Submission Guidelines

  1. Email manuscripts (either articles or books) in Microsoft Word to rsc@byu.edu. Please include a one-sentence biographical statement.
  2. Manuscripts will be evaluated by the following questions:
  • Does the manuscript address a clear thesis? Does the argument proceed cautiously and logically? Is the writing clear? Is it engaging and interesting? If not, why?
  • To what degree is the author knowledgeable on the topic as a whole, as shown, for example, by content, phrasing, contextualizing, thorough use of the best sources, and bibliography? Does the author adequately acknowledge and deal with opposing views? If not, why?
  • Does the manuscript present significant new data or new perspectives? What is its main contribution? Will people want to read this ten years from now? Does it make a contribution without resorting to sensationalism or controversy?
  • Does the author follow the canons of responsible scholarship (uses sound and fair methodology; documents arguable facts)? If not, why?
  • Is the manuscript faith-promoting? Is the piece in harmony with the established doctrine of the Church?
  1. If you have images, add captions and courtesy lines (such as courtesy of Church History Library, Salt Lake City) to the Word file. However, do not insert images in the Word files; submit them separately. Images should be 300 dpi or better (TIF or JPG files). File names and captions should match (Fig. 1.1 = chapter 1, figure 1).
  2. Authors who submit manuscripts for potential publication should follow the guidelines for manuscript preparation in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010) and Style Guide for Publications of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4th ed. (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, forthcoming). Complete style guidelines are found in the RSC Style Guide.
  3. If your manuscript is accepted, we will ask you to provide photocopies of quoted source material (except for hymns and scriptures). For sources, please copy title page, copyright page, and page(s) containing the material you have cited, and then staple these pages together. Send these copies to Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 167 HGB, Provo, UT 84602.