Guidelines for WTJ

Click on the Submit button to submit your article. The guideline included in the downloadable pdf document will serve as resources for those interested in submitting manuscripts to The Westminster Theological Journal. The following topics will be explained:

The guideline included in the downloadable pdf document will serve as resources for those interested in submitting manuscripts to The Westminster Theological Journal.

The following topics will be explained:



Editorial Aims and






Book Review guidelines

  1. The editors of The Westminster Theological Journal are most interested in reviewing books of very recent (within the last two years) publication. Very rarely is a second edition reviewed, and only if there are substantial changes and it is a very significant book.

  2. Books should have something to do with the journal’s primary fields of interest: principally Biblical studies, Theology, Church History, Practical Theology (theory), Biblical environments (Ancient Near East and Greco-Roman civilization), Christian philosophy, and Apologetics.

  3. Works of more than two or three authors are not ordinarily reviewed, though in some cases we accept them, depending on the book’s importance. Sometimes “short notices” of important reference tools are published.

  4. The review should contain roughly an equal amount of description and critical interaction. Hence, it is expected that the reviewer has some expertise or familiarity in the field of the book being reviewed. Generally, the reviewer should have earned a first Master’s degree (MDiv, MA, MTS, MAR, etc.) prior to submitting a review for publication, and should ideally be enrolled in a doctoral program.

  5. Reviews for the journal should be scholarly in tone and should not contain ad hominem or personal attacks. Further, the journal is not an avenue to publicize favorite books. Rather, books should be assessed for their academic contribution to the field of discussion. The journal does not accept reviews of popular-level books, nor does it accept reviews of self-published books.

  6. Reviews need to be compatible with, or at least sensitive to, the journal’s Reformed tradition. A fair amount of leeway is allowed, but an overall viewpoint that seems designed to contradict the journal’s tradition does not help its readers.

  7. The standard book review heading format should be used, comprising the book’s author or editor, title, place of publication, imprint, date, number of pages, price, and binding, as in the following examples:

  8. Rowan Williams, Lost Icons: Reflections on Cultural Bereavement. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2000. Pp. x + 190.$24.95, cloth.

  9. The body of the review should generally be between 800-1200 words, though sometimes lengthier reviews are acceptable. At the conclusion, the author’s name should be given as it is to be published, followed by the author’s institution, both right justified (If the author is not associated with an educational institution, or if it is not well known, city and state should be included).

  10. Other matters of style should generally conform to The Chicago Manual of Style; however, in reviews, footnotes should not be used.

  11. If references are unavoidable, in-line parenthetical citations may be used.

  12. Reviews exhibiting poor syntax or numerous spelling errors will not be considered.

  13. As a rule, to avoid potential conflict of interest, the journal does not review books written by current faculty or staff of Westminster Theological Seminary.

  14. Reviewers should assess when they first receive their review copy whether they will indeed be able to write a review within the allotted time (usually six months from date of receipt). This is especially the case with more expensive monographs. It is vital to finish the review on time so that authors are not robbed of the chance for peer review. Notify the review editor immediately if you will not be able to review the book on time.

  15. The editors are happy to request a review copy on behalf of established reviewers but note that while we will make every effort to obtain a copy for review, it is not always possible to secure it, as publishers vary in their marketing budgets and programs for certain titles. In such instances, the journal will work with reviewers to procure an alternate book for review.