Instructions for Authors

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to the Journal of Global Catholicism.

Final Formatting Requirements

  • All submissions must be made electronically.
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word or RTF files are accepted).
  • All articles must have an abstract.
  • Provide a list of at least five (5) key terms for your article.
  • Provide a list of relevant academic disciplines for article indexing.
  • Write your article in American English. (Please see our Peer Review Statement for other language considerations.)
  • Use italics for non-English words.
  • Double space your text.
  • Put text headings and sub-headings in boldface on separate lines.
  • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), including your tables and figures.
  • Double space your text.
  • Use a single column layout with left margins justified.
  • Font:
    1. Main Body—12 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
    2. Endnotes—10 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
  • If figures are included, be prepared to send the editors high-resolution figures as .jpg, .tif or .png files with captions and credit lines. You must own or have written permission to use all images.

Article Length

Because this journal publishes electronically, page limits are not as relevant as they are in the world of print publications. We are happy, therefore, to let authors take advantage of this greater "bandwidth" to include material that they might otherwise have to cut to get into a print journal. This said, authors should exercise some discretion with respect to length.

Citation Requirements

Please follow Chicago Manual of Style “notes and bibliography system.” Use footnotes, not endnotes, and a full bibliography. Italicize the names of journals, books, movies, etc. Please do not underline.

Please include "digital object identifiers” (DOIs) for each article cited.


Plagiarism is the taking of data, images, words or ideas from materials in either electronic or print format without adequate citation. Materials may include not only books and published articles, but also published data, abstracts, theses as well as print and electronic media articles and postings. All articles submitted to the Journal of Global Catholicism will be evaluated by an online plagiarism detection system.