Seat of Wisdom A Theological and Pastoral Journal    ISSN 2154-8757 
Your Subtitle text

Submission Information


The Seat of Wisdom online journal invites the submission of theological articles, homilies, essays, book reviews and poetry to be considered for publication. Because the journal publishes these different types of writings with varying sets of standards, please note the following sets of guidelines: the first below which applies to all submissions, and then the individual sets that follow which apply respectively to each particular kind of writing.  All potential authors should be familiar with the journal’s mission statement and editorial policy since submissions deemed in conflict with the overall purpose and orientation of the journal will not be considered.  Since access to the journal is open and requires no subscription, its potential audience includes all those connected to the World Wide Web; however, authors should write for the journal’s intended audience which consists of American and international Catholic clergy and laity dedicated to the learning and pastoral application of theological wisdom, especially in regard to the formation of priests, deacons, and lay ministers in the Church.

All Submissions

All submissions must be the original, previously unpublished work and research of the author(s) listed. The work should not be under simultaneous consideration for publication elsewhere, including in abbreviated or expanded forms. All submissions need to be double-spaced in a legible 12-point font (e.g. Times New Roman), with individual pages numbered. The journal adheres to the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.  No honorarium is given for publication.


As an online journal free of the limitations of printing on paper, its content is processed and published digitally.  Therefore all submissions are to be sent electronically by email as a Microsoft Word file attachment (preferred).  Other word processing software formats convertible to Word, as well as the rich text format (RTF), are acceptable, although perfect conversion of all formatting cannot be guaranteed.  All article, homily, essay, and spiritual poetry submissions are to be sent to the general editor at:; please send reviews of published materials to the book review editor at: Please supply full contact information, including mailing address, work and cell phone numbers, facsimile number and especially your work email address, as most communication will be by email in accordance with the electronic nature of the journal. Follow-up communication with the editors should be done by email or telephone.

Author Information

For the author’s biographical description that will accompany the publication of the piece under a link to a separate page, please include a brief personal statement identifying your religious affiliation, ecclesial vocation (ordained, religious, lay), highest academic degree, current academic post or position title, institution and location, any books or articles you have authored or edited in the last two years, and any other pertinent personal information (e.g. email address, personal web page) you deem important for the journal’s audience to know about you. As an option, the author is welcome to submit a current photo (headshot) for inclusion on the linked author information page.


To be considered for the upcoming issue, all submissions must be received in a timely manner that allows for sufficient reading, evaluation, editing and proofing, generally several months before the issue's publication date.  Submission of research articles require an earlier deadline to allow for peer-review.  Submissions that do not adhere to the appropriate guidelines will, if accepted, require a longer period of preparation and as a consequence may miss publication in the upcoming issue. 

The winter issue appears in February and the summer issue by late July / early August.  The deadlines for submissions for possible publication in each issue are as follows:  
Winter Issue:     Research articles:  October 31;   All other submissions:  November 30
Summer Issue:  Research articles:     April 30;     All other submissions:  May 31


Prior to publication authors will be sent by email a PDF proof of their submission for review and acceptance of editorial changes and formatting. Proofing instructions will accompany the PDF file but the proof should be checked immediately and returned promptly by email back to the respective editor.


Please see our copyright notice as it applies to all pieces published in the journal.  Every author of an accepted piece retains the copyright to their work but must include written recognition of its original publication in Seat of Wisdom in any republication of the work.  


Research articles are welcome in all areas of theology, in pastoral ecclesial practices, and in philosophy and other disciplines treated in relation to the understanding, communication and living of the Christian faith.  Since manuscripts must demonstrate a high level of scholarship appropriate for a peer-reviewed journal, article authors generally must possess an academic (Ph.D.) or ecclesiastical (S.T.D.) doctoral degree in theology or ministry (D.Min.), or be a candidate in a doctoral degree program.  Those with post-graduate degree of the first level (S.T.L., M.A. or M.Div.) are requested to consider submitting an essay instead (see below for criteria).  The journal publishes articles of 15-20 pages in length (including footnotes and bibliography), although somewhat shorter or longer pieces will be considered.  To help ensure an impartial peer-review, the author's name and institution should not appear in any page in the article, including in page headers or footers.  Please include an abstract of no more than 250 words that summarizes the argument, placing it as the first page of the file submission.  Finally, article authors are asked for a list of a half-dozen key subject words not in the title that will help with the indexing of the article and help other readers locate the article through web searches.


Quotations of three lines or less in length are to be placed in double quotation marks with the footnote reference placed immediately after the closing quotation. Extended quotations of four or more lines are to be placed in an indented block paragraph, double spaced, with no quotation marks. Use single quotation marks for quotes within quotations. All quoted material, translations and citation references must be exact and should be checked for accuracy before submission. Citations to internet content by hyperlink [embedded URL addresses] are permitted in the footnotes, but should be used moderately due to the possible loss of the link’s functionality over time.

Notes are always footnotes (endnotes are not acceptable), with the first citation containing the complete reference and subsequent footnotes the author and page (or article) number. When the work cited is clear from the context, short references should be included parenthetically in the article text and not put in the footnotes. A complete bibliography of works cited should be included at the end of the article. For guidance on footnote citations and bibliography, please refer to the online Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide. The journal employs the Notes and Bibliography format, not the Author-Date way, for citing references.

