Feminist Theology

Feminist Theology


Lisa Isherwood University of Winchester, UK
Beverley Clack Westminster Institute of Education, UK

eISSN: 17455189 | ISSN: 09667350 | Current volume: 25 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

This journal is the first of its kind to be published in Britain. While it does not restrict itself to the work of feminist theologians and thinkers in these islands, Feminist Theology aims to give a voice to the women of Britain and Ireland in matters of theology and religion.

Feminist Theology, whilst academic in its orientation, is deliberately designed to be accessible to a wide range of readers, whether theologically trained or not. Its discussion of contemporary issues is not narrowly academic, but sets those issues in a practical perspective.

The editors intend Feminist Theology to reflect its founding principles of experience, mutuality, creativity, respect, joy, nurture, accessible scholarship and ‘hearing women to speech’.

Students can now subscribe to Feminist Theology at a 30% discounted rate. Please contact SAGE if interested.

Electronic Access:

Feminist Theology is electronically available on SAGE Journals Online at http://fth.sagepub.com

This peer reviewed journal is the first of its kind to be published in Britain. While it does not restrict itself to the work of feminist theologians and thinkers in these islands, Feminist Theology aims to give a voice to the women of Britain and Ireland in matters of theology and religion.

Feminist Theology, while academic in its orientation, is deliberately designed to be accessible to a wide range of readers, whether theologically trained or not. Its discussion of contemporary issues is not narrowly academic, but sets those issues in a practical perspective.

The editors intend Feminist Theology to reflect its founding principles of experience, mutuality, creativity, respect, joy, nurture, accessible scholarship and ‘hearing women to speech’.

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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      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
      3.4 Permissions
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Manuscript style
      5.1 File types
      5.2 Journal style
      5.3 Reference style
      5.4 Manuscript preparation
      5.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      5.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      5.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      5.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      5.4.5 English language editing services
    6. After acceptance
      6.1 Proofs
      6.2 E-Prints and Complimentary Copies
      6.3 SAGE production
    7. Further information


    Feminist Theology is a fully peer reviewed journal that carries welcomes papers from the broad international community of researchers in this dynamic field.

    1. Article types

    Feminist Theology publishes original research and book reviews on all aspects of women’s activity and experience of theology and the broad plethora of feminist voices from all over the world.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Feminist Theology  adheres to a blinded peer review process in which the reviewers name is routinely withheld from the author unless the reviewer requests a preference for their identity to be revealed. This may occur if the reviewer would like to enter into a dialogue with the author about the development of their article. The identity of the author is important to the review process to ensure that otherwise unheard voices can be given an outlet within the Journal.

    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.

    2.3.1 Writing Assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communciations 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.

    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.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Feminist Theology 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

    Feminist Theology 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.

    3.2 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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Feminist Theology 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.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining 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 visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Submissions: Please submit your documents electronically in Microsoft Word format to angel.hughes@blueyonder.co.uk. All articles will be refereed.
    It is essential that the all guidelines are observed. We may ask you to revise your article if it is not supplied in house style.

    All submissions must comply with the following instructions:

    • Manuscripts should be formatted using one and a half line spacing, printed on one side only and numbered consecutively throughout. Margins of approximately one and a half inches or 39mm should be used.
    • A short abstract of 50-150 words and up to five to six keywords MUST be supplied with your article.
    • All articles should normally be 5000-8000 words in length.

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    5. Manuscript style

    5.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

    5.2 Journal Style

    Please read the following style guidelines for Feminist Theology carefully:
    Quoted matter, if more than four lines, should normally be indented, without quotation marks.

    Quotations of up to four lines should form part of the text, and should be indicated by single quotation marks. Double quotation marks should be used only for quotations within quotations.

    In general, foreign words and phrases should be italicized, both in main text and footnotes. Greek and Hebrew should be transliterated.
    -ize spellings should be used (recognize, emphasize, organization, etc. BUT analyse, exercise, etc.).

    Contributors from North America may use North American spelling and punctuation.

    Headings: Please mark up heading levels 1.1, 1.2, 1.2.1 etc. These will be removed later, but are helpful to the typesetter to assign heading styles.

    Authors of articles and book reviews will be sent a first proof and will normally be expected to return these within two weeks of receipt. Corrections should be confined to typographical errors or to specific questions raised by the editors.

