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Submission Guidelines

Contemporary Arab Affairs Call for Papers available here.

Thank you for your interest in Contemporary Arab Affairs (CAA). These instructions will help you prepare your paper and ensure a smooth editorial process. Please take the time to read and follow them as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal's requirements. Contemporary Arab Affairs screens papers for unoriginal material. By submitting your paper to Contemporary Arab Affairs you are agreeing to originality checks during the peer-review and production processes. Upon acceptance, we recommend that you keep a copy of your accepted manuscript.

Please note that this journal only publishes manuscripts in English. CAA accepts the following article types: articles, viewpoints, book reviews, interviews and annotated bibliographies. CAA is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be double blind peer-reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees.

Though CAA charges no submission fees or page charges, color images and figures will be reproduced in color in the online version of the journal. All images and figures will be reproduced in black and white in the print version. You have to sign an Author Agreement which allows you to protect your original material, and stop others from using your work without your permission. Before submitting your article, you will need to make it anonymous. This is to ensure that reviewers won’t be able to identify you, your co-authors, or the institution where the research was carried out, ensuring that the review process is as objective as possible. You will need to prepare two copies of the manuscript for submission. One file will need to have all your author details included, and one will need to be anonymized. Both versions should include the title, abstract, body, and references.

The following should be carefully handled:

  • Do not mention any grants or acknowledgments in the anonymous version of your manuscript. You can provide these in the non-anonymous version, and you may also be asked to provide funding information separately during submission.
  • Do not add any page headers or footers that would identify you.
  • Avoid, or try to minimize, any self-citation. If you have cited your own work, make sure you’ve referred to your own references in the third person, e.g. write “Smith and Black (2007) have demonstrated”, not “We have previously demonstrated (Smith & Black, 2007)”. (If you’re unable to avoid referring to self-cited work in the first person, then delete the author names, or other identifying information (such as your institution) and replace it with [author(s)] in the text. In the reference list, delete the citation, and use a placeholder [author(s)].)
  • You will need to check that all identifiers have been removed from files such as Microsoft Word documents. Personal or hidden information stored in File Properties should be removed.

Please include a word count for your paper. A typical article for this journal should be no more than 7,000 words using American English; this limit includes tables, references, figure captions, and endnotes. Manuscript pages should be numbered. Times New Roman is the right font, 12 point, double-line spaced. Use the same font throughout the entire manuscript. Use margins of at least 2.5 cm (or 1 inch). Please use single quotation marks, except where 'a quotation is "within" a quotation'. Please note that long quotations should be indented without quotation marks. Papers may be submitted in any standard format, including Word. Figures should be saved separately from the text. Please include all authors’ full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses on the title page. Where available, please also include ORCiDs and social media handles (Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn). One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author, with their email address normally displayed in the print version and the online article.

CAA uses Chicago Style, author-date system, which is widely used in the physical, natural and social sciences. End Notes are also according to the Standard Chicago Author-Date. Footnotes, end notes, and references can be placed separately at the end of the document. Table footnotes should be placed beneath the table and in a smaller font size. Manuscript pages should be numbered.

Authors’ affiliations are the affiliations where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer-review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after your paper is accepted. Use bold for your article title, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns. A non-structured abstract of no more than 100 words. 4-6 keywords are required so that the article is more discoverable by search engines. Please also indicate any source of funding and grant-awarding bodies. A disclosure statement acknowledging any financial interest or benefit that has arisen from the direct applications of your research must be included in the submission. Submitting Geolocation information, as a separate paragraph before your acknowledgements, means your work can be accurately indexed in its relevant study area.

Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale, and 300 dpi for color, at the correct size). Figures should be saved as TIFF, PostScript, or EPS files, but other file formats may be acceptable upon discussion with the managing editor. Tables should present new information rather than duplicating what is in the text and placement call-outs in the manuscript should be in red. Readers should be able to interpret the table without reference to the text. Please supply editable files. Tables must be created in Word. They should be formatted using the table function and should not be formatted with tabs or space. Each table must include a descriptive title and column headings. Footnotes to tables should be headed “Note” or “Notes” and specific notes referred to with a, b, c, etc. Tables should be proofread carefully in page-proofs.

Block quotes should be indented on the right and the left, and can be single-spaced. Do not use space bar to make tabs, indents or align text. Use one space after colons and periods. In a list of references or bibliography, use 6 hyphens to indicate repetition of authors' names. Make sure all numbers are really numbers, not letters such as "l" or "O".

If you are submitting your manuscript as a Word document, please ensure that equations are editable. If you are using third-party material in your paper you must obtain the necessary permission to reuse them. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission.

CAA only accepts submissions that are not currently under review by other journals. Please submit your article via e-mail directly to the Editorial Office at

Note on Transliteration Guidelines 
CAA follows the widely used guide of the International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) which can be found here. A transliteration chart for Arabic is available in PDF format here.

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