Submissions

SUBMISSIONS

SUBMISSIONS

To submit an article, please email a Word doc version to either of the journal editors: Robert Seesengood (rseesengood@albright.edu) and Rhiannon Graybill (graybillr@rhodes.edu). To submit a book review (or inquire about the journal reviewing a new publication), contact Caryn Tamber-Rosenau (cmtamber@central.uh.edu).

AUTHOR GUIDELINES

The Bible and Critical Theory adheres to Chicago B style (in-text with references gathered at the end of the article). Detailed instructions may be found at the Chicago Manual’s online site. For those who use Endnote, set citation system to ‘Chicago B’.

The journal uses any standard version of English spelling and punctuation (Australian, USA, UK etc.), as long as usage is consistent throughout the article.

The journal style guide can be downloaded here: Bible and Critical Theory Style Guide 2020.

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  3. The text is double-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.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE

The Bible and Critical Theory adheres to the Creative Commons licensing system. Authors who publish with this journal 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-NonCommercial 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).

PRIVACY STATEMENT

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

PUBLICATION ETHICS AND PUBLICATION MALPRACTICE STATEMENT

The Bible and Critical Theory is dedicated to following best practices on ethical matters, errors, and retractions. The prevention of publication malpractice is one of the important responsibilities of the editorial board. Any kind of unethical behavior is not acceptable, and the Editorial Board of this journal does not tolerate plagiarism in any form. Authors submitting articles to The Bible and Critical Theory affirm that manuscript contents are original.

As such, this journal follows the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers. The following duties outlined for editors, authors, and reviewers are based on the above codes of conduct:

Editors evaluate submitted manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit (importance, originality, study’s validity, clarity) and its relevance to the journal’s scope, without regard to the authors’ race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, religious belief, political philosophy or institutional affiliation. Decisions to edit and publish are not determined by the policies of governments or any other agencies outside of the journal itself. The managing co-editors have full authority over the entire editorial content of the journal and the timing of publication of that content.

Editors, authors, and reviewers will also adhere to the BCT submission guideline policies:

Duties of Editor

Publication Decisions: Based on the review report of the Editorial Review Board, the editor has complete responsibility and authority to accept, reject or request modifications to the manuscript.
Review of Manuscripts: Each editor must ensure that each manuscript is initially evaluated by the editor for originality, making use of appropriate software to do so. Following desk review, the manuscript is forwarded for blind peer review by members of the editorial review board and/or other appropriate experts in the field who will make a recommendation to accept, reject, or modify the manuscript.
Fair Review: The editor must ensure that each manuscript submitted to the BCT is reviewed for its intellectual content without regard to sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, etc. of the authors.
Confidentiality: The editor must ensure that information regarding manuscripts submitted by the authors is kept confidential.
Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest: The editor of this Journal shall not use unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript for his/her own research without the written consent of the author.
Errata Information: The editor will publish errata pages or make corrections when needed.
Ethical Guidelines: The editor shall ensure that all research material they publish conforms to internationally accepted ethical guidelines.
Proof of Misconduct: The editor should not reject papers based on suspicions, they should have proof of misconduct.

Duties of Authors

Publication guidelines: Authors must follow the submission guidelines of the journal. (See submission guideline policies)
Original Work: Authors must ensure that they have written entirely original work. Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published elsewhere.
Multiple Submissions: Authors must certify that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere.
Peer Review Process: Authors must participate in the peer review process.
Authorship of the Paper: All authors mentioned in the paper must have significantly contributed to the research.
Conflict of Interest: Authors must notify the Editors of any conflicts of interest.
Fundamental Errors: Authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes at any point of time if the author(s) discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in the submitted manuscript.

Duties of Reviewers

Confidentiality: Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
Acknowledgment of Sources: Reviewers must ensure that authors have acknowledged all sources of data used in the research.
Standards of Objectivity: Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author.
Supporting Argument: Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments
Plagiarism, Fraud and Other Ethical Concerns: Reviewers should let the editor know if you suspect/find that a manuscript is a substantial copy of another work, citing the previous work in as much detail as possible.
Relevant Work: Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
Conflicts of Interest: Reviewers should not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.
Promptness: In the event that a reviewer feels it is not possible for him/her to complete review of the manuscript within stipulated time then this information must be communicated to the editor so that the manuscript could be sent to another reviewer

The publisher is committed to the permanent availability and preservation of scholarly research and ensures accessibility by partnering with organizations and maintaining our own digital archive. This journal is an open-access journal.

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