Guidelines for Authors

What We Are



IJUT is an academic journal serving the worldwide missions community. IJUT articles reflect urban theory, life, thought, and practice. Each issue includes articles, book reviews, and editorials. Subjects are related to urban missiology and include: successful ministries, practical ideas, new tactics and strategies, trends in urban evangelization, church planting and discipleship, health and medicine, literature and media, education and training, relief and development, missionary family life, and much more. We seek to address each concern of urban mission from a biblical/theological base, wedding orthopraxis with orthodoxy.

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.




  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

How to Submit Articles


Email: Attach your article to the email as a .doc or .docx format or some other format that can be access by a variety of standard word processors.

Articles should be 4,000 words using Chicago Manual.

Case Studies should be 1,200-1,500 words using Chicago Manual.



For optimal reproduction, figures or photos should be submitted as high-resolution JPGs or TIFFs (300 dpi), or as EPS files with all fonts embedded. Additionally, all images should be at least 4 x 4 inches at the resolution indicated. Tables should be made and submitted in Microsoft Word or RTF. All figures and tables should be in separate files and numbered consecutively; only placement indicators and captions (with source/copyright information) should be included in the articles themselves. 

IJUT Distinctive


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.

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.



Manuscripts accepted for publication that do not conform to the style guide may be rejected or returned to the author for amendment. The editors also reserve the right to alter usage to conform to the style guide issued by the publisher. Authors cannot supply new materials or request major alterations following the copyediting stage, so please ensure that all text is final upon acceptance. Contributors will receive one free copy of the relevant issue and may purchase additional copies at a reduced price or purchase offprints. 

Style Guide

Guidelines for Choosing Topics and Writing Articles

Fresh Ideas that:

  1. Plow up new ground.
  2. Fit the purpose of the Journal.
  3. Are useful to our readers.
  4. Contain perceptive insights, sound wisdom and judgment, and careful analysis and interpretation.
  5. Make inspirational, motivating, and convincing reading.
  6. Our readers look to this Journal as readable, informative, stimulating, and practical.

Hard Work that:

  1. Includes strong supporting evidence for major points, avoiding superficial generalities.
  2. Makes diagnosis of and suggests solutions for problems.
  3. Involves good research.
  4. With sound foundations and applications of biblical/theological principles and values.

Strong, logical development of ideas and major thesis:

  1. With clear transitions between points.
  2. That show the reader where you are going and why.
  3. That makes clear what you are trying to prove.

Compelling Introduction and Conclusion

  1. Show why the reader would want to get into this article.
  2. Point out what the reader will or should learn from it.
  3. Know what you expect the reader to do, think, believe, or feel after reading it.

Careful skill that involves:

  1. A high regard for language, syntax, style, punctuation, grammar.
  2. Colorful, vibrant, active verb style.
  3. Simplicity, clarity, readability, conciseness.
  4. Adherence to professional scholarly standards.
  5. Avoidance of pedantic (ostentasious) terminology and tone.

Editorial Guidelines for Submitted Articles

In an effort to offer our readers clear references for future research, IJUT follows the Chicago Manual, 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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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: (SEE ABBREVIATIONS BELOW)
  4. 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.

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A Few Comments on Text Formatting:

Please follow these simple guidelines and thereby secure our enduring gratitude.

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.

Do not indent paragraphs.

Never underline anything.

Use italics sparingly.

Do not use all caps for headings or subheadings.

Learn the difference between hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes (This list isn’t  exhaustive but will give you a start).

  1. For our purposes, the only place you use a hyphen is in compound words like grace-oriented.
  2. En dashes are used to indicate a duration (8–10 A.M.; May–July. [Mac: Opt+-; Windows: Alt 0150].
  3. 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.]

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.

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 in Rich Text Format (.rtf).
  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.)
  7. Write a brief (3 or 4 sentence) summary of your article (unless it is a book review).
  8. E-mail your article to the editors.
  9. 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

What We Look for in Book Reviews

  1. A sparkling opening to grab the reader; state the central problem or issue in a broad urban mission context.
  2. A succinct overview of the contents. Do not try to cover everything. Strip it down to its essence.
  3. Highlight the author's contributions that are new. We want fresh insights. How does she or he help us solve a problem or grow?
  4. Succinctly state anything you think the author has missed or stated wrongly. No nit-picking please.
  5. A lively style and tone. Be upbeat. Keep sentences short. Use short, simple words. No academic, technical jargon.
  6. Add two or three related books as a separate item at the end. Include title, author, city of publication, publisher, date of publication.
  7. Overall length: 400 words.
  8. Book review, may be edited for style and space.
  9. Book reviewers are selected by the IJUT book review editor; however, we appreciate readers letting us know of relevant books on missiology and global missions which may be a good fit for IJUT.

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.)