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Middle East Policy and Society (MEPS)

Student Academic Journal 2009-2010

MEPS is a student-led academic journal published at the American University of Beirut (AUB) through the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI).

In the academic year 2008-2009, the 1st volume of the student journal was published on the IFI Website, and it included the work of AUB students- both undergraduate and graduate. The publication was followed by a conference which was held in May, giving the published students an opportunity to discuss their work and receive feedback on it.

Benefits for the Students:
- The opportunity to work closer with their professors to produce a piece of work.
- Great asset to any application, especially one for graduate school and further studies.
- Inexpensive and less stringent than other journals tailored for professional academics.
- Chance to partake in a student research conference where constructive feedback would be provided.

The theme of this year's journal is Youth*. Any work that is related to youth or has any relevance to a field that might have implications concerning youth is of interest. Nonetheless, other papers that pertain directly to public policy issues or international affairs will be considered for publication. Papers with potential policy implications are welcome. Therefore, any non-fiction academic papers, even those pertaining to culture, health and society can also be considered. The papers can be relevant original works or papers written for a class assignment and should be in English.

We are now open for submissions for the 2nd volume of the journal, and we encourage you to submit your work online by emailing them to In case you have any inquiries regarding submission, email with “Student Journal Inquiry” as the subject line. Submissions are open for both AUB and non-AUB students.

The deadline for submissions is April 14, 2010.

Your paper should be preceded by a cover letter that includes the following: Title of work, Name of Author, Author’s Valid Email, Telephone Number, Field of Study being Discussed (i.e. Economics, Politics, Public Policy, Environmental Studies, etc.), Date of Submission, and a Brief Personal Description (2-3 sentences).

Also included as part of the cover letter is a one paragraph abstract (no more than 150 words), discussing the main purpose behind the paper, what it aims to achieve, and an emphasis on keywords concerning the study.

The journal will be composed of (1) research and argumentative papers and (2) book reports.

Research and Argumentative Papers should be no more than 3,500-5,000 words (10-15 pages).

Book Reports should not exceed 3,000-3,500 words and are limited to 3 figures and 20 references.

- Word count limit is exclusive of references and figure captions.
- All papers should be double-spaced and written in Times New Roman, size-12 font. 

Citations must be provided as footnotes. For formatting and uniformity purposes, we do not accept either endnotes or parenthetical citations with a list of works cited. For detailed guidance, consult the MEPS Style Guide.

Papers published last year: Middle East Policy and Society, Volume 1, 2009

* The United Nation’s definition of youth concerns those between the age of 15 and 24 years old (for statistical purposes). Children are then those under the age of 14. Within the youth category, a distinction is made between teenagers (13-19) and young adults (20-24), and this is done due to the fact that the sociological, psychological, and health issues that members of the two categories face differ. For the purposes of this edition, we shall define youth as anyone between the ages of 14-29, due to sensitivity towards the region.
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