Page number references to books should be in these forms: p. 14, pp. 26-55, pp. 164-6; pp. 216-17. Citations of church documents are to the article number, not page number: Lumen gentium [LG] #3. Biblical passages should be cited with no spacing between colon and numbers, thus: Acts 2:17-21; 2 Thess. 3:6-13; 1 Cor. 2:14­-3:1; Isaiah 40-66; Rev. 4:8, 11; 5:9-10. The phrases 'Old Testament' and 'New Testament' should not be abbreviated. In references to patristic or medieval works, use forms such as De incarnatione 45, 3: PG 24, 192B, or Summa theologiae [ST] I, q. 44, a. 1. Please refer to previous issues of the journal for other examples.


Any special foreign language font used in the article should be indicated by its proper name in the email communication of the submission. Quotations of Latin text should be italicized.

Section Headings

Article sections should be indicated with subheadings of up to two levels:

First Level: Font size 14, bold type, no indent, Roman numeral [I.] in sequence, with heading in sentence case. For example:

II. Should Luke-Acts be considered anti-Jewish?

Second Sub-Level: Font size 12, not bold, indented, capital letter [A.] in sequence, with heading in sentence case.  For example:

      A. The ambivalence of Luke-Acts towards the Jews


Any tables or illustrations that support the argument should be embedded within the text of the article.  Illustrative material for publication should be of good quality, such as a good photograph or line drawing; photocopies are not acceptable. Copyright permission for reproduction of tables and illustrations is essential and is the responsibility of the author, who is expected to provide evidence that permission has been obtained.


The publication of public lectures and addresses in Seat of Wisdom is reserved to those given at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and those it solicits from local churches. The journal does not seek the submission of unsolicited lectures and addresses. 


The journal welcomes the submission of the written copy of well-crafted homilies that recently have been or soon will be delivered to the Christian faithful in liturgical celebrations by ordained clergy. These must interpret and apply the lectionary readings to a contemporary context, making evident the challenge of living the gospel in today’s world.  The desired length is around four to five pages. Please include a description of the place, occasion and liturgical setting (calendar feast, lectionary readings) of the spoken homily.  Please note that editorial judgment of the submission will be based entirely upon the impact the written text has upon the reader, not the impact the homily may have had when it was delivered to its original audience.

Book Reviews

Critical reviews in Seat of Wisdom focus primarily on monographs and other books (both print and electronic) which are of interest to theologians, members of seminary communities, and those who exercise a pastoral ministry in the Church.  Reviews of other media with significant theological content (websites, databases, plays, films, music, etc.) will also be considered. Please see the "New Books to Review" page for works we would like reviewed; this list is update frequently.  If a work  you would like to review does not appear on the list, please contact our book review editor for permission.  All submissions in this category undergo an internal review process and must conform to the following style guide.

Include the following header in this format at the beginning of the review:

Full Title of the Book. Author's  (or editor's)  name.  Place: Publisher, Date. Number of pages. Price. ISBN.  For example: 

Reflections on the Weekday Lectionary Readings
. By Roland J. Faley. New York: Paulist, 2010. 564 pp. $39.95. ISBN 978-0-8091-4541-6.

The review should begin with a brief description of the book or resource. Describe the intended audience of the resource. Discuss its strengths and weaknesses. Assess whether the author's aims are achieved. Provide an analysis of the author's style and presentation. Draw comparisons to similar books in print and the standard work in the area.

Do not use footnotes or endnotes; any references should be included in parentheses in the body of the review.  The name of the author of the work being reviewed may be abbreviated down to its initial (N.) to improve readability, although stylistically it is preferable that the reviewer vary the way authorial intention is discussed and avoid repetitious use of this review convention.

List your name and institutional affiliation at the end of the review.

Double-spaced with a legible 12-point font, reviews should be approximately 750-1,000 words in length (2-3 pages), and employ italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).

Questions and submissions should be sent to the review editor:


Essays in the journal are demonstrations not of original research but of the personal appropriation of theological wisdom and its communication to a more general audience.  Their primary purpose is to showcase the scholarship current students and alumni of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception and other comparable institutions have achieved in course and thesis work.  Essays from seminary faculty addressing the human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral formation of ordained and lay ministers for the Church today are also desired. Student essays must be evaluated, recommended and submitted by the appropriate faculty member of the student’s institution, measured according to criteria that include mastery of the theological subject matter, organization and coherence of argument, careful consideration of the pastoral implications, and a fresh and engaging style.  Direct submission by a student of his or her own work will not be accepted for lack of faculty nomination. The appropriate essay length is six to eight pages, certainly less than ten. For the sake of readability, citations in essays are generally simple parenthetical references within the text (i.e., no footnotes), with a complete list of works cited included at the end.  The essay will be edited to meet the standards and formatting of the journal, and, if it originated as a course paper, the name and semester of the course from which it originated will be included in the post-script authorial description.


The journal welcomes unsolicited poems on religious and spiritual themes that express, in rhymed or free verse, the mysteries of the Christian faith and its perspective on the joy and hope, grief and anguish of the human condition.  Poems of moderate length are sought: generally, 25 lines or so (one page) in length, although those of approximately 50 lines (two pages) will be considered.




Website Builder