Submission Guidlines

  1. Submission of a manuscript

All submissions should be sent either through journal’s official e-mail address.


We encourage electronic submissions through e-mail attachments. Submissions of hard copies should be accompanied by a disk copy saved in Word format. Submission of a manuscript implies that (1) it has not been published before or is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; (2) its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities—tacitly or explicitly—at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

  1. Manuscript Information

The Title Page

  • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • A concise and informative title
  • The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s)
  • The e-mail address of the corresponding author


Abstract: The length of the Turkish and English abstracts must be between 300 and 450 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references. Keywords: 4 to 7 keywords (both in Turkish and English) which can be used for indexing purposes must be included.

 Style Guide

Sofist uses APA Style (6th ed.) with the following exception:

The titles and subtitles must be capitalised, excluding articles, prepositions, and conjunctions (unless the latter are the first word in a title or subtitle).

The manuscripts must be written in MS Word (2007 or later versions). Authors are expected to use a normal, plain font (e.g., 12-Point Times New Roman, 1.5. Line Spacing) for the text. The maximum length for the submissions is 8.000 words including abstract, keywords, reference list, footnotes, figures, and tables. In exceptional circumstances the length for a submission can be extended up to 12.000 words, depending on the editorial board’s decision. The submissions must be prepared for anonymous review, with personal acknowledgements and self-identifying citations removed.

Citations and References

All citations should be in accord with the 6th edition of APA Style. The list of references should only include -in alphabetic order by the last name- works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

Some examples of the in-text citations and references in APA Style are presented below:

Reference Style


Pinchin, C. (1990). Issues in Philosophy. New York: Palgrave.

Whitehead, A. N., & Russell, B. (1910). Principia Mathematica (Vol. 1). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Translated Book

Piaget, J. (1969). The Psychology of the Child (H. Weaver, Trans.). New York: Basic Books.

Kant, I. (2000). Critique of Pure Reason (P. Guyer & A. W. Wood, Trans.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Edited Book or Reference Book

Kim, J., Sosa, E., & Rosenkrantz, G. S. (Eds.). (2009). A Companion to Metaphysics. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell.

Audi, R. (Ed.). (1999). The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in a Book or Entry in a Reference Book

Barker, S. (1992). Kant’s View of Geometry: A Partial Defense. In Carl J. Possy (Ed.), Kant’s Philosophy of Mathematics: Modern Essays (pp. 221-244). Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Journal Article

Dennett, D. C. (1976). Are Dreams Experiences?. The Philosophical Review, 85(2), 151-171.

Entry in an Online Reference Work

Graham, G. (2005). Behaviorism. In E. N. Zalta (Ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2007 ed.). Retrieved from

For more examples of reference styles authors may refer to the Chapter 7 of the APA Publication Manual 6th Ed.)

 In-Text Citation Styles (For more details see Chapter 6 of the APA Publication Manual 6th Ed.)

A Work by One Author

Caruth (2019) stated that as with rumor

A Work by Three to Five Authors

Kim, Sosa, and Rosenkrantz (2009) observed that (First citation)

Kim et al. (2009) observed that (Subsequent citations)

In parenthesis and references list an ampersand (&) is used:

as has been claimed (Mumford & Anjum, 2013).

If the direct quotation is fewer than 40 words, it must be incorporated into paragraph and enclosed with double quotation marks. If the quotation appears in a mid-sentence, the following method is used:

Interpreting these results, Robbins et al. (2003) suggested that the “therapists in dropout cases may have inadvertently validated parental negativity about the adolescent without adequately responding to the adolescent’s needs or concerns” (p. 541), contributing to an overall climate of negativity.

If the quotation is at the end of a sentence, the citation takes the following form:

Confusing this issue is the overlapping nature of roles in palliative care, whereby “medical needs are met by those in the medical disciplines; nonmedical needs may be addressed by anyone on the team” (Csikai & Chaitin, 2006, p. 112).

If the quotation is 40 or more words, it is displayed in a freestanding block of text, and the quotation marks are omitted. This block quotation is started on a new line and indented 1 cm. from the left margin (For more details see the section 6.03 in the APA Manual)

III. After Submission

The evaluation process is as follows: The author submits a manuscript which is reviewed by the editorial board in terms of spelling and grammar errors, and research-publishing ethics. If the manuscript complies to the requirements of the journal, then it is double blind peer-reviewed by anonymous referees (In case of a discrepancy between the referees, the submission is sent to a third referee for a final decision). In line with the reports it is decided whether the manuscript is to be published or not, and the author is informed of the acceptance or rejection of the submission.

The authors of the rejected manuscripts can object to the referee report on scientific grounds and with convincing data. The objections are examined by the editorial board and another referee’s opinion can be applied to if appropriate.

The manuscripts returned to the author for minor or major revisions must be submitted in 15 days.

  1. After Acceptance

Copyright transfer: Authors will be asked to transfer copyright of the article to the Publisher. This will ensure the widest possible protection and dissemination of information under copyright laws.