Submission Guidelines

Defining the Region

To permit the widest possible range of submissions, the ‘Middle East’ is defined broadly as including all Arab League states, Iran, Israel and Turkey.

Editorial Team

  • The editorial team consists of members from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, all at different levels of academic life. The Team is selected annually by the committee of the Cambridge Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENAF) and is responsible for choosing edition themes, reviewing submissions, choosing articles for publication and editing pieces accepted for publication.

  • Email pitches/submissions and any other questions to our Managing Editor, Naman Karl-Thomas Habtom, at manara@cmenaf.org.

Pitches and Submissions

Pitches for articles and op-eds should include the proposed title, main argument, and primary references of the piece as well as a short biography of the author.

  • Submissions will be considered exclusively based on their quality, originality and contribution to topical ongoing academic and public debates. Whether or not an article appears in an issue is at the collective discretion of the editorial board.

  • Submissions are expected to take an analytical and/or policy-oriented direction, taking a question of historical or contemporary import and examining possible present and future implications. Articles should aim to make use of historical context and draw relevant parallels with trends and events throughout the region to elucidate the issue in question.

  • We appreciate submissions sent as double-spaced Word documents in Arial, size eleven

  • Please use footnotes rather than in-text citations.

  • Articles should properly reference and only use sources of reputable and reliable origin, such as: academic books by single or multiple authors, or academic and professional journals within the discipline or area of study; specialist magazines or newspapers of agreed high repute; government reports; reports from known, reputable organizations, e.g. the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); published theses or unpublished theses held by university, faculty or departmental libraries; recorded TV or radio programs to which reputable figures within the discipline have contributed; videos that are accessible to university students and staff; primary sources such as original letters, diaries, journals, notes; the internet, if the site has a reputable author, publisher and domain name that show the site has the relevant credentials for your writing purpose.

  • Articles should be no more than 2,000 words, not including footnoes.

  • Op-eds should be no more than 600-800 words – footnotes optional.

  • While by no means being a condition for publication, we highly value efforts to conduct research in languages other than English, particularly in Middle Eastern languages. 


Articles are reviewed by the Managing Editor, returned for edits and will be published on the set date.


If your article is selected for publication, this will entail an honorarium of the below amount:

  • Articles: £50

  • Op-eds: £20

  • Honorariums include a print copy of the issue your article features in.