​Submission Guidelines

Submission to and publication in Siyasat Arabiya is governed by the following guidelines:

1. Only original work which is submitted exclusively for publication within the journal is accepted. No work which has been previously published fully or in part will be considered for publication in Siyasat Arabiya. Similarly, no work which substantially resembles any other work published in either print or electronic form, or submitted to a conference other than the conferences held by the ACRPS will be considered for publication.  

2. Submissions must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae (CV) of the author, in both Arabic and English. 

3. All submissions must include the following elements: 
i. A title in both Arabic and English together with the author’s institutional affiliation. 
ii. An abstract, ranging between 100 and 150 words in length, in both Arabic and English as well as a list of keywords. The abstract must explicitly and clearly spell out the research problematic, the methodologies used, and the main conclusions arrived at. 
iii. The research paper must include the following elements: specification of the research problematic; significance of the topic being studied; statement of thesis; a review of literature emphasizing gaps or limitations in previous analysis; a description of the research methodology; hypothesis and conceptual framework; bibliography. 
iv. All research papers submitted for consideration must adopt the referencing guidelines adopted by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (See Appendix I for a complete guide to the reference style used across all of our journals). 
v. Extracts or chapters from doctoral theses and other student projects are only published in exceptional circumstances. Authors must make clear in all cases when their submissions are extracts of student theses/reports, and provide exhaustive information on the program of study for which the manuscript was first submitted. 
vi. All submitted works must fall within the broad scope of Siyasat Arabiya, including economics, demographics, and environmental science.
vii. The journal is concerned with critical reviews of important books that have been published recently in disciplines relevant to the journal, in any language. The book must not have been published more than three years ago. The review should be between 4500 and 5000, subject to peer review at the center.  
viii. All submissions are to be between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length, inclusive of a bibliography, footnotes, appendices and the caption texts on images. The editors retain the right to publish longer pieces at their discretion. 
ix. All diagrams, charts, figures and tables must be provided in a format compatible with either Microsoft Office’s spreadsheet software (Excel) or Microsoft Office’s word processing suite (Word), alongside high-resolution images. Charts will not be accepted without the accompanying data from which they were produced. 

4. The peer review process for Siyasat Arabiya and for all journals published by the ACRPS is conducted in the strictest confidence. Two preliminary readers are selected from a short list of approved reader-reviewers. In cases where there is a major discrepancy between the first two readers in their assessment of the paper, the paper will be referred to a third reviewer. The editors will notify all authors of a decision either to publish, publish after modifications, or to decline to publish, within two months of the receipt of the first draft. 

5. The editorial board of Siyasat Arabiya adheres to a strict code of ethical conduct, which has the clearest respect for the privacy and the confidentiality of authors (cf. Annex II).
i. The sequencing of publication for articles accepted for publication follows strictly technical criteria.   
ii. Siyasat Arabiya does not make payments for articles published in the journal, nor does it accept payment in exchange for publication.

Annex I.
 Footnotes and Bibliography

I. Books
Author’s name, Title of Book, Edition (Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication), page number.
  •  Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (New York: Penguin, 2006), pp. 99-100.
  • Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera, Edith Grossman (trans.) (London: Cape, 1988), pp. 242-55.
In quotes not immediately following the reference: Pollan, p. 31.
Where there are several references by the same author, add a short title: Pollan, Omnivore’s Dilemma, p. 31.
In quotes immediately following the reference: Ibid., p. 32.
The corresponding bibliographical entry: 
  • Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin, 2006.
For books by three or more authors, in the note, list only the first author, followed by et al.:
  • Michael Gibbons et al., The New Production of Knowledge: The Dynamics of Science and Research in Contemporary Societies (London: Sage, 1994), pp. 220-221. 
In later quotes: Gibbons et al., p. 35.
The corresponding bibliographical entry:
  • Michael Gibbons et al. The New Production of Knowledge: The Dynamics of Science and Research in Contemporary Societies. London: Sage, 1994. 
II. Periodicals 
Author’s name, “article title,” journal title, volume number, issue number (Month/season Year), page numbers.
  • Joshua I. Weinstein, “The Market in Plato’s Republic,” Classical Philology, no. 104 (2009), p. 440.
The corresponding bibliographical entry:
  • Weinstein, Joshua I. “The Market in Plato’s Republic.” Classical Philology. no. 104 (2009), pp. 439-458.
III. Articles in a Newspaper or Popular Magazine
N.B. Cited only in footnotes, not in the references/bibliography. Example:
  • Ellen Barry, “Insisting on Assad’s Exit Will Cost More Lives, Russian Says,” The New York Times, 29/12/2012. 
IV. Electronic Resources
When quoting electronic resources on websites, please include all the following: Author's name (if available), "The article or report title," series name (if available), website's name, date of publication (if available), accessed on 9/8/2016, at: http://www...

The full link to the exact page should be included. Please use an URL Shortener (Bitly) or (Google Shortner). Example:
  • John Vidal, "Middle East faces water shortages for the next 25 years, study says," The Guardian, 27/8/2015, accessed on 31/10/2015, at: http://bit.ly/2k97Wxw 

Policy Analysis Unit-ACRPS, "President Trump: An Attempt to Understand the Background," Assessment Report, The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, accessed on 10/11/2016, at: http://bit.ly/2j36v5S