The Journal for Interdisciplinary Middle Eastern Studies

Instructions for authors

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to us. 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.

General submission information:

For general guidance on the publication process, please visit the Taylor & Francis Author Services website.

All articles should be uploaded as MS Word documents through our ScholarOne system.


Within one week of receipt JIMES will send authors either an official confirmation email or notification that the submission does not conform to JIMES scope of scholarly interests and aims. Usually within two weeks of receipt submitted manuscripts that conform to JIMES scope and aims are evaluated by the editor and, if deemed suitable, will then be blind peer-reviewed by anonymous reviewers who specialize in the area relevant to the manuscript. While JIMES aspires to complete the peer review process within 2 months from the date of submission it is possible that some reviews might take longer.

Preparing your paper:

Submitted articles should be 7,000 – 9,000 words (including footnotes) in length and double-spaced with ample margins.

Abstracts should be 150-200 words. Please keep key words to 5-7 words, at most.

The presentation format of your paper should be as follows:

Title page;
Main text;
Acknowledgements (if needed);
Appendices (as appropriate);
Table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages);
Figure caption(s) (as a list).

The text of the manuscript should contain no information that may identify the author of the article. The author should omit any reference that might expose his/her identity.


Using cited material in your paper

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table or cited text from any other source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which is substantially derived from a copyrighted source).


Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text but should be included as separate sheets or files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. Taking into account any necessary reduction in size all units must be included and figures should be clearly labeled.


Style guidelines

The JIMES Journal has adopted The Chicago Notes System developed by the University of Chicago. For full information on this style see The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) at

Please use -ize spelling consistently throughout your manuscript.
Please use double quotation marks except where a “quotation is ‘within’ a quotation”. Please note that long quotations should be indented without quotation marks.

All Arabic, Turkish (modern or Ottoman) and Persian words should be transliterated according to the transliteration system but WITHOUT diacriticals. ‘Ayn and hamza should be shown (since these are letters not diacriticals).
For ayns and hamzas, please choose the Arial Unicode font from the dropdown menu in the “Insert symbol” window and then type the Unicode hexes directly into the “Character code” box. Use 02BF for ayn, and 02BE for hamza.


Footnotes style

Footnotes and text citation: All notes in the text should appear as footnotes.

Footnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout the text, and “p.” or “pp.” used to denote page numbers in footnotes. Footnotes should be double-spaced and in 12 point font.
Please use footnotes according to the details below:
First name and last name, Book’s title (City: Publisher, year of publication), pp.
e.g. Eyal Zisser, Asad’s Legacy: Syria in Transition (London: Hurst, 2001), pp.


Chapter from edited book:

First name and last name, “Chapter’s title,” in First name and last name (ed.), Book’s title (City: Publisher, year of publication), pp.
Paul Salem, “Reflections on Lebanon’s Foreign Policy,” in Deirdre Collings (ed.), Peace for Lebanon? From War to Reconstruction (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 1994), pp.


First name and last name, “Article’s title,” Journal’s title, Vol. X, No. X (Year), pp.
Kamal S. Salibi, “Lebanon under Fuad Chehab 1958-1964,” Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 2, No. 3 (1966), pp.


First name and last name, “Thesis’ title (PhD thesis/MA dissertation, University name, year), pp.
Nadim Zaazaa, “Structural Limitations to Modernization in Lebanon: The Experience of Chehab and Hariri” (MA dissertation, American University of Beirut, 2005).


Newspapers and online newspapers and magazines:

First name and last name (if there is one), “Article’s title,” Newspaper’s title, date, URL (Accessed on date).
Sewell Chan, “Hilarion Capucci, Archbishop Jailed for Aiding Palestinian Militants, Dies at 94,” The New York Times, 2 January 2017, (Accessed on 4 January 4, 2017).