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Instructions for contributors

The Review of Middle East Studies invites submissions from scholars across the subfields of Middle East studies. The journal encourages work by scholars in the early stages of their careers. If you have questions about the suitability of a topic for the journal, please e-mail the Editor with a brief description of the topic and the type of article (see submission types below), along with a brief CV or description of your professional background. Please allow 2-3 weeks for a response.

Although primarily a journal of review, RoMES publishes works in a variety of categories:

Peer Reviewed
Research Articles: scholarly articles describing original research

Editorial Board Reviewed
• Essays: informed commentary on a current topic or debate in Middle East studies
• Interim Reports 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.
• Review Articles: critical, comparative reviews of a few recently published works related by a common theme or topic
• Reviews: critical evaluations of recently published scholarly monographs, edited volumes, and fiction, as well as films, music, software, exhibitions, and other media

Articles should be submitted to

Please visit the Cambridge University Press Peer Review Hub for general information on how to peer review journal articles, a peer review FAQ, ethics in peer review, and more information.


The Review of Middle East Studies publishes approximately 40-50 reviews per issue. RoMES reviews an array of published material relevant to the wider audience of Middle East scholars, including research monographs, edited volumes, fiction, films, music, software, websites, and exhibitions.

All reviews are assigned and approved by an Associate Editor. RoMES does not accept unsolicited reviews.

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.

Becoming a Reviewer

If you would like to become a reviewer for RoMES, please send an e-mail listing your areas of research and a brief CV to the Managing Editor at We recommend that you include in your e-mail three to four titles from the journal's list of Books Available for Review (updated quarterly) that you would like to review. This will facilitate a quick response. Your request and CV will be forwarded to the appropriate Associate Editor(s), who will evaluate your request and CV. You will be contacted directly by an Associate Editor if he or she wishes to invite you to write a review.

Please note that RoMES does not accept unsolicited reviews.

Preparing Your Review

Reviews should be thoughtful and engaging critiques that explain the basic argument of a book, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and place the work within the scholarly literature on the topic.

Once you have accepted an Associate Editor’s invitation to write a review, you will be contacted by e-mail by the Managing Editor with an official invitation and a request for a mailing address to which you would like your review book sent. This invitation will include a specific date by which your review is due to your Associate Editor. RoMES’s standard deadline for reviews is 10 weeks from the date of the official invitation.

Manuscript Preparation

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.

Review and Production

Please e-mail completed reviews directly to your Associate Editor (not the Editorial Office).

The Associate Editor will evaluate the scholarly quality of your review, as well as the quality of the writing and conformance to the basic author guidelines. At this point, a review may be returned to you with a request for specific revisions. If and when the Associate Editor approves your review, it will be forwarded to the Editorial Office for additional vetting and processing, including copyediting and typesetting.

Authors will receive access to their online article once it is published on Cambridge’s Journals Online site.

If you have questions about the submissions process or publishing process, please contact the Managing Editor at

Article Type / Requirements Matrix

July 1, 2015

*Italic indicates paraphrased from another journal's material.

Abstracts: 150-200 words
Keywords: 5-7 total
Author Note Format (same as IJMES):
John Smith is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia:

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