Manuscripts submitted to the journal must be based on original research and the careful analysis of primary and secondary source materials. Submission of an article implies that it has not been previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to publish any material under copyright. All use or reference to published and unpublished material produced by others, whether quoted directly or paraphrased, must be attributed (with page numbers) in the manuscript submitted under your name(s) using the author-date documentation system in The Chicago Manual of Style. All manuscripts must include full bibliographic information and an abstract that follows JMEWS expectations.
Manuscript Preparation and Style
- JMEWS uses a double-blind peer review process. Manuscripts should not include the author’s name or other information that identifies the author in footers, headers, or a title page. Please note if you are referencing your own previously published or unpublished work in the comments to the editors box in the submission system. All reference to authors’ previous work should be cited in the third person.
- Articles must be in English and between 7,500 – 10,000 words, including endnotes and references.
- The editors reserve the right to copyedit manuscripts to conform to the journal’s style. Spelling will be edited to conform to American usage.
- JMEWS does not use double dating. Use common era (CE) dates only, unless quoting from an original source, in which case use the date as quoted (hijra, solar, etc.), with the CE equivalent in parentheses.
- JMEWS uses endnotes rather than footnotes. Endnotes should be in Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.).
- Ensure that author names and titles are spelled correctly and consistently.
- Titles in non-Roman alphabets (Arabic, Cyrillic, etc.) must be transliterated and translated. Capitalize only the first word, proper names, and place names. Example: Dirasa fi adab al-Rafi‘i (A study of the literary work of al-Rafi‘i).
- The place of publication should appear in its common English form, e.g. Cairo rather than al-Qahira. If the publisher’s name is spelled in a non-Roman alphabet, it should be transliterated. If the publisher uses the Roman alphabet in publicity, that form of the publisher’s name may be used, e.g. Rabat: El Maarif al Jadida.
- For Kindle editions of publications that do not include page numbers, the word “Kindle” should be added at the end of an otherwise ordinary reference. E.g.: Doe, John. 2015. Pseudonyms in American Fiction. Whoville, NC: Phony Names and Associates. Kindle. For specific citations of Doe 2015, the author should use a chapter number, a paragraph number, a section heading, or some other stable point of reference. E.g.: Doe 2015, chap. 4; Doe 2015, par. 12; or Doe 2015, section “Who’s That?”