Modern Theology

Cover image for Vol. 30 Issue 2

Edited By: Jim Fodor and Bill Cavanaugh

Online ISSN: 1468-0025

Author Guidelines

1.      Manuscripts should be submitted online at


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2.      Modern Theology is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

3.      Only articles that have not previously appeared or been submitted concurrently elsewhere will be considered for publication. The editors welcome responses to articles published in Modern Theology.

4.      Modern Theology does not publish responses to book reviews, unsolicited book reviews, unsolicited review essays or articles exceeding 15,000 words, including footnotes, in length.

5.      All submissions must also contain a 100 word abstract of the article (to be used in electronic databases) and a word count.

6.      Notes should be numbered in one sequence throughout the article.

7.      In order to facilitate the double-blind review of submissions, the author's name should not appear on the manuscript itself, but rather on a separate title page or cover letter.

8.      Where conventions of spelling or punctuation differ between the UK and the US, contributors may adopt either style so long as they are consistent.

9.      In composing notes the following style should be used:
(i) Donald MacKinnon, 'Some Epistemological Reflections on Religious Experience', in Steven T. Katz (ed), Mysticism and Philosophical Analysis (London: Sheldon, 1978), p. 133.
(ii) Rowan A. Greer, 'The Analogy of Grace in Theodore of Mopsuestia's Christology', The Journal of Theological Studies , 34 (1983), pp. 82-98.
(iii) MacKinnon, p.135.
(iv) Ibid., p. 140.

10.  References in Articles
There are several software packages available to help authors manage and format the references and footnotes in their journal article. We recommend the use of a software tool such as Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

11.  Page proofs—the corresponding author will receive an email alert containing a link to a website. A working email address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. The proof can be downloaded as a PDF (portable document format) file. Acrobat Reader will be required in order to read this file.

12.  Copyright Transfer Agreement

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Blackwell’s Author Services.
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

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