Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

In this journal, the articles in the base field of Educational Sciences and Teacher Training and translations with high scientific quality, scientific observations are published.


Section Policies


Peer Review Process

Blind review is a method used to make sure scientific publications are produced with the highest quality. This method is fundamental to the objective review of scientific studies and is preferred by many scientific journals. Reviewer views are determinant in the publication quality of Kastamonu Education Journal . All manuscripts submitted to Kastamonu Education Journal are blind reviewed according to the steps below:

Blind Review Method

Kastamonu Education Journal uses the double blind review method in the review process of all studies. In this method the identities of the authors and reviewers are confidential.

Initial Review Process

The studies submitted to Kastamonu Education Journal are reviewed by the editors first. At this stage, the studies which are not related with the journal's aim and scope, weak in terms of language and wording, lack originality, contain critical scientific mistakes and do not meet the publishing criteria are rejected. The authors of such studies are informed in a month following the submission date. The studies deemed acceptable, on the other hand, are submitted to a field editor related with the subject of study that the work focuses on.

Pre-review Process

In the pre-review process, the field editors evaluate the introduction and literature, method, findings, results, discussion parts of the studies in detail with respect to the publishing policies and scope of the journal as well as originality. As a result of this process, those studies that are found unacceptable are returned within four weeks the latest together with the field editor report. And the studies which are deemed appropriate are assigned to reviewers.

Assigning Reviewers

Reviewers are assigned according to the content of the studies and their subject of expertise. The field editor who reviews the study recommends two reviewers, based on their subject of expertise, from the reviewer pool of Kastamonu Education Journal or a new reviewer related with the subject of study addressed in the article. The recommendations are then evaluated by the editors and the studies are passed on to the reviewers who are obligated to guarantee that they will not share any document or detail about the study they review.

Reviewer Reports

In general, the reviewer reports are based on the originality of the studies, methods, ethical considerations, consistent presentation of the findings and results and analysis of the studies with respect to literature. This evaluation is done according to the following:

  1. Introduction and literature: the reviewer report includes views about the presentation and aims of the problem addressed in the study, the importance of the topic, the scope of the related literature, the originality and topicality of the study.
  2. Method: the reviewer report includes views about the appropriateness of the research method, sample choice and properties, validity and reliability issues, as well as data collection and data analysis.
  3. Findings: the reviewer report includes views about the presentation of the findings obtained through the method, the accuracy of the analysis methods, the consistency of the aims and findings of the study, the presentation of tables, diagrams and visuals that are needed, and the conceptual evaluation of the scales.
  4. Evaluation and Discussion: the reviewer report includes views about discussions based on findings, suitability with the research question(s) and hypothesis(ses), generalizability and applicability.
  5. Results and Suggestions: the reviewer report includes views about contribution to literature, recommendations for future studies and suggestions about applications in the field.
  6. Style and Wording: the reviewer report includes views about whether the title comprises the content of the study, whether the Turkish language is used accurately and whether APA6 rules are observed in giving references and in-text references in parallel with the language of the full text.
  7. Overall Evaluation: the reviewer report includes views about the originality of the study as a whole and the contribution it makes to the education literature and applications.

In the review process, reviewers are not expected to redact the study according to its galley features.

Reviewing Process

Reviewers are given 6 weeks for review. It is compulsory for the authors to complete the editing of their work within 1 month according to the rules stated in " editing manual. Reviewers may ask multiple editing of a study if they deem necessary.

Review Result

The field editor evaluates the review by reviewers within 2 weeks at the latest and as a result of this evaluation the field editor informs the editors about his/her final decision regarding the study.

Editorial Board Decision

Based on the review done by the field editor and reviewers, editors report the views of the editorial board to the author(s) in a week at the latest along with the suggestions made by the field editor and reviewers. In this process the studies that are not accepted for publication are returned without request for plagiarism detection. The final decision about the accepted studies is made based on the results of the plagiarism detection report.

How long does the Publication Review Process last?

It is anticipated that the publication review process of the studies submitted to Education and Science be completed in 6 months. However, the period during which editors or reviewers ask the author(s) to do editing and the author(s) complete the editing is not included in this time frame.


