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Editorial Policy - Author Guidelines

St Augustine Papers: A South African Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies is a biannual multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary journal published by St Augustine College of South Africa. This academic journal publishes scholarly, refereed articles and book reviews in all the fields in which academic programmes are offered at the College, including Theology, Philosophy, Applied Ethics, Peace Studies, Education, Social Sciences and the Humanities in general. Interdisciplinary articles are especially welcome. All manuscripts submitted for review undergo a double-blind peer review process. Final publishing decisions are made by the Editorial Committee.

All submissions to be considered for publication in the peer-reviewed section of St Augustine Papers will be subject to a double-blind peer review process, i.e., the reviewers will not know the identity of the author(s) and the author(s) will not know the identity of the reviewers (each article will be sent to at least one reviewer). Reviews are usually performed within one month.

All other submissions to the journal (editorials, book reviews, etc.) will be subject to review by the Editorial Committee.

Original research articles should be between 5000 and 9000 words in length in a particular field within or related to the focus and scope of the journal. Articles may be e-mailed to Prof Jakub Urbaniak at using software that is compatible with MS Word. The first page of the manuscript should carry the proposed title and author's name with highest degree. Under the name an identification line, giving title and position held, the institution and its location should appear. Personal details and a short biography (max. 100 words) should also be submitted. A brief abstract (no more than 150 words) should follow the author identification data.

Notes should be numbered serially throughout the text by superscript numbers (without parentheses) to the right of any punctuation marks. The notes themselves should appear at the end of the manuscript but before the references, under the caption 'Notes'.

The Harvard Referencing Style should be used. All references should be specified in parentheses in the text (and in the text of notes) by surname(s) of the author(s), the year of the publication and page number(s), for example (Dworkin 1986:45-52) or (Solomon & Higgins 1996:157) or (Grant et al. 1976:58). 'Et al.' is to be used for three and more authors. The complete citation should appear at the end of the manuscript (after the notes, if any) under the caption 'References'. Such citations should be listed alphabetically by surname of author; for authors cited more than once, by year of publication, with the most recent references first. Please note the use of capital letters, punctuation marks and italics in the following examples:

Foster, C. 2009. The Selfless Gene: Living with God and Darwin. London: Hodder & Stoughton.

Bean, P. and Melville, J. 1989. Lost Children of the Empire. London: Unwin Hyman.

Black, M. 1979. 'More about Metaphor'. In Ortony, A. (ed.). Metaphor and Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 19-43.

Sartre, J.-P. 1947. The Age of Reason. Trans. E. Sutton. London: Hamish Hamilton.

Hrushovski, B. 1984. 'Poetic Metaphor and Frames of Reference'. Poetics Today 5(1): 5-43.

'New Drug Appears to Sharply Cut the Risk of Death from Heart Failure'. 1993. The Washington Post, 30 July, 12.

Thomas, N.E. 1997. Review of Qur’an, Liberation and Pluralism by F. Esack. Journal of Ecumenical Studies 37(1): 86.

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. 1993. Springfield, MA.: Merriam-Webster.

Lessing, B.P. 1985. Nuclear energy. McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 12: 127-129.

World Council of Churches (WCC). 1998. Guidelines on Dialogue with People of Living Faith and Ideologies. Geneva. (accessed 20 March 2016).

Contact us for a more comprehensive list of examples here.

The Journal also welcomes unsolicited book reviews.

In 2017, we have introduced the “Other Voices” section which is a space dedicated to non-academic perspectives, views, comments and reflections on the questions that are of relevance, particularly, to the South African readership. Chosen volumes may include one such voice, carefully selected by the Editorial Committee and related to its general theme. These texts do not require peer-review and may differ in format from academic articles (op-eds, essays, reports, stories, poetry, and the like are welcome), but they must be no longer than 5000 words. There will not be a separate call for papers for this section:

potential authors are welcome to send their proposals to the editor at any time at It is our hope that “Other Voices” will contribute to deepening the Journal’s contextual grounding, enriching its diversity and thus further increasing its appeal.

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