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Scope and policy

The journal’s editorial policy

The journal is published in May, August and December of each year. Every issue contains approximately 15 articles, with a similar number of book reviews.

Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae only publishes articles clearly located in the field of Church History. Preference shall be given to articles dealing with aspects of the history of Christianity in sub–Saharan Africa.
Only original contributions shall be considered. The articles shall either be based on newly–found written, oral or audio–visual historical sources or on new interpretations of already known primary sources.
Articles submitted for publication shall be well constructed and convincingly argued. The research question(s) shall be spelled out clearly. Any use of a primary document or of an academic publication shall be adequately referenced.
Articles can be submitted in English or Afrikaans.
The length of an article is between 5000 and 7000 words.
When an article is jointly submitted by a postgraduate student and his/her supervisor/promoter, the respective contributions of both authors shall be clearly stated.
Only one paper per author shall normally be published per year.
Any article submitted for publication shall be anonymously reviewed by at least two peer–reviewers.
When the reviewers suggest major changes, the editor may decide to resend the revised articles to the reviewers for approval.


Manuscript format and layout

Referencing Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae recommends that the widely accepted Chicago Manual of Style be used in referencing. Details of this method of reference can be found on the Internet (Chicago Manual of Style 15th edition).
Short quotations should be placed in the running text, whereas quotations of three or more sentences should be indented.
Abbreviations may be used in endnotes and in parentheses (without full stops), but preferably not in the text of the article.
References should be listed at the end of the text in alphabetical order under the heading Works consulted. Please do not include a complete bibliography of all works consulted, only a list of references actually used in the text.
Make sure that citations and references are correct. It is not the responsibility of the editor to check it.

Consult The Chicago Manual of Style for additional or more detailed information or ONLINE: A Reference Guide to Using Internet Resources by Andrew Harnack and Eugene Kleppinger.

(N= footnote/endnote B=bibliography)

Use a shortened format for subsequent references to the same work.

  • One author:
    N 1. Emery Blackfoot, Chance Encounters (Boston: Serendipity Press, 1987), 67.
    N 2. Blackfoot, 97.
    B Blackfoot, Emery. Chance Encounters. Boston: Serendipity Press,1987.

  • Two authors:
    N 3. Liam P. Unwin and Joseph Galloway. Peace in Ireland (Boston: Stronghope Press, 1990), 72.
    N 4. Unwin and Galloway, 102.
    B Unwin, Liam P., and Joseph Galloway. Peace in Ireland. Boston: Stronghope Press, 1990.

  • More than three authors:
    For works having more than three authors, a note citation should give the name of the first–listed author followed by "et al." or "and others" without inverting punctuation. In the bibliography entry, the usual practice is to list all of the authors. The name of the first author is inverted.
    N 5. Charlotte Marcus et al. Investigations into the Phenomenon of Limited– Field Criticism (Boston: Broadview Press, 1990), 134.
    N 6. Charlotte Marcus and others. Investigations into the Phenomenon of Limited–Field Criticism (Boston: Broadview Press, 1990), 134.
    N 7. Marcus et al., 175.
    B Marcus, Charlotte, Jerome Waterman, Thomas Gomez, and Elizabeth DeLor. Investigations into the Phenomenon of Limited–Field Criticism. Boston: Broadview Press, 1990.

  • Corporate author:
    N 8. International Monetary Fund, Surveys of African Economies, vol. 7, Algeria, Mali, Morocco, and Tunisia (Washington, D.C.: International Monetary Fund, 1977), 27.
    N 9. International Monetary Fund, 46.2
    B International Monetary Fund. Surveys of African Economies. Vol.7, Algeria, Mali, Morocco, and Tunisia. Washington, D.C.: International Monetary Fund, 1977.

  • Edition other than the first:
    N 10. John N. Hazard. The Soviet System of Government, 5th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980), 132.
    B Hazard, John N. The Soviet System of Government. 5th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980.

  • Edited work, compilation, or translation:
    The name of the editor, translator, or compiler takes the place of the author when no author appears on the title page. In notes and bibliography, the abbreviation ed./eds., comp./comp., or trans. follows the name and is preceded by a comma.
    N 11. Anthony B. Tortelli, ed., Sociology Approaching the Twenty–first Century (Los Angeles: Peter and Sons, 1991), 59.
    N 12. Tortelli, 93.
    B Tortelli, Anthony B., ed. Sociology Approaching the Twenty–first Century. Los Angeles: Peter and Sons, 1991.


  • Basic form:
    N 13. Noel Robertson. "The Dorian Migration and Corinthian Ritual," Classical Philology 75 (1980): 17, 19–22.
    B Robertson, Noel. "The Dorian Migration and Corinthian Ritual." Classical Philology 75 (1980): 1–22.

  • With season or month:
    The names of months are capitalized but lower case is recommended for the names of seasons.
    N 14. Ilya Bodonski. "Caring among the Forgotten," Journal of Social Activism 14 (fall 1989): 112–34.
    B Bush, Jane R. "Rhetoric and the Instinct for Survival." Political Perspectives 29 (March 1990): 45–53.

  • Issues with numbers only:
    N 15. Eva Meyerovich. "The Gnostic Manuscripts of Upper Egypt," Diogenes, no. 25 (1959): 91, 95–98.
    B Meyerovich, Eva. “The Gnostic Manuscripts of Upper Egypt.” Diogenes, no. 25 (1959): 84–117.

