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Journal for the History of Reformed Pietism (JHRP) — Guidelines for authors


1.    General criteria

1.1.  Articles should

1.1.1.    be written at a scholarly level, i.e. they should present an academic discussion

1.1.2.      as to their theme, discuss aspects of Reformed renewal movements in Early Modern times, i.e. between approximately 1550 and 1800;

1.1.3.      afford significant consideration to devotional aspects of the topic;

1.1.4.      contain new data about, or modified or new insights into, that field;

1.1.5.      be based on independent research of the sources.

1.2.  Contributors are especially encouraged to write about international and interconfessional relations of movements for religious renewal within the Reformed confession in Early Modern times. To gain an impression of the scope of the journal, please read the Editorial published in the first issue.

1.3.  Neither an article or book review in its entirety, nor substantial parts of it, may have been published previously in full in English.

1.3.  For book reviews, only 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.3 and 1.3 of the criteria mentioned above apply.



2.    Submission procedure

2.1.  Authors should submit their articles via the website. Please add a few keywords describing the contents of your article. Also, be sure to click on the 'Upload' button to have your article uploaded.

2.2.  The editors decide whether the article meets the general criteria.

2.3.  If so, the editors will forward the article to one or more reviewers, for an independent assessment.

2.4.  If not, the editors will return the article with a request to improve it. Whenever a new version is submitted, the editors will reassess the article.

2.5.  JHRP uses a double-blinded peer review system, which means that the author does not know who the reviewers are, and that reviewers do not know the names of the authors. Your text, figures, tables, etc. should not contain any information concerning author names, institutions, etc. The name of your files and the document properties should be anonymized.

2.6.  If the reviewers give a positive assessment, the editors will forward the article with the comments of the reviewers and of themselves to the author with a request to reword it taking account of their comments. During rewording, you should use the tool “track changes” in Word or a similar tool if you work with another programme.

2.7.  Once the editors are of the view that the author has sufficiently incorporated the reviewers’ comments, the article can be published.

2.8.  This procedure applies only to articles, not to book reviews. The latter will be assessed by the editors only and there will be no blind peer review.


3.    Language

3.1.  Submissions should be written in English. Spelling (whether American, British, Canadian or other Commonwealth variant) should be consistent throughout.

3.2.  If you are not a native English speaker the article you submit should have been corrected by a native speaker.


4.    Summary

4.1.  Articles should be followed by a short summary of their content in approximately 250 words.


5.    Length

5.1.  The guideline for the total length of an article is 10,000 words.

5.2.  Book reviews may contain about 5,00 to 2,000 words.


6.    Illustrations

6.1.  Illustrations should be submitted as separate source files in .eps, .tif, or .jpg format, in a size suitable for the typesetting area of the journal’s pages.

6.2.  The resolution of these files should be at least 300 dpi for half-tone illustrations, and 600 dpi for line drawings.

6.3.  Contributors are asked to number their submitted image files and to indicate in the manuscript where they are to appear (e.g. Fig. 1 here).


7.    Copyright

7.1.  If the submission includes illustrations, tables, or large sections of text that have been published previously, the author should have obtained written permission from the original copyright owner(s) to reproduce these items in the current article. All copyrighted material is expected to be properly credited in the manuscript.


8.    Formal criteria


8.1.  Please make use of paragraph indents.



8.2.  Italics and quotations

8.2.1.      Isolated words and phrases in foreign languages, and non-English titles of works or persons, should be italicized.

8.2.2.      Citations should both be quoted in the original language and be translated into modern English in the text.

8.2.3.      Quotations should exactly follow the original with regard to wording, spelling and type (italic/bold/underlining).

8.2.4.      Direct quotations of texts in foreign languages should be placed in rounded double quotation marks (“…”).

8.2.5.      Quotations longer than ten typed lines should be treated as block quotations (indented, without quotation marks).

8.2.6.      Rounded single quotation marks (‘…’) are reserved for quotations within quotations.

8.2.7.      Square brackets and a three-dot ellipsis are to be used for deletions in a quotation: […].



8.3.  Capitalization

8.3.1.      “Middle Ages” is capitalized, but “medieval” is not.

8.3.2.      Christian, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Reformed, Lutheran.

8.3.3.      The pope, Pope Paul III; the queen, Queen Elizabeth; the archbishop, Archbishop of Utrecht.

8.3.4.      For other religious names and terms, please consult the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (2010), 265-272.

8.3.5.      “Church” is generally lower-case, unless it is part of the official name of a denomination or building, or unless it refers to the universal Church.

8.3.6.      “Bible” is capitalized, but “biblical” is not.



8.4.  Numbers and years

8.4.1.      The numbers 1-20 should be spelled out: “in 17th-century church life” should be “in seventeenth-century church life”; “10 ministers and 22 elders” should be “ten ministers and 22 elders.”

8.4.2.      Ordinal numbers in titles (not describing centuries) are given in figures with superscript suffixes: the 7th International Conference.

8.4.3.      If historical persons are mentioned, the years of birth and death should be added between brackets after the first mention of each.



8.5.  Footnotes

8.5.1.      Footnotes, rather than end notes, are to be used. Footnote numbers should be behind punctuation marks.

8.5.2.      If the same source or publication (a book or a journal) is referred to more than once, abbreviations may be used. At the first occurrence of the source name, the title should be given in full, followed by its abbreviation in round parentheses. Please use the abbreviation list of Theologische Realenzyklopädie and Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche. To these lists you may add the Documentatieblad Nadere Reformatie (DNR).



