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Journal of Moral Theology

Journal of Moral Theology is a peer-reviewed scholarly publication focused on Catholic moral theology. It is concerned with contemporary issues as well as out deeply rooted tradition of inquiry about the moral life. We seek to publish articles in the field of moral theology, as well as theological treatments of related topics in philosophy, economics, political philosophy, and psychology.

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Journal of Moral Theology is published semiannually, with January and July issues.

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Editorial Board

Editor emeritus and university liaison

David M. McCarthy, Ph.D.
Mount St. Mary’s University


Jason King, Ph.D.
Saint Vincent College

Senior editor

William J. Collinge, Ph.D.
Mount St. Mary’s University

Associate editor

M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D.
Loyola University of Chicago

Managing editor

Kathy Criasia
Mount St. Mary’s University

Book review editors

Kent Lasnoski, Ph.D.
Wyoming Catholic College

Mari Rapela Heidt, Ph.D.
Notre Dame of Maryland University

JMT Article Submissions

If you have an idea for a special issue of The Journal of Moral Theology you may email the editor. Please be sure to include a paragraph describing your idea, the contact information of the people who would serve as editors for the issue, and a proposed timeline.

Open Submissions

We accept open submissions, at any time, on any topic pertaining to moral theology. If accepted, open submission articles will appear in the earliest available open issue.

How to Submit Articles

To submit an article, please go to The Journal of Moral Theology submission page.

For submission, you will need the following information.

  1. The title of the essay
  2. Author’s name and academic affiliation
  3. Author’s contact information, including email and mailing address
  4. A brief (3-5 sentence) bio to be used should the article be accepted
  5. A 150-200 word abstract of the manuscript
  6. A list of key words for the document.

Manuscripts should meet the following criteria:

  1. It should be around 20-30 pages (approximately 9,000-14,000 words).
  2. It should be prepared for blind review and conform to the style guide for the Journal of Moral Theology (which is an adaptation of the Chicago Manual of Style for the humanities).
  3. It should be in Microsoft Word.
  4. It should not be simultaneously considered for publication in another venue.

Topical Issues

The Journal often publishes issues on a specific theme. For a list of these current calls for paper, please visit our Calls for Papers.

Journal of Moral Theology is available full text in the ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials® (RDB®), a product of the American Theological Library Association, and also on EBSCO's database.

Journal of Moral Theology is published by Mount St. Mary’s University. ISSN 2166-2851 (print) ♦ ISSN 2166-2118 (online)