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The Expository Times

International Journal of Biblical Studies, Theology and Ministry

Editors
Guy Bennett-Hunter University of Edinburgh, UK
Paul Foster University of Edinburgh, UK
John Riches New College, University of Edinburgh, UK


eISSN: 17455308 | ISSN: 00145246 | Current volume: 128 | Current issue: 12 Frequency: Monthly

"The Expository Times has a long and illustrious history as a journal that bridges the gap between church and academy ... at a time of rapid cultural change, when the church in the West is struggling to redefine its mission, a journal like The Expository Times has an invaluable contribution to make to the ongoing debate." John Drane, author of The McDonaldization of the Church and an adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary

"The Expository Times inhabits a unique niche position. It is trustworthy both academically and pastorally. It publishes notices of new books more rapidly than any other journal. If a working pastor is to subscribe to any single journal, this is probably the wisest choice." Iain Torrance, President of Princeton Theological Seminary; former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

"I regularly turn first to the reviews section of The Expository Times for its invaluable, succinct notices of the latest important books in all areas of theology and I find that its articles often help to keep me up-to-date on new ideas in my areas of interest." Howard Marshall, Honorary Research Professor of New Testament, University of Aberdeen.

"The Expository Times represents something of inestimable importance, particularly within the Scottish preaching tradition. It evokes and helps maintain Scotland's long and respected tradition of a well educated ministry of the Word. It calls for and helps sustain sermons which are not merely homilies, and Bible Studies which are more than edifying readings of the biblical text. It enables even the hard pressed minister or interested pew person to keep up with current scholarship on a wide range of exegetical and theological issues of continuing importance. It provides a substantial bridge between the lectern and the pulpit. As its very title suggests, it makes for good exposition." James Dunn

For over a century, the monthly Expository Times has distinguished itself from other periodicals by successfully combining an interest in all pastoral matters, practical and theoretical, with the latest international biblical and theological scholarship.

Each edition contains a central section which offers resources for the month for those conducting worship: a sermon by a preacher of distinction, exegetical notes and reports of group readings of the texts for the month, prayers and material for children's worship.

The Expository Times is an invaluable tool for disseminating scholarship relevant to the ministry, giving practical help to preachers, and maintaining a healthy interaction between theology and practice.

The Expository Times is available on SAGE Journals Online.

For over a century, the monthly Expository Times has distinguished itself from other periodicals by successfully combining an interest in all pastoral matters, practical and theoretical with the latest international biblical and theological scholarship.

Each edition contains a central section which offers resources for the month for those conducting worship: a sermon by a preacher of distinction, exegetical notes and reports of group readings of the texts for the month, prayers and material for children's worship.

The Expository Times is an invaluable tool for disseminating peer-reviewed scholarship relevant to the ministry, giving practical help to preachers, and maintaining a healthy interaction between theology and practice.

Editorial Board
Graeme Auld University of Edinburgh, UK
Duncan Forrester New College, University of Edinburgh, UK
Larry W. Hurtado Head of School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, UK
Karen Wenell University of Birmingham , UK
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: The Expository Times

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/expositorytimes to upload your manuscript. You can also submit your article by email to Divinity.ExTim@ed.ac.uk. Please also use this email address to contact the editors to discuss your submission. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of The Expository Times will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to The Expository Times, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Each edition of The Expository Times contains a central section which offers resources for the month for those conducting worship: a sermon by a preacher of distinction, prayers and material for children's worship.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    The Expository Times strongly endorses the value and importance of peer review in scholarly journals publishing. All papers submitted to The Expository Times are subject to peer review by members of a carefully appointed editorial board/committee.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    The Expository Times encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    The Expository Times and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    The Expository Times offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    The Expository Times does not currently accept supplemental files.

    4.4 Journal style

    The Expository Times conforms to its own journal style. Please refer to the journal's style guide Please also study recently published issues for style conventions.

    4.5 Reference style

    The Expository Times uses footnotes within articles. Please refer to the journal's style guide. Please also study recently published issues for referencing conventions.

    4.6 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    The Expository Times is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/expositorytimes to login and submit your article online.

    You can also submit your article by email to Divinity.ExTim@ed.ac.uk. Please also use this email address to contact the editors to discuss your submission.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    Articles are normally between 3000 and 6000 words long. Articles should be formatted with footnotes (not endnotes). Single quotation marks should be used for quotation, and double quotation marks for quotation within a quotation. British spelling is preferred, but US spelling will be accepted.

    Articles, once submitted, will be understood to be in their final form, and if the article is accepted, a first proof will be produced from the author's submission (with minor editorial emendations). No further revisions or additions should then be made by authors.

    Submission of an article is taken to imply that it has not been previously published, and is not being considered for publication in another journal or as part of a book.

    First proofs of articles (but not reviews) will be sent to authors for correction, and must be returned to the Executive Editor within one week of receipt. Corrections should be confined to typographical errors. Other corrections may be made only with the agreement of the Editor.

    Contributors of articles, Book of the Month features and book reviews will receive one copy of the journal issue in which the article appears. Article authors will be given a set number of accesses to their article on SAGE Journals Online, similar to the set number of paper offprints they currently receive, with the ability to print off a set number of copies of their article, as well as the opportunity to purchase additional paper copies if they wish.

    Neither the editors nor SAGE Publishers necessarily endorse every proposition expressed in the journal. Authors retain responsibility for any defamatory statements or untruthful claims which they may make.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to The Expository Times editorial office as follows:

    Executive Editor: Dr Guy Bennett-Hunter
    New College
    Mound Place
    Edinburgh
    EH1 2LX. Email: ExTim@div.ed.ac.uk

    Reviews and books for review contact:

    Professor Paul Foster at the above address.

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