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Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha

Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha

Matthias Henze Rice University, TX, USA

Other Titles in:
Biblical Studies

eISSN: 17455286 | ISSN: 09518207 | Current volume: 28 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

The last twenty years have witnessed some remarkable achievements in the study of early Jewish literature. Given the ever-increasing number and availability of primary sources for these writings, specialists have been producing text-critical, historical, social scientific, and theological studies which, in turn, have fuelled a growing interest among scholars, students, religious leaders, and the wider public. The only English journal of its kind, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha was founded in 1987 to provide a much-needed forum for scholars to discuss and review most recent developments in this burgeoning field in the academy.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

The last twenty years have witnessed some remarkable achievements in the study of early Jewish literature. Given the ever-increasing number and availability of primary sources for these writings, specialists have been producing text-critical, historical, social scientific, and theological studies which, in turn, have fuelled a growing interest among scholars, students, religious leaders, and the wider public. The only English journal of its kind, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha was founded in 1987 to provide a much-needed peer-reviewed forum for scholars to discuss and review most recent developments in this burgeoning field in the academy.

Editorial Board
Randall D Chesnutt Malibu, CA, USA
John J Collins New Haven, CT, USA
Sidnie White Crawford Lincoln, NE, USA
John R Levison Seattle, WA, USA
Hermann Lichtenberger Tubingen, Germany
Liv Ingeborg Lied Oslo, Norway
Doron Mendels The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Carol Newsom Atlanta, GA, USA
Eileen Schuller McMaster University, Canada
Michael E. Stone Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Benjamin G. Wold Dublin, Ireland
Archie T. Wright Virginia Beach, VA, US
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  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 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, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, 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. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy. If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    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 Supplemental 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 Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha publishes original research articles and reviews that match the journal’s aims and scope.

    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

    Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha operates a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author, and the author’s name from the reviewer.

    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 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.

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

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    2.5 Research data

    At SAGE we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and to include a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare. 

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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 Pseudepigrapha 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

    Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 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 Supplemental material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha uses footnotes Social-science style is to be employed, and information must include the place and name of publishers, complete page numbers of articles, subtitles of books, and any series to which a book belongs. Bibliographical references in the body of the essay should not be footnoted but included in the main text:

    e.g. (Brown 1995)

    (Brown 1995c)

    (Brown 1995: 23-25)

    (Brown 1995: 230 n.2)

    (Brown 1995: Pl.10)

    (Brown 1995: Ch.3)

    (Brown 1995: II, 231)

    (Brown 1995: vol.2) [if the whole volume is being referred to]

    (BDB, 61) [no colon is used if no date is given]

    Several works by the same author are cited by date only, the dates being separated by commas; when the page numbers are given, the year dates are separated by semicolons:

    (Jones 1963, 1972a, 1986)

    (Jones 1963a: 10; 1972; 1986: 123)

    (Jones 1963a; 1972a: 156; Smith 1982)

    Footnotes may be used in author-date style, especially if there is too much material to include conveniently within the text without breaking up its flow.

    The example below shows the form of the footnote if the author-date reference is included in a sentence:

    Smith (1982: 145) should be consulted for details.

    Bibliographical layout is as follows:

    Jones, A. 1980 On Consistency (Harvard Bibliographic Series, 9; 2 vols.;Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2nd edn).
    Second Thoughts on Consistency (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

    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.

    Green, W.S. (ed.) 1981 Approaches to Ancient Judaism (BJS, 9; Chico, CA: Scholars Press).

    Lichtenberg, H., and P. Smith 1980 'Atonement and Sacrifice in the Qumran Community', in W.S. Green (ed.), Approaches to Ancient Judaism (BJS, 9; Chico, CA: Scholars Press): 159-71.

    Charlesworth, James H. (ed.) 1983, 1985 The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (2 vols.; London: Darton, Longman & Todd).

    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. (e.g. 1963a, 1963b).

    The original date of publication of a volume may be included in square brackets after the new date, e.g.: Weiss, Meir 1984 [1962] The Bible from Within: The Method of Total Interpretation (Jerusalem: Magnes).

    4.5 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

    JSP is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. 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 manuscripts submitted for publication in JSP should be in grammatical, idiomatic English, consistently employing gender-inclusive language. They should be delivered as a Microsoft Word file (or, if in WordPerfect, in RTF), using the prescribed fonts (see below for more information) for any text in Hebrew or Greek or transliterations of these languages.

    Files should be complete, including all necessary bibliographical details, illustrations, maps, charts and tables and the text double-spaced.

