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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

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:

  1. After submission, the manuscript is reviewed by the Editor first (1st Review, time period: 1-2 weeks).
  2. If the Editor considers the manuscript is suitable for review, reviewers are selected and assigned the manuscript (2nd Review, time period: 4-8 weeks).

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.

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