Objectives and Publishing Policy of Posseible

Posseible Journal of Thinking, being a scholarly refereed journal, has been published electronically twice a year since 2012. Posseible Journal of Thinking has also been indexed by The Philosopher's Index since 2016.


Objectives and Publishing Policy of Posseible Journal of Thinking

The objective of Posseible Journal of Thinking is to publish theoretical studies having philosophical qualities on national and international level in the fields of Philosophy and Social Sciences, and thus to contribute to accumulation of knowledge and discussions in this field.

While putting its primary focus on philosophical studies, Posseible Journal of Thinking also welcomes interdisciplinary studies to be built upon the relations between Philosophy and other disciplines. 

It is of great importance for Posseible Journal of Thinking to include studies which hold a critical point of view. The journal opts for forming an open discussion basis for studies and evaluations which are authentic and critical in their relations with current issues regarding the history of Philosophy.  

Posseible Journal of Thinking is a journal which includes not only “review articles” prepared by invited guest authors, but also “discussions/ commentary articles/ notes” having a philosophical perspective or discussing, criticizing or explaining a contemporary notion, theory, concept or study as well as translations and book reviews holding the potential to contribute to scientific fields.  





The articles sent to Posseible Journal of Thinking is firstly examined by editors and assistant editors in terms of their relevance with the journal’s publishing principles and policies. Among the articles pre-reviewed by editors, the ones which failed to meet the required qualities such as the relevance with the journal’s objective, scope and policies or have a formal/stylistic efficiency are directly handed back to the authors without being sent to referees.       

In the assessment of the articles sent to Posseible Journal of Thinking for publication, the most important criterion is academic quality. In this sense, it is expected from the articles sent to the journal to be authentic and contributing to available literature.   

The articles found eligible for assessment are sent to two qualified referees in the related fields. The identities of referees and authors are kept confidential between these two parties. In case of one positive and one negative reviews from the referees, the article is sent to a third referee or the editor can make the final decision upon examining the reports of two referees. The final decision about the publishing of an articles is made by the editor. It is a must for authors to take critics, required changes and recommendations of the referees and the editor into their consideration. If there are some aspects they disagree with, they have the right to object with their reasons.     

The articles sent to Posseible Journal of Thinking with the status of “Guest Author” upon request by the editor and editorial board are not subjected to the assessment of referees. Such articles are only checked by the editorial board and some changes might be requested when necessary. Regarding these requests, Guest Authors have the right to object with their reasons if there is any disagreement. 

The volume and issue number of the journal which will include the articles found appropriate to be published is determined by editor or editorial board. The author will be informed about the process via e-mail. The required time for the assessment of an article sent to Posseible Journal of Thinking lasts up to 2 or 3 months.

Copyright of the articles whose publication is approved in Posseible Journal of Thinking belongs to Posseible Journal of Thinking. These articles cannot be re-published in a journal, a book, and etc. without the permission of the journal’s editor. Any copyright fees are not paid for the published articles in Posseible Journal of Thinking. The authors are responsible for their perspectives in their published articles, thus such perspectives do not possess the quality of being formal perspectives of Posseible Journal of Thinking.


The articles sent to Posseible Journal of Thinking must be unpublished anywhere else or unsent to be published. The ones which were presented during an academic meeting is accepted with a condition of notifying Posseible Journal of Thinking about the case. Hence, such author(s) shall explain the case explicitly in the e-mail to the editor.

The article to be sent to Posseible Journal of Thinking shall be sent to the e-mail address of the editor which is editor@posseible.com in a Word format (docx/doc). The article shall not be sent via post and in a pdf format.

