Guidelines for Contributors: Legacy Series
International Bulletin of Mission Research (

 The IBMR “Legacy” series of articles seeks to describe, discuss, and document the legacy of select individuals who have had significant influence on missionary thinking, strategy, studies, or accomplishments, or who have simply been exemplary in their missionary praxis. Over 175 articles in this series have already been published, with 74 of these published in Mission Legacies (Orbis).   

We ask that contributors to the series include in their articles some information about the subject’s home and family background, Christian experience, education, marriage, children, and preparation for service. This puts some flesh on the bones of their legacies. The essential focus of each article, however, should be on the subject’s mission-related career and on his or her major accomplishments. It is important, whenever possible, to give the date and place of the subject’s birth and death. 

Also included with the article should be a brief selected bibliography of important published writings by and about the subject, including any dissertations and other works. Full bibliographical data—including city, name of publisher, and date of publication in all endnotes and bibliographical references—is required. If possible, mention should be made of the location(s) of the subject’s papers and manuscripts.  

It is suggested that contributors familiarize themselves with these guidelines by perusing previous “Legacy” articles. The articles that have already appeared in the “Legacy” series can be accessed online at

Article Format and Submission 

Format. Manuscripts (including endnotes) should be 3,500-4,000 words, single-spaced, using a 12-point common font such as Times New Roman, with one-inch margins. 

Submission. Manuscripts should be submitted in digital form, if possible. Digital versions should be submitted as e-mail attachments to the editor (preferred) or mailed on a thumb drive. A hard copy is not necessary. 

Other Details 

Author identification. Please include with your article a brief biographical note (1 or 2 sentences up to a maximum of 375 characters including spaces) 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.). Please do not expect the editors to add your biographical note, even if you are famous or have written previously for the IBMR.

 E-mail address. Most authors include their e-mail address with their article; some do not. Your e-mail address will be published unless the editors are notified otherwise. 

Abstract and keywords: Please provide 100-word abstract and 4-6 keywords for your article.  

Author agreement and photos: Authors must sign a written agreement before the article is published online and in print. Please e-mail a recent, professional quality, color photograph of yourself in JPG or TIF format for inclusion with the author identification. Digital copies sent as e-mail attachments will need

to be at least 300 dpi and should be at least 2 MBs in size. If a digital copy is not available, please mail a hard copy that we can scan and return to you. 

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 

Printed copies of unsolicited articles will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Authors of unsolicited articles should allow three to four weeks for a response from the editors. 


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. 

Address correspondence to: 

Thomas John Hastings, Editor
International Bulletin of Mission Research
490 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Fax: (203) 865-2857