Philosophy of The Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies

For more information, please see The Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in The Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to The Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at The Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies. If you have concerns about the submission terms for The Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies, please contact Michael Kuney, Administrative Assistant to the School of Biblical Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary, at or by phone: 859-858-2344.

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Manuscript Preparation

The Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies accepts contributions in English using biblical languages. Unicode fonts should be used for Hebrew and Greek (and other language) characters.

Avoid transliterating Greek and Hebrew words (excepting, of course, quoting from sources in which the transliteration is original). Greek, Hebrew and other Biblical Languages should be typed using Unicode Available for free download at: sbl-site.org/educational/BiblicalFonts_FAQ.aspx Use the following unicode font: Gentium Basic. Available for free download at: scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?item_id=gentium

Submissions should follow the Society of Biblical Literature Style guidelines, using footnote style, as described in Patrick H. Alexander and et al., eds., The SBL Handbook of Style: For Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and Early Christian Studies (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1999). Information regarding SBL guidelines can also be found at: www.sbl-site.org/assets/pdfs/SBLHSrevised2_09.pdf. The length of submission can range between 7,000 and 10,000 words inclusive of footnotes, with adjustments negotiated for chart and other graphics. Color - coding may be used and will be visible with the electronically published article; however, authors will simultaneously need to have a strategy for gray-scale paper printing (using bold, underlining, italics, etc.). All materials should be single-spaced, including footnotes and citations. Contributors are asked to supply an abstract of their article, not exceeding 100 words in length, and a list of up to six keywords (for on-line searching). Submissions may be rejected with explanation, conditionally accepted upon further edits and formatting, or accepted as is. On acceptance of a submission, contributors will be asked to send a final form of the article electronically in Microsoft Word; they will also be asked to supply a copy of any font used in the article. Also upon acceptance, the author will be asked to assign copyright (on certain conditions) to First Fruits Academic Press. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not hold copyright and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.

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Proofing and Offprints

Authors will be expected to check and correct first proofs of their article after it has been typeset. Only typographical or factual errors may be changed at proof stage. JIBS will be published online in color and available to anyone at no cost. Additionally, editions of JIBS will be printed for subscribers with cost and using gray-scale print only. Authors of articles and short studies will receive a PDF of their contribution and a complimentary print issue upon publication

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Formatting Requirements

The Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. PLEASE REFER TO THESE GUIDELINES! Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality Word document only to be converted by the system, to PDF.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and ePLACE: preserving, learning, and creative exchange

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to ePLACE: preserving, learning, and creative exchange all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

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Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from ePLACE: preserving, learning, and creative exchange provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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