Instructions for formatting the research paper

Notes to contributors

The journal Theology publishes original research papers. The Journal welcomes articles primarily written in Serbian or English, although in special circumstances papers written in other, scientifically relevant languages (Russian, German, Italian and French) may also be considered for publication. The Journal also publishes translations from classical languages, as well as overview and review articles. Articles in Serbian must be written in Cyrillic alphabet. All papers must comply with ethical and academic standards. Theology is a peer-reviewed journal and each paper is reviewed by two independent referees. 

1. Submission of manuscripts 

Contributors and translators must submit their manuscripts via email to the Editorial board: Ова адреса ел. поште је заштићена од спамботова. Омогућите JavaScript да бисте је видели.

1. Contributors are required to state their name and surname, institutional affiliation, postal and email address and phone number of their institution, together with a brief academic biodata in a separate document.

2. All contributors must confirm that their article has not previously been published under the same or a different name, is not being considered for publication elsewhere, as well as that the article has not been and will not be sent to any other scholarly journal in Serbia or abroad until the Theology Editorial board informs the contributor about the final decision as regards its publication.

3. In view of the stated, all contributors will be required to sign and subsequently send the Author declaration (the Author declaration can be found here: https://bfspc-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/bogoslovlje_bfspc_bg_ac_rs/EaNpQrnyD39Hmfd6Dtpv6zYBLCWLYPr2KEHW0tnUfk3SXg?e=yYpKqv ) to the Editorial board confirming that the submitted paper has resulted from their own research work, it does not infringe copyrights nor rights of any third party, the research methodology adheres to the rules of citing sources and statements quoted elsewhere appropriately, and finally the paper has not previously been published or is not being considered for publication under the same or a different name elsewhere.  

2. Paper layout settings

Manuscripts should include the following:

1) name and surname of the author(s), their institutional affiliation and email (in the left corner);
2) title of the paper;
3) abstract (no more than 20 lines) and key words (no more than 10 words) in Serbian, i.e. the language the paper is written in;
4) main text;
5) title in English (it is mandatory), or else in Serbian if the paper is written in English;
6) name, surname and affiliation of the author(s) (it is mandatory), or else in Serbian if the paper is written in English;
7) abstract (no more than 40 lines) and key words (no more than 10 words) in English (it is mandatory). If the paper is written in Serbian or some language other than English, it is desirable that the abstract in English should be more extensive.
8) In the end of the paper, the full bibliography with all the mentioned works used in the text should be given (bibliography: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-1.html)
9) Manuscripts should contain between 12000 and 40000 characters, including footnotes and spaces.

3. Style sheet 

Contributors and translators must submit their manuscripts in electronic format as two files – as a Microsoft Word 2003 document (in .doc or .rtf extension format). It is desirable that the manuscript should also be submitted as an Adobe Systems Inc. document (.pdf extension format).

a) artwork, figures and other graphics (photographs, charts, maps ...) should be black and white and include a caption title. Contributors should indicate their preferable placement in the text (where they should be inserted in the text).

b) Likewise, contributors must provide a statement to the Editorial board confirming that they own the copyright of the illustrations or else provide the permission(s) of the copyright holder for their reproduction in Theology

4. Annual plan and deadlines for publishing of the journal 

Theology is a bi-annual journal (June and December issues).
The deadline for the submission of papers for the June Issue is 1 March, whereas the deadline for the contributors to submit their final versions of the paper and potential corrections is 1 April.
The deadline for the submission of papers for the December Issue is 1 September, whereas the deadline for the contributors to submit their final versions of the paper and potential corrections is 1 October.
The copyrights pertaining to the publication of articles will be granted to the publisher. Submitted manuscripts and accompanying documents will not be returned. 

5. Citation rules (Footnotes)


The citation guide system is the following:

Books of the Bible:

Parts of the Holy Bible, verses (a) or text references (b) are only to be cited in the main text.
They are cited as follows: Book abbreviation (cf. 6. Bible book name abbreviations), chapter number, comma, verse(s) number (Ex 14, 8 / 1Cor 4, 3-7). If more separate verses from the same chapter are quoted, use a full stop to divide them (Gen 18, 2-6.14-16.20). If the author refers to the succeeding verses thereinafter, they should use the abbreviation “vv.” (Jer20, 8vv – the succeeding verses) or “v” (Jn17, 7v – the succeeding verse).


а) The Gospel according to Mark, the oldest of the four canonical Gospels, defines its title as “the beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (Mk 1, 1).In New Testament exegesis, the question is raised on how the genitive “of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” should be understood...

б) Within different contexts in his writings, Apostle Paul either describes his journeys (eg Rom 15, 19vv; Gal 1, 15-24; 2, 1v; 2Cor 11, 24-28), those of his associates (cf. 2Cor 12, 18; Phil 2, 25), or else of other Christians (cf. egRom 16).

