Aims and Scope
The Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES) is the Middle East Studies Association’s online journal of review. Published twice a year, each issue includes a selection of roundtables or research articles, essays, brief reports on emerging topics and issues, columns on pedagogy and the politics of representation, and reviews of books, films, music, software, and exhibitions relevant to Middle East studies. The focus of RoMES is the state of the craft in all fields of Middle East studies, including Islamic and cultural studies, history, geography, art and architecture, performance and political studies with an emphasis on new and evolving topics and issues in scholarship, including research methods, ethical concerns, and pedagogical practice. RoMES addresses evolving contemporary dynamics, but also publishes scholarship on premodern topics of interest to a wider audience of Middle East scholars. It seeks to bridge scholarship on the region with lives, experiences and events in the region.
Article Types Accepted
Articles*: scholarly articles describing original research
Special Focus Roundtable*: a proposed focused discussion with four to six contributors on a topic of historical or contemporary interest
Critical Essay*: informed commentary on a current topic or debate in MENA studies
Pedagogical Perspective*: reflections on the praxis and method of teaching within the varied disciplines of Middle East studies
Curator's Corner*: commentary dedicated to the representation and mis-representation of the region in scholarship, artistic performance, the built environment, and exhibition and cinematic venues
Field Retrospective*: contributions from senior scholars on changes in methodologies and theories of MENA studies or associated disciplines
Interim Report from the Field*: discussion of emerging or noteworthy research, methodologies, sources, or applications in Middle East studies. The emphasis is on timeliness, so reports may be preliminary or less resolved than a research article
Middle East Studies in Action: brief reports on MESA committees and projects
that bridge academic and public audiences
Reviews (book or film): critical evaluations of recently published scholarly monographs, edited volumes, and fiction, as well as films, music, software, exhibitions, and other media
Review Essays*: critical, comparative reviews of a few recently published works related by a common theme or topic
* These article types may be eligible for APC waivers or discounts under one of the agreements Cambridge University Press has made to support open access.
Single-work reviews should be between 700 and 1,000 words. Reviews substantially longer or shorter than this will be returned to the authors for revision.
Review essays should be between 2,500 and 5,000 words. Essays, articles, and special focus contributions should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words.
Preparing your article for submission
Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order:
- Cover page, including:
- Authors, including Corresponding Author designation, full contact details and affiliations
- Abstract (150–200 words)
- Keywords (5–7)
- Main text
- Footnoted references in Chicago style
- Appendices (as appropriate)
- Table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages)
- Figure caption(s) (as a list, with a credit line and an explanatory caption)
The Review of Middle East Studies (RoMES) house style is based on the Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed.; CMS) “Notes and Bibliography” system for citations, and we do not publish bibliographies for any submissions. For sample citations, see the online quick guide linked here. The in-text footnotes (superscripts) should be numbered consecutively in the text and go outside punctuation marks. After the first mention of a cited text, use only last name(s) and shorten the title for later entries.
For transliteration guidelines, consult the IJMES Transliteration Chart for in-person or in-text quotations and phrases. Only use the IJMES Chart for direct quotes, in all other cases, RoMES retains only the ʿayn (ʿ) and the hamza (ʾ). For the ʿayn (ʿ), one possible option is to use character code 02BF; for the hamza (ʾ), use character code 02BE.
If you have questions about the submissions process or publishing process, please contact the Managing Editor.
How to prepare your materials for blind peer review
Instructions for blinding your manuscript prior to peer review can be found here.
Artwork, Figures, and Other Graphics
Tables, figures, and images must be cited in the text, for example (see Table 1). They should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals, captioned, and tables should appear in an editable at the end of the article (in the case of figures, they should be submitted as separate figure files). They should not be interspersed in the text. For detailed information on figure preparation, please see the Cambridge Journals Artwork Guide.
Reproduction of copyright material: Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. A copy of the paperwork granting permission should be provided to the Cambridge production editor. You may be asked to pay a permissions fee by the copyright holder; any permissions fees must be paid for by the author. For an example of a permissions request form please see the Cambridge Journals Artwork Guide.
Ethics and transparency policy requirements
Please review our ethics policies prior to submission.