24 November 2013

Get Involved

There are many ways to become involved with SISMEC, and we welcome all levels of engagement. For further information on any of these opportunities, contact us at sismec1@gmail.com.

Follow us!

  • Send us a message to join our listserv and receive our bulletins/announcements via email. We also encourage readers to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and Pinterest to communicate with us or just keep current with the latest news and developments–including information on how to attend and participate in our regular community events.

Attend our organizational meetings

  • At SISMEC’s meetings, we plan out our events, activities, and publications. Have an idea? Want to be involved? Join us! Meetings are open to any interested faculty or students. We have recently published a Doodle Poll to help select our Fall 2016 meeting times–if interested in attending, weigh in!

SISMEC’s Student Research Group (SRG)

  • If you want to learn more about or discuss contemporary developments in the Middle East and North Africa, SISMEC SRG is the place to be. The group convenes weekly (time & place TBD) to informally and respectfully discuss socio-cultural, geopolitical and kinetic conflicts in the MENA region. All educational-levels and perspectives welcome!

Write for SISMEC

  • SISMEC is pleased to welcome outside contributions to enhance the dialogue on the critical issues of this dynamic region. We are seeking contributors with diverse backgrounds and interests, analyzing Middle East conflict through a broad spectrum of interpretive frameworks. We hope to amplify voices that need to be heard, to generate ideas that have not been explored, and to create a new type of conversation between policymakers, academics, journalists, and the communities they serve—pairing first-hand knowledge and experience with rigorous critical analysis and engagement. To join the conversation, send articles to sismec1@gmail.com



But first, a few guidelines:

  • SISMEC’s mission is to explore conflict in the broader Middle East, to include North Africa, Turkey, Israel, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. We interpret “conflict” in a similarly broad manner, encompassing social movements, socio-cultural narratives, issues facing refugee and diaspora populations, food scarcity and security, climate change in the Middle East, cyber warfare, terrorism/extremism, economics, and geopolitics. We place a particular emphasis on policy—it should be clear to the readers why the topic matters and how your analysis makes a novel and useful contribution.
  • SISMEC’s goal is to break out of the pop-media talking points, disrupting polarizing, reductive, or outmoded narratives. We will not publish work that uncritically reinforces stereotypes or partisan positions. We will not lend credence to unsubstantiated portrayals of actors as terrorists, tyrants, imperialists, etc. Please avoid ad hominem arguments and vitriolic and/or condescending tone. Avoid being reactionary—articles should feel timely at publication, but should remain relevant and predictive long thereafter.
  • Ensure that articles are accessible for an educated but non-specialized audience. Minimize the use of transliterated terms and technical jargon—if these must be used, include a brief definition within the article to ensure readers can follow along.
  • Articles should have a specific point which they are trying to make, which every single paragraph unambiguously serves to clarify, advance, or defend. The recommended length for an “In-Depth” article is 800-1,500 words. Longer pieces will occasionally be considered, provided the quality and significance of the work justifies its length.
  • Please be sure that the articles have been well-edited for spelling and grammar mistakes prior to submission. Arguments should be made with clarity and concision, and expressed in a compelling fashion. For those unaccustomed to editorial writing, we strongly advice contributors rely upon AP guidelines (some pointers are available here and here).
  • Please ensure that all statistics, quotes, facts, and controversial claims are sourced/substantiated with hyperlinked references. These links should direct readers to an English-language website, or a website translated into English, so that any reader can easily verify or further explore the author’s claims. Ensure that all sources are reputable.
  • At the end of your work, please include a brief bio (2-3 lines). This can include information on how to follow you on social media, information on your background, qualifications, and interests, or can identify academic or other relevant affiliations. SISMEC also has a policy for publishing articles anonymously, as needed.

The Selection and Editorial Process

  • Among pieces which satisfy the aforementioned criteria, we will publish those which seem the most innovative, compelling, or significant in light of SISMEC’s mandate. We try to respond to all submissions; however, if you have not heard back from us within two weeks, it is safe to assume we will not be able to use your piece.
  • Those selected for further consideration will be reviewed and edited by SISMEC researchers, and then sent back to the authors with further comments and suggestions.  After making necessary revisions and updates, the authors will resubmit their article for a final review. This process is intended to ensure that all parties are satisfied with the final product, although SISMEC reserves the right to edit any articles, as needed, to ensure compliance with our standards and mission.
  • Published articles will be featured on the SISMEC website, and proliferated through our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as on our listserv. We encourage contributors to follow us on social media in order to facilitate sharing their work via social networks. Authors are also free to syndicate their work in other publications, provided they clearly identify the article as having been originally published by SISMEC, with a link to the original; authors should also send a link of the syndicated article to SISMEC editors for reference purposes. In general, we do not syndicate work previously published elsewhere.