Submission Guidelines

As a publication of Penn State University Press, Ecumenica receives online submissions. Please visit to see how to submit to Ecumenica.

Ecumenica follows the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. Submissions should be formatted and styled, accordingly, using footnotes for citations, and including a comprehensive bibliography of consulted works.

Outside of what direct quotations demand, spelling should comply with standard U.S. usage, as indicated by the Oxford English Dictionary or the Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Titles of plays, books, journals, and other publications should be listed in italics, both in the body and the Works Consulted list.

Page numbering should be used, and located on the bottom center of every page, including the first page.

When necessary, quotations four lines in length or longer should be indented .5” on both sides in block quote format. For long quotations, please shift to single spacing, ending the quotation with the appropriate punctuation mark or ellipses, prior to the number indicating the footnote citation.


Book reviews should list the author name(s), title, publishing company, place, and date, thirteen digit ISBN number, page count for format (hardback or paperback), format type and price. Titles should appear in italics.

McCall, Richard D. Do This: Liturgy as Performance. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0268034993. Pp. 208 (Pbk). $27.95.

Performance reviews should list the title, director, playwright (or composer), theatre name and city location, and date of attendance. Titles should also be listed in italics, even for performances using an unpublished manuscript:

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Directed by Michael Greif. Written by Tony Kushner. Public Theater/Newman Theater: New York. March 22, 2011.