“How do you choose which topics to cover in Cambridge Papers?”

The editorial group regularly ‘brainstorms’ ideas for future papers and guest authors. Several factors may be at work: contemporary relevance (but as we hope our papers will have a useful shelf life of up to 20 years, we are not driven by a need to offer instant responses to recent news items); significance (national and international, across society and within the church); making a distinctive contribution (the topics we address do overlap with those considered by various Christian organisations but we like to tackle topics which may be somewhat neglected in Christian discourse); author availability (no matter how important a topic, we can only publish a paper if we first find a suitable author who is willing and available to write for us); proposals we receive (sometimes one of us, or one of our contacts, will propose a paper on a particular topic); and enthusiasm (do we as a group want to spend three or four meetings working with an author on this topic?).

“How do I pay for any Cambridge Papers I read?”

We make Cambridge Papers available free of charge on our website.

However, although our authors and editorial group give of their time freely, we incur a number of costs (copy-editing, graphic design, printing, website development and maintenance, accountancy, and administration). Furthermore, to extend our readership we distribute free copies as samples or to increase our impact we might distribute selected papers to key audiences. All told, our annual running costs are in the region of £8,000.

We rely on donations to meet our costs; we do not charge for Cambridge Papers except for the delivery and administration costs involved in sending out printed copies to subscribers (see ‘How to Subscribe’). So we invite readers who feel able to do so to support our work through one-off or regular donations or by ‘Becoming a Sponsor’.

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For readers who would like to receive printed copies of Cambridge Papers,  we operate a subscription service. For a quarterly subscription fee of £3.75 (or £2.50 with a Discounted Subscription),  we will post a printed copy of each new Cambridge Paper to you at an address in the United Kingdom. For more details about our Standard Subscription and our Discounted Subscription (for Christian workers and students), please visit our ‘Subscribe’ webpage. If you would like to subscribe, please complete the appropriate online subscription form (you will find links to the forms there).

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“How can I access Cambridge Papers published before 2000?”

The Jubilee Centre, with whom we have had a long association, and which in the past published Cambridge Papers has established an online archive where several papers published before 2000 can be accessed. You can reach this archive by pressing the button below: 

Back in 2000 we gathered together many of the Cambridge Papers written before that date and published them together in Christianity in a Changing World: Biblical insight on contemporary issues by Michael Schluter and the Cambridge Papers Group.  You may find that you can purchase a second-hand copy of this book via an online bookseller such as www.abebooks.co.uk . You can access the contents pages of this book here.

We may be able to supply printed copies of particular papers as we still have some in stock: please get in touch with us if this would be of interest.

“I don’t have a printer: is there a simple way for me to get a print copy of a Cambridge Paper?”

You might like to take a look at the online document printers doxdirect.com. If you download the pdf version of a Cambridge Paper, you can then order a printed copy through doxdirect.com The process is simple. In their words: “Upload your document, select your printing and binding options, tell us where you would like it to be sent, and you’re done!”

“I would like to order several print copies of a particular Cambridge Paper: how can I do that?”

We do have a collection of print copies of back issues. If you would like to order five or more copies of a particular Cambridge Paper, please get in touch. We will let you know whether we can meet your request and what the cost will be (including packing & postage).