Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Methodist Review (MR) is dedicated to scholarly works of article length in all areas and all eras of Wesleyan and Methodist studies broadly construed (including biblical, theological, ethical, philosophical, practical, historical, and social-scientific topics and methodologies). It is specifically intended for and primarily focused on an academic audience that is global in scope. MR publishes suitable and appropriate scholarly articles originating from anywhere in the world. Submission of articles by non-U.S. Methodist scholars (whether resident in the U.S. or in other parts of the world) is encouraged. However, for practical reasons, MR is limited (at least for the present) to the publication of articles in the English language.


Section Policies


  • Ted Campbell
  • Rex Matthews
  • Russell Richey
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


  • Rex Matthews
Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All articles submitted to Methodist Review are screened by the Managing Editor to determine whether the article meets the formal criteria specified in the Instructions for Authors and whether it fits within the scope of the journal. Doubtful cases are referred to the General Editors for a determination of suitability.

After this initial screening, each suitable article submitted to MR then receives a blind review by readers (normally two) selected by the MR editors. Reviewers are asked to evaluate submissions according to the established MR Article Review Guidelines.

Members of the MR editorial board regularly serve as readers; however, when special expertise in a particular area is required to assess an article, it may be sent for review to qualified scholars who are not editorial board members. Authors may suggest persons who might (or should not) be asked to serve peer-reviewers for a particular manuscript, but the General Editors reserve the right to make the final decision. All reviewers remain anonymous.

The review of any article may result in a decision to accept the article, to decline the article, or to return the article to the author for revision and possible resubmission. Any article resubmitted after revision will be evaluated using the same editorial procedures and criteria as an initial submission.

As a general rule, only articles that receive positive reviews from two readers are accepted for publication. If two readers disagree in their assessment of an article, the article may be sent to another reader for additional review. The general editors, however, retain the final authority to accept or decline any article.


Publication Frequency

Methodist Review is published as an annual volume identified by calendar year: e.g., Volume 1 (2009), Volume 2 (2010), etc. The articles in each annual volume are published as PDF files that are paginated consecutively. Individual articles are published on an irregular basis, as soon as they are ready for publication, and are added to the current volume's Table of Contents. Registered users receive notification by email when a new article has been published by addition to the current volume.


Open Access Policy

Methodist Review provides immediate open access to its content at no cost to the reader on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Visitors may view the website without registration, but user registration is required in order to complete the login process that is necessary to access the articles published in the journal. There is no cost for registration.

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Citing This Journal

To cite articles published in Methodist Review, we suggest the following forms of reference, which are based on the recommendations of The Chicago Manual of Style. You may need to adapt these forms to meet the style requirements of the publication for which you are writing. If an access date is required by your publisher or discipline, include it parenthetically at the end of the citation, as in these examples.

Humanities Style

Russell E. Richey, Ted A. Campbell, and Rex D. Matthews, "An Editorial Welcome to Methodist Review," Methodist Review: A Journal of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies 1 (2009): 1-6, http://www.methodistreview.org/ (accessed 1 May 2009).

Richey, Russell E., Ted A. Campbell, and Rex D. Matthews. "An Editorial Welcome to Methodist Review." Methodist Review: A Journal of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies 1 (2009): 1-6. http://www.methodistreview.org/ (accessed 1 May 2009).

Author-Date Style

In-Text Citation:
(Richey, Campbell, and Matthews 2009, 1-6)

Reference List Entry:
Richey, Russell E., Ted A. Campbell, and Rex D. Matthews 2009. An Editorial Welcome to Methodist Review. Methodist Review: A Journal of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies 1:1-6. http://www.methodistreview.org/ (accessed 1 May 2009).



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