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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

  1. Language: Original contributions should be in English and make the form of scholarly articles.
  2. Title: The title should be brief (preferably not exceeding 15 words), and contain enough information for reliable information retrieval. 
  3. Author: Name(s) of the author(s) should be given just below the title of the article and the CV(s) including addresses, email IDs and telephone number(s) are to be provided along with the article.
  4. Abstract: An abstract (about 200 words) must be provided.
  5. Length: Articles should be 6000 to 7000 words in length.
  6. Format: The font (preferably Times New Roman) size should be 12 point. Use italicsfor emphasis, and avoid underlining, capitalization or bolding. Sanskrit, Greek and Hebrew words, which should be used sparingly, must be transliterated and italicized.
  7. Latin abbreviations: Vinayasādhanadoes not use any Latin abbreviations. Use English phrases instead of e., etc., e.g., cf., ibid., sic, and op. cit. in the text.
  8. Tables and Figures: Tables should be used sparingly and should not duplicate information presented in the text. Tables should be numbered sequentially, using Arabic numbers, as they appear in the text. Figures (graphs, line drawings, etc.) should be provided on a separate page and should be numbered sequentially.
  9. References:

In the text: References in the text should be formatted according to the APA style:

Short quotations: are incorporated into the text. The parentheses close before the period marking the end of a sentence, as in the fake example at the end of this sentence (Jones, 2005). You may name the author within the article itself, in which case only put the year in parentheses; for example “Smith (2005) says...” For two authors, use (Smith & Jones, 2005). For three or more authors, use (Smith & others, 2005). If the same author has published two books or articles in 2005, and both are being referenced in the text, this is written as (Author, 2005a) and (Author, 2005b). The specific page, section, or division of the cited work can follow the date in this way: (Author, 2006:28). If the date of publication is unavailable, use “n.d.” (meaning, no date). In cases where the author is unknown or the article is written for an organization or periodical then use its name, as in (Department of Transport, 2001) or (National Geographic, 2005). Newspaper articles may be cited using the name of the newspaper and the date of publication after the sentence (Guardian, December 17, 2005). A book republished long after the original publication may be cited (Marx, [1867] 1967). Citing classical works that have been published in many editions and translations should be numbered according to the original scheme (Aquinas, Summa Theologiae III q. 2 a. 1 reply; see also Augustine, De Trinitate VIII 4, 6). It is up to the author to decide whether to include, as well, information about the modern edition consulted. If you do include this, it should follow the usual format for books as outlined above.

Long Quotations:

Place direct quotations longer than 40 words in a free-standing block of typewritten lines, and omit quotation marks. Start the quotation on a new line, indented five spaces from the left margin. Type the entire quotation on the new margin, and indent the first line of any subsequent paragraph within the quotation five spaces from the new margin. Maintain double-spacing throughout. For a quotation that is indented, the citation is placed after the period, like the following (Smith, 2005, pp. 15).

Biblical citations: References to the Bible may be included within the text of the article, in parentheses, before the final punctuation of the sentence. Use the abbreviations of biblical books. The version you are quoting should be mentioned in the first citation only.


Final List of books and articles referred to: References must be listed alphabetically at the end of the article.

 Example for a Book:

Merrigan, G., & Huston, C. L. (2004). Communication Research Methods. Belmont (CA): Thomson Wadsworth.

Example for Journal or article from a Journal:

Bullington, J.S. (1998). Tips for new information scientists: what to know in the first year of tenure-track position. College and Research Libraries News, 59(2), 85-89.

*[59 is the volume, (2) is the issue number and 85-89 pages]

 Reference from the Web:

Jenner, H. (1912). East Syrian Rite. The Catholic Encyclopaedia (Vol.14).  Retrieved on 04/11/2009.

Gardner, H., & Veenema, S. (1996). Multimedia and Multiple Intelligence and Multiple Intelligences.pdf Retrieved on 05/11/2009.

  1. Submission: Articles must be submitted on a Compact Disk (CD) or by email. Submission should be produced in Microsoft Word. Articles must be submitted to: Thomas Parayil,
  2. Book Reviews: For a book to be reviewed, two copies of the same should be submitted to the book review editor. Inquiries concerning book reviews should be made to Dr. Joy Kakkatattu, CMI:
  3. Readership: Vinayasādhanais read not only by scholars, but also by an educated general audience. When technical or specialized terminology is necessary, explain it. Wherever possible, use gender-inclusive language. Include headings and subheadings, but in general, these should not be numbered.
  4. All essays submitted to Vinayasādhanaare subjected to a blind, peer-review process. The editors will consider for publication articles written on topics that pertain to the discipline of Christian Psycho-Spiritual Formation. The journal is committed to creative engagement with Christian tradition and to critical reflection on the relationship of Christian spiritual formation with modern psychology. We encourage interdisciplinary inquiry. We request authors to submit articles that focus on the contemporary situation and to engage with current issues and debates.
  5. Vinayasādhana will acknowledge receipt of your manuscript. After the review it will be returned to the author to make further corrections and modifications suggested by the reviewers.

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