"The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, and the platform it provides for a wide range of critical approaches, plays a vital role in the field of biblical studies." Ehud Ben Zvi, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Alberta, Canada
"In the thirty years of its existence, The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament has rightly won a reputation as an interesting, innovative and daring journal. It is the journal where many scholars feel at home, where they can express their most pioneering and sometimes even strange ideas, provided these ideas meet the highest standards of research. When one compares it with more conservative journals, one wonders what we would do without JSOT.’ Professor Yairah Amit, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Since its establishment in 1976, the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament has become widely regarded as offering the best in current scholarship on the Old Testament across a range of critical methodologies. Many original and creative approaches to the interpretation of the Old Testament literature and cognate fields of inquiry are pioneered in this journal, which showcases the work of both new and established scholars.
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://jot.sagepub.com/
Since its establishment in 1976, the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament has become widely regarded as offering the best in current, peer-reviewed scholarship on the Old Testament across a range of critical methodologies. Many original and creative approaches to the interpretation of the Old Testament literature and cognate fields of inquiry are pioneered in this journal, which showcases the work of both new and established scholars.
|Graeme Auld||University of Edinburgh, UK|
|Keith Bodner||Crandall University, Canada|
|David Clines||University of Sheffield, UK|
|Eryl Davies||Bangor University, UK|
|Philip Davies||University of Sheffield, UK|
|John Day||University of Oxford, UK|
|Kristin De Troyer||University of Salzburg, Austria|
|Katharine Dell||University of Cambridge, UK|
|David Gunn||Texas Christian University, USA|
|James Harding||University of Otago, New Zealand|
|Francis Landy||University of Alberta, Canada|
|Christl M. Maier||University of Marburg, Germany|
|Nadav Na'aman||Tel Aviv University, Israel|
|Erin Runions||Pomona College, USA|
|Silvia Schroer||University of Bern, Switzerland|
|Rannfrid Thelle||Wichita State University, USA|
|Ellen van Wolde||Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands|
|Gerald West||University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
|Robert Williamson, Jr.||Hendrix College, USA|
- Article types
- Editorial Policies
2.1 Peer review policy
- Publishing Policies
3.1 Publication Ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open Access and author archiving
- How to submit your manuscript
- 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
- After acceptance
6.2 E-Prints and Complimentary Copies
6.3 SAGE production
6.4 OnlineFirst publication
- Further information
The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament aims to offer the best in current, peer-reviewed scholarship on the Hebrew Bible across a range of critical methodologies. Contributions are welcome from both new and established scholars. Reviewers are looking especially for original and creative approaches to the interpretation of the Old Testament literature and cognate fields of inquiry.
The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament publishes original research articles (in four issues per year) and book reviews (in a special fifth issue prepared under the auspices of the Society for Old Testament Study).
Articles submitted for consideration should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words (including footnotes if any, but not including bibliography if listed separately).
Books for review should be sent to Dr Deborah Rooke, JSOT Book List Editor, Regent's Park College, Pusey Street, Oxford OX1 2LB, England.
The Journal for the Study of the Old Testamentoperates a double-blind review process in which the identities of the author and the reviewer are withheld from each other.
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.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in a first footnote to the article, either linked to an asterisk at the end of the title of the article or as footnote no. 1 at an early appropriate stage of the article. The content of this acknowledgement footnote should not be filled in in the manuscript submitted for evaluation (so that anonymous peer review is not compromised), but is to be supplied during the production phase of the article. 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 communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the acknowledgements footnote at production stage of the article (not yet at submission stage). Authors of accepted articles must disclose in the published version of the article 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 the use of language polishing services.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
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
The Journal 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.
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.
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 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.
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
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.
The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 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 http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jsot 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.
Ms. Lindsay Burns, JSOT Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The contribution should be presented in Microsoft Word format (or, alternatively, in RTF format). For the ancient languages, please use the Unicode fonts SBL Hebrew and SBL Greek (or, for transliteration, the SBL BibLit font), which are free and publicly available on the SBL website (http://www.sbl-site.org/educational/biblicalfonts.aspx). Hebrew should be unpointed unless the pointing is vital to the sense, but Greek should be accented. When typing a sequence of Hebrew words, please use the Hebrew keyboard/language setting, to ensure that Hebrew spaces rather than English spaces are embedded within the sequence and thus that Hebrew will reflow correctly across lines.
Graphics other than tables should not be embedded in the document, but sent in a separate file (as an eps, jpg or tif at 300 dpi resolution).
The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament follows its own specific style and it is recommended that previous copies of the Journal are consulted by authors to help style their articles prior to submission.
Either social-scientific (i.e. author-date) referencing or traditional footnote style is acceptable. Biblical references should be given in the following style: Gen. 4.2; Isa. 34.14-15; Eccl. 10–12 (note that full verse or chapter numbers should be given, not f. or ff.). Quotations should be enclosed in single quotation marks, double quotation marks being reserved for quotations within a quoted sentence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament does not currently accept supplemental files.
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.
We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.
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.
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 Journal for the Study of the Old Testament with SAGE.
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.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:
Ms Lindsay Burns
Books for review should be sent to Dr Deborah Rooke, JSOT Book List Editor, Regent's Park College, Pusey Street, Oxford OX1 2LB, England.