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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.
  • 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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format. No submissions in PDF format will be accepted.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is 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 text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission document must not include any reference to the author's name, not in the document or in the document name. The abstract must be omitted from the document as there is a specific place through the submission process.

Author Guidelines

Transform Article Guidelines

Transform publishes scholarly book reviews and articles which make a contribution to biblical, theological, or practical studies or articles of an interdisciplinary nature that make a substantive contribution to the field of religion. The editorial committee welcomes previously unpublished articles and book reviews. The following guidelines apply to articles submitted for publication in the journal. Consult the book review editor for guidelines for critical book reviews.

General Guidelines

  1. Editors will consider only articles that have been submitted exclusively to Transform. Writers should not submit an article to Transform which has been submitted to another journal at the same time. Authors are responsible to indicate any portion of the article which has been published previously.
  2. Authors should only submit one article at a time.
  3. Articles should conform to the current guidelines. Articles that depart significantly from these guidelines will either be rejected or the author will be requested to edit the article to bring it into conformity to the guidelines.
  4. Each article will be submitted to a blind peer-review process. As a result, authors should take care not to reveal their identity.
  5. The use of language should be consistent with policies on inclusive language.
  6. British spelling and conventions should be used throughout the document. For British spelling, writers should consult the Oxford English Dictionary; for British writing style, one should consult New Hart’s Rules.
  7. Authors will provide the following information with each submission:
  • The author’s contact information: name, title/rank, institutional affiliation, email address, and phone number;
  • The title (including the subtitle, if any) of the article;
  • An abstract of the article of not more than 175 words;
  • The article itself should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word.

Format Guidelines

  1. The articles should be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word with abstracts and full documentation. The article should be configured to print on an A4 sized page of paper. Articles should use Times New Romans 12-point font in the body of the text and 10-point font in the footnotes. The pages should be electronically numbered at the bottom of the page, and the margins set at 1-inch on the top, left, and right. The lines of the body of the document should be double-spaced except for block quotations (exceeding five lines) which will be single-spaced and indented. The first line of each paragraph should be indented five spaces using the tab button settings.
  2. The article should use footnotes and a bibliography. The latest edition of the Turabian citation style should be used. Writers should consult the most recent edition of the Turabian citation style guide.
  3. The length of the articles should be a minimum of 6,000. Each article should include an abstract of not more than 175 words.
  4. The body of the text should be aligned to the left margin of the document. The text of the document should be neither centered nor justified.
  5. The subheadings of the article should be consistent throughout the document. They should be aligned with the left margin with extra space above them. Follow consistently the system below:
    1. First-level subheadings: bold italic
    2. Second-level subheadings: bold (only)
    3. Third-level subheadings: italic (only)
  1. Use only one space between words and sentences.
  2. Consistent with British standards, single quotation marks are used for the quotations. In-quotes are indicated with double quotation marks. In the case of footnotes, the closing quotation marks should appear, followed by a full stop and the number of the footnote.
  3. The footnotes are to appear at the end of the sentence and should be numbered sequentially throughout the document. References to specific passages of the Bible may be cited within the body of the text with a parenthetical reference as follows: (Mt. 5:9, NIV).

Versions of the Bible

Transform recommends that authors use a standard version of the Bible. Whenever another version is used, the reference should be clearly indicated at each quotation by the standard abbreviations:

GNB The Good News Bible:

Today’s English Version [NB: not TEV]

JB The Jerusalem Bible

KJV The King James Version of the Bible [NB: not italicized]

NASB The New American Standard Bible

NEB The New English Bible

NIV The Holy Bible: New International Version

NJB The New Jerusalem Bible

NRSV The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible [NB: not italicized]

REB The Revised English Bible

RSV The Revised Standard Version of the Bible [NB: not italicized]

If you prefer to use your translation directly from the original Hebrew or Greek texts, please consult with the editorial office about ways to indicate this in your document.


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