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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in LibreOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is 1.5-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, all author-identifying details have been removed in the case of material for peer review.

    A separate title page including author’s name, contact details and a brief biography, should be sent as supplementary material with the submission.

Author Guidelines

  • All material should be submitted in Microsoft Word (or OpenOffice, RTF or WordPerfect) with all author-identifying details removed in the case of material for peer review.
  • A separate title page including author’s name, contact details and a brief biography, should be sent as supplementary material with the submission.
  • Any graphs or images should be submitted as supplementary material with the submission and be in JPG or PNG format (state in paper 'insert graph 1 here' etc)
  • All articles should be in English, except for brief quotations or terms in other languages. Quotations should be translated into English.
  • Authors are responsible for copyright material included in their submitted articles, including paying for permission to use such material where necessary (e.g. tables, charts, diagrams, etc).
  • All articles should use Arial 12 font, with 10 point footnotes and 14 point headings, and should be submitted in 1.5 spacing.
  • Articles for peer-review should be 4000-7000 words in length. Forum submissions should not exceed 2000 words.
  • Referencing should follow the APA style
  • Bible references should be in brackets following a quotation and should follow this format: Gen.3:15; Rom.2:1.
  • Generally avoid f. And ff. Instead give the range of pages in a reference, e.g. 16-21.
  • Articles should contain a list of works cited at the end.
  • A short abstract (100-200 words) should accompany the article.
  • Spelling and punctuation should follow normal Australian conventions.
  • Short quotations should use double quotation marks; longer quotations should be indented without quotation marks.


Research Notes

The articles in this section are not peer-reviewed as are the other articles. They are, however, reviewed by the editor and it is expected that these articles will be written in an academic form and at a level of quality similar to other articles.

‘Research notes’, however, are shorter pieces, usually between 2,000 and 3,000 words in length, making them about half the length of a full article. They provide an opportunity for students, scholars and researchers to share information about projects that are underway or about information that has been released that will be of interest to others, before the projects or analysis has been completed. Hence, these Research Notes encourage feedback which can contribute to the on-going project.

Abstracts are not required for Research Notes.

The criteria by which materials will be accepted for Research Notes will be:

  1. The article contributes new information or theories that will be useful to other scholars and professionals working in ministry.
  2. The article is written in an appropriate academic form for publication in the Journal.

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