Submission Guidelines

We invite English-language submissions of original research and/or writing treating the topic of spiritual formation and soul care consistent with or in dialogue with an evangelical Protestant perspective. While all articles are expected to have some biblical/theological content, articles that draw mainly from nontheological disciplines are also welcome (e.g. philosophy, psychology, history, literature, sociology, etc.). Although articles from specialists and established scholars are preferred, articles of superior quality from graduate students are welcome. Please avoid submitting a manuscript that has been published previously or is being considered simultaneously for publication in other journals. Articles appearing in this Journal will be indexed by major religion and theology databases and available for download as pdfs.

The preferred length of articles is between 5,000 and 9,000 words. Manuscripts must follow The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed.) and should be printed in twelve-point font, double-spaced with generous margins. All references should be in footnotes (also double-spaced). Contributors should submit an electronic version of their manuscript as a Word document masked for blind review. The author’s name, address (including email address), title, institutional affiliation, degree(s) and institutions where earned should be submitted in a separate attachment. Authors should also send an accompanying abstract of the article (under 150 words). Before acceptance, submissions will be blind reviewed by two appropriate referees. We reserve the right to edit for usage and style. All accepted manuscripts are subject to editorial modification, with permission of the author. Authors of accepted submissions will receive a gratis copy of the journal in which the article appears and a pdf version of the article. All submitted manuscripts will be acknowledged promptly and processed as quickly as possible. The initial review process generally requires a minimum of three months.

These are brief discussions of focused issues in the field of spiritual formation and soul care of interest to our readers and may be more personal, responsive, or reflective than regular research articles. Responses to previously published articles in the journal are published in this section. “Reflections” should normally not exceed 4,000 words, but style and submission guidelines are the same as for regular articles.

Book Reviews and Review Essays
Our book review policy is to focus on a select number of particularly penetrating and/or highly relevant, recent works. Occasionally we will publish reviews of a “spiritual classic.” While submission of unsolicited book reviews or review essays is permissible, prior communication with the managing editor or book review editor is preferred. The preferred length of book reviews is 800–1200 words while review essays could be longer (see additional style and submission guidelines above). A review should provide an overview of the main arguments/themes of the book as well as a substantive evaluation of the book.

Send all submissions to:
Steven L. Porter, Managing Editor
Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care
Biola University
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639-0001
Telephone: 562-944-0351 ext. 3209 · Fax: 562-903-4864