The Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership (JBPL) is a refereed scholarly journal that aims to provide a forum for international research and exploration of leadership studies focused on the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Representing the multidisciplinary fields of biblical, social-science, historical, and leadership studies, the JBPL publishes qualitative research papers that explore, engage, and extend the field of knowledge and understanding of the phenomenon of leadership as found within the contexts of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.
There are two Call for Papers:
- Special Issue: "Biblical Perspectives of Gender, Race, and Diversity in Leadership" (manuscripts due February 29, 2020)
- Fall 2020 Issue: "Biblical Perspectives of Women in Leadership" (abstracts due by July 1, 2020; manuscripts due August 31, 2020)
Spring 2020 Special Issue Call for Papers:
JPBL encourages manuscript submissions that contribute to diverse conceptualizations of the theme for the Spring 2020 special issue: "Biblical Perspectives of Gender, Race, and Diversity in Leadership". As this is a special edition of the JBPL, manuscripts that do not address the topics of gender, race, and/or diversity from a biblical perspective will not be reviewed.
Submissions will be accepted until February 29, 2020. Please note that all submissions for the 2020 special issue must be submitted by the deadline.
Fall 2020 Issue Call for Papers:
Arising from the enriching presentations and subsequent discussions of the 2019 roundtable, JPBL encourages manuscript submissions that contribute to diverse conceptualizations of the theme for the Spring 2020 special issue: "Biblical Perspectives of Women in Leadership." This essential topic is one with which both sacred and secular organizations grapple. Scholarly manuscripts that research biblical and ecclesial perspectives of the role of women in leadership are welcome. We invite scholars of all Christian faith traditions to respectfully engage the field of knowledge and understanding of the role of women in leadership both in Scripture and in the Church. We encourage research exploring topics including, but not limited to: (a) women of the Bible; (b) women in Church history; (c) New Testament perspectives of women in leadership; (d) healthy, biblical relationships between men and women; and (e) contemporary implications for biblical research of women in leadership. We also encourage innovative manuscripts addressing matters relating to the needs of an increasingly diverse and global ecclesial community. Papers presented at the Annual Research Roundtables hosted by Regent University's School of Business & Leadership on August 28, 2020 will be given priority review. While Biblical Perspectives of Women In Leadership is the theme for 2020, authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts that explore a variety of leadership topics from a Biblical perspective. Abstracts are due by July 1, 2020 for the Annual Research Roundtables and completed manuscripts are due by August 31, 2020 to be considered for the Fall 2020 issue of JBPL.
Manuscripts will be screened by the editor for appropriateness and then sent to at least two reviewers for detailed assessment. Exegetical, social, leadership, organizational, conceptual and historical studies using all types of qualitative methods are welcome. The primary criteria will be soundness of methodological approach and grounding in exegetical and leadership studies theories. Exegetical contributions that extend existing concepts and theories of leadership in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures are particularly welcome.
Manuscripts should be submitted to the editor as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format to email@example.com.
Include correct author identifying information on the title page only and remove the author's information in the "tools-options-user information" section. If there are multiple authors, please identify the contact author.
- Place the title of the manuscript at the top of the abstract page.
- The submission should contain all tables, figures and references in a single file.
- Please include in your e-mail three or four keywords that will help us assign the manuscript to appropriate reviewers.
- Please also include your assurances that the manuscript is original and is not under review at any other journal.
- Your submission will be acknowledged by return e-mail when assigned to reviewers (usually within one week of receipt).
Please make sure that:
- Your submission (including references) conforms to the writing style as outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) or APA (7th edition).
- All text, including references, is double-spaced in Arial font (12-point type) with one-inch margins.
- Your title page includes complete contact information for all authors, including mailing addresses, email addresses, phone and fax numbers.
- Your abstract is not more than 200 words.
- Your submission contains only necessary footnotes.
- There is nothing in your manuscript file other than the title page that identifies the authors. Be sure to erase manuscript "properties" (under FILE in Microsoft Word) prior to submission.
- The text of your submission, including abstract, body of the paper, and references (but not including title page, tables, and figures), is no longer than 40 pages total.
- Any prior publication of data featured in the manuscript is explicitly acknowledged either in the manuscript or in the transmittal letter to the editor. Any forthcoming or "in press" articles which use the data should be forwarded to the editor with the submission. Please provide proof of copyright clearance for any previously published materials used in the article such as: photographs, tables, charts, graphics, etc.
Your submission should include a brief author's bio for each author noting name, position title, organization, and email address. All authors whose submissions are accepted for publication will be required to complete a Permission to Publish form.
Any questions concerning electronic submission should be directed to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.