- Who can submit papers for publication?
All interested individuals are strongly encouraged to submit their work to Quodlibet for potential publication. In the past, successful publications have come from a wide range of sources, including both poles of the conservative - liberal spectrum and representing both professional and personal projects.
- How are submitted papers selected for publication?
Submitted papers are peer reviewed by the editors of Quodlibet. Papers are evaluated on the following criteria:
Papers are not evaluated based on:
- fulfillment of the paper's general/implied outline (i.e., make your point)
- general relevancy to Quodlibet's readership (i.e., must possess theological relevance)
- scholarly treatment of topic (i.e., no unleashed diatribes)
- author's academic achievement
- author's theological conviction
- author's previous experience/inexperience with Quodlibet
- What document/notation styles does Quodlibet prefer?
Quodlibet has no preference or requirement regarding an author's choice of note or parenthetical reference styles. From an internet formatting perspective, parenthetical reference requires less coding. But other than this, either style is adaptable to browser readability.
- What about maximum or minimum paper lengths?
One of the great advantages of an online format is that Quodlibet need not worry about cost of printing large rather than small articles. Such concerns drive the length limits on traditional publications. Thus Quodlibet does not impose such restriction upon contributing authors. Please note, however, that reader attention span is greatly reduced on the internet due to either concerns regarding costs of online time or simply itchy mouse fingers. Although some readers will print a paper to read at their leisure, this represents the minority. Papers which make their argument in plain English and in reasonable time will undoubtedly gain more readership than those papers which do not.
- What paper topics are appropriate for submission?
The spectrum of topics for submission will ideally be philosophy, theology, history, pastoral, exegetical or religious-community related. You are, however, welcome to submit papers which seem to fall outside these parameters yet which you believe to be of interest to Quodlibet's readership.
- In what format should papers be submitted?
Submitted papers will ideally be in electronic format and sent as an email attachment to Submissions@Quodlibet.net. Any Windows-readable (3.11/95/98/2000/NT) format will be accepted. For MAC users, simply save a copy of your paper in a PC readable format.
- What if only a paper (non-electronic) copy of a submission is possible?
For those rare cases where authors wish to submit a paper for which there is only a physical paper copy, Quodlibet possesses the means to scan your paper using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) technology. The OCR process is quite accurate but will require a thorough proof-reading of the resultant electronic file before being accepted for publication. Quodlibet will return this pre-proofed OCR copy to the author who must proofread and resubmit the corrected version via standard submission procedures (outlined in step 8 below). Mailed submission may be sent to:
- Scott David Foutz
530 Sheridan 3A
Evanston, Illinois 60202
- Should I/May I convert my own paper to HTML format?
Quodlibet would ask that, despite authors' undoubted proficiency in web editing tools, that all submissions be made in their original (electronic) document form. ALL Quodlibet and TheologyWebsite pages are hand coded. Such pre-formatted HTML submission require a significant (and necessary) re-formating which is often more time consuming.
- How to format foreign language fonts (Greek and Hebrew).
Any submitted paper MUST convert Greek or Hebrew passages and terms into their romanized equivalents. Submissions failing to do this WILL NOT be accepted. The reason for this policy is twofold: (1) It is most probable that the editors of Quodlibet do not possess the font utilized by the author and so the passages in question are indecipherable; and (2) The vast majority of browsers do not support foreign language fonts and thus even if the foreign language passages successfully appear to the editors, very few people will be able to read them.
- How do I submit my paper?
Your submission can most easily be sent as an email attachment to Submissions@Quodlibet.net. If you do not have access to an email format capable of (large) attachments, you may mail your paper on a 3.5" floppy disk (non-returnable) to the address provided in question 7 above.
- What deadline do I need to be aware of?
Quodlibet publishes on a quartely schedule, with new issues appearing every January (Winter issue), April (Spring issue), July (Summer issue), and October. Submissions will be considered for the next issue if room still remains. If the upcoming issue is in a state of completion, your submission will be considered for the subsequent issue, etc.. You will be informed upon acceptance of your paper of the issue your article will appear in.
- What about copyright issues and subsequent publication?
Authors maintain full copyright over their articles. Quodlibet does not require exclusive publishing right to submissions and encourages authors to submit their same articles for publication in other scholarly journals.
- What if my question still isn't answered?
Fear not! Unlimited feedback is available by contacting webmaster@Quodlibet.net.