Nova et Vetera,English Edition

I. General Instructions for Authors

  1. Address all contributions, books for review, and related correspondence to Matthew Levering, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Reinhard Hütter, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  2. The author must certify that the article is not being submitted simultaneously to another periodical. Submission of a manuscript entails the author’s agreement (in the event his or her contribution is accepted for publication) to assign the copyright to Nova et Vetera.
  3. Nova et Vetera practices blind review. Submissions are evaluated anonymously by members of the editorial board and other scholars with appropriate expertise. Name, affiliation, and contact information should be included on a separate page apart from the submission
  4. Submit files in Microsoft Word format.
  5. Articles generally should be between 10,000-15,000 words in length. Book review should be about 2,000 words in length. Longer and shorter pieces will also be considered.
  6. Contributions should be prepared to accord as closely as possible with the typographical conventions of Nova et Vetera. The University of Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) is our authority on matters of style. Please also follow Nova et Vetera’s “Style Guidelines.”
  7. If an article or book review is accepted for publication, authors must verify that the piece conforms to these instructions and Nova et Vetera’s “Style Guidelines.” Authors will receive one additional opportunity to read through the piece and to make any final changes and corrections. The responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author.
  8. After publication authors receive a PDF of the final work and one complimentary copy of the issue in which it appears.
  9. Any questions on these instructions should be sent to Jared Staudt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

II. Style Guidelines for File Preparation

  1. Use footnotes, not endnotes or parenthetical references (except for scriptural citations, which can be parenthetical)
    1. Place all bibliographical data in footnotes. Footnotes should not be indented and should be single spaced.
    2. Note callouts should be positioned after punctuation.
    3. Avoid quick successions of note callouts (the possibility of two or more falling on the same line of type), since they can cause serious problems for typesetting footnotes.
    4. Always include the author’s name in the note (except, of course, where it is appropriate to use Ibid.).
    5. Use “vol.” rather than “v.”
    6. Do not use p. for page numbers. Simply list the numbers.
    7. Subsequent references to the same work can use an abbreviated form of author, title, and page number. If a reference to the same work follows immediately in sequence, use Ibid.
    8. Do not use op. cit.
    9. Overly lengthy notes that will spill onto a following page should be avoided.
    10. References to the English edition of Nova et Vetera should have English in parentheses, as follows: Nova et Vetera (English)
    11. Examples of footnote style:

Michael Dauphinais, “Loving the Lord Your God: The Imago Dei in Saint Thomas Aquinas,” The Thomist 63 (1999): 241–67.

Pedro Rodríguez, “Spontanéité et caractère légal de la loi nouvelle,” in Lex et Libertas, ed. Leo Elders and K. Hedwig (Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1987), 254–64.

