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Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

The target readership of NTR is theology scholars, professionally trained ministers, and those preparing at the graduate level for pastoral ministry around the world. Articles submitted to NTR should be based on sound scholarship in theological disciplines, but should try as far as possible to maintain a pastoral tone and focus of interest to those in ministry. As a journal sponsored by a Catholic school of theology in service of the Church, articles should evidence respect for the Catholic tradition and teaching and help advance in a constructive and responsible way the pastoral mission of the Church.

New Theology Review does not charge any fees to authors for any part of the submission or publication process.

Peer-reviewed Articles

Deadline for peer-review submissions to the March issue is December 1st. Deadline for peer-reviewed submissions for the September issue is June 1st. All authors MUST register within the journal’s OJS website and articles must be submitted using the journal’s OJS website.

The text is:

  • double-spaced Times New Roman
  • uses a 12-point font; footnotes use a 10-point font (no line spacing) and are in Chicago Manual of Style (for subsequent footnotes, please use CMS short form (do NOT use Ibid.)) (Footnotes are to be kept at a minimum, and as brief as possible.)
  • employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses)
  • single-spaced between words, only one space at end of sentence
  • no indented paragraphs, single space between paragraphs
  • no justification
  • all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end

When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. Please include DOIs when possible. The URLs are ready to click (e.g., http://pkp.sfu.ca).

When referring to church documents, please cite online sources when possible. So, for example: Paul VI, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelica Testificatio, On the Renewal of the Religious Life according to the Teaching of the Second Vatican Council, no. 52, http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/apost_exhortations/documents/hf_p-vi_exh_19710629_evangelica-testificatio.html instead of Paul VI, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelica Testificatio, On the Renewal of the Religious Life according to the Teaching of the Second Vatican Council (Boston: Daughters of St. Paul, 1971), no. 52.

All submissions should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, 2010. All notes should be footnotes (not endnotes) (see examples following guidelines for Columns). NTR follows a policy of inclusive language. Plural forms are preferable to he/she or s/he. Foreign terms (or phrases) should always include an English translation. Articles that use human subjects must have received IRB approval.

To qualify for peer review, submissions should be based upon research and make an original contribution to theology and pastoral ministry. All submissions to be considered for publication in the peer-reviewed section of NTR will be subject to a double-blind peer review process, i.e. the reviewers will not know the identity of the author(s) and the author(s) will not know the identity of the reviewers (each article will be sent to two reviewers). Reviews typically are performed within three to six months. 

Length--4000-6000 words; query editors before submitting manuscripts that do not fall within these parameters.

Submissions must include a cover sheet with the author's full name, affiliation, credentials (degrees, experience, etc.) and contact information (mailing address, e-mail, and phone numbers).

Submissions should be accompanied by an abstract (which is submitted in Step 3—Entering the Submission’s Metadata of the submission process) highlighting the significance of the article and its implications for the practice of pastoral ministry. Abstracts for articles based on empirical research should include the research objective(s), method(s), result(s), and conclusion(s).

A short biographical note will appear in connection with your article. Please supply your name, position, institutional affiliation, and any pertinent data (about 30 words) such as publications and pastoral experience that you wish included at the end of your submission. (e.g., Dawn M. Nothwehr, O.S.F., holds the Erica and Harry John Family Endowed Chair in Catholic Ethics and teaches environmental ethics at Catholic Theological Union. She authored Ecological Footprints (Liturgical Press, 2012).)

Articles based on oral presentations are acceptable on condition that they meet the other requirements for peer review.

Columns

NTR publishes five columns; columns are invited and have a length of 1500 words. The five columns are:

Signs of the Times
This column features topics on world events and socio-cultural trends. The column should have significance for the minister who seeks to read the signs of the times in light of the Gospel.

Catechesis and Faith Formation
This column addresses catechesis--the systematic and organic teaching of Christian doctrine for the purpose of initiating catechumens into the fullness of Christian life and liturgy, and faith formation for people of all ages.

