Guidelines for Authors
God and Nature accepts essays, personal stories, poetry, photography, and artwork on the general themes of Christianity and science (broadly defined to include engineering, mathematics, and social sciences). All material should be relevant to both of these themes; submissions that are entirely scientific, with no Christian theological relevance would be more appropriate for other venues, and we are not be likely to accept purely religious material without any reference to natural science.
Starting August 1 2018, ALL submissions (except for large images) MUST be submitted through the submit/Contact page on the current God and Nature issue. This is necessary to ensure that we can keep track of all submissions. Essays sent to email addresses as attachments will need to be resubmitted through the submission page.
What We Publish
As a magazine, rather than a peer-reviewed research journal, G&N will accept a broad range of topics within the restrictions mentioned above. It should be noted that the main audience for the magazine, the members of the ASA, are experienced scientists or engineers of Christian faith, so it would be important in any contribution to assume a knowledge of basic scientific and Christian fundamentals on the part of the reader.
Elementary explanations of college-level science should be kept to a minimum.
Social and political viewpoints are welcome, as long as they are subsidiary to a science and faith context. Essays that are primarily concerned with social or political issues would be better placed elsewhere.
We ask for essays and stories (in English) to be around 1000 to 1500 words, with a maximum of 2000 words (exceptions can be made in some cases). Essays over 3000 words will not be considered, and will be returned to the author for editing before re-submission. Poetry is welcome; we receive many poems, so it might take a while for your accepted poem to appear. All submissions must be in Word; pdf files are not acceptable.
The format for essay and story submissions is flexible and will depend on the nature of the piece. Some scholarly essays might use references, whereas opinion- or reflection-oriented work would not. References may be included in any consistent format. Most contributions will be edited for content, style, and length. Final edits will be forwarded to authors for their approval before publication.
Deadlines and Publication Policy
We generally publish around the middle of the month in July, October, January and April. We need to have all finished essays submitted at least one month before publication, to allow time for editing, revision and all the publication processes. These deadlines (June 15, September 15, December 15, and March 15) are not rigid, but we currently receive more high quality contributions than we can publish in an issue, so earlier submissions have a better chance of acceptance. No submissions received after the first of the month of publication will be accepted for that issue.
We try to keep the total number of essays limited to a manageable number for readers. In some cases we will accept an essay for publication at a later date and we welcome contributions for future focus topics at any time in advance. All things being equal, we are likely to give publishing priority to ASA members as well as to students. If you are not presently an ASA member, please consider joining at the ASA web site.
Please feel free to submit questions in the comment section of the submission form if you aren’t sure whether a particular piece might be suitable for the magazine. Thank you for considering God and Nature as an outlet for your work.