Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Information For Authors

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Journal of Social Studies Education Research (JSSER) (ISSN: 1309-9108) is an international, scholarly open access, peer-reviewed and fully refereed journal focusing on theories, methods and applications in Social Studies Education. As an international, online-only journal it is devoted to the publication of original, primary research (theoretical and empirical papers) as well as practical applications relating to Social Studies Education with no cost.

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Section Policies


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International and Comparative Social Studies Education

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Curriculum & Instruction

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Technology Integrated Social Studies Education

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Civic Education

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History Education

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Global Education

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Democracy and Human Rights Education

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Gifted & Talented in Social Studies Education

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Values Education

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Geography Education

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Multicultural and Intercultural Education

  • Bulent Tarman
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Media Literacy and Social Studies

  • Bulent Tarman
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Peace Education

  • Bulent Tarman
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Peer Review Process

Authors are requested to submit their papers electronically by using the online manuscript submission 
gateway at: http://www.jsser.org This site will guide authors stepwise through the submission process. Authors, reviewers, and editors send and receive all correspondence by e-mail and no paper correspondence is necessary. Should you be unable to provide an electronic version, please contact the Editor prior to submission at: btarman@gmail.com. The Editor of JSSER regret that they are not able to consider submissions that do not follow these procedures.

An article is first reviewed by the editor regarding format and scope. The editor may reject a manuscript without further review if it does not fit the scope of the journal. If the manuscript is deemed appropriate for the journal, it is sent to 2 reviewers. Peer reviewers are experts in their field and are selected from different institutions. Reviewers assess the paper based on the reviewer form. When the reviewers submit two different evaluations of a manuscript, the editor or a third reviewer will assess the manuscript.

All manuscripts submitted to JSSER are rigorously evaluated via a double-blind peer review processAll submitted articles should report original, previously unpublished research results, experimental or theoretical, and will be peer-reviewed. Articles submitted to the journal should meet these criteria and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should follow the style of the journal and are subject to both review and editing. Fast track review option is availabe for interested authours. However, choosing this fast track review option does not necessarily mean that the manuscript will be automatically accepted. It has to go through the same rigorous double blind review process.  



Publication Frequency

Journal of Social Studies Education Research (JSSER) (ISSN: 1309-9108) publish two regular issues a year which is scheduled for November and May.
Starting from the year of 2018, the journal publishes four regular issues (March; June;September and December) in addition to the special issues which may be various number for each year.



Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.  All content of the journal is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution.

All articles published in JSSER are licensed with "Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License". Users are allowed to read, share, adapt, download, print, copy or distribute the full texts of the articles under the condition of providing references, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.




This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Our publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is mainly based on the Code of Conduct
and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011).
Editors' responsibilities
Publication decisions
The editor is responsible for deciding which of the papers submitted to the journal will be published.
The editor will evaluate manuscripts without regard to the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation,
religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy. The decision will be based on the
paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the journal's
scope. Current legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism should also
be considered.
The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to
anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers,
and the publisher, as appropriate.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper will not be used by the editor or the members
of the editorial board for their own research purposes without the author's explicit written consent.
Reviewers' responsibilities
Contribution to editorial decisions
The peer-reviewing process assists the editor and the editorial board in making editorial decisions
and may also serve the author in improving the paper.
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows
that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and withdraw from the review
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be
disclosed to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
Standards of objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees
should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
Acknowledgement of sources
Reviewers should identify cases in which relevant published work referred to in the paper has not
been cited in the reference section. They should point out whether observations or arguments
derived from other publications are accompanied by the respective source. Reviewers will notify the
editor of any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any
other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.
Disclosure and conflict of interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used
for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of
interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of
the authors, companies, or institutions associated with the papers.
Authors' duties
Reporting standards
Authors of original research reports should present an accurate account of the work performed as
well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately
in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the
work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are
Data access and retention
Authors could be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the paper for editorial
review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable. In any event,
authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals for at least ten
years after publication (preferably via an institutional or subject-based data repository or other data
center), provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and legal rights
concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release.
Originality, plagiarism and acknowledgement of sources
Authors will submit only entirely original works, and will appropriately cite or quote the work and/or
words of others. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported
work should also be cited.
Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication
In general, papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one
journal. Submitting the same paper to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing
behavior and is unacceptable.
Manuscripts which have been published as copyrighted material elsewhere cannot be submitted. In
addition, manuscripts under review by the journal should not be resubmitted to copyrighted
publications. However, by submitting a manuscript, the author(s) retain the rights to the published
material. In case of publication they permit the use of their work under a CC-BY license
[http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/], which allows others to copy, distribute and transmit
the work as well as to adapt the work and to make commercial use of it.
Authorship of the paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception,
design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant
contributions should be listed as co-authors.
The corresponding author ensures that all contributing co-authors and no uninvolved persons are
included in the author list. The corresponding author will also verify that all co-authors have
approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest
All authors should include a statement disclosing any financial or other substantive conflicts of
interest that may be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All
sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the
author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and to cooperate with the
editor to retract or correct the paper in form of an erratum.
Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). (2011, March 7). Code of Conduct and Best-Practice
Guidelines for Journal Editors. Retrieved from


Plagiarism Review Process and Ethics Committee Approval

Plagiarism Review Process

  • Authors should submit the similarity report for their manuscript.
  • Manuscripts with more than 10% similarity rate overall and more than 5% similarity rate with one source are not taken into the preliminary evaluation stage.
  • Manuscripts with a similarity rate of 10% or less are checked based on the APA 7th edition referencing style.  

Ethics Committee Approval

  • All manuscripts that use data collected from human participants should submit the ethics committee approval form. These include research studies that require data collection by means of scale, questionnaire, interview, or observation.
  • The researchers should acknowledge that ethical principles are taken into consideration during the data collection and analysis processes such as obtaining the volunteer informed / consent form in the article.