Information for Authors
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.
Submitting Articles | Submitting Poems | Style Sheet | Book Review Guidelines
Manuscripts should be submitted by email attachment in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format to Jackie Winter at: ATRsubmissions@gmail.com. Submissions should be accompanied by a précis between 100 and 150 words in length, a brief biographical statement, and a current curriculum vitae.
Articles must follow the Chicago Manual of Style. A style sheet is available on the ATR website.
Articles submitted to the ATR should not, as a rule, be longer than 7,500 words (including footnotes), and they should conform to the guidelines for style listed below.
ATR encourages submissions of poetry. Submissions should be sent, via regular mail, to
Sofia M. Starnes
Poetry Editor, Anglican Theological Review
4951 Burnley Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Please include a brief biographical statement.
ATR does not accept electronic poetry submissions; however, the poetry editor welcomes inquiries sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please provide an e-mail address with your submission, so that we may acknowledge receipt of your work and respond in a timely manner. Authors who include an SASE will have their manuscripts returned to them upon request.
ATR does not accept simultaneous submissions. We will do our best to respond to your submission within 3-4 months, so as not to tie up your work for an extended period of time.
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
Thank you for your interest in ATR. We look forward to reading your work.
Style Sheet for Articles
(Note: Guidelines for book reviews are at the end.)
• 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 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.
(a) 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.
(b) 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: The Pilgrim Press, 1998), 68-70.
(c) 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 helpful, though not absolutely 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): 171-183, at 178.
(d) 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.
(e) 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.
(f) 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.
• Longer, explanatory footnotes that include bibliographical information should include it in the format prescribed here.8
8 For example, the footnote may itself include a quotation. According to Sedgwick, “Of these articles, only Rachel Hosmer provides a view of the field” (Sedgwick, “Accounting,” 177).
Guidelines for Book Reviews
(1) Purpose of book reviews
A review is a brief introduction to a book, which tells the reader something about the book’s topic and approach. It should also discuss how useful, to whom, the book might be. A review that fulfills this purpose will involve praise, criticism, or both.
A book review in the ATR should be no more than 600 words long. If you judge that because of special circumstances a longer review is appropriate, consult with the Book Review Editor in advance. You may also judge that a book is not worthy of any review. Please discuss the matter with the Book Review Editor in that case also.
In general, the instructions given above for articles apply to book reviews as well. So, for example, you should follow the Chicago Manual of Style and use U.S. spellings.
Cite any quotations by page number, within parentheses, preceded by “p.” or “pp.”
Do not add titles to the names of people referred to in your review. Avoid “The Rev.,” “Prof.,” “Dr.,” “Fr.,” and the like.
(4) Standard form of a book review
(a) Put a bibliographical heading at the top of the review, giving the number of pages in the book and its price (if you know it), in this form:
Title: Subtitle. By author. Edited by editor. Translated by translator. Series. Number of volumes. Edition. City: Publisher, year. Number of pages. Price (cloth); price (paper).
Not every book will need all these items of information.
(b) The text of the review.
(c) Your name (in roman type) and institution or location or both (in italics).
Example: a review by William H. Harrison of the book The Anglican Vision, by James E. Griffiss, would take this form:
The Anglican Vision. By James E. Griffiss. The New Church’s Teaching Series, volume 1. Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley Publications, 1997. x + 148 pp. $11.95 (paper).
This book, the first volume in …
William H. Harrison
College of Emmanuel and St. Chad
(5) Submitting a review
All book reviews should be sent as e-mail attachments to ATRBookReviews@earthlink.net.
If possible, the file should be in Microsoft Word. Files in other formats, such as WordPerfect, can usually be accommodated. If these are impossible, save and attach the file in a text format, or paste it into the body of your e-mail message.
The file should have a title in the following form:
[book author’s last name] by [reviewer’s last name].doc
For the example above, the file would have the title: Griffiss by Harrison.doc
There are four deadlines each year for book reviews: December 1, March 1, June 1, and September 1. If you need to discuss matters related to your review, consult with the Book Review Editor:
Jay E. Johnson