International Journal of Systematic Theology

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Edited By: Paul Nimmo, Matthew Levering and Martin Westerholm

Online ISSN: 1468-2400

Author Guidelines


Books for review should be sent to:

Dr Adam Johnson
Torrey Honors Institute
Biola University
13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639


All submissions to the International Journal of Systematic Theology are made via the online editorial office at, where full instructions and a help facility are available. All submissions must conform to the Submission Requirements below. Please note that if a submission does not conform, it may be unsubmitted for reformatting. Any queries in this connection should be sent to Dr Martin Westerholm (

What follows is a summary of our submission requirements. More detailed instructions pertaining to the presentation of accepted articles is available here.

Submission Requirements for Journal Articles

1. Articles will not be considered for publication if they have been previously published in English or are currently being considered for publication elsewhere. Articles will be double blind-reviewed: therefore no material identifying the author should appear anywhere.

2. Contributors should include at the start an abstract of around 100 words. Including this abstract (and all footnotes), articles should not normally be longer than 8000 words in length, although longer articles may occasionally be considered by the Editors.

3. Text in Hebrew or Greek should either be transliterated and italicized or rendered in the original script with full pointing / accents and breathings. Articles should be checked after uploading to Manuscript Central to ensure that any Hebrew or Greek text has not corrupted.

4. Contributors may follow UK or US spelling conventions, provided they do so consistently, but should avoid any of the following abbreviations: ‘f.’, ‘ff.’, ‘op. cit.’, ‘ibid.’, and ‘idem’. Direct quotations should, however, follow the spelling, punctuation and capitalization of the original.

5. Articles should be formatted at line-and-a-half spacing and in 12-point font throughout (including all footnotes), and should incorporate a margin of at least 2.5 cm (1 inch) all round.

6. Footnotes should be numbered sequentially, and references should follow these formats:
1 Gerald O’Collins, Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995), p. 29.

2 John P. Galvin, ‘Before the Holy Mystery: Karl Rahner’s Thought on God’, Toronto Journal of Theology 9 (1993), pp. 201–3, 211–14 and 231–7.

3 Werner G. Jeanrond, ‘Hans Küng’, in David F. Ford, ed., The Modern Theologians, 2nd edn (Oxford: Blackwell, 1997), p. 162.

4 Galvin, ‘Before the Holy Mystery’, p. 230 n. 21. 


References in Articles

There are several software packages available to help authors manage and format the references and footnotes in their journal article. We are able to accept manuscripts using a software tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

License Agreements

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 Wiley-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.