Journal of Middle East Media

The Journal of Middle East Media (JMEM) is the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated exclusively to research on media in the Middle East. The annual journal, which includes both Arabic and English articles, serves as a pioneering forum for studies, critical debates and multiple perspectives about the continuously changing Middle East media. JMEM’s main objective is to enhance and contribute to an inclusive understanding of the issues surrounding the media environment in the Middle East. JMEM welcomes primarily academic submissions, but occasionally draws on related work from the professional community.

The latest edition of JMEM is online, and can be accessed by visiting the website.

JMEM editorial board recognizes the significance of research in several crucial media issues, including:

  • the role of new media in the dissemination of news, information and entertainment
  • transnational satellite channels and their political, economic, social and cultural impact
  • theories and techniques of communication policy formation and communication planning
  • implications of international Arab broadcasting
  • interconnections among communication and social processes at the global, regional and local levels women in media
  • nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the media

Submission Guidelines

The submission deadline for JMEM is July 1st. Submissions can be sent in as either a hard copy or in an electronic format. To send a hard copy please make three (3) identical copies of the manuscript. each fully numbered, labeled wth a short title at the top of each page, and typed with double spacing throughout, on one side only of white A4 or US Standard sized paper. Be sure to also include a title page with the author(s) names, affiliations, address, phone numbers, e-mails and a 500 word abstract. You must also submit a disk version in MS Word. Note: the author(s) names should only appear on the cover page. To send electronic submissions please send an attachment in MS Word of the manuscript as specified above.

Hard Copy Submissions

Dr. Mohammed el-Nawawy,
Senior Editor, JMEM
Department of Communication
One Park Place South 10th floor
Georgia State University
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Electronic Submissions

Dr. Mohammed el-Nawawy,
Senior Editor, JMEM
Department of Communication
Georgia State University
E-mail: [email protected]

Cover letter

Please attach to every submission a letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.

Format of Manuscript

  • English manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the American Psychological Association (APA) styleguide.
  • For the purposes of blind refereeing, be sure to also include a title page with the author(s) full names, affiliations, address, phone numbers, e-mail, fax details on a separate title page..
  • An abstract 100-150 words stating the main research problem, major findings and conclusions.
  • Send up to 10 keywords for referencing your work.
  • Main text and word count: The length of the article should be between 5000-7500 words, including notes and references. Text should be clearly organized with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings and quotations exceeding 40 words should be indented in the text.
  • References should be cited in the text as: (author, date, page).
  • An alphabetical references section should follow the text (and end notes if any). Examples of the preferred formatting for the main types of references are found below. For further illustrations, consult the APA styleguide. Below you will find two examples:

McPhail, T. (2002). Global communication: theories, stakeholders and trends. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Varsteen, H. (1996). Media and the transformation of the public sphere. European Journal of Communication, 11 (3), 347-370.

Tables and Figures

Should have short, descriptive titles. All footnotes to tables and their source(s) should be placed under the tables. Column headings should clearly define the data presented.


Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. Permission letters must be sent to the journal editor.


All submissions will be reviewed by JMEM Editor for suitability for the Journal, before being sent to three anonymous reviewers. Referees may accept, or reject papers or suggest changes to papers which the author(s) will be required to address before publication. Please allow three months for the reviewing process to be completed. JMEM will forward anonymous referees’ comments and recommendations as soon as referees’ reports are received.

Accepted Articles

Authors whose articles are accepted for publication in JMEM are entitled, free of charge, to two copies of the issue in which their article appears.