Philosophy of Andrews University Seminary Student Journal

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Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Andrews University Seminary Student Journal provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Andrews University Seminary Student Journal, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Andrews University Seminary Student Journal. The focus of the journal, as that of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, where AUSSJ is based, is biblical. A high regard for Scripture, along with elevated standards of research, characterizes the choice of articles. AUSSJ accepts articles written by authors of different faith persuasions, as long as this focus is taken into account. AUSSJ accepts articles written in English. Articles submitted to AUSSJ must conform to acceptable English language standards. American spelling and punctuation will be used in editing. Authors are asked to use inclusive gender language, such as “humanity” rather than “mankind,” “person” or “human being” rather than “man.” For general style matters, AUSSJ uses Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007), and subsequent editions. Scholarly abbreviations and biblical issues not covered in Turabian follow The SBL Handbook of Style for Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and Early Christian Studies (Patrick H. Alexander et al [Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1999]). For spelling, authors may refer to Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged (Springfield, MA: G. and C. Merriam, 1986). If you have concerns about the submission terms for Andrews University Seminary Student Journal, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Andrews University Seminary Student Journal has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Reviewer Guidelines

After an author submitted an article, the editorial team of Andrews University Seminary Student Journal will make an initial decision whether or not the article is in harmony with the journal's standards of quality. Articles that conform with those standards will be send to two reviewers. Usually, the reviewers consist of a faculty member and a doctoral student whose specialty lies in the field of the article. Reviewers of Andrews University Seminary Student Journal are asked to give an evaluation after two weeks. They are asked to consider the following questions during their evaluation:

  • Do you consider the topic important?
  • Does the author provide a new approach or a better perspective on the issue?
  • Does the author provide adequate documentation?
  • Can you follow the logic and argumentation? If not, please indicate gaps.
  • Please include specific remarks (if any) (with page numbers and paragraph numbers) for specific questions or problems or errors, etc.
  • Do you think AUSSJ should publish this article? Why? Why not?

The name of the author will be removed from the document properties and the article to ensure that their identity remains private and is not made known to the reviewers. Likewise, the identity of the reviewers is not made known to the author to permit them to give an honest and critical evaluation of the article. This procedure is maintained to allow for a double-blind peer review.

Authors are informed about the recommendations of the reviewers and the decision of the editorial team. The following decisions are possible

  • The article is accepted without any revision.
  • The article is accepted after the author makes the requested revisions.
  • The article needs to be revised and is re-evaluated after the re-submission. It may be accepted or rejected after the re-evaluation.
  • The article is rejected because it does not meet the quality standard of the journal.

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Open Access Policy

Andrews University Seminary Student Journal (Print ISSN 2376-0621; Online ISSN: 2376-063X) is an Open Access Journal published by a team of doctoral students of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. Author(s) retain the copyright for the articles, but license AUSSJ to publish their work under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0) License. Articles will be published online immediately after the final corrections of the master proof have been made.

Copyright and Licensing

Authors contributing to Andrews University Seminary Student Journal agree to publish their articles under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license, allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to remix, transform, and build upon the material, for any purpose, even commercially, under the condition that appropriate credit is given, that a link to the license is provided, and that you indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

Authors retain copyright of their work, with first publication rights granted to the Association for Learning Technology.

Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post any version of their manuscript to personal or institutional websites, in repositories and similar, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).

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