About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Scriptura is an independent journal which publishes contributions in the fields of Biblical, theological, and contextual hermeneutics, broadly understood. It is international in scope, but special attention is given to topics and issues emerging from or relevant to Southern Africa. Scriptura publishes contributions in English but also in other languages relevant to the Southern African region (such as Afrikaans, Xhosa, Sesotho, Zulu, French and German).

Peer Review Process

All research articles submitted to Scriptura are submitted to rigorous peer review which involves initial editor screening and anonymized refereeing by at least two anonymous referees. The reviewers are requested to complete a brief written on whether the article is suitable for publication in the journal.

No editorial consideration will be given to manuscripts that have been published previously or are under consideration for publication elsewhere. To preserve the advantages of anonymous peer reviewing, authors are requested to avoid self-identification in the manuscript.

Open Access Policy

Scriptura is an Open Access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access.

For statistical purposes, researchers downloading the article from your repository must cite the original publication available at https://scriptura.journals.ac.za/pub/index. When archiving the article as part of your repository, please use the final publishers version as it appears at https://scriptura.journals.ac.za/pub/index, and keep the layout and branding intact.

Articles from this journal can be submitted to institutional repositories, under the following conditions:

1. Always upload the final publishers' version as published at http://scriptura.journals.ac.za

2. Acknowledge Stellenbosch University as the publisher.

3. Cite the article as part of the metadata and include the doi as part of the citation to the article.

Accreditation & Indexing

Author Fees

This journal charges no submission fees.

If this paper is accepted for publication and you are affiliated at a South African Institute, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to cover publications costs.

Article Publication Fees are R650,00 (ZAR) per page.

APC: R650*12 = R7800

Publication Frequency

Scriptura publishes annually on a rolling basis.

Scriptura publishes Research Articles, including Editorials, Summaries of Publications and Book Reviews.

Digital Preservation

Scriptura. This journal is in the process of migrating from the Stellenbosch University preservation platform to the PKP PN (Preservation Network) platform.


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