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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.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Since articles are reviewed using a double-blind system, I have removed all personal information from the article I am submitting and from the file properties.

Style Sheet for the Global South Theological Journal

[Click here to download the GSTJ Article template for Microsoft Word.]

Page setup: 8½ x 11 inches with 1-inch margins

Font: Times New Roman font size 11


  • Article’s title: Capital letters, Font size 11. Centered.
  • Author’s name: Underneath the article’s title and separated by two blank lines. Font size 10 Centered. Capital Letters.
  • Academic institution of the author: Underneath the author’s name between two brackets. Font size 10. Centered. Not Italic. Not Capital. Not bold.
  • Abstract: Three blank lines between the name of the academic institution and the abstract, and three lines between the abstract and the beginning of the main text. Font size 10. Text justified. Indented from both sides left and right ½ inch.


  • Body text: single-spaced between lines and words, left-aligned.
  • Indent: ½ inch for each paragraph, except the first paragraph after a heading or a sub-heading.
  • Block quotes: indented ½ in right, ½ inch left.


  • Heading Level 1: All capitalized and left-justified. Not Bold. Not Italic. Not indented. Font size 11. One blank line after the previous text and one blank line before the following text.
  • Heading Level 2: Small Caps and left-justified. Not Bold. Not Italic. Font size 11. One blank line after the previous text and one blank line before the following text.
  • Heading Level 3: Italic and left-justified. Not Bold. Font size 11. One blank line after the previous text and one blank line before the following text.


  • Font theme: Times New Roman. Font size: 9. Single space between lines and words. Indent the first line of each footnote ½ inch.

For citations, all submissions must use the "notes and bibliography system" of the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition. Click here for sample citations.


Double blind review process

As we use a double-blind system of review, you must remove all personal information from your article and from the file properties. For help in removing those properties from a Microsoft Word document, click here.



During the submission process, we will be asking you for metadata on your submission.  Please, follow these directions carefully.

  • "Coverage metadata" is an optional category. If your paper pertains to a country or a group of countries, enter the names of those countries here.
  • "Language metadata" is a required category. Here you list the language in which the paper is written.  Typically you will type: lang="en" For a complete list of other language designations, click here and use the ISO 639-1 Code (2nd column).
  • "Subjects metadata" is a required category. Please, select one or more general terms from this list that fit your submission:
    • Atheism
    • Atonement
    • Belief and doubt
    • Bible
    • Christianity
    • Christian life
    • Faith
    • Fundamentalism
    • God
    • Goddesses
    • Goddess religion
    • Idols and images
    • Islam
    • Islam - relations
    • Metaphysics
    • Miracles
    • Missions
    • Monotheism
    • Myth
    • Mythology
    • Natural theology
    • Occultism
    • Ordination
    • Pantheism
    • Polytheism
    • Prayer
    • Redemption
    • Religion and culture
    • Religion and ethics
    • Religion and law
    • Religion and politics
    • Religion and science
    • Religious dance
    • Religious fundamentalism
    • Religious life
    • Religious pluralism
    • Religious thought
    • Rites and ceremonies
    • Sects
    • Theism
    • Theologians
    • Theology
    • Trinity
    • Truth
    • Women and religion
  • "Disciplines metadata" is a required category. Please, select one general term from this list that fits your submission:
    • Old Testament
    • New Testament
    • Church History
    • Systematic Theology and Ethics
    • Practical Theology
    • Theology of Missions
    • Ecumenical Theology
  • "Keywords metadata" is a required category. Select three to five terms pertinent to your work and list them in order of importance.