Article Guidelines

The International Journal of Urban Transformation Distinctives

Prospective writers for IJUT (The International Journal of Urban Transformation) should recognize and further the unique distinctive of the Journal. As an expression of the ongoing concerns of urban mission, the Journal seeks to:

1. Promote dialogue between urban mission leaders.
2. Cultivate an international fraternity of thought between urban mission leaders and emerging urban researchers, scholars, and scholar-activists.
3. Encourage the development of Urban Missiology.
4. Encourage multidimensional and interdisciplinary thought as it promotes urban missiology.
5. Foster spiritual growth as well as intellectual growth among all interested in urban mission.
6. Encouraging and assist urban servant-leaders in their personal and professional growth.
7. Providing a forum for communicating new concepts, strategies, and resources in urban mission.
8. Assist in the reporting, analyzing, and interpreting of significant trends in urban mission.
9. Be an advocate for the urban poor.
10. Bring Shalom to the city.

Urban Missiology, like other aspects of missiology, represents opportunities for committed servant-leaders to become involved in the global mission of the church.

IJUT Readers
Readers of IJUT come from a wide range of backgrounds. Mission professors, students, mission executives, urban mission practitioners (both short-term and career), librarians, church leaders, mission mobilizers, and mission researchers all look to IJUT for the latest thinking in urban missiology.

Our Editorial Philosophy
IJUT is open to anyone who has fresh ideas pertaining to urban mission. We are a scholarly journal written for academics, but we also want material that is immediately applicable to current urban mission practice, reflecting careful thought and practical application to mission professionals, and especially those working in urban contexts. We like to see problems not only diagnosed, but solved either by way of illustration or suggestion.

We prefer articles about deeds done, showing the why and the how, claiming not only success but also admitting failure. Principles drawn from one example must be applicable to missions more generally. IJUT does not include articles which have been previously published in journals, books, websites, etc.

Criteria by which We Evaluate Articles
1. Importance of subject to our readers
2. Freshness and creativity
3. Clarity and readability
4. Development and depth
5. Support and resources
6. Convincing arguments
7. Accuracy and validity
8. Overall treatment of a subject

Guidelines for Choosing Topics and Writing Articles
1. Fresh Ideas that plow up new ground, fit the purpose of the Journal, are useful to our readers, contain perceptive insights, sound wisdom and judgment, and careful analysis and interpretation, make inspirational, motivating, and convincing reading. Our readers look to this Journal as readable, informative, stimulating, and practical.

2. Hard Work that includes strong supporting evidence for major points, avoiding superficial generalities, makes diagnosis of and suggests solutions for problems, involves good research, with sound foundations and applications of biblical/theological principles and values.

3. Strong, logical development of ideas and major thesis with clear transitions between points, that show the reader where you are going and why, that makes clear what you are trying to prove.

4. Compelling Introduction and Conclusion show why the reader would want to get into this article, point out what the reader will or should learn from it, know what you expect the reader to do, think, believe, or feel after reading it.

5. Careful skill that involves a high regard for language, syntax, style, punctuation, grammar, colorful, vibrant, active verb style, simplicity, clarity, readability, conciseness, adherence to professional scholarly standards, avoidance of pedantic (ostentasious) terminology and tone.

Suggested Sample Topics
1. Exposition of biblical passages which clarify and support the cause of urban missiology.
2. Profiles and articles on specific urban contexts.
3. News and analysis for urban contexts.
4. Practical models and current programs in strategy, mobilization, and training for urban mission.
5. Historical perspectives on urban mission.
6. Missiological perspectives and principles grounded in sound missiology.
7. Calls to commitment and involvement in urban mission.

Practical Tips
Write to the editor first about your article, giving a brief summary of what you propose to send, the subject matter, how you would treat it, and how many words you expect you may need for the article. If you send your article to another publication please indicate which one. We don’t like to use other publication’s material without permission.

When the editor gives you permission to proceed:
1. Please review the next section, “A Few Comments on Text Formatting.”
2. Type your article in your favorite word processor, but please save it as a Word doc (.doc or .docx).
3. Count the number of words (Tools/Word Count in Microsoft Word) and indicate the number at the top of the first page. We prefer feature articles of approximately 5,000 total words.
4. Enclose a biographical sketch.
5. Include complete biographical data for all quoted material.
6. Include which Bible version you are using. (Note: we prefer the NRSV but you are free to use any translation.)
6. Write a brief (3 or 4 sentence) summary of your article (unless it is a book review).
7. E-mail your article to the editors, sbenesh@warnerpacific.edu.
8. After your article has been converted to our layout program, we will e-mail you a copy of your formatted article in PDF format for your final review. You will have up to one week to respond with changes should you notice any errors that were inadvertently introduced in the layout process. If you don’t own the latest version of Acrobat Reader please download at http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/readstep2.html.

