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The Ohio River Group

Purposes and Procedures

The recently amended version will be posted soon. 

General Guidelines for Papers

Paper Guidelines & Information


Time limits:  45 minutes for papers (approximately 20 pages) and 15 minutes (approximately 5 pages) for respondents.   

Copies:  Please bring enough copies for all members present to the meeting in November.  We will give you a count of how many people will be in attendance as the ORG date approaches.  Please bring five additional copies for the archives and the libraries at Harvard Theological Seminary, Andover Newton Seminary, Starr King School for the Ministry, and Meadville Lombard Theological School..  In addition, please submit your paper electronically to Dawn Cooley.  The papers will be sent in electronic form to ORG members who are not present at the meeting.


  • No specific style (MLA, APA, Chicago) is required for font choice, notation style, etc.óany will suffice, as long as it is clear and legible, and preferably consistent.
  • There are no specific binding requirements (stapling is quite common), but remember that your manuscript will be sent to several libraries.

Deadlines:  Please get your papers in at least draft form to your respondents by August 30, and a final version no later than a month before the meeting date (Nov. 12-15). 

If you fall behind deadlines, it is most important that you maintain contact with your respondent.  For example, if you can tell them the books you are working from, share an outline, or share other information earlier than that, it is always appreciated.  Respondents are encouraged to share a copy of their response with the paperís author before the meeting, if desired by the paperís author.

Presentation Format:

1.       The president assigns a time keeper and recorder of those who wish to speak to the topic at hand.

2.       The paper is read and the response is read.

3.       Break.

4.       Responses, usually for one hour, are offered.  The paper presenter has the first opportunity to respond to the response paper.

5.       The recorder then takes names of those wishing to respond. Only after every participant as had an opportunity to speak will the recorder invite second responses.

In addition, writers may find it helpful to refer to the Prairie Group paper guidelines, found here.

  -- Paper Guidelines from 2012 Program Committee