Publishing in Modern Believing

The Editor invites contributions from authors. Modern Believing publishes articles in theology and related disciplines to promote theological liberalism.

Modern Believing has a century long record of contributions from church leaders, established theologians, and newly-emerging theological minds. It is committed to high academic standards and to high accessibility, and it values each equally. It seeks to promote a critical, creative and constructive spirit in theological enquiry. It provides opportunities for new voices in the Academy and in the Church to become heard.

Peer Review Criteria

Articles are peer reviewed against three criteria:

  • the promotion of liberal theology in the Church and in the Academy;
  • originality and academic integrity; and
  • accessibility to its readers in academic and church life, and beyond.


LENGTH: Articles should not exceed 3,500 words. Exceptionally and by agreement with the Editor an article may be up to 5,000 words.

ABSTRACT: The article should be preceded by an abstract of not more than 100 words,  printed in italics.

KEYWORDS: The article should also be preceded by a list of keywords, up to a maximum of 12,  in capital letters and alphabetical order.  Abstracts and keywords will facilitate electronic searches and increase the on-line readership of the article.

LANGUAGE: Inclusive language must be used. In order to increase accessibility, a clear, simple style of writing should be attempted, and technical words avoided or explained.

ORIGINALITY: Only articles that have not previously appeared or been presented concurrently elsewhere will be considered for publication. The Editor welcomes responses to articles previously published in Modern Believing.

THE REVIEW PROCESS: The article will be peer reviewed, by one or two reviewers and by the Editor.  Authors should omit references to themselves within the article so that the process of review can be undertaken anonymously.

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT: The article should be accompanied by a short 'bio', up to a maximum  of 25 words. If accepted for publication, the statement will appear at the end of the article.

AUTHOR'S POSTAL ADDRESS: Authors receive two copies of the edition in which their article appears.  These are sent to the postal address which should be included in the bio.

Preparation of Files

TITLE: The author's name should be omitted  (to enable review to be anonymous).

PARAGRAPHS: The first line of each paragraph should be indented by 1 centimetre.  There should be one line space between paragraphs.

SUB-HEADINGS: In addition to the title, up to three levels of headings may be used.

BIBLICAL QUOTATIONS: The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) or the New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) are preferred.

Both are readily available on-line:

ABBREVIATIONS OF BIBLICAL BOOKS: Abbreviations should follow the form given in the Revised Standard Version.

PROOF-READING: The text of the article and the accuracy of the references should be very carefully  checked prior to presentation.

Text Style

Spelling: UK English

Quotations: Single quotation marks, with double quotation marks for quotes-within-quotes. Quotations of four or more lines to be indented left and right without quotation marks and in a font size less than the body text.

Punctuation: UK style, for example:

  • Commas and full points outside brackets or quotation marks (as here), rather than the US practice of putting them inside (as here.) (The exception is that when the bracket or quotation contains a full sentence, then the closing full point does come inside, as here.)
  • In a list of words or phrases separated by commas, there is no comma before the final item if it is preceded by the word ‘and’.

Initials: Followed with a full point when in people’s names, as in J. Smith, but generally without full points, as in USA, BCE.

Footnote references: These should come after any punctuation that follows the referenced word, i.e. like this,3 not like this3.

Numerals up to twenty normally to be in words; above that in digits.


All citations in the text are given using endnotes. Initial references to a work should be in full, according to this format:

Peter Harrison, The Bible, Protestantism, and the Rise of Natural Science (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998), p. 4.

All subsequent citations to that work should use the shorter form, ie:

Harrison, p. 5.


Editorial Policy

REVIEWS: The Editor will invite members of the Editorial Board, or members of an independent panel  of reviewers, to review articles presented for publication. The process of review will be conducted  as speedily as possible, but no guarantee can be given about the length of time required.

REVISIONS: If reviewers recommend revisions prior to publication, the Editor will forward  the recommendations to the author so that the revisions may be made.

REJECTIONS: The Editor may give reasons for rejecting a manuscript but is under no obligation  to do so. The Editor's decision is final.

LOSS OF FILES: The Editor accepts no responsibility for the loss of files. Authors are therefore advised to keep at least one copy of their file.

AMENDMENTS: The Editor reserves the right to shorten, and to make editorial amendments to,  any article prior to publication.

GUARANTEE OF PUBLICATION: The Editor cannot guarantee a date for the publication of an article that has been accepted.


Authors will be asked to sign Liverpool University Press' Assignment of Copyright form, which you can download here.