Paper Guidelines Bodhimitra ILBF

Paper guidelines can be downloaded here.

Bodhimitra ILBF – Paper Guidelines

The submission file is in the format of Microsoft Word.

Free. Typically, full papers would be between 5000 and 10000 words in length (including footnotes).

PLEASE NOTE: The Presentation time at the 10thILBF will be limited to 15mins per paper.

Submissions should include an abstract of between 100 and 150 words.

Key words
A list of 2 up to 6 key words should be included.

The text should be in a 12-point font. In order to put emphasis, italics should be employed rather than underlining.
Titles and headings should be in bold type, with all words being capitalized except for articles, conjunctions and prepositions.

The text is single-spaced. Pages should be numbered sequentially.
The first line of a paragraph should be indented from the left (using a tab, not spaces) without a blank line above, except when following a (sub-)heading.
Always single spacing between words.

Apart from the title, not more than two levels of headings should be used.
(Sub-)headings should be on a new line, with a blank line above and below.
Headings should be in bold type (first level) or in bold and italic type (second level).

Figures, illustrations and tables
Illustrations, figures and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Any copyright issue must be taken care of by the author.

We allow all varieties of English but prefer British English with –ize where allowed (e.g. organization, to realize but analyse). If you are unsure, please check the Oxford Dictionary ( and follow the preferred spelling.

  • Abbreviations are only allowed in footnotes (for example – e.g.; and so on – etc.).
  • Write centuries with ordinal numbers without superscript: 19th century.

Quotes of less than 50 words should be enclosed in single citation marks and run-on in the text. Quotations of more than 50 words should be intended from the left, with a blank line above and below, using a 11 point font.
In the quotation, square brackets should be used to indicate letters or words not present in the original, while ellipsis indicate that words have been omitted from the original.
Quotations should be referenced using footnotes, with the footnote number in superscript after the closing punctuation.

Footnotes should be used for references, with discursive footnotes kept to a minimum. Footnotes should be placed as much as possible at the end of a sentence, and references combined within footnotes.
The first reference to a title must contain full details, with subsequent references giving the author, short title and page number(s). The use of Ibid. is allowed.

Footnote reference details should conform to the following style and examples:

Initials and Family Name, Book title, Place: Publisher year, page number(s).

M.D. Kamitsuka, Feminist Theology and the Challenge of Difference, Oxford: Oxford University Press 2007, 105.

Chapter in an Edited Volume:

Initials and Family Name, ‘Chapter Title’ in Initials and Family Name Editor (ed.), Collection Title, Place: Publisher Year, page numbers.

M. Joy, ‘Postcolonial and Gendered Reflections: Challenges for Religious Studies’ in U. King and T. Beattie (eds.), Gender, Religion and Diversity: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, London: Continuum International Publishing 2005, 35.

Journal Article:

Initials and Family Name, ‘Title of Article’ in Journal Title, volume: issue (year), page.

B. Krondorfer, ‘Textual Male Intimacy and the Religious Imagination: Men Giving Testimony to Themselves’ in Literature and Theology, 22:3 (2008), 270.