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About In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi

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Focus and scope 

In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi is a theological and acclaimed Open Access journal that serves as the official journal of the Reformed Theological Society (Gereformeerde Teologiese Vereniging). It has a broad coverage that promotes multidisciplinary, religious and biblical aspects of studies in the international theological arena, aiming to further Reformational Theology on a scientific basis. It encourages research that challenges traditional discourses within and between the fields of biblical, religious, social and human sciences as well as the constructive engagement with the natural sciences where applicable. All contributions are refereed anonymously by at least three other scholars who are recognised as specialists in the particular field of study and the comments of the referees are held in high esteem. English, Afrikaans and Dutch are the general languages of publication and articles in German will also be considered. 

Historic overview of In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi 

In 1965 the Reformed Theological Society decided to publish a scientific journal aimed at critically evaluating and expanding reformed theology. This endeavour culminated in the establishment of In die Skriflig in 1966. The journal appeared promptly every quarter until it went online in 2012 under the management of AOSIS. The name of the journal at that time changed to include the Latin version of the title. Currently articles still appear frequently on a rolling basis. In this way In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi has promoted theological research in the Calvinist reformed theological tradition since its inception in 1966. The journal focuses on high quality Biblical-theological research within this tradition, as well as on the impact this tradition has. Through the years a great number of articles have appeared that critically analysed and applied the foundational principles of the Biblical theology within the reformed tradition to the role and the meaning of the Christian faith in modern society. Publications in this journal aim to participate in the extensive Biblical-theological, ecclesiastical and ethical discourses within contemporary Christianity from a reformed perspective. Special attention is paid to research regarding the original text of the Bible, the ancient Biblical languages and the meaning of the cultural environment of Biblical times.

Other themes that are frequently addressed include the further development of Biblical theology and its application to the thought and actual world of modern people; the contribution that Christian ethics can make with regard to the moral issues of the day; the edification of the church as an important role player in society and the way in which ecclesiastical ministry can be streamlined and relevantly applied.

The authors are expected to deliver recent and well-considered research results that are relevant and applicable. All articles are presented to three international or national selectors before publications – experts in the relevant field – for recommendations regarding the quality and relevance of the article.

Although the journal functions within the reformed paradigm, articles from other religious traditions are also considered if the article contributes and is applicable to the expertise in the relevant field. In this manner In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi attempts to be of service to the reformed theological tradition, the Christian church and the development of human societies.

The journal has an active corps of cooperating researchers and a growing readership. The articles have increased drastically since the change to online publication. In this way they have and increasing impact factor. In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi has indeed grown from a small start fifty years ago to an internationally known journal that delivers lively and relevant discussion on the role and meaning of reformed theology and that inspires churches to dynamism. 

Open Access 

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.

Peer review policy 

In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. The editors do not inform the reviewers of the identity of the author(s). The reviewers’ identities are not disclosed to the authors either. The reviewers’ comments as well as recommendations regarding an article’s form may be passed on to the corresponding author and may also include suggested revisions. Manuscripts that are not approved for publication will not be returned to the submitting author in any format. Please note that AOSIS do not retain copies of rejected articles.

The peer review process aims to ensure that all published articles:

  • present the results of primary scientific research
  • report results that have not been published elsewhere
  • are scientifically sound
  • provide new scientific knowledge where experiments, statistics and other analyses are performed to a high technical standard and are described in sufficient detail so that another researcher will be able to reproduce the experiments described
  • provide conclusions that are presented in an appropriate manner and are supported by the data
  • are presented in an intelligible and logic manner and are written in clear and unambiguous English, Afrikaans and Dutch.
  • meet all applicable research standards with regard to the ethics of experimentation and research integrity
  • adhere to appropriate reporting guidelines and community standards for data availability.

The journal publisher, AOSIS, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. All works are submitted to CrossCheck and is available to the editors of the journal to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. In the event of high percentage overlap, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines will apply (learn more).

Publication frequency 

The journal publishes at least one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end-of-year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed. 

Indexing 

Indexing Services

All articles published in the journal are included in:

  • DHET SA List
  • SciELO SA
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ
  • EBSCO Host
  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning
  • Google Scholar
  • ProQuest
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, Level 1

We are working closely with relevant indexing services to ensure that articles published in the journal will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Archiving

The full text of the journal articles is deposited in the following archives to guarantee long-term preservation:

  • Portico
  • AOSIS Library
  • SA ePublications, Sabinet
  • South African Government Libraries

AOSIS is also a participant in the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) initiative. LOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from AOSIS and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the journal is: http://www.indieskriflig.org.za/index.php/skriflig/gateway/lockss

Please inform us if you are using our manifest as we would like to add your name to the list above.

DHET accreditation

The journal is DHET accredited because it is listed on the following approved indexing services:

  • DHET SA List
  • SciELO SA

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ISSN: 1018-6441 (print) | ISSN: 2305-0853 (online)

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