INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
Submission of articles
Articles submitted for publication should express original research/critical study and should not be under consideration in any other publication at the same time, in any form or shape.
The length of articles published in the Pharos Journal of Theology ranges from 5,000 to 9,000 words. The editors welcome any enquiries, prior to submission, relating to the suitability of any article intended for submission.
Articles should be submitted by e-mail attachment, in word doc format to: Africajournals@hotmail.com
Articles must be submitted with a Turnitin or other similarity report.
Please supply full contact details, full names and designation, names of co-authors and their designation/s, including an email address and phone number for the corresponding author/s.
Article Processing Charges
No article will be published unless the requisite fee is paid. Note that local South African authors will need to pay the amount of R5850. 00 for accepted articles while others will pay at the prevailing ZAR/US$ exchange rate on the day payment is made.
Proof of payment must be made via email.
Banking details will be provided on invoices sent out to authors.
Please note: If articles are not paid for by the stipulated date on the invoice, they will be permanently removed from the site and we reserve the right not to re-accept them under any circumstances. If authors provide a valid reason for late payment this will be considered in the interests of academia.
FEE WAIVER POLICY- We look favourably on articles from developing nations being published for free. To qualify for this waiver policy, authors may write to us.
The APA referencing style is used for this journal.
There are often minor variations in style of APA articles you read. This must not be a source of concern; simply submit your article as per the requirements and guidelines stated below.
When using the work of any other writer/s in articles submitted, you need to provide correct references, no matter whether you paraphrase the work or quote from it. References need to be provided according to the clearly defined reference style stated below and this must be applied consistently throughout the article.
Articles should be single-spaced in Arial font (11-point). Notes may be used and should be placed at the foot of any page.
The abstract should be between 200 and 350 words placed at the beginning of the article and there should be five keywords. Double space between all paragraphs.
The title must be in Arial 18 single spaced. Only the first letter/proper nouns in caps. Author/s details to reflect only their institution/s, and not department.
All articles must have an introduction and a conclusion. All headings must be bold.
Endnotes are not allowed at all unless it is an exceptional case.
Footnotes don’t replace the alphabetical list of references which must be at the end of the text. References which in notes are viewed as text references do not constitute bibliographic details.
Quotations: When quoting from any source, please use “double inverted commas.”
If a quotation exceeds 40 words, indent it from both left and right margins 2cm each. In this case, you do not need to enclose it in inverted commas. Thus, do not place indented text in italics and do not use quotation marks. A citation after the indented quote must be present after a full stop and indicate a page number if applicable, e.g. (Johnson, 2021: 12).
In text, use only single quotation marks except for those quotations within other quotations. Do not do any of the following: underline any quotation; neither printed it in bold or in a larger font than the main text; also do not use a different font style for a quotation.
To facilitate anonymous double-blind peer reviewing, the author's name and institution should not appear at the head of the article but on a separate page before the title.
The titles of any biblical and/or apocryphal work should only be in Roman type;
Biblical references must follow the following format: Mark 3: 6–7, Romans 2:5-8, Revelation 6:1, 4, 7; 8:2, 5 (i.e. with no spacing between the colon and the numbers). 'Old Testament' and 'New Testament' should not be abbreviated at all.
The references must be listed at the end under the heading 'References' and must be alphabetically arranged according to authors’ surnames and then chronologically. When using internet references state when these were retrieved. The Bible version you make use of must be listed in the References at the end.
Do not use IBID or OP. CIT.
Make use of the original script, if possible, for Greek, Coptic, Hebrew, etc. texts. All Latin text should be placed in italics as should all other languages except Greek, Coptic and Hebrew.
Abbreviations of classical and Byzantine periodicals must be those recommended by the Byzantinische Zeitschrift and L'Annee Philologique.
Page numbers should be stated as such: 11, 13-44, 177-178.
When referring to any patristic works, forms such as 9.xvii.67 must be used.
For citations of an era, please note and use: BCE (‘before the common era’) and CE (‘common era’) follow the year: 75 BCE, 145 CE, etc.
When you specify centuries, the ordinal should be spelled out: the fifth century (and not: the 5th century). Number all pages at bottom right.
When citing more than one author arrange them according to year of publication e.g. (Cole, 1999; Smith, 2001; Green, 2009)
Also for example Smith et al. 2008 for multiple authors in text.
General referencing at the end
Ambrose of Milan. (St.). (1989). De institutione virginis. In Verginità et vedovanza: Tutte le opere di Sant'Ambrogio, 14/2. In F. Gori (Ed). Editing and translations. Franco Gori, Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan.
Cyril of Alexandria. (St.). Patrologia Graecae (P.G.), Ixxvii, 992, b.
Eccles, J. & Smith, B. (2021). Divine retribution, Journal of Paranormal belief, 13(4), 45-56.
Franks, E.J., Davis, R. & Stoddart, M. (2020). Happy days are here, Leisure Quest, 18(2), 22-35.
Ward, R.W. (1992). The Protestant Evangelical Awakening, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 43-48.
Horkheimer, M. & Adorno, T.W. (2002). Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical Fragments, ed. by G. S. Noerr, trans. by Edmund Jephcott , Stanford University Press: Stanford.
Lossky, V. (1951). Mariology. In P.Edwall, E.Hayman & W. Maxwell (Eds). Ways of worship-the report of a theological commission of faith and order, SCM Press Ltd., London. 263-276.
Ambrose of Milan, (St.). (1896). Concerning Virginity (Book II). In H. de Romestin, E.de Romestin & HTF. Duckworth (Ed). Editing and translations. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. 10. Edited by P. Schaff & H. Wace, Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co. Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight. <http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/34072.htm>.
Healy, P. (1910). Jovinianus. The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. New Advent. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08530a.htm (Retrieved June 19, 2014).
Language editing pre-submission
Pre-submission language editing is required for all articles submitted to us with a proof of the relevant process.
Open Access and Copyright Issues
Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts authors must complete the copyright agreement and email this to us along with a plagiarism report.
Manuscripts submitted will be expected to contain original work and should not have been published in abridged or other form elsewhere. In this Journal, a condition of publication is that all authors give an exclusive licence to the journal and your article is published online open access and free for downloading. As part of the licence agreement, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the Pharos Journal of Theology is acknowledged as the original place of publication.
Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding author and that the Pharos Journal of Theology may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article, if applicable. You must agree to notify us immediately if your contact details change. Once your article is accepted for publication, we will contact you using the email address you had initially used. Please note that by submitting an article to us, does not guarantee publication and we do not keep copies of rejected articles. Furthermore, we do not have to furnish a reason for rejection of any article.
NB: Pharos Journal of Theology’s authors may at times be required to submit a plagiarism report along with their submission/s. Failure to do so will automatically disqualify the author.