About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Kurdish Studies journal is an interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing high quality research and scholarship. Kurdish Studies journal is initiated by the members of the Kurdish Studies Network (KSN) and supported by a large group of academics from different disciplines. The journal aligns itself with KSN’s mission to revitalize and reorient research, scholarship and debates in the field of Kurdish studies in a multidisciplinary fashion covering a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, economics, management, history, society, gender, minorities, politics, health, law, environment, language, linguistics, media, culture, arts, literature, literary studies, and education.

Kurdish Studies journal is an interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing high-quality research and scholarship. The journal aligns itself with KSN’s mission to revitalize and reorient research, scholarship and debates in the field of Kurdish studies in a multidisciplinary fashion covering a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, economics, history, society, gender, minorities, politics, health, law, environment, language, media, culture, arts, and education.

Kurdish Studies offers a universally accessible venue where sound scholarship and research, as well as reviews and debates, are disseminated. The journal establishes a genuine forum for serious discussion and exchange within the Kurdish Studies community, reaching out to a broad audience of students, professionals, policymakers and enthusiasts alike. Kurdish Studies aims to maintain a fair balance between theoretical analyses and empirical studies. Critical and novel approaches and methods are particularly welcome.

 

Peer Review Process

Kurdish Studies follows a double-blind peer review policy. Articles submitted to the journal are screened by the editorial team and then, if appropriate, sent to two reviewers. Finally, in the light of reviewer comments, the editorial team reaches a decision about publication. This decision is final.

Research Articles, Letters, Brief Communications, Case Studies, Reports, Analysis, Reviews, Data presentations, and Viewpoints are all peer-reviewed and/or editorial reviewed. All forms of published correction may also be peer-reviewed at the discretion of the editors. Other contributions are not usually peer-reviewed. 

All submitted manuscripts are read by our editorial staff. Only those papers that seem most likely to meet our editorial criteria are sent to reviewers. Those papers judged by the editors to be of insufficient general interest or otherwise inappropriate are desk rejected without external review. Manuscripts judged to be of potential interest to our readership are sent to two or more reviewers. The editors then make a decision based on the reviewers' advice.

Reviewers are welcome to recommend a particular course of action, but they should bear in mind that the other reviewers of a particular paper may have different technical expertise and/or views, and the editors may have to make a decision based on conflicting advice. The most useful reports, therefore, provide the editors with the information on which a decision should be based. Setting out the arguments for and against publication is often more helpful to the editors than a direct recommendation one way or the other.

Our editors evaluate the strength of the arguments raised by reviewers and by the authors, and may also consider other information not available to either party. Our primary responsibilities are to our readers and to the scientific community at large, and in deciding how best to serve them, we must weigh the claims of each paper against the many others also under consideration. Reviewers' criticisms are taken seriously, particularly the technical criticisms.

Publication Frequency

Kurdish Studies is published twice a year in May and October.

Publishing Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Kurdish Studies follows the guidelines of publishing ethics set by the Publisher. We value the importance of academic rigour and the peer-review process in ensuring the development of coherent and respected knowledge. These evaluations ensure the quality of work and are referred to by the institutions and interested public. This community of academic publishing involves the author(s), the journal editor, the peer reviewers, and the publishers.

Our editors have a duty to fair play, ensuring confidentiality, disclosing conflicts of interest where applicable and cooperation in investigations when needed regarding publication decisions in line with the editorial preferences and goals of the journals.

Reviewers are expected to contribute to editors’ decisions by promptly and objectively reviewing and commenting on the papers they are assigned to review while also maintaining confidentiality and disclosing conflicts of interest where applicable and known.

Authors are required to abide by reporting standards, maintain the originality of submitted papers, avoid plagiarism as well as avoid multiple submissions and concurrent publications. They are required to acknowledge the resources and authorship of papers submitted. They are required to disclose any conflict of interest. Authors are required to disclose any fundamental errors in published works so these can be publicised and rectified if possible.

The Publisher is committed to ensuring objectivity in academic review and publication process. Hence the Publisher ensures advertising, reprinting or other commercial interest has no impact or influence on editorial decisions.

 

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Journal History

Kurdish Studies journal is initiated by the members of the Kurdish Studies Network (KSN) and supported by a large group of academics from different disciplines since 2013. Founding editors are Welat Zeydanlioglu, Ibrahim Sirkeci and Joost Jongerden. The journal aligns itself with KSN’s mission to revitalize and reorient research, scholarship and debates in the field of Kurdish studies in a multidisciplinary fashion covering a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, economics, management, history, society, gender, minorities, politics, health, law, environment, language and linguistics, media, culture, arts, literature, literary studies, and education.