Submission Guidelines for TEACH Journal of Christian Education

Submission Guidelines

General Submission Guidelines for Articles

Articles sent to the editor should fall within the four general categories outlined above under the heading of "Scope".

The deadlines for submissions for TEACH Journal of Christian Education are:

April issue: the end of the first week of March.
September issue: the end of the first week of August

Submission process

The instructions given below should be followed in submitting manuscripts to the journal. In an email reply, the editor should confirm soon afterwards, that the submission has been received.

The submission process consists of the following steps:

  1. Reading and accepting the Article Submission Agreement
  2. Use of the latest edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) Style.
  3. Providing brief autobiographical information about the author's
  4. Including a request for peer review of the submission in a cover letter attached to the submission as additional files.
    Note: This is a requirement for all articles submitted for the Research and Scholarship section.
  5. Uploading of the article and related information (including pictures as .jpeg files).

Contributors should ensure that they have included the following:

  • Article title
  • Article in Microsoft Word

and particularly in cases where a request has been made for an article to be refereed:

  • An abstract (separate from the article body)
  • Four key 'search' words for the article, to facilitate online searches

At the time of submission, authors will be notified that the article has been received.

For details regarding manuscript preparation, refer to the next section.

Specific Guidelines for Contributors

Manuscript Preparation


    Authors should complete the submission of an electronic copy of the article through the online submission process using Microsoft Word and submission of any detail required or considered important for inclusion by the authors.

    Alternatively (but less preferred) submission with all components as detailed can be sent as attachments in an email to: TEACH.editor@avondale.edu.au with a copy to the editorial secretary sallyanne.dehn@avondale.edu.au


    Scholarly articles and research papers should be between 4000 and 5000 words in length. The first page of the manuscript should list the title, the names, postal address, contact phone number, and affiliation, of the authors together with 2-3 lines of auto-biographical information and lastly four key words that 'place' the article and could facilitate online searching for content. The subsequent page should restate the manuscript's title, followed by four key words that 'place' the article and could facilitate online searching for content, then a 100-150 word abstract. The body of the article follows on the remaining pages.

    Articles in other sections of the journal can be shorter (1000-3000 words) though book reviews, reflections, impressions and experiences are usually from 500 -1500 words.

    Where applicable, headings and sub-headings should be used to enhance logical organisation of subject matter, lines of reasoning, and also to emphasise significant ideas and concepts.


    The text should be size 12 font, double spaced, left justified, with ample margins, headings in bold, and lettering in Arial. The preferred writing style within the School of Education is APA style. It is expected that journal submissions will use the latest APA style and conform to the guidelines published in the corresponding manual.

    Guidelines for this journal suggest that hyphenation may be used to break the text, but only if absolutely necessary. APA Style suggests footnotes and endnotes should be avoided. If needed to explain content or identify copyright place the superscripted number after punctuation, before a dash and within a parenthesis. Ensure footnotes appear on the same page as the superscript citation mark. Endnotes should be numbered serially in superscript and then appear at the end of the text, ahead of the references.

    In-text quotations should always acknowledge the authors, year of publication and page numbers for the reference. Short quotations (less than 40 words) should be included in quotation marks in the text with the reference detail outside the quotes, but before punctuation. Quotes of more than 40 words should be preceded by an introductory phrase that may include the author and publication date followed by the quote indented about 1.25 cm from the left margin, with the page (add author and date if not introduced) indicated after the closing punctuation. If a quote exceeds 100 words, or includes tables, graphics or charts from some other source authors may need to seek permission from the relevant publisher and include this permission with their submission.

    Tables and Figures (including photographs) should be numbered and titled. Their positions in the text must be indicated clearly. They must be placed in the appendix, on separate pages, after the references.


    Clear, concise, non-discriminatory language is expected.


    A condition of publication is that submitted articles and papers are original contributions which have not been published previously, or are not being considered for publication elsewhere. On publication, submissions become the copyright of the journal but, on request, may appear in other publications. Papers presented at conferences, but not published, are eligible for submission to TEACH Journal of Christian Education.


    Scholarly articles and research papers are refereed / peer reviewed.

    After an initial editorial screening, articles are sent with a copy of the selection criteria, for 'blind' appraisal to two reviewers. These referees are asked to provide specific comment on the meeting of criteria (see below) 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 evidences originality, is directly relevant to the aims of the journal, suited to its audience, deals with a topic is important to the field, and meets an existing need.
    • The paper is well informed and scholarly in nature. Its quality and strength of argument being of an equivalent standard to those accepted for inclusion in an Australian journal or peer-reviewed conference proceedings.
    • Quality of writing: An appropriate style and format (including citations) is consistently and properly used, ensuring the paper is clear, concise 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, being free from gender bias, racism and depreciating language relating to people, organisations, or events. The paper avoids propagandising and manipulation.


    Occasionally, articles may be commissioned. Nevertheless, as a general rule, the journal will not pay for articles.


    All copy may be edited, condensed (if required, in consultation with the authors), or declined for publication.


    References must follow the current edition of American Psychological Association (APA) style. Authors are requested to check all references for completeness, including year, volume number, and pages for journal citations. It is imperative that authors check to be sure that all references mentioned in the text are listed in the reference section. Where available, DOIs (digital object identifiers) for the references must be provided and hyperlinked in the Word document. Please include the entire URL, e.g. https://doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.2014.1063. Use the free DOI lookup on CrossRef's website to check your citations. Some examples are offered below:

Books: Sire, J. (2000). Habits of the mind: Intellectual life as a Christian calling. Intervarsity Press.

Articles: Berreth, D. & Scherer, M. (1993). On transmitting values: A conversation with Amitai Etzioni. Educational Leadership, 51(3), 12-15.

Chapters within Books: Ankeny, M. (1999). Teaching as story: Using biography to nurture reflective Christian educators. In D. Elliot and S. Holtrop (Eds.). Nurturing and reflective teachers: A Christian approach for the 21st century (pp. 303-312). Learning Light Educational Publishing.

Websites: Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2001). Transition from education to work. Retrieved July 14, 20011 from http://www.ausstats/abs%40.nsf/Open

Or using a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) when available-

Brownlie, D. (2007). Toward effective poster presentations: An annotated bibliography. European Journal of Marketing, 41, 1245-1283. https://doi.org/10.1108/030905607108211612

References should be listed fully, in alphabetical order, at the end of an article. It is also important that manuscripts are internally consistent in the use of the preferred referencing style.

1 Publication Manual of APA 7th Edition has no wording before the url.
2 Reference List: Electronic Sources (Web Publications), Purdue Online Writing Laboratory. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/reference_list_electronic_sources.html


American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association: The Official Guide to APA Style, Seventh Edition. https://apastyle.apa.org/products/publication-manual-7th-edition/

Purdue Online Writing Lab. (n. d.). APA Style Introduction. Purdue Online Writing Lab. Purdue University. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html