Lamma: A Journal of Libyan Studies is published open-access online and in print under a Creative Commons license by punctum books. The editorial collective consists of Adam Benkato, Leila Tayeb, and Amina Zarrugh.  Lamma accepts submissions in accordance with the guidelines stated in our Call for Papers. Submitted work cannot have been previously published nor under review at another journal. Submissions are to be made electronically via lammajournal at gmail dot com.

Manuscripts should be typed in 12-point font, 1.5-spaced, and at a maximum of about 8,000 words.

General Guidelines for Authors:

Lamma considers research articles as well as essays, commentaries, interviews, and literary and creative pieces for publication.

Research articles should be previously unpublished manuscripts that provide a new and critical contribution to some aspect of Libyan studies. Articles may be up to 8,000 words in length.

Essays, commentaries, interviews, and literary and creative pieces should contribute in some way to a critical discussion of current issues, especially social and cultural issues, in and related to Libya. These types of pieces should be 1,000 to 3,000 words in length.

In all cases, submitted pieces should not be previously published or simultaneously under consideration at another publication venue.

Accepted languages:

We accept submissions in English and Arabic.

If you would like to submit in another language, especially another language of Libya such as Tamazight or Tebu, please contact us in advance so that we can arrange for it to be proofread and ideally translated and published in two languages (i.e. Tebu/Arabic or Tamazight/English, etc.).


Please submit your manuscript by e-mailing it to as a DOC file. If your piece makes use of unusual formatting or fonts, please send a PDF file as well.

Each research manuscript submission should include the following:

1. Cover page including title, author’s name, affiliation, and contact information, abstract of up to 200 words, and up to 6 keywords.

2. The actual research article, in DOC format, anonymized, including all references.

3. Any images, if necessary, as separate high resolution files.

Other types of submissions should include a title (if necessary), author’s name and contact information (and affiliation, if available), and the submission in DOC format.

Format, Style, and References:

Manuscripts should be typed in 12-point font at 1.5 line spacing.

Style is left to the convenience of the author, provided a single style is adopted and followed consistently. References should be in the form of footnotes (not endnotes), with a full bibliography at the end of the article.

Calls for Papers