Authors Guidelines

The Journal for Catholic Social Thought will publish work from a variety of disciplines, including Theology, Philosophy, Law, the Social Sciences, and address both social and political theory.

The Journal will give preference to analysis of Catholic social thought and the dialogue with disciplines that inform Catholic social thought, as well as the ways in which Catholic social thought informs the dialogue on such issues as economic justice, the environment, human rights, and racial equality. 

While the Journal will focus on contributions arising out of the Judeo-Christian intellectual tradition, it welcomes submissions from any religious or political perspective which seeks to expand the dialogue on these important issues.

Articles that use empirical evidence to support or refute arguments and claims are welcome, although the Journal is not intended as an outlet for primarily empirical studies.

Solicited Manuscripts

Papers presented at occasional conferences and invited lectures on Catholic social teaching by the Office for Mission and Ministry at Villanova University are solicited with a first right of refusal for publication in the Journal of Catholic Social Thought

  • Because we accept submissions from a variety of disciplines, authors may use any footnoting format with the exception of APA endnotes and references.
  • Number all pages.
  • Double space throughout.
  • Indent each paragraph.
  • Do not include headers or footers.
  • Type titles of paragraph or sections in ALL CAPITALS.
  • When referring to the phrase Catholic social teaching or Catholic social thought, capitalize only the word Catholic, unless the phrase is used in a title, in which case all words are to be capitalized.
  • When referring papal encyclicals, capitalize its title as shown in the original work. When a title of an encyclical is used in the title of a manuscript, capitalize all nouns and verbs - Pacem en Terris.)
  • Place footnotes at the bottom of the pages on which citations occur.
  • When footnoting papal encyclicals, only the author, year of publication, and paragraph number need be included. Regardless of your preference, please be consistent throughout.
  • Scripture citations need not be footnoted, but should be referenced in the body of the text and enclosed in parentheses i.e. (Mt. 8: 6-12).
  • Include a 100 to 150 word abstract.
  • Submit an electronic file in Microsoft Word (DOC) format.
  • Submissions may be made by regular or electronic mail.

Unsolicited Manuscripts

Unsolicited manuscripts may be submitted to the Journal of Catholic Social Thought.  Unsolicited manuscripts are subject to blind review by the Editorial Board. 

All unsolicited manuscripts must be submitted in the following format:

  • Because we accept submissions from a variety of disciplines, authors may use any footnoting format with the exception of APA endnotes and references.
  • The Editorial Board will consider manuscripts of any length. However, most successful submissions tend to be between 5, 000 and 10,000 words.
  • Number all pages.
  • Double space throughout.
  • Indent each paragraph.
  • Do not include headers or footers.
  • Type titles of paragraph or sections in ALL CAPITALS.
  • When referring to the phrase Catholic social teaching or Catholic social thought, capitalize only the word Catholic, unless the phrase is used in a title, in which case all words are to be capitalized.
  • When referring papal encyclicals, capitalize the title as showen in the original.
  • Place footnotes at the bottom of the pages on which citations occur.
  • When footnoting papal encyclicals, only the author, year of publication, and paragraph number need be included. Please be consistent throughout.
  • Scripture citations need not be footnoted, but should be referenced in the body of the text and enclosed in parentheses i.e. (Mt. 8: 6-12).
  • Include a 100 to 150 word abstract.
  • Submissions may be by regular mail or electronic Word document. Please use DOC format.

Upon Review

  • The Editorial Board will inform authors of its decisions as soon as possbile. 
  • Manuscripts accepted for publication must be resubmitted with revisions as electronic files in Microsoft Word (DOC) format.

Correspondence Concerning Manuscripts

All questions concerning manuscripts must be made in writing to the Executive Editors.

Mailing Address:
Executive Editors
Journal of Catholic Social Thought
104 Corr Hall
Villanova University
Villanova, PA  19085

Email Address:
Barbara.Wall@Villanova.edu
Robert.DeFina@Villanova.edu

No telephone inquiries regarding manuscripts can be accommodated.

Book Reviews

The Journal of Catholic Social Thought will regularly review scholarly works on Catholic Social Teaching and closely related topics.  Preference will be given to recently released and classic titles. 

The Journal of Catholic Social Thought encourages comparative reviews of different titles or comparative reviews of the same title by multiple authors.

Reviews a of single title should be limited to 500 - 750 words.  Authors should submit reviews in the following format:

Double space throughout.

Submissions must be electronic files in Microsoft (doc.) Word format.

Accepted manuscripts may be submitted by regular mail or as electronic mail attachments.

Include full name, affiliation and mailing address on a cover page.

Comparative reviews may necessarily be of longer length.

Correspondence

Books, book reviews and related correspondence should be sent to: 

Mailing Address:

Book Review Editor
Journal of Catholic Social Thought
104 Corr Hall
Villanova University
Villanova, PA  19085

Email Address: Christopher.Janosik@Villanova.edu

No telephone inquiries regarding reviews can be accommodated.