Submitting a Journal Article

The Religious Educator journal welcomes well-researched, well-written articles on the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, Latter-day Saint scriptures, Church history, and pedagogy.

Most manuscripts will be between ten and thirty double-spaced pages. To see past articles published, click here.

Before submitting your article to us, we encourage you to seek feedback from colleagues with expertise on your topic. For further suggestions, please see Preparing the First Draft.

Submit your article to joany_pinegar@byu.edu. Sometimes e-mails go astray, so contact Joany if she has not acknowledged receipt of your article within two weeks. All the articles we receive go through a preliminary evaluation that may take up to three months.

If we decide to pursue publishing your article, it may go through a peer-review process, being read by two anonymous reviewers. That process may last another three months.

Preparing the F​irst Draft

Whether you’re preparing a book-length manuscript or a journal article, we encourage you to keep the following guidelines in mind.

Accessibility

Write direct, clear English in a style that is accessible to the broadest possible audience for your work.

Thesis Statement

Include a thesis statement that clearly identifies the purpose and scope of your manuscript.

Quotations

Integrate quotations into your narrative as logical, grammatical parts of the text. Usually quotations require further explanation to function productively within your text. We caution against excessive use of block quotes.

Style

We generally follow The Chicago of Manual of Style for journal articles and book manuscripts. For details, see the RSC Style Guide.

If another style (MLA, APA, etc.) is more appropriate to your discipline, check with us about using it.

Note Placement

You may use footnotes or endnotes. Link notes (attached to the text they refer to).

Terminology

Avoid jargon as much as possible. Define specialized terms if they need to be used.

Sensitivity

Use language that is free of bias (gender, race, religion, and so forth). Consult Guidelines for Bias-Free Writing, by Marilyn Schwartz (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995). In some historical contexts, gender-specific terms may be appropriate.

Illustrations

Begin thinking now about possible illustrations and where you can find high-quality versions and who holds the reproduction rights. Once your manuscript is accepted, provide photocopies or printouts of illustrations you would like to include, keeping track of the sources. The number and types of illustrations to be reproduced are subject to approval by the press. Don’t pay for illustrations or their permissions until the publications director has confirmed that the illustrations will be used and that the rights granted in the permission are adequate for our needs.