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Style & Format


writingSince Political Theology Today is a blog, and not a print journal, please write and submit articles in a format that is appropriate for the latter.

Here are some guidelines:

1.  Articles should be a minimum of 800 words and a maximum of 2500 words.  If you have a lot to say and it is necessary to exceed these limits, we encourage you to consider breaking your submission into multiple parts, or separate essays.  We are always on the lookout not only for “forums” with more than one author, but interesting themes that can be “serialized.”

2.  Paragraphs should be no longer than three or four sentences.  If sentences are long, two at maximum.  The lead sentence should be written to stand out and to state the general thesis of the article.

3.  Footnotes should not be used unless absolutely necessary.  “Explanatory” footnotes should never be used, but incorporated into the general text.  To cite publishing information for a book, provide an inline link to the book (preferably amazon.com, but if not available at the latter, use a link to books.google.com) with the title always in italics and the box to open the link on a separate page always checked.   Page numbers should be put in parantheses at the end of the quote.  Thus, for example:

Agamben writes in Homo Sacer that “the Greeks had no single word to express what we mean by the word ‘life'”. (1)

4.   Unless you have your account access as an editor or contributor, submit your article in an MS-Word, or Word-compatible, file.   Do not, however, put links in the Word text, but add them in brackets in the spot where you want the link.  For example:

According to an article in  The Huffington Post<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-j-reid-jr/when-bernie-met-francis_b_9716228.html>, Bernie Sanders made a much-discussed visit recently to Pope Francis at the Vatican.

5.   At the end of the piece include a bio of no more than 300 words.  The bio should not be written in the first, but in the third person.  The whole paragraph for the bio should be put in italics.

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