An Orthodox Journal of Cross-Cultural Theology, Dialogue and Mission

Guidelines for Authors

Salt is a scholarly, Orthodox journal of Cross-Cultural Theology, Dialogue and Mission. The interests and the areas of research promoted by Salt are clearly outlined in our Vision Statement. Salt is a biannual peer reviewed journal. Articles meeting the interests and the research areas as outlined in our Vision Statement may be submitted at any time. Get acquainted with our publishing formats, our peer-review process and our rules for publication.

  • Research articles, for the most part peer reviewed (3,000-8,000 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography)
  • Field notes / stories (800-3,000 words). Reports on a concrete local situation that is either representative of a particular context or that represents a noteworthy   particularity that needs to be documented. Actual documentation serving towards constructing the history of a local Church, missional or dialogical situation, may be welcome in Salt, depending on its rarity and validity
  • Biographical notes (500-8,000 words)
  • Book reviews (800-1,500 words)
  • Opinion essays (2,000-5,000 words)
  • Research/conference reports/announcements (500-2,000 words)

Different kinds of material, e.g. interviews, ethnographic material, myths, literature in any form or visual art can be discussed with the Editorial Board.

There will be two kinds of peer reviewing, indicated in the final publication by different symbols:

  1. Anonymous peer review
  2. Eponymous peer review.

Salt will do its best to promote anonymous peer review, in order to meet the international first quality standards in scholarly research, for the benefit of the authors who are considered to be Salt’s significant collaborators and in order to assure the scholarly quality of the journal.

When an article is submitted, the editor-in chief will make the necessary arrangements to ensure a fair and critical reading and review that is diverse in terms of nationality, gender, age and particular scholarly or even theological, philosophical, religious or ideological (if relevant) perspective. The article will thus be assigned to two peer reviewers. In cases of contradictory peer reviewing remarks, a third peer reviewer may be called in. 

The author should comply with the comments of the peer reviewers and the editor-in chief (if any), or explain to the peer reviewers’ satisfaction the reasons why he/she would rather not.

The final decisions on particular articles will be taken by the Editorial Board, who would also keep in mind the balance of thematic areas and the totality of articles submitted. In matters of contradiction it is the responsibility of the Editorial Board to decide, while in matters of general policy and direction, both the Editorial and the Advisory Board will be called in.

Anonymous peer review may not be possible when

  1. The article submitted is a known conference presentation
  2. The article submitted is so specialized that the author can easily be identified
  3. Through the author’s negligence or intention, the topic of the article has been leaked and its anonymity is thus compromised 
  4. A variety of factors including pragmatological, linguistic or stylistic, or even the number of references to the author’s own works, make it easy to tell the identity of the author

In all the above cases the article will undergo eponymous peer review. The purpose of the peer reviewing process is to add value to the article.

However, Salt will also publish a very few articles / items that have been exempted from the obligation to undergo peer review:

  1. in cases where an outstanding author or church leader has been invited to write, and 

in the few articles that do not have a scholarly character senso stricto, such as reports from local situations, documentaries or testimonials of different kinds, short opinion essays, book reviews, interviews etc.

The Salt journal will be released in printed and e-book form. There is a possibility for an additional, web-only issue of [e-]Salt in Between in alternate years, hosted on the website. There are possibilities for a variety of publishing styles, themes and forms on the website, in the blog section Salt Community in addition to the Salt in Between issue. Ideas and a variety of material are very welcome. All material should meet the requirements of the Editorial Committee.

All articles should be original, contributing to scholarly research in the fields served by Salt. They should be written in English, using the Chicago manual of style for references and bibliography and the American punctuation style. We suggest a short footnotes style and a full bibliography for each article.

A 100 word CV and a 200 word resume are also required. An additional resume in other languages is welcome, too. A photo of the author is also welcome. Authors should also submit 5 keywords for their article and 5-20 words for a common index at the end of each issue.

Non-original material, e.g. translations of material already published in other languages, may be accepted only in very exceptional cases and/or for the electronic edition.

By submitting an article, the author complies to the following rules:

  1. The author acknowledges that the submitted article is his/her own genuine product, the result of personal research work, and that he/she is the exclusive copyright holder of it.
  2. The author confirms that the submitted work has not been previously published in any form (electronic publications included) and has not been submitted for publication in another journal.
  3. The author authorizes Salt to publish by transferring the copyright for the purpose of publication to Salt.
  4. After the peer reviewing process is completed, value is added and the article is accepted for publication, the author will be sent page proofs to check for typographical errors and give his/her final authorization for publication. 
  5. The author may not republish the article at this or any later stage by photocopying or any other means, or by uploading into electronic media including social media.
  6. The publishing of articles is free of charge. However, if extended linguistic or other kinds of editing are needed, or if changes are made by the author after the completion of the peer reviewing process, or if an author needs expert assistance with translation, etc., there may be a charge after notification.
  7. The author is allowed to upload the resume of the article at any time.
  8. The author is allowed to circulate the article privately among peer researchers or submit it for the purposes of an election.
  9. The author is allowed to include his/her article in a book of his/her own consisting of a selection of articles after a 3 years period from publication, but is not allowed to include it in an edited, contributory volume or reprint it in a different journal.
  10. The author may upload a link to the issue in which his/her article is published.
  11. For any use different from those covered by provision here, written consent from Salt is required.
  12. All Salt copyrights are protected for a 10 years period from publication.

While submitting an article please make sure that it is anonymous and a separate file is also submitted including the title as well as the author’s name and the author’s 100 word cv. 

Salt’s policy is to select one/two articles that will be open access. Other matters of accessibility policy have not been fully defined at this time.

Salt is an Orthodox journal but open to dialogue. Ecumenical articles are therefore welcome and no one is excluded by reason of religious or ideological belief.

Issue Nr 1 is planned for Autumn 2021.

Articles for issue Nr 2 may be submitted anytime.