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Author Guidelines

The target readership of Paul Bechtold Library Publications is theology scholars, professionally trained ministers, and those preparing at the graduate level for pastoral ministry around the world. PBL Publications accepts proposals or manuscripts for consideration. Monographs submitted should be based on sound scholarship in theological disciplines, but should try as far as possible to maintain a pastoral tone and focus of interest to those in ministry. As a publisher sponsored by a Catholic school of theology in service of the Church, monographs should evidence respect for the Catholic tradition and teaching and help advance in a constructive and responsible way the pastoral mission of the Church.


 Proposals should include the following:



  1. Author's full name, affiliation, credentials (degrees, experience, etc.) and contact information (mailing address, e-mail, and phone numbers).
  2. A general description of the proposed book, including why it is needed, how it will be written or compiled, the intended audience, and how it might be distinct from other similar titles in the market.
  3. A prospective table of contents, including the proposed organization of the book, suggested titles/topics for chapters, additional features of the book (appendices, etc.), and possible page counts. 
  4. A sample chapter or pages representative of the proposed book.   
  5. A statement on the time you would need to complete this manuscript, including a target date for submission.
  6. A statement that you are aware that the book will be online, open access.

If you are sending a manuscript, you may omit 3-5. 


Manuscripts submitted should adhere to the follow guidelines:
The text is:



  • single-spaced Times New Roman
  • uses a 12-point font
  • employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses)
  • single-spaced between words, only one space at end of sentence
  • no indented paragraphs, single space between paragraphs
  • no justification
  • all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end

When possible, please include DOIs to access references online (please ensure DOI is ready to click, e.g. https://doi.org/10.1109/5.771073. If there is no DOI, use the URL to access references, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g., http://pkp.sfu.ca).

All submissions should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, 2010. All notes should be footnotes (not endnotes). PBL Publications follows a policy of inclusive language. Plural forms are preferable to he/she or s/he. Foreign terms (or phrases) should always include an English translation. Articles that use human subjects must have received IRB approval.


All submissions should make an original contribution to theology and pastoral ministry and will be subject to a double-blind peer review process, i.e. the reviewers will not know the identity of the author(s) and the author(s) will not know the identity of the reviewers (each article will be sent to two reviewers). Reviews typically are performed within two months. 

Submissions should be accompanied by an abstract (which is submitted in Step 3—Entering the Submission’s Metadata of the submission process) highlighting the significance of the submission and its implications for the practice of pastoral ministry. Abstracts for monographs based on empirical research should include the research objective(s), method(s), result(s), and conclusion(s).


A biographical note will appear in connection with your monograph. Please supply your name, position, institutional affiliation, and any pertinent data, such as publications and pastoral experience that you wish included with your submission. 


 


SUBMISSION PREPARATION CHECKLIST


As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.



  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another press for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in the Microsoft Word.
  • Where available, DOIs for the references have been provided (URLs if DOIs are not available).
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Press.
  • Authors retain copyright and grant the press right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this press.

 


COPYRIGHT NOTICE


Authors who publish with this press agree to the following terms:


Authors retain copyright and grant the press right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this press.


Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual series for the non-exclusive distribution of the version of the work published by the press (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this press.


Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another press for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in the Microsoft Word.
  • Where available, DOIs for the references have been provided (URLs if DOIs are not available).
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Press.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this press site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this press and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Peer Review Process

All submissions to be considered for publication will be subject to a double-blind peer review process. To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties: The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, title, etc. File names do not have any name associated with author or reviewer. Reviews typically are performed within two months.