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Editorial Policy

Scottish Journal of Theology is an international journal of systematic, historical and biblical theology. Since its foundation in 1948, it has become established as one of the world's leading theological journals. As well as publishing original research articles, many issues contain an article review consisting of an extensive review of a recent book, with a reply from the author. Scottish Journal of Theology provides an ecumenical forum for debate, and engages in extensive reviewing of theological and biblical literature.


Articles for Scottish Journal of Theology must be submitted online via an online submission system, ScholarOne, here:

Books for review should be sent to:

Professor Ian McFarland
Candler School of Theology
1531 Dickey Drive
Atlanta, GA  30322

Books not selected for review will not be returned.

NB: Scottish Journal of Theology does not accept unsolicited book reviews.

Download the Scottish Journal of Theology instructions for contributors here: Download Instruction for Contributors in PDF. (40.031 KB)

To view the PDF file linked above, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The average length of articles is 5-6000 words. Those in excess of 8000 words cannot be considered. This word limit includes footnotes. Shorter articles are easier to schedule and will be published more quickly.

If you request colour figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.

Submission of an article is taken to imply that it has not previously been published in English, and is not being considered for publication by another journal or as part of a book.

Competing interests declaration: Authors should include a competing interests declaration at the end of their manuscripts. However, if a declaration contains identifiable information, authors should include their declaration in a cover letter - to preserve the anonymity of their manuscript. This declaration will be subject to editorial review and may be published in the article. Competing interests are situations that could be perceived to exert an undue influence on the content or publication of an author’s work. They may include, but are not limited to, financial, professional, contractual or personal relationships or situations. If the manuscript has multiple authors, the author submitting must include competing interest declarations relevant to all contributing authors. Example wording for a declaration is as follows: “Competing interests: Author A is employed at company B. Author C owns shares in company D, is on the Board of company E and is a member of organisation F. Author G has received grants from company H.” If no competing interests exist, the declaration should state “Competing interests: The author(s) declare none”.

Authors of articles published in the journal sign a license to publish with Cambridge University Press (with certain rights reserved) and, on acceptance of a paper for publication, should download and submit the proper form to enable the editing and publication process to get under way. Please visit Open Access Publishing at Cambridge Core for information on our open access policies, compliance with major finding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.

Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not hold copyright and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.

English Language Editing Services Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. We list a number of third-party services specialising in language editing and / or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate. Please see the Language Services page for more information. Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge published journal.

Text preparation

Contributors are asked to supply an abstract of their article or short study, not exceeding 100 words in length, and a list of up to six keywords (to facilitate online searches).

Fonts: Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Syriac words, which should only be used sparingly, need not be transliterated. Unicode fonts should be used, and Hebrew and Aramaic words should be left unpointed.

Quotations of five or more typewritten lines in any language will be printed as a separate paragraph and without opening and closing quotation marks. Such quotations should be double spaced in the typescript. For shorter quotations within the main body of the text, single quotation marks should be used, and double quotation marks for quotation within a quotation. Punctuation should follow the closing quotation marks except where whole sentences are quoted.

Within verbatim quotations all spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and abbreviations of the original publication should be reproduced exactly, even if they differ from the style of this journal. Should the quotation contain an error, this should be indicated by [sic]. Authors should indicate clearly where italics have been added to quoted material.

Biblical references should follow the format, Gen 2.4-8; Matt 13.16, 18, 21; 1 Cor 4.11-5.3. Authors should use the following abbreviations of the biblical books:


1-2 Chron




1-2 Thess






1-2 Tim




1-2 Esdras


























1-2 Pet




1-2 Cor


1-3 John

1-2 Sam






1-2 Kings



1-2 Macc



Other formatting features: Articles should be formatted with footnotes (not endnotes), and the footnotes should be fully justified. Long expository footnotes should be avoided. There should be no elision of page numbers which are always given in full, but without p. or pp. (e.g. 284-289).

Section headings and openings should be aligned with the left-hand margin. Sections should be indicated by titles only, without numbers.

Capitalisation should be kept to a minimum, and in particular should not be used in pronouns referring to God.

Foreign words and phrases should be italicised.


First proofs of articles (but not of reviews) will be sent to authors by email as PDF files for correction, and must be returned within three days of receipt. Corrections should be confined to typographical errors. Other corrections may be made only with the concurrence of the editor. The publisher reserves the right to charge authors for correction of non-typographical errors.


Offprints will not be supplied but may be ordered from the publisher at proof stage. Authors will receive a PDF file of their contribution upon publication.


Scottish Journal of Theology now requires that all corresponding authors identify themselves using their ORCID iD when submitting a manuscript to the journal. ORCID provides a unique identifier for researchers and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript submission and grant applications, provides the following benefits:

  • Discoverability: ORCID increases the discoverability of your publications, by enabling smarter publisher systems and by helping readers to reliably find work that you’ve authored.
  • Convenience: As more organisations use ORCID, providing your iD or using it to register for services will automatically link activities to your ORCID record, and will enable you to share this information with other systems and platforms you use, saving you re-keying information multiple times.
  • Keeping track: Your ORCID record is a neat place to store and (if you choose) share validated information about your research activities and affiliations.

If you don’t already have an iD, you’ll need to create one if you decide to submit a manuscript to Scottish Journal of Theology. You can register for one directly from your user account on Scholar One or via If you already have an iD, please use this when submitting, either by linking it to your Scholar One account or supplying it during submission by using the “Associate your existing ORCID ID” button.

Last updated 14 December 2020