no.)

  • Example: Another approach (Anaya, 1996: 54) highlighted….

Book with more than one author:

REF: Author Last name, Initials and second author Last name, Initials. (Year). Title. Place of publication: Publisher.

  • Example: Gunes, C., & Zeydanlioglu, W. (Eds.). (2013). The Kurdish Question in Turkey: New Perspectives on Violence, Representation and Reconciliation. London: Routledge.

ITC: First author Last name and second author Last name (year: page no)

  • Example: Gunes and Zeydanlioglu (2013: 16) argue….

N.B. If there are several authors you may use the first author’s Last name and et al.

(e.g. Sirkeci et al., 2012) for an in text citation but you must list all authors in the reference


Book with a corporate author:

REF: Name of corporate author (Year). Title. Place of publication: Publisher

  • Example: Human Rights Watch. (1994). Bureaucracy of Repression. New York: Human Rights Watch.

ITC: Name of corporate author (year)

  • Example: Human Rights Watch (1994) highlights research….

Book with an Editor:

REF: Editor(s) Last name, Initials (Ed.). (Year). Title. Place of publication: Publisher.

  • Example: Vali, A. (ed.) (2003). Essays on the Origins of Kurdish Nationalism. California: Mazda.

ITC: Editor(s) last name (year: page no)

  • Example: Among the events highlighted in Vali (2003: 53)….

Chapter in an edited book:

REF: Author(s) Last name, Initials. (Year) Title of chapter. In Author(s) Initials, Last name (ed.), Title of book(pages of chapter). Place of publication: Publisher.

  • Example: Acik, N. (2013). Re-defining the role of women within the Kurdish national movement in Turkey in the 1990s. In C. Gunes & W. Zeydanlioglu (Eds.). (2013). The Kurdish Question in Turkey: New Perspectives on Violence, Representation and Reconciliation, (114-136). London: Routledge.

ITC: Author(s) Last name (year: page no)

  • Example: Acik (2013: 115) argues….

Work discussed in a secondary source:

REF: List the source the work was discussed in: Author Last name, Initials (Year). Title. Place of publication: Publisher.

  • Example: Ahmad, A (1992). In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures. London and New York: Verso.

ITC: name the original work, and give a citation for the secondary source.

  • Example: Edward Said’s comments on Marx (as cited in Ahmad, 1992), …

Print Journal articles:

REF: Author(s) Last name, Initials. (Year). Article title. Journal title, volume number (issue number), page numbers.

  • Example: Bayir, D. (2013). Turkey, the Kurds, and the legal contours of the right to self-determination. Kurdish Studies, 1(1), 5-27.
  • Example: Klein, J. (2007). Kurdish nationalists and non-nationalist Kurdists: rethinking minority nationalism and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, 1908-1909. Nations and Nationalism, 13(1), 135-153.

ITC: Author(s) Last name (year: page no)

  • Example: Bayir (2013: 16) took a different approach….

E-journal article:

REF: Author(s) Last name, Initials. (Year). Article title. [Electronic version] Journal title, volume number (issue number), page numbers.

  • Example: Borsari, B., Carey, K. B. (2000) Effects of a Brief Motivational Intervention with College Student Drinkers. [Electronic version] Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68 (4), 728-733.

ITC: Author(s) Last name (year: page no)

  • Example: Borsari and Carey (2000: 730) show

Print Newspaper article

REF: Author(s) Last name, Initials. (Year, Month and Day of publication). Article title. Newspaper title, Volume and/or Issue number (if applicable), page numbers.

  • Example: Dempsey, A. (2003, 19 August). A shoulder to lean on in the lonely crowd: Feet on the street, a new project by the Samaritans. The Irish Times, p. 11.

ITC: Author(s) Last name (year)

  • Example: Dempsey (2003) wrote that….

N.B. If no individual author is listed for an article then reference using the publication name.

Online Newspaper article

REF: Author(s) Last name, Initials. (Year, Month and Day of publication). Article title. Newspaper title. Retrieved from URL (last accessed date).

  • Example: Tahmaz, H. (2013, 5 September). Surecin Aynasi Roboski. BirGun. Retrieved from (last accessed 16 October 2013).

ITC: Author(s) Last name (year)

  • Example: Tahmaz (2013) wrote that….

Website/ page on a website

REF: Author(s) Last name, Initials. (Date published if available; no date if not). Title of article. Title of web site. Retrieved from URL (last accessed date).

