Many of the recipients of this journal have ideas, strategies and
experiences in missions that should be shared. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE. However, to assist you in that process, these
guidelines must be followed.
JOURNAL OF APPLIED MISSIOLOGY
Guidelines for Writers
Purpose of the Journal
Prospective writers for the JOURNAL OF APPLIED MISSIOLOGY should know and
support the purpose of the publication: to advance the mission of God by
proclaiming the good News of Jesus Christ in domestic and foreign
contexts. The JOURNAL OF APPLIED MISSIOLOGY advocates establishing
responsible, reproducing church movements among every group of people on
the face of the earth.
There are about 1000 readers of the journal serving in a variety of
capacities: missions professors, students, field missionaries, and church
leaders (including elders, deacons, preachers, and mission committee
Quality of Manuscript
The JOURNAL OF APPLIED MISSIOLOGY prefers articles that:
In order to make the material interesting and compelling, an author should:
- Plow new ground (or old ground in new ways)
- Contain keen insights
- Display sound judgment
- Reflect careful analysis
- Do responsible research
- Think logically
- Use strong supporting evidence
- Write with:
- High regard for semantics, syntax, style, grammar and punctuation
- Active verbs
- Simplicity, clarity, and readability
- Scholarly standards
- Tact and grace
- Ask pertinent questions:
- Why would the readership be interested in the article?
- What will they learn?
- How are they expected to think, believe, feel, or act when they finish
- Exposition of scriptures that clarify the missionary task
- Case studies and research reports
- Practical models of mission strategy
- Lessons from the history of mission
- Profiles of outstanding mission personalities
- Missiological principles and practices
- Calls to commitment
- Type article on one side of 8 l/2 x 11 sheets of paper
- Use same type pitch or font size throughout the manuscript
- Leave a one inch margin on all four sides of the page
- Make a ragged (unjustified) right margin
- Eliminate all hyphens at the end of lines
- Sequence the article in the following divisions:
- Cover page
- Text (explanatory notes are placed immediately after the end of the text)
- Start each division of the article on a separate page
- Stay within the recommended length: 8 pages (including explanatory notes,
bibliography, and appendices).
- Employ consistent spacing:
- Vertical spacing:
- Single space all lines of headings in the text, tables, and
illustrations as well as all lines of blocked, indented quotations,
explanatory notes, and bibliography.
- Double space below first-level headings as well as above and below
second and third-level headings, between lines of cover page, text
pages, tables, illustrations, and appendices, between the title and
first line of explanatory notes, as well as between each explanatory
note and bibliography entry.
- Triple space between title and first line of the text, bibliography,
and appendices, above first-level headings and explanatory notes, as well
as above and below blocked, indented quotations.
- Horizontal spacing:
- No space between a dash and the words preceding and following a dash
- Single space after words, commas, and semicolons
- Double space after a colon and between sentences
- Five space indention to begin a paragraph of regular text and the left
margin of a blocked, indented quotation
- Nine space indention to begin a paragraph of a blocked, indented
- Check spelling in a current American Collegiate dictionary
- Capitalize the headings in the text, tables, and illustrations as well as
book and article titles in the text, explanatory notes, bibliography, and
- Capitalizing all nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs
- Capitalizing all prepositions that contain more than four letters
- Number all pages except the cover page by:
- Typing a number at the middle of the bottom of the first page of the text
- Typing a number in the upper right hand corner of each succeeding page
(except the first page of the bibliography and appendices which--like the
first page of the text--should have a number in the middle of the bottom
of the page)
- Follow the stylistic guidelines throughout the manuscript
- Use three levels of headings:
- First-level headings should be centered left-to-right three lines below
the last line of text, started by a roman numeral (I, II, III, etc.) With
varied capitalization, and no period
- Second-level headings should be indented five spaces as a paragraph
leader, started by an upper case letter (A, B, C, etc.) with varied
capitalization, underlined, and ended with a period
- Third-level headings should be indented nine spaces like a block quote
paragraph leader, numbered (1,2,3, etc.) With capitalized first world
only, underlined, and ended with a period
- Refer to "Amplification of Turabian 8:1" (supplied by the JOURNAL upon
request) for typing in-text references and bibliography as well as
Turabian, 5th Edition, for any other typing instructions not mentioned in
- Insert a superscript number at the point in the text where reference is
made to an explanatory note
- Any explanatory note longer than half a page should be put in an
- Number or letter appendices concurrently, i.e., either I, II, III, etc.
or A, B, C, etc.
- Proofread the manuscript carefully
- Technical errors--citations and spelling of proper names--are the
responsibility of the writer
- Typographical errors must be eliminated from the manuscript
- Send one, clear, complete copy in the proper sequence to the editor of
The editorial staff of the JOURNAL OF APPLIED MISSIOLOGY will give each
article that follows the above "guidelines for writers" a fair review.
The editorial staff will ask (among other things):
The editorial staff may edit for maximum readability (though no major
modifications will be made without permission). Copyright law says that
the JOURNAL OF APPLIED MISSIOLOGY retains the copyright of the issue in
which the article appears while the author retains the copyright to the
particular contribution made to missiology. For further information,
write or call:
- Does the article fill a current gap in missiological knowledge?
- Does it contain needed information?
- Does it state the exact question it is attempting to answer?
- Does the article develop a critical argument?
- Does it state concisely the central conclusion?
- Does it assess the data that contradicts its position?
- Does it give credit for all the ideas of others that were used?
- Does the article list a "verdict" or answer to the research question?
- Does it state in clear, crisp words the new strategy, idea, approach, or
attitude the data demands?
Ed Mathews, Editor
JOURNAL OF APPLIED MISSIOLOGY
ACU BOX 8433, Abilene, Texas 79699
Phone (915) 674-3758 Fax (915) 674-3769
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