About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Stellenbosch Theological Journal (STJ) – previously known as the Dutch Reformed Theological Journal (NGTT) – is a multilingual, South-African theological journal that aims to serve academy, church and society with high-quality academic contributions. The journal has deep roots in the Reformed tradition that stretch back to the 19th century. STJ sees being Reformed as participating in a dynamic and living tradition with a strong commitment to responsible Biblical interpretation, critical engagement with the past, ecumenicity, a practical-theological focus and a unique emphasis on the public character of theological reflection. Hosted at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch, STJ is serious about being situated in Southern Africa and the African continent while simultaneously being aware of the global challenges for theology today.

In light of these remarks, we welcome submissions to STJ from scholars in all the theological sub-disciplines, as well as from related disciplines. We hold the view that interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research can bring further depth and renewal to our theological reflection. As an academic theological journal, we are committed to sound academic practices, such as a thorough peer review system and internationalisation. As a multilingual journal, we consider articles in English and Afrikaans. Dutch articles are also published on occasion, and it is furthermore our hope that the capacity will grow to publish articles in other African languages in the future.

STJ commits itself to make the articles published in STJ, and its preceding journals, as accessible as possible. Under the editorship of Gerrit Brand (2011-2013) NGTT became an open access journal, and we are committed to making the various editions of NGTT – and now also STJ – accessible to a broader public, thus contributing to the wider dissemination of academic theological research. We are currently digitalising the articles of NGTT, and you can visit the NGTT archive on our webpage for the articles since 2002. We hope to make all the NGTT editions available in the future, as well as articles from some of the older journals that are part of this trajectory.

Overview and aim of Section Practical Theology 

In 2007, consultation between the editors of the journals Practical Theology in South Africa and HTSTheological Studies began with the possibility of uniting in their endeavours to be one theological research portal. In 2009 these discussions ended in a formal agreement between the Society for Practical Theology in South Africa (SPTSA) and the Editorial Board of HTS Teologiese/Theological Studies to jointly promote and ensure the sustainable publication of scholarly articles in theology. Articles published under the practical theology section during the period of 2010-2020 are still available on the HTS website.

In 2020 a similar agreement was reached between the Society for Practical Theology in South Africa and the Stellenbosch Theological Journal (STJ). In the permanent section Practical Theology, the tradition of publishing original, scholarly and peer-reviewed research within Practical Theology as a theological discipline will be honoured and continued. We want to link up with the international growing consensus on what the discipline wants to contribute to theology as such, also as part of STJ

The section Practical Theology accordingly aims to publish original contributions to the study of human action in its various forms and contexts from a practical theological perspective. It also aims to contribute to the discussion on the theory and method of practical theology as an academic discipline.

Peer Review Process

After the initial acceptance of a manuscript, it will be sent to at least two appropriate referees for a double-blind peer review. This means that authors do not know the names of the reviewers and that the reviewers do not know the names of the author(s).

Once the manuscript has been peer-reviewed, the article and referee reports will be returned to the author. Reviewers may also provide comments and suggestions in the text itself via MS Word’s “track changes” and/or “comments” functions. The author then has the opportunity to revise the manuscript accordingly and resubmit the revised article.

The editorial staff retain the right to make a final decision regarding publication.

Publication Frequency

STJ publishes articles on a continuous basis throughout the year. 

STJ also publishes supplementary volumes such as conference proceedings and Festschrifts to honour the life-work of respected scholars.

Open Access Policy

Stellenbosch Theological Journal is an Open Access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access.

Editorial Advisory Board 

Stellenbosch Theological Journal

  • Prof Doug Ottati, Craig Family Distinguished Professor in Reformed Theology and Justice, Department of Religion, Davidson College, North Carolina
  • Prof Godwin Akper, Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics, School of Arts and Social Sciences, National Open University of Nigeria
  • Prof Rothney Tshaka, Chair of the Department of Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa
  • Prof Dirk J Smit, Rimmer and Ruth deVries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life, Princeton Theological Seminary 
  • Prof Martien Brinkman, Professor of Ecumenical/Intercultural Theology, VU University, the Netherlands

Section Practical Theology

  • Prof Pamela Couture, Director: Toronto School of Theology, Canada
  • Prof Yolanda Dreyer, Professor in Practical Theology, University of Pretoria 
  • Prof Marcel Barnard, Professor in Practical Theology and Liturgical Studies, PThU, the Netherlands
  • Prof Simangaliso Kumalo, Professor in Practical Theology, University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • Prof Marilyn Naidoo, Professor in Practical Theology, University of South Africa 

General Editor 

  • Prof. Robert Vosloo 

Editorial Board

  • Prof Anita Cloete (Section Editor: Practical Theology)  
  • Dr Marnus Havenga (Managing Editor) 
  • Dr Khamadi Joseph Pali
  • Prof Daniël Veldsman
  • Prof Jan-Albert van den Berg 
  • Prof Nico Vorster

Sponsors

Stellenbosch Theological Journal (STJ) has close historical ties with the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University, where its editorial offices are located. It is with gratitude for significant institutional and administrative support that this relationship is recognised.

STJ and its forerunners (such as NGTT) have always enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the faculties of theology at the University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State. Currently, faculty members of other South African faculties of theology and religion also serve on the Editorial Board. These ties continue through regular interaction and consultation with faculty members of these institutions. 

Sources of Support