Ethical and Legal Conditions
Submission of an article for publication in SJCCS implies the following:
- All authors are in agreement about the content of the manuscript and its submission to the journal.
- The contents of the manuscript have been tacitly or explicitly approved by the responsible authorities where the research was carried out.
- The manuscript has not been published previously, in part or in whole, in English or any other language, except as an abstract, part of a published lecture or academic thesis.
- Once a manuscript is acknowledged by SJCCS, it should not be submitted to any other journal while still under consideration for this journal.
- If accepted, the author agrees to transfer copyright to SJCCS and the manuscript will not be published elsewhere in any form, in English or any other language, without prior written consent of the SJCCS.
- If the submission includes figures, tables, or large sections of text that have been published previously, the author has obtained written permission from the original copyright owner(s) to reproduce these items in the current manuscript in both the online and print publications of the journal. All copyrighted material has been properly credited in the manuscript.
SJCCS accepts unsolicited manuscripts, and particularly encourages articles from scholars and practitioners. Manuscripts become property of SJCCS and may be edited as necessary. Unaccepted manuscripts will not be returned. Although articles from specialists and established scholars are encouraged however, all articles submitted will be evaluated based on their scholarly merit.
Manuscripts can be submitted in (British) English only, Spelling should be consistent throughout. English spelling follows the latest edition of Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary. Inclusive language should be used. Articles will be published in the language in which they are submitted. Manuscripts will be edited accordingly.
Articles should be approximately 6,000 – 8,000 words in length, typed double spaced. Book reviews are from 500 to 1,000 words, including the bibliographical information at the beginning of the review.
Capitalisation of words should be done sparingly. Do NOT capitalise “church,” “gospel,” “mission.” DO capitalise “Incarnation,” “Catholic Church,” “Lutheranism,” etc.
Foreign words –except proper names and places– in respective languages should be underlined or italicised (e.g. in English, Sitz in Leben; in all languages, Missio Dei).
Abstract and Keywords
The abstract should be one-paragraph (150 to 200 words) followed by up to eight keywords. These should both be in English Language (British).
A brief biographical statement with an institutional affiliation in telegram style is also required in English Language.
Headings should be used to break up the text.
- The First Level Heading is Flush Left and Looks Like This
- The Second Level Heading
Use footnotes, not endnotes. Lengthy notes are to be avoided.
Bible citations are placed in the text – e.g. (Gal 3:10)
Manuscripts submitted must follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., sections 14 and 15, and should be submitted according to these style guidelines. All references should be in endnotes, numbered throughout the manuscript with the auto-numbering feature of the word processor.
- A citation for a book appearing in the text as:
African Christianities made global (Gornick 2011:20).
Would be found in the reference list in the following form:
Micheal. Gornick, Word Made Global: Stories of African Christianity in New York City. Grand Rapids,MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans. 2011.
A citation for a journal article appearing in the text as either:Walls argues that “there has been a massive movement, which all indications suggest will continue, from the non-Western to the Western world” would be found in the reference list in the following form:A. F. Walls, Mission and Migration: The Diaspora Factor in Christian History,” Journal of African Christian Thought 5, no.( 2): 2002, 10.
- An electronic document would be cited in the text in the same way as a print document.
- Book in Translation:
Weber, Max, The Sociology of Religion. Trans. By Ephraim Fischoff. Boston: Beacon Press, 1963.
- Edited Book:
Schreiter, Robert J., ed. Faces of Jesus in Africa. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books,1991)
- Book Chapter
Burrows, William R, “A Seventh Paradigm? Catholics and Radical Inculturation.” In Willem Saayman and KlippesKritzinger, eds. Mission in Bold Humility.David Bosch’s Work Considered. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books: 1996), 121-138.
For matters not covered and for further information, see the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html: University of Chicago Press), or consult with the editor of SJCCS.
Double-Blind Peer Review
The Journal uses a double-blind peer review system, which means that manuscript author(s) do not know who the reviewers are, and that reviewers do not know the names of the author(s). When you submit your article to the editor (making use of this e-mail address) firstname.lastname@example.org, you are required to submit a separate title page includes the title of the manuscript plus the names and complete contact details of all authors. In sending out your article for peer review, it will be anonymised. We provide feedback on reviewed articles to authors within 3 months. The journal encourages the use of non exclusive language.
All book reviews are solicited. Book reviews are from 500 to 1000 words, with everything double-spaced, including the bibliographical information at the beginning of the review.
Begin with complete bibliographical information on the book: complete title (italicized or underlined), author or editor, translator, edition, series, place of publication, publisher, date, pages (Roman and Arabic), Price. E.g.: The New Catholicity: Theology between the Global and the Local. By Robert J. Schreiter, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1997.
Generally, the review should include five elements:
- Situation of the book within the current literature on the subject.
- Identification of the author or editor.
- A brief synopsis of the contents.
- Critique of the organisation, substance and style of the book.
- Identification of the intended audience (if this is not already clear).
At the end of the review, the reviewer should use two lines for identification:
The reviewer’s name
The institution with which the reviewer is associated, and/or the city and country from which the person writes. e.g. Deji Adegboin, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Announcements of Conferences and Calls for Papers and any book to be reviewed in the journal should be sent by the author(s) or publishers to the:
Spectrum Journal of Contemporary Christianity and Society.
Redeemed Christian Bible College, Km 46 Lagos Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State, Nigeria.