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Author Guidelines

1.        Due to a wider international readership, contributions should preferably be submitted in English, but other languages will also be considered.

2.        When a contribution has been published or accepted for publication elsewhere, it must be indicated.

3.        Contributions should be completely ready for printing and only those that conform to the guidelines of the journal can be accepted for consideration.

4.          For the review process all submissions to Scriptura must be anonymised. Any author, affiliation or institutional details that will enable identification must be removed.  Do not include any acknowledgements or contact details.  Make sure that self-citations are in the third person.


5.          Ensure that all identifiers have been removed from files such as Microsoft Word documents.


(a) In the copy the document that you want to submit click the File tab, and then click Info.

(b) Click Check for Issues, and then click Inspect Document.

(c) Make your article anonymous.

(d) In the Document Inspector dialog box, select the check boxes to choose the types of hidden content that you want to be inspected (author information).

(e) Click Inspect.

(f) Review the results of the inspection in the Document Inspector dialog box.

(g) Click Remove All next to the inspection results for the types of hidden content that you want to remove from your document.

6.        Contributors are responsible for language editing.  If the panel of referees advise that additional editing be done, the contribution will be referred back to the author.

7.         Priority will be given to articles of 15 A4 pages (including footnotes and bibliography) or shorter.

8.         Contributions should preferably be submitted in  electronic format (MSWord).

9.        Contributions should be submitted in Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing, A4 page format with a 2.5cm margin on all sides.  The main text should be in 12pt letter type, and footnotes in 10pt. Italics and bold type faces are allowed.

10.       The preferred Hebrew and Greek fonts to use is "SBL True Type Fonts".

11.        The title of the article, as well as the name and institution of the contributor should be mentioned at the beginning of the article.

12.      All contributions must have a short abstract (not more than 150 words) in English (at the beginning of the article after the title and name of contributor). Additionally we require four or five key concepts to be added for the sake of indexing.

13.      Due to additional cost implications, the use of diagrams and tables should be limited to the minimum.

14.       Any recognized system of reference may be used, as long as it is done consistently.

15.     Bibliography:  All titles of books and names of journals must be in italics.  The titles of articles must have quotation marks ["   "].  All books must have a place of publication, publisher and date of publication.

16.     The Editorial Board reserves the right to bring contributions into line with the conventions of Scriptura and to make other editorial changes.

17.      Contributions should be submitted online. Register as an Author, and follow the wizard to submit an article.



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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text uses 1.5 line spacing; 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. Ensure that all identifiers have been removed from files such as Microsoft Word documents.  Any author, affiliation or institutional details that will enable identification must be removed.  Do not include any acknowledgements or contact details.  Make sure that self-citations are in the third person.

Copyright Notice

Authors retain copyright and grant the Journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this Journal.

This is an open access journal, and the authors and journal should be properly acknowledged, when works are cited.

Authors may use the publishers version for teaching purposes, in books, theses, dissertations, conferences and conference papers.

A copy of the authors’ publishers version may also be hosted on the following websites:

  • Non-commercial personal webpage or blog.
  • Institutional webpage.
  • Authors Institutional Repository.

The following notice should accompany such a posting on the website: “This is an electronic version of an article published in Scriptura, Volume XXX, number XXX, pages XXX–XXX”, DOI.  Authors should also supply a hyperlink to the original paper or indicate where the original paper ( may be found.

Authors publishers version, affiliated with the Stellenbosch University will be automatically deposited in the University’s’ Institutional Repository SUNScholar.

Articles as a whole, may not be re-published with another journal.

The following license applies:

Attribution CC BY-NC-ND 4.0


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Publication Fees: 600.00 (ZAR)

If this paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to cover publications costs.

Article Publication Fees are R600,00 (ZAR) per page.

If you do not have funds to pay such fees, you will have an opportunity to waive each fee. Take note that only a limited number of page fees can be waived.