Pacifica is the journal of the University of Divinity, Australia, published three times a year. Founded in 1987 by an ecumenical consortium of scholars, Pacifica is a research-driven, peer-reviewed journal that publishes high quality research in theology and its associated disciplines. It provides a forum for international and ecumenical perspectives on all fields of research relating to the Christian churches and their engagement with society, including scholarship pertaining to the Asia-Pacific region. Pacifica is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
|Mark Brett||Whitley College, University of Divinity, Australia|
|John McDowell||Director of Research, University of Divinity, Australia|
|Andrew Menzies||Stirling College, University of Divinity, Australia|
|Ruth Webber||Honorary Research Fellow, University of Divinity, Australia|
|Bruce Barber||Moonee Ponds, Australia|
|Ian Breward||Garden City, Australia|
|Peter Howard||Monash University, Australia|
|Mark Lindsay||University of Divinity, Australia|
|Katharine Massam||Uniting Church Theological College / United Faculty of Theology / University of Divinity, Australia|
|Paul Treblico||University of Otago, New Zealand|
- Peer review policy
- Article types
- How to submit your manuscript
- Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
- Declaration of conflicting interests policy
- Other conventions
7.1 Funding acknowledgement
- Manuscript style
9.1 File types
9.2 Journal & reference style
9.3 Manuscript preparation
9.3.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
9.3.2 Corresponding author contact details
9.3.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
9.3.4 English language editing services
- After acceptance
10.2 E-Prints and complimentary copies
10.3 SAGE production
- Further information
Pacifica is an ecumenical journal. Articles treating the history or concerns of particular Christian traditions are welcome provided their content can be judged to be of interest on a wider Christian basis.
1. Peer review policy
Pacifica operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and the author’s name from the reviewer. Each manuscript is reviewed by two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible. Authors receive an editorial report from the Editor with feedback from the peer review process and a decision about publication.
Pacifica welcomes manuscripts on all aspects of Christian theology, across traditional theological disciplines and ecumenical boundaries. Articles should make a scholarly contribution to the field of enquiry to which they relate. In general articles should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words in length (including footnotes) and should be written in a lucid but scholarly style.
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.
Pacifica: Australasian 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 http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/pacifica 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 it is likely that you already have an account. 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.
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Pacifica 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.
If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers 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 author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Pacifica does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
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.
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, 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.
To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Pacifica additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.
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.
Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. The preferred format for the text and tables of your manuscript is Word DOC. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.
Click here to review guidelines on Pacifica Style.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 for further information.
We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.
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.
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 Pacifica with SAGE.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:
Editor-in-Chief - Pacifica