Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
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Journal for the Study of the Old Testament


Editors
John Jarick University of Oxford, UK
Yvonne Sherwood University of Kent, UK
Book Review Editor
Deborah Rooke Regent's Park College, University of Oxford, UK

eISSN: 14766728| ISSN: 03090892|Current volume: 39|Current issue: 2 Frequency: 5 Times/Year

"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.

Electronic Access:

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.

Editorial Board
Graeme Auld University of Edinburgh, UK
Keith Bodner Crandall University, Canada
Mark Brett University of Melbourne, Australia
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 St Andrews, UK
Katharine Dell University of Cambridge, UK
Laura Feldt University of Southern Denmark
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
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
    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
      6.4 OnlineFirst publication
    7. 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.

    1. Article types

    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).

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    The Journal for the Study of the Old Testament operates a double-blind review process in which the identities of the author and the reviewer are withheld from each other.

    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.

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

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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

    Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 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 using 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 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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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: jsot@sagepub.co.uk.

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    5. Manuscript style

    5.1 File types

    The contribution should be presented in Microsoft Word format (if using WordPerfect, please convert to RTF). For the ancient languages, please ensure that the following fonts (available from http://www.sbl-site.org/Resources/Resources_BiblicalFonts.aspx ) are used: SPTiberian for Hebrew and Aramaic, SPIonic for Greek, and SPAtlantis for transliteration. 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).

    5.2 Journal Style

    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.  

    5.3 Reference Style

    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.

    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

    Journal for the Study of the Old Testament does not currently accept 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 and Complimentary Copies

    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 Journal for the Study of the Old Testament with SAGE.

    6.4 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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    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:

    Ms Lindsay Burns
    JSOT Administrator
    jsot@sagepub.co.uk

    Books for review should be sent to Dr Deborah Rooke, Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, Regent's Park College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2LB, UK

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