Notes for Contributors
The main purpose of this journal is to offer new perspectives on Christianity, and to identify ways and means through which Christianity can engage with, and be relevant to, people, issues, and structures existing in the twenty-first century. This purpose may be subdivided into several aims: (1) to open a portal for the ongoing scholarly analysis and evaluation of the interface between Christianity and contemporary society, most particularly Australian society; (2) to construct a forum for those new perspectives which will contribute properly and accurately to the national research effort and to improved knowledge and understanding of the world; and (3) to provide current information for young people as to how Christians may engage with social problems and thinking. Thus, the journal invites papers that illuminate relevant new perspectives (e.g., outlooks, attitudes, contexts, approaches, or views), particularly those which are of special interest to an Australian people.
Topics in all categories relating to the purpose of the journal are welcome but from time to time, issues will be published on various themes. Suggestions for special issues are welcome.
The Review Process
At the time of submission, authors are notified that the article has been received and a receipt is issued. An initial screening process is undertaken by the editorial team and those articles that pass the screening process are despatched to two blind reviewers together with a copy of the criteria. Reviewers are asked to comment in relation to the criteria and recommend that the article be accepted, accepted with modifications, resubmitted, or rejected.
The criteria by which articles are selected for publication are as follows:
- The paper is directly relevant to the aims of the journal, and the topic is important to the field. It contains a new perspective on a topic relevant to contemporary Christianity and/or Christians.
- The paper is well informed and scholarly in nature. Its quality and strength of argument is of an equivalent standard to those accepted for inclusion in an Australian journal or peer-reviewed conference proceedings.
- Quality of writing: Style and format is consistently and properly used, and the paper is clear and organised.
- Claims are supported by evidence, and ideas are acknowledged and sourced.
- Paper length is no more than 6,000 words including references.
- The paper and title are ethically and professionally appropriate, free from sexist, racist and depreciating language relating to people, organisations, or events. The paper avoids propagandising and manipulation.
Manuscripts should be submitted in Times New Roman 12 point font. The first page should include the title of the paper, the name of the author and his/her institutional affiliation, an abstract of 100-200 words centred at the top of the page beneath the title, plus the full postal and email address of the corresponding author. The body of the manuscript should include an introduction, preferably only one level of headings in title case and justified on the left margin, a conclusion, and the references cited in the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (sixth edition).
Book reviews of recently published books that offer a new perspective on Christianity are invited. These reviews should be approximately 800 words in length and be submitted in APA style.
Manuscripts should be submitted in Word or Rtf format as attachments to an email addressed to . Manuscripts must not have been submitted elsewhere, or be under consideration elsewhere, although they could be a revision of a conference paper submitted earlier, provided it is acknowledged where the conference paper has been published in the conference proceedings.
Articles accepted for publication which contain sections greater than 300 words of text, tables or figures quoted or copied from copyrighted sources must include the permission of the copyright owner.
The views expressed in International Journal of New Perspectives in Christianity are the views of the authors and do not represent the views of any particular denomination, institution, group or the journal itself. The publishers make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information, however, the publisher makes no representations or warranties whether express or implied to the maximum extent permitted by law.