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The Anglican Theological Review will consider for publication articles written on topics that pertain to any of the classical disciplines of theological study. The journal is committed to creative engagement with Christian tradition and to interdisciplinary inquiry that includes literature and the arts, philosophy, and science. We encourage authors to submit articles that focus on the contemporary situation and speak to current issues and debates.

On this page you will find instructions for submitting and formatting an article or poem, a style sheet for articles, and special guidelines for book reviews. For a printer friendly version of this page, click here.

Submitting Articles | Submitting Poems | Style Sheet


Submitting Articles

Manuscripts should be submitted by email attachment in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format to Corey Stewart Hassman at:

Submissions should be accompanied by a précis between 100 and 150 words in length, a brief biographical statement, and a current curriculum vitae.

Manuscripts to be considered for the “Articles” section should be between 7,000 and 8,000 words in length (including footnotes). Manuscripts to be considered for the “Practicing Theology” section should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words in length (including footnotes). All manuscripts should conform to the guidelines for style listed below.

Submitting Poems

ATR encourages submissions of poetry, both electronically and via regular mail. Electronic submissions, as well as queries, should be sent to Sofia Starnes, at Hard copy submissions should be mailed to:

Sofia M. Starnes
Poetry Editor, Anglican Theological Review
4951 Burnley Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Please include a brief biographical statement with your submission. Also, if submitting via regular mail, kindly provide an e-mail address, so that we may acknowledge receipt of your work and respond in a timely manner. Authors who include a self-addressed stamped envelope will have their manuscripts returned to them upon request. Poets whose work is accepted for publication will be requested to submit an electronic version of their poem(s), either copied onto an e-mail message or as a Word attachment

ATR does not accept simultaneous submissions or previously published poems. We will do our best to respond to your submission within 4-6 weeks.

Style Sheet for Articles

1. Format

• Use one-inch margins on all four sides of the page.

• Use a 12-point font (Times New Roman is preferred), with 24-point (double line) spacing for all text, including footnotes.

• Number the pages, but do not include any other information in headers or footers.

• Do not include a bibliography. For instructions about citation, see point 6 on footnotes below.

2. Spelling and editing

• Unless this style sheet has different instructions, follow The Chicago Manual of Style on general editing questions.

• Use U.S. spellings.

• Use the final “series comma” in lists of three or more items.

• Use italics for emphasis, book and journal titles, and foreign words. Do not use underlining or bolding at all.

• Do not use page, section, or footnote numbers that refer, within your article, to the article itself.

• When there is any question as to capitalization, do not capitalize words.

• As stated in the Chicago Manual, omit hyphens wherever possible.

• Greek and Hebrew words, which should be used sparingly, must be transliterated and italicized.

3. Biblical citations

References to the Bible may be included within the text of the article, in parentheses, before the final punctuation of the sentence. Use the abbreviations of biblical books in the Chicago Manual (the first, Protestant/Anglican list). Separate chapter from verse with a colon. The version you are quoting should be mentioned in the first citation only (the new revised standard version is preferred).

4. Abbreviations

The ATR does not use any Latin abbreviations. Use English phrases instead of  i.e., etc., and e.g. Instructions for avoiding cf.,  ibid.,  and op. cit.  in footnotes are in point 6 below.

5. General matters of style

• The ATR is read by an educated but general audience. When technical or specialized terminology is necessary, explain it.

• Wherever possible, use gender-inclusive language.

• Write in the active, not the passive voice. Avoid the  “editorial we.” First-person singular pronouns are quite acceptable.

• In longer articles, include headings and, if necessary, subheadings. In general, these should not be numbered.


6. Footnotes

(a) First general rule for footnotes

Footnotes in the ATR give references to sources used in the article. We discourage use of footnotes to give extended bibliographic references, or to further scholarly conversation or debate. In the latter case, if the text does not fit in the body of the article, it ought not appear in the footnote.

(b) Second general rule for footnotes

The general rule is simple. Your first citation of a published work should give all the relevant information. Every reference thereafter should use only the original author’s last name and a short title for the book or article, followed by a page number.

This general rule has two negative corollaries, both noted above. The  ATR does not use ibid. or loc. cit. or op. cit., and we do not use bibliographies or lists of works consulted. Bibliographical information for any work consulted will appear in the first footnote that refers to that work.

(c) First footnote — books

In the first footnote for a book, give the author’s name, the title, and (in parentheses) the place of publication, publisher, and date; the page number follows, as in this example.1

1 Darby Kathleen Ray, Deceiving the Devil: Atonement, Abuse, and Ransom (Cleveland, Ohio: The Pilgrim Press, 1998), 68-70.

(d) First footnote — articles

For an article, the order is: author’s name, title of the article, name of the journal, volume number, year (in parentheses), and after a colon and a space, the page number. It is not necessary to provide the range of pages for the whole article as well as the page or pages you are referring to, as in the example.2

2 Timothy F. Sedgwick, “Accounting for the Christian Life,” Anglican Theological Review 76 (1994): 178.

(e) First footnote — chapters in an edited book

The form for a chapter in an edited book combines (b) and (c), like this.3

3 Martha J. Horne, “A Place of Integration and Synthesis: The Challenge of Seminary Education,” in Robert Boak Slocum, ed.,  A New Conversation: Essays on the Future of Theology and the Episcopal Church (New York: Church Publishing Incorporated, 1999), 271-272.

(f) Subsequent footnotes

Once complete information has been given, use a short title (which you should determine) in each subsequent footnote, whether of a book4 or an article or chapter.5

4 Ray, Deceiving the Devil, 92.

5 Horne, “Integration and Synthesis,” 276.

(g) Some additional instructions

• If there will be a large number of page references to a single work, you may include these (within parentheses, preceded by “p.” or “pp.” ) in the main text of your article, after notifying the reader.6

6 A. M. Allchin, Participation in God: A Forgotten Strand in Anglican Tradition (Wilton, Conn.: Morehouse-Barlow Co. Inc., 1988), 31. Subsequent references will be included in the text.

• References to classical works that have been published in many editions and translations should be numbered according to the original scheme.7 It is for the author to decide whether to include, as well, information about the modern edition consulted. If you do include this, it should follow the usual format for books as outlined above.

7 Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae III q. 2 a. 1 reply; see also Augustine, De Trinitate VIII 4 (6).

• The ban on Latin abbreviations includes cf. Write  “see” or “see also” or “compare” or “consult,” depending on what you mean.

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