    Submitted articles should be sent as email attachments to, or posted on a Diskette, zip disk or CD-Rom to Prof. Dr. Loren Stuckenbruck, Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät München, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 München, GERMANY, addressed to The Editor, JSP. A short abstract of 50-150 words and up to five keywords MUST be supplied with your article.


    You should ensure that you are consistent in their scheme of levels of headings.

    We normally have three levels of headings and we ask that authors should follow this, where possible.


    Either British spelling (for British and non-American contributors) or American spelling (for American contributors only) should be used. Please do not mix spelling conventions. 
    Note also the following conventions: judgment, acknowledgment, abridgment,
    etc.; -ize rather than -ise, except in the case of certain words that must be spelled (in British spelling) with -ise e.g. advertise, compromise, enterprise, prise, advise, exercise.


    True abbreviations should end with a full-stop (period), but contractions should not: e.g. repr.; but edn, Mr, Jr, etc. Plural abbreviations are not regarded as contractions. Thus: chs., eds., etc. Common abbreviations such as ms, rsv, bc, ad, should not be punctuated (we prefer BCE, CE). State names are PA, CT, etc. A reference list of house style abbreviations for journals and for biblical and non-biblical sources can be found on this web page.

    Biblical Abbreviations

    When quoting biblical references, please give full chapter and verse numbers (do not use ff.). 
    Gen., Exod., Lev., Num., Deut., Josh., Judg., Ruth, 1 Sam., 2 Sam., 1 Kgs, 2 Kgs, 1 Chron., 2 Chron., Ezra, Neh., Ps., (pl Pss.), Prov., Eccl. (or Qoh.), Song (or Cant.), Isa., Jer., Lam., Ezek., Dan., Hos., Joel, Amos, Obad., Jon., Mic., Nah., Hab., Zeph., Hag., Zech., Mal.
    Mt., Mk., Lk., Jn, Acts, Rom., 1 Cor., 2 Cor., Gal., Eph., Phil., Col., 1 Thess., 2 Thess., 1 Tim., 2 Tim., Tit., Phlm., Heb., Jas., 1 Pet., 1 Jn, 2 Jn, 2 Jn, Jude, Rev.

    Punctuation and Style

    The opening paragraph under a heading should begin flush with the left margin. 
    Quotations should be enclosed in single quotation marks, double quotation marks being used for quotations within a quoted sentence. A closing quote comes before the closing punctuation of a sentence unless the sentence began within the quotation. For example, Jones maintains that 'there is no case for a "Son of Man" title in Judaism. It rests on a misunderstanding.' Quotations should follow the exact form of the original, including, for example, spellings, punctuation and style of citation for biblical texts even if they deviate from SAP house style. Any material inserted into the quotation by the author citing the material is to be included within square brackets, round brackets (parentheses) being reserved for parenthetical material within the quotation itself.

    For possessives of proper names ending in s or another sibilant, add 's, e.g. Childs's Introduction, Jones's views (exceptions: ancient and modern names ending in an 'eez' sound, such as Sophocles').

    Roman numerals should normally be used only for volume numbers of modern books (numbers of journal issues should be Arabic).

    Foreign words and phrases, except very common ones, should be italicized: thus redaktionsgeschichtlich, enfant terrible, but e.g., per se, etc.

    In sequences of biblical and bibliographical references, chapter and book divisions should be marked by a semi-colon:

    Gen. 3.1, 7, 8; 14.6; 24.4; Exod. 3.17; etc.
    The words chapter and verse in biblical references are abbreviated to ch. (chs.) and v. (vv.), except at the beginning of a sentence, where they should be written out in full.

    Fonts and Foreign Languages

    Please use the fonts available on the SBL website (ftp:/ 
    These are SPTiberian for Hebrew, SPIonic for Greek, SPAtlantis for transliteration and SPEdessa for Syriac. These fonts are free, publicly available and suitable for either Macs or PCs.

    A consistent policy regarding Hebrew and Greek should be employed: i.e. either transliteration according to house style or the use of Hebrew and Greek fonts. Please keep any use of Hebrew/Greek/Syriac words to the minimum necessary. Greek should be accented, but Hebrew does not need pointing unless this is vital to the sense. Check for quotations from other languages (e.g. German, French): if these are in the main text, a translation is needed, either to replace the original, or as a footnote where the original is retained.

    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 unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, 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 recognized.

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    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. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. 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 made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us 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 Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha editorial office as follows:


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    Institutional Subscription, Combined (Print & E-access)

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