Description and Responsibilities
The journal is steered by an Editorial Team that meets once a month. The Editorial Team consists of the editor, associate editor, content editor, copy editor, proofreader and administrator, and book review editor(s).
The responsibilities of team members are outlined here below:
The editor is responsible for the Editorial Team, the journal’s research trajectory, and upholding the ethos of Conspectus. They communicate with the Editorial Board on behalf of the Editorial Team. The editor also reports to SATS’s Management Team on behalf of the Editorial Team and vice-versa. The editor and associate editor meet regularly to discuss Conspectus’s operations. The editor is also a member of Conspectus’s Editorial Board, a group of academics who share—or are sympathetic to—SATS’s theological convictions and values. The Board provides professional input in the running of the journal.
The associate editor is responsible for the journal’s operations. This includes implementing procedures related to the editorial process and contributing to the journal’s research trajectory. The associate editor also compiles the agenda for and chairs Editorial Team meetings, communicates with contributors and the Editorial Team, and evaluates the content of the journal. The associate editor is also a member of Conspectus’s Editorial Board.
The content editor is responsible for the quality of articles that are published in Conspectus. As a gatekeeper of standards, they have the authority to query the efficacy and viability of submissions approved by referees. The content editor also contributes to the journal’s operational ethos and serves as a member of Conspectus’s Editorial Board.
The copy editor is responsible for Conspectus’s grammar and formatting. However, the role extends to other areas of the editorial process. As a gatekeeper of standards, they have the authority to query the efficacy and viability of submissions approved by referees. The copy editor also evaluates journal content, contributes to the journal’s operational ethos, and serves on Conspectus’s Editorial Board.
Proofreader and Administrator
The proofreader and administrator are responsible for checking grammar immediately before an issue is published on SATS’s various platforms. They are responsible for collating minutes and actions from the Editorial Team’s monthly meetings. The proofreader also evaluates submissions for publication and contributes to the journal’s operational ethos.
Book Review Editor(s)
The book review editor is responsible for negotiating and maintaining agreements for free review copies with publishing houses, identifying relevant books for review, and collating and evaluating book reviews for publication. They also serve on Conspectus’s Editorial Board.
Editor: Dr. Cornelia van Deventer ([email protected])
Associate Editor: Dr. Caswell Ntseno ([email protected])
Content Editor: Prof. Dan Lioy ([email protected])
Copy Editor: Mr. Izaak Connoway ([email protected])
Proofreader and Administrator: Ms. Lize Labuschagne ([email protected])
Book Review Editors: Prof. Dan Lioy and Dr. George Coon ([email protected])
 Editorial Office: 37 Grosvenor Road, Bryanston, Sandton, 2191
Contact Number: 011 022 4440
Description and Responsibilities
The Editorial Board is an international group of scholars appointed by Conspectus’s editor in consultation with the SATS Management Team to provide accountability and professional input in the running of the journal. Potential board members are identified by the existing board and/or Editorial Team and invited to submit a CV, photograph, biography, and 3–4 articles for consideration by the Editorial Team in consultation with the SMT. It is not standard procedure for members of the public to apply for such a position; rather, potential members are invited by the journal editor.
At least two thirds of the Editorial Board consist of scholars with no formal affiliation to SATS. Editorial Board members do not review articles but fulfill an advisory role. The responsibilities of Editorial Board members include familiarizing themselves with the values, scope, and aims of the journal, doing a high-level reading of each journal issue (two issues per year), completing a short bi-annual report form, and availing themselves for two Editorial Board meetings a year.
The bi-annual report form includes
- feedback on the last edition,
- suggestions for upcoming editions, and
- suggestions for possible reviewers, Editorial Board members, authors, articles, and books to review.
All Editorial Board meetings are hosted online on a video-conferencing platform. These meetings are recorded, and minutes are archived by the associate editor. An Editorial Board chairperson is nominated by the Editorial Team and Editorial Board and appointed to the role for a two-year period (four journal issues). The elected chairperson is responsible for chairing the bi-annual meetings.
Current Editorial Board Members
Dr. Scott Adams (Regent University)
Dr. Femi Adeleye (Institute for Christian Impact)
Dr. Collium Banda (North-West University)
Prof. Anita Cloete (Stellenbosch University)
Dr. Albert Coetsee (North-West University)
Mr. Izaak Connoway (South African Theological Seminary)
Dr. George Coon (South African Theological Seminary)
Dr. Daniel Darko (Gordon College)
Prof. Philip du Toit (North-West University)
Dr. Wanjiru Gitau (Palm Beach Atlantic University)
Prof. Godfrey Harold (Cape Town Baptist Seminary)
Dr. Desmond Henry (Luis Palau Association; North-West University)
Dr. Luc Kabongo (University of Pretoria)
Prof. Samuel Kunhiyop (Brigham University)
Prof. Dan Lioy (Institute of Lutheran Theology; Portland Seminary; South African Theological Seminary)
Dr. Johannes Malherbe (South African Theological Seminary)
Dr. Dogara Ishaya Manomi (Theological College of Northern Nigeria; University of Mainz)
Dr. Batanayi Manyika (South African Theological Seminary)
Prof. Elizabeth Mburu (Pan Africa Christian University; Langham; North-West University)
Prof. Elna Mouton (Stellenbosch University)
Dr. Kevin Muriithi Ndereba (St. Paul’s University; Stellenbosch University)
Dr. Caswell Ntseno (South African Theological Seminary)
Dr. Linzay Rinquest (Scholar Leaders International)
Dr. Vuyani Sindo (George Whitefield College)
Dr. Daniel Strange (Oak Hill College)
Dr. Abeneazer G. Urga (Evangelical Theological College)
Dr. Cornelia van Deventer (South African Theological Seminary)
Prof. Cynthia Long Westfall (McMaster Divinity College)
Dr. Alistair Wilson (Edinburgh Theological Seminary)
Articles submitted to Conspectus undergo double-blind peer review, provided they pass the editors’ initial inspection. The journal has a board of reviewers who are responsible for reviewing articles across the spectrum of theological disciplines. Reviewers are enlisted to review articles within their areas of specialization. Review forms are supplied by the Editorial Team (see Annexure B). The board of reviewers has a two-thirds membership majority external to SATS and none of its members are permitted to serve on the Editorial Team or Editorial Board. To safeguard the integrity of the double-blind peer review process, the list of reviewers is not published in any of the journal’s policy documents.