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Middle East Report is a digital quarterly magazine. Each issue addresses themes, topics and events, focusing on the contemporary Middle East and North Africa. Members of our editorial committee decide on the themes and solicit articles in advance for the issue. We will occasionally run a call for pitches, where authors can submit ideas for a coming issue. We also publish short pieces, interviews, translations, reviews and dispatches in the Current Analysis section of our website.
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Middle East Report (MER) Articles
- Articles that appear in Middle East Report magazine are solicited in advance by an editorial team to address a particular theme or case study for a future issue of the magazine. Occasionally, editors will choose to run an article submitted independently.
- Editors will solicit pitches for articles ranging from 1,000-3,000 words depending on the theme of the issue and word count of the magazine. They will provide a timeline for submission and the editorial process.
- Articles should be original, deeply informed and researched, and concise but without using formulaic or highly academic scaffolding such as extensive theoretical or methodological references.
- All submissions will go through a two-part editorial process to meet MERIP style and standards. Every submission is carefully reviewed by two MERIP editors. We do not typically publish articles in their first iteration.
- MERIP publishes interviews with well-known persons or with those who can give expression to popular sentiment on matters of importance in the region.
- Interview authors must transcribe, edit, condense and even rearrange the interview to bring out the most important elements.
- Interview authors should provide a paragraph (deck) to go before the interview, which briefly describes the interviewee and the subject of the interview and where, when and how the interview took place.
- 1,000-3,000 words
- Interviews are typically edited and condensed for publication through a two-part editorial process.
Reviews & Review Essays
- MERIP offers critical assessments and reflections on books, films, exhibits, teaching materials and other pieces of cultural production that address MERIP’s areas of focus. Topics of interest include popular struggles, political economy, state power, social hierarchies, history and foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa.
- Reviews and Review Essays are written and edited for a general audience (rather than specialists). We will occasionally publish “Editor’s Bookshelf” review essays offering brief reviews of recent books and other items.
- Reviews: 500-2000 words. Review Essays: 2000-4000 words. Editor’s Bookshelf: approximately 1000 words.
- Publishers wishing to contact us about upcoming works should email us at reviews [at] merip [dot] org
- MERIP dispatches report recent news that has not already been widely covered and result from ongoing or recent experience. They should present a story in a detailed way, with first-hand material and a feel for the place in question. They can also provide a compelling update regarding a development or location.
- Pitches for unsolicited dispatches will be considered if the material suggested for review is of interest to our editors and a non-specialist audience.
- 1,000 to 2,000 words
- MERIP is interested in building partnerships with artists and independent media initiatives to promote creative visual work from around the world. We also publish photos, cartoons, maps or line drawings. Submissions should be high-resolution. Illustrations supplied by authors must come with permission granted from the photographer or artist for one-time use in the magazine or on the website. The editors reserve the right to illustrate all MER features as they choose. If you are interested in visual collaborations with us email editor [at] merip [dot] org.
- We seek clear, direct, readable writing that fits our magazine style–we will edit out formulaic academic writing.
- Capture readers’ attention in the lead paragraphs rather than through a lengthy buildup; make sure to make clear the point of the writing early in the piece.
- Keep sentences short, crisp and in the active voice–we will edit out passive voice in most situations.
- Avoid jargon and unfamiliar acronyms.
- Identify all acronyms and people.
- Avoid signposting (e.g., “This article argues that,” “as I show below”) and other conventions of academic prose. Resist the temptation to mention the concepts of theoreticians unless they are central to the argument of the article. In such cases, the concepts should be explained with concrete illustration.
- The first person should be avoided unless necessary to a particular point. Expect the editors to rewrite aggressively to eliminate it.
- Heads and subheads should be succinct and jargon-free; if they are not, expect the editors to make them so. Heads and subheads are the editors’ prerogative.
- End-notes should be used very sparingly to identify the source of a fact or interpretation that is not commonly known. Do not use end-notes to convey extra information; if the information is important, it should be in the main text. Do not use end-notes to direct the reader to additional reading or alternatives to the interpretations advanced in the article. If such alternative interpretations are worth mentioning, they should be in the main text.
- MER does not print bibliographies or in-text references.
- MER generally uses the International Journal of Middle East Studies system for transliteration of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish.
- Please include a one-sentence description of how you would like to be identified in the biographical note that will appear with your article.
- In general, refer to the Chicago Manual of Style on questions of mechanics and usage.
Copyright & Compensation
- Middle East Report holds the copyright for all articles published in our pages, unless special arrangement is made prior to publication.
- Requests for reprint permission should be sent to editor [at] merip [dot] org.
- Middle East Report does not republish material that has appeared elsewhere in English.
- Everything published on MERIP’s website is available open access. We pay a modest discretionary fee for contributions from freelance writers.
- EDITORIAL POLICY: MERIP publishes materials that are edited for publication in magazine form, rather than for an academic journal or a blog-post, emphasizing informed and analytical approaches accessible to a wider audience through a deliberate editorial process. The editor and editorial committee select writings based on an evaluation of their fit, quality and importance based on current editorial priorities and if selected they edit submissions and work with writers to meet MERIP style and standards. As an independent and critical magazine, we seek submissions of any kind that address contemporary political, economic, social and cultural power relations in the contemporary Middle East, the role of the United States and other outside powers and popular struggles in the region. We seek to address the informed general public as well as those with expertise and professional interest in Middle Eastern affairs.