Information for Authors

Aim and focus

Authors should bear in mind that the aim of the anthology is to present what Christians believe and practice – not theology, history, or biblical exegesis, except insofar as it sheds light on what Christians do.

Contributions should provide a survey of the chapter’s theme and, where appropriate, the relevant literature on it. Bear in mind the average undergraduate, who may know little about the topic, but needs to find a way in.

Contributors should try to comment on Christianity as a whole, and not merely the US and Europe – although the editors appreciate that this is not always possible, and that some designated topics may preclude this. Due recognition should be given to the role of women, particularly since we have (intentionally) not commissioned a separate chapter on “Women in Christianity”.

Please do not hesitate to contact the editors if there are queries or if clarification is needed. We are happy to look at work in progress and comment on it.

House style

Bloomsbury house style conventions –
Please click here to access these.

Additionally, contributors should use UK spellings,
and 
endnotes rather than footnotes (although these
should be kept to a minimum).

Please use the Harvard system for citations and references.

The length for contributions is 8,000 words for Part I, and 2,000 for Parts II and III.If possible, please do not exceed the allocated length. (A bibliography should be included, but it is not part of the word count. Bibliographies will be collated to form a single one at the end.)

Style. Without compromising academic rigour, the style should be accessible, bearing in mind that the book will be used by undergraduates as well as postgraduates and scholars of religion. Unnecessary and obscure jargon should be avoided. Inordinate numbers of footnotes should be avoided: these can look daunting, and if a point is important, consider placing it in the main text.

Illustrations and figures. The editors do not plan to use illustrations. Charts and tables are fine, but only if needed. Please let us know if they are likely to take up a large amount of room.

Other matters. Authors should receive individual contracts from Bloomsbury. Please ensure that these are returned – otherwise the publishers may not send you a complimentary copy when the book is complete.

Deadline. The due date for contributions is 1 December 2017. If for any reason you are unable to meet this deadline, it is important to tell the editors as soon as possible.