Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Journal of Adventist Mission Studies

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to Journal of Adventist Mission Studies.

Formatting Requirements

  • Do not include a title page or abstract.
  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers.
  • Write your article in English.
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single Word file.
  • Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
  • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1 inch (2.5 cm), including your tables and figures.
  • Single space your text.
  • Use a single column layout with only left margin justified.
  • Font:
    1. Main Body—12 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
    2. Footnotes—10 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps).
  • Copyedit your manuscript.
  • When possible, there should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space.

Additional Recommendations

  • Indent all paragraphs except those following a section heading. An indent should be at least 5 spaces.
  • Do not insert extra space between paragraphs of text.
  • All text should be left-justified (i.e., flush with the left margin—except where indented).
  • Article Length: Because this journal publishes electronically, page limits are not as relevant as they are in the world of print publications. We are happy, therefore, to let authors take advantage of this greater "bandwidth" to include material that they might otherwise have to cut to get into a print journal. This said, authors should exercise some discretion with respect to length.
  • Colored Text: Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. We encourage authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, etc., however, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black & white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.
  • Emphasized Text: Whenever possible use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize rather than underlining it.
  • Headings: Use the following headings: first level—bold centered, second level—regular font centered, third level—bold left margin, fourth level—regular font left margin. There should be a line space above and below each heading.
  • Titles: Titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.
  • Notes: The Journal of Adventist Mission Studies discourages long content notes. All notes are placed at the end of the article, just before the Works Cited list.
  • Tables and Figures: To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. Avoid the use of overly small type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1 inch margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.
  • References: It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information. After the last sentence of your submission, please insert a line break—not a page break—and begin your Works Cited on the same page, if possible. References should use only left justification with the first line on the left margin, with subsequent lines indented. Use the following guidelines for the in-text reference system that the Journal of Adventist Mission Studies uses:
    1. For Books

      In-text Reference: (White 1940:238).

      Works Cited: White, Ellen G. 1940. The Desire of Ages. Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press.

    2. For chapters in an edited book

      In-text Reference: (Tippett 1981:628).

      Works Cited: Tippett, Alan R. 1981. The Evangelization of Animists. In Perspectives of the World Christian Movement: A Reader, edited by Ralph Winter and Steven C. Hawthorne, 123-138. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library.

      Note: you need the beginning and ending page numbers for the chapter in the book.

    3. For one source quoted in another source

      In-text reference: (Carr and Schuurman 1996:13, 14).

      Works Cited: Carr, Ann, and Douglas J. Schuurman. 1996. Religion and Feminism: A Reformist Christian Analysis. Quoted in Ann Carr and Mary Stewart van Leeuwen, Religion, Feminism, and the Family. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998.

    4. Journal

      In-text Reference: (Burns 2005:95)

      Works Cited: Burns, Sarah. 2005. Ordering the Artist’s Body: Thomas Eakin’s Acts of Self-portrayal. American Art 19, no. 1 (Spring): 82-107.

      Journal with no issue number or month or season

      Works Cited: Burns, Sarah. 2005. Ordering the Artist’s Body: Thomas Eakin’s Acts of Self-portrayal. American Art 19:82-107.

      Note: no space after colon before page numbers.

    5. Magazine

      In-text Reference: (Schapiro 2004:12-13)

      Works Cited: Schapiro, Mark. 2004. New Power for “Old Europe.” The Nation, December 27, 12-13.

    6. Electronic Entries—include the access date before the URL only when there is no publication date.

      In-text Reference: (Faris 2005: para. 22)

      Works Cited: Faris, Stephen. 2005. Freedom. Salon.com, December 16. http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2005/12/16/sensorship/index1.html.

      In-text Reference: (Feris n.d.: para. 22)

      Works Cited: Faris, Stephen. n.d. Freedom. Salon.com. Accessed 12 January 2019. http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2005/12/16/sensorship/index1.html.

      Note: no underlining for web addresses. You may add the paragraph number if the article is long and there are no page numbers to help your readers access the information easier. If there is no date, use n.d. and add accessed plus the date before the web address.