About the Journal

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The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies™is a forum for academic, social, and timely issues affecting religious communities around the world. Published online, it is designed to increase both the quality and frequency of interchanges between religious groups and their leaders and scholars. By fostering communication, the Journal hopes to contribute to a more tolerant, pluralistic society. For regular updates, we invite you to follow the Journal on Facebook or Twitter or to sign up for our newsletter at the bottom right corner of our webpage.

The Journal works to maintain the highest level of academic integrity. Managed and edited by a multifaith team of seminary students and scholars, all articles undergo a double-blind peer review by the academics, theologians, and non-profit leaders who serve on its Board of Scholars and Practitioners. The Journal’s very operation demonstrates that, while significant differences do indeed exist between religious communities, they need not preclude collaborative efforts and general good will.

As a premier electronic publication, The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies™ is poised to substantially impact inter-religious dialogue and work. With the understanding that clergy and lay leaders greatly affect the dynamics within their congregations and religious movements, the Journal offers a novel way to establish long-term dialogue and collaboration between religious communities.

More specifically, the Journal seeks to:

  1. Feature articles on cutting edge research and scholarship taking place at theological seminaries and universities.
  2. Promote innovative ideas and methodologies for inter-religious work to ensure that best practices are shared and replicated.
  3. Express challenges facing religious communities and openly discuss inter-religious disputes and their possible solutions.
  4. Provide a means for religious leaders to engage in inter-religious work and learn about traditions other than their own.
  5. Utilize the increasingly "global" nature of religious communities to promote tolerance both within and beyond the United States through the increased use of online tools for dialogue.

At The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, all submissions undergo a three step review process. First, submissions are reviewed by our editorial staff to check for appropriateness and rigor, and to ensure that the material is a good fit with the mission and aims of the Journal. Then, submissions go through a double blind peer review process. Our reviewers are members of our Board of Scholars and Practitioners, and are experts in the field of inter-religious and interfaith dialogue and studies.

Articles that are accepted through peer review are shared with our publishing editors, who examine each issue as whole with an eye to overall balance, quality, and the furthering of the Journal's mission. It is our intention that each issue share the best voices of scholars and practitioners, represent the diversity of voices of those in the wider field, and model dialogue and interfaith leadership.

Finally, editors work with authors throughout the time leading up to publication to respond to any feedback from reviewers and to do any necessary copyediting. If an article fails to meet the standards of publication, or isn't ready by internal publication dates, we reserve the right to not publish the article, though it may be resubmitted for future consideration. Since 2008, the Journal has sought to build an inter-religious community of scholars, in which people of different traditions learn from one another and work together for the common good. We welcome submissions and collaboration, and are thankful for the contributions of our authors.

The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Journal, the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education, Hebrew College, or Andover Newton Theological School.