Submitting a Paper to PSCF
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Manuscript Guidelines for Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

The pages of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (PSCF) are open to original, unpublished contributions that interact with science and Christian faith in a manner consistent with scientific and theological integrity. A brief description of standards for publication in PSCF can be found in the lead editorial of the December 2013 issue. This is available at --> PUBLICATIONS --> PSCF Academic Journal. Published papers do not reflect any official position of the American Scientific Affiliation.

  1. Submit all manuscripts to: James C. Peterson, Editor, Roanoke College, 221 College Lane, Salem, VA 24153. Email: Submissions are typically acknowledged within 10 days of their receipt.
  2. Authors must submit an electronic copy of the manuscript formatted in Word as an email attachment. Typically 2–3 anonymous reviewers critique each manuscript considered for publication.
  3. Use endnotes for all references. Each note must have a unique number. Follow The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed., sections 14.1 to 14.317).
  4. While figures and diagrams may be embedded within the Word text file of the manuscript, authors are required to also send them as individual electronic files (JPEG or TIFF format). Figure captions should be provided as a list at the end of the manuscript text. Authors are encouraged also to submit a sample of graphic art that can be used to illustrate their manuscript.

ARTICLES are major treatments of a particular subject relating science to a Christian position. Such papers should be at least 2,000 words but not more than 8,000 words in length, excluding endnotes. An abstract of 50–150 words is required and should be in both the text of the email submission and at the beginning of the attached essay.

COMMUNICATIONS are focused personal examples of how people are living out science and Christian faith. They have ranged from bringing computers to areas with no power, to being married to an experimental physicist, to an astronomer's sermon on the heavens telling the glory of God, to serving as president of a research university.

BOOK REVIEWS serve both to alert readers to new books that appear significant and to engage these books in critical interaction. When a subject area editor selects a book for review, the book is then offered to a scholar with the best match in expertise. ASA/CSCA members who would like to be considered as potential reviewers are welcome to express interest to the book review coordinating editor for inclusion in the reviewer database. Publishers may also contact the book review coordinating editor if they are not sure which subject area reviewer would best consider a particular book.

  • Patrick Franklin ( book review coordinating editor; subject areas: ethics, philosophy, and theology.
  • Arie Leegwater ( cosmology, history of science, mathematics, and physical sciences.
  • Sara Sybesma Tolsma ( biology, environment, genetics, and origins.
  • Derek Schuurman ( computers, engineering, and technology.
  • Chong Ho Yu ( education, psychology, sociology, and statistics.

The viewpoints expressed in the books reviewed, and in the reviews themselves, are those of the authors and reviewers respectively, and do not reflect an official position of the ASA.

LETTERS to the Editor concerning PSCF content may be published unless marked not for publication. Letters submitted for publication must not be longer than 700 words and will be subject to editorial review. Letters are to be submitted as electronic copies. Letters accepted for publication will be published within 6 months.