The Journal

The Society Journal is published twice a year – subscription details may be obtained from the Secretary, Michael Hopkins, by email

Back copies of the Journal have been digitised, and are available online, free of charge, here:

The entire run of the Transactions of the Congregational Historical Society 1901-1972 have also been digitised and are available:

Our friends in the Congregational History Society have also made their magazine available digitally:

Contributions for the Journal
These should be sent to the editor, the Revd Dr Robert Pope by email.

The United Reformed Church History Society produces a Journal twice a year to publish original articles exploring aspects of the history of the URC and its antecedent traditions. Contributors are encouraged to consult the Editor at an early stage in order to confirm the suitability of their work for publication in the Journal. Some articles might be published on the Society’s website. Articles should be submitted to the Editor for consideration following the guidelines printed below. Contributors will receive an edited copy for comment and amendment but will not receive proofs for checking. The final word lies with the Editor.

Articles should be 6,000 to 8,000 words in length and conform to academic conventions. Longer articles can occasionally be negotiated with the Editor but their publication in the Journal is in no way guaranteed. Articles should be written in UK English (US spelling can be used in quotations if found in the original). Contractions should not be used (couldn’t; I’m; can’t, etc.) unless in quotations and found in the original.  Articles should be submitted in a single Word document with consistent font and font size of 12 point throughout.

In the text, quotations (set as 12-point, the same as the main text) should be in double quotation marks (single for quotations within quotations). Quotations of three lines or more should be indented on the page without quotation marks (using double quotation marks for quotations within indented quotations) and with a line space before and after. Three ellipsis points should be used in order to indicate deletions from within a sentence, but do not use ellipses at the beginning or end of the quotation.

Numbers up to 10 should be written out in full and thereafter numerals can be used. Numerals should be used for all percentages (3 per cent, e.g., the symbol % should not be used. Always write centuries in full (e.g., seventeenth century, twenty-first century, etc.)..

Place full stops, commas, colons and semi-colons outside closed quotation marks.

Do not use the automatic hyphenation programme and remove all hyperlinks from the text.

Full referencing is required in footnotes or endnotes. Footnote reference numbers should be placed at the end of any grammatical marks (full stops, commas, etc.). Additional information in notes should be kept to a minimum. References should conform to the following styles:

The following pattern should be used:
Alan Wilkinson, Dissent or Conform? War, Peace and the English Churches, 1900-1945 (London: SCM, 1986), p. 18.

If the work is multi-volume, the volume number should be referred to as follows:
Joseph Lortz, The Reformation in Germany, II, tr. Ronald Walls (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1968), p. 29.

If it is necessary to refer to a particular edition, then the edition number should precede the place of publication in the bracket, e.g. (2nd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977).

Article in a book:
The following pattern should be used:
Tudur Jones, “The Healing Herb and the Rose of Love: The Piety of Two Welsh Puritans”, in R. Buick Knox (ed.), Reformation, Conformity and Dissent: Essays in Honour of Geoffrey Nuttall (London: Epworth, 1977), pp. 154-179.

Article in a journal:
The following pattern should be used:
D. Evans, “A Providential Rescue? Griffith Jones and the Malabar Mission”, in The Journal of Welsh Religious History, 8 (2000), pp. 35-42.

The full range of chapter or article should be included. If there is a specific page reference, this should be included in square brackets after the page range – e.g., pp. 35-42 [p. 41].

Unpublished theses:
The following pattern should be used:
A. Smith, “The influence of the Roman Catholic Church on Anglican Doctrine” (unpublished MA thesis, University of Leeds, 1936), pp. 125-6.

All manuscripts should be referenced in detail, beginning with the location of the archive.  e.g.
Calderdale Archives: Square Church Records: SC/17: Deacons’ Minutes, 31 July 1883.

Further references to a source:
Where the references follow consequentially, ibid. may be used.  Do not use op. cit., loc. cit., etc. Where a reference occurs later in the notes then the work should be referred to in shorthand.  e.g.

Article in a book:
Jones, “The Healing Herb and the Rose of Love: The Piety of Two Welsh Puritans”, p.177.

Article in a journal:
Evans, “A Providential Rescue? Griffith Jones and the Malabar Mission”, p. 37.

Unpublished theses:
Smith, “The influence of the Roman Catholic Church on Anglican Doctrine”, pp. 125-6.

If works are repeatedly referenced, after the fourth reference any sub-heading can be removed.

On publication, contributors will receive four copies of the relevant Journal.