Editorial Policies

FOCUS AND SCOPE

Veritas: Journal of Theology and Ministry is a double-blind peer-reviewed and open-access journal focuses on the novelty in the field of study:

1. Biblical Studies, which include hermeneutics of the Old and New Testaments, as well as biblical theology.

2. Systematic Theology, which includes church history and theology, dogmatics, Christian ethics, contemporary theology, and interaction between theology and other disciplines such as religious studies, philosophy, and science.

3. Practical Theology, which includes missiology, pastoral care, Christian leadership, Christian education, Christian counseling, as well as church worship and music.

The articles submitted in this journal include the results of quantitave and/or qualitative field research, conceptual and critical studies, exegesis or exposition material, case studies and other forms of original thought in the broad scope of theological research with adequate references.

PEER-REVIEW PROCESS

First, the manuscript will be reviewed by the editor. If the manuscript meets the focus and scope of the Veritas journal, showing novelty, originality and free of plagiarism then it is processed for the next stage. Second, the manuscript will be sent to assigned reviewers to assess the quality of the contents and writing styles. The manuscript assessment process will be conducted by one or two reviewer(s) anonymously (double-blind peer review). Third, the Veritas Journal Editorial Board considers the feedback provided by the reviewers and arrives at a decision. There are five possible editorial decisions: accepted, accepted with revisions, resubmit for review, resubmit elsewhere, and rejected. The peer reviewers partner of Veritas Journal are scholars who have expertise in the fields of biblical studies, systematic theology and practical ministry studies.

OPEN ACCESS POLICY

The articles in the Veritas journal can be accessed directly so that the research in this journal can be used publicly for a wider exchange and dissemination of knowledge. However, visitors are expected to register themselves as readers in order to receive notification about current publications. 

PUBLICATION ETHICS

This publication ethics is adapted based on the publishing ethics policy of Elsevier and COPE

Duties of Authors

1. Authorship. The author is the person who has made a significant contribution to the design and preparation of concepts as well as the implementation or interpretation of the research reported. Other people who have made significant contributions must also be registered as joint authors. For joint authorship, all registered writers must ensure that they have seen and agreed to the final manuscript to be submitted and agree to submit it to Veritas Journal.

2. Originality and Acknowledgment of Sources. The author must ensure that the work submitted is original. All various forms of plagiarism, including falsifying or manipulating data, is unacceptable. When using the work of others, the author must always give proper acknowledgment by including references from the sources, opinions, and works of others by following the standard citation format.

3. Multiple or Concurrent Publications. Authors should not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal or publication concurrently. Several publications originating from the same study must be clearly identified and the main publications must always be referred.

4. Error in the Author's Work. If the author finds significant errors or inaccuracies in the submitted manuscript or published article, the author is responsible for notifying the Veritas Journal Editor immediately and working with the editor to withdraw or correct the manuscript.

Duties of Editors

1. Publication Decisions. Veritas Journal Editorial Board is responsible for deciding whether incoming texts can be published. The editors may decide to reject, accept or request repairs to the manuscript. The publication decision is taken based on the policy of the editorial board, the focus, and scope of the journal, the results of peer review, and constrained by such legal requirements regarding defamation, copyright infringement, and plagiarism.

2. Objective Assessment. The editors ensure that the assessment of submitted manuscripts is based on the intellectual contents of the manuscript without discrimination in gender, ethnicity, citizenship, and so on.

3. Peer Review. The editors ensure that the peer review process runs anonymously (double-blind peer review), fair and objective. The editors must select reviewers who have suitable and adequate expertise in the relevant area, and free from conflicts of interest.

4. Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest. The editors ensure the confidentiality of all information regarding the manuscript submitted to the journal. The editors must also keep confidentiality of the identities of the authors and reviewers. The editors will not use the rejected manuscript (in whole or in part) for his own research without the written consent of the author. Veritas Journal Editorial Board members may not be included in making decisions on manuscripts that involve conflicts of interest with him/her.

Duties of Reviewers

1. Confidentiality. Reviewers must keep confidential any information about the manuscript submitted by the author. Reviewers are not allowed to discuss or share the review with others without permission from the editor.

2. Objectivity Standard. Reviews should be conducted objectively supported by clear arguments and constructive feedback for the author. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate.

3. Timeliness. Reviewers only agree to review if they are sure they can do the review in a timely manner. If the assigned reviewer knows that it is impossible to meet the specified deadline, they should notify the editor immediately.

4. Completeness and Authenticity of References. Reviewers should identify the others’ works that have not been cited or quoted properly by the author. A reviewer should be alert to potential ethical issues in the manuscript and should notify the editor about any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which the reviewer has personal knowledge.

AUTHOR FEES

Veritas: Journal of Theology and Ministry does not charge fees for each article submitted and published. Support can be provided through bank account BCA KCU Malang with account number 0113138219 and account name S A A T.