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Review & Expositor

Published in Association with Review & Expositor, Inc.
Published in Association with Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
Published in Association with Campbell University Divinity School
An International Baptist Journal

Managing Editor
Mark E. Biddle Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, USA
Associate Editor
James R. McConnell Gardner-Webb University, USA
Business Manager
Joel Drinkard Review & Expositor Inc., USA
Book Review Editor
Nancy deClaissé Walford McAfee School of Theology, USA
Recording Secretary
Gerald Keown Gardner-Webb University, USA

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eISSN: 20529449 | ISSN: 00346373 | Current volume: 114 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Quarterly

The Review & Expositor is a quarterly Baptist theological journal dedicated to free and open inquiry of issues related to the Church’s mission in the contemporary world. The journal’s breadth of theological reflection and analysis is designed to inform, stimulate, and challenge readers to excellence in their service to the Church.

Baptist in its heritage, ecumenical in its outlook, and global in its vision, the Review & Expositor balances scholarly analysis with practical application.

The Review & Expositor welcomes responsible scholarly expression of diverse views regarding matters of interest and concern to the Christian community. The publication of research, interpretation, comment, opinion, or advertising in the journal does not necessarily suggest agreement or endorsement by the editors, or by the editorial board.

The Review & Expositor is a quarterly Baptist theological journal dedicated to free and open inquiry of issues related to the Church’s mission in the contemporary world. The journal’s breadth of theological reflection and analysis is designed to inform, stimulate, and challenge readers to excellence in their service to the Church.

Baptist in its heritage, ecumenical in its outlook, and global in its vision, the Review & Expositor balances scholarly analysis with practical application.

The Review & Expositor welcomes responsible scholarly expression of diverse views regarding matters of interest and concern to the Christian community. The publication of research, interpretation, comment, opinion, or advertising in the journal does not necessarily suggest agreement or endorsement by the editors, or by the editorial board.

Editorial Board
LeAnn Snow Flesher American Baptist Seminary of the West, USA
Derek Hogan Campbell University Divinity School, USA
David May Central Baptist Theological Seminary, USA
Mark Medley Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, USA
Wade Rowatt Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, USA
Tom Slater McAfee School of Theology, USA
Scott Spencer Professor of New Testament and Biblical Interpretation, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, USA
Andrew Wakefield Campbell University Divinity School, USA
Editor Emeritus
E. Glenn Hinson Baptist Seminary of Kentucky, USA
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  • EBSCO: ATLA Old Testament Abstracts (OTA)
  • EBSCO: ATLA Religion
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • Religious and Theological Abstracts
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Review & Expositor

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Review & Expositor 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, 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, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Commissioning 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 Supplementary 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 Review & Expositor, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    Review & Expositor publishes theme articles and expository articles. The length of each theme article depends upon the number of theme articles planned for the issue to which you are contributing. Please be sure your issue editor or the managing editor supplies you with this information.  In general, if the issue will include five thematic articles, each should be 9,000 to 10,000 words; if six articles, 7,500 to 8,500 words; if seven, 6,500 to 7,500.  Each expository article should be approximately 4,500-5,000 words in length.  Please double space throughout the article. Articles should be scholarly but accessible; challenging but not overwhelming; and, above all, timely.

    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 Commissioning policy

    All major articles are typically commissioned by the Managing Editor, in conjunction with the Issue Editor and in consultation with the Editorial Board.

    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.

    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

    Review & Expositor 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

    Review & Expositor 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

    Review & Expositor 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 Supplementary 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

    Click here to review the guidelines on Review & Expositor’s reference style.

    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

    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.

    Manuscripts and illustrations should be submitted by e-mail attachment to the Issue Editor. For general queries concerning your submission please contact:
    Prof. Mark E. Biddle
    Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
    8040 Villa Park Drive
    Richmond
    VA 23228
    USA
    Email: mebiddle@btsr.edu

    Each manuscript should contain:

    (i) title page with 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 (indicating your recent research program, recent publications, teaching posts held, and involvement in anything relevant to your contribution to the journal that you may wish to include, for example) should be supplied on a separate sheet.

    (ii) abstract of 100-150 words

    (iii) up to 10 key words

    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 persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher 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 recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    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. 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 sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned 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 Review & Expositor editorial office as follows:

    Prof. Mark E. Biddle
    Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
    8040 Villa Park Drive
    Richmond
    VA 23228
    USA
    Email: mebiddle@btsr.edu

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