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Submission Policy and Guidelines for Articles


We appreciate your desire to submit an article to the International Journal of Pentecostal Missiology. As you prepare your submission, please follow the guidelines below:

General Comments

  • Synopsis: The INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PENTECOSTAL MISSIOLOGY (IJPM) seeks to facilitate the engagement, research and investigation of missiology from within a Pentecostal perspective; to encourage the thinking and interaction among Pentecostal missionaries and/or Pentecostal missions scholars; and to provide a forum for dialogue and reflection about issues current within Pentecostal missions.

    • These parameters allow for biblical, theological, historical and/or missiological articulations as well as book reviews based on relevant contemporary books.
  • Word count guidelines:

    • Feature Article (4,500-6,000 words)

    • Article responses (500-1,500 words)

    • Book Review (500-1,500 words) - include full bibliographic information (including page count).

  • Articles should be 1.5 spaced and submitted as Microsoft Word documents via email to IJPM@agts.edu (Attn: Dr. Paul W. Lewis, editor).

  • Along with your submission, include your full name as you would want it displayed in the byline; a brief description of your ministry context and title; and be sure to note the length of time that you have been in missions (either as ‘since 1995’ or ‘for 18 years’).

  • IJPM accepts contributions in English only.


  • Please use the A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th Edition by Kate Turabian for general questions regarding style, punctuation and citations. (Also note as an additional resource The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition)
  • Articles should be 1.5 spaced with block quotes single-spaced.

  • The body of the article should be printed in size 12 font, Times New Roman. The essay title should be size 14.

Technical and Grammatical Details

  • Please avoid use of all caps anywhere in the article.

  • All non-English words and titles should be italicized. (If a non-English word is in parentheses, both the word and the parentheses should be italicized.) Further, if not a commonly known word, you should also provide a basic translation in parentheses.

  • All words that require non-Latin fonts should be transliterated.

  • Block quotations should only be indented 5 spaces from left margin, and extend all the way to the right margin.

  • Use a computer generated “em dash” (—) instead of two hyphens (--). Obtain em dash by going to “insert” then “symbols.” Note: there should be no spaces before or after the em dash.

  • Use computer generated ellipses ( … ) rather than three periods (. . .). Obtain ellipses by going to “insert” and then “symbols.” Note: there should be one space immediately before and after the ellipsis.

  • When listing a series of three things, make sure to use two commas (red, white, and blue).

  • Do capitalize in reference to deity: He, Him, His (do not capitalize the reflexive “himself” in reference to deity).

  • Do capitalize: Bible, Scripture, the Early Church, the Church (lowercase for the local church).

  • Do not capitalize: biblical, scriptural, body of Christ, godly/godliness.

  • The key point is to be consistent in style, formatting and citations throughout the paper.

Writing Style

  • Use gender neutral or gender inclusive language: To avoid overuse of the male and female singular pronouns “he or she,” (1) use nouns wherever possible (e.g., participant, student, believer, congregant, etc.) or (2) use the plural pronouns “their,” “they,” or “them.” When you do use the male and female singular pronouns, use “his or her” (not his/her) and “his and her” (not his/her). Do not use s/he. Use humankind (not mankind). Rule of thumb: if noting gender is relevant to the sentence, do so with gender inclusive language. If not, use gender neutral language.

Biblical References (See Turabian 7th edition: 256-257, 340-344 and Chicago 15.47-15.54.)

  • Make sure to follow book abbreviations as found in Chicago Manual of Style. Use the form that includes the period (Gen.) as opposed to the form that does not (Gn).

  • If quoting one verse and referencing others state: (John 3:16; see also John 1:1).

  • After Scripture has been quoted in text, put Scripture reference(s) in parentheses (not in a footnote), using the abbreviations. For example: (Gen. 3:12-13). Note that the period goes AFTER the closing parenthesis: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35).

  • The first time you quote Scripture, insert the following footnote: All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from (name of version you use).

  • If you refer to a different version than your main source, put the abbreviation of that version in parentheses also: (Gen. 3:12, NIV).

  • The Bible paraphrase, The Message, is spelled out since it does not have a standard abbreviation yet.

  • Make sure multiple Scripture references are in proper sequence as found in the Bible (Gen. 1:1; Mark 1:1; Rev. 1:1).

  • Abbreviations: (See Turabian pp. 340-343); use traditional not shorter version listed:

Old Test.:

1 Sam.

2 Sam.
2 Kings
1 Chron.
2 Chron.
Ps. (pl. Pss.)

Song of Sol.


New Test.:

1 Cor.
2 Cor.

1 Thess.
2 Thess.
1 Tim.
2 Tim.

1 Pet.
2 Pet.
1 John
2 John
3 John


  • Subsequent Citation from Bible Passages:

    • If you refer to verses from the same chapter as the previous citation, use the abbreviation v. or vv. for verse(s) (e.g., vv. 17-18).

    • Do not repeat a book abbreviation for a citation immediately following one from the same book.

    • Do repeat the book once you have begun a new paragraph. This helps to reorient the reader to the book of the Bible you are referring to, without having to look back in the previous paragraph to do so.

  • Do abbreviate a biblical reference when it appears in a footnote (Chicago, 15.47-49).

  • Do not use f. or ff., rather give the exact page number(s) or verse(s).

  • Use a hyphen between verses instead of a comma (72-73, not 72, 73)

  • Be sure to double-check EVERY Scripture reference for accuracy.

  • Use 1 or 2 instead of I or II for 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, and so on.

Endnotes and Bibliographies:

  • Please use textnotes or endnotes rather than footnotes.

  • In endnotes, there should be no comma after title:  Title (place: publisher, date), page.

  • Make sure to place a period and a comma after Ibid.  (Ibid., 27.)
  • Book, journal, and magazine titles are to be italicized, not underlined.

  • Use two-letter abbreviations for states.

  • Make sure you are consistent in how you list publishing companies (not Zondervan in some places, and Zondervan Publishing House in others).

  • In Bibliography “Vol.” is capitalized. (In endnotes it is “vol.”)
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