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Editor
Gordon S. Mikoski Princeton Theological Seminary, USA
Reviews Editor
Nancy Duff Princeton Theological Seminary, USA

eISSN: 20442556| ISSN: 00405736|Current volume: 73|Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly
Founded in 1944 at Princeton Theological Seminary, Theology Today is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal whose contributors include both emerging and established scholars. The editors seek to introduce to an ecumenical readership of academics and religious leaders significant new figures and movements in Christian theology, to foster intellectual encounters between Christianity and the other Abrahamic faiths, and to bring theological reflection and assessment into dialogue with emerging forms of church life and mission.

Founded in 1944 at Princeton Theological Seminary, Theology Today is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal whose contributors include both emerging and established scholars. The editors seek to introduce to an ecumenical readership of academics and religious leaders significant new figures and movements in Christian theology, to foster intellectual encounters between Christianity and the other Abrahamic faiths, and to bring theological reflection and assessment into dialogue with emerging forms of church life and mission.

Editorial Assistant
Joel Estes Princeton Theological Seminary, USA
Editorial Council
Abdullahi A. An-Naim Emory University, USA
Russel Botman University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
J. Kameron Carter Duke University, USA
Yu Carver China Graduate School of Theology, China
William Cavanaugh University of St Thomas, USA
John Chryssavgis  
Sarah Coakley Cambridge University, UK
Craig Dykstra Lilly Endowment Inc., USA
Wendy Farley Emory University, USA
David Fergusson University of Edinburgh, UK
Mary McClintock Fulkerson Duke University, USA
James F. Kay Princeton Theological Seminary, USA
Ulrich H. J. Koertner University of Vienna, Austria
Nancey Murphy Fuller Theological Seminary, USA
Mark Noll University of Notre Dame, USA
Peter Ochs University of Virginia, USA
Amy Plantinga Pauw Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, USA
R. Kendall Soulen Wesley Theological Seminary, USA
Jeffrey Stout Princeton University, USA
Iain R. Torrance Princeton Theological Seminary, USA
Cornel West Union Theological Seminary
John Witvliet Calvin College and Theological Seminary, USA
  • ATLA American Theological Library Association
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • BRS
  • Book Reviews of the Month
  • DIALOG
  • EBSCO: ATLA New Testament Abstracts (NTA)
  • EBSCO: Humanities International Complete
  • Guide to Social Science & Religion in Periodical Literature
  • Internationale Bibliographie der Zeitschriftenliteratur aus allen Gebieten des Wissens
  • Religion Index One: Periodicals
  • Religious and Theological Abstracts
  • Subject Index to Select Periodical Literature
  • Thomson Reuters: Current Contents - Arts & Humanities
    1. Peer review policy
    2. Article types
      2.1 Acknowledgments
      2.2 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 Manuscript preparation
      5.3.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      5.3.2 Corresponding author contact details
      5.3.3 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      5.3.4 English language editing services
    6. After acceptance
      6.1 Proofs
      6.2 E-Prints
      6.3 SAGE production
      6.4 OnlineFirst publication
    7. Further information

    1. Peer review policy

    Founded in 1944 at Princeton Theological Seminary, Theology Today is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal whose contributors include both emerging and established scholars. The editors seek to introduce to an ecumenical readership of academics and religious leaders significant new figures and movements in Christian theology, to foster intellectual encounters between Christianity and the other Abrahamic faiths, and to bring theological reflection and assessment into dialogue with emerging forms of church life and mission.

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    2. Article types

    Theology Today publishes articles on a wide range of classical and contemporary issues in Christian theology.

    The maximum length of articles typically published by Theology Todayis 5000 words. The editors reserve the right to return manuscripts unread that greatly exceed this length.

    Theology Todayalso will consider unsolicited shorter features (1800–2100 words) worthy of publication, including:

    Responses to Articles
    — well-written, carefully argued responses to articles appearing in Theology Todaydesigned to further the conversation on a particular theological topic

    Critic’s Corner
    — typically an essay-length review of one or more recent publications, films, or other media relating to Christian theology

    Theological Table Talk
    — informal, conversational-style essays on theological topics

    The Church in the World
    — shorter essays on the ecumenical church and the contemporary world

    Crossing Boundaries
    — essays by specialists in one theological field, religious tradition or subfield reflecting on a primary text from another theological field, religious tradition or subfield

    Theology on the Ground
    — essays by experienced pastors and teachers, bringing theological reflection to bear in relation to church practices (preaching, sacraments, education, music, pastoral care) and to emerging forms of church life and mission

     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.

    2.1 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.]

    2.2 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Theology Today 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 Today 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 Today 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

    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.

    Theology Todayis 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/tt 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 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.

    Please submit only previously unpublished material. We do not publish material that has appeared elsewhere (or is already scheduled to appear elsewhere). Please do not send us material that you are simultaneously submitting elsewhere. We consider only material that is serially (not concurrently) submitted.

    In evaluating whether your submission might be appropriate for Theology Today, please bear in mind that Theology Todayis an ecumenical journal of Christian theology that publishes articles on a wide range of classical and contemporary issues in Christian theology. You may consult our online archive for examples of previously published articles and poetry.

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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 Today conforms to SAGE Theology Today style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE Theology Today style.

    5.3. 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.

    5.3.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    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.

    5.3.2 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 to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    5.3.3 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    Theology Today does not currently accept supplemental files.

    5.3.4 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

    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.

    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 Today 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:

    Gordon S. Mikoski
    Editor
    Theology Today
    Princeton Theological Seminary
    P.O. Box 821

    Princeton, NJ 08542-0803
    USA
    Email: theology.today@ptsem.edu or
    gordon.mikoski@ptsem.edu
    Tel: +1 609-497- 7714

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