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Scope and policy

The scope / core focus of the journal is to promote high quality scholarship in the fields of theology and religion.

The field and type of research published: Original research and literature studies in the relevant fields of scholarship within theology and religion.

The intended audience of this journal is scholars, pastors and people interested in the field of theology and religion.

Editorial policy: Original research or literature studies can be submitted.

The articles are reviewed anonymously by two independent reviewers who are knowledgeable in the field. Their reports are considered by the editorial board that makes the final decision on the acceptance of articles. The author may supply the names of three to four possible reviewers. At least one of these reviewers will be considered, with a second reviewer appointed by the editor.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

  1. Manuscripts can be submitted in Afrikaans, English, Dutch or German, and should preferably not exceed 7 000 words.
  2. Manuscripts may be submitted to the editor by ordinary post or by e-mail.
    The Editor: Acta Theologica
    Faculty of Theology (87)
    University of the Free State
    P.O. Box 339
  3. All contributions are reviewed on academic grounds. Authors are invited to submit the names and addresses of three to four persons as referees. The editorial board usually contacts at least one referee from this list. Refereeing is always anonymous.
  4. Manuscripts of high scientific standard are considered for publication provided that the editor reserves the right to make such alterations as he sees fit to accommodate the style and presentation to the editorial policy. Should extensive changes be necessary, the manuscript will be returned to the author for correction or approval.
  5. Manuscripts are to be submitted in the first instance ready for the press: finally edited, stylistically polished and carefully proofread.
  6. Titles should be as short and concise as possible.
  7. Articles should preferably be divided into subsections with suitable headings. Headings and subheadings should be indicated by means of Arabic figures, for example 3 being followed by 3.1, 3.1.1 and (at most).
  8. All articles must be provided with an edited abstract (a summary in English) not exceeding 150 words.
  9. Three to four key words in both English and Afrikaans should be provided at the end of the article. These should accurately render the discipline in which the article is written as well as the specific contribution of the article.
  10. Abbreviations and acronyms should be avoided. Acronyms in current use, for example USA, are acceptable. Abbreviations can be used in footnotes and between parentheses.
  11. Italics (not bold) may only be used to indicate emphasis, a word or expression from another language, or the title of a book.
  12. Quotes shorter than 20 words are placed in quotation marks as part of the text. Quotes exceeding 20 words form a separate paragraph indented without quotation marks.
  13. References in the text should preferably be in the Harvard style, mentioning only the author's name as follows: (Young 2004:231, 272) or Young (2004:231, 272) alleges that...
    No comma after the author's surname.
    No space after the colon.

    References to works by Classical or Middle Ages authors should mention the name of the author, the Latin/Greek title of the work (italics), and the reference to the book, chapter, paragraph or sentence (in Arabic figures with full stops), for example: Vergilius (Aeneis 12.601) or Cicero (de Officiis 1.13.2).

  14. Quotations and references in footnotes are similar to quotations and references in the text (See 12 and 13).
  15. Bibliographical details are provided in the literature list and not in footnotes. A complete bibliography in the Harvard style must be provided, giving all relevant details. All sources must be listed alphabetically by authors' surnames. Only works referred to in the text should be listed in the bibliography.


Manuscripts submission

Submission method:

Via e-mail to

or by post to:

The Editor: Acta Theologica, Faculty of Theology, University of the Free State, P.O. Box 339, Bloemfontein 9301


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Faculty of Theology
University of the Free State
P.O. Box 339
Bloemfontein, 9301
Free State
South Africa