8.6.  Bibliographical references to primary and secondary literature and to manuscripts


8.6.1.      Bibliographical references made for the first time in an article should be given in full. However, if it is longer than 15 words, it may be shortened. For subsequent mentions of the same source a short title may be used.



8.6.2.      Examples of paginated references:

-          Monographs that have appeared before 1800:

  • Lewis Bayly, The practise of pietie directing a Christian how to walke that he may please God,London, Iohn Hodgets, 1616 (STC (2nd ed.) / 1602.7), 8.

-          Monographs that have appeared after 1800:

  • William Reginald Ward, The protestant evangelical awakening,Cambridge1992, 50.
    • Subsequently: Ward, The protestant evangelical awakening, 50.

-          Unpublished works:

  • Norbert Haukenfrers, ‘Bellows of Affection: The Meditative Spirituality of Thomas Watson’, MCS’s thesis, Regent College, 1998.

-          Journal articles:

  • Jonathan Strom, ‘Problems and Promises of Pietism Research’, in: Church History, 71 (2002), 536-54, here 540.
    • Subsequently: Strom, ‘Problems and Promises’, 540.

-          Contributions to books:

  • Anthony Milton, ‘Puritanism and the continental Reformed churches’, in: John Coffey and Paul C.H. Lim (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism, Cambridge 2008, 109-26.
    • Subsequently: Milton, ‘Puritanism’, 120.

-          Encyclopedia entries:

  • Rudolf Mohr, ‘Undereyck, Theodor (1635-1693)’, in: Gerhard Müller et al. (eds), Theologische Realenzyklopädie, vol. 34, Berlin 2002, 268-72.
    • Subsequently: Mohr, ‘Undereyck’, 270.

-          Bible, classical, medieval and Early Modern works:

  • Prov. 2:5; Matt. 5:21; 1 Cor. 2:12; 2 Cor. 3:1-6. Eccl. is used only to refer to Ecclesiastes (Qoheleth); the deuterocanonical book of Ecclesiasticus is abbreviated Ecclus. Where a Latin form and an English form of the name of a Bible book are both in common usage, either may be used: Cant. or Song.
  • John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion 3.20.1 [book.section.chapter], John T. McNeill (ed.), Ford Lewis Battles (trans.), vol. 2,Philadelphia1960, 850.
    • In subsequent references: Institutes 3.20.1 (vol. 2, p. 850).

-          Manuscripts:

  • A reference to a manuscript should give the place of archiving (in English), the original name of the library, the file (both name and file with an English translation) and the shelf mark:
    • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS lat. 4117, 108v-145r.
    • Leiden, Universiteitsbibliotheek, Archieven van Senaat en Faculteiten [University Library, Archives of the Senates and the Faculties], 7, 67r.

-          Internetpages:

  •, accessed 29 Jan 2015.



8.6.3.      Additional guidelines:

-          In literature references, capitalization should observe the standards of academic publications in the variant of English used in the article, either American or British English.

-          Prepositions in proper names should be given not only on the first but upon every mention of a publication. Unlike (for instance) French or Spanish de in surnames, a Dutch preposition before surname should be lower-case when appearing with the given name, but capitalized when the surname alone is given:

  • Fred van Lieburg, Living for God. Eighteenth-century Dutch pietist autobiography,Lanham,Md.2006, 125.
    • Next time: Van Lieburg, Living for God, 125.

-          If there are more than three authors or editors, the first-named author or editor only should be named and et al. should be added:

  • Gerhard Müller et al. (eds), Theologische Realenzyklopädie, vol. 34, Berlin 2002, 268-272.

-          In case of monographs that have appeared before 1800, you should add the name of publisher(s) and printer(s), if mentioned in the publication. You are advised also to add a reference to a national standard biography, like (in case of English books) the Short Title Catalogue (STC) or Wing.

-          Revised editions:

  • Johannes Wallmann, Philipp Jakob Spener und die Anfänge des Pietismus, 2nd, rev. ed., Tübingen 1986, 80.

-          If there is more than one place of publication of a work, only the first-named one need be mentioned:

  • William Reginald Ward, The protestant evangelical awakening,Cambridge 1992, 50.

-          Normally in a reference to a section of a publication, the second page number may be shortened, but not if pages have two columns:

  • Anthony Milton, ‘Puritanism and the continental Reformed churches’, in: John Coffey and Paul C.H. Lim (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism, Cambridge 2008, 109-26.
  • G.P. van Itterzon, ‘Walaeus, Antonius’, in: D. Nauta et al. (eds.), Biografisch lexicon voor de geschiedenis van het Nederlandse protestantisme, vol. 2, Kampen 1983, 452b-454b.

-          In case of publications with both page numbers and item numbers, such as bibliographies, the reference may state only item number(s):

  • A.W. Pollard et al., A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English Books Printed Abroad 1475-1640, 2nd, rev. ed., vol. 2,London 1976, nos. 25296-25324.

-         If no name of the author, publisher or printer is mentioned, add “s.n.”.

-          If no place of publication is mentioned, add “s.l.”.

-          If no year of publication is mentioned, add “s.a.”.



8.6.4.      Reference to a reviewed book:

-          Corina Flügge, Devotion translated. Zur Rezeption deutscher lutherischer Erbauungsliteratur im frühneuzeitlichen England (Texte und Studien zum Protestantismus des 16. bis 18. Jahrhunderts, 7), Kamen: Hartmut Spenner, 2012; 416 pp.; ISBN 978-3-89991-137-4; € 29,80.



9.    Open Access

9.1.  JHRP is available in online free Open Access.

9.2.  Contributors may place a hyperlink on their personal websites to their own published articles on the JHRP website.



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. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

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