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Submission Criteria

The following criteria should be used as a guideline for preparing a paper for submission to the NJ Lodge of Masonic Research and Education.

When a paper is submitted to the Lodge it will be review by the Editorial and Review Committee. This committee will use this criteria as a guideline.

You do not have to wait for a meeting to submit a paper.

CRITERIA FOR PAPERS SUBMITTED TO

NEW JERSEY LODGE OF MASONIC RESEARCH AND EDUCATION NO. 1786, F. & A. M.

 A.   REQUIRED CONTENT OF PAPERS

Only papers concerned directly with  Freemasonry will be considered for presentation and publication: the history of Lodges, active or demised; biographies of Masons distinguished in the annals of Freemasonry; its ceremonies, usages, and practices; the speculative or philosophical aspects of Freemasonry; and any other Masonic subject of general interest to the Fraternity.

B.   NO REPRINTS FROM OTHER PUBLICATIONS

 A paper will not be considered for presentation or publication if it has appeared in any journal or publication of any other Masonic body. An author is obligated to indicate to the review committee if this paper has been presented but not published in any other venue.

C.   END NOTES REQUIRED

Every paper must give evidence of attentive research and must be supported by end notes (formerly called footnotes) placed at the end of the paper, not at the bottom of each page. End notes,  are much easier on the typist and are likewise printed at the end of each article as such in the Transactions of the New Jersey Lodge of Masonic Research and Education No. 1786 F. & A. M. End notes are numbered consecutively throughout the paper, citing sources in the  order they appear  within the paper. Only  one endnote is  required per paragraph

(But not in all cases). A separate bibliography is  needed if sufficient bibliographic materials are not included in each endnote.

D.   TYPING REQUIREMENTS

Every paper shall be typewritten on one side of letter size, 8-l/2-by- 11-inch paper, double-spaced, and with at least one inch margins (top and bottom, right and left). It should be submitted in upper and lower case, with minimum type size of 10 point, preferably an easily read Roman typeface, such as Times New Roman. It should be accompanied by a floppy disk (1.4m) containing the same. Electronic submission will be developed in the future. 

E.   ILLUSTRATIONS PERMITTED

A paper may be illustrated by slides, maps, photographs, graphs, charts, or other visual aids. The printing of any visual aids or of any photograph(s) related to the paper may appear in the Transactions at the discretion of the Editor,  providing their lack of inclusion does not affect the understanding of the paper. All visual aids must be “camera ready.” Photographs must be glossy black and white prints at least 5 inches x 7 inches, preferably 8 inches x 10 inches. Unless the request is in writing, visual aids accompanying an article will not be returned to the author. If materials are taken from a printed source, proper credit must be given.

F.   INTERNAL HANDLING AND ORAL DELIVERY OF PAPERS

All papers shall be submitted to the Senior Warden, who will distribute copies to the members of the Editorial Committee for evaluation. Should a paper, in the opinion of the Editorial Committee, fail to meet the criteria and style as herein set forth, the Senior Warden will so inform the author, supplying him, in writing the comments of the Editorial Committee. The author may  revise his paper and resubmit it to the Senior Warden at any time. When a paper is found acceptable, the Senior Warden  shall inform the Worshipful Master , who will schedule a date for its presentation and inform the author accordingly. However, no paper will be scheduled by the Worshipful Master which has not been received according to the by-laws. Papers will not be considered on the basis  of an abstract or an incomplete manuscript. A complete paper must be submitted if it is to be considered and scheduled. While no maximum length is herein specified, it is expected that every paper will be of a length no longer than can be read in a maximum time of forty (40) minutes. A standard rule for the average reader is to allow three minutes reading time per double-spaced page of text. In general, the maximum of forty (40) minutes translates into about thirteen (13) pages double-spaced on 8-1/2-by-11-inch paper. If a paper of exceptional merit exceeds such reading length,  is may be accepted following consultation with the Senior Warden and the editorial board.

G.   COMMENTS MAY BE SOLICITED

Comments on proposed papers are encouraged, and, at the discretion of the Senior Warden, may be solicited in advance from such individual who may be considered an expert. In such event, the Senior Warden will ask the author to send a copy of his paper to such commentator. The commentator will be asked to submit an advance copy of his comments to the Senior Warden, who will forward same to the author, keeping a copy for file purposes.

H.   TITLE PAGE

Every paper must have a title page containing the author’s name, his status (if applicable) in New Jersey Lodge of Masonic Research and Education, his “Blue Lodge” membership and location, if he is a Master or Past Master of a subordinate or a Grand Lodge Officer. 

L.  MULTIPLE. AUTHORSHIP.

At the discretion of to Publishing Committee, papers written by more than one author may be accepted for publication.

J.  RETENTION OF RESEARCH MATERIALS

Please save your research materials until your article is published in the appropriate  Transactions Volume so that they may be consulted should the Editorial or Publishing Committees have a question concerning your paper.

K.  FINAL DECISIONS

In all cases the Worshipful Master will have the final decision on any matter above, and may, with due notice, make necessary and reasonable changes that will enhance the submission of papers, without a by-laws change

There is an old saying, “Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well.” If your paper is worth writing, it is worth the little extra effort of doing it well!
The New Jersey Masonic Lodge of Research and Education No. 1786
Statement of Purpose

The purpose of The New Jersey Lodge of Masonic Research and Education is to foster the education of the Craft at large through prepared research and open discussions of topics concerning Masonic History, Symbolism, Philosophy, and Current Events.
PAPER PROPOSAL

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Name__________________________________________________________

Address______________________________________________ ZIP ______________________   

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