Theological Studies

Theological Studies

Published in Association with Theological Studies, Inc

Paul G. Crowley, S.J. Santa Clara University, USA

eISSN: 21691304 | ISSN: 00405639 | Current volume: 78 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly
Founded and sponsored by the Society of Jesus in the United States of America, Theological Studies is a Catholic scholarly journal that serves the Church and its mission by promoting a deeper understanding of the Christian faith through the publication of research in theological disciplines. Through refereed articles and reviews of noteworthy books, the journal aims to recover and to help make accessible the riches of the theological tradition, and to present significant developments in current theology.
Associate Editors
Thomas J. Massaro Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, USA
Susan Ross Loyola University Chicago, USA
John R. Sachs Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, USA
Former Editors
Book Review Editor
R. Daniel Kendall University of San Francisco, USA
Editorial Consultants
Agnes Brazal St. Vincent School of Theology, Manila, Philippines
Francine Cardman Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, USA
Catherine Cornille Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, USA
Julia A. Fleming Creighton University, USA
Roberto Goizueta Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, USA
Werner Jeanrond University of Oxford, UK
Richard Lennan Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, USA
Colleen Mary Mallon Aquinas Institute of Theology, USA
Bryan Massingale Fordham University, USA
Leo J. O'Donovan Jesuit Refugee Service
Neil Ormerod Australian Catholic University, Australia
Agbonkhianbeghe E. Orogator Hekima College, Nairobi, Kenya
Peter Phan Georgetown University, USA
Nancy Pineda-Madrid Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, USA
Stephen R. Schloesser Loyola University Chicago, USA
John E. Thiel Fairfield University, USA
Andrea Vicini Boston College School of Theology, USA
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    1. Peer review policy
    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 Acknowledgments
      6.2 Declaration of conflicting interests
      6.3 Funding acknowledgement
      6.4 Other statements and conventions
    7. Permissions
    8. Manuscript style
      8.1 File types
      8.2 Journal style
      8.3 Manuscript preparation
    9. After acceptance
      9.1 Proofs
      9.2 E-Prints
      9.3 SAGE production
      9.4 OnlineFirst publication
    10. Further information

    Founded and sponsored by the Society of Jesus in the United States of America, Theological Studies is a Catholic scholarly journal that serves the Church and its mission by promoting a deeper understanding of the Christian faith through the publication of research in theological disciplines.


    1. Peer review policy

    Theological Studies is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal.  Each manuscript is typically reviewed by three referees.  All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible.

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    2. Article types

    Theological Studies publishes refereed research articles and reviews of noteworthy books.

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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.

    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

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure that you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Theological Studies 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 log in 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 Editor’s contact details below.

    Book reviews and shorter notices should be submitted to:

    Theological Studies Book Review Editor
    University of San Francisco
    Kalmonavitz Hall, #152
    2130 Fulton Street
    San Francisco
    CA 94117-1080
    Phone: 415-422-6817
    Fax: 415-422-5356

    Please follow these guidelines for book reviews, and these guidelines for shorter notices.  

    Each manuscript should contain:

    (i) title page with full title and subtitle (if any). Author’s name to be supplied under the title.

    (ii) abstract of 80-90 words

    (iii) up to 10 key words

    (iv) main text and word count suggested target is about 10,000 words. We have published longer articles, The length must be justified by the essay’s quality. Essays that run beyond the target number will be especially scrutinized for appropriate justification.

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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. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to Theological Studies, Inc., and copyright is retained by Theological Studies, Inc. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Theological Studies 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.

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers 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-archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Statements and conventions

    6.1. Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section at the end of your article. 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.

    6.2 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Theological Studies does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    6.3 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Theological Studies additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    6.4 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 or RTF. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

    8.2 Journal Style

    Theological Studies follows the Chicago Manual of Style. For a citation guide for theology-specific sources please click here. Please click here for style guidelines and click here for an article formatting template. For a spelling and abbreviation guide please click here.

    8.3 Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with one-inch left and right hand margins and one-inch margins at head and foot. Text should be Times New Roman 12 point.

    8.3.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords, and abstract help readers find your article online through 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.

    8.3.2 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 from the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    8.3.3 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 colo r will appear in colo r online regardless of whether these illustrations are reproduced in colo r in the printed version. For specifically requested colo r reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    8.3.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    8.3.5 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 correctable 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 copyediting, 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 their experience of publishing in Theological Studies 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. This 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: 
    Paul G. Crowley, S.J.

    Jesuit Community Professor of Theology
    Religious Studies Department
    Santa Clara University
    500 El Camino Real
    Santa Clara, CA 95053


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