Editorial Guidelines

TOME accepts submissions of unsolicited articles of between 800 and 1,200 words on specialized topics pertaining to the Middle East. Please see our full guidelines below, and send your submission on Contact Page. Please note that we unfortunately cannot make payments for unsolicited articles.

TOME reserves the right to make editorial and stylistic changes to all articles we choose to publish.

The Times of Middle East is a not-for-profit policy research institute that provides research, information, and analyses of primarily the Palestine-Israel conflict. It also provides briefings on other Middle East issues. Its outputs are made available for use by journalists, academics and politicians with an interest in the Middle East and North Africa region. Times of Middle East aims to influence policy and the public agenda from the perspective of social justice, human rights, and international law. This is essential to obtain equality, security and social justice across the region.Times of Middle East wants to see the Middle East framed by principles of equality and justice. It also advocates a nuclear-free Middle East. By ensuring that policy-makers are better informed, Times of Middle East seeks to have a greater impact on international players taking key decisions affecting the Middle East. TOME wants fair and accurate media coverage of Middle Eastern countries.


To all contributors, please note the following:

● After you have completed your article, please RE-READ IT AT LEAST TWO OR THREE TIMES before filing it. This is so that you can correct obvious spelling and grammatical errors and ensure every sentence is complete and that your meaning is clear. We advise you double-check at the end (some mistakes and typos may not be picked up by spellcheck).

● We also recommend that you CHECK THE MEMO WEBSITE to study the corrections we have made to your submissions and incorporate them into future pieces.

● Please READ THE STYLE GUIDELINES BELOW CAREFULLY AND TRY TO FOLLOW THEM to ensure that we make the most effective use of everybody’s time.

● We reserve the right to make editorial and stylistic changes to all articles we choose to publish.


● The word limit on articles is 1,200 words. Please try not to exceed this as online articles tend not to be read beyond about the 1,000 word mark and it would be a shame for all your hard work to go to waste.

● Articles should be written in Calibri font size 11pt, aligned left and 1.15 spaced. There should be a space between each paragraph and NO DOUBLE SPACES AFTER FULL STOPS.

● Please supply a short author biography at the end. ○ e.g. Prof Emma Murphy is the Head of School in the School of Government and International Affairs, University of Durham.


● Language should be UK English, US.

● Official job titles or positions, such as president, secretary of state, etc., should be lower case and make use of commas unless followed immediately by the incumbent’s name and used as a proper noun. ○ e.g. Prime Minister David Cameron went to Buckingham Palace today… The UK prime minister, David Cameron, went to Buckingham Palace today…

● Use Al- to transliterate “ال “with a capital “A” plus “l” followed by a hyphen “-“ for all Arabic names and places that require it, including any use of the idafa. “The” does not need to be inserted before Al-Aqsa Mosque. This also includes Arabic words in which the ل of is ال not pronounced, so الشامي is transliterated as “Al-Shami” (not “As-Shami”).

● Numbers from one to ten should be spelled out UNLESS referring to time and date or preceded by a currency symbol. Numbers 11 and above should be numerical, so it is 100 and 1,000… and 10,000 and 100,000 (NOT 100 thousand) until you reach one million, two million… ten million, 11 million, 12 million…

● Please use the metric system for all units of distance (centimetres, metres and kilometres) and weight (grams, kilograms, etc.). N.B. It is “tonne”, not “ton”.