Publication Frequency

Biannual times published in a year.


Open Access Policy

Kastamonu Education Journal adopts open access policy. Open access to information benefits the humanity as it improves the global value of information. Kastamonu Education Journal also supports the Budapest Open Access Initiative that was signed on September 12, 2012. Thus, the open access policies adopted by the editorial board of Kastamonu Education Journa can be found at http://www.budapestopenaccessinitiative.org/boai-10-recommendations.

Creative CommonsAll articles published in Kastamonu Education Journal are licensed with "Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License". This license entitles all parties to copy, share and redistribute all the articles, data sets, figures and supplementary files published in this journal in data mining, search engines, web sites, blogs and other digital platforms under the condition of providing references. Open access is an apporach that eases the interdisciplinary communication and encourages cooperation among different disciplines. Kastamonu Education Journal, therefore, contributes to its own field by providing more access to its articles and a more transparent review process.

Kastamonu Education Journal recommends that libraries include the article contents into library catalogue records.

Kastamonu University, Education Faculty, publisher of Kastamonu Education Journal, guarentees that it will not ask for any publication fees from any library or reader to access the electronic articles.

Kastamonu Education Journal claims no fees for article review or printing and for access to articles.


Digital Archiving and Preservation Policy

Digital preservation can be seen as the set of processes and activities that ensure information which now exists in digital formats is backed up and distributed to guarantee continued access for the long term. The digital content of the journal is extremely valuable and measures are in place to ensure both its current accessibility and long-term preservation. The preservation policy includes the following measures:

 Website archiving

All of our electronic content (website, manuscripts, etc.) is stored on three different sources. Content on one server is online and accessible to the readers. The copy of the same content is kept as a backup on two other sources. In case of failure of one server, any one of the other sources can be made online and website expected to be accessible within less than 24-36 hours.


Abstracting/Indexing services

Our journal’s Abstracting/Indexing services store many essential information about the articles. Additionally, two of our journal’s Abstracting/Indexing services archive not only the metadata about the article, but the electronic versions of the articles, as well. Therefore, copies of the articles are available to the scientific community through their systems as an alternative to the journals own.


Authors may archive the final published version of their articles in personal or institutional repositories immediately after publication.


If journal stops publishing

We intend and expect to continue to publish our journal for a very long time. If, due to some rare, unfortunate circumstances, we are forced to stop publishing the journal, the manuscripts published in the journal will be kept online and accessible to the readers for at least 10 more years. When required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website, the content will be accessible throughLOCKSS.


Submission and Processing Charge (No Fee)

Kastamonu Education Journal do not charge for article submission and processing.  


Ethics Policy

Publication Ethics

The publication process at Kastamonu Education Journal is the basis of the improvement and dissemination of information objectively and respectfully. Therefore, the procedures in this process improves the quality of the studies. Peer-reviewed studies are the ones that support and materialize the scientific method. At this point, it is of utmost importance that all parties included in the publication process (authors, readers and researchers, publisher, reviewers and editors) comply with the standards of ethical considerations. Kastamonu Education Journal expects all parties to hold the following ethical responsibilities.

The following ethical duties and responsibilities are written in the light of the guide and policies made by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Ethical Responsibilities of Authors

The authors who submit their manuscripts to Kastamonu Education Journal are expected to comply with the following ethical responsibilities:

  • Author(s) must submit original studies to the journal. If they utilize or use other studies, they must make the in-text and end-text references accurately and completely.
  • People who have not contributed to the study at the intellectual level should not be indicated as author.
  • If the manuscripts submitted to be published are subject of conflicting interests or relations, these must be explained.
  • During the review process of their manuscripts, author(s) may be asked to supply raw data. In such a case, author(s) should be ready to submit such data and information to the editorial and scientific boards.
  • Author(s) should document that they have the participants' consent and the necessary permissions related with the sharing and research/analysis of the data that are used.
  • Author(s) bears the responsibility to inform the editor of the journal or publisher if they happen to notice a mistake in their study which is in early release or publication process and to cooperate with the editors during the correction or withdrawal process.
  • Authors cannot submit their studies to multiple journals simultaneously. Each submission can be made only after the previous one is completed. A study published in another journal cannot be submitted to Kastamonu Education Journal.
  • Author responsibilities given in a study (e.g.: adding an author, reordering of author names) whose review process has begun cannot be changed.

