Article Guidelines

  • While we are a confessional institution, we welcome submissions from any established or emerging scholar who wishes to engage with us in a spirit of gracious and respectful dialogue.
  • There is no rigidly enforced word limit, though successful submissions normally will not exceed 10 000 words. We also accept high-quality submissions of less than 2500 words for our “short notes.”
  • The electronic manuscript, including the footnotes, must be double-spaced and include page numbers. For the purpose of peer review, it should omit the author’s name and any other identifying information.
  • Articles for submission should be submitted to: ashley.hibbard@csbvbristol.org.uk . The author should provide both a document formatted for Microsoft Word and a PDF of the article. Hard-copy articles are not typically accepted unless prior arrangement is made.
  • Along with the manuscript, the author should include the following at the beginning of the manuscript: (1) an abstract of roughly 150 words which summarizes the article in terms of its purpose, methodology, results, and conclusions; and (2) a list of 5–10 key words or brief phrases that characterize the article; The author should also include the following in the text of the cover email: (3) a statement certifying that the article is not simultaneously being submitted elsewhere for publication; and (4) a concise bio containing the following information: name, position, institution/organization, and e-mail address.
  • The article should utilise footnotes rather than endnotes.
  • Authors should format their work according to the SBL Handbook of Style (SBLHS), but for the following exceptions:
    • We leave it to the author’s discretion whether the Hebrew is pointed, and also whether it is transliterated.
    • The author should provide a provisional translation for any non-English text.
    • A Unicode font for Hebrew and Greek should be used for ease of publishing. One may be downloaded from the SBL website.
  • By submitting an article, the author agrees not to submit the manuscript for publication elsewhere in any form, in English or any other language, without prior written consent of JSBV, which will not be unreasonably withheld.
  • We reserve the right to make any non-substantive stylistic changes deemed necessary. These are limited to bringing the article into conformity with academic style, and occasionally adjustment of wording for the sake of clarity.