Instructions for authors
The instructions for authors include information about the types of articles received for publication, preparing a manuscript for submission to Verbum et Ecclesia and the online submission process. Other relevant information about the journal's policies and the reviewing process can be found under the about section.
- Frequently asked questions from authors
- Types of articles published by Verbum et Ecclesia
- Publication procedure
- Publication fees
- Publication, copyright and usage licence
- Authorship and competing interest
Proceed to submit:
- New submission
- Revised submission (after formal peer review)
- Thesis abstract (create awareness for your research)
Types of articles published by Verbum et Ecclesia ↑
Most articles published by Verbum et Ecclesia follow a specific format, as listed below:
- Original research articles: These are reports on complete, comprehensive pieces of original research within the focus and scope of the journal. (Maximum 7000 words; 60 references.)
- Review articles: inform a broad readership about fields in which there have been recent, important advances of immense, fundamental importance and highlight unresolved questions and future directions. Standard headings are not always appropriate, but the review should have clear subheadings to provide order to the manuscript (between 2500–4000 words with a maximum of 40 references; abstract required).
- Book reviews: The book reviews are normally requested by the editor or book review editor on any books relevant to aspects of the journal focus and scope. Please contact the editor if you would like to suggest a review or book for consideration.
References: Begin the reference list on a separate page. Verbum et Ecclesia uses the Harvard referencing style. Note: no other style will be permitted.
Learn how to ensure your manuscript adheres to the AOSIS Publishing house style.
The submission process can be interrupted at any time; when users return to their journal’s personalised section, they can continue from where they left off.
Publication procedure ↑
On the acceptance of a manuscript for publication by the Editor-in-Chief, the editorial staff will work towards preparing the manuscript for online publication. The aim is towards a three-month turnaround time from acceptance to online publication. This is however dependent on the corresponding author’s responses during the final stages of editing.
The first stage is the language editing that is returned to the corresponding author for review. This will be the final opportunity for the author to make text changes to the manuscript. At a later stage, the editorial staff will send the author one set of galley proofs, at which time the author will have two working days to mark any typographical errors. It may not be possible to incorporate author corrections in the printed version of the manuscript in the event of the author failing to respond to the proofreading requests. Authors should visit their personalised home page frequently to assess the location or stage of the manuscript.
Publication fees ↑
All our readers and authors enjoy the benefits of free open access. We believe that open access of the journal promotes accessibility and uptake worldwide, serving the best interests of the professional and scientific community and the public at large.
Since no fees are charged for access, AOSIS offsets the publication expenses – including those of peer review management, journal production and online hosting and archiving – by charging Article Processing Charges (APC), also known as page fees, to authors, institutions or funders for each article published.
1. The journal Article Processing Charges (APC)
The APC for this journal is R1020.00 (excl. VAT) per A4 output page in PDF format.
This APC is valid for the current calendar year and may be changed at any time at the sole discretion of the publisher.
The submitting author is responsible for payment of the APC and must confirm, at the time of submission, that s/he will organise payment of the APC, should the article be accepted for publication. This responsibility may not be delegated to any third party unless agreed to by the publisher.
2. The book supplement chapter publication fee
The publication fee per book chapter in a book supplement (irrespective of chapter length or word count) is R13,300.00 (excl. VAT) per chapter.
This fee is valid for the current calendar year and may be changed at any time at the sole discretion of the publisher.
3. Text changes after layout
Authors will be given the opportunity to revise and approve the text of the accepted manuscript in the final phase of copy-editing. After author approval the manuscript will go to design layout. The author will be asked to proofread the final galleys before going to publishing. Proofreading is intended to correct typesetting mistakes and not to introduce new changes to the text; such changes will require new layout of the pages. If new changes are introduced at this final proofreading stage, the publisher will charge Galley Change Fees (GCF) to the author, based on the cost incurred to make such changes.
The GCF per hour is R450.00 [excluding VAT].
The final APC is derived from an estimated A4 PDF page count, based on the finally approved manuscript word count, and no changes will be made after invoicing.
Only one invoice shall be issued per article (no splitting of invoices) in order to expedite publication and keep costs to a minimum. All amounts are due within 30 days from invoicing. Payment can be made by Credit Card and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). The article will only be published once full payment has been received. If payment is done by EFT from a non-South African bank account, the author will be responsible for any bank transfer charges at the time of the transaction. In all cases a receipt will be sent by email once payment has been received. Learn how to make a payment.
Authors are encouraged to contact their institution, funder or the Editor-in-Chief of the journal for more details of possible APC subsidy opportunities. Possibilities are: covering APC in the research grant, utilizing the open access funds of the institution, or a direct APC waiver by the publisher.
Waiver of APC
Authors may apply to AOSIS for waiving of the APC, which may be granted at the sole discretion of AOSIS/the funder. In order to be fair to all authors, a full waiver of the APC is only granted under exceptional circumstances.
To consider your APC waiver request we need the following:
- A letter from the Research Director, Faculty Dean or Departmental Head, confirming that the author’s institution cannot pay the APC.
- A letter signed by all authors, declaring that they have exhausted all possible funding sources before applying for APC waiver.
The journal APC adheres to our publication fee policy.
Publication, copyright and usage licence ↑
The following legal documents need to be submitted with the manuscript to the journal online; please download below:
- Author declaration and publishing licence
- Author account form
- Third-party material release form (if applicable).
Where a manuscript is not accepted for publication by the Editor-in-Chief, the sections of the publication agreement in respect of the publishing licensing shall be null and void and the authors will be free to submit the manuscript to any other publication for first publication.
Authorship and competing interest ↑All co-authors (collaborators) share a degree of responsibility for articles they collaborate on. Hence, if an individual is unwilling to accept appropriate responsibility for a manuscript’s contents, the individual should not be a co-author.
A ‘co-author’ is defined as any person who has made a significant scientific contribution to the work reported and who shares responsibility and accountability for the results. We advise that authorship credit should follow and be based on:
- substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data
- drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content
- final approval of the version to be published.
J.K. (University of Pretoria) was the project leader, L.M.N. (University of KwaZulu-Natal) and A.B. (Stellenbosch University) were responsible for experimental and project design. L.M.N. performed most of the experiments. P.R. (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) made conceptual contributions and S.T. (University of Cape Town), U.V. (University of Cape Town) and C.D. (University of Cape Town) performed some of the experiments. S.M. (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) and V.C. (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) prepared the samples and calculations were performed by C.S.(Cape Peninsula University of Technology).
AOSIS will seek reasons for any requests for changes in authorship; ensure changes are legitimate, justified and authorised by all authors.
Competing interest exist when an author’s interpretation of data or presentation of information may be influenced by a personal or financial relationship with other people or organisations that can potentially prevent the authors from executing and publishing unbiased research. Authors should disclose any financial competing interests as well as any non-financial competing interests that may cause them embarrassment were they to become public after the publication of the manuscript.
Where an author gives no competing interests, the listing will read ‘The authors declare that they have no financial or personal relationship(s) that may have inappropriately influenced them in writing this article.’
|ISSN: 1609-9982 (print) | ISSN: 2074-7705 (online)|
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