Guidelines for Authors
Call for Essays
The Josephinum Journal of Theology invites the submission of essays to be considered
for publication. Although most essays for our mostly thematic issues will
be solicited, we also encourage the submission of unsolicited essays, not
only on these themes but also on other timely topics.
The Josephinum Journal of Theology publishes essays in accordance with our
Mission Statement. Essays 7,000 - 10,000 words long, including footnotes,
are preferred. Please note the following guidelines.
• As a rule, contributors of scholarly essays are expected to possess an
earned doctorate in the pertinent field. For potential contributors of the more
pastoral essays, of which we will typically publish one relating to the theme
of a given issue, the earned doctorate is less important than a combination of
pastoral experience and the ability to meet the criteria listed below. Because
of limited space, those who would like to write such pastoral essays for future
issues should contact the editor.
• Manuscripts are expected to be written at a level appropriate for a scholarly,
peer-reviewed journal. They will be evaluated according to criteria that include
correspondence to the mission statement of the journal, timeliness, demonstration
of mastery of the subject matter, and demonstration of the requisite grammatical,
organizational, stylistic and editorial skills.
• Footnotes should follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 14th
edition (Univ. of Chicago, 1993), chap. 15, "Documentation 1."
• Church documents should be cited by paragraph number (e.g., Fides et
Ratio, no. 6).
• The version of primary source texts should be noted in the first citation.
• An abstract (roughly 100 words) should be provided at the top of the
• Please include a one- or two-sentence biographical statement identifying
your religious order (if applicable), highest academic degree, current academic
post or position title, institution and location, recent books and articles you
have authored/edited, organizations in which you have served as an officer, or
• Please provide complete contact information, including mailing address,
phone number, facsimile number and email address (all that apply,).
• Please submit your essay in electronic form (as email attachment in a
current or recent MS Word format).
• If your document requires special MS Word fonts (i.e., because of unusual
or foreign characters in the document, or accents or other diacriticals that
may not translate well electronically), please take the initiative to ensure
that we will be able to read it in MS Word. This might mean including the required
MS Word font file/s with your electronic submission, after testing that we will
be able to access your document with the fonts and instructions you provide.
In such cases, please also submit a hardcopy. Manuscripts and electronic files
become the property of the Journal and will not normally be returned.