Guidelines for Submission to Logos
Type and Length of Submission
In keeping with its dual focus as a journal that is concerned both with scholarly debate and research and the renewal of the Church’s pastoral life, Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies will accept for possible publication five different types of contributions in three different languages (English, French, Ukrainian):
These are major, original, and significant contributions by scholars to the fields of knowledge with which the journal is concerned. Articles, which are first reviewed by the editorial staff to determine whether they are worthy of publication, are always sent to a “blind” jury of experts in the field(s) with which an article is concerned. In general, a decision to accept or reject an article takes a minimum of three months, and sometimes six months or, rarely, longer. Articles are normally no fewer than fifteen pages (in 12-point font and double-spaced in Microsoft Word), and no longer than thirty.
Notes, Lectures, Essays
These are usually less specialized or more general pieces that are relatively short (generally four to twelve double-spaced pages) and may have originated as oral presentations rather than written texts per se. Submissions in this category may not necessarily be as original as an article, but are, in the judgment of the editors, nonetheless worthy of publication, especially if doing so will stimulate debate on a neglected person or topic or contribute to the renewal of the Church.
A review essay generally critically discusses three or more new books on the same topic at greater length and in greater detail than a standard book review. Alternately, a review essay may review new books vis-à-vis a classic in the field. Footnotes are permitted in a review essay (see below), which should generally be no longer than eighteen pages—though the editors will consider longer submissions if more than three books are being discussed. Review essays must be discussed with the editors in advance in case the books are already under review.
These are standard reviews of new publications, sent by the editors to experts in the field for adjudication and review. A review should be between 800 and 1200 words, but never longer. Reviews do not usually include footnotes. If an author wishes to submit an unsolicited book review, he must confer with the editors via e-mail in advance.
These are short reviews (400 words) of books for which, for a variety of reasons, it may not be possible to run longer reviews but which are still deserving of notice. If an author wishes to submit an unsolicited brief review, he must confer with the editors via e-mail in advance.
Authors who submit articles to Logos must comply with the following minimum requirements:
- Logos strongly prefers to receive articles by e-mail in the form of Microsoft Word attachments. In your covering e-mail, please include a brief autobiographical sketch (in which you mention institutional affiliations, research interests, and recent publications), and your 200-word abstract of the article.
- For those who must mail their articles in, two copies of the article and a 200-word abstract must be submitted along with an electronic version of the article.
- Authors are required to use the fifteenth edition (2003) of The Chicago Manual of Style, a few of whose more pertinent guidelines are summarized below. A failure to observe these guidelines on the part of an author will result in the submission being returned to the author for reformatting, thereby delaying the possible publication of the article.
- Logos only uses footnotes, not endnotes. Please adjust your text accordingly.
Please note that there are special rules governing the use of punctuation inside and outside quotation marks. As a rule, the approach known as “American style” (n.b. Logos also used “American” spelling) is followed thus:
- Periods: These are always placed inside the quotation marks, even if they do not occur in the original quotation. This allows for cleaner copy and almost never results in confusion. (If in those highly rare occasions where confusion might ensue, the Manual allows for periods outside the quotation marks.)
- Commas: The same as above, i.e., always inside the quotation marks.
- Semi-colons: These should be placed outside the quotation marks where possible.
- Colons: As above, for semi-colons.
- Exclamation Point: These are inside quotation marks only when they are found in the original.
- Question Marks: As above for exclamation points.
There are generally four most commonly used sources cited in footnotes: articles in journals, authored monographs, translated works, and edited collections. In most cases, a typical citation for a direct quotation from a given page would look like this:
- Journal Article: Hans Urs von Balthasar, “The Fathers, the Scholastics, and Ourselves,” Communio 24 (Summer 1997): 347.
- Authored Monograph: Joseph Raya, Transfiguration of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (Combermere, ON: Madonna House, 1992), 115.
- Translated Works: Hans Urs von Balthasar, Presence and Thought: An Essay on the Religious Philosophy of Gregory of Nyssa, trans. Mark Sebanc (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1995 ), 13.
- Edited Collections: Alexander Schmemann, “Liturgical Theology, Theology of Liturgy, and Liturgical Reform,” in Liturgy and Tradition: Theological Reflections of Alexander Schmemann, ed. Thomas Fisch (Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1990), 42.
Authors should further note that, for repeated citations from the same text, the Manual only allows for the Latin short form Ibid (and not op. cit., etc.), which is not italicized, but is followed by a period, then a comma, then the page number. Instead of this, the CMS also allows for—and actually encourages—the use of what is called a “short title” or “short cite” in footnotes subsequent to a full citation earlier on. Thus, for each of the examples above, a short cite would look like this:
- von Balthasar, “The Fathers, the Scholastics, and Ourselves,” 363.
- Raya, Transfiguration of Our Lord, 42.
- von Balthasar, Presence and Thought, 121.
- Schmemann, “Liturgical Theology,” 44.
Deadlines for submissions
Juried articles: Spring issue – January 7; Fall issue – June 2
Other materials: Spring Issue:February 15, Fall Issue:July 30
Send submissions to
LOGOS Editor – Sheptytsky Institute
Saint Paul University
223 Main St. Ottawa ON K1S 1C4 CANADA