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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 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.

Formatting Guidelines

Bible and The Contemporary World publishes dissertations and articles from the program of the same name in the School of Divinity, University of St Andrews, with the understanding that they are the original work of the authors named and that they are being offered only to Bible and the Contemporary World.

Submissions of any of the following are welcome: essays, research articles, review articles, conference papers, lectures, and book reviews.

Shorter articles should be up to 5000 words (inclusive of endnotes). Longer articles should be 15,000 words, plus or minus 10%. Summaries/abstracts of proposed articles should be provided (not more than 100 words long).

Articles and book reviews should be submitted in 12 point font size, with double-line spacing.

Articles should be formatted according to according to the Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982-2010). Recent editions (15th or 16th) should be used for clear guidance on referencing electronic media, including websites, blogs, etc.

Footnotes should be in the Chicago “notes and bibliography” format.