Theology at the Cutting Edge
This column offers either an update in some theological area of interest on the cutting edge or a survey of current literature in one of the various disciplines: scripture, church history, systematic theology, moral theology, pastoral theology, cross-cultural studies, and spirituality.

Word and Worship
This column offers pastoral guidance from biblical, homiletic, and liturgical sources that will foster in presiders and preachers a sound theological vision and competent praxis.  Authors may deal with particular sacramentary and lectionary texts, aspects of the feasts or liturgical seasons, or more general areas of importance and concern for the liturgical life of the Church.

New Voices
This column showcases the works of graduate students and junior scholars who are finding their voices in the study of theology and pastoral ministry. 

Columns are by invitation of the editors. All submissions in this category undergo an internal editorial screen and review process and must conform to our style guide. In contrast to an article, a column allows for a more personal/reflexive tone that evinces the personal point-of-view of the author. We recommend that contributors visit our archives to familiarize themselves to the genre.

All authors MUST register within the journal’s OJS website and submit using the Online Submission form on the journal website.

The average column should be approximately 1500 words.

The text is:

  • double-spaced Times New Roman
  • uses a 12-point font; footnotes use a 10-point font (no line spacing) and are in Chicago Manual of Style (for subsequent footnotes, please use CMS short form (do NOT use Ibid.))
  • employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses)
  • single-spaced between words, only one space at end of sentence
  • no indented paragraphs, single space between paragraphs
  • no justification
  • all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end

All submissions should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, 2010. All notes should be footnotes (not endnotes). NTR follows a policy of inclusive language. Plural forms are preferable to he/she or s/he. Foreign terms (or phrases) should always include an English translation

Please provide a brief biography of about 30 words at the end of your submission. (e.g., Antonio D. Sison, C.PP.S. is a theologian, typewriter enthusiast, and co-editor of NTR.)

The following are examples of footnotes for articles and columns using the Chicago Manual of Style.

One author book:

1 Edith Wyschogrod, An Ethics of Remembering: History, Heterology, and the Nameless Other. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), 88.

Translated or edited book:
1 Karl Rahner, Hearers of the Word, trans. Joseph Donceel (New York: Continuum, 1994), 78.

Edition other than first:
1 Edward Yarnold, ed., The Awe-Inspiring Rites of Initiation: The Origins of the R.C.I.A., 2nd ed. (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1994), 5.

Chapter in a multi-author book:
1 M. Shawn Copeland, “Method in Emerging Black Catholic Theology,” in Taking Down Our Harps: Black Catholics in the United States, eds. Diana L. Hayes and Cyprian Davis (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1998), 130.

Journal article:
1 G. Bonner, “The Church and the Eucharist in the Theology of St. Augustine,” Sobornost 7, no. 6 (1978): 448–461.

Vatican and other church documents:
1 Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum Concilium (1963), in Vatican Council II : The Conciliar and PostConciliar Documents, ed. Austin Flannery (Northport, NY: Costello, 1992), no. 2. Subsequent references will be made parenthetically or as follows:

2 SC, no. 2

Online resource:
2 Sarah Stanbury and Virginia Raguin, “Mapping Margery Kempe: A Guide to Late Medieval Material and Spiritual Life,” http://sterling.holycross.edu/departments/visarts/projects/kempe/index.html.

Online journal article:
1 Heleen H.L. Murre-Van den Berg, “The Patriarchs of the Church of the East from the Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries,” Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies 2, no. 2 (2000), http://syrcom.cua.edu/Hugoye/Vol2No2/HV2N2Murre.html.

Reviews

Reviews are by invitation of the book review editor. All submissions in this category undergo an internal editorial screen and review process and must conform to our style guide. When you receive your review copy, please send a short confirmation notice to the book reviews editor. Please refer to the following guidelines as you write your review.

