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Author Guidelines

Points to note on Soma House Style

1. Articles and reviews should be submitted in a Word document or other compatible format.

2. The author must supply an email address and, if possible, an academic address.

3. Subheadings: it is preferred that only one grade of subheading be employed.

            i. Grade A: this should be centred small capitals (Roman) 14pt and not bold. It should consist either solely of a Roman capital or a Roman capital with a short subheading. 

            ii. Grade B: Lower-case 12pt italicized subheading with or without lower-case Roman numeral.

4. Bold type is not used except in the title of the article. Italics are to be used sparingly and especially for non-English words (in English articles) and non-Kiswahili words (in Kiswahili articles). 

5. All words in a language which does not use the so-called Latin/Roman alphabet (e.g. Hebrew and Greek) should be transliterated.

6. Only endnotes should be used and indicated by superscripted 10 pt. characters.

7. Referencing, in 10 pt., should follow this pattern:

The first reference to a book or article should include full bibliographical details e.g. Ivan Petrella, Beyond Liberation Theology: A Polemic (London: SCM Press, 2008), 78 or Ivan Petrella, Beyond Liberation Theology: A Polemic (London: SCM Press, 2008), 78-112. 


Kwok Pui-lan, "Mercy Amba Oduyoye" in Kwok Pui-lan, Don H. Compier, and Joerg Rieger (eds.), Empire and the Christian Tradition: New Readings of Classical Theologians (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007), 471-486.


Nami Kim, "A Mission to the 'Graveyard of Empires'? Neocolonialism and the Contemporary Evangelical Missions of the Global South" Mission Studies 27 (2010): 3-23 at 7.

8. Series and periodical titles should not be abbreviated.

9. Subsequent referencing should follow this pattern:

Petrella, Beyond, 78-80.


Pui-lan, "Mercy", 471-472.


Kim, "Mission", 7.

10. Ibid and op cit (art cit) should not be used.

11. Extended quotations of over 40 words should be displayed with left indentation (no quotations are then necessary around the quotation itself. If quotation marks within the displayed text are needed they should be of the 'single' type. 

12. Quotation marks for non-displayed quotations should be "double" and for quotations within quotations they should be 'single'. Quotation marks should only be placed outside punctuation marks when the quotation is a full sentence. 

13. Endnote indicators should be placed outside the final punctuation or quotation marks. For example, Kim argues that "It is no surprise that Christianity is the fastest growing religion in Africa".12


"It is no surprise that Christianity is the fastest growing religion in Africa, Asia, and Latin America."12


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.

  1. The submission has not previously been published, nor is it under consideration with another journal 
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which includes the Soma House Style and is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

    1. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  1. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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