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.
  • 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.

Author Guidelines

General Submission Guidelines

Submissions should conform to one of the following: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) seventh edition, Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) second edition, or Turabian based on the field of expertise. For submissions utilizing other writing styles, please contact CAPS.

Articles typically present empirical research (broadly defined) and analyze or interpret data the author has generated using sound research methodologies.

We prefer that all submissions be written in a way accessible to diverse readers, including those who are not experts on the topic of the paper. Research based on highly focused contexts or questions should be framed to appeal broadly to a wide variety of audiences. Work in Dialogos tends to reach audiences across several research communities or topical areas.

Submission Instructions

Please Read

Please submit a manuscript through the
Journal Editorial Management system. First-time users will be asked to register. If a paper has more than a single author, the person submitting the manuscript needs to identify as corresponding author and to add other authors.  

All citations should be in APA style; however, do not include DOIs in the reference list (as specified by the APA Manual). Articles should be no more than 10,000 words (including references, notes, and tables). Please include word counts at the end of your submitted manuscripts, and format submissions in 12-point font.

To facilitate the double-blind review process, please do not refer to your research within the text in first person (e.g., "In my research," "elsewhere I have," "in previous studies," "we have reported," etc.). Submissions should be free from internal references to the author's identity.

Again, to ensure that your manuscript is not delayed due to formatting issues, please check that it:

  • is completely blinded such that your name does not appear anywhere in the manuscript, even on a title page
  • is double-spaced
  • includes word count on manuscript
  • follows length guidelines (full length articles: no more than 10,000 words; Forum piece: no more than 3,000 words)

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact CAPS.

The Review Process

Both established and early-career researchers will review manuscripts sent out for review.  When evaluating manuscripts for publication in Apostolikos, reviewers consider the following categories and questions:

  • Significance to the Field. Does the manuscript identify a problem and is it a significant one for the field of Apostolic Pentecostal Education and literacy research? Is the problem identified, or the approach to the problem that is taken, original? Do the findings or conclusions deliver new insights in relation to that problem?
  • Methodological Soundness. Does the manuscript clearly describe and employ a methodology consistent with the theoretical orientation that informs the investigation and the goals of the paper?
  • Analysis & Interpretation.  Are the claims insightful and clearly grounded in the analysis of the evidence?
  • Quality of Scholarship. To what extent does the article demonstrate strong scholarly grounding? How well is the theory that grounds the article extended or reconceived as a consequence of the analysis?
  • Quality of Writing. To what extent is the writing clear, fluent, and engaging?

To respect reviewers' time, Apostolikos restricts submissions to one per author at any given time. We will return multiple, simultaneous submissions without review.

Agreements and Permissions

Manuscripts submitted to Apostolikos should not have been previously published nor should they include previously published material. Manuscripts should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All reported data that involve human participants should be collected and analyzed under appropriate ethical standards.

Authors must secure permission to reprint tables or figures used in or adapted from another source. Written permission from the copyright holder is required before Apostolikos can publish the material.

Apostolikos editors reserve the right to make editorial changes in any manuscript accepted for publication to enhance clarity, conciseness, or style. Authors of accepted manuscripts will generally have five to ten days to respond to copy edits and page proofs. The editors' decisions are final.

  • All manuscripts will be reviewed by three reviewers. Specific references which would identify the author(s) should be deleted for the blind-review process.
  • Manuscripts must be original work of the author(s) and not be submitted simultaneously for publication in other journals or books.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word document, double-spaced in 12-point font, with one-inch margins, and numbered pages. The MS template provided above can be downloaded. No length requirements exist, but manuscripts should be written clearly and concisely.      
  • In addition to the title page of the manuscript, submissions should include an additional title page which lists the author(s) and designates the following information for each author: email address, phone number(s), and address. If the first author is not the corresponding author, that should be indicated.
  • Manuscripts must include an abstract of 100-200 words. The abstract should provide the major objectives, methods used, findings, and conclusions. The abstract should not include references or footnotes. The submission process requires submitting the abstract separately so that eventual readers could view the abstract apart from reading the article. However, the manuscript submitted should include the abstract with the body of the manuscript.
  • Manuscripts also must include a reference section. The submission process makes it possible to submit a copy of the references separately, but this additional presentation of the references is optional.
  • Tables, figures, and illustrations should not be embedded in the manuscript, but they need to be included with a manuscript submitted so that reviewers have access to this information when reading the manuscript.
  • The journal does not have any article processing charges (APCs) or submission charges.
  • Potential contributors who have questions can contact the executive editor: Dr. J. Tim Merritt (

Copyright Notice

Once an article is published in Apostolikos, the copyright is transferred from the author to the publisher, the Pieter de Waal Neethling Trust (PDWN Trust). The PDWN Trust is a trust fund established in 1932.

The PDWN Trust pledges to maintain a legitimate scholarly record of the author's work and to defend the author's article against plagiarism and copyright infringement.

The PDWN Trust is committed to full Open Source publishing. This means that all articles published in STJ will be made freely available online. Authors maintain the right to:

  • Share and self-archive their work.
  • Make printed copies of their article for educational use.
  • Present their article at a meeting or conference and distribute printed copies of the article
  • Adapt and expand their published journal article to make it suitable for their thesis or dissertation.
  • Republish the article (ensuring that the original article is cited as published in Apostolikos).

By submitting a manuscript for publication in Apostolikos the authors commit themselves to the fulfilment of the following legal and ethical requirements:

  • That all authors involved are in agreement regarding the manuscript to be submitted for publication in Apostolikos and allow the designated author to submit the manuscript on their behalf.
  • That the contents of the manuscript do not infringe on any rules or regulations of the responsible authorities where the research was carried out.
  • That the manuscript has not been published previously, in part or in whole, except as part of a published lecture or academic thesis.
  • That the manuscript has not been submitted to any other journal while being considered for publication by Apostolikos.
  • That all relevant sources have been appropriately and correctly cited and that credit is given to the work or findings of others wherever it contributed to one's own findings.
  • That all figures, tables, images or large sections of text that have been published previously, is accompanied by written permission from the original copyright owner(s) to reproduce said items in the particular article in Apostolikos. Such written permission must be submitted with the manuscript. Furthermore, all material used under copyright must be credited appropriately in the submitted manuscript.