Authors' Guidelines

The Levantine Review is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary Open Access Electronic Journal that aims to reflect on the hybrid Levantine Near East.  As Boston College’s flagship Middle East Studies journal, published twice a year by the Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures, the Review is dedicated to a critical study of the Levant and the Eastern Mediterranean, aiming to restitute the term “Levant” as a valid historical, geographic, political, linguistic, and cultural concept, and reclaim it as a positive and legitimate parameter of identity. 
The journal proposes a study of the Near East from a broad, diverse and inclusive purview, with the hope of bringing into focus the larger conceptual, geographic, social, linguistic, and cultural settings of the region.  Answering to its commitment to an “ecumenical” approach, The Levantine Review publishes scholarship in English, French, Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, and Syriac, and welcomes new research in a variety of Near Eastern Studies sub-fields and disciplines—examining narratives, histories, cultures, and intellectual traditions often overlooked in traditional scholarship.  The journal will deal with the Levant and the Mediterranean from the perspective of Middle Eastern Studies, History, Political Science, Religion, Philology, Anthropology, Linguistics, Literature, Security Studies, Women Studies, and other disciplines of the humanities and social science.  The Levantine Review’s aim is to advance an inclusive, deep understanding of the Near East, and cast a broad look at the region beyond soothing familiar settings, and prevalent dominant models.
Submission of Manuscripts:
The Levantine Review seeks to publish original work that has not appeared elsewhere, although exceptions are made on the basis of a particular article’s topicality and importance.  In such cases, authors are asked to obtain all necessary permissions. 
All manuscripts must be submitted electronically, through The Levantine Review’s online submission system, and authors are encouraged to log in or register at the link below in order to begin the submission process:
For English language articles, and abstracts of essays in languages other than English, the journal uses The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition.  Please refer to this style guide if you have any questions pertaining to stylistic or grammatical issues.  Authors are also asked to use American spelling and punctuation.
Formatting:  Submissions should be formatted as simply as possible.  Full-length articles and review essays (the latter discussing recent books and studies on the Levant and Near East) are peer reviewed and can run up to 10,000-words; most, however, are between 5,000 to 6,000 words.  Shorter book reviews are ordinarily in the vicinity of 1,500 words.  Please make sure your text is double-spaced in Times New Roman 12 pt. font, submitted as an MS Word document, and through the Journal’s online submission system: .  No PDF, hardcopies, or email submissions will be accepted.  All notes should be embedded footnotes, using a relatively recent version of Word.
Notations and Bibliographical information:  Please use the footnote system as described in The Chicago Manual of Style.  All pertinent information—i.e. full names of authors, publishers, book or article titles, volume and issue numbers, place and date of publication, page numbers, etc..—must be included the first time a source is referenced; subsequent references must follow the guidelines in rules 16.41—16.50 of The Chicago Manual.
Italicize foreign words and phrases, with the translation in roman in parentheses—e.g., Majnun Layla (Leila’s fool)—unless they are proper nouns or words familiar to American readers—e.g., Baghdad and a fortiori, and not Baghdad and a fortiori.
Decades must be written in numerals—e.g., the 1920s (without an apostrophe.)
Up to one hundred, numbers must be written out in letters, not numerals.  Any numbers above one hundred must be in numerals (e.g., 199), except for very large numbers (e.g., 100 million.)
Centuries should be written out in letters, not numerals—e.g., twenty-first century, and not 21st century or XXIst century.
Instead of % symbols, percentages should be spelled out in full in the body of the text, in conjunction with numerals—e.g., 55 percent.  In tables, the % symbols should be used.
Use American spelling consistently—e.g., civilization, not civilisation.
Use double quotation marks for quotes, single quotation marks for quotes within quotes, and double once more within quotes inside quotes.
Commas and periods must be within quotation marks, and colons and semicolons outside quotation marks. 
Indented quotes do not need quotation marks.  Authors’ digressions inside quotes must be in square brackets, and direct quotations should not be changed for stylistic or grammatical reasons.
Acronyms must be spelled out in full upon first mention, and only in abbreviation thereafter—e.g., the World Zionist Organization (WZO) the first time, and WZO thereafter.
As much as possible avoid using abbreviations such as i.e., etc., e.g., in the text of your article, and replace them by “that is,” “et cetera,” and “for example.”  Abbreviations can be used in the notes, or in parentheses.

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