The submitted paper should not have been previously published or be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Articles are to be submitted electronically through the Church studies online system. All papers considered for publication are subject to a double-blind, peer-review procedure to ensure originality, relevance, and readability. After the paper has been accepted for publication, authors will be required to sign an author’s guarantee statement and copyright transfer agreement with Church studies.
The review process is expected to take up to 8 weeks.
An article sample template can be found here (PDF).
Authors are kindly requested to check their manuscript for spelling and grammar.
Church studies will take appropriate action if alerted to possible scientific misconduct recognized in a manuscript.
This journal uses a double-blind review process, as it facilitates an impartial appraisal of a manuscript. Each manuscript submitted for publication in Church studies will be initially assessed by the Editor, who decides whether the article fits the scope of the journal. Submissions considered suitable are assigned to at least two national and/or international referees, either members of the editorial board or external referees. Every review process is strictly controlled in accordance with the guidelines of the Journal. Manuscripts are assessed for clarity, validity, and methodology.
The review process takes place in the following steps:
Based on the referee reports the editor will make a recommendation for rejection, minor or major revisions, or acceptance. If revisions are required, then the author(s) will be requested to respond to the objections and changes suggested by the referees. When the manuscript is resubmitted after the first round of referee reports, the Editor may take two lines of action. The Editor may find the revisions persuasive and therefore approve publication or demand further refereeing. Once the final manuscript meets the expected standards and obtains endorsement by the Editor, the accepted papers will be published.
For each accepted paper, if need be, the author(s) may be required to revise the text and perform minor alterations, especially in the copyediting phase.
The revised version and copyrights should be submitted to the Editor within 2 weeks.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
a) Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
b) 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.
c) 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).
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