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Editorial Policy

Scottish Journal of Theology is an international journal of systematic, historical and biblical theology. Since its foundation in 1948, it has become established as one of the world's leading theological journals. As well as publishing original research articles, many issues contain an article review consisting of an extensive review of a recent book, with a reply from the author. Scottish Journal of Theology provides an ecumenical forum for debate, and engages in extensive reviewing of theological and biblical literature.

Submissions

Articles for Scottish Journal of Theology must be submitted online via an online submission system, ScholarOne, here: mc.manuscriptcentral.com/scottishjt

Books for review should be sent to:

Professor Ian McFarland
Divinity Faculty
University of Cambridge
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9BS
UK

Books not selected for review will not be returned.

NB: Scottish Journal of Theology does not accept unsolicited book reviews.

Download the Scottish Journal of Theology instructions for contributors here: Download Instruction for Contributors in PDF. (40.031 KB)

To view the PDF file linked above, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The average length of articles is 5-6000 words. Those in excess of 8000 words cannot be considered. This word limit includes footnotes. Shorter articles are easier to schedule and will be published more quickly.

If you request colour 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.

Submission of an article is taken to imply that it has not previously been published in English, and is not being considered for publication by another journal or as part of a book.

Authors of articles published in the journal assign copyright to Cambridge University Press (with certain rights reserved) and, on acceptance of a paper for publication, should submit a copyright assignment form to enable the editing and publication process to get under way. Please visit Open Access Publishing at Cambridge Core for information on our open access policies, compliance with major finding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.

Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not hold copyright and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.

English Language Editing Services 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. We list a number of third-party services specialising in language editing and / or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate. Please see the Language Services page for more information. 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.

Text preparation

Contributors are asked to supply an abstract of their article or short study, not exceeding 100 words in length, and a list of up to six keywords (to facilitate online searches).

Fonts: Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac words, which should only be used sparingly, need not be transliterated. Unicode fonts should be used, and Hebrew and Aramaic words should be left unpointed.

Quotations of five or more typewritten lines in any language will be printed as a separate paragraph and without opening and closing quotation marks. Such quotations should be double spaced in the typescript. For shorter quotations within the main body of the text, single quotation marks should be used, and double quotation marks for quotation within a quotation. Punctuation should follow the closing quotation marks except where whole sentences are quoted.

Within verbatim quotations all spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and abbreviations of the original publication should be reproduced exactly, even if they differ from the style of this journal. Should the quotation contain an error, this should be indicated by [sic]. Authors should indicate clearly where italics have been added to quoted material.

Biblical references should follow the format, Gen 2.4-8; Matt 13.16, 18, 21; 1 Cor 4.11-5.3. Authors should use the following abbreviations of the biblical books:

Gen

1-2 Chron

Jer

Zech

Matt

1-2 Thess

Exod

Ezra

Lam

Mal

Mark

1-2 Tim

Lev

Neh

Ezek

1-2 Esdras

Luke

Titus

Num

Esther

Dan

Tob

John

Phlm

Deut

Job

Hos

Jdt

Acts

Heb

Josh

Ps(s)

Joel

Wis

Rom

Jas

Judg

Prov

Amos

Ecclus

Gal

1-2 Pet

Ruth

Eccles

Obad

1-2 Cor

Eph

1-3 John

1-2 Sam

Cant

Zeph

Bar

Phil

Jude

1-2 Kings

Isa

Hag

1-2 Macc

Col

Rev


Other formatting features: Articles should be formatted with footnotes (not endnotes), and the footnotes should be fully justified. Long expository footnotes should be avoided. There should be no elision of page numbers which are always given in full, but without p. or pp. (e.g. 284-289).

Section headings and openings should be aligned with the left-hand margin. Sections should be indicated by titles only, without numbers.

Capitalisation should be kept to a minimum, and in particular should not be used in pronouns referring to God.

Foreign words and phrases should be italicised.

Proofs

First proofs of articles (but not of reviews) will be sent to authors by email as PDF files for correction, and must be returned within three days of receipt. Corrections should be confined to typographical errors. Other corrections may be made only with the concurrence of the editor. The publisher reserves the right to charge authors for correction of non-typographical errors.

Offprints

Offprints will not be supplied but may be ordered from the publisher at proof stage. Authors will receive a PDF file of their contribution upon publication.


Last revised 20th December 2016