Guidelines, Style Sheet, Format, and Process

Submit article as Word document by email attachment to:

Thomas Pearson
Editor, Teaching Theology and Religion
Associate Director, Wabash Center


Please submit your article as a Word document attached to an email message to:
Editor, Teaching Theology and Religion
Associate Director, Wabash Center

Double-space the manuscript and number the pages. Diacritical marks must be visible without the use of special fonts.


Please include a 100 to 150 word abstract summarizing the major argument and focus of the essay.


Please provide 5 or 6 keywords describing the article to assist potential readers to find your article online.


Manuscripts generally range from 20 to 30 pages in length (5000 to 7500 words), but can sometimes be as long as 10,000 words.

Author Identification

Please provide name, institutional affiliation (as you would want it to appear with the article), mailing address, and email address. Please keep us updated if your contact information changes so that we will be able to quickly and easily contact you during the editorial review and publication process.


We strive to review submissions and reply in a timely manner. We will acknowledge receipt of your article immediately. However, it may take several weeks to review the essay internally and decide whether to send it out for blind peer review. We will notify you at that point. If the essay is sent out for review, it will be 2 to 3 months before we send you the reviewers’ recommendations for revision. In total, it can take 6 months to a year from first submission to acceptance.

You will be notified by an email from the editor that your manuscript has been accepted. This email will ask that you review your manuscript one last time against our final checklist to ensure that your article is in compliance with our style sheet. You will also receive a formal acceptance letter through the mail (sometimes by email attachment) that will outline the process going forward.

Once an article has been accepted there may be a further delay of half a year or longer in the queue of accepted articles waiting for publication space in the journal.

Peer Review

Articles are typically sent to at least two outside blind peer reviewers. The editorial staff will forward the readers’ reports to the author by email attachment and outline the revisions necessary to publish the manuscript. Almost all manuscripts require at least some revision.

Copy Editing

Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, you will receive notice by email attachment and the manuscript will be copy edited to the standards of our style sheet and for consistent usage in the journal. Authors will be contacted about editorial changes that might affect substance or if anything is unclear (such as missing citations, and so forth).


Once an article has been assigned to an issue and sent to the publisher, you will receive an email from Wiley’s Author Services system with a link to login and complete the appropriate copyright license. Your article cannot be published until you have signed the appropriate license agreement. It is the author’s responsibility to secure any necessary permissions to reprint copyrighted material. Read More . . .

Page Proofs

Authors will receive an email alert from Wiley-Blackwell containing a link to a website and instructions for downloading, correcting, and returning the proof pages. To avoid delays in publication, proofs should be checked and returned within 48 hours.

Off Print

You will be provided with a PDF offprint of your article once it has been published. To retrieve it, register with Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services facility (


  • Please minimize the use of italics, boldface, and scare quotes.
  • Avoid double spacing after periods.
  • Avoid using virgules (the diagonal mark used to separate alternatives, as in “and/or”).
  • Avoid clichés.
  • Use American English.
  • Spelling queries? Consult Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
  • Use the serial comma.
  • Commas and periods appear inside quotation marks. Other punctuation (colons, semicolons, question and exclamation marks, and hyphens) appear outside the quotes, except in dialogue.
  • Change straight quotation marks ( ‘ or ” ) to curly quotation marks (also known as “smart quotes“).
  • Please use words to express numbers below 10 and numerals to express numbers 10 and above.
  • Spell out names of organizations, firms, agencies, and so forth on first reference with acronym in parentheses following. Abbreviate such names on second reference.
  • Please use inclusive language when referencing human communities. “Man,” “men,” and “he or his” are to be used when they clearly refer to (solely) male referents, not for mixed or indeterminate referents. Instead, use “person,” “people,” and “he and/or she” or “his and/or hers.” (See: Frank, Treichler, et al., Language, Gender, and Professional Writing; Dumond, The Elements of Nonsexist Usage; Miller and Swift, The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing; or Baron, Grammar and Gender.)


Please follow the author-date system APA style. In-text citations include the author and date, either both inside parentheses or with the author names in running text and the date in parentheses.

A reliable overview of APA style can be found at the Purdue Online Writing Lab. Also see the American Psychological Association blog.

Full documentation should appear in the bibliography at the end of the article. The bibliography may include items relevant to the topic of the essay but not actually cited within the manuscript.


Please use footnotes (not endnotes) for tangential or parenthetical ideas that do not fit well within the main body of the text. If you wish to include a footnote to express thanks or gratitude for those who supported the writing of the essay, please locate the footnote number at the end of the first sentence of the text.

Headings and Subheadings

Levels of headings and subheadings must be clearly differentiated and consistent. Do not use more than 3 levels of headings and subheadings. Please use a numbered-outline system for labeling each heading.

  • 2.1    First thing to keep in mind when convening classroom discussion
  • 2.1.1   What to do if you forgot to keep this in mind when convening classroom discussion
  • 2.1.2    How to get back on track after forgetting
  • 2.2    Second thing to keep in mind when convening classroom discussion
  • 2.3   Things to forget about when convening classroom discussion
  • 2.3.1   What happens if you forget to forget about these things?
  • etcetera . . .

Tables and Figures

Number tables and figures and place them in the appropriate position within the text of the manuscript. Please also supply all tables and figures in a separate document. Captions (if any) should be typed in normal sentence case. Please ensure that any figures or graphs are high resolution and can be legibly rendered by black and white typesetting. Tables should be typed with a minimum of borders and other features. It is the author’s responsibility to secure permission to republish figures or graphs that are under copyright.


One or more appendices may be included as appropriate.