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Theology

Published in Association with Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge

Editor
Professor Robin Gill University of Kent, UK
Assistant Editor
Juliet Trickey SPCK, UK


eISSN: 20442696 | ISSN: 0040571X | Current volume: 120 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly

'Issue after issue, Theology engages with the topics and thinkers that really matter to thoughtful Christians today. It is not only high quality, unpretentious and theologically nourishing but also manages to make significant connections between church, academy and society.' David Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity and Director, Cambridge Inter-faith Programme, University of Cambridge

Theology is the ideal journal for all who want to broaden their knowledge of contemporary theological studies. It includes peer-reviewed contributions from leading scholars and first-time authors from across the Christian tradition.

Theology is published six times a year and will:

  • keep you abreast of the latest developments in all fields of enquiry impinging on contemporary Christian thought and practice, including biblical studies, historical theology, systematic theology, pastoral theology, history, philosophy and ethics
  • ensure you are up to date with the latest books published in the field
  • help you to think further about key issues in ministry and theological education

Given its quality and its breadth, Theology is the best journal available for students in ministerial formation, for theological educators and recent ordinands, as well as for laity and clergy keen to keep in touch with developments in Christian thought and practice.

Theology is the ideal journal for all who want to broaden their knowledge of contemporary theological studies. It includes peer-reviewed contributions from leading scholars and first-time authors from across the Christian tradition.

Theology is published six times a year and will:

  • keep you abreast of the latest developments in all fields of enquiry impinging on contemporary Christian thought and practice, including biblical studies, historical theology, systematic theology, pastoral theology, history, philosophy and ethics
  • ensure you are up to date with the latest books published in the field
  • help you to think further about key issues in ministry and theological education

Given its quality and its breadth, Theology is the best journal available for students in ministerial formation, for theological educators and recent ordinands, as well as for laity and clergy keen to keep in touch with developments in Christian thought and practice.

Editorial Board Member
Lisa Cahill Boston College, USA
Grace Davie Exeter University, UK
Elaine Graham Chester University, UK
David Horrell Exeter University, UK
Jolyon Mitchell Edinburgh University, UK
Stephen Platten Bishop of Wakefield, UK
William F. Storrar Center of Theological Inquiry Princeton, USA
Frances Ward Dean of St Edmundsbury, UK
Jane Williams St Mellitus College, London, UK
N.T. Wright St Andrews University, UK
  • Academic Index
  • Academic Search Elite
  • Academic Search Premier
  • Advanced Placement Source (EBSCO)
  • Anthropological Index Online
  • Anthropological Literature
  • British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography
  • CD-ROM - International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • CD-ROM International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
  • EBSCO: Humanities International Complete
  • EBSCOhost: Academic Search Complete
  • Expanded Academic Index
  • Historical Abstracts
  • History On-Line
  • Humanities Index
  • IBZ: International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Index theologicus
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
  • Middle East Abstracts & Index
  • OCLC Article First
  • Old Testament Abstacts
  • Online - International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Online - International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Peeters Online Bibliographies
  • Periodical Abstracts
  • Periodicals Index Online (1906-1995)
  • ProQuest Information & Learning
  • Religion Index One: Periodicals
  • Religious and Theological Abstracts
  • Research Alert
  • Scopus
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociofile
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • The Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
  • The Philosopher's Index
  • Theology Digest
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Zeller Dietrich Bibliographische Verlage
    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      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
      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
    7. Further information

    1. Article types

    Theology is the ideal journal for all who want to broaden their knowledge of contemporary theological studies. It includes peer-reviewed contributions from leading scholars and first-time authors from across the Christian tradition.

    Given its quality and its breadth, Theology is the best journal available for students in ministerial formation, for theological educators and recent ordinands, as well as for laity and clergy keen to keep in touch with developments in Christian thought and practice.

    Theology welcomes submissions in all areas of enquiry impinging on contemporary Christian thought and practice including biblical studies, historical theology, systematic theology, practical theology, history, philosophy and ethics.

    Articles should not normally exceed 3,500 words. Reviews should not exceed 500 words. Articles should be sent as an email attachment to theology@spck.org.uk. Authors are asked to provide a short Abstract and five to seven Keywords that reflect the key themes of their paper and can be used to facilitate internet searches of the journal.

    Inclusive language should be used throughout, and Greek or Hebrew should be transliterated. Notes and references should be kept to a minimum and positioned at the end of the text, followed by a short note identifying the authors. Authors are asked to provide a word-count (including notes and references).

    Books for Review: Theology also publishes an extensive book reviews section. Review copies should be sent to Lauren Zimmerman, Theology Coordinator, 36 Causton Street, London SW1P 4ST.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Theology operates an anonymous peer review process for articles. A reviewer's report makes a clear recommendation to publish or not to publish a submission, giving reasons for the recommendation. The reviewer may also recommend revision or resubmission. The reviewer's identity remains strictly anonymous to the author unless the reviewer decides to reveal her identity.

    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.

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

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Theology 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

    Theology 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.

    3.2 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

    Theology 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

    Manuscripts and illustrations should be submitted to the editor by e-mail attachment to:
    The Revd Dr Stephen J. Plant at theology@spck.org.uk
    Books for Review should be sent to Lauren Zimmerman, Theology Coordinator, 36 Causton Street, London SW1P 4ST.

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    5. Manuscript style

    5.1 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 DOCX.  Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.

    5.2 Journal Style

    Theology conforms to the SAGE Theology style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE Theology Style

    5.3 Reference Style

    Theology adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style. EndNote supports SAGE Harvard download the output file by following this link.

    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

    Authors are asked to provide a short Abstract and five to seven Keywords that reflect the key themes of their paper. 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. Where applicable, 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.

    If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. 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

    Theology Today 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 http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/submission.sp 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 http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp. We additionally provide the corresponding author with a complimentary copy of the print issue in which the article appears up to a maximum of 5 copies for onward supply by the corresponding author to co-authors.

    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 Theology with SAGE.

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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:

    Professor Robin Gill
    theology@spck.org.uk

    Book review copies should be sent to Juliet Trickey, Theology Coordinator, 36 Causton Street, London SW1P 4ST. 

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