Professional journal for the worldwide mission community


Writer's Guidelines

A. Scott Moreau, Editor
Gary Corwin, Associate Editor
Laurie Fortunak Nichols, Managing Editor
Marcus Dean, Book Review Editor

What We Are
EMQ (Evangelical Missions Quarterly) is a professional journal serving the worldwide missions community. EMQ articles reflect missionary life, thought, and practice. Each issue includes articles, book reviews, editorials, and letters. Subjects are related to worldwide mission and evangelism efforts and include: successful ministries, practical ideas, new tactics and strategies, trends in world evangelization, church planting and discipleship, health and medicine, literature and media, education and training, relief and development, missionary family life, and much more.

Our Purpose
The purpose of EMQ is to increase the effectiveness of the evangelical missionary enterprise by:

  • providing a forum for communicating new concepts, strategies, and resources
  • reporting, analyzing, and interpreting significant trends in missions
  • encouraging and assisting mission personnel in their personal and professional growth
  • providing a platform for the discussion of important mission issues

About Our Readers

  • They include short-term and career missionaries, mission executives, mission scholars, mission professors, mission students and missionary candidates, mission pastors, lay leaders, and mission supporters.
  • Over half of our readers live and work overseas.
  • They serve with over a hundred different denominations and sending agencies.
  • They are well-educated; two-thirds of them have graduate degrees.
  • They work at hundreds of different missionary ministries, most of them as church planters and teachers.
  • They are most interested in cultural and biblical values, Christianity and culture, church and culture, discipleship processes, evangelism methods, church planting methods, and leadership training methods.
  • They do not see EMQ as a scholarly journal; rather they see it as a very readable, informative, stimulating, and practical publication.
  • Five times as many readers describe EMQ as extremely practical compared to extremely theoretical.

Our Editorial Philosophy
EMQ is open to anyone who has a fresh idea about anything pertaining to world missions. We are not a scholarly journal written for academics, but we do want material that is academically respectable, reflecting careful thought and practical application to missions professionals, and especially working missionaries. We like to see problems not only diagnosed, but solved either by way of illustration or suggestion.

We prefer articles about deeds done, showing the why and the how, claiming not only success but also admitting failure. Principles drawn from one example must be applicable to missions more generally. EMQ does not include articles which have been previously published in journals, books, websites, etc.

Criteria by which We Evaluate Articles

    1. Importance of subject to our readers
    2. Freshness and creativity
    3. Clarity and readability
    4. Development and depth
    5. Support and resources
    6. Convincing arguments
    7. Accuracy and validity
    8. Overall treatment of a subject

How to Submit Articles and Book Reviews

  1. Before sending your article or review, email to ask the editors if they are interested in the subject or book. They may have a similar article on hand, may have already assigned the book to someone, or your subject may not be on their agenda.
  2. Think about your word length. 3,000 words for articles; 400 words for reviews.
  3. Submitted articles need to be formated to EMQ editorial standards (see "Editorial Guidelines for Submitted Articles" below).
  4. Send copy by email to with the subject line reading "Article submission." Include a short bio.

Editorial Guidelines for Submitted Articles
In an effort to offer our readers clear references for future research, EMQ follows the Chicago Manual of Style and the Turabian Style (author, date style) for references both within articles and in reference lists at the end of articles. To make the editorial process easier, we ask that submitted articles be formatted as follows:

We do not use footnotes so if you cannot simply reference an article but need to use a notation, use endnotes.

If referencing a source within an article, the quote, idea, or fact should be followed by: author last name, year and page number (e.g., Thomas 1992, 34)

All reference materials should be included in the reference list at the end of the article. For books in reference lists, the format is:

    Last name, first name, year, book title, where published, and publisher (Smith, John. 2002. Book Title Here. Anywhere, USA: Publishing House.)

For journals in reference lists, the format is:

    Author last name, first make, year, article, journal name, editor (if available). Date of journal, issue number, page number.

For information found on a website, the format is:

Author last name, first name, year, name of article, name of publication, date of publication, date of access, website url 

How We Treat All Articles and Reviews

  1. We give a prompt acknowledgment that we received your piece.
  2. We may make suggestions for improvements and return it to you if we are interested in your subject.
  3. We usually are scheduled a year or more in advance for a publication, and may not be able to give you a prompt decision.
  4. If we do more than routine copy editing, we normally return our edited version for your approval before we print it.
What We Look for in EMQ Book Reviews
  1. A sparkling opening to grab the reader; state the central problem or issue in a broad missions context.
  2. A succinct overview of the contents. Do not try to cover everything. Strip it down to its essence.
  3. The author's contributions that are new. We want fresh insights. How does she or he help us solve a problem or grow?
  4. Succintly state anything you think the author has missed or stated wrongly. No nit-picking please.
  5. A lively style and tone. Be upbeat. Keep sentences short. Use short, simple words. No academic, technical jargon.
  6. Add two or three related books as a separate item at the end. Include title, author, city of publication, publisher, date of publication.
  7. Overall length: 400 words. (That's one page in EMQ.)
  8. Book review, may be edited for style and space.
  9. Book reviewers are selected by the EMQ book review editor; however, we appreciate readers letting us know of relevant books on missiology and global missions which may be a good fit for EMQ.
How to Submit Photos
We welcome photo submissions after an article is accepted for publication. We accept black and white or color photos. If emailing photos, send photos as attachments at 300 dpi in tiff or jpeg files under two megabytes (total email size). If sending hard copy, preferred photo size is at least 3x5. Include a caption and photo credit, and specify the article which the photo accompanies. For more information on submitting photos or to submit photos, email

EMQ is published by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College.
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