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Prospective writers for the IJFM should recognize, and if
possible, further the Journal’s distinctives. The IJFM is
published in the name of the International Student Leaders
Coalition for Frontier Missions, a fellowship of younger
leaders who are committed to the purposes of the twin
consultations of Edinburgh 1980: The World Consultation on
Frontier Missions and the International Student
Consultation on Frontier Missions. As an expression of the
ongoing concerns of Edinburgh 1980, the IJFM seeks to:
promote intergenerational dialogue between senior and
junior mission leaders.
cultivate an international fraternity of thought in
the development of frontier missiology.
highlight the need to maintain, renew, and create
mission agencies as vehicles for frontier mission.
encourage multidimensional and interdisciplinary
foster spiritual devotion as well as intellectual
advocate “A Church for Every People.”
Mission frontiers, like other frontiers, represent
boundaries or barriers beyond which we must go yet beyond
which we may not be able to see clearly and boundaries
which may even be disputed or denied. Their study involves
the discovery and evaluation of the unknown or even the
reevaluation of the known. But unlike other frontiers,
mission frontiers is a subject specifically concerned to
explore and exposit areas and ideas and insights related
to the glorification of God in all the nations (peoples)
of the world, to open their eyes, to turn them from
darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God.
Subscribers and other readers of the IJFM come from a wide
variety of backgrounds. Mission professors, field
missionaries, young adult mission mobilizers, college
librarians, mission executives, and mission researchers
all look to the IJFM for the latest thinking in frontier
Guidelines for Choosing Topics and
Fresh ideas that:
(a) plow up new ground.
(b) fit the purposes of the Journal.
(c) are useful to our readers.
(d) contain keen insights, sound wisdom and judgment, and
careful analysis and interpretation.
(e) make interesting and compelling reading.
Missiological perspective and principles grounded in sound
Calls to commitment and involvement in frontier missions.
1. Write to the editor first about your article, giving a
brief summary of what you propose to send, the subject
matter, how you would treat it and how many words you
expect you may need for the article.
2. If you have sent your article to another publication,
please indicate which one. We don’t like to use another
publication’s material without permission.
3. When the editor gives you encouragement to proceed:
Before you begin, please review the next section, “A
Few Comments on Text Formatting.”
Type your article in your favorite word processor, but
save it in Word or in Rich Text Format (.rtf).
Count the words and indicate the total at the top of
Enclose a biographical sketch.
Include complete bibliographical data for all quoted
Indicate which Bible version(s) you are quoting.
Write a brief (3-4 sentences) summary of your article
(unless it is a book review).
E-mail your paper, as an attachment, either to the
guest editor who solicited your paper, or to
firstname.lastname@example.org (if you are submitting your paper on
your own). If you need to communicate securely, contact
us for our public key.
After your paper has been flowed into our layout
program, we will e-mail you a copy of your formatted
article in PDF format for your final review. You will
have up to one week to respond with changes should you
notice any errors that were inadvertently introduced in
the layout process. If you do not own a copy of Acrobat
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A Few Comments on Text Formatting
Please observe the following guidelines (and thereby gain
our enduring gratitude):
Do not double space after punctuation (or anywhere
else). Please run the Find & Replace function of
your word processor to make sure you have no double
Do not indent paragraphs.
Never underline anything.
Use italics sparingly.
Do not use all caps for headings or subheadings.
Please have three other people read your work and
make suggestions/corrections since even good
proofreaders miss mistakes in their own work. We suggest
you use a spell checker and a grammar checker, but don’t
rely on them exclusively. Though helpful, they’re not
perfect and are no substitute for a good human eye.
For guidance on general matters of
style, please consult the TheChicago
Manual of Style, 16th Edition. For specifically
Christian questions of style, see Robert Hudson’s The
Christian Writer’s Style Guide (available by
request from the editors).
1. Normal maximum length of article: 5000 words (six
2. Minimum length of article: 1,200 words (two Journal
Note: One full journal page, without graphics or titles,
etc., consists of approximately 850 words.
Responsibilities of IJFM Staff
To give your article a fair review.
Our answer may not always be a “Yes” or “No” but a
“Maybe.” That means that we would either like to see
more revision or work done on your article, or we need
more time to see how various ideas jell and which other
articles would cover that subject.
We regret that we cannot pay honoraria at this stage
of the Journal’s life. If your article is accepted, we
will provide you as a token of our appreciation:
five copies of the issue in which it appears, and
the opportunity to purchase additional copies of
this issue at 50% discount. (If you wish to purchase
a large number of these issues, you would need to
let us know before publication deadlines.)
For further information on guidelines
and suggestions for writers, contact:
Brad Gill, IJFM Editor
1605 E Elizabeth St
Pasadena, CA 91104
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