We are currently preparing the first issue of Lamma, to be published this winter (beginning of 2018).

General guidelines for submission

Lamma accepts submissions with general relevance to early modern to contemporary Libya (where “Libya” is broadly conceived), especially in fields which have received less attention from scholars. In addition submissions in the traditional sense, we are also in contributions that engage the multimedia and interactive potential of web-based publications.

Lamma does not accept work that has been previously published or is simultaneously under review elsewhere. Please get in touch with the editors if you would like to re-publish work that has appeared in Lamma.

Research articles should be not more than 10,000 words in length. Footnotes and references should follow the Chicago Manual of Style “Notes and Bibliography” style. References go in footnotes and all references are collected in the bibliography at the end of the article. Since Lamma has a double-blind peer-review process, please make sure that identifiable information such as authors’ names does not appear on manuscripts.

Books reviews should be about 1500 words in length. Please contact the editors if you would like to suggest a book for review.

Essays / Reflection Pieces

Lamma welcomes essays addressing specific issues or experiences of cultural and intellectual life in Libya and in the Libyan community. This type of writing allows Lamma to include a wider range of voices and experiences than might otherwise be possible in a traditional academic journal in a Western setting. Essays should be no more than 5,000 words in length. Images are welcome and should be submitted as separate files.


All articles published in Lamma are distributed under a Creative Commons license, which means that authors retain copyright over their works and are free to self-archive or deposit submitted, accepted, or published versions of them.

Lamma is an open-access journal published by punctum books. We operate according to the graduated open access scheme, which basically means that a PDF of each issue will be available completely for free six months after publication (and within the first six months for a small price). Print copies will also be available for sale at a low price via the punctum books website.

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