  • Popular magazines:
    N 16. E. W. Caspari and R. E. Marshak. "The Rise and Fall of Lysenko," Science, 16 July 1965, 276.
  • B Caspari, E. W., and R. E. Marshak. "The Rise and Fall of Lysenko." Science, 16 July 1965, 275–278.

  • Newspapers:
    N 17. Tyler Marshall. "200th Birthday of Grimms Celebrated," Los Angeles Times, 15 March 1985, sec. 1A, p. 3. B Marshall, Tyler. "200th Birthday of Grimms Celebrated." Los Angeles Times, 15 March 1985, sec. 1A, p. 3.


  • Movie reviews:
    N 18. Stanley Kauffman. "Turbulent Lives," review of A Dry White Season (MGM movie), New Republic, 9 October 1989, 24–25.
    B Kauffman, Stanley. "Turbulent Lives." Review of A Dry White Season (MGM movie). New Republic, 9 October 1989, 24–25.

  • Book reviews:
    N 19. Susan Lardner. "Third Eye Open," review of The Salt Eaters, by Toni Cade Bambara, New Yorker, 5 May 1980, 169.
    B Lardner, Susan. "Third Eye Open." Review of The Salt Eaters, by Toni Cade Bambara. New Yorker, 5 May 1980, 169.

  • Interviews:
    N 20. McGeorge Bundy, interview by Robert MacNeil, MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, Public Broadcasting System, 7 February 1990.
    B Bundy, McGeorge. Interview by Robert MacNeil. MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour. Public Broadcasting System, 7 February 1990.

  • Encyclopedias:
    Well–known reference books are usually not listed in bibliographies. When they are cited in notes they appear as follows. s.v. (sub verbo) means "under the word".
    N 21. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th ed., s.v. "cold war."
    N 22. Dictionary of American Biography, s.v. "Wadsworth, Jeremiah."


  • Basic form:
    Consists of the author’s last name and the year of publication of the work. No punctuation is used between the author’s name and the date. When the reference list or bibliography includes two or more works by different authors with the same last name and the same date, it is necessary to include the author’s initials. When there are more than three authors use "et al".
    (Blinksworth 1987) (Collins and Wortmaster 1953) (EPA 1986) (P. Brown 1991) (Smith, Wessen, and Gunless 1988) (Zipursky et al. 1959)

  • Placement of text citations:
    An author–date citation in the text should be placed where it will offer the least resistance to the flow of thought. The best location is just before a mark of punctuation:
    Before proceeding ... we will describe the system of scaling quantitative scores (Guilford 1950).
    What conclusions ... had they been aware of the narrow–aperture principle recently reported (Klein, Cane, and Abbelli 1991)?


These guidelines were retrieved from the WWW and are based on the principles presented in the 14th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.

Author’s name is in normal order followed by the document title, date of Internet publication, or other retrieval information, date of access, and text division, if applicable.

Authors’ names are inverted. The elements of entries are separated by periods. The first line of each entry is flush with the left margin, and subsequent lines are indented three or four spaces.

  • Article in an electronic journal (ejournal):
    Teague, Jason Crawford. "Frames in Action." Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments 2, no. 1, August 20, 1998. <> (7 October 1999).



A statement confirming that the article is original research, not submitted to or published in another journal, should accompany the article.

SHE publishes two issues unnually, with a supplement. An author will only be considered to publish one article in one of the issues, and another in the supplement.

Articles and books for review should be mailed to:
Prof Christina Landman

Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae
Research Institute for Theology and Religion
University of South Africa
P O Box 392
UNISA 0003
Pretoria, South Africa

Two versions of the article must be submitted by e–mail to the Editor in Rich Text format (RTF) or Microsoft Word (MSW). One version must contain the name, address and e–mail address of the author and the second one must be without any identification. All references that could identify the author, such as an indication where the paper was read, may only appear on the first version.

After the initial selection of an article by two reviewers, it will, if necessary, be returned to the author who will then have to implement all alterations. Thereafter, the article must once again be submitted (two versions). The editorial committee retains the right to again submit the improved copy to the referees, should they deem this necessary.
Indicate your title, name, department, institution, address, e–mail address and contact numbers separately.

Subvention fees for SHE are R120–00 per page. An account will be mailed to authors after publication of their article. Most state subsidised institutions cover the subvention fees of authors and can be claimed from the research output fund. Authors not attached to a state subsidised institution, will not pay subvention fees.

All articles have to be language edited professionally before submission.
Articles in English should use UK English. Inclusive language should be used. No article will be accepted that has not been language edited by a professional editor.

Article contents: SHE publishes articles between 4 000 and 6 000 words, based on original research or a reinterpretation of existing research.
All articles must have an abstract of approximately 150 words. In the case of an Afrikaans article, the abstract must also have an English title and abstract.
Articles should be submitted that exhibit a clear structure in subtitled paragraphs.
Articles must have broad margins and be typed in double spacing.
Main headings of sections of the article must be typed in Bold (upper and lower case), the second heading in Italics (upper and lower case), and the third heading Ordinary (upper and lower case with a large dot).
Graphics (e.g. tables, illustrations, etc) and photographs will only be included in an article if they are essential to understanding the text. Please provide a hard copy of graphics/illustrations/tables/photographs with your article.

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