Writers


Submitting a manuscript? Find out where to send it, or read our style sheets and formatting guidelines for your article, book review, or shorter notice.

Authors are the head and heart of our journal. They play the lead role in the ecclesial ministry that defines Theological Studies. The links on this page direct authors of articles, book reviews, and shorter notices to documents that support their role, aiding especially in the rhetorical consistency of the journal and thereby easing communication to our readers.

As of March, 2014, all article submission is performed though our publisher, SAGE Journals, who provide a thorough guide for the preparation of your article. When your manuscript is prepared (in letter-perfect copy), and written in accordance with our style and spelling guidelines, you are ready to submit it electronically via SAGE Track; a web-based online submission and peer-review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts.

As a consequence of this new process, article submissions to TS should no longer be made via mail or e-mail to the Editor in chief.

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For article writers

We ask that authors adhere to our style guide when they send us manuscripts. To that end we provide two distinct guides: a style/formatting guide and a spelling/abbreviations guide. To consult an on-line version of each guide follow the buttons below. Downloadable copies of the guides are available in PDF format in the Downloads section at the bottom of this page.

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For review writers

Writers of book reviews and shorter notices receive a hard copy of guidelines along with the book they have agreed to review. We have placed downloadable PDF versions of those guides in the Downloads section.


Downloads

The table below contains links to downloadable files that support writing for TS, both for our article-submitters and for those providing us reviews and shorter notices. These files are regularly revised, so check back every half-year or so to keep up-to-date on our style, formatting, and spelling standards.

The files are formatted in Adobe’s ‘portable document format,’ or PDF format, and can almost always be opened on your PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone, since the manufacturers usually pre-install the necessary software. Failing that, you can download the needed software at Adobe’s website.

Following the name link on the left-hand side of the following table will open or download the PDF file.

PDF file Description
Style-formatting guidelines The sometimes tedious slog toward publication can often be made smoother by paying close attention to our style-formatting guidelines. This is especially true regarding footnotes. A very helpful guide, in addition to our downloadable PDF, is a recent copy of our journal.
Spelling-style sheet Consistency is not always a virtue, but it usually is in style and spelling. To enhance readability, we therefore ask you to carefully observe our spelling and abbreviation guidelines. We follow the most recent editions of The Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
Book review guidelines The book review section of our journal is the most read of all the sections. To keep readers returning to this section, we strive for a style that is sensibly consistent and even, without forcing reviewers into a rigid mold. Most important is for reviewers to be respectful and gracious while being professionally critical and truthful. Adhering to our guidelines will help us maintain our standards.
Shorter notice guidelines What is said under the book review guidelines holds here as well. More specific to writers of notices is to realize that we do not regard notices as less important than reviews. Nor do we regard books “noticed” as less important than books given full reviews. Rather, notices are most often assigned to shorter books and to books that are too massive or complex even for a review but to which we want to draw readers’ attention. The latter motive also sometimes plays into “noticing” books in languages other than English.