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The target audience of JHLT includes but is not limited to scholars dedicated to promoting research and critical theological reflection within the context of the U.S. Hispanic/Latin@[1] experience. Pastoral ministers and scholars of Latino/a studies are also part of JHLT’s target audience. Articles submitted to JHLT should be based on sound scholarship in theological disciplines, religious studies, biblical studies, spirituality studies, pastoral theology or related interdisciplinary fields. As a journal sponsored by the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), articles should evidence a focus in Latin@/Hispanic religious experiences and traditions. The articulation of U.S. Hispanic/Latino/a religious experiences, ideas, and practices is a distinct scholarly and theological enterprise. JHLT encourages interdisciplinary scholarly collaboration, and JHLT seeks to create resources for the study of U.S. Hispanic/Latina/o theologies, religious thought, and scholarship of religion.

The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point Times New Roman font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, photographs, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. These will be hyperlinked into the text at appropriate points, so the  URLs need to be ready to click (e.g., http).

All submissions should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition, 2010. All notes should be footnotes (not endnotes and not citations in the body of the text). Second and consecutive citations of a particular resource should be in short form Author's last name, Short Title, page number (No Ibids).

JHLT follows a policy of using inclusive language. Plural forms are preferable to he/she or s/he. Non-English and Non-Spanish terms (or phrases) should include an English translation in parentheses within the text at the author’s discretion.


 Length of the body of the text should be 2000-6000 words; query editors before submitting manuscripts that do not fall within these parameters.

 Submissions must include the JHLT “Author’s Submission Information Sheet[2] a cover sheet with the author's full name, affiliation, credentials (degrees, experience, etc.) and contact information (mailing address, e-mail, fax and phone #s). None of this information should be in the body of the text.

The JHLT “Author’s Submission Information Sheet” requires a 100-150 word abstract highlighting the significance of the article and its implications for Latino/a theology, religious studies, and/or Hispanic pastoral ministry. 

Articles based on oral presentations are acceptable on the condition that they meet the other requirements for peer review.

The “Author’s Submission Information Sheet” and the Article need to be sent by to the Editor-in-Chief via email to editor-in-chief@jhlt-achtus.org



All articles submitted for publication will be reviewed for publication according to the international standards of double blind peer review. in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. Decisions on manuscripts will be taken as rapidly as possible. Authors should expect to have reviewer’s comments within approximately 6-8 weeks. However, authors should be mindful that it may take some time to secure appropriate referees, and therefore that the total time between submission and decision may be extended.

author's we invite you to see the Peer Review form so you will know what the peer reviewers are considering when reviewing your articles for publication.

Deadline for peer-review submissions to the May issue is December 1. Deadline for peer-reviewed submissions for the November issue is July 1.



Reviews in the Journal of Hispanic /Latino Theology will be in the areas of interest to JHLT readers. All submissions in this category undergo an internal editorial screen and review process and must conform to our style guide. When you receive your review copy, please send a short confirmation notice to the critical reviews editor, Rebecca Berru-Davis (rdavis@ses.gtu.edu). 




Make sure you review the JHLT copyright notice before submitting an article for publication. 


Theological Studies has a great Spelling and Abbreviations guide that can benefit your work.

There is an online version http://www.ts.mu.edu/writers/spelling-and-abbreviations.html

 and a pdf version http://www.ts.mu.edu/writers/downloads/Spelling-Style-Sheet.pdf



[1] Different author’s use either the @ symbol or “o/a” and even “a/o” at the end of the word Latin to indicate both Latinas and Latinos.  All of these ways of being inclusive of both genders are welcome by JHLT.


[2] This Author's submission information sheet can be sent ahead of the actual article for the Editor-in-Chief’s consideration.