International Journal of Christianity & Education

International Journal of Christianity & Education

Published in Association with Calvin College, USA

David I. Smith Calvin College, USA
Deputy Editor
Trevor Cooling Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Book Reviews Editor
Ken Badley George Fox University, USA
Regional Editors
Trevor Cairney New College, University of New South Wales, Australia
James Dalziel Macquarie University, Australia
Darin H. Davis Baylor University, USA
Elizabeth H. Green CARDUS, Canada
Allan Harkness Asia Graduate School of Theology Alliance, SE Asia
Bram de Muynck Driestar Christian University, The Netherlands

eISSN: 2056998X | ISSN: 20569971 | Current volume: 21 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: 3 Times/Year
International Journal of Christianity & Education aims to be the first point of reference for academic discussions of the relationship between Christianity and educational theory and practice in formal and informal settings. It will publish high quality articles across a wide range of educational contexts, including but not limited to primary, secondary, and tertiary educational institutions. Scholarly articles of all kinds will be welcome including theological, philosophical and sociological discussions and qualitative and quantitative empirical research.

Incorporating the Journal of Christian Education and the Journal of Education and Christian Belief

  1. Editorial Policies
    1.1 Peer review policy
    1.2 Acknowledgments
    1.2.1 Funding acknowledgement
  2. Article types
  3. Authorship
  4. How to submit your manuscript
  5. Journal contributor's publishing agreement
    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
  6. Statements and conventions
    6.1 Declaration of conflicting interests
    6.2 Other statements and conventions
  7. Permissions
  8. Manuscript style
    8.1 File types
    8.2 Journal style
    8.3 Reference style
    8.4 Manuscript preparation
  9. After acceptance
    9.1 Proofs
    9.2 E-Prints
    9.3 SAGE production
    9.4 OnlineFirst publication
  10. Further information

1.1 Editorial Policies

1.1 Peer review policy

International Journal of Christian Education adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

1.2 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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

1.2.1 Funding Acknowledgement

International Journal of Christian Education requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

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2. Article types

International Journal of Christian Education publishes original scholarship and book reviews that explore the relationship between Christianity and all aspects of education at all levels and in all types of school, university or college as well as church and community settings worldwide. Possible areas of inquiry include, but are not restricted to, education policy, leadership, teaching and learning, curriculum, pedagogy, and teacher development.

Contributions must be scholarly articles grounded in relevant academic literatures and are subject to peer review. They may represent forms of inquiry drawn from a range of disciplines; work accepted by the journal includes but is not necessarily limited to philosophical, theological, historical, and empirical inquiry. Contributions may be in the form of theoretical articles, reports of research, analyses of developments in curriculum and practice, literature reviews, and book reviews. Contributions are welcomed from researchers, scholars, graduate students and reflective practitioners.

Published articles are not required to reflect the Reformed Christian position of Calvin College, the journal’s owners, nor the personal beliefs of the editors or reviewers, but they will be expected to make a positive contribution to the academic understanding of the relationship between Christianity and Education.

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3. Authorship

Papers should only be submitted for consideration once the authorization of all contributing authors has been gathered. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

  1. have made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data
  2. drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content
  3. approved the version to be published

Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship. 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.

Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.

Please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at

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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.

International Journal of Christian Education is hosted on SAGE Track, a web-based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit to login and submit your article online.

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.

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.
Each manuscript should contain:

1. A cover sheet with the following information:

(i) full title and subtitle (if any).For the purposes of blind refereeing (submissions will be refereed anonymously by at least two referees), full name of each author with current affiliation and full address/phone/fax/email details plus short biographical note should be supplied on a this sheet, but should not appear in the main body of the article.

(ii) abstract of 100-150 words

(iii) up to 10 key words

2. The full text of the article containing

(iv) the abstract

(v) word count suggested target for the main text is about 5000 words. Text to be clearly organized, with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings and quotations exceeding 40 words displayed, indented, in the text. Texts of a length greatly exceeding this will be considered as interest warrants and space permits.

(vi) end notes, if necessary, should be signalled by superscript numbers in the main text and listed at the end of the text before the references

Contributors are requested to submit their articles anonymised in order to assist the peer review process.

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5. Journal 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.

International Journal of Christian Education 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 articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

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

5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice.

For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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6. Statements and conventions

6.1 Declaration of conflicting interests

International Journal of Christian Education does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

6.2 Other statements and conventions

Non applicable.

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7. 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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8. Manuscript style

8.1 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. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

8.2 Journal Style

International Journal of Christian Education conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

8.3 Reference Style

International Journal of Christian Education adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and or search for ‘SAGE Harvard’. Save the .ens file 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.

8.4 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.

8.4.1 Your Title, 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.

8.4.2 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.

8.4.3 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.

8.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

International Journal of Christian Education does not currently accept supplemental files.

8.4.5 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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9. After acceptance           

9.1 Proofs

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

9.2 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.

9.3 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 ( 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 International Journal of Christian Education with SAGE. 

9.4 OnlineFirst Publication

A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.

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10. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

David Smith for articles from authors based in North America

Trevor Cooling for articles from authors based outside North America

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