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Journal for Christian reflections in the context of social sciences and humanities

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The Nature of Contributions

Caritas et Veritas journal primarily publishes thematic issues. The Caritas et Veritas editorial staff, in cooperation with the Caritas et Veritas editorial board, regularly announce the topics of upcoming issues within each issue and on the journal’s website.
Expert studies and expert articles that are not related to any of the published topics may also be published in the journal, in the Varia section.

The normal scope of a single issue of the journal is five thematic articles, usually supplemented by three non-topic-based articles (Varias) and two reviews. The editors therefore have the right to reject texts for capacity reasons. These thematic texts, then, might be published in the Varia section of another issue of the journal.

  • The text (academic study, academic article) must correspond to the profile and focus of the journal. Caritas et Veritas is a journal reflecting on the Christian context in the humanities and social sciences. The editors have the right to reject texts that do not fit into the profile and focus of the journal before the review procedure.
  • The texts must meet all the formal requirements described below. The text can be returned to the author for revision without a content assessment by the editors and without a review procedure if there are formal errors in the preparation of the text.
  • Texts must have an appropriate scientific level and they should bring new ideas, respectively new views on the chosen topic. They must have a clear logical line of argument. Authors’ own views must be based on and result from their own research, argumentation, and work with sources.

Texts submitted to the editors as articles are reviewed with a double-blind review procedure.

Thematic texts must be submitted in the Czech, Slovak, or English languages. Exceptionally, it is possible to write the text in another world language but only with the editors’ consent. A text accepted as thematic and written in English is translated into Czech. Texts in other languages are translated into Czech at the editors’ discretion. After publication in the Caritas et Veritas journal, the editorial staff of the journal become the copyright owner of the contributions.

Texts intended for the Varia section are accepted only in the Czech, Slovak, or English languages.

  • Texts that are in the Varia section of issues, having undergone a successful review procedure, are published in the language they were submitted to the editors.
  • They are published in issues with less than seven thematic articles.
  • Studies or articles in the Varia section are published in the order they were submitted (in a modified version after a successful review procedure).
  • After publication in the Caritas et Veritas journal, the editorial staff of the journal become the copyright owner of the contributions.

Requirements for Submitted Contributions

Texts are accepted in electronic form in the .doc or .docx format. The scope of the text is set at a minimum of 12,000 characters and a maximum of 45,000 characters. Justified exceptions are approved by the editors. The length of other genres is determined in agreement with the editors.

Texts must meet formal criteria (this does not apply to translations from foreign journals) and have proper references to the sources used, i.e., footnotes must be complete.

In addition, an abstract of about five sentences should be attached to the text. The abstract must clearly state the information below.

  1. The context and introduce the issue (what we know about the topic, what the problem is, and why it is important).
  2. The current discourse and purpose of the study (what the text deals with, how it addresses the issue).
  3. The methods used.
  4. The findings of the author; what the arguments are.
  5. What the implications of the results of the study are.

The reader of the abstract should be acquainted with the main conclusions and their importance. The recommended number of keywords is 5 to 10. Not only do effective keywords help the researchers find texts of interest in a search but they also assist readers in orientating themselves within the text.

Texts should be submitted without editing changes (i.e., without hard line breaks or section/page breaks, etc.).

references

A) the first occurence:

monograph:

Tomáš HALÍK, Night of the Confessor: Christian Faith in an Age of Uncertainty, New York: Doubleday, 2012, pp. 23–26.

Joseph RATZINGER, Introduction to Christianity, San Franciso: Ignatius Press, 1990, p. 15.

scientific papers:

Petr KOLAŘÍK, Identita sociálních služeb poskytovaných katolickou církví, Sociální práce/Sociálna práca 4/2008, p. 81.

Karel SKALICKÝ, Geneze koncilního dokumentu o Zjevení, Teologické texty 1/2003, pp. 22–23.

conference proceedings papers:

Stephanie BOHLEN, Teologie a sociální práce – podněty pro dialog, in: Teorie a praxe charitativní práce: Uvedení do problematiky, Praktická reflexe a aplikace, ed. Michal OPATRNÝ - Markus LEHNER, České Budějovice: Teologická fakulta Jihočeské univerzity, 2010, p. 31.

Jakub DOLEŽEL, Osobnostní rizika pomáhající profese: Syndrom pomocníka ve světle biblické moudrosti, in: Spravedlnost a služba III., Sborník odborných příspěvků a studijních textů CARITAS-VOŠ sociální Olomouc, ed. Dita PALAŠČÁKOVÁ, Olomouc: CARITAS-VOŠ sociální Olomouc, 2008, pp. 32–47.

official church documents, encyclicals:

The Documents of Vatican II, Edited by Walter M. Abbott, S.J. Guild Press & America Press, 1966. Constitution Dei Verbum. (In-text citation example: DV 14-16)

Pope Benedict XVI, Deus caritas est, Washington, DC: USCCB Publishers, 2006. (In-text citation example: DCE 4)

Heinrich DENZINGER, Enchyridion symbolorum definitionum et declarationum de rebus fidei et morum. Kompendium der Glaubensbekenntnisse und kirchlichen Lehrentscheidungen. Lateinisch – Deutsch. Freiburg im Breisgau: Herder Verlag, 1991. (In-text citation example: DS 8)

internet resources:

© MPSV ČR, Důchodová reforma. Proč je nutné zavést důchodovou reformu (on-line), available from: http://socialniporadce.mpsv.cz/cs/164, updated 2011 Apr 6, cited 2011 Nov 17.

© Cesta domů, o. p. s., Zamyšlení nad posledním obdobím života (on-line), available from: http://www.umirani.cz/zamysleni-nad-poslednim-obdobim-zivota.html, cited 2011 Nov 17.

laws and regulations:

Zákon č. 108/2006 Sb., o sociálních službách.

Zákon č. 48/1997 Sb., o veřejném zdravotním pojištění.

B) all other occurences except the first one:

monograph:

Tomáš HALÍK, Night of the Confessor, pp. 23–26.

Joseph RATZINGER, Introduction to Christianity, p. 15.

scientific papers:

Petr KOLAŘÍK, Identita, p. 81.

Karel SKALICKÝ, Geneze, pp. 22–23.

conference proceedings papers:

Stephanie BOHLEN, Teologie, p. 31.

Jakub DOLEŽEL, Osobnostní rizika, pp. 32–47.

official church documents, encyclicals:

DV, DCE, DS etc., always with chapter number.

internet resources:

© MPSV ČR, Důchodová reforma.

© Cesta domů, o. p. s., Zamyšlení.

laws and regulations:

Zákon č. 108/2006 Sb.

Zákon č. 48/1997 Sb. (§§ 7–8).

repeated references:

Ibid., p. 31.

Ibid.

C) Bible citations:

Bible citations should come directly in text following the quotation. Titles of books of the Bible come first and should be abbreviated, for example: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Gen. 1,1). Common MLA abbreviations for books of the Bible should be used (if you use another abbreviations, specify the corresponding source).

D) Important notes:

Use footnote style (not direct citations with parentheses). In case the quotation is not direct (one's idea adopted into the text, not literally, but through an interpretation, condensed idea or paraphrase) the bibliographic reference is preceded by the abbreviation Cf. If you are unsure about how to cite a source or anything else, please consult the journal editors. It makes life easier to us.

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