Submission Information for the Medieval Globe

Guidelines for Authors

The Medieval Globe provides an interdisciplinary forum for scholars of all world areas by focusing on convergence, movement, and interdependence. Contributions to a global understanding of the medieval period need not encompass the globe in any territorial sense. Rather, TMG advances a new theory and praxis of medieval studies by bringing into view phenomena that have been rendered practically or conceptually invisible by anachronistic boundaries, categories, and expectations: these include polities, networks, affinity groups, artistic influences, identities, bodies of knowledge, faiths, and forms of association. TMG also broadens discussion of the ways that medieval processes inform the global present and shape visions of the future.

In addition to being geographically and conceptually capacious, TMG’s purview is temporally open-ended. Although many contributing authors will focus on the era from c. 200 to c. 1500 C.E., others are encouraged to probe manifestations of the medieval globe that may not fit into this time-frame. TMG is also committed to supporting innovative, collaborative work in a variety of genres: full-length articles, scholarly dialogues, multi-authored discussions of critical problems, editions or translations of source materials, and other creative formats. The common denominator among articles accepted for publication will be their authors’ willingness to explore points of contact and forms of mobility (potential or actual), trace trajectories and currents, address topics of broad scholarly interest, or model portable methodologies.

Please note that TMG will not publish individual book reviews, but it will consider — and occasionally commission — review essays.  If you would like to bring a recent publication to our attention, or if you are interested in reviewing recent work in a relevant field, do contact the editors. We also welcome suggestions for future themed issues.

Preparing Your Manuscript

• To submit an article and for instructions on preparing your manuscript, please click here. Given our commitment to publishing different genres of scholarship, there is no mandatory word limit; however, authors who intend to submit studies that are substantially longer or shorter than 8,000 words (excluding notes, tables, and charts) — or authors wish to attempt an unusually creative approach to a problem — are invited and encouraged to contact the executive editor in advance, to discuss the development of their ideas.

•  Please note that manuscripts being considered for publication by another journal or press are not acceptable.

•  When preparing your manuscript, please adhere to the guidelines set forth in the Chicago Manual of Style and TMG’s style sheet.

•  Authors who intend to include images in their work should be aware that permission to publish copyrighted material must be duly obtained from copyright holders prior to publication.

The Review Process

Authors will receive timely confirmation that their submissions have been received, and will be notified at various stages of the review process.

All manuscripts will be reviewed by the executive editor. Those that meet TMG‘s scholarly criteria will then be read and evaluated by members of the editorial board and by selected expert readers in the author’s field.

TMG has adopted a single-blind policy for members of the Editorial Board and a double-blind policy for outside readers.  (Some members of the Board may request that the identity of authors not be divulged during the evaluation process.)

Submissions are handled via the ScholarWorks platform. You will need to create a ScholarWorks account to submit your article.


Philosophy of The Medieval Globe

For more information, please see The Medieval Globe Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in The Medieval Globe, provided that he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: “publication” in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to The Medieval Globe, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at The Medieval Globe. If you have concerns about the submission terms for The Medieval Globe, please contact the editors.

Formatting Requirements

The Medieval Globe has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details.

Rights for Authors and ScholarWorks at WMU

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to the publisher, once the publisher accepts the article for publication, all publishing rights (copyright) in the article, notwithstanding the personal-use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of the publisher (Arc Humanities Press), requires credit to the publisher as copyright holder (e.g., © Arc Humanities Press 2017).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from the publisher provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author’s computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)’s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota’s Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

Authors seeking an exception should first consult the terms of the Permission to Publish Form that they signed with the publisher. If further exceptions are sought, or if there are questions about use, they should contact the publisher.

General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the ScholarWorks at WMU website and/or software agree not to misuse the ScholarWorks at WMU service or software in any way.

The failure of ScholarWorks at WMU to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between ScholarWorks at WMU and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for The Medieval Globe

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to The Medieval Globe.


