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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.



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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in LibreOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. 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.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with the Journal of Contemporary Ministry agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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