Guidelines for Contributors

International Bulletin of Mission Research

The IBMR is a professional academic journal devoted to a sympathetic yet objective analysis and critique of the Christian world mission. The journal wishes to be forthright about the failures and limitations of Christian mission, while at the same time advancing an appreciation of the contributions of Christian mission to the world and its peoples. Articles that do not relate significantly to mission will not be accepted. To be accepted articles should be presented with academic objectivity, rigor, and care. This means that in addition to the quality of the text itself, an article should include appropriately supportive endnotes (separate bibliographies are rarely included). Articles of a general, popular, and/or exhortatory character are not accepted.

Article themes range from mission history to analysis of current events and trends, and from mission theory and practice to mission theology. Mission biography enjoys a special place in the profile of the IBMR, as does archival research.

Contributors can familiarize themselves with the diversity and breadth of the IBMR’s content and approach by perusing articles online from across the full span of the journal’s publication. Browse previous issues here (to view articles from the most recent five years, you will need a subscription).

Book reviews, a vital feature of the IBMR, are usually assigned by the editors. Unsolicited book reviews are rarely accepted. Guidelines for reviews can be furnished upon request.

Preparing and Submitting Article Manuscripts

Length. Articles should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words in length, including endnotes. Longer articles appearing in the IBMR have usually been assigned by the editor. 

Format. Manuscripts (including endnotes) should be single-spaced, using a 12-point common font such as Times New Roman, with one-inch margins.

Submission. Completed manuscripts adhering to these guidelines may be submitted via email to editor@omsc.org.

Other Details

Author identification. Before submitting your manuscript to SAGE, please prepare with your article a brief biographical note (1 or 2 sentences) indicating your present position (with full name and location of school or agency); missionary experience, if any (country, assignment, and years); and nationality (if non-U.S.A.).

Abstract and keywords: Also, please prepare a 100-word abstract and 4–6 keywords to submit with your article.  

Author photo: Please e-mail a recent, professional quality, color photograph of yourself in JPG or TIF format to the managing editor (see below) for inclusion with the author identification. Images sent as e-mail attachments will need to be at least 300 DPI and should be at least 2 MB in size.

Article photographs. Whenever possible the IBMR will publish one or more photographs with your article. Detailed information regarding photographs will be sent to authors during the copy editing process. 

Previous Publication

The IBMR publishes original articles and reviews. Articles and reviews that have been previously published in print or online will not be accepted. In submitting manuscripts to be considered for publication in the IBMR, authors certify that they have not previously appeared in print, been published in online journals or books, or been posted online; that they are not under consideration by another publication; and that if accepted for publication they will not be posted online or submitted to another publication without permission from the IBMR editor. 

Unsolicited Articles

Authors of unsolicited articles should allow three to five weeks for a response from the editors. 

Remuneration

No remuneration is given for articles published in the IBMR, but authors will receive online access and a complimentary print copy of the issue in which the article appears.

Further Questions

Additional queries may be sent to the managing editor, Dan Nicholas, at nicholas@omsc.org.