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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format and is accompanied with an exact PDF-copy.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The text is the sole responsibility of the author. Language editing is not offered by the editorial board.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • All hyperlinks must appear in notes and in black, following the template.
  • Make sure that figures and illustrations have a high digital quality and that they are useful in the layout.

Author Guidelines

The mission of HIPHIL Novum is to publish high-quality biblical scholarship, especially when this research focuses on how teaching or technology is freely available to a global audience.

The following simple guidelines are used to ensure ease of access for a diverse global audience: Download layout template.

Peer reviewed articles around 7500 words in length, but may occasionally be longer. There is no peer review for short papers of around 2,500, but they must have been read and commented on at conferences. On recommendations of supervisors, we may also publish dissertations reviews, and we may accept technical reports on research projects.

Submissions should typically be in English, following British or American spelling conventions. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. Punctuation should follow common conventions of the language used. All bibliographic styles commonly used in major American or European biblical scholarly publications may be used, as long as consistency is maintained, although HIPHIL Novum prefers the Author-date system. Authors are encouraged to use Zotero or some similar tool to help ensure consistency in bibliographic citation.

Unless spelled out and explained in their first use, abbreviations are to be avoided in general in both the main text and in footnotes. Exceptions are standard systems of abbreviations for citation of Scripture and cognate literature commonly cited in biblical scholarship (if consistently used and clarified where ambiguity may be present).

Texts in ancient languages, such as Hebrew, Greek, and Syriac, should be written in their original characters, but we also welcome various systems of transliteration, and they should be should be set in Unicode fonts. An English translation should be provided for all passages in ancient languages running to more than a few words.

Please submit the first version of your article in two digital versions, an editable version (MS Word or a preapproved alternative) and a “camera-ready” version (PDF or a pre-approved alternative).

You must avoid any reference to your name, institution, or email in your article in order to guarantee a fair Peer Review. The co-editors will make sure that this secrecy is maintained in any evaluation. Instead, provide your institutional information, mailing address, e-mail, and telephone number separately in your submission. Simply register as a new user, follow the instructions, and submit your paper.

In terms of document layout, please follow the accompanying HIPHIL Novum paper template. Acceptance usually depends on the author’s adherence to the template.

We will evaluate your submission on the basis of the advice of our Peer Reviewers. If your submission is accepted, it may be accepted as is or with proposed changes. We may accept a paper on condition that the template is used. You will then be asked to submit a second version in electronic format at a mutually agreed date (MS Word or a pre-approved alternative).

Please proofread your text carefully before submitting it. If English is not your native language, have a native English speaker working in your subject area proofread it carefully for you. The editors do not do language correction. Authors are solely responsible for any mistakes. A paper will be rejected if the author does not perform satisfactory proofreading.

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