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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

1.1. All articles and critical notes submitted for publication are expected to conform to the requirements set forth here. If a manuscript departs from these instructions in major ways, it will be returned to the author for corrections before it is considered for publication. Note that failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in delays in the processing of a submitted manuscript.

1.2. The directives of The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017) are to be followed. The British style of spelling is to be used.

1.3. A searchable MSWord file of the manuscript should be submitted in what the author intends as its final form. Please do not submit a PDF file. Bodija Journal no longer accepts manuscripts submitted in hard copy.

1.4. Manuscripts should be submitted by email ( An abstract (no more than 250 words) of the proposed article should be on a separate title page with the name, institutional affiliation, functional e-mail, telephone number(s) and postal address/code, of the author(s).

1.5. By submitting a manuscript to Bodija Journal for review, the author certifies that it is not being submitted simultaneously to another journal. Authors should not submit manuscripts that have appeared previously, that will appear elsewhere, or whose substance has appeared or will appear in print elsewhere, whether in English or in another language.

1.6. During the peer-review process, the confidential nature of the submission will be protected. For the purpose of review, the author should avoid any explicit reference to his or her own work in the article. The author should also omit any acknowledgments or reference to previous versions or presentations of the essay.

1.7. Because of the high number of manuscripts submitted to Bodija Journal, the review process can last some months. Authors will receive notification once a decision has been reached. Questions regarding the status of a submission should be directed to the Editor,

1.8. Authors of manuscripts selected for publication will receive one set of page proofs, which they are expected to read carefully, check against the manuscript, correct, and return promptly. Authors will also receive a copy of the issue upon publication.

2. Form of the Manuscript

2.1. The maximum length of a submission is 6,500 words, including footnotes, roughly equivalent to 25 pages (double spacing) following the specifications in 2.2. Manuscripts that exceed this word limit will be returned to the author for revision.

2.2. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and in 12-point font (including footnotes), with margins of 1 to 1.25 inches on all sides.

2.3. Non-Latin scripts such as Hebrew and Greek must be provided in a Unicode font such as SBL Hebrew and SBL Greek.

2.4. Special material (e.g., lists, tables, diagrams) should be included in the manuscript where they are to appear in the main text, using a word processor’s table function.

2.5. Words to be printed in italics (e.g., titles of books and periodicals, foreign words) should be italicized in the manuscript.

2.6. Overcapitalization is to be avoided (e.g., biblical, temple). See CMOS §§ 7.5.2

2.7. Abbreviations should follow CMOS§10, including abbreviations for primary sources, reference works and serials. For abbreviations in biblical studies, please consult The SBL Handbook of Style. Titles not found in SBLHS should be written out in full.

3. Quotations

3.1. Block quotations (five or more lines) in any language should be printed as a single-spaced, separate indented paragraph without opening and closing quotation marks in the same font and point size as the normal text.

3.2. Shorter quotations (five or less lines) require quotation marks in the same font and point size as the normal text.

3.2. Authors are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of verbatim quotations, including the exact reproduction of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and abbreviations, even if they differ from the style of this journal.

4. Citation Style and Footnotes

4.1. Manuscripts submitted to Bodija Journal should follow the traditional footnote documentation style outlined in CMOS §14. However, authors should not include a bibliography with their submission, as long as full publication information is included in the first citation for each source. Manuscripts submitted using the author-date system will be returned to the author for revision.

4.2. Authors should use the footnote function of their word processer to create the footnotes (please do not use endnotes). Footnotes should be in 10-point font and single-spaced. A raised Arabic numeral (without punctuation or parentheses) should follow the appropriate sentence in the main text (and its punctuation, if any) to call attention to the note.

4.3. Multiple notes within one sentence should be avoided. When several names requiring bibliographic references occur in one sentence, only one footnote should be placed at the end of the sentence, which includes pertinent references to each name.

4.4. When a note includes a bibliographical reference within a sentence, the reference should be set entirely within parentheses, not commas, and if possible at the end of the sentence. Example: But Charles C. Torrey thinks that the name “Cyrus” has been interpolated in Isa 45:1 (“The Messiah Son of Ephraim,” JBL 66 [1947]: 253).

4.5. Footnotes should include the full name of the author or editor cited, unless he or she uses only initials.

5. Ancient Languages

5.1. Ordinarily, Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Coptic should not be transliterated but given in the proper characters in Unicode fonts. The unpointed consonantal text of Hebrew or Aramaic is to be used, unless the argument calls for the vocalized form of the words.

5.2. An English translation normally accompanies at least the first occurrence of any Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, or Coptic word or phrase.

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