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Guidelines for JCB : On-line journal

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Editorial Policy

The Journal of Christian Beginnings  (JCB) is an open access academic journal with free full text content. Despite its name the journal is not restricted to members of the Society for the Study of Early Christianity (SSEC). It is hoped that academics from around the world will contribute to JCB. There are no subscription fees to access the journal or contribute to it.

Focus of the Journal

The Society (SSEC) was established at Macquarie University within the Ancient Cultures Research Centre (ACRC). The Journal (JCB) supports SSEC to fulfill its aims through the study of the New Testament in its’ times, including its Jewish and Graeco/Roman context, and the development of early Christianity.

The study of Christianity poses important historical questions and intense interest has surrounded the investigation of its origins in the first century and the early phases of its growth. Fresh information on this period continues to become available in astonishing quantities, ripe for research. Macquarie University is also committed to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in these areas.

The Society and the Journal have no ecclesiastical ties but may collaborate on academic occasions with theological colleges of all denominations and with the Jewish community.

Aims of the Society (SSEC)

  • To encourage the study of the New Testament in its times and related topics.
  • To build up resources for this study (for example, books, papyri, coins).
  • To organise conferences, public lectures, seminars and other activities to which the Society's members are invited.
  • To circulate three Newsletters a year outlining forthcoming activities.



For our readers

Papers are published in PDF format and on-line only. If you cannot access them, download and install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing PDF-documents. This also enables you to view Greek text and other original formatting without problems.

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Summary of submission guidelines for JCB

1. use of external academics for peer review,
2. correct method of citations,
3. the Macquarie uni preferred font is Myriad Pro 12 point,
4. the use of Special Fonts - such as SPIonic, SPTiberian, SPEdessa, Coptic fonts, and beta code & hex code points - so that Greek displays correcly,
5. submitting articles in electronic ways using either HTML format or PDF format,
6. submitting other electronic files available for download eg ipod files(sound) and movie files in Mov or mpeg formats, or links to YouTube etc.
7. submitting abstracts in HTML or word format.abstract
8. submitting book reviews


Contributions to the journal can be emailed to the Editor, at or posted to the Secretary, Journal of Christian Beginnings, Department of Ancient History, Division of Humanities, Macquarie University, NSW 2109.


Guidelines for Contributors - peer review

All submissions are welcome. Papers & book reviews appearing in JCB will be carefully considered and evaluated by two anonymous reviewers. The process of reviewing usually takes about 6 weeks. Authors will be notified as soon as possible of the decision of the Editorial Committee regarding publication.

The editors reserve the right to reject a paper, send it back for correction/revision, or ask the opinion of an anonymous reader active in the given field of study. As a rule, manuscripts are sent to referees anonymously. Thus, the manuscript should be prepared accordingly, with references to the author's own work treated in the same way as references to the work of others. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all citations, which should be verified before manuscripts are submitted.

Guidelines for Contributors - citations

When citing a paper published in JCB, do not forget to include the number of the volume, the letter marking a subdivision (if applicable), and the number of the article. Although the pagination is separate for each article, you may include the page range. An example of citation would be:

An example of citation would be:
Welborn, Prof Laurence (2011) 'Stephanas of Corinth:  Exegetical Observations on 1 Corinthians 16:15-18 and Sociological Implications' – Journal of Christian Beginnings 1.1, 1-5

[available on-line at]

Although articles will be subject to a rigorous editing process, the accuracy of quotations, titles, names, dates and footnotes is the responsibility of the author.

In citing ancient and modern works, you are free to adopt any reasonable system, provided that you are clear and consistent. We would encourage you to use the combination of parenthetic references, footnotes, and bibliography (bibliography section is mandatory). Footnotes should be numbered consecutively, and typed as such. 

Guidelines for Contributors - formatting

Contributions should be submitted electronically in PDF format, if possible. If unable to create a PDF then use Word for Windows 6.0 or later.

There is no strict minimum or maximum length for a contribution. But as a general guide articles should be no more than 10,000 words in length (inclusive of footnotes).

Contributors are requested to submit an abstract of approximately 150 words as well as brief biographical details of the author(s). This can be provided by the author in any electronic format eg word, email, or HTML The final abstract will be converted into HTML format, and includes a link to the author's email address, a link to the PDF and the size of the PDF file in Kilobytes (kb).

Please include information about any special formatting, eg tables and fonts used used in the abstract. In case of difficult formatting in the abstract please supply a print-out.

In the use of a handout, that accompanies a paper given as a talk or at a seminar, please indicate if this handout forms part of the paper or part of the abstract.

Greek quotations should be typed either in Greek (please include information on fonts used eg SpIonic etc) or in beta code or hex code points. For any other non-Latin characters, eg Coptic, please consult the editors.

Quotations in foreign languages (including Greek and Latin) of more than a few words should, as a rule, be accompanied by an English translation. 

The latest Macquarie Uni "Style Guide" outlines that the preferred font for web pages, such as on-line journals is Myriad Pro 12 point when creating your PDF file for your paper. If you do not have Myriad Pro then Verdana or Arial would be acceptable.

Use Arabic rather than Roman numerals wherever possible (including subdivisions of individual works). Avoid the abbreviations f. and ff. (or sq. and sqq.); use p. and pp. only when required for clarity. For the format of references and bibliography, please check one of the papers in latest issues.

Guidelines for Contributors - general

Submissions must not have been published in, or submitted to any other publication.

The contributions should be in one of the following languages: English, German, French, Latin. Translations of the articles already published in some other language are also accepted.

Authors are expected to keep up-to-date copies of their submissions. This is so that as part of the peer review, changes may be requested to correct citations, or punctuation, or spelling etc.

Please note that as a rule, it is not possible to change the contents of your article after final publication, except for minor typographical corrections. If you want to add something or express second thoughts, this can be done in the form of appendices to the main article. (Otherwise it would not be possible for other scholars to reference to your article and be sure that the text is still the same.)

Guidelines for Contributors - rights

Copyright of articles, book reviews and other contributions published in the Journal of Christian Beginnings is vested in the journal and its contributors. Apart from any fair dealing for the purposes of private study, research, criticism or review as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any process without written permission. Inquiries should be directed to the Editors.

As copyright remains with the authors, they are entitled to reprint their work elsewhere if due acknowledgement is made to the earlier publication in Journal of Christian Beginnings. Contributions that have already been published cannot be withdrawn by the author.

The authors are responsible for getting permission to reproduce any photographs which appear in the articles and for providing the necessary illustration and photo credits.

For submitting papers or reviews, please use the editorial address.

For any further information, please send an email to Dr Don Barker or SSEC office.


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