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Newman Studies Journal


In submitting a manuscript for consideration by Newman Studies Journal, an author vouches that the same manuscript has not been published elsewhere and is not currently under consideration by another publisher.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in WORD or WordPerfect as either (1) an e-mail attachment to [email protected], or (2) a manuscript or diskette mailed to the Editorial Office, Newman Studies Journal, 211 N. Dithridge St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.  (Book reviews generally are assigned by the NSJ editors.  A separate set of guidelines is available for authors of book reviews.)

 NSJ follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 14th edition (1993) or Kate L. Turabian, Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 6th edition (1996) and uses as its spelling guide Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, 14th edition (1993), or its abbreviated edition Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 10th edition (1995); however, in direct quotations, please follow the original (e.g., British spelling).

Manuscripts for articles should not be more than 7500 words (25 double-spaced pages) in Times New Roman 12-point type.
In addition, NSJ requests that authors:

  • Double space all copy including titles, block quotations, endnotes.
  • Number all pages at top right. 
  • Use endnotes, gender-inclusive language, and American spelling in your text, except in the case of quotations that have British spelling.  
  • Italicize titles of books, journals, and foreign words, but not foreign expressions familiar in English, e.g., ibid., de iure, prima facie.
  • Use three double-spaced dots to replace omitted parts of citations; at the end of a sentence this ellipsis is followed by a period.
  • Avoid using bold type, footnotes, headers/footers, and right-margin justification.
  • Provide a short one paragraph summary of the article (of approximately six lines; see a current issue for examples).
  • Provide a brief autobiographical description (of approximately three lines; see a current issue for examples).

Titles and Headings

The main title should be typed entirely in capital letters and centered—if more than one line, double space.  To divide titles from subtitles, use a colon and capitalize the first word of the subtitle.

Author's name follows after a space, all in capitals and centered.  Next provide a brief synopsis of the article, then begin the first paragraph immediately following synopsis.   Major divisions should be indicated by a brief caption, all in capitals and centered.

Minor divisions (subdivisions under the majors) are indicated by large and small letters, italicized, and centered, e.g. What's New in Morality?   Sub-sub divisions are indicated by large and small letters, also centered, though not italicized, e.g. Nothing New at This Time.  Avoid two captions in a row, e.g. heading and subheading. 

Block Citations

Indent one half inch from the left margin and double space quotations that are more than four full lines. Omit quotation marks unless the block quotation is a direct address.


Endnotes should be double-spaced on a new page, using the endnote function in Word or WordPerfect.  Begin each endnote by indenting the first line of each entry three spaces followed by a raised (superscript) number.

Give complete bibliographical information in an endnote the first time a work is referred to in the text.  If the first reference is to a specific page, give first the opening and closing pages of the article and then the specific page/s referred to, e.g. 187–99, at 192.  

Omit p., pp., e.g. NSJ, 56 (1996) 95–111; or Bultmann, Tradition, 216–19. 

Omit words that indicate publishing house, e.g. “Press, Verlag, Editions, Publication, Ltd.,” etc. When several places in the same country are given, use only the first; e.g. New York: Paulist (not Mahwah). When several cities in different countries are found on the title page, use only the place of publication in the USA, e.g. New York: Oxford University.  

Spell out the full names of periodicals at first occurrence, then follow with standard abbreviations in following occurrences.  If the same article or book is mentioned often in the notes, use a shortened title (rather than abbreviation) after the first occurrence; indicate this by “hereafter cited: LD.”

Any commentary within an endnote comes first and is followed by the source of the textual quotation placed within parentheses, e.g.  (History of the Synoptic Tradition, 79–101).

Each detail to be documented requires an endnote, not the clustering together under only one note of several quotations from separate sections of a paragraph, chapter, or book.

Remove from the text to endnotes all bibliographical data or parenthetical references to sources, with the exception of references to biblical texts, which should be identified within the text in parentheses, e.g. (Romans 5:12).

Follow conventions of each language cited regarding upper case and lower case in titles.  For French and Spanish titles see Chicago Manual of Style, 14th ed., 15.118, and chap. 9.

Citations of Newman’s Works

Unless there is a cogent reason for using another edition (e.g., an article comparing the different editions of An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine.), citations from and references to Newman's works should use the editions available at www.newmanreader.org. The complete URL reference to a specific work should be included in a footnote the first time a work is cited:

      1 “The Immortality of the Soul,” Plain and Parochial Sermons 1:15–26, available at: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/parochial/volume1/sermon2.html; hereafter cited: “Immortality,” PPS.

      2 “Immortality,” PPS, 1:21.
    Citations from and references to Newman's letters and diaries should ordinarily come from:  The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman (London: Nelson; Oxford: Clarendon, 1961– ) and should use the following format:

     3 John Henry Newman (hereafter JHN) to Miss M. R. Giberne (Oriel College, 8 May 1832), The Letters and Diaries of John Henry Newman 3: 49; hereafter cited: LD.

    4 JHN to Thomas Mozley (Oriel College, 13 May 1832), LD,  1:49–51, at 50.

Abbreviations of Newman’s Works

The complete reference should be given in the first citation; the following sigla should be used in subsequent citations.

Addresses = Addresses to Cardinal Newman and His Replies 
Apologia = Apologia pro Vita Sua
Arians = Arians of the Fourth Century
Athanasius = Select Treatises of St. Athanasius
BC = British Critic
ECH = Essays Critical and Historical
Callista  = Callista
Development = Development of Christian Doctrine
Difficulties = Difficulties of Anglicans
Discussions = Discussions and Arguments
DMC = Discourses to Mixed Congregations
EM = Essays on Miracles
FPOS = Faith and Prejudice and Other Sermons
Gerontius = The Dream of Gerontius
Grammar = Grammar of Assent
HS = Historical Sketches
Idea = Idea of a University
LES = Lives of the English Saints
LG = Loss and Gain
LJ = Lectures on Justification
MD = Meditations and Devotions 
Norfolk = Letter to the Duke of Norfolk
OUS = Oxford University Sermons
POC = On the Prophetical Office of the Church
PPCE = Present Position of Catholics in England
PPS = Parochial and Plain Sermons  
Pusey = Letter to Dr. Pusey 
SN = Sermon Notes
SSD = Sermons on Subjects of the Day
SVO = Sermons Preached on Various Occasions
Tracts = Tracts for the Times
TTE = Tracts Theological and Ecclesiastical
VM = Via Media
VVO = Verses on Various Occasions