  • Example: van Wilgenburg, W. (April 6th 2013). Why This Sudden Love for Syrian Kurds in Iran and Russia?. Rudaw Net. Retrieved from (last accessed 18 February, 2014).

ITC: Author(s) Last name (year)

  • Example: van Wilgenburg (2011) argues….


REF: Author(s) Last name, Initials (Year). Title of paper. In Editor(s) Initial, Last name (Ed.) Title of conference proceedings (Page numbers). Place of publication: Publisher.

  • Example: Jones, M.K., (2010) Distance learning in Dublin. In M. Forrester (Ed.) Proceedings of a One-Day International Conference Dealing with Distance Leaning in Ireland (pp. 210 -258). Dublin: Collins Press.

ITC: Author(s) Last name (year)

  • Example: Jones (2010) argued….

Parliamentary and legal material

REF: Title, source and section number if applicable, (year of publication).

  • Example: Human Rights Commission Act, Government of Ireland, (2000).

ITC: Name of the act (year)

  • Example: The Human Rights Commission Act (2000)

EU publications

REF: European Union, Name of EU agency. (Year), Title of publication. Retrieved from/Place of publication (last accessed date).

ITC: Name of institution (year)

  • Example: European commission for the Environment statistics released at the time (2009)…..

Government agency or other organization publication

REF: Name of agency. (Year). Title. (Series information). Place of publication: Publisher.

  • Example: Department of the Environment, Ireland. (1994). Agricultural & Farm Development: The Planning Issues (PL 6). Dublin: Department of the Environment.

ITC: Name of agency (year)

  • Example: According to the Department of Environment (1994)……


REF: Author Last name, Initials (Year). Title of dissertation. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Name of Institution, Location.

  • Example: Zeydanlioglu, W. (2007). Kemalism’s Others: The Reproduction of Orientalism in Tukey. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

ITC: Author Last name (year)

  • Example: Zeydanlioglu (2007) argues….

Interviews, email, and other personal communication

No personal communication is included in your reference list. Instead cite in the main text only: communicator’s name, phrase “personal communication, date of the communication.

  • Example: (R. Ahmed, personal communication, 12 August, 2011).


REF: Author’s Last name, Initials (Year, Month and Day) title of the message, URL (last accessed date). If the author’s name is not available, provide the screen name.

ITC: Author(s) Last name (year)

  • Example: Dean (2008) showed that……

Audio-visual material

REF: Producer(s) Last name, Initials (Producer) & Director(s) Last name Initials. (Year)

Title [Motion picture]. Place of production: Production company.

  • Example: Bender, L.A. (Producer) & Tarantino, Q. A (Director). (1994). Pulp fiction

{Motion picture]. United States: Miramax Films.

ITC: (Director’s surname, year)

Example: In this film (Tarantino, 1994) he sought to….

All articles must follow APA style of referencing. References must be complete. All references to books, articles and other sources should be inserted in the text; references should contain the last name of the author, year of publication and pagination where appropriate, e.g. (Smith, 2003: 187). For co-authored sources, provide names for two authors if dual authorship e.g. (Dengby, 2013; Stevenson, 2001, 2004), for more than two authors use et al. after the first author’s name (Bradley et al., 2008). For institutions, use abbreviations in the text.

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

The reference list 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. Illustrations should not be in colour as the journal will be printed in one colour.

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.

Kurdish Studies, Editorial Team



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

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Copyright to the unpublished and original article submitted by the author(s), the abstract forming part thereof, and any subsequent errata (collectively, the “Article”) is hereby transferred to the Transnational Press London (TPL) for the full term thereof throughout the world, subject to the Author Rights (as hereinafter defined) and to acceptance of the Article for publication in a journal of TPL. This transfer of copyright includes all material to be published as part of the Article (in any medium), including but not limited to tables, figures, graphs, movies, other multimedia files, and all supplemental materials. TPL shall have the right to register copyright to the Article in its name as claimant, whether separately or as part of the journal issue or other medium in which the Article is included.

The author(s) shall have the following rights (the “Author Rights”):

  1. All proprietary rights other than copyright, such as patent rights.
  2. The nonexclusive right, after publication by TPL, to give permission to third parties to republish print versions of the Article or a translation thereof, or excerpts therefrom, without obtaining permission from TPL, provided the TPL-prepared version is not used for this purpose, the Article is not republished in another journal, and the third party does not charge a fee. If the TPL version is used, or the third party republishes in a publication or product charging a fee for use, permission from TPL must be obtained.
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