EJTS aims to publish an online journal that can be a valuable research instrument for scholars in the humanities and social sciences working in Turkish Studies. Our premise is that area studies can serve as a ‘laboratory’ for developing theoretical tools that stimulate research in social sciences and humanities, hence the double requirement of an innovative theoretical framework and in-depth empirical knowledge. This also provides room for comparative approaches that may help crisscross area studies. The choice of approach emphasizes 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: anthropology, history, political science, sociology, and geography. In order to facilitate broader communication and exchange of ideas, the journal is international in character. Reflecting its geographical rooting, the journal publishes in Turkish, English, French, and German.