    For further reference, The Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors (Clarendon Press 1981) is recommended.

    Where a gender-inclusive alternative is possible, it is to be preferred. e.g. 'humanity' rather than 'man' when referring to both sexes.

    When personal pronouns are used both sexes should generally be included. e.g. 'The Christian has to acknowledge his or her dependence on grace'.
    (If this seems clumsy, use plural forms: 'Christians have to acknowledge their dependence on grace'.)

    Use lower case for personal pronouns of divine persons other than at the beginning of sentences: he, his, etc.

    In the case of the Church, use upper and lower case as follows:
    Upper case (a) for the whole Church
    (b) for a denomination, e.g. the Church of England
    Lower case (a) for the building
    (b) for the local church
    (c) as an adjective: church teaching
    also: churchgoer but High Church

    In the case of the Scriptures, use upper and lower case as follows:
    (a) Bible and Scripture but biblical and scriptural
    (b) Gospel - when referring to a canonical book
    (c) gospel - when speaking in more general terms
    (d) Kingdom of God but cross, crucifixion, resurrection, etc.

    Use of full stops in abbreviations:
    When an abbreviation is formed by cutting a word short, a full stop must be used at the end; when an abbreviation is formed by the omission of internal letters, a full stop is not generally used.
    Thus: Rel. but Sgt
    Note: Prof. Revd St Dr Mr

    BC, AD, CE, BCE should be unpunctuated and set in small capitals.

    Note the following abbreviations:
    ed. (editor, edited by)
    trans. (translator, translated by)
    rev. (reviser, revised by)
    edn (edition)
    repr. (reprint)
    vol./vols. (volume)

    Brackets within brackets should be square, e.g. G.H. Jones ('The Decree of Yawweh', VT 15 [1965], pp. 336-44). However, the major exception to this rule is that square brackets indicating text inserted into a quotation by the author stay in square brackets, e.g. [sic].

    Numerals are written out in full when they are ten or below, when they begin a sentence and when they are an even hundred, thousand, million, etc. But sometimes it is better to have consistency rather than follow this rule. Numbers of centuries should always be written out in full: twentyfirst century; nineteenth century etc. Use Roman numerals for vol. numbers of books, and series numbers; and Arabic numbers for journal issue nos.

    Possessives. For possessives of proper names ending in a (pronounced) s add 's, e.g. Child's Introduction, Jones's views. The exception is for ancient names, e.g. Jesus', Barthes', Descartes' etc.

    Ellipses: all quotations are in the nature of things an extract from a longer text, so ellipses should not be used simply to indicate that in the original text there are preceding and following words.

    focused, focusing etc (not focussed, focussing)
    first, secondly, or first, second (but not firstly)
    acknowledgment, judgment
    analyse (but analyze in American spelling)

    'E.g.' and 'i.e.' are only permissible in the body of the text if they introduce a list or are within brackets. Likewise, please avoid 'etc.' unless it is in a footnote.

    Please do not use op. cit. and avoid ibid.

    Avoid 'f.' and 'ff.'

    Please observe the following abbreviations:

    Gen. , Exod, Song., Isa., Lev., Jer., Num., Lam., Deut., Ezek., Josh., Dan., Judg., Hos., Ruth, Joel, Sam., Amos, Kgs, Obad., Chron., Jon., Ezra, Mic., Neh., Nah., Est., Hab., Job, Zeph., Ps. (plural Pss.), Hag., Prov., Zech., Eccl., Mal.,
    Mt., Col., Mk., Thess., Lk., Tim., Jn, Tit., Acts, Phlm., Rom., Heb., Cor., Jas., Gal., Pet., Eph., Jn, Phil., Jude, Rev.

    Use Arabic numerals throughout: 2 Cor. not II Cor.

    Full stops between chapter and verse numbers: Lk. 6.12

    Hyphens to mark sequences of verses: Mt. 3.6-8 Lk. 6.10-12 Jn 10.12-14, 16 (N.B. the space after the comma).

    En rules for sequences extending beyond a single chapter: Mt. 6-9
    Semicolons to divide distinct references to different chapters of the same book: John 6.15; 14.12

    Semicolons to divide single references to separate books: Lk. 4.12; 2 Cor. 3.8

    Biblical references may be placed in parentheses in the text - e.g. (Mt. 2.6-8)
    - or in the footnotes but please be consistent.

