Submission Preparation ChecklistAs 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.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in LibreOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
- The text is 1.5-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 text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, all author-identifying details have been removed in the case of material for peer review.
A separate title page including author’s name, contact details and a brief biography, should be sent as supplementary material with the submission.
The articles in this section are not peer-reviewed as are the other articles. They are, however, reviewed by the editor and it is expected that these articles will be written in an academic form and at a level of quality similar to other articles.
‘Research notes’, however, are shorter pieces, usually between 2,000 and 3,000 words in length, making them about half the length of a full article. They provide an opportunity for students, scholars and researchers to share information about projects that are underway or about information that has been released that will be of interest to others, before the projects or analysis has been completed. Hence, these Research Notes encourage feedback which can contribute to the on-going project.
Abstracts are not required for Research Notes.
The criteria by which materials will be accepted for Research Notes will be:
- The article contributes new information or theories that will be useful to other scholars and professionals working in ministry.
- The article is written in an appropriate academic form for publication in the Journal.
Authors who publish with the Journal of Contemporary Ministry agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).