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Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture is edited at the University of Minnesota. The editors of the journal are Euan Cameron (Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University), Dana Robert (Boston University), Jon Sensbach (University of Florida), and Andrea Sterk (University of Minnesota).

The editors invite submissions in all areas of the history of Christianity, including its non-Western expressions. They request that contributions be grounded in original research and defend a clear thesis. The journal’s editors are looking primarily for articles of broad significance or general interest to scholars in many fields of the history of Christianity. This does not mean that any particular essay must cover a broad range of space or time, but it does mean that the author should raise questions or address issues or concepts that are pertinent to the larger study of the history of Christianity. Thus we request that authors frame their essay in a manner such that scholars who are not experts in the essay’s subject matter will nevertheless find the piece helpful or thought-provoking.

The editors will only accept submissions between 6,000 and 12,000 words, including endnotes, with a strong preference for publishing pieces that fall between 8,000 and 10,000 words, including endnotes.

If the editors decide to publish your manuscript in Church History, they will ask you to sign a license to publish your work with the American Society of Church History. In return, the Society will grant you some nonexclusive rights to create derivative works from your article and to reprint it in works of which you are author or editor.

Church History cannot consider a manuscript if it (a) has been published elsewhere (in any language), (b) is currently under consideration by another journal, (c) has circulated in a public electronic forum such as a webpage or listserv, or (d) will be published as part of a book prior to publication in Church History. If any of these conditions applies to your article, the editors reserve the right to rescind their acceptance.

Black-and-white illustrations, maps, and tables are welcome. You may include photocopies of any illustrations when you first submit your article for consideration. If the editors accept your manuscript for publication, they will ask you to provide camera-ready materials when you send the revised version of your essay. You must provide the editors with copies of letters of permission from copyright holders or from the individual or institutional owners of uncopyrighted illustrations. Additional permissions may be required for the use of archival, interview, and privately held materials, as well as lengthy quotations from sources still in copyright. For further information on permissions, see the Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition, paragraphs 4.42-4.58.

Charges apply for all color figures that appear in the print version of the journal. At the time of submission, contributors should clearly state whether their figures should appear in color in the online version only, or whether they should appear in color online and in the print version. There is no charge for including color figures in the online version of the journal. If you request color figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.

To increase your manuscript's clarity, the editors recommend that you include subheads that divide your essay into sections. Each subhead should start with a Roman numeral and should include a short descriptive phrase. For example, "III. Brooks and the Broad Church".

One or more of the editors read each contribution. If they decide that an essay warrants further consideration, the editors, with the assistance of Associate Editor specialists, may ask one or more anonymous external reviewers to offer a written assessment of it. When the reviewers return their assessments, the editors confer about the essay and make a decision. This process generally takes about five months. The editors reserve the right to accept or reject any manuscript, even contrary to the recommendation of a reviewer or without any external review whatsoever.

If your manuscript is accepted for publication, the editorial staff will edit it to conform to Church History's house style, which generally follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition.

Church History's house style mandates complete publishing information for all works mentioned in endnotes. On first citation, please include city and state of publication, short form of publisher's name, and date-for example, Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1999. Include the full name of university presses-for example, Macon Ga.: Mercer University Press, 1999. You may eliminate the state names for New York, Chicago, Boston, and other large cities, but not for New Haven, Conn.; Cambridge, Mass.; Ithaca, N.Y., or Princeton, N.J. Also eliminate the state name if the publisher's name includes the state name-for example, Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1999.

Quotations in foreign languages should not appear in the text. If necessary, translate quotations into English and include the original in endnotes. If a published English translation is available but your research has employed the foreign-language version, quote the English in the text and cite both the English translation and the foreign- language original in endnotes.

After the editorial staff copyedits your manuscript, they will return it to you for review. This will be the final stage at which you may make changes. Later the editorial staff will send you one set of galley proofs, at which time you will have 48 hours to mark any typographical errors. If you do not respond by fax, e-mail, or telephone within 48 hours, the editors may not be able to incorporate your corrections into the printed version of your essay.

To submit your manuscript, the editors request the following items be sent by email attachment in Word, WordPerfect, or Rich Text Format to churchhistory@umn.edu

  • The manuscript. All submissions must be printed double-spaced in 11- or 12-point font; endnotes must be printed double- spaced on separate pages following the text. In order to protect your anonymity during the review process, your name should appear only on the title page of your essay.
  • A 200-word abstract. This is used during the review process and is required. Also, if Church History publishes your essay, the abstract may be included on the Church History web page.

Language Editing Services

Contributions written in English are welcomed from all countries. Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. Cambridge offers a service which authors can learn about here. Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge published journal.

Please address any questions to:

Senior Assistant to the Editors
Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture
Department of History
University of Minnesota
1110 Heller Hall
271 19th Ave S
Minneapolis MN 55455

Email: churchhistory@umn.edu

Publishing your article as Gold Open Access

You will have the option to publish your article as Gold Open Access, enabling the final published version to be made freely available under a Creative Commons license. You might be required to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) for Gold Open Access. You may be eligible for a waiver or discount, for example if your institution is part of a Read and Publish sales agreement with Cambridge University Press. For more information about your Open Access options, please see here. For more information about the benefits of choosing to publish Open Access, see here.