Information and Addresses of the Editor and the Assistant Editors are as follows:

Ertuğrul Rufayi TURAN Posseible Journal of Thinking Editor
E-mail: editor@posseible.com
Ankara Üniversitesi, Dil ve Tarih-Coğrafya Fakültesi
Felsefe Bölümü, Sıhhiye, Ankara
Phone: 0312 3103280/1232


Senem KURTAR Posseible Journal of Thinking Assistant Editor
E-mail: senemkurtar@gmail.com
Ankara Üniversitesi, Dil ve Tarih-Coğrafya Fakültesi
Felsefe Bölümü, Sıhhiye, Ankara
Phone: 0312 3103280/1233


Ömer Faik ANLI Posseible Journal of Thinking Assistant Editor
E-mail: omeranli@yahoo.com
Ankara Üniversitesi, Dil ve Tarih-Coğrafya Fakültesi
Felsefe Bölümü, Sıhhiye, Ankara
Phone:  0312 3103280/1219



[ Writing Rules were revised in 2016 and some changes were applied. These rules have been applied since 2016-Fall series.]


Articles sent to Posseible Journal of Thinking shall be written in compliance with the writing rules given below:

-Articles sent to the journal shall not exceed the word-limit of 12.000 including footnotes and references. Argumentative/opinion articles shall not be over 4000 words; as for book evaluations, 1200 words are the required word limit.

- Articles shall be typed in a PC-adapted Microsoft Word program.

1. Article Title: Article title shall not be too long and it is essential not to exceed 10 words as the word-limit. Article title is to be aligned to left in bold, in Tahoma style, in 14 type size. It shall be in small letters but only initial letters of each word capitalized. Below the title, if the article is Turkish, an English version of the title shall be displayed, or vice-versa. This second title is to be italics, aligned to left in Tahoma style and in 12 type size by capitalizing only the initial letter of each word and keeping the others in lower case.     

2. Article Authors: Under the article title, the author name is to be written italics, in bold, in Tahoma style, in 11 type size and aligned to left by capitalizing last names without any title. Below, the affiliation, address and e-mail of the author are to be italics, aligned to left and in 10 type size. In case of more than one author, a contact person shall be defined and this is implied via an asterisk (*) next to the name and e-mail address of the contact person, and a phrase of this contact person is to be attached in parenthesis at the end of his e-mail address. If the address is the same for multiple authors, only this single address shall be written without numbering the names of the authors.  

3. Abstract and Key Words: In an article, a summary shall take place both in Turkish and in English. Abstract shall include objective of the article, main scope of the problem and its results by not exceeding 500 words as the word-limit. Writing format shall be a single paragraph, italics in Tahoma style and in 8 type size. The titles of abstracts are to be in bold and italics at the beginning of the abstract.

After the key words at the end of Turkish Abstract, a single space shall be left and English abstract is started. Key words shall take place right after Turkish and English abstracts, at least 3 or at most 5 key words that clearly represent the subject, scope and content of the article shall be presented.   

4. Article Page Format and Text Divisions: Page format of the article is “justified”, distributed evenly between the margins, by leaving “single” space between the lines on a sheet of A-4 paper. As for spacing between the paragraphs, “automatically” choice is to be checked for before and after the paragraphs. In the first line of the paragraphs, there shall not be a “paragraph indentation.” As for the layout, the margins (including top-bottom-right-left) shall be 2,5 cm. Page number is to be available in 10 type size and in Tahoma style at the end of the pages. All the texts of the article shall be written in 10 type size and in Tahoma style.   

5. Headings and Subheadings: All the headings included in the article shall be in 10 type size and in Tahoma style, and aligned to left. First degree headings shall be typed in bold by capitalizing the initial letters of the words while second degree ones are in bold, italics and starting with capital letters and proceeding in small letters and third degree ones are italics and starting with capital letters and proceeding in small letters.    

6. Footnotes: Authors should present the footnotes included in the article by numbering them (i.e. 1,2,3) at the end of the related page. Footnotes shall be typed in bold and justified in 8 type size and in Tahoma style with a single line spacing and no indentations.

It is possible for the author(s) to have presented the article in different symposiums, conventions, conferences and seminars, which should be clearly noted to the journal. In this case, the note about previous presentations of the article shall be presented on the first page together with the first footnote.

7. Citations: Resources referred in the article shall be presented in parenthesis with the name of the author, publication year and, when necessary, page numbers (Heidegger, 2009: 35). If there is more than one study of the same author within the same publication year, in references, letters (i.e. a,b,c, …) are used in numbering them after the publication year (Heidegger, 2009a: 47). When more than one studies are referred, references shall be given in chronological order of the publication years (Kuhn, 1968; Heidegger, 1978; Rorty, 2000).

