Author Guidelines

Manuscript Preparation

Language: Manuscripts are accepted only in English. British English spelling and punctuation are preferred.

Manuscript Types and Word Length:

Section Themes and perspectives (monographic section), papers of max. 10,000 words (including footnotes and references; not including abstract and keywords). 

Section Comments and debates, papers of max 5,000 words (including footnotes and references; not including abstract and keywords). 

In the section Reviews and reports, papers of max 2,000 (including footnotes and references; not including abstract and keywords). 

Abstract: All manuscripts, for any section, must be accompanied by an abstract, (no more than 150 words).

Keywords: No more than five keywords need to be provided.

Title Page: The title page has to be submitted in a separate file and has to include title, name of the author(s), affiliation(s), address(es) and e-mail for correspondence. In case of more than one author, the corresponding author needs to be indicated.

Title: Palatino Linotype; Font Size: 14, italics

Authors’ Names: Palatino Linotype; Font Size: 11 (Full name of authors: First name and Family name)

Affiliations:  Palatino Linotype; Font Size: 9 (Department, University, City, Country – telephone number – e-mail)

Abstract and Keywords: Palatino Linotype; Font Size: 9

Text: Palatino Linotype; Font Size:11. The text is single-spaced; use italics, rather than underlining

Headings of Sections should be concise. (First Level): Palatino Linotype; Font Size:11, italics; (Second Level): Palatino Linotype; Font Size: 11.

Illustrations, Figures, Images and Tables: are to be placed within the text, centred, at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

Each illustration, figure, image or table must have a sequence number and a title in italics, Palatino Linotype 11.

Source of tables and figures must be indicated below, in Palatino Linotype 9.

Example 1:

Fig. 1. Tavola Strozzi, La città di Napoli al tempo del trionfo navale di Ferrante d’Aragona (1464)- Courtesy of the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples;

Tab. 1 Byzantine coin finds in the West, 491 – 741.

Example 2:

Source: Rossi, 2010, p. 101.

Text in Tables: Palatino Linotype; Font Size: 9

Footnotes: Any additional notes to the main text must be included as footnotes. Palatino Linotype; Font Size: 9 

In the text, the number of the note shall precede the punctuation marks:

Example: Mediterranean Knowledge1. Mediterranean Knowledge2,

Do not use: Mediterranean Knowledge.1 Mediterranean Knowledge,2


References and quotations

The APA Style (download PDF “A Guide to APA referencing Style - 6th Edition”) must be used both in the text (Palatino Linotype 11) and in the references list (Palatino Linotype 9).  

Archival sources: in footnotes, with abbreviations after the first mention.


First mention: Telegram of the Prefect of Rome to the Ministry of Interior, 1 January 1900, in Archivio centrale dello Stato – Rome (from now ACS), Ministero dell’Interno, Direzione generale di pubblica sicurezza (from now MI, DGPS), f. 100, fs. 200.

Second mention: Report of the Prefect of Milan to the Ministry of Interior, 2 February 1901, in ACS, DGPS, f. 200, fs. 300.

Provide a list of consulted archives below the references list.

Do not use Italics for archival holdings.

Classical and Medieval texts: follow the APA Style rules, but, if it is relevant for the contents of your article, in the references list indicate, in a separate list, the consulted edition.


In text: (Gregori I papae Registrum Epistolarum, IX, 228); from the second mention use abbreviations: (Reg. Epist., III, 61)


Gregorii I papae Registrum epistolarum Libri I-VII. Ed. by P. Ewald & L. M. Hartmann. In Monumenta Germaniae Historica, Epistolae, Berlin, 1887-1899.

Quotations: To indicate short quotations (fewer than 40 words) in the text, enclose the quotation within double quotation marks: “quotation”. Do not use «quotation».

Punctuation marks such as periods, commas, and semicolons should appear after the parenthetical citation. Question marks and exclamation points should appear within the quotation marks if they are a part of the quotation but after the parenthetical citation if they are a part of the text.

When paraphrasing, the citation (author and page number) must still be included.  If the source is archival material, insert a footnote.


According to Nur Masalha (2007, p. 186), Maimonides was “the most illustrious example of the Arabo-Islamic-Judaic symbiosis of the late Middle Ages”;

Speaking of Maiomonides, Masalha (2007, p. 186), affirms: “He became the most illustrious example of the Arabo-Islamic-Judaic symbiosis of the late Middle Ages”.

Do not use italics in combination with quotation marks.

If the quotation comprises 40 or more words, display it in a freestanding block of text, in Palatino Linotype, size 9, and omit the quotation marks. Do not indent this block, but leave one empty line above and below. The parenthetical citation must follow the block; if the source is archival material, insert a footnote.


In letter written to the Secretary of State Edmund Randolph, he clearly states:

Mr. Logie himself acknowledged to me, that rather he or anyone else was ever authorised on the part of Portugal to promise one single farthing of money for a peace with Algiers. And I only ask you, in the name of common sense, whether Mr. Logie, or anyone else, could seriously expect or design to make that peace, without giving any money? (Ribeiro, 1997, p. 730).

Quotation must be in the original language if it is one of the most common language of scientific communication and it is written with Latin alphabet: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese. For any other language, English translation is needed.

Page number(s): When a work is mentioned in the text, report page number(s) every time is possible. In case of quotations, page number(s) is mandatory: (Rossi, 2010, pp. 30-31).

Always use the maximum number of figures for ranged numbers, e.g. 22 – 24, 105 –106, 112–123; Avoid abbreviations such as 22-4, 105-6, 112-23, etc.

In the reference list, page numbers of articles and chapters must be indicated. Please report the page numbers of the whole article/chapter, not only the part quoted or mentioned in the text.

Please notice that the references list is not a bibliography and must include only books and articles mentioned and/or quoted in the text. At the same time, it is important that all mentioned books and articles are present in the references list. Therefore, before submitting you paper check if the references list match the mentioned works.

Further guidelines

 Dates: use only the format  DD Month YYYY, with the month in words: 10 August 2001; 6 January 2016.

 Numbers: In general, spell out numbers under 100; use numerals for measurements (e.g. 6 km) and ages (e.g. 9 years old). Insert a point (not a comma) for thousands (e.g. 1.000 and 20.550).

Contractions: do not use contractions, such as it’s, don’t, there’s, etc.; use only: it is, do not, there is, etc.

Manuscripts that do not respect the guidelines will not be accepted.


Each manuscript submitted to JMK will be subject to double-blind peer reviewing. Authors need to make sure that the manuscript does not include any information that can give away their identity. The key items that need to be observed are the following:

  • Names and affiliations under the title within the manuscript need to be removed
  • The third person should be used when referring to work the authors have previously undertaken, e.g. phrases like “as we have explained elsewhere” with “… has been explained elsewhere [Anonymous, 2014] .
  • Figures should not contain any affiliation or name of author
  • Papers published by the author in the text should be cited:  ‘[Anonymous, 2014]’.
  • In the reference list omit all publications by the authors substituting the reference with:  ‘[Anonymous 2014] Details omitted for double-blind reviewing.’
  • References to funding sources should be omitted
  • Acknowledgments should not be included
  • Names and properties of documents should be checked to ensure anonymity.


The editorial board will communicate the decisions to the authors within 60 days from submission and will provide the review reports sent by referees.