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Author Guidelines

I. General Instructions

1. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style. For spelling, follow the Oxford Dictionary.
2. Double-space your entire paper without exception: main text, blurb, titles, block quotations, footnotes, etc. Do not use headers or footers. Number your pages at bottom right.
3. Use one-inch margins all around.
4. All notes are to appear as footnotes.
5. Use Time New Roman 12-point type only. Do not use ‘bold fonts.’ Use italics where appropriate. Leave only one space after any item of punctuation – full stops, commas, semi-colons, etc.
6. Italicize titles of books and journals. Italicize foreign words, but not foreign expressions familiar in theological English (e.g. ibid, de iure, prima facie, etc).
7. Eliminate from the main text unnecessary bibliographical data or parenthetical references to sources; such information is to be placed in the footnotes. An exception would be references to biblical texts identified in parentheses, e.g., (Exod 23:5-6).
8. Use double quote marks for quotations; single for quotations within quotations.
9. Capitalize what are clearly proper names and adjectives, and lowercase everything else except to avoid ambiguity. E.g., God in his mercy.
10. Quotations from other languages (e.g. German, French, Latin) should preferably be translated if in the main text; the original may be reproduced in a footnote if it is deemed important.
11. For numbers in the main text, use commas only in those of more than four figures (e.g. 10,000), as distinct from 10000). Numbers lower than ten must always be spelt as words, while those over and above are to be written as figures.

II. Titles and Headings

1. The main title should be printed in large and small letters, in bold, and left justified only. If more than one line, double space. Do not use italics fonts. Do not place a full stop after any of your headings. E.g., Approaching Theology with Newman
2. Your name, as author, should be printed in large and small letters, left justified, indented, and without any titles. E.g., Padraig O’Donnell.
3. The first paragraph should start  immediately after this without any subtitle (or block citation at this point).
4. First-order headings are to be in bold, in large and small letters, and left justified only. E.g., Certitude and the Illative Sense
5. Second-order headings (subdivisions under the first-order headings) are indicated by large and small letters, in bold, italicized, and left justified only. E.g., Patristic Theology
6. Third-order headings are indicated by large and small letters, left justified, but not in bold. E.g., The Oxford Sermons
7. As a rule, avoid following a heading directly with a subheading.
8. At the end of the article, give a short biographical note (50 words), followed by the author's email and full postal address.

III. Block citations

1. Indent all block citations one half-inch from the left margin in your text. Ensure all block citations are double-spaced.
2. Citations set apart in this way should always be long enough to occupy at least four full lines on the printed journal page. Do not set apart brief citations, unless they will be the subject of some discussion and will require extraordinary relief on the page.
3. When material is omitted from a citation, if the omitted material falls in the middle of a sentence, the omission should be signalled by three double-spaced periods (. . .). If the omitted material comes toward the end of a sentence, or the end of one sentence and material from one or more subsequent sentences, it should be signalled by four double-spaced periods (. . . .). Ellipsis points are rarely to be used at the beginning or the end of quotations. The convention ‘. . . [T]he etc.’ is normally replaced by ‘ . . . The etc.’
4. Omit quotation marks at the beginning and end of block citations.

IV. Footnotes

1. Double-space all footnotes.
2. The first line of each footnote should be indented like a normal paragraph, and each footnote should begin with a raised number. E.g., 1See John Madden, etc.
3. Given complete bibliographical information the first time a work is referred to in your text. E.g., 1Gerd Theissen and Annette Merz, The Historical Jesus: A Comprehensive Guide (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998), 35. [for a book]; 2Jeremy Johns, “Christianity and Islam,” in The Oxford Dictionary of Christianity, ed. John McManners (Oxford: OUP 1993), 167-204. [chapter in a book]; 3Luc Devillers, “Les trois temoins,” Revue Biblique 104, no. 2 (1977): 40-97. [for an article]; 4Roberto Andorno, “Human Dignity and Human Rights as a Common Ground for a Global Bioethics,” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (2009): 223-240, accessed November 25, 2011, [for a website].
4. In subsequent references use the ‘short title’ format. E.g., 4McDermott, Word Become Flesh, 20. [for a book]; 4Galvin, “The Origin of Faith,” 35. [for an article].
5. Within a footnote, if one is quoting or referring to a source, give the reference or comment first, and then, at the end of the sentence, within parentheses, cite the source of the quote or reference. E.g.: Dunn observed this also (The Partings of the Ways, 239).
6. Spell out the full names of periodicals and series on their first occurrence. If the same periodicals and series are mentioned often in your article, standard abbreviations should be used after the first occurrence.
7. For references to Aquinas, use the following format: STh I-II 65.1, ad 1.
8. Follow the conventions of each language cited regarding upper and lower case in titles. To divide titles from subtitles (in any language), use a colon (:); always capitalize the first word of the subtitle. E.g., “Mirror of His Beauty: The Femininity of God in Jewish Mysticism and in Christianity.”
9. In giving publication data, generally omit the words, ‘Press, Verlag, Editions, Publication, Ltd,’ etc.

V. Copyright

Authors offer articles on the understanding that if accepted for publication, exclusive copyright shall be assigned to Melita Theologica
Authors receive two copies of the Journal together with a PDF of the article. 
Every paper submitted to the Journal is reviewed by two referees from an international recognized authority in the field.

VI. Disclaimer 

The opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the Editorial Board.


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Deadline to present dissertation proposals for next Faculty Board is Monday 17th December 2018 at 10.00hrs

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Last Updated: 29 January 2018

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