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Author Guidelines

All articles submitted for publication in Missionalia are expected to conform to the following requirements:

General information

  1. Articles may be submitted in printed format , via e-mail or Online.
  2. For printed, and email submissions it must be sent to the editor, Prof Lukwikilu (Credo) Mangayi, Deputy Editor, Prof CJ Niemandt, or Online Editor, Prof Eugene Baron, at the Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, Unisa, PO Box 392, Unisa 0003. E-mail addresses: or
  3. For Online submissions authors must register and submit their articles at
  4. A cover page and a statement confirming that the article is not being submitted or has not been submitted simultaneously to another journal must accompany the article.
  5. Articles should be spell-checked before submission, by using the 'UK English' dictionary of the word processor. Kindly note that the author is responsible to send the article for professional language editing before submission.
  6. Articles longer than 10 000 words are not normally accepted, but a submission of this length (or longer) may be published if, in the views of the referees, it makes an important contribution to missiology in Africa.
  7. Inclusive language should be used to designate individuals and groups.
  8. The article will be sent to two independent referees for double blind peer review. Upon receiving the reports from the referees, authors will be notified of the decision of the editorial panel, which may include a statement indicating changes or improvements that are required before publication.
  9. Should the article be accepted for publication, the author of printed articles will be expected to submit an electronic version of the article (by e-mail or online), including the following:
    1. An abstract of no more than 100 words.
    2. Between 3 and 10 keywords that express the key theological concepts used in the article.
    3. Brief biographical details of the author indicating, among others, the institutional affiliation and e-mail address.
  10. Article Processing Charges will be ZAR 500 per A5 output page in the printed version.
  11. Contributors will be informed if their article is not accepted for publication.

Style requirements

  1. Missionalia follows the widely accepted name-date (or Harvard system) method for citations in the text.
  2. A publication is cited or referred to in the text by inserting the author's last name, year and page number(s) in parentheses, for example (Mbiti 1986:67,83).
  3. Graphics (e.g. graphs, tables, photographs) will only be included in an article if they are essential to understanding the text.
  4. Graphics should not be included in the body of the article. Number graphics consecutively, save each in a separate file and indicate clearly in the text where each should be placed.
  5. Footnotes should be reserved for content notes only. Bibliographical information is cited in the text according to the Harvard method (see 2 above). Full citations should appear in the References at the end of the article (see below).
  6. References should be listed in alphabetical order of authors under the heading.
  7. References at the end of the text. Do not include a complete bibliography of all works consulted, only a list of references actually used in the text.


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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. The article has been send for professional language editing?

Copyright Notice

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

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal 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 journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. 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).


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