Call for Papers

The Journal of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium is accepting manuscripts for publication in volume x. The Journal of the BCTS publishes papers relevant to the Mission of the BCTS.

The BCTS seeks proposals for papers or panels to be presented at its annual meeting at the Benedictine Abbey in Castries, St. Lucia. You are invited to submit an abstract for a 30-40 minute presentation and scholarly discussion of Black theological thought, religious or cultural experience. Presentations of developing research by BCTS associate members and doctoral students are encouraged.

Please submit abstracts 200-400 words hardcopy and email by SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 to: Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R. 


Manuscripts should be submitted to the editorial board shortly after the Annual Meeting ends (submission deadline will be announced at each Annual Meeting). They must be formatted in Chicago Turabian style with Works Cited page and sent via electronic mail to EACH OF THE FOLLOWING:

The archivist Katrina Sanders
The senior editor Kimberly Flint-Hamilton
The editor Cecilia Moore.


Contributors must submit original work. The Journal of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium is composed of original articles by its members and select non-members whose scholarship is relevant to the mission of the BCTS. The Journal will not publish manuscripts that have been previously published elsewhere.


Reviews of books or films that have relevance to the Black Catholic Theological Symposium may also be submitted and will be considered for publication. Reviews originally published elsewhere will not be considered for publication.

Peer Review Process

The Journal of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes the original research of the members of the BCTS and a select few others whose research is relevant to the mission of the organization.

The review process is a blind peer review. Electronic copies of papers and reviews are sent directly to a member of the editorial board (Katrina Sanders, Kimberly Flint-Hamilton and Cecilia Moore) via email attachment. The editorial board then selects at least one scholar in the discipline of the paper submitted and sends the paper to the reviewer. In some cases, the author may be asked to identify scholars to review the submission.

The reviewer is asked to read the paper carefully and, using the Reviewer Guidelines, recommend one of the following actions:

  1. Publish without revision
  2. Publish with minor revisions
  3. Reject and revise/resubmit
  4. Reject

The author is then contacted with the reviewer’s comments. If the reviewer recommends “reject and revise/resubmit,” the editorial board is committed to working with the author to improve the manuscript for resubmission, possibly in the same year’s volume, time permitting. The review and editorial process can take up to several months depending on the time of year of submission and the difficulty in identifying a reviewer.

If the author has any questions he/she is urged to contact a member of the editorial board.

Reviewer Guidelines

1.     TOPIC

How relevant is the topic to the mission of the BCTS?

a.      Very relevant/central
b.      Somewhat/tangential
c.      Not relevant

2.     CLARITY

How clearly is the author’s thesis articulated? Do the various parts of the paper flow well? Are there areas that need more work – i.e., areas that are not very clear, or whose relevance to the thesis isn’t clearly articulated? Are there areas that need further development?


Does the author back up his/her thesis with appropriate research, and is that research clearly documented? Are there places where additional citations are needed?


Does the author use Chicago citation style? Are the citations consistent and correct? Is there a “Works Cited” page, and are the entries complete and formatted correctly? Chicago Manual of Style


What do you recommend for this article?

a.      Recommend publish w/o revision
b.      Recommend publish with minor revisions
c.      Recommend revise/resubmit with major revisions
d.      Recommend reject