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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • All authors have approved the submission of paper.
  • The submission includes an explanation of compliance with the journal's aim and scope to editors either through a COVER LETTER or by providing text in the "COMMENTS TO THE EDITORS" section of the platform.
  • TITLE PAGE contains
    - title,
    - list of all authors and their affiliations,
    - the corresponding author,
    - abstract that is between 150 and 250 words,
    - 3-6 keywords,
    - a statement of conflict of interest,
    - funding statement,
    - acknowledgments, if any.
  • The MAIN DOCUMENT is anonymised.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The manuscript adheres to the stylistic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines of the journal.
  • The list of Bibliography is complete and adheres to the biblographic style of the journal (Chicago style).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

Author Guidelines

Types of contributions

Original articles

We accept work by single or multiple authors that has not been published before and that is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words.

Review articles 

We are open to articles that survey and summarize previously published studies, rather than report new facts or analysis. Review articles should provide a comprehensive foundation on a topic, present the current state of knowledge on a topic, or identify gaps in existing studies and potential for future research. Review articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words.

Event/book reviews

We consider analytical commentaries of significant events, conferences or symposia, and book reviews. In addition, we will consider for review, books sent directly to us. The section can include one contribution or engage various authors in the form of a dialogue.  All reviews should be between 1000 and 1,500 words.


To cherish the richness of the Mediterranean world, we invite submissions of photographs that represent Mediterranean heritage or reflect modern social or natural landscapes in the region. The editors retain the discretion of selecting a photograph to appear on the inner side of the cover. The authors are invited, but not required, to write a one sentence caption describing the photograph. The title, place and date of the photo are however requested.

Special issues

A ‘Special Issue’ is a collection of papers focused on a specific topic. It may also be a collection of papers from a conference associated with the journal or linked association. We welcome proposals for special issues falling within the scope and aim of the journal. Please indicate your intent using this this form and send it to the submission e-mail address:


While conscious of the linguistic diversity of the region, IJEMS publishes articles in the English language. The authors are expected to submit well-structured and comprehensible manuscripts, even if English is not their first language. It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure that grammar and spelling are correct. For those authors who do not have a strong command of the English language, we offer a proofreading service for a fee.


Preparation of the manuscript

Title Page

The title page should contain the following elements:


A short informative title containing the major key words, without abbreviations if possible.


The full names of the authors and institutional affiliation should be provided (if the author’s present address is different from where the work was conducted, this should be annotated). The list of authors should accurately illustrate who contributed to the work and how. You are free to use any existing standard to determine authorship.

Submitting authors should verify that all authors agree to the final version of the submitted manuscript and be accountable for all aspects by ensuring the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work.


Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in this section.

Funding Statement

Financial and material support for research should be mentioned.

Conflict of Interest Statement

Authors will be asked to provide a conflict of interest statement during the submission process. Conflict of interest can occur when authors (or author’s employer or sponsor) have a financial, commercial, legal, or professional relationship with other organizations or individuals, that could influence the research. If you have no conflict of interest to disclose, please do so explicitly.

Main Text File

The main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors to ensure a smooth double-blind peer reviewed process.

The main text file should be presented in the following order:

  • Title
  • Abstract of 150-200 words;
  • 4 to 6 keywords;
  • Main text;
  • References;
  • Tables; each table should contain a title and footnotes;
  • Figure legends.

The text should be prepared according to the following instructions:

  • Paper size should be A4. Margins should be set for a 25 mm (1 in.) top, bottom, left, and right.
  • The point size should be 12 and the font should be Times New Roman. Italics should be used for emphasis. Put blank lines between paragraphs.
  • Headings should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and so should subheadings (e.g. 2.1., 2.2., 2.3., etc.). Use no more than two levels of heading below the title. Headline style capitalisation and bold font should be used.
  • Figures and supporting information should be supplied as separate files.
  • Each figure and table should be clearly labelled with number and caption. Where a figure or table is to be inserted in the text, on a separate line write [figure 1 here].
  • Line drawings should be submitted as vector EPS files. Bitmap figures should be submitted as JPG or TIFF files; bitmap figures should be least 300 dpi resolution. All figures should be at least 110 mm wide when printed. Graphs should be attached as separate Excel files, the tables with the data should be included.
  • Tables, figures and graphs should not be obtained from already published works. The number of figures, graphs and/or tables combined is limited to 7.
  • Words in languages using non-Latin scripts (Arabic, Hebrew, etc.) should be given in Latin transcription.

Reference Style

References should be prepared according to The Chicago Manual of Style (University of Chicago Press 2017). In text citations, the author-date method should be followed whereby the author’s last name and the year of publication for the source appears in the text, followed by page number if a direct quotation is given, for example (Barbé and Izquierdo 1997, 129). The complete reference list (titled ‘References’) should appear alphabetically by name at the end of the paper (please note that initials should be used for the authors' names). Ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Any references cited in the abstract must be given in full.

A sample of the most common entries in reference lists can be found below. A DOI should be provided for all references where available.

  • Barbé, E., and F. Izquierdo. 1997. ‘Present and Future of Joint Actions for the Mediterranean Region.’ In Common Foreign and Security Policy, ed. M. Holland, 120–35. London and Washington: Pinter.
  • Dymond, A. 2003. ‘A Politicized Pastoral: Signac and the Cultural Geography of Mediterranean France.’ The Art Bulletin 85 (2): 353–70.
  • Ludlow, P., ed. 1994. Europe and the Mediterranean. London and New York: Brassey.
  • University of Chicago Press. 2017. The Chicago Manual of Style. 17th ed. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.

The Chicago-Style Citation Guide is available at


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