Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference

Peer Review Leader Guidelines 

Creating the "Call"

  • Please consider implementing the following rubric for evaluating proposals, created by Laura Locke Estes, University of St. Louis. Her categories, with appropriate point value to be added to each:
    • Relevance: proposed topic fits the call for papers
    • Originality/Insight: proposal identifies a gap in existing scholarship, theory, and/or practice
    • Clarity: proposal is well-organized, clearly states the thesis or question that the paper will address, and briefly outlines how the author will do so
    • Promise: proposal demonstrates the author's knowledge and ability to address their topic/question
  • Select three readers among your academic peers who:
    • Share expertise in your field
    • Will weigh the merits of anonymous proposals or papers
    • May be CSC participants but are excluded from submitting for your peer reviewed session

The “Call” should:

  • Fall within 100 - 125 words
  • Describe the parameters for submission
  • Include your best contact information and deadlines
  • For examples, please see

The Peer Reviewed "Call" will be posted:

  • On the CSC web page ( upon submission 
  • Through your discipline’s best academic channels (the more widely distributed, the better the quality and quantity of responses)

Some matters for clarification:

  • Papers which pertain to the overall theme of the conference are encouraged, but other topics are welcome
  • Given time parameters for each peer reviewed session (90 minutes) and desire for quality exchange, we recommend three papers per session
  • Your session will be labeled as peer reviewed in the conference program and on the web

Communicating with session members:

  • Encourage timely registration. Fees increase close to the conference date.
  • The web page ( is regularly updated with information including your session's date, time, and venue.
  • Request and collect each presenter's abstract (85 - 100 words) for inclusion on the web and booklet.
  • Collecting papers at least one week prior to the conference. If respondents are involved, we suggest papers be collected and distributed by May 6, 2021.

Convening the session at the conference:

  • We request that you convene the session, introduce the presenters, and moderate discussion and time
  • An essential component of the session is the question/answer time which requires care in creating and protecting
  • One month after the conference (July 11) the Peer Review Leader will send papers directly to the CSC Archivist, Carisse Berryhill at (


Timelines for Peer Review Leaders

• October 31, 2020: Commitment Day

• Session title
• Call for papers
• List of all readers due to David Fleer

• October 31, 2020: First web update (

• Early sessions & abstracts posted
• Updates once per month through December 
• Weekly updates January through June 8, 2021

• January 21, 2021: (Suggested deadline) for abstract or paper submission 

• These submissions are to you by prospective participants 
• This allows ample time for committee review and decision by February 14, 2020

• February 21, 2021: "Final Session" form due to David Fleer

• Session title
• Presenters and institution 
• Presenters’ papers’ titles
  • An abstract or the entire session (word limit: 85 - 100, firm)

• February 21, 2021: Abstracts due to David Fleer

• One abstract for each paper
  • Another abstract for the entire session (with the same word limit)
• Firm word limit: 85-100, per abstract

• May 5: Suggested date to have papers to Respondents (if embedded in session)

• May 31: Final form of papers are due to the Peer Reviewed Leader

• June 9-11, 2021: The 40th Annual CSC at Lipscomb University

• July 11: Proceedings due to Carisse Berryhill

• The official archives of the Christian Scholars Conference are permanently held and made accessible for study at the Center for Restoration Studies, Brown Library, Abilene Christian University. Electronic copies may be sent to Carisse Berryhill at ( Models for wording the call, expectations for written abstracts and the form of the session are available at


Peer Review Session Form: An Example

“Message Creation and Effects:  Essays in Media, Rhetoric and Reconciliation”

   John Jones, Pepperdine University, Convener.  A Peer Reviewed Session.

·         Shawn R. Hughes, Lubbock Christian University and Dustin Hahn, Texas Tech University, “Sing it Out: A Study of Worship Media Effectiveness”

·         Jeremie Beller, University of Oklahoma, “Reconciling a Post-911 America”

·         Christopher Cotten, Lipscomb University, “Let us Look Closely at What the Text of Scripture Teaches: Ambrose’s Use of Biblical Exempla in his    Funeral Oration for Theodosius”

·         Juanie Walker, Pepperdine University, “Convicted Civility as Communication Ethic”


Travel Costs & Stipends

The Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars’ Conference anticipates that costs for participant’s travel and registration will be provided by the presenter’s college/university/institution. We especially welcome scholars of color and Ph.D. students from the Churches of Christ for whom we have stipends available for travel and registration. We are pleased to support these investments in our future through the generous gifts established by family and friends of Robert Johnson and now sustained through the provosts at participating institutions. For details please see the web page or contact Provost Marty Spears at: