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.
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 is 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 750 to 1250 words, with a maximum of 1500 words (exceptions can be made in some cases). Essays over 2000 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.
In each issue’s Letter from the Editors, we will mention and post links to new (release date between 6 months prior to and after the issue release) books, articles and papers by contributors to that issue. Please include all relevant information at the time of submission of your essay, poem, etc. Self-published works are included as long they have an ISBN, but blog posts and social media posts are not.
God and Nature will publish brief excerpts from published books on the recommendation of the Book Review editors of the scholarly ASA journal Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (PSCF). These excerpts are from books that the editors of PSCF found worthy, but were not able to be reviewed in the journal. Once received, the editors of God and Nature will make an independent judgement as to the publication of such excerpts. God and Nature will not publish book excerpts submitted by authors or publishers, but only those we receive from the editors of PSCF. Please do not submit book excerpts for publication, as they will be rejected without review.
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. Photographs may be included (embedded or separate) but are not required. Authors will be able to approve photographs added by the editors. Please to not use call outs or block quotes, although if you want to suggest a line for use as a call out, please do so. No other special formatting should be used, and all fonts are welcome. Please avoid footnotes or superscripts for references numbers, using (1) instead. Some special characters (as in equations) are not recognized by this application and cannot be used, Hyperlinks are fine.
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 within the first two weeks of August, November, February and May. We need to have all finished essays submitted at least one month before publication, to allow time for editing, revision and publication processes. These deadlines (July 1, October 1, January 1, and April 1) are not rigid, but earlier submissions have a better chance of acceptance for the next upcoming issue.
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.
Submission of material to God and Nature through the submission page, or by direct email to the Editors constitutes consent by the author to have this material (including all edits, layout, photos etc.), published online in the magazine, unless such consent is withdrawn, or a request for alterations is made by the author in writing prior to release of the magazine issue in which the material is scheduled to appear.