8. Quotations: In some cases, the author(s) may directly take a specific part of another study without editing any punctuation or quote it directly as it is. In such cases, the author(s) shall quote the part taken directly from its original study without making any mistakes and the reference shall be presented both in the text by including the page number and in the references part. 

If the quote is less than 40 words, the quotation is written in a quotation mark (“…”).


As Sartre asserted with a deep narration in Being and Nothingness, it is “as a being which is what it is not and which is not what it is” (Sartre, 1956: 58).


If the quotation exceeds 40 words, it is written as a paragraph separately from the main text in 8 type size and in Tahoma style. This quotation in a separate paragraph should be justified by having 1,25 cm from right and left margins.


As Popper states:

Every intellectual has a very special responsibility. He has the privilege and the opportunity of studying. In return, he owes it to his fellow men (or 'to society') to represent the results of his study as simply, clearly and modestly as he can. The worst thing that intellectuals can do - the cardinal sin - is to try to set themselves up as great prophets vis-à-vis their fellow men and to impress them with puzzling philosophies. Anyone who cannot speak simply and clearly should say nothing and continue to work until he can do so (Popper, 2000: 83).


9. References:  The articles sent to Posseible Journal of Thinking should be prepared by applying American Psychological Association (APA) style in their citations, quotes and footnotes. It is APA- 6th Edition that shall be taken into consideration by authors. Citations referred in the article shall be available in references and studies available in references shall be available in the article. Only the studies referred in the articles shall be kept in references and any studies which are not cited in the article shall not be included in the references. Of all the citations done in the article, the full information is to be presented. References are to be in alphabetic order of the last names of the authors, in Tahoma style and in 8 type-size. Indent of second line of each reference shall be 1.25 cm and the name of a book or a journal shall be italics.      

Fundamental principles about writing references are as follows:

·         While writing references, please “especially pay great attention to punctuation”.

·         In references, last names of all authors are capitalized and only each initial letter of other names should be displayed in capital letters.

·         If there is more than one study of the same author in references, references are sorted from the oldest to the latest. In case of the studies with the same date, sorting is done with letters (i.e. 2000a, 2000b). 

·         Authors with the same surname are sorted according to the alphabetic order of their first names. Thus, if one has a name whose initial letter comes earlier than the other, the former one is listed first even though the latter has a study with an earlier date. 

·         DOI numbers of journals publishing online is provided, if available.

Writing Style of References

A Single Authored Book: 

Godfrey-Smith, P. (2003). Theory and Reality. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

A Double or Multiple Authored Book:

Hardt, M.; Negri, A. (2005). MULTITUDE War and Democracy in the Age of Empire. NY: Penguin Books.

A book with an Editor:

Parusnikova, Z.; Cohen, R.S. (Ed.) (2009). Rerhinking Popper. USA: Springer.

A Section in a Book:

Masterman, M. (1992).  The Nature of a Paradigm. I. Lakatos, A. Musgrave (Ed.) in Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge (pp. 59-90). London: Cambridge University Press.

An Article:

Spiegelberg, H. (1960). Husserl's Phenomenology and Existentialism, in The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 62-74.

A Paper:

Tekeli, İ. (2006). “Çok Paradigmalı Bir Sosyal Bilim Alanında Yaşamak”, Felsefe ve Sosyal Bilimler –Muğla Üniversitesi Felsefe ve Sosyal Bilimler Sempozyumu Bildirileri-, pp. 145-157. Ankara: Vadi Yayınları.

Online Resources:

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2016(date accessed 09.02.2016)

Tekeli, İ. (2016). A Discussion on the Evolution of the Concept of Sustainability. Date Accessed: 16.06.2016,https://www.academia.edu/29325390/A_discussion_on_the_Evolution_of_the_Concept_of_Sustainability_of_Cultural_Heritage.

For further information about other reference writing style, please visit http://www.apastyle.org