Author Guidelines

I. General Instructions for Authors

  1. Address all contributions, books for review, and related correspondence to Kevin Clarke, submissions@internationalmarian.com 
  2. The author must certify that the article is not being submitted simultaneously to another periodical. Submission of a manuscript entails the author’s agreement (in the event his or her contribution is accepted for publication) to assign the copyright to Ecce Mater Tua.
  3. Ecce Mater Tua practices blind review. Submissions are evaluated anonymously by members of the editorial board and other scholars with appropriate expertise. Name, affiliation, and contact information should be included on a separate page apart from the submission
  4. Submit files in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx) or in rich-text format (.rtf).
  5. Please include an abstract of 250-350 words with your submission. 
  6. Please include five keywords (e.g., mariology, perpetual virginity, John of Damascus, Thomas Aquinas, Pope Pius IX).
  7. Articles may vary in length.
  8. Contributions should be prepared to accord as closely as possible with the University of Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition).
  9. If an article or book review is accepted for publication, authors must verify that the piece conforms to these instructions. After article approval and during the typesetting process, authors will receive one additional opportunity to read through the piece and to make any final changes and corrections. The responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author.
  10. After publication authors receive a PDF of the final work (please notify the associate editor if you wish to share the article on Academia or other web sites).
  11. Any questions on these instructions should be sent to Kevin Clarke at submissions@internationalmarian.com

II. Style Guidelines

  1. Use footnotes in accord with Chicago style, not endnotes or parenthetical references (except for scriptural citations, which can be parenthetical)
  2. Place all bibliographical data in footnotes. Footnotes should not be indented and should be single spaced.
  3. In the main body of the text, note callouts should be positioned after punctuation.
  4. Avoid quick successions of note callouts (the possibility of two or more falling on the same line of type), since they can cause serious problems for typesetting footnotes.
  5. Always include the author’s name in the note (except, of course, where it is appropriate to use Ibid.).
  6. Use “vol.” rather than “v.”
  7. Do not use p. for page numbers. Simply list the numbers.
  8. Subsequent references to the same work can use an abbreviated form of author, title, and page number. If a reference to the same work follows immediately in sequence, use Ibid.
  9. Do not use op. cit.
  10. Overly lengthy notes that will spill onto the following page should be avoided.
  11. Greek and Hebrew do not need to be transliterated, but the author should attend to making sure that words are spelled correctly with correct diacritical marks. 
  12. The Catechism of the Catholic Church should be spelled out the first time and then can be abbreviated as CCC.

Quotations of the Bible should use the RSV-CE, unless the essay necessitates the use of another version. If the author translates a verse of Scripture directly, the corresponding original language should be provided in a footnote.


Abbreviations of the Books of the Bible

Gen
Ex
Lev
Num
Deut
Jos
Jgs
Ruth
1 Sam
2 Sam
1 Kgs
2 Kgs
1 Chr
2 Chr
Ezra
Neh
Tob
Jdt
Esth
1 Mac
2 Mac
Job
Ps
Prov
Eccl
Song
Wis
Sir
Is
Jer
Lam
Bar
Ezek
Dan
Hos
Joel
Amos
Ob
Jon
Mic
Nah
Hab
Zeph
Hag
Zech
Mal

Mt
Mk
Lk
Jn
Acts
Rom
1 Cor
2 Cor
Gal
Eph
Phil
Col
1 Thess
2 Thess
1 Tim
2 Tim
Tit
Phlm
Heb
Jas
1 Pet
2 Pet
1 Jn
2 Jn
3 Jn
Jude
Rev