    Ethical Responsibilities of Editors

    The editor and co-editors of Kastamonu Education Journal should hold the following ethical responsibilities that are based on the guides "COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors" and "COPE Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors" published as open Access by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    General duties and responsibilities

    Editors are responsible for each study published in Kastamonu Education Journal. In this respect, the editors have the following roles and responsibilities:

    • Making efforts to meet the demand for knowledge from readers and authors,
    • Ensuring the continuous development of the journal,
    • Managing the procedures aimed to improve the quality of the studies published in the journal,
    • Supporting freedom of expression,
    • Ensuring academic integrity,
    • Following the procedures without making concessions on intellectual property rights and ethical standards,
    • Being transparent and clear in issues that require correction or explanation.

    Relationships with Readers

    Editors must make decisions taking into consideration the knowledge, skills and expectations of all readers, researchers and practitioners need. They must also ensure that the published studies contribute to literature and be original. Moreover, they must take notice of the feedback received from researchers and practitioners and provide explanatory and informative feedback.

    Relationships with Authors

    Editors have the following duties and responsibilities in their relations with authors:

    • Editors must make positive or negative decisions about the studies' importance, originality, validity, clarity in wording and suitability with the journal's aims and objectives.
    • Editors must accept the studies that are within the scope of publication into pre review process unless there are serious problems with the study.
    • Editors must not ignore positive suggestions made by reviewers unless there are serious problems with the study.
    • New editors, unless there are serious issues, must not change the previous editor's decisions about the studies.
    • Blind Review and Review Process must be published and editors must prevent possible diversions in the defined processes.
    • Editors must publish an "Author Guide" that is comprehensive enough in answering queries by authors. This guide must be updated regularly.
    • Authors should be provided with explanatory and informative feedback.

    Relationships with Reviewers

    Editors have the following duties and responsibilities in their relations with reviewers:

    Editors must

    • choose reviewers according to the subject of the study.
    • provide the information and guidance reviewers may need during the review process.
    • observe whether there are conflicting interests between reviewers and authors.
    • keep the identities of reviewers confidential in blind review.
    • encourage the reviewers to review the manuscript in an unbiased, scientific and objective tone.
    • evaluate reviewers regularly based on criteria like performance and timing.
    • develop practices and policies that increase the performance of reviewers.
    • take necessary steps to update the reviewer pool dynamically.
    • prevent unkind and unscientific reviews.
    • make effort to ensure the reviewer pool has a wide range.

    Relationships with the Editorial Board

    Editors must make sure that the members of the editorial board follow the procedures in accordance with the publication policies and guidelines, and must inform the members about the publication policies and developments. The editors must also train new members of the editorial board and provide the information they need.

    Moreover, editors must

    • ensure that the members of the editorial board review the manuscripts in an unbiased and independent manner.
    • select the new members of the editorial board from those who can contribute to the journal and are qualified enough.
    • send manuscripts for review based on the subject of expertise of the editorial board members.
    • regularly communicate with the editorial board.
    • arrange regular meetings with the editorial board for the development of publication policies and the journal.

    Relationships with the Journal's Owner and Publisher

    The relationship between the editors and publisher is based on the principle of the independency of editors. All the decisions made by the editors are independent of the publisher and the owner of the journal as required by the agreement made between editors and publisher.

    Editorial and Blind Review Processes

    Editors are obliged to comply with the policies of  "Blind Review and Review Process" stated in the journal's publication policies. Therefore, the editors ensure that each manuscript is reviewed in an unbiased, fair and timely manner.

    Quality Assurance

    Editors must make sure that articles in the journal are published in accordance with the publication policies of the journal and international standards.

