Submission Preparation ChecklistAs 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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is single-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.
This journal uses a double-blind review process, as it facilitates an impartial appraisal of a manuscript. Each manuscript submitted for publication in Church studies will be initially assessed by the Editor, who decides whether the article fits the scope of the journal. Submissions considered suitable are assigned to at least two national and/or international referees, either members of the editorial board or external referees. Every review process is strictly controlled in accordance with the guidelines of the Journal. Manuscripts are assessed for clarity, validity, and methodology.
The review process takes place in the following steps:
- After submission, the manuscript is reviewed by the Editor first (1st Review, time period: 1-2 weeks).
- If the Editor considers the manuscript is suitable for review, reviewers are selected and assigned the manuscript (2nd Review, time period: 4-8 weeks).
Based on the referee reports the editor will make a recommendation for rejection, minor or major revisions, or acceptance. If revisions are required, then the author(s) will be requested to respond to the objections and changes suggested by the referees. When the manuscript is resubmitted after the first round of referee reports, the Editor may take two lines of action. The Editor may find the revisions persuasive and therefore approve publication or demand further refereeing. Once the final manuscript meets the expected standards and obtains endorsement by the Editor, the accepted papers will be published.
For each accepted paper, if need be, the author(s) may be required to revise the text and perform minor alterations, especially in the copyediting phase.
The revised version and copyrights should be submitted to the Editor within 2 weeks.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
a) 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.
b) 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.
c) 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).
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.