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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS: The text is in Microsoft Word format; single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. The URLs are ready to click (e.g., http://pkp.sfu.ca). All submissions should follow the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. All notes should be footnotes (not endnotes). Include a cover sheet with author's full name, affiliation and/or qualifications, and contact information.

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  • FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS: An abstract highlighting the significance of the article and its implications for theological librarianship should be included; for peer-reviewed material this should include objective(s), method(s), result(s), and conclusion(s) of the study. Please keep abstracts between 100-150 words.
  • FOR PEER-REVIEWED MATERIALS:  Submission should not indicate the author's identity in headers/footers, references, or automatically generated metadata.

    (Note: due to a quirk in journal software, you'll need to check off this box even if your submission is not peer-reviewed.)

Deadline for peer-reviewed submissions (peer reviewed articles, bibliographic essays) to the April issue is November 1st. Deadline for peer-reviewed submissions for the October issue is June 1st.

For submissions that are not peer-reviewed (columns, essays, critical reviews), submission deadlines are as follows: December 1st (for April issue) and July 1st (for October issue).

Theological Librarianship is committed to open access publication and has no APCs (article processing charges), article submission charges, or other author fees.

Submissions must not have been previously published, nor be before another journal for consideration. If the submission is based on an oral presentation, it has been revised as necessary.

We accept unsolicited submissions that otherwise meet our guidelines.

Guidelines for Non-Peer-Reviewed Materials

Essays address trends, technologies, and practices affecting libraries and librarianship and discuss matters of significant import to the profession. These can be of any length up to 6000 words. Essays may take the form of

  • opinion pieces on issues relating to theological librarianship and scholarly religious communication
  • profiles that highlight the life and work of long-time theological librarians who have shown special leadership and/or have made significant contributions to the library profession
  • descriptions of various library-related features (programs, resources, facilities, management, etc.)

Guidelines for Peer-reviewed Materials

To qualify for peer review, submissions should be based upon research and make an original contribution to theological librarianship. Length is 3000-6000 words. Peer-reviewed materials may take the form of

  • Articles based on original research (any methodology)
  • Bibliographic essays: discussions of significant bodies of literature of interest to theological librarians, which place them in their broader intellectual and bibliographic contexts

Guidelines for Critical Reviews

Reviews in Theological Librarianship will primarily cover reference material (both print and electronic), electronic databases, professional library literature of interest to theological librarians, and other items deemed appropriate by the reviews editor. Reviews should be no more than 1500 words must conform to our style guide. When you receive your review copy, please send a short confirmation notice to the critical reviews editor.

  • Include the citation information at the beginning of the review (in the following formats:
    • BOOK Author. Full title of the book. Place: Publisher, Date. Number of pages, Price. ISBN.
      • Example: Michael McClymond, ed. Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007. 2 vols : 1178 pp. $225.00. Hardcover. ISBN: 0313328285 (set).
    • ELECTRONIC RESOURCE Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Full title of the website.  Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site. Date of resource creation (if available). URL, DOI or permalink. Date accessed.
      • Example: Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative.  American Theological Library Association and Association of Theological Schools. 2003-2015. https://www2.atla.com/digitalresources/. Accessed 2 June 2017.

The review should begin with a brief description of the book or online resource. Describe the intended audience of the resource. Discuss its strengths and weaknesses. Assess whether the author's aims are achieved. Provide an analysis of the author's style and presentation. Does it have a particular perspective or does it present all sides of an issue objectively? Note whether you would recommend it for purchase. Do not use endnotes; any references should be included in parentheses in the body of the review. 

Reviews should be submitted within two months of receiving the book, or the book must be returned.

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