    5.3 Reference Style


    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    The following conventions should be followed in footnotes. Please note articles from periodicals or titles of book chapters are printed within single quotation marks. Book titles are in italics.

    Journal article:
    L. Barrett, 'Theology as Grammar: Regulative Principles or Paradigms and Practices?', Modern Theology 25.2 (1988), pp. 155-72.

    Colin E. Gunton, The One, The Three and The Many (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd edn, 1993), pp. 56-59.

    Chapter/article in a collected volume:
    J.L. Martyn, 'Have we Found Elijah?', in R. Hamerton-Kelly and R. Scroggs (eds.), Jews, Greeks and Christians: Cultures in Late Aniquity (trans. J. Smith; SJLA, 21; Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2nd edn, 1976).

    Short title
    When a book, a chapter or an article is referred to again, after its first occurrence, a short title form is used, e.g. Martyn, 'Have we Found Elijah?', p. 235.

    The order of data in the bibliography is the following:
    Element of Bibliography followed by
    author(s), editor(s) (ed., eds.) comma
    title opening round bracket
    editor (ed.) (if there is an editor as well as an author) semicolon
    translator (trans.) semicolon
    series comma
    number in series semicolon
    number of volumes (e.g. 2 vols.) semicolon
    reprint status (repr.) comma
    place of publication colon
    publisher comma
    edition (e.g. 2nd edn, rev. edn) comma
    date closing round bracket,
    full stop

    e.g. Smith, M., and D. Jones (eds.), Book Title, I (trans. Z. Smith; JSOTSup, 100; 2 vols.; place: publisher, edn, date).

    Note: not all of these elements are appropriate for every book, of course!

    The following conventions should be observed in the bibliography and footnotes:
    1. When the reference is to a nineteenth-century or older work the publisher's name may be omitted.

    The following conventions should be observed in the bibliography and footnotes:

    1. When the reference is to a nineteenth-century or older work the publisher's name may be omitted.

    2. Page references should be in the following form: pp. 92-98, pp. 153-79 but pp. 107-109, pp. 107-114. Avoid the use of 'f.' and 'ff.'

    3. For more than three authors or editors it is permissible to use et al.

    4. In the bibliography, multiple entries for an author may be arranged either in chronological or alphabetical order.

    5. Title and subtitle. Between the title and subtitle of a book there should be a colon, not a full stop (though occasionally a book has a more complicated title and a full stop is more appropriate).

    6. More than one place of publication. When a publisher has more than one office, only the first stated or the head office should be given.

    7. More than one publisher. Where a book has been published by more than one publisher, use the following style:

    Exeter: Paternoster Press; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

    The function of the author-date style of referencing is to reduce the need for footnotes, by embedding references to cited works in the text in abbreviated form (e.g. Brown 1980: 123).
    Note there is no punctuation after the author's name and a space always follows the colon between the date and the page reference (which omits 'p.' or 'pp.').

    Several works by the same author are cited by date only, the dates being separated by commas; when page numbers are given, the year dates are separated by semicolons:
    (Jones 1963, 1972a, 1986)
    (Jones 1963a: 10; 1972; 1986: 123)

    Where there are authors with the same surname, initials should be included.

    In bibliography
    In the Bibliography, the basic forms of the author-date style are illustrated here:
    Jones, A. 1980 On Consistency (HSM, 9; Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2nd edn).

    1986a 'Second Thoughts: An Addendum', Journal of Bibliographic Research 30: 12-21.

    1986b 'Second Thoughts: A Further Addendum', Journal of Bibliographic Research 30: 332-45.

    Smith, H., and P. Smith 1980 'Atonement and Sacrifice in the Qumran Community', in Jones 1980: 321-86.

    The order of entries is by year; if there is more than one item from the same year, the dates are labelled a,b,c, etc.

    5.4 Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    5.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    5.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    5.4.3 Guidelines for submitting 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.

    5.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    Should you wish to submit supplemental materials for publication online, alongside the full-text of articles, please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    5.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    6. After acceptance           

    6.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    6.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.

    6.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Feminist Theology with SAGE.

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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 Editorial Office as follows:

    The Editorial Committee
    72 Norbury Crescent
    London SW16 4LA

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