Our objective is to publish an online review that will serve as a valuable research instrument for social scientists working on contemporary Turkey.

[2] Following the lead of the preceding generation of social scientists, we reject ?orientalist? essentialisms, for example, the view of Turkey as representative of an ?Islamic? country or an ?eastern? culture.  We also wish to move away from familiar but exhausted approaches to the study of Turkish society, such as those that would describe this country as a bridge between East and West.

[3] To be sure, the avoidance of stereotypes and clichés is not an end in itself. It is but the first step in an intellectual project aimed at reaching a twinned scientific objectives. The first of these is to develop an analysis of Turkey that privileges new kinds of questions addressing new kinds of problems. The reworking of scientific approaches also requires ? and this is our second objective - a mastery of innovative concepts and current approaches in the social sciences.

[4] Given the ambition of our journal to become a research instrument for the understanding of contemporary Turkey, this means that the country itself will serve as a ?laboratory? for testing the theoretical tools that structure the social sciences. The perspective that has been adopted therefore attempts to come to grips with a ?particular? field of research while also attending to conceptual and theoretical requirements.

[5] To accomplish this, we are adopting a multi-disciplinary approach that privileges a diversity of methodologies as well as variation in the scale of analyses. In practice, the orientation of the journal reflects the backgrounds of the members of the Editorial Board: ethnology, geography, history, political science, and sociology. But far from wishing to fuse together these disciplines into an undifferentiated whole, we hope to preserve the distinctiveness of the outlooks and goals of each, so that the facts of the Turkish case are considered from a variety of disciplinary angles.

[6] Our initiative for founding a new journal is also intended as a response to existing limitations, primarily with regard to the distribution of scholarly publications. The current issues of scholarly journals are only exceptionally available online (although this situation is perhaps beginning to change). As a result, contemporary Turkish studies are effectively partitioned, and so isolated, country by country. For the same reasons, Turkish research is not well disseminated and so poorly known in other European countries.

[7] But now new information and communication technologies offer the possibility of broadening the reach of scientific work and creating new synergies among scholars.  While these technologies have been used for discussion and information groups on the internet, they are still under-utilized by journals. At the moment, many journals are hesitant to take such a step, considering that an online publication would be of little value or doomed to an ephemeral existence. Contrary to such assumptions, we believe that putting scientific journals online should be a first priority.

[8] We have made the choice of an online journal even though we do not reject the idea of a limited hard-copy editions, aimed principally at institutional buyers, such as libraries.  The question of costs and problems of organization have played a large part in our decision, but two other arguments have also proved decisive.  

[9] First, an online journal is by definition more accessible, and so especially advantageous, given that we are hoping to reach a public that is geographically dispersed.  By joining a federation of online journals (revues.org), we can be assured of a visibility beyond that of specialists of Turkey, as well as access to existing address lists in the social sciences. Secondly, an online journal would provide the possibility of distributing aural, digital, and visual documents for research (maps, complex tables, videos, and recordings).

[10] So that it might become an effective instrument for breaking down the partitioning of Turkish studies and widening the distribution of scientific debate, EJTS is intended to be resolutely European. The Scientific Advisory Board reflects this international character. Four working languages ? English, French, German, and Turkish ? are utilized. Most authors will be able to write in their mother language such that any loss of scientific precision or quality will be avoided.

[11] The journal is directed by an Editorial Board and a Scientific Advisory Board. The Editorial Board works as a group to make the journal a reality.

[12] The make-up of the Scientific Advisory Board reflects the international dimension of the research projects and the diversity of the participating disciplines. The members of the Scientific Advisory Board have a dual role in realizing the journal: they agree to serve as advisors and to critique the intellectual orientation of the journal.

[13] To insure the quality of the published papers, we are adopting a policy of review by referees. The referees (two for each paper) are to be selected by the Editorial Board. They will work in strict anonymity and will recommend the rejection, acceptance, or revision of the submitted paper by an argued criticism. Their criticisms will then be shared with the authors of the papers.

[14] We will publish two thematic issues a year. These issues will be set by the Editorial Board with the objective to reflect the current orientations of research. In addition, approved articles outside the thematic issues will be put online immediately.

[15] The work of young scholars will be considered with special attention. This will make it possible to publish extracts of new research of exceptional quality.

[16] The task of criticizing published research, even though essential for scientific work, is not currently given the attention it deserves. We therefore intend to carry out a review of the principal scientific publications regarding contemporary Turkey in all the European languages, including Turkish. Particular attention will be given to reports on Turkish research, which are all too often not well-known, thereby opening new opportunities for synergistic cooperation among scholars inside and outside the country. In addition, one or two more extensive critiques of important works will be included in each issue. We also anticipate the possibility of a dialogue with the author under review, for example, by offering the right of a reply to his or her critics.