Information For Authors

Are you interested in submitting to RTR? Authors need to register with the site prior to submitting, or, if already registered, you can simply log in and begin the five-step process. If you are already registered as a 'reader', login and change your profile to be an 'author' as well (the tick box is under your address info). Once logged in, click 'User Home', and click the 'new submission' link on the main page.


RTR publishes articles in the fields of Exegetical, Biblical, Systematic, Historical and Pastoral Theology, and Philosophy and Ethics. Articles for submission must be of a standard equivalent to that for post-graduate studies, showing originality or approaching a topic from a fresh perspective. RTR is a peer reviewed journal, and is included in the Register of Refereed Journals of the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training. Articles should be approximately 6,000 to 8,000 words, excluding footnotes (max. 10,000 words, including footnotes and bibliographical data). Shorter and Longer book reviews and are approximately 250 and 750 words respectively.

Article and Review format

  1. The article should be single-spaced, the first line of each paragraph should be indented 0.5cm, and one space (not two) should be used between sentences within a paragraph.

  2. The fonts should be Times for the main text, and Arial bold for headings; 12pt for article text, 11pt for footnotes and book reviews.

  3. The article should be substantially free from typographical errors. 'S' spellings should be used for words such as 'realise', 'evangelise', etc. Capitalisation should be minimised. Eg 'the crucifixion', 'the church'; but still 'Passover' and 'Exodus'.

  4. Bibliographic details for all references cited or otherwise drawn upon in articles should be included in the footnotes.

  5. Long quotations (30+ words) should be in a separate paragraph, indented 0.5cm left and right, in 10pt font, and without quotation marks.

  6. Single quotation marks should be used, but double marks for a quote within a quote.

  7. The note-bibliography system should be used. Articles with other systems (eg the author-date system) will be returned to the author. Egs:
    Monograph: B. D. Ehrman, The New Testament, A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997), 200.
    Article: M. C. de Boer, 'Jesus the Baptizer: 1 John 5:5–8 and the Gospel of John', JBL 107 (1988), 99.
    Subsequent citations should be shortened: Ehrman, New Testament, 201. de Boer, 'Jesus the Baptizer', 100. Do not use 'ibid', etc.

    If you use Endnote software, the following output style may be used: RTR.ens. This is provided 'as is', and RTR offers no assistance in its use. It will create a bibliography at the end of the article, which will need to be deleted before submission.

  8. Unicode fonts should be used for Greek and Hebrew. We recommend that you use the free fonts provided by the Society of Biblical Literature. Our layout editor uses Linguist Software fonts.

  9. Hebrew and Greek transliteration should not be used. Hebrew pointing should not be used unless significant to the discussion.

  10. Translation should be provided for any non-English language used (including Hebrew, Greek, Latin, and all modern languages).

  11. Abbreviations, such as for biblical books and journals, should conform to The SBL Handbook of Style. Less well-known abbreviations should not be used, even if in the SBL Handbook. No fullstop should be used after the abbreviations of biblical books. The names of biblical books should be abbreviated in all parentheses and footnotes, and in the main text when followed by both chapter and verse (but not at the start of a sentence). Eg always 'Genesis 1' in the main text, but 'Gen 1' in parentheses and footnotes. 'Gen 1:1' mostly, but 'Genesis 1:1' at the start of a sentence in the main text.

  12. Em dashes rather than ordinary dashes should be used when setting apart words in a sentence—like this em dash here, with no spaces around the dash. En dashes should be used when 'through to' is meant, such as when giving verse ranges. E.g. Gen 1:1–5; 1914–1918; pp. 2–10. An en dash should only have spaces around it when a verse range crosses a chapter. E.g. Gen 1:1 – 2:3.

  13. The Grammar Checker in MS Word should be set to Australian English (if installed on your computer), in both the main text and the footnotes. Please run the Spelling and Grammar check before submitting the article!

Submission procedure

Follow the 5 step procedure on the submissions page. Please upload your submission in Microsoft Word format (.doc, .docx). This is step two. For documents with special fonts, illustrations or other complex formatting, please also upload a PDF (this is step four, 'uploading a supplementary file'. Our layout editor will read any special fonts in the PDF, and transpose them into the fonts used by our printers. Please make sure that you are not infringing copyright when embedding fonts. Please provide an abstract, and details of your qualifications and current academic or ministry position. This is step three. You will be notified by email within two months of whether your submission has been successful. Thank you for your interest in the Reformed Theological Review.

ISSN: 0034-3072