A journal of academic theology

December 2017 Editorial

Over the course of many conversations with younger theologians, it has become clear to me that publishing in a major theological journal can be a daunting undertaking. Some institutions, like Theological Studies, can intimidate even if they do not wish to. Many of us know the fear of putting our work out there for blind reviewers to evaluate, and the sometimes humbling experience of reading their comments. There is also the fear that the reviewers could never understand one’s particular social location in the theological world, and that one’s work seems therefore bound to be dismissed as a result. And there is the fear of the editorial review process itself—of its many unknowns. It can seem at times that it would be better not to send anything out for publication, or to publish in “safer” venues where the chances are quite good that one’s work will see print.

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