Crucis welcomes contributions from AC staff, students, alumni, and affiliates. Contributions can be inspired by your academic research, sermon preparation, class assignments, personal reading/reflection, ministry experiences, etc.

Please consider the following guidelines when preparing your submission.

Articles

Generally, articles can be between 500-3000 words, written in clear and accessible language. While the writing does not have to follow academic tone or referencing, it is expected to adhere to good grammar, punctuation and spelling. The articles may be on a variety of topics that are of relevance/interest to the wider Christian community (an article template is provided for writers’ convenience). Articles could be original pieces or response articles to someone else’s writing.

Template for Original Article: Consider addressing the following questions in your article preparation.

Topic What is the topic of your article?
Relevance Why is this topic relevant to the wider Christian community? Are there specific groups (e.g. singles, pastors, business people) to whom your topic is particularly relevant?
Main points What are your main points? Identify what you wish to say, point by point, and organise your thoughts accordingly in your article.
Basis of ideas On what do you base your thoughts/points? (E.g. experience, reading, research) Communicate how you have arrived at these ideas.
Counter points Have you considered why someone might disagree with you? If so, how would you address those reasons?
So what? What do you hope to accomplish by sharing these ideas in your article? Is it a call for action? Call for reflection? Study? Response? Further thought? Consider the purpose of your article again and communicate that in your conclusion.

Template for Response Article: Consider addressing the following questions in your article preparation.

Topic To which article is this your response? Specify the title and author of the article to which you wish to respond. Keep the tone of the article respectful, engaging with theideas in the article rather than directing personal comments to the writer.
Main points What are your main points? Identify what you wish to say, point by point, and organise your thoughts accordingly in your article – be specific in referring to particular points in the original article to which you refer. Avoid general statements such as, “it was a very unhelpful article” unless you are prepared to support them with specific reasons why.
Basis of ideas On what do you base your thoughts/points? (E.g. experience, reading, research) Communicate how you have arrived at these ideas, being specific in why you agree or disagree with the original article.
So what? What do you hope to accomplish by sharing these ideas in your article? Is it a call for action? Call for reflection? Study? Response? Further thought? Consider the purpose of your article again and communicate that in your conclusion.

Podcasts

Podcasts should be 5 – 15 minutes, clearly articulated and easy to follow, on topics that are of interest/relevance to the wider Christian community. The language can be conversational or formal, but most importantly accessible.

Book Reviews

If you have read a book that you think would be of interest to the wider Christian community, please consider providing a review of it.

Book What is the broader topic with which this book engages and why is this topic important? What is the book you are reviewing? Specify the title and author of the book, as well as any contextual factors relevant to interpreting the book. Who is the intended audience of the book?
Brief Overview What are the method and/or broad structure of the book? What are the main ideas? In this part of your review, avoid the tendency to rewrite the book comprehensively. The purpose of the overview is to highlight the big picture, but you are not obligated to mention every aspect of the book. At this stage of your review, try to represent the book impartially.
Evaluation What are the books strengths and weaknesses? Draw attention to a few significant aspects of the book that you believe were insightful. This is your chance to go into more detail to explain the particular ideas, and to justify your opinion. On what do you base your thoughts/points? (E.g. experience, reading, research) You may also want to compare the book with other books on the same topic if relevant to make your point. Additionally, note any limitations or weaknesses with the book. Similarly, you will need to justify this opinion and you may want to refer to other books.
So what? What do you hope to accomplish by sharing these ideas in your review? Do you recommend the book, and for what reasons? Has the book benefited you, give examples? (Avoid a drawn out testimony, be succinct) Considering the relevance of the topic, and in the light of the review so far, summarise in your opinion how the book might be (or not) useful or relevant to the readers.

With all submissions, please provide the following information:

1. Your name, and title if relevant (e.g. Dr, Ps, Rev, etc.)

2. Your academic or professional affiliation (where relevant) and a brief statement of introduction (50 – 100 words) about your faith, church affiliation, connection to Alphacrucis, ministry, etc.

Please submit all written documents in Word format. Podcasts can be mp3 files or downloadable links.

Please send submissions to crucis@ac.edu.au Questions about the guidelines or editorial process can also be directed to the same email address.