Author Guidelines


  • Instructions to Authors
  • Article Structure
  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Keywords
  • Main Document
  • Text Formatting
  • Tables, figures and electronic illustrations
  • References
  • After Acceptance
  • Author Inquiries


Instructions to Authors

Please read the author's guidelines carefully before submitting your work. The guidelines contain important information about the journal's scope, formatting, referencing requirements, and review process. Your manuscript should be written with the Author Guidelines. In this way, you will help ensure that the review and publication of your paper are as efficient and quick as possible. The editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not meet the journal's standards.

Please note: A manuscript may be rejected without being sent out for further review if the content is inconsistent with the distinct scholarly aim of the journal. 


Article Structure

The manuscript should be structured as follows: Title, Abstract and Keywords, Main Document, References, Tables, figures and electronic illustrations.



Please make sure your title contains the following information:

The Title should be concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations where possible.


 Author Information

  • The name of the author
  • The affiliation of the author, i.e. institution, (department), city, (state), country
  • An active email address of the author
  • The 16-digit ORCID of the author.

For authors that are (temporarily) unaffiliated we will only indicate their city, country of residence, and email address.

MEMAS supports ORCID criteria ( ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes between researchers, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized. 



The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author and year. Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential, they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

Abstracts and keywords in languages other than English must also be provided in English



Immediately after the abstract, provide 7-10 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, "and"). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.


Main Document

The uploaded document should be a complete manuscript. It must contain the essential elements: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Conclusions, and References.

The Main Document may have clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). 


Text Formatting

To make the manuscripts easier to prepare, we require only a few formatting restrictions:

1. Sizes

  • The manuscript should be submitted in Microsoft Office Word.
  • The paper should contain 4,000-10,000 words, including the abstract, footnotes and bibliography.
  • Use a common standard Unicode font (12 pt in the text, 10 pt in the footnotes).
  • All elements of the manuscripts should be typed single-spaced.
  • All pages should be numbered consecutively.
  • Punctuation marks should follow apostrophes and quotation marks and precede footnote numbers.
  • To indent text, use tab stops, not spaces.
  • To emphasize words, use italics only, no bold characters.

2. Transcriptions

3. Tables, Figures and Electronic Illustrations

  • Please provide each table, figure, or illustration in a separate electronic file. The file must be anonymous since submissions are vetted blind. The name on each data file or photo should include a figure and number (e.g. file name: fig_01.jpg).
  • Each figure must include a caption, numbered accordingly, which will be printed beneath the figure. Do not include the caption in the actual figure. If applicable, please also provide a credit line containing the name of the author of the visual material or the holder of the rights to the image, and the year of the photo.
  • Indicate in the text when referring to a figure in brackets ''(see Fig. 1)''.
  • Illustrations should be submitted in high-resolution 300 dpi. Accepted formats are jpg or tiff. For uploading images follow this guide:
  • The author must clear the copyright of all visual material and provide it to the editors. The editorial board may ask for proof of these copyrights. By submitting an article, the author releases the publisher from all future copyright disputes with third parties.

4. Notes and References

  • MEMAS uses the author-date citation style. References should be placed, within parentheses, at the appropriate locations within the text. Each citation should consist of the author’s last name, followed by the year in which the work appeared in print.
  • All notes and references should be double-spaced. 
  • Footnotes should be used sparingly and only to clarify points briefly. Do not use endnotes.
  • The section heading for the list of works cited should be References. References should not be numbered.
  • Authors should avoid revealing their identity in a text through obvious self-references to previous work or in notes, preserving anonymity in the blind review process.

5. Manuscript References

 Common Reference Formats

MEMAS generally follows the Chicago Manual of Style. Here is a sheet by Author-Date: Sample Citations

Author-Date: Sample Citations

1. Book

Reference List Entries (in Alphabetical Order) 

Muradyan, Gohar. 2022. Ancient Greek Myths in Medieval Armenian Literature. Leiden: Brill.

In-text Citations

(Muradyan 2022, 19–20)

2. Collective Work

Reference List Entries

Stone, Michael and Aram Topchyan. 2022. Jews in Ancient and Medieval Armenia: First Century BCE - Fourteenth Century CE. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

In-text Citations

(Stone and Topchyan 2022, 77)

3. Journal Article

Reference List Entries

Reese, Ephrem. 2022. ''Thomas Aquinas and Dionysian Ecclesiastical Hierarchy''.  Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 52 (2): 191–217.

In-text Citations

(Reese 2022, 192)

Journal articles often list many authors, especially in the sciences. If there are four or more authors, list up to ten in the reference list; in the text, list only the first, followed by et al. (“and others”). For more than ten authors (not shown here), list the first seven in the reference list, followed by et al.

