Call for Papers

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The Journal of Interreligious Studies is now accepting submissions for our forthcoming issues. We welcome rigorous, analytical submissions from emerging and established scholars alