Style Guide for Mission Studies

Submission of Manuscripts

Mission Studies accepts unsolicited manuscripts, and particularly encourages articles from IAMS members.

Articles should be submitted through through the online submission system of the publisher, Brill. Follow the link here.
Book reviews should be sent by email attachment to the book review editor, Paul Kollman

Manuscripts should be approximately 6,000 – 10,000 words in length, typed double-spaced. Book reviews are from 300 – 600 words, including the bibliographic information at the beginning of the review.

Articles can be submitted in English, Spanish, French or German; they will be published in the language in which they are submitted unless previously arranged otherwise with the editors.

A 150 – 200 word summary of the article and up to eight key words should be included. A brief biographical statement with an institutional affiliation in telegram style is also required. All these will be translated into English if submitted in another language.

Text should be broken up with subtitles.

Manuscripts become property of Mission Studies and may be edited as necessary. Unaccepted manuscripts will not be returned.

Inclusive language should be used. Manuscripts will be edited accordingly.

Style Requirements

Mission Studies follows the internationally recognized “Anthropological Style”, e.g. as followed by Missiology: An International Review.

References are placed in the text in parentheses, with author’s last name, year and page number(s) – e.g. (White 1973:1-42).
Bible citations are placed in the text – e.g. (Gal 3:10).
Lengthy notes are to be avoided. Use footnotes, not endnotes.
At the end of the text, references will be listed under “References Cited,” according to the following examples:


  • Toulmin, Stephen (1953). Philosophy of Science. New York: Harper and Row.

Book in translation:

  • Weber, Max (1963). The Sociology of Religion. Trans. By Ephraim Fischoff. Boston: Beacon Press.

Edited book:

  • Schreiter, Robert J., ed. (1991). Faces of Jesus in Africa. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

Book written or edited by several authors / editors:

  • Pope-Levison, Priscilla and John R. Levison (1992). Jesus in Global Contexts. Louisville, KY: Westminster / John Knox Press.
  • Scherer, James A. and Stephen B. Bevans, eds. (1992). New Directions in Mission and Evangelization 1: Basic Statements 1974-1991. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

Journal article:

  • Peacock, James (1996). “Anthropology and Missionaries: A Commentary.” Missiology: An International Review XXIV, 2:163 -165.

Article in a book:

  • Burrows, William R. (1996). “A Seventh Paradigm? Catholics and Radical Inculturation.” In Willem Saayman and Klippes Kritzinger, eds. Mission in Bold Humilitv. David Bosch’s Work Considered. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books: 121-138.


For matters not covered and for further information, see the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), or consult with the editor of Mission Studies.
English spelling follows the latest edition of Webster ‘s New Collegiate Dictionary. Original spelling, however, should be retained in quotations.
Foreign words –except proper names and places– in respective languages should be underlined or italicized (e.g. in English, Sitz im Leben; in all languages, Missio Dei).
Capitalization of words should be done sparingly.
Do NOT captitalize “church,” “gospel,” “mission.”
DO capitalize “Incarnation,” “Catholic Church,” “Lutheranism,” etc.

Book Reviews

All book reviews are solicited. Book reviews are from 300 to 600 words, with everything double spaced, including the bibliographical information at the beginning of the review.
Begin with complete bibliographical information on the book: complete title (italicized or underlined), author or editor, translator, edition, series, place of publication, publisher, date, pages (Roman and Arabic), Price. E.g:

The New Catholicity: Theology Between the Global and the Local. By Robert J. Schreiter. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1997. xii + 140 pp. $18.95.

Generally, the review should include five elements:

  • Situation of the book within the current literature on the subject
  • Identification of the author or editor
  • A brief synopsis of the contents
  • Critique of the organization, substance, and style of the book
  • Identification of the intended audience (if this is not already clear)

At the end of the review, the reviewer should use two lines for identification:

  • The reviewer’s name
  • The institution with which the reviewer is associated, and/or the city and country from which the person writes. E.g.:

José de Mesa
East Asian Pastoral Institute, Manila, Philippines

Editorial address

Further questions may be addressed to the editor:

Professor Kirsteen Kim
Editor, Mission Studies
Leeds Trinity University
Brownberrie Lane
Leeds LS18 5HD

Book reviews should be sent to:

Paul Kollman, CSC
Book Review Editor, Mission Studies
130 Malloy Hall, Department of Theology
Notre Dame, Indiana  46556

Consent to publish

Transfer of copyright

By submitting a manuscript, the author agrees that the copyright for the article is transferred to the publisher if and when the article is accepted for publication. For that purpose the author needs to sign the Consent to Publish form which will be sent with the first proofs of the manuscript.

Open access

In case the author wishes to publish the article in Open Access he/she can choose the Brill Open option, which allows for a non-exclusive Open Access publication in exchange for an Article Publishing Fee, and sign a special Brill Open Consent to Publish.
More information on Brill’s policy on Open Access can be found on
The Brill Open Consent to Publish can be downloaded from


Authors will receive one copy of the issue in which their article appears. Upon publication contributors will also be granted access to Mission Studies online. A PDF file of their published article or book review will be downloadable for 60 days after notification (by e-mail). Book review authors will not receive a printed copy.