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Submission Guidelines

Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME)

In response to the extraordinary events of the past few months, the editorial board of the journal Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME) has published an editorial statement. Against the background of the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the waves of social protests against anti-Black racism, as well as the brutal neglect of migrants and laboring populations, it is clear that we can no longer ignore the specters of the past or mute the demands of the future. We are living through a grim moment of global convergences—from emerging contagious diseases, regimes of surveillance, and climate change catastrophes to insufferable forms of social oppression and inequality. As we step into our uncertain futures, some form of collective deliberation and stock-taking seems inevitable. 

We would therefore like to invite our readers to share their reflections with us now, too. We especially encourage creative responses, from photo essays, short stories, poetry, or other literary works in translation to more reflective, scholarly, or meditative essays. We would also especially like to hear from people living or traveling through the regions covered by the journal. These contributions may vary in format and length; shorter pieces are welcome. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2021.

To submit your work for consideration, please visit to create an account and submit a manuscript, choosing “COVID-19 Response” as the article type. Please send questions to

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CSSAAME aims to produce content that is not only thoughtful but also well written and accessible to a multidisciplinary audience. Therefore, clear, well-articulated, jargon-free prose will be highly valued when submissions are evaluated. Because we receive a large number of submissions each year, our response time is generally eight to ten months. CSSAAME has a blind submissions policy. Submit manuscripts as Microsoft Word files online at Send correspondence to

Submission Types and Length

As a general guideline, full-length articles are approximately 8,000 to 10,000 words. However, all manuscripts must be no longer than 11,000 words. Due to space restrictions, articles that exceed the word limit will be returned to the author with a request to edit the text and resubmit. Other types of submissions for which word count is not an adequate measure (for instance, photo essays) should be between ten and twenty-five pages.

We encourage the submission of work that incorporates other media, such as images, video, or sound. If you would like to submit such work for consideration, please contact the editorial office directly. For more information on submitting special section proposals, please consult the special section submission guidelines.


Please note that we do not use author-date style. Submissions are required to have both endnote citations and a bibliography. Provide a shortened citation in the endnotes rather than the full citation, which is included only in the bibliography. For reference, see the style guide below and section 14.19 of The Chicago Manual of Style, seventeenth edition. Authors are encouraged to limit the use of endnotes to acknowledgment of sources and parenthetical or tangential ideas. Self-citation is unnecessary.


In general, a word should be transliterated only if there is no acceptable English equivalent. If no such equivalent is available, authors should follow the ALA-LC romanization tables for the respective language ( when possible. Translated Arabic and Persian text includes no diacritical marks except for ayn and hamza.

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