    Protection of Personal Information

    Editors are supposed to protect the personal information related with the subjects or visuals in the studies being reviewed, and to reject the study if there is no documentation of the subjects' consent. Furthermore, editors are supposed to protect the personal information of the authors, reviewers and readers.

    Encouraging Ethical Rules and Protection of Human and Animal Rights

    Editors are supposed to protect human and animal rights in the studies being reviewed and must reject the experimental studies which do not have ethical and related committee’s approval about the population given in such studies.

    Precautions against possible Abuse and Malpractice

    Editors are supposed to take precautions against possible abuse and malpractice. They must conduct investigations meticulously and objectively in determining and evaluating complaints about such situations. They must also share the results of the investigation.

    Ensuring Academic Integrity

    Editors must make sure that the mistakes, inconsistencies or misdirections in studies are corrected quickly.

    Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

    Editors are responsible for protecting the intellectual property rights of all the articles published in the journal and the rights of the journal and author(s) in cases where these rights are violated. Also, editors must take the necessary precautions in order to prevent the content of all published articles from violating the intellectual property rights of other publications. See Plagiarism Check

    Constructiveness and Openness to Discussion

    Editors must

    • pay attention to the convincing criticism about studies published in the journal and must have a constructive attitude towards such criticism.
    • grant the right of reply to the author(s) of the criticized study.
    • not ignore or exclude the study that include negative results.


    Editors must examine the complaints from authors, reviewers or readers and respond to them in an explanatory and enlightening manner.

    Political and Economic Apprehensions

    Neither the owner of the journal, publisher or any other political or economical factor can influence the independent decision taking of the editors.

    Conflicting Interests

    Editors, acknowledging that there may be conflicting interests between reviewers and other editors, guarantee that the publication process of the manuscripts will be completed in an independent and unbiased manner


    Ethical Responsibilities of Reviewers

    The fact that all manuscripts are reviewed through "Blind Review" has a direct influence on the publication quality. This process ensures confidentiality by objective and independent review. The review process at Kastamonu Education Journal is carried out on the principle of double blind review. Reviewers do not contact the authors directly, and the reviews and comments are conveyed through the journal management system. In this process, the reviewer views on the evaluation forms and full texts are assigned to the author(s) by the editor. Therefore, the reviewers doing review work for Kastamonu Education Journal are supposed to bear the following ethical responsibilities:

    Reviewers must

    • agree to review only in their subject of expertise.
    • review in an unbiased and confidential manner.
    • inform the editor of the journal if they think that they encounter conflict of interests and decline to review the manuscript during the review process.
    • dispose the manuscripts they have reviewed in accordance with the principle of confidentiality after the review process. Reviewers can use the final versions of the manuscripts they have reviewed only after publication.
    • review the manuscript objectively and only in terms of its content and ensure that nationality, gender, religious and political beliefs, and economic apprehension do not influence the review.
    • review the manuscript in a constructive and kind tone, avoid making personal comments including hostility, slander and insult.
    • review the manuscript they have agreed to review on time and in accordance with the ethical rules stated above.

    Ethical Responsibilities of Publisher

    Kastamonu Univesrity, Faculty of Education publisher of Kastamonu Education Journal, is a non-profit Public University working for the good of the public. As required by its founding policy, KU Faculty of Education publishes Kastamonu Education Journal to enable the relation between Education and Science  become public knowledge at international standards. Therefore, Kastamonu Education Journal is conscious of the fact that they must observe the ethical responsilities below and act accordingly:

    • Editors are responsible for all the processes that the manuscripts submitted to Kastamonu Education Journal  will go through. Within this framework, ignoring the economic or political interests, the decision-makers are the editors.
    • The publisher undertakes to have an independent editorial decision made.
    • The publisher protects the intellectual property rights of all the articles published in Kastamonu Education Journal and holds the responsibility to keep a record of each unpublished article.
    • The publisher bears all the responsibility to take the precautions against scientific abuse, fraud and plagiarism.