A Few Comments on Text Formatting:
Please follow these simple guidelines and thereby secure our enduring gratitude:
1. Do not double space after punctuation (or anywhere else). Please run find and replace function in your word processor to make sure you have no double spaces.
2. Do not indent paragraphs.
3. Never underline anything.
4. Use italics sparingly.
5. Do not use all caps for headings or subheadings.
6. Learn the difference between hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes (This list isn’t  exhaustive but will give you a start). For our purposes, the only place you use a hyphen is in compound words like grace-oriented. En dashes are used to indicate a duration (8–10 A.M.; May–July. [Mac: Opt+-; Windows: Alt 0150]. Em dashes are used to set off phrases that contain many commas or to mark an abrupt change in thought of sentence structure. [Mac: Shft+Opt-; Windows: Alt 0151.]
7. Please have three other people read your work and make suggestions/corrections since even good proofreaders miss mistakes in their work. We suggest you use a spell checker and a grammar checker, but don’t rely on them exclusively. Though helpful, they aren’t perfect and are no substitute for the human eye.

Editorial Guidelines for Submitted Articles
In an effort to offer our readers clear references for future research, IJUT follows the Chicago Manual of Style, both within articles and in reference lists at the end of articles. To make the editorial process easier, we ask that submitted articles be formatted as follows:
1. We only use footnotes.
2. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, using a 12-point Times New Roman font, with one-inch margins. Footnotes should be single-spaced, using a 10-point Times New Roman font.

House style guidelines.
Serial Comma or Oxford comma:
Items in a series are normally separated by commas. When a conjunction joins the last two elements in a series, a comma—known as the serial comma or Oxford comma—should appear before the conjunction.
If there are elipses in your manuscript, please use three periods with one space between each period ( . . . ) rather than the ellipsis character or three un-spaced periods.
Please abbreviate inclusive numbers according to the conventions outlined in CMOS 9.64 (p. 396). The following scheme illustrates the preferred way to abbreviate inclusive numbers:

10–11, 35–38, 98–99
1000–1004
100–102, 200–252
1002–8
101–2, 204–11, 309–56
(but 294–307)
1002–16
1003–1135

Whole numbers from one through one hundred, round numbers, and any number beginning a sentence should be spelled out with the following two exceptions: Percentages, which should be written as “10 percent.”

As editors, we are committed to the use of nondiscriminatory language in all areas of the Journal’s life. We recognize that many women and men no longer find “man,” “men,” and “mankind” acceptable as generic terms. We understand that such exclusive language, though once normative in our speaking and writing, now tends increasingly to alienate a substantial group of people. We wish to challenge patterns of language that may be doing harm even when harm is inflicted unconsciously and without intention. As Christians desiring to support human equality, we intend to avoid exclusive language which might express or encourage discrimination within the Church or society. We pledge ourselves, and encourage writers, to use language which includes women and men in all writing.

Abbreviations of Scripture
Scripture Abbreviations
Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
(coming soon)
New Testament
(coming soon)

Responsibilities of IJUT Staff
1. Give your article a fair review.
2. This is a “peer-reviewed” journal. Two experts in the area of urban mission that you are writing about will review your article with recommendations to the senior editor.
3. Our answer may not always be “Yes” or “No” but “Maybe.” That means we would either like to see more revisions or work done on your article, or we need more time to see how various ideas jell and which other articles might cover that subject. Please refer to the “Peer-Reviewed Policies and Procedures” regarding specifics on the peer-review process.
4. We are dealing today with authors who are experienced writers and computer users. We also do not have a large enough circulation to justify the expense and delay upon the common copy editing done. Thus, for the present, we will print any article which we accept without extensive copy editing. Please understand, then, that typos, misspellings, and inelegant sentences will be left as they are and we will state in each issue that we have not added to the editing done by the authors. You will have one opportunity for a pre-publication review of your article before it goes to press.
5. We regret that we cannot pay honoraria at this point in the Journal’s life. If your article is accepted, we will provide you as a token of our appreciation: (a) Five copies of the issue in which it appears, and (b) the opportunity to purchase additional of this issue at a 50% discount. (If you wish to purchase a large number of these issues, you will need to let us know before publication deadlines.)

How to Submit Articles to The International Journal of Urban Transformation
E-Mail: sbenesh@warnerpacific.edu. Attach your article to the email as a .doc format or some other format that can be access by a variety of standard word processors.
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