Deadline for review submissions to the March issue is January 15th. Deadline for reviewed submissions for the September issue is July 15th.

All authors MUST register within the journal’s OJS website and submit using the Online Submission form on the journal website within two months of receiving the book or the book must be returned.

The average review should be approximately 600-700 words.

The text is:

  • double-spaced Times New Roman
  • uses a 12-point font; ; footnotes use a 10-point font (no line spacing)
  • employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses)
  • single-spaced between words, only one space at end of sentence
  • no indented paragraphs, single space between paragraphs
  • no justification
  • all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end

All submissions should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, 2010. However, for any citations, references should be included in parentheses in the body of the review. NTR follows a policy of inclusive language. Plural forms are preferable to he/she or s/he. Foreign terms (or phrases) should always include an English translation

Please include at the beginning of the review (in the following format):
Author. Full title of the book. Place: Publisher, Date. Number of pages, Price. ISBN.

Example: Michael McClymond, ed. Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007. 2 vols: 1178 pp. $225.00. Hardcover. ISBN: 0313328285 (set).

The review should begin with a brief description of the book or online resource. Describe the intended audience of the resource. Discuss its strengths and weaknesses. Assess whether the author's aims are achieved. Provide an analysis of the author's style and presentation. Does it have a particular perspective or does it present all sides of an issue objectively? Note whether you would recommend it for purchase.

List your name and affiliation at the end of the essay.

Questions should be directed to the Reviews Editor.

 

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. Article submissions are accompanied by an abstract (100-200 words) highlighting the significance of the article and implications for theology and pastoral ministry.  Abstracts for articles based on original research may be longer (200-400 words) and include objective(s), method(s), result(s), and conclusion(s).  Abstracts are not required for columns.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  4. Submission for peer-review (only) includes a cover sheet with author's full name, affiliation, qualifications (degrees, experience, etc.), mailing address, e-mail, and phone #. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  5. Human subjects protection statement: If research was conducted with human participants, a statement is required indicating that an institutional review board (IRB) approved the study. If IRB approval was not obtained, an explanation must be provided.
 

Copyright Notice

This is an agreement between NTR and the author for the publication of the submitted article in the online journal New Theology Review.  By submitting this agreement, the author and the NTR agree as follows:

1) The author grants to the NTR the exclusive right of first publication in the article, as well as the ongoing and perpetual non-exclusive right to reuse and republish the article for any purpose, including, but not limited to, the right to copy, migrate or convert the article, without alteration of the content, to any medium or format to ensure continuous access and preservation.  The author agrees that the article may be used and published by the NTR in electronic or printed format and/or in any other medium now in existence or that may be created hereafter.

2) NTR will publish and distribute the article worldwide in the online journal New Theology Review using a Creative Commons “Attribution, Non-Commercial, No Derivative Works” license.  The author understands and agrees that this license permits users of the journal to print and/or copy the article for noncommercial purposes. NTR will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that the author’s name remains clearly associated with the article.

3) Except for the rights granted to NTR in this agreement, the author retains ownership, including all other copyrights, in the article and may republish the article in any format and at any time subsequent to publication in New Theology Review. The author agrees, however, to acknowledge in all subsequent publications that the article was first published in NTR.

4) The author represents and warrants that the article is his or her original work and that it either has not been published or submitted for publication in any prior forum, or that it has been substantially revised and updated from a prior version.  The author further represents that he or she has the right to grant this license to NTR and that, to the best of the author’s knowledge, the article is neither defamatory of any persons or products nor infringing upon any third party’s copyrights.  If the article contains material for which the author does not hold the copyright, the author represents that such material is clearly identified and acknowledge within the text and that such use is either with the permission of the copyright holder or authorized by Title 17 of the United States Code.

5) In the event of any subsequent dispute over the copyrights to material contain in the article, the author agrees to indemnify and hold harmless NTR and its employees and agents for any uses of the article authorized by this agreement.

 

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