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Author Guidelines

Previously unpublished submissions (which are not under consideration for any other publication at the same time) are to be made at any time for consideration for future publication, subject to double-blind peer reviewer approvals.

The JFAP is cross-disciplinary. Therefore, while readers are often experts in their own academic field, they may be less familiar with the perspectives and vocabulary used within other disciplines that are represented in the journal. Please provide context for any “in-house” arguments you may be addressing in your article; and while you should use an academic tone, avoid highly specialized vocabulary from your discipline.  

Please note that the editors are more interested in the quality of the content than they are in perfectly APA-formatted  (yet weak) submissions. The editors encourage the use of tables, figures, images, diagrams, etc. to illustrate and support text, as well as, 5 to 30 references (depending on the submission type).


Please use the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for guidelines on using bias-free language and on formatting the text, tables, figures, references, metrics and the abstract. Below are some summaries:

  • Font: use 12 point Times New Roman except when using special fonts (when using a non-Roman script, for example). All fonts must be Unicode.
  • Spacing: Double-space all text including references and block quotes.
  • Margins: Use 1 inch margins on all sides.
  • Block quotes (any citation over 40 words): Indent the text 1/2 inch, without quotation marks
  • Abstract: Include an abstract of 200 to 250 words. Include three to five keywords.
  • Avoid the passive voice.
  • Pictures and Figures: Insert the pictures or figures directly into the proper space in your article. You must indicate that you secured permission to use pictures or figures from another work.
  • Tables: Tables should be created in your word-processing program and should be included in the proper space within your article.
  • Endnotes: In general, APA articles keep footnotes and endnotes to a minimum: important information should be  in the text, and unimportant information should not be included at all. But if you include notes, make sure they are endnotes. They should appear after the References section.
  • Level headings: Use APA heading styles, to show the organization of your article.
  • References: Use APA formatting for in-text citations, and include a References section.


In-text citations (example)

  • Bigly and Rhodes (2019) carried out extensive research on transformation in business practices.
  • Some US Americans prefer to identify as Canadians when working overseas (Nehrbass, 2016, p. 155).
  • Little research has been done on Synthesis and Optimization of Ag-TiO2 nanofibers (Nalbandian, et al., 2015).

References (examples)

Bigley, J.D., & Rhodes, K. (2019). Executing Transformation. New York: Archway/Simon & Schuster.

Nalbandian, M. J.; Zhang, M.; Sanchez, J.; Kim, S.I.; Choa, Y. H.; Cwiertny, D. M.; Myung, N. V. (2015). “Synthesis and Optimization of Ag-TiO2 Composite Nanofibers for Photocatalytic Treatment of Impaired Water Sources.” Journal of Hazardous Materials, 299, 141-148.

Nehrbass, K. (2016). “The impact of images of US Americans on mission strategy” in Ed Smither and Rochelle Scheuermann (eds). Controversies in Mission: EMS monograph series (pp. 142-164). Littleton, CO: William Carey Library Press.





Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • 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, PDF, or RTF document file format.
  • The text is double-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.
  • Submission is free of grammar and spelling errors and adheres to APA format guidelines.
  • All files in the article submission are de-identified (there is no title page with the authors' names; and the authors' names do not show up in document properties)
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

Theoretical Articles

In this section, the authors examine theoretical frameworks that guide the thinking of higher education faculty in light of biblical frames.  The authors may question existing frameworks, suggest new theories, compare theoretical lenses, etc. This section is particularly interested in articles that explain the coherence and dissonance between our disciplinary or teaching theories and biblical perspectives (e.g. to what extent do the views of our discipline coincide with or have friction with our biblical worldviews?)

Although grounded in relevant literature, articles in this section may not have tested their frameworks or hypotheses in a research study.

Submissions for theoretical papers should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

Abstracts are required and are limited to 250 words.

Research Articles

Research articles will contain quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods to measure a phenomenon or test a hypothesis.  

The section welcomes articles that examine teaching practices (course design, tests of implementation practices, faculty or student perceptions, course or program outcomes, etc.), scholarship productivity of those in faith-based settings (scoping reviews related to faith integration, publication interests, faculty perceptions, etc.), and articles that examine the work and life of faculty in faith-based institutions. 

Submissions for this section should be between 2,000 and 6,000 words.

Abstracts are required and are limited to 250 words.

Practical Application Articles

Practical papers serve as a guide or as a call to action for others in higher education.  In these papers, authors often tell the story of how they applied their faith in the classroom or in their scholarship.  Some authors use this section to provide a call to action - stating a need for more research or work to be done in a particular area regarding faith integration.

These papers differ from research papers because the authors do not test the results of the work.  Nonetheless, practical papers are grounded in prior research or theories around faith-based practices.  Authors should clearly state the theories or prior research that informed this practice.  Papers that address innovative practices should note the ways in which their work differs from prior theories or practices.

Submissions for practical papers should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

Abstracts are required and are limited to 250 words.

Book Reviews

Submissions that review books published in the last five years are accepted for consideration.  Book reviews will be 300 to 1,000 words to be considered for publication and should consider the how the material from the book applies to the work of a higher education professional at a faith-based institution.

Abstracts are not required for book reviews.

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