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Policy on prior publication

When authors submit manuscripts to this journal, these manuscripts should not be under consideration, accepted for publication or in press within a different journal, book or similar entity, unless explicit permission or agreement has been sought from all entities involved. However, deposition of a preprint on the author’s personal website, in an institutional repository, or in a preprint archive shall not be viewed as prior or duplicate publication. Authors should follow the Cambridge University Press Preprint Policy regarding preprint archives and maintaining the version of record. 

Article Length

Articles may not exceed 10,000 words or roughly thirty-five double-spaced pages in 12-point font (including main text, footnotes, tables, and figure captions).

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, including city and country
    • Abstract (up to 150 words)
    • Keywords (3-5)
    • Competing Interests statement
  • Main text
  • Acknowledgements (optional)
  • Financial Support
  • Table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages)
  • Figure caption(s) (as a list)

The entire manuscript—including footnotes, tables, and references— should be double-spaced and numbered consecutively. 

Book reviews must contain the publication and reviewer data above the main text, using this format:

John Doe, The Title of the Book, Series Title (Place of Publication: Publisher, Date of Publication). Pp. 364. $35.95 cloth, $16.95 paper.* ISBN.

Reviewed by Jane Doe, Department of Linguistics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR; email:

Number of pages should include the preface—not Pp. xiv + 350 but Pp. 364. If the price is not clear on the review copy or accompanying material, use the price given on the publisher's website.


The Journal conforms to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition. Transliteration follows a modified Encyclopedia of Islam system, which is detailed here.


IJMES has moved from the use of endnotes to the use of footnotes. In general, IJMES follows the footnote citation guidelines laid out in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition.

Multiple sources for a single sentence should be consolidated in a single note.

Whenever possible, cite print sources instead of electronic copies. Footnotes should be double-spaced. When citing multiple sources in a footnote, order them in accordance with their appearance in the paragraph. If the sources have no apparent order within the text, order them chronologically.

When prefacing additional references, use the phrase “See also.” When prefacing one or two examples of many, use the phrase “For instance, see”; “and” should always precede the final entry in such a list.

When citing a source published in a city with a common name, include the state or country after the city’s name (e.g. Cambridge, MA or Cambridge, UK). For state names, use the standard, two-letter code of the United States Postal Service.

For examples, please see the Chicago Manual of Style page.

When referencing specific pages of a text, do not use abbreviations (e.g. p., pp., ff., idem, para., esp.), with the exception of “ch” or “chs” to indicate a specific chapter or chapters.

Use “ibid.” to reference the same citation as in the previous footnote, but avoid it if there are several references in the previous footnote. Do not use “op. cit.” or “passim” in footnotes.  

Internet citations must include a full URL and should include an author, title, and publication date if these are available. If there is no publication date in the citation, an accessed date (any date on which the URL was valid) must be included in parenthesis. This rule applies even (indeed especially) to URLs that are no longer active.

Archival citations are the responsibility of the author but must be consistent across the endnotes for each archive cited. They should follow any style requirements specified by the archive itself and Chicago rules for all other style decisions. The first reference must include the full name of the archive, as well as the location if it is not obvious from the name. The full name may be followed by "(hereafter XXX)" and that abbreviation used in subsequent citations.

Foreign Words and Transliteration

Please see the IJMES Transliteration Guide for further information.

How to prepare your materials for blind peer review

Instructions for blinding your manuscript prior to peer review can be found here.

English language editing services 

Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This step is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the Editor and any reviewers.  

In order to help prospective authors to prepare for submission and to reach their publication goals, Cambridge University Press offers a range of high-quality manuscript preparation services – including language editing – delivered in partnership with American Journal Experts. You can find out more on our Language Services page.

Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge-published journal. 

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 format 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.

Competing Interests

All authors must include a competing interest declaration in their title page. This declaration will be subject to editorial review and may be published in the article.

Competing interests are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on the content or publication of an author’s work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations.

If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting must include competing interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors. 

Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Competing interests: Author 1 is employed at organisation A, Author 2 is on the Board of company B and is a member of organisation C. Author 3 has received grants from company D.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none”. 

Ethics and transparency policy requirements

Please review our ethics policies prior to submission.

Authorship and contributorship

All authors listed on any papers submitted to this journal must be in agreement that the authors listed would all be considered authors according to disciplinary norms, and that no authors who would reasonably be considered an author have been excluded. For further details on this journal’s authorship policy, please see this journal's publishing ethics policies.

Author affiliations

Author affiliations should represent the institution(s) at which the research presented was conducted and/or supported and/or approved. For non-research content, any affiliations should represent the institution(s) with which each author is currently affiliated. 

For more information, please see our author affiliation policy and author affiliation FAQs.


Authors can use this section to acknowledge and thank colleagues, institutions, workshop organizers, family members, etc. that have helped with the research and/or writing process. It is important that any type of funding information or financial support to be listed under ‘Financial Support’ rather than Acknowledgements so that it can easily be tagged and captured separately.

Financial Support

Please supply all details required by any funding and grant-awarding bodies as a separate section of your manuscript, as follows:

For single agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx]."

For multiple agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency 1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency 2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency 3] under Grant [number xxxx.]"

Where no specific funding has been provided for research, please provide the following statement:

"This research received no specific grant funding form any funding agency, commercial or not-for-profit sectors."


We require all corresponding authors to identify themselves using ORCID when submitting a manuscript to this journal. ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and, through integration with key research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant applications, provides the following benefits:

  • Discoverability: ORCID increases the discoverability of your publications, by enabling smarter publisher systems and by helping readers to reliably find work that you have authored.
  • Convenience: As more organisations use ORCID, providing your iD or using it to register for services will automatically link activities to your ORCID record, and will enable you to share this information with other systems and platforms you use, saving you re-keying information multiple times.
  • Keeping track: Your ORCID record is a neat place to store and (if you choose) share validated information about your research activities and affiliations.

See our ORCID FAQs for more information.

If you don’t already have an iD, you will need to create one if you decide to submit a manuscript to this journal. You can register for one directly from your user account on ScholarOne, or alternatively via

If you already have an iD, please use this when submitting your manuscript, either by linking it to your ScholarOne account, or by supplying it during submission using the "Associate your existing ORCID iD" button.

ORCIDs can also be used if authors wish to communicate to readers up-to-date information about how they wish to be addressed or referred to (for example, they wish to include pronouns, additional titles, honorifics, name variations, etc.) alongside their published articles. We encourage authors to make use of the ORCID profile’s “Published Name” field for this purpose. This is entirely optional for authors who wish to communicate such information in connection with their article. Please note that this method is not currently recommended for author name changes: see Cambridge’s author name change policy if you want to change your name on an already published article. See our ORCID FAQs for more information. 

Supplementary materials

Material that is not essential to understanding or supporting a manuscript, but which may nonetheless be relevant or interesting to readers, may be submitted as supplementary material. Supplementary material will be published online alongside your article, but will not be published in the pages of the journal. Types of supplementary material may include, but are not limited to, appendices, additional tables or figures, datasets, videos, and sound files.

Supplementary materials will not be typeset or copyedited, so should be supplied exactly as they are to appear online. Please see our general guidance on supplementary materials for further information.

Where relevant we encourage authors to publish additional qualitative or quantitative research outputs in an appropriate repository, and cite these in manuscripts.

Author Hub

You can find guides for many aspects of publishing with Cambridge at Author Hub, our suite of resources for Cambridge authors.