TI Editorial Standards

Volume 1 - 2007 - Closed - 80 Articles - 13 Published in Perspectives on Eternal Security:  Biblical, Historical, and Philosophical Foreword by H. Wayne House, Edited by Kirk R. MacGregor and Kevaughn Mattis (Wipf and Stock, 2009).

Volume 2 - 2009 - Closed - 122 articles committed so far.

Volume 3 - 2011 - Open - 161 articles committed so far.

Guest and Complementary Articles Previously Published  ~  Editorial Standards

Referencing TI Articles - a few bibliographic forms could be

APA Bibliography:

Wilburn, Roberta J. (Vol. 3, 2011) The Use of the Concept of New Identity .... , Testamentum Imperium – An International Theological Journal (www.PreciousHeart.net/TI/2011).

Chicago & Turabian Bibliography:

Wilburn, Roberta J. “The Use of the Concept of New Identity .... Testamentum Imperium – An International Theological Journal (www.PreciousHeart.net/TI/2011; Vol. 3, 2011).

Turabian Footnote:

Roberta J. Wilburn, “The Use of the Concept of New Identity .... Testamentum Imperium – An International Theological Journal 3 (www.PreciousHeart.net/TI/2011; 2011): 1-26.


All articles should be sent in MS Word version 97-2003 (2007 and 2010 versions will be converted to 97-03 compatibility), and one should choose the “Embed Font” function if you have any Greek, Hebrew, or foreign-language words.  All articles will be edited to the following standards, and you can help by following most of these from the beginning, and you can help us save time by adjusting your styles accordingly.  Do not send HTML or PDF articles.  All articles will use justified single-spaced paragraphing, with about 4pts before and after blocked quotes.

Font and Size:  Times New Roman only, 12pt for body, 10pt for block quotes, 8pt for footnotes.

Outline:  yes, do outline your work, using the standard outline: A, 1, a, (1), (a), and usually not more than three levels.  All levels will be 12pts bold.  In the final version, a non-breaking space will be placed between the period and text (created by holding down both the Shift and Ctrl and pressing the space bar).

Bible verses:  use “v” without a space for both single and numerous verses as in v4 and v4-10 and not v. 4 or vv. 4-10 (in or outside of parentheses);  however, the “v” is not usually needed if the enumeration is clear, and is never used if chapter and verse (3:16) are used).  Verses in parentheses are separated by a comma, unless containing multiple chapters and verses as in (3:16-19, 22, 27) or (3:16-19, 22, 27;  4:25;  5:6-8, 10), and no “&” or “and” on last verse.  Full names of biblical books are preferred in body of text, and abbreviations in the parentheses (Romans or Rom.);  however, be consistent in text, parentheses, and footnotes.  Note what version you are using, mostly, but especially if other than KJV, ASV, and NIV;  certainly if you use NASB or NKJV or a paraphrase;  no attempt will be made to insert, and if no designation is used, it will be assumed that the KJV, ASV, or NIV is being used.  Do not separate chapter and verse with a period (3:16 and not 3.16).

Dash:  use an em-dash without spaces for a dash:  “go to him—yes,” and not, “go to him — yes.”  Not an en-dash (–) and or a hyphen (-).

English:  no distinctions or edits will be made between European and Western English: judgement and judgment are both acceptable, only one should be consistent.  Likewise for punctuation.

Footnotes:  use footnotes, no endnotes.  Our model will indent the first line 3 pts.  MS Word will automatically separate long footnotes to the next page.  As a general rule, never use more than one footnote per sentence, and the reference should be at the end of the sentence.

Spacing:  do not use the Enter Key to add blank space between two paragraphs, not in the body of the text, block quotes, or in footnotes.  It is preferred to use two spaces after a period, colons, and semi-colons;  but the double spacing will not be added or edited.  Goodness, if you use two spaces after a period, use two spaces after colons and question and exclamation marks.

Indents:  first-line indent normal paragraphs will be 3pts.

Ellipsis:  the ellipsis is three periods in a row (“…” not “. . .”), and refers to an absence of quoted material;  in scholarly journals that is its only use.  MS Word will unite three successive periods, not allowing them to divide at the end of a line.  One never uses an ellipsis to start or close a quote.

Underline:  no underlines, except as used when quoting a source author’s own underlined text.

Italics:  italicize the titles of books and the like, and never underline (except in an exact quote).  Use the italic emphasis sparingly.  Also, “e.g.” and “et al” are not in italics, but most Latin, Greek, Hebrew, German, and all foreign words are in italics.

Styles:  if using MS Word styles and style sheet, ask for TI Model Style Sheet.

AD-BC:  use a non-breaking space after number of date:  33 AD.  It is preferred to use AD 33 and 33 BC (notice which comes first), but 33 AD will not be changed.

Other:  do not use “ff”:  use “following” or “and following” if you must.

Most of these are normal expectations of scholarly journals, in one form or another.  We are open to suggestions, certainly, as we finalize each Volume 1.  Pressing many more than these internationally would be difficult.  But we want all the articles to be formatted alike and for the most part follow international guidelines for English articles.  If you have suggestions, please e-mail either of us:

Keveughn Mattis  or  Michael Glenn Maness.

This will be up-dated and refined as the articles are being finished for Volume 1, 2005-2007.