  1. References to the Summa Theologiae should use the following format: ST II-II, q. 12, a. 1, obj. 3 [ad 2 / resp. / sc]. The full title should be spelled out for the first reference.
  2. Reference to Church documents.
    1. The first citation in the footnote should contain the year of publication. No other publication information is necessary, including translator or edition.
    2. Citation of Church documents follows two main formats:
    1. In the body of the text and the body of footnotes, they are cited as follows: Caritas in Veritate §51.
    2. When serving as a source reference in a footnote, a comma should be used between the title and paragraph number: Caritas in Veritate, §51.
  3. Quotations
    1. Use double quote marks for quotations; single for quotations within quotations. Place the period within quotation marks.
    2. In quotations the first letter of the first word quoted may be changed from caps to lowercase or vice versa in order to accommodate its place within the sentence.
    3. When material is omitted from a citation, if the omitted material falls in the middle of a sentence, the omission should be signaled by three double-spaced periods (. . .). If the omitted material comes toward the end of a sentence, or the end of one sentence and material from one or more subsequent sentences, it should be signaled by four double- spaced periods (. . . .).
    4. Quotations from other languages should be translated if in the main text; the original may be reproduced in a footnote if it is deemed important.
    5. Quotations in Greek and Hebrew should use the SPIonic and the SPTiberian fonts.
  4. Block Quotations:
    1. Block citations should be indented one half-inch from the left margin of the text without quotations marks.
    2. They should be single-spaced and should be long enough to occupy at least four full lines.
    3. Use double quotation marks for quotations within block citations.
    4. Authors should show by indentation whether the text that resumes after a block quotation (or a list or other similar interruption) continues the paragraph that was proceeding just before the interruption or is a new paragraph.
  5. Headings
    1. First level headings should be boldfaced and centered and should use title caps. Headings should not be numbered. If section headings are used without text, then use Roman numerals for first level headings.
    2. Second level headings should be italicized and centered and should use title caps. Do not number second level headings.
  6. Abbreviations:
    1. In general do not use abbreviations for titles, including for Church documents.
    2. However, the Catechism of the Catholic Church should be spelled out the first time and then can be abbreviated as CCC.
    3. Spell out the first reference to Summa theologiae or Summa contra gentiles. Further references should be abbreviated ST or SCG.
    4. See section IV below for further abbreviated references to Aristotle and Aquinas.
    5. Abbreviations of Scripture:
      1. Do not use a period after the abbreviation
      2. Use abbreviation in parenthetical citations and in notes; use spelled-out form in running text.
      3. Proper form of citation: (Mt 5:26–28) NOT (Mt 5: 26–28) or (Mt 5:26–8)
      4. See section IV below for the full list of abbreviations.
  7. Emphasis and italics
    1. For emphasis use italics.
    2. Do not use boldface or small caps for emphasis
    3. Do not use italics for ibid., idem, loc. cit., et al., etc..
    4. Italicize per se only if paired with per accidens.
    5. Italicize the titles of books and journals and foreign words.
    6. Do not use italics for foreign expressions familiar in theological English.
  8. Capitalization
    1. Only capitalize proper nouns.
    2. Divine pronouns should be lowercase.
    3. Capitalize “Pope” (etc.) only when it refers clearly to a particular pope.
    4. Capitalize “Church,” “Christology,” “Eucharist,” “Trinity,” “Trinitarian,” “Christ,” “Paschal mystery,” “Cross” (Jesus’s), “Resurrection” (Jesus’s), “Incarnation.”
    5. For Latin titles, capitalize only the first word unless one of the words would otherwise be capitalized: e.g., De civitate Dei, De malo, De veritate.
    6. However, capitalize both words of all Church documents, even when using the Latin title: Lumen Gentium, Aeterni Patris, Veritatis Splendor.
  9. Miscellaneous Issues:
    1. Punctuation is generally set within quotation marks. Thus .” and ,” (NOT ”, ”.) Also .’” ,’”
    2. Colons, semicolons, and question marks are set inside or outside, depending upon their usage.
    3. Use American spelling. For instance: “neighbor” rather than “neighbour,” etc.
    4. Use Aquinas’s, not Aquinas’ and similar usage for other names and words that end in “s.”
    5. Do not use spaces to indent paragraphs; use either the tab key or file formatting. There should not be extra vertical space between paragraphs
    6. Use one space rather than two after each sentence.
    7. For inclusive numbers, give one, two, or three digits according to the following model:
      1. Between numbers, use an en dash rather than a hyphen. 113–15 200–206 201–3
      2. Dates: 1920–25 1900–1908 1903–5
  10. For articles that are translations, or articles that were originally published somewhere else, the translator and original publication information should appear prior to the first footnote (an * after the title is appropriate in this case to signal the reference). Also, a note of acknowledgment or gratitude can be treated in this same way.

III. Format for Book Reviews

Style for the heading:

God is Not a Story: Realism Revisitedby Francesca Aran Murphy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), viii + 356 pp.

The Pinckaers Reader: Renewing Thomistic Moral Theologyby Servais Pinckaers, O.P., edited by John Berkman and Craig Steven Titus (Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2005), xxiii + 430 pp.

Author’s name
Author’s institution
City and state (state abbreviated)

Cite page numbers in parenthesis in the book review—e.g. (9) or (105–11) rather than (p. 9) or (pp. 105–11).

IV. Abbreviations

Books of the Bible

1 Sm / 2 Sm
1 Kgs / 2 Kgs
1 Chr / 2 Chr


1 Mc / 2 Mc
Pr (not Prv)
Sg (or Cant)
1 Pt / 2 Pt

Hab (not Hb)
1 Jn / 2 Jn / 3 Jn

1 Cor / 2 Cor
1 Thes / 2 Thes
1 Tm / 2 Tm
Rv / Rev

Works of Aristotle and Aquinas


Ethics VII, ch. 8 (1151a16)
Physics II, ch. 2 (200a22)

St. Thomas Aquinas

ST II-II, q. 24, a. 6, obj. 3 [ad 2 / resp. / sc]
  prima secundae / tertia pars
In III Sent. d. 23, q. 3, a. 4, qa. 2
SCG I, ch. 59
De malo, q. 7, a. 2, obj. 11
De veritate, q. 14, a. 5
De caritate, a. 3
Super I Cor. 14, lec. 1
Super Ioan. 2, lec. 2
In De div. nom. 4, lec. 10
Expositio De hebdomadibus, lec. 2
Sent. Eth. VIII, lec. 1