  • Essays accepted and submitted for publication should have minimal manual formatting throughout. It is especially important not to insert additional hard returns between bibliography entries. Essays – text and footnotes – should be formatted in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced.
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single Word file .
  • Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps).

Technical Terms

A technical term is defined as a word not found in Merriam–Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary or a multiword phrase, excluding titles and proper nouns.

All technical terms from languages other than English should be italicized. Those from languages in non-Roman alphabets must be italicized and fully transliterated with diacritical marks.

Words that are found in Merriam–Webster’s will be spelled as they appear there and not treated as technical terms. They should have no diacritics, nor should they be italicized.

Typesetting and Transliteration of Languages Other Than English

The Medieval Globe is committed to reproducing quotations from original languages in their own scripts.

When citing transliterated words, phrases, proper names, and titles from languages not rendered in Roman script, we will follow policies that accord with standard practices in relevant fields. In the case of languages using the Roman alphabet augmented with diacriticals or special characters (for example French, Polish, Anglo-Saxon), these markings will be maintained.

Arabic: following the policy of the International Journal of Middle East Studies, non-technical terms (see above) – for example, mufti, jihad, shaykh – should not be italicized or carry diacritics, with certain exceptions that preserve‘ayn and hamza: Qur’an, shari‘a, ‘ulama’. Diacritics should not be added to personal names, place names, the names of political parties, or titles of books and articles; however, ‘ayn and hamza should be preserved in all these cases, and should be clearly distinguished from one another.

Hebrew: TMG follows ISO 259 guidelines for Romanization.

Ge’ez: TMG follows the conventional system used by the Journal of Ethiopian Studies..

Japanese: TMG uses the Revised Hepburn system.

Citation Style

TMG uses a slightly modified Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) format for footnotes and bibliographies. Works cited in footnotes should give only the author, short title, and relevant page, verse, and/or chapter numbers. Full information will be provided in the bibliography.

Footnotes should appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced rather than at the end of the paper. Footnote numbers should follow, rather than precede, punctuation.


Bibliographies may be divided into sections if the editor and author agree that this is advantageous.

There should be no additional spacing (hard returns) between bibliography entries.

Bibliographical information must be full and complete, including information on editor(s) and translator(s), where relevant, date and place of publication, number of volumes (where applicable), unique url and date of access for online sources, and so forth.

The information to be given with each citation in the references is as follows:

Articles in traditional journals:

Required: Author’s (authors’) name(s), title of article, name of journal, year of publication (or “n.d.” if no date), volume number, page numbers.

Optional (but desirable): issue number and month/season of publication. For forthcoming (in press) articles, put expected year of publication and substitute “forthcoming” for the volume and page numbers.

Optional(but desirable): A hyperlink to the article.


Required: Author’s (authors’) name(s), title of book, year of publication (or “n.d.” if no date), publisher, publisher’s address, edition (if not first). For forthcoming (in press) books, put expected year of publication and add “forthcoming.”

Chapters in collections or anthologies:

Required: Name(s) of author(s) of chapter, name(s) of editor(s) of book, title of chapter, title of book, year of publication (or “n.d.” if no date), publisher, publisher’s address, and edition (if not first). For forthcoming (in press) books, put expected year of publication and add “forthcoming.”

Working papers:

Required: Author’s (authors’) name(s), title of working paper, year (or “n.d.” if no date), location (e.g., “Department of Economics Working Paper, University of California, Berkeley” or “Author’s web site:” If the working paper is part of series, then the series name and the number of the working paper within the series must also be given.

Other works:

Required: Author’s (authors’) name(s), title of work, year (or “n.d.” if no date), and information about how the reader could obtain a copy.

Author’s Biography

Each author should supply a brief (100-word) academic biography, including a contact e-mail address.

Abstract and Keywords

Authors should supply a 50-word abstract and up to ten keywords (to facilitate online searches and tagging).