Submitted articles should not exceed 6000 words (including tables and footnotes)


Contributions can be published in German or in English. For German contributions please use the new German spelling.

Use gender-appropriate wording. Please make sure that you stick to one form of gendering within the text.


Every article should start with an abstract of max. 10 lines. It should contain the most important key words of the article, so that internet search engines can find your article.

Likewise, send us 4-5 keywords.

For German-language contributions, a translation of the paper title, abstract, and keywords into English must be included.

For English-language contributions, the title, abstract and keywords must be translated into German


Please send your text as an MS Word document via E-Mail to theoweb@univie.ac.at . If you intend to submit your article to your corresponding editor, make sure to send a copy to theoweb@univie.ac.at



Compose your text in the standard format of your Word program; apart from that, please format as little as possible! Leave everything in the standard format and do not assign any style sheets.

Please remove all field functions (e.g. from Citavi) from your document. Here you can find instructions how to remove ALL fields and also OJS from a Word document:



Use footnotes only in exceptional cases and a maximum of ten. Footnotes in headings or tables cannot be displayed in any case.


Please structure your text using subtitles in the  following hierarchical order: 1 / 1.1 / 1.1.1

Please number headings manually.


Please write words and parts of sentences emphasized in the running text in italics. Use quotation marks only if one would say verbally „under quotation marks“

If texts do not meet the technical specifications, we will send them back to you for revision. Only texts that meet the formal requirements will be published..

Author’s Info

Please include a short description of the author(s) (including name, degree(s), profession, institution and country) at the end of your text following the list of literature
Example: Dr. Michael Knowitall, Associate Professor, Institute of Protestant
Theology at the University of Wondertown, Wonderland.


Quotations in the text should be marked by double quotation marks ( “...” ), quotations within another quotation should be marked by single quotation marks ( ‘ ... ‘ ). Surname of author (no comma) year of publication, (no “p.”) page. Example: Naurath 2007, 87.

You can use “Ibid.” if the reference is identical with the preceding one.

List of Literature/References

At the end of your article there should be a list of the literature (headline: “References”) according to APA-Style.

Authored book

Surname, first name (abbr.) (year of publication). Title. Subtitle. City (city 1 / city 2) of publication, location: publisher.

Example: Francis, L. J. (2001), Partnership in rural education. Church schools and teacher attitudes. Sydney: Collins.

Editored book

Surname, first name (abbr.) 1 & Surname, first name (abbr.) 2 (eds.) (year of publication). Title. Subtitle. City (city 1 / city 2) of publication: publisher.

Example: Ziebertz, H.-G. & Kay, W. K. (eds.) (2006). Youth in Europe II. An international empirical study about religiosity. Münster: LIT.

Article in anthology

Last name, first name abbreviated (year of publication).  In first name (abbr.) Surname (Ed.), & first name (abbr.). last name, title. subtitle (see page numbers ...). Location: Publisher.

Example: Kollmann, B. (2013). Miracle stories. In M. Zimmermann & R. Zimmermann (Eds.), Handbuch Bibeldidaktik (pp. 202–210). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

Journal Article

Surname, first name (abbr.) (year of publication), Title. Subtitle. Title of the Journal, Volume-number, No, pages.

Example: Bosacki, S. (2010). The spiritual component of children’s lives: the role of media. British Journal of Religious Education,  32(1), pp. 49–61.

Second/further mention of a title

If you cite several publications from the same year of publication by the same author, please include bibliographical information in square brackets at the end of the bibliographical reference year of publication plus letter.

Example: Naurath, E. (2007). With feeling against violence. Compassion as the key to ethical Education in religious education. Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchen publishing house. [= 2007a]

The source in the text would then be (Naurath, 2007a, p. 87).

Internet sources

Surname, first name (abbr.) (year of publication, if available). Title. URL: www.xyz.de [checked on: dd.mm.yyyy]

Example: Groeben, N. & Scheele, B. Dialogue-Hermeneutic Method and the "Research Program Subjective Theories" (Forum: Qualitative Social Research, Academic article). URL: www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/viewArticle/1079/2353 [checked on: 13.03.2021]. If the author is unknown, only the name of the institution can be given.

Since URLs often are very long and may also contain dashes or dots, URL specifications may not be separated; no period is set at the end either. Please remove hyperlinks (right mouse button-->  Remove hyperlinks)


Please mark quotations that are longer than 3 lines, either by indentation or by petit-setting. In any case, your quote begins with double quotation marks "Text text text." (Einstein, 2010, p. 23–66)

Technical details

Only use Word as your writing program. Open office solutions must be converted into Word standard without errors (above all, tables and footnote signs must be marked as such and must be entered in by you. Make sure that footnotes have been consistently adopted in one style and that footnote characters and texts are correctly assigned. Please also make sure that the formatting of your bibliography is consistent (with correct italics).

Format tables according to APA guidelines. Do not include footnotes inside of tables.

Remove all field functions (e.g. from Citavi) from your document. Here you can find instructions how to remove ALL fields and also OJS from a Word document: www1.citavi.com/sub/manual6/de/index.html

Pictures, tables and representations

Please provide sufficient quality, not wider than 1000 pixels. We only accept "locked" figures and tables, i.e. during the final processing no elements will be moved.

Otherwise we will transfer tables into jpeg-formatted pictures. If you prefer a different table style, please save your tables as pictures in a high resolution and also send them as an attachment to your text.

Please insert illustrations into the text (the first illustration or table is always No. 1) and send images and tables as separate attachments.

Send us only images the rights (copyright) to which you own and note the permissions of the publication rights.

Images of authors

If you want to publish a picture of yourself on the homepage of Theo-web, please also clarify the copyright situation first.