For more examples, see 15.46–49 in The Chicago Manual of Style.

4. Chapter or Other Part of an Edited Book

Reference List Entries

Gillespie, Vincent. 2018. ''The Medieval Dream of Perfectibility''. In The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Literature, edited by David Meredith, 507–27. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

In-text Citations

(Gillespie 2018, 508)

5. Online Resources

Reference List Entries 

Classen, Albrecht (ed.). 2010. Handbook of Medieval Studies: Terms -Methods - Trends, Volume 1. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter.

In-text Citations

(Classen 2010)

For more examples, see 15.50–52 in The Chicago Manual of Style

6. Unpublished Primary Sources

Please list unpublished primary sources from archives as follows:

  • Archive name (abbreviation/acronym), place
  • Full name of the dossier. (Dossier Code). Shelfmark.

7. Transcriptions

Reference List Entries 

Mayr tsʻutsʻak hayerēn dzeṛagratsʻ  Mashtotsʻi anuan Matenadarani [General Catalogue of Armenian Manuscripts of the Mashtots‘ Matenadaran], vol. VII, edited by Gēorg Tēr-Vardanean. Yerevan: Nairi Publishing House, 2012. 

In-text Citations

(Mayr tsʻutsʻak 2012, 508)

Reference List Entries 

Hayeren dzeṛagreri hishatakaranner [Colophons of Armenian Manuscripts, 13th century], edited by Artashes Matʻevosyan. Yerevan: ASSR Academy of Science Publication, 1984.

In-text Citations

(Hayeren dzeṛagreri hishatakaranner 1984, 25)

Reference List Entries 

Kirakos Gandzaketsʻi. Patmutʻiwn Hayots‘ [History of Armenia], edited by Karo Melikʻ- Ohanjanyan. Yerevan: ASSR Academy of Science Publication, 1961.

In-text Citations

(Gandzaketsʻi 1961, 25)

Reference List Entries 

Ananun Edesatsʻi. Zhamanakagrut'yun [Chronicle]. (Ōtar aghbyurnerě Hayastani ev hayeri masin, Asorakan aghbyurner II [Foreign Sources on Armenia and Armenians Series: Syriac Sources II]), vol. 12, translated and edited by Levon Ter-Petrosyan. Yerevan: ASSR Academy of Science Publication, 1982.

In-text Citations

(Edesatsʻi 1982, 25)

Reference List Entries 

Ter-Ghevondian, Vahan. 2019. ‘’The Rubenids in Arabic Historiography’’. In Cilician Armenia in the perceptions of adjacent political entities (historical-philological essays), edited by Azat Bozoyan. Translated by Anahit Martirosyan. Yerevan: Gitutyun Publishing House. Originally published as Kilikyan Hayastaně sahmanakitsʻ petakan miavorneri ěnkalumnerum (Yerevan: NAS RA Publishing House, 2016, 113–151).

In-text Citations

(Ter-Ghevondian 2019, 116)

Reference List Entries 

Kirakosyan, Hasmik. 2020. ''Gandzakyan hayataṛ parskeren dzeṛagrer avetaraně vichabanakan tʻargmanutʻyunneri hamatekʻstum'' [The Armeno-Persian Handwritten Gospel from Gandzak in the Context of Interreligious Polemic Translations]. Banber Matenadarani 29: 281-298.

In-text Citations

(Kirakosyan 2020, 290)

Reference List Entries 

Ohanjanyan, Anna. 2019. ''Meknutʿyan ev hakachaṛutʿyan mijev. Tonapatchaṛ zhoghovatsui hakachaṛabanakan gortsaṛuytʿě'' [Between Commentary and Polemics: The Polemical Function of the Collection Tonapatchaṛ]. InLevon Khachikian Centenary: Proceedings of the International Armenological Conference, Dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Academician Levon Khachikian’s Birth (28–30 June, 2018): 417–429. Yerevan: Matenadaran Press.

In-text Citations

(Ohanjanyan 2019, 420)

Reference List Entries 

Srboyn Nersēsi Lambronatsʿwoy Tarsoni episkoposi khorhrdatsutʿiwnkʿ i kargs ekeghetsʿwoy ev meknutʿiwn khorhrdoy pataragin [Mystagogy on the Rites of the Church and Commentary on the Sacrament of the Divine Liturgy by Saint Nerses of Lambron, Bishop of Tarsus]. Venice: St. Ghazar Press, 1847.

In-text Citations

(Saint Nerses of Lambron 1847, 58)