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Author Guidelines

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to New Middle Eastern Studies. These instructions will ensure we have everything required so your paper can move through peer review, production and publication smoothly. Please take the time to read and follow them as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal's requirements.

Word Limits

Please include a word count for your paper.

A typical article should be between 7.000 and 10.000 words, inclusive of the abstract, in-text citations, and references.  

Presentation & Style

Please examine this sample article as a useful guide for the structure of your manuscript and follow the instructions below:  

  • Please use British English language and spelling style throughout your manuscript.
  • The format should be Times New Roman, 12 font size, 1.5 line spacing (throughout the manuscript including references).
  • Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title, author(s), abstract, keywords, main text, acknowledgements, funding, author bio(s), and references.
  • Each manuscript should have 5 keywords.
  • Maximum 200 words of abstract should be included. 
  • A margin of 3 cm should be left at all four corners of each page.
  • All text should be justified at left and right margins. 
  • The title and sub headings should be clear and concise and the latter aligned to the left hand margin.
  • Paragraphs should be indented except for the first paragraph in the article, the first paragraph after a sub heading and a paragraph following a quotation.
  • Use single quotation marks except for quotations within quotes when double marks are to be used.
  • Quotes over 40 words in length should be set out from the body of the text by being indented 1 cm from the left margin; quotation marks should not be used for indented quotes.
  • Use a single (not a double) space after a full stop, and after all other punctuation marks. Do not put a space in front of a question mark, or in front of any other closing punctuation mark.
  • Avoid stops when using abbreviations: for example, UNESCO, UK, Mrs and Dr are preferred.
  • Use italic for titles of books, plays, films, long poems, newspapers, journals (but not for articles in journals). 
  • Avoid using explanatory notes as much as possible and only use them if they are essential. Use notes in the form of endnotes and not as footnotes. Within the article endnote numbers should be placed after any punctuation mark. Any references within the notes should be in the Harvard (author-date-page numbers) system (see below for more details).
  • Dates should be presented in the British style as follows: 1 January 2003.


  • Authors should use Harvard Referencing Style (author-date-page numbers) as seen in the sample article. In accordance with Harvard Referencing Style, authors should also place a complete reference list (containing all cited works in the text) at the end of their manuscripts. 
  • In referring to other works avoid location references such as ibid and op cit.
  • References that are cited in the text should be in conformity with the Harvard system so that the author's surname, the year of publication and the page reference appear immediately after the material that has been cited or quoted. Thus, (Smith 2001: 32-3); two authors should be given as, (Dodd and Sandell 1999); for more than two, (Neal et al. 1995); multiple references should be given as, (Peers and Brown 2003; Smith 2006; Dicks 2010).
  • Material derived from interviews should be referenced in endnotes. Include the interviewee’s and interviewer’s names, the recording medium, the place and date of the interview, and details of where the recording is deposited (if appropriate): Helen Wang, interview by author, digital recording, 8 January 2007, London.
  • Material based on fieldnotes should be referenced in endnotes, thus: Author Fieldnotes, 8 June 2015, Cairo. 
  • Personal communications (letters, emails, face-to-face conversations) should be referenced in endnotes, thus: Jane Weel, personal communication, 12 May 2011.
  • A lower case lettering system should be used to distinguish between different works by the same author or authors which have been published in the same year: e.g. Smith, A (1967a, 1967b).
  • Pagination should be given as concisely as possible (3-8, 9-14, 33-6, 174-9, 183-96).
  • Punctuate references with commas and not with full stops. In the case of journals give the volume number first, followed by the issue number in brackets, e.g. 4 (3).
  • The list of references should appear in alphabetical order after any endnotes.

The following style of referencing should be used:

  • Articles in Journals: Goksel, Oguzhan (2016) ‘In Search of a Non-Eurocentric Understanding of Modernization: Turkey as a Case of “Multiple Modernities”’, Mediterranean Politics 21 (2), pp. 246-267.
  • Chapters in Edited Books: Davidson, Christopher M. (2014) ‘The Gulf Monarchies and Pacific Asia: Towards Interdependency?’, in Nele Lenze and Charlotte Schriwer (eds.) Converging Regions: Global Perspectives on Asia and the Middle East (Charlotte: Ashgate), pp. 143-160.   
  • Books: Murphy, Emma C. (1999) Economic and Political Change in Tunisia: From Bourguiba to Ben Ali (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan).  
  • Edited Books: Gerges, Fawaz (ed.) (2015) Contentious Politics in the Middle East: Popular Resistance and Marginalized Activism beyond the Arab Uprisings (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • Website Journal Articles [online version]: Vicini, Fabio (2017) ‘Turkish Islamism, Conservatism and Human Rights Before and After Gezi: The Case of Mazlumder’, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies,        


Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for the reproduction of pictures, tables, quotations etc. Illustrations should be embedded in the main text. 

Article and submission processing charges 

We do not charge article processing charges (APCs) or submission charges. 


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format and the authors of the document have deleted their names from the submitted document.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text uses Times New Roman; 1.5 line spacing; 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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