    Unethical Behaviour

    Should you encounter any unethical act or content in Kastamonu Education Journal  apart from the ethical responsibilities listed above, please notify the journal by e-mail at kefdergi@kastamonu.edu.tr


Plagiarism Detection

The plagiarism detection is done by Turnitin and iThenticate softwares. The matches found in each study after plagiarism detection are analysed in detail and those matches with correct reference and cross-reference are sorted. In the next step, the mistakes in the remaining matches are determined and reported to the editorial board. The board, then, makes a final decision in the light of the plagiarism detection report. The author(s) may be asked to correct the mistakes listed in the report or the study may be returned to the author(s).


Editorial Boards


Prof. Dr. Ahmet Hamdi TOPAL 

Rector of Kastamonu University


General Publishing Manager

Prof. Dr. Duran AYDINÖZÜ
(Dean of Education Faculty)



Dr. Ahmet KAÇAR Kastamonu University, Kastamonu, Turkey.

(akacar@kastamonu.edu.tr       akacar37@gmail.com)   

Dr. Halil İbrahim AKYÜZ, Kastamonu University, Kastamonu, Turkey.

(hakyuz@kastamonu.edu.tr        hakyuz18@hotmail.com)


Language Editor

Dr. Mustafa Öztürk AKCAOĞLU,

Kastamonu University, Kastamonu, Turkey,




Dr. E. Nihal LİNDBERG, Kastamonu University, Turkey, ahioglu@kastamonu.edu.tr, (Educational Science)

Dr. Ergün RECEPOĞLU, Kastamonu University, Turkey, erecepoglu@kastamonu.edu.tr, (Educational Science)

Dr. İlhan ÖZGÜL, Kastamonu University, Turkey, ilhanozgul@kastamou.edu.tr, (Fine Arts Education )

Dr. Kadir KARATEKİN, Kastamonu University, Turkey, kadirkaratekin@kastamonu.edu.tr, (Primary Education)

Dr. Lütfi İNCİKABI, Kastamonu University, Turkey, lincikabi@kastamonu.edu.tr>, (Mathematics Education)

Dr. Sibel  OĞUZ HAÇAT, Kastamonu Üniversitesi, Kastamonu, Türkiye,soguz@kastamonu.edu.tr (Social Science Education)

Dr. Zekeriya YERLİKAYA, Kastamonu University, Turkey, zyerlikaya@kastamonu.edu.tr (Science Education)


Editorial Board


Dr. Alevriadou Anastasia, Univesity of Western Macedonia, Greece, alevridoua@gmail.com

Dr. Hafize Keser, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey, keser@ankara.edu.tr

 Dr. Irina KOLEVA, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria, kolevairina@yahoo.com

Dr. Jennifer SANDLIN, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA, Jennifer.Sandlin@asu.edu

Dr. John Philip SMITH, Columbia University, Columbia, USA, jps164@tc.columbia.edu

Dr. Kaya YILMAZ, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, yilmaz.kaya@marmara.edu.tr

Dr. Loreta ULVYDIENE, Vilnius Univesity, Vilnus, Lithuanian, Loreta.Ulvydiene@khf.vu.lt

Dr. Mete AKCAOGLU, Georgia Southern University, Georgia, USA, makcaoglu@georgiasouthern.edu

Dr. Ramazan DİKİCİ, Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey, rdikici@mersin.edu.tr

Dr. Ramazan ÖZEY, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, rozey@marmara.edu.tr

Dr. Salih ÇEPNİ, Uludağ University, Bursa, Turkey, salihcepni@yahoo.com

Dr. Selahattin KAYMAKCI, Kastamonu University, Kastamonu, Turkey, skaymakci@kastamonu.edu.tr

Dr. S. Sadi SEFEROĞLU, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey, sadi@hacettepe.edu.tr

Dr. Yavuz TAŞKESENLİGİL, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey, ytaskes@atauni.edu.tr

Dr. Yasar BODUR, Georgia Southern University, Georgia, USA, ybodur@georgiasouthern.edu


Technical Assistants

Dr. Halil İbrahim AKYÜZ
Funda ÇATAN (Web)
Arif AKÇAY (Composing)