6. Bible Abbreviations:

The Old Testament:

Gen - Genesis (The First Book of Moses)
Ex - Exodus (The Second Book of Moses)
Lev - Leviticus (The Third Book of Moses)
Num - Numbers (The Fourth Book of Moses)
Deu - Deuteronomy (The Fifth Book of Moses)
Josh - The Book of Joshua
Judg - The Book of Judges
Ruth - The Book of Ruth
1 Sam - The First Book of Samuel
2 Sam - The Second Book of Samuel
1 Kings - The First Book of the Kings
2 Kings - The Second Book of the Kings
1 Chron - The First Book of the Chronicles
2 Chron - The Second Book of the Cronicles
Ezra - Ezra
Neh - The Book of Nehemiah
Esther - The Book of Esther
Jdt - Judith
Tob - Tobit
1 Macc - The First Book of the Maccabees
2 Macc - The Second Book of the Maccabees
Job - The Book of Job
Ps - The Book of Psalms
Prov - The Proverbs
Eccles - Ecclesiastes
Song - The Song of Solomon
Wis - The Wisdom of Solomon
Sir - The Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach
Is - The Book of the Prophet Isaiah
Jer - The Book of the Prophet Jeremiah
Lam - The Lamentations of Jeremiah
Ep Jer – The Epistle of Jeremiah
Bar - Baruch
Ezek - The Book of the Prophet Ezekiel
Dan - The Book of Daniel
Hos - Hosea
Joel - Joel
Amos - Amos
Obad - Obadiah
Jon - Jonah
Mic - Micah
Nahum - Nahum
Hab - Habakkuk
Zeph - Zephaniah
Hag - Haggai
Zech - Zechariah
Mal - Malachi

The New Testament:

Mt - The Gospel According to Matthew
Mk - The Gospel According to Mark
Lk -The Gospel According to Luke
Jn - The Gospel According to John
Acts - The Acts Of the Apostles
Rom - The Epistle to the Romans
1 Cor -The First Epistle to the Corinthians
2 Cor - The Second Epistle to the Corinthians
Gal - The Epistle to the Galatians
Eph - The Epistle to the Ephesians
Phil - The Epistle to the Philippians
Col - The Epistle to the Colossians
1 Thess - The First Epistle to the Thessalonians
2 Thess - The Second Epistle to the Thessalonians
1 Tim - The First Epistle to Timothy
2 Tim - The Second Epistle to Timothy
Tit - The Epistle to Titus
Philem - The Epistle to Philemon
Heb - The Epistle to the Hebrews
Jas - The General Epistle of James
1 Pet - The First Epistle General of Peter
2 Pet - The Second Epistle General of Peter
1 Jn - The First Epistle General of John
2 Jn - The Second Epistle General of John
3 Jn - The Third Epistle General of John
Jude - The General Epistle of Jude
Rev - The Revelation of St. John the Divine

7. Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Publication and authorship:

Each article proposed to be published in BOGOSLOVLJE (Theology) journal must have scientific value. The authors will use footnotes (following the model from template) and will provide to redaction a bibliographic list, at the end of the research. If the work is being conducted under a project grant or funding and benefits, this subsidiary will mention in the first subsidiary note. The magazine does not charge for publication.

Plagiarism or self-plagiarism are prohibited and lead to the rejection of publication material.

Publication of the same article or study in several magazines or the tentative of publishing it in several magazines, lead to the rejection of publishing.

Author’s responsibilities/Peer Review Process:

Upon receipt of a manuscript, the Editorial board first considers whether the manuscript falls within the scope of the journal and consequently decides upon whether to send it for review, and finally informs the contributor about their decision.

The Editorial board sends manuscripts for review to two independent referees. Identities of referees are and will be concealed from the contributors, and the correspondence between them is managed exclusively by the Editorial board. A manuscript is sent to the referees via email, without the name(s) of the author(s) and/or any other data that may reveal the author’s identity (so-called “double-blind” peer review).

If an article has been fully accepted by both referees (with no revisions required), the article is ready for print. If it has been rejected by both referees, it will not be published. If one or both referees require any revisions, the author is informed about these requirements. After the required corrections/modifications are made, the article is once again sent to the referee/referees so as to check whether the author has fulfilled all the requirements set out by the referee(s). If the referees make an assessment that the requirements have been met, the article will be published. If one of the referees accepts the article requiring further or no further revisions and the other one rejects it, a third referee, whose decision will be taken as final, will be engaged.

Upon completion of the review process, the Editorial board informs the author about whether the article has been accepted or rejected for publication.

In addition, upon receipt of positive reviews, the Editorial board reserves the right to require that the author should format the article in accordance with the Author guidelines, so that it conforms to the requirements specified by the Journal. If they are required to, the author is obliged to make the revisions within seven days.

The deadline for the completion of the review process is twelve months of receipt/submission of a manuscript by post or email. Should the manuscript be sent during nonworking days, the first working day would be the day when the manuscript would be considered as received.

Upon completion of the review process and the required revisions, the deadline for the publication of the accepted articles is six months from the day of acceptance or receipt of the final version of the paper.

Editorial responsibilities:

In the journal publication process, editors have the following responsibilities:

  • complete responsibility and authority to reject/accept an article;
  • should have no conflict of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept;
  • only accept a paper when reasonably certain;
  • when errors are found, promote publication of correction or retraction;
  • preserve anonymity of reviewers.

Publishing ethics issues

  • Editorial board is monitoring/safeguarding publishing ethics by editorial board;
  • Editorial board provides guidelines for retracting articles (see the site, at the reviewing process;
  • The members of editorial board have to maintain the integrity of the academic record;
  • The editorial board also preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards;
  • The editorial board can ask to the authors to provide corrections, clarifications or retractions when needed. He is also the one who must assure the publication of this information on the site and in the review;
  • Editorial committee will deal with prevention of plagiarism or fraud situations.