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Christian Education Journal

Christian Education Journal

Research on Educational Ministry

Editor
Kevin E. Lawson Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, USA
Book Review Editor
Jane Carr Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, USA

Other Titles in:
Biblical Studies | Education | Religion

eISSN: 2378525X | ISSN: 07398913 | Current volume: 16 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

The purpose of the Christian Education Journal is to strengthen the conception and practice of Christian education in church and parachurch settings through:

• Encouraging reflection on the foundations of Christian education and implications for ministry practice
• Exploring the integration and application of social science theory and research to educational ministry concerns
• Fostering improved teaching in the field of Christian education at colleges and seminaries, equipping people for leadership in this field
• Promoting the assessment of our changing cultural context and of contemporary educational ministry needs, models, and trends
• Providing reviews of new books in the field of Christian education and other related disciplines that impact educational ministry

The purpose of the Christian Education Journal is to strengthen the conception and practice of Christian education in church and parachurch settings through:

• Encouraging reflection on the foundations of Christian education and implications for ministry practice
• Exploring the integration and application of social science theory and research to educational ministry concerns
• Fostering improved teaching in the field of Christian education at colleges and seminaries, equipping people for leadership in this field
• Promoting the assessment of our changing cultural context and of contemporary educational ministry needs, models, and trends
• Providing reviews of new books in the field of Christian education and other related disciplines that impact educational ministry

Editorial Advisory Board Member
Harley Atkinson Toccoa Falls College, USA
Megan Brown University of Northwestern, USA
Christy Hill Grace College & Theological Seminary, USA
Gary McKnight SIM Global Theological Educator, USA
Sharon Short Crown College, USA
Richard Thoman University of Northwestern, USA
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  • ProQuest
  • Scopus
  • Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cej to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

     Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry does not accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplemental material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope

    1.2 Article Types

    1. RESEARCH ARTICLES between 2,500 and 6,000 words

    2. REVIEWS of contemporary ministry models in churches and/or parachurch organization; recent Christian education curricula that address new trends and issues in curriculum development; professional reviews of research, with implications for educational ministry or teaching

    3. ABSTRACTS of recent dissertations in the field of Christian education. Please note: these will be reviewed by the Editor only.

    4. NOTES: 3,000 words maximum. These are brief discussions of focused issues in the field of Christian education of interest to our readers and may be more personal, responsive, or reflective than regular research articles. Responses to previously published articles in Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry are published in this section.

    5. BOOK REVIEWS: 1,000-2,000 words. Guidelines for developing book reviews and proposing to be a book reviewer are available here.

    For more information on the book review process, please email: jane.carr@biola.edu (book review editor)

    Otherwise please submit your book review to the relevant Area Review Editor as outlined in the guidelines above. 

    Please also see the journal's comprehensive index of books reviewed up to the previous volume year.

    We are open to proposals for the publication of a group of articles (4-6) focused on a theme as part of an issue of the journal. Proposals for mini-theme issues should be emailed to the journal editor for consideration: editor.cej@biola.edu

    The Editors reserve the right to return papers to authors where they exceed word limits. Submission of a manuscript to another journal while under review by the Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry is unethical. Breach of this principle will result in the paper being removed from consideration for publication in Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a signed statement that it has not been published previously and that it has not and will not be sent for consideration by another journal while submitted to the Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry operates a double-blinded peer review process in which manuscripts are reviewed anonymously by two appropriate referees. Decisions on manuscripts will be taken as rapidly as possible. 

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    2.4 Funding

    Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry  and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway

     

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry  offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    Please see CEJ headings format specifications here

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplemental material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry  adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Christian Educational Journal: Research on Educational Ministry is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts.

    Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cej to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized. 

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway

     

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Christian Education Journal: Research on Educational Ministry Editorial Office as follows: editor.cej@biola.edu

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