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Author Guidelines

It is essential that submitted articles conform to the following guidelines. We may return your article for revision when it is not supplied in house style.

All articles are to be submitted online. In order to guarantee a blind review process, the instructions for ensuring a blind review (blind review) are to be followed.
The submission file is in the format of Microsoft Word (preferable), RTF or Word Perfect.

Submissions should be between 5000 and 8000 words in length (including footnotes).

Submissions should include an abstract of between 100 and 150 words.

Key words
A list of 2 up to 6 key words should be included.

Author details
Please include a short description including the author’s name, academic position and affiliation, research interests and email address.

The text should be in a 12 point font. In order to put emphasis, italics should be employed rather than underlining.
Titles and headings should be in bold type, with all words being capitalized except for articles, conjunctions and prepositions.

The text is single-spaced. Pages should be numbered sequentially.
The first line of a paragraph should be indented from the left (using a tab, not spaces) without a blank line above, except when following a (sub-)heading.
Always single spacing between words.

Apart from the title, not more than two levels of headings should be used.
(Sub-)headings should be on a new line, with a blank line above and below.
Headings should be in bold type (first level) or in bold and italic type (second level).

Figures, illustrations and tables
Illustrations, figures and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Any copyright issue must be taken care of by the author.

We prefer British English  with -ize where allowed (e.g. organization, to realize but analyse). If you are unsure, please check the Oxford Dictionary ( and follow the preferred spelling.

  • Abbreviations are only allowed in footnotes (for example – e.g.; and so on – etc.).
  • Write centuries with ordinal numbers without superscript: 19th century.
  • Only institutional references get capitals: Faculty of Religious Studies, but general references to academic disciplines are in lower-case. ‘He was a scholar in religious studies.’

Authors are responsible for language editing. We strongly recommend non-native speakers to send their text to a language editor before submitting it to the journal. If the referees or journal editors feel that a submission needs additional language editing, the contribution will be referred back to the author. This also applies to the formatting of references, which should follow the guidelines below.

Quotes of less than 50 words should be enclosed in single citation marks and run-on in the text. Quotations of more than 50 words should be intended from the left, with a blank line above and below, using a 11 point font.
In the quotation, square brackets should be used to indicate letters or words not present in the original, while ellipsis indicate that words have been omitted from the original.
Quotations should be referenced using footnotes, with the footnote number in superscript after the closing punctuation.

Footnotes should be used for references, with discursive footnotes kept to a minimum. Footnotes should be placed as much as possible at the end of a sentence, and references combined within footnotes.
The first reference to a title must contain full details, with subsequent references giving the author, short title and page number(s). The use of Ibid. is allowed.

Footnote reference details should conform to the following style and examples:


Initials and Family Name, Book title, Place: Publisher year, page number(s).

M.D. Kamitsuka, Feminist Theology and the Challenge of Difference, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2007, 105.

Chapter in an Edited Volume:

Initials and Family Name, ‘Chapter Title’ in Initials and Family Name Editor (ed.), Collection Title, Place: Publisher Year, full page numbers: exact page number(s).

M. Joy, ‘Postcolonial and Gendered Reflections: Challenges for Religious Studies’ in U. King and T. Beattie (eds.), Gender, Religion and Diversity: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, London: Continuum International Publishing 2005, 28-39: 35.

Journal Article:

Initials and Family Name, ‘Title of Article’ in Journal Title volume:issue (year), full page numbers: exact page number(s).

B. Krondorfer, ‘Textual Male Intimacy and the Religious Imagination: Men Giving Testimony to Themselves’ in Literature and Theology 22:3 (2008), 265-279: 271.

PhD thesis:

Initials and Family Name, ‘Title’, PhD thesis, University, Year.

Annika den Dikken, ‘Body Enhancement: Body Images, Vulnerability and Moral Responsibility’, PhD thesis, Utrecht University, 2011.


Author of site (person or organization), name of the site (if applicable), sponsoring organization (if applicable), accessed date-in-full, URL (as complete as possible).

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Education: video & audio gallery, accessed 27 September 2011,

Articles in e-journals and online newspapers obey the rules for articles in print, followed by the specific Internet information.

C. Muth, ‘Bishops Say Health Reform Should Include All Immigrants, Legal or Not’ in Catholic News Service, 22 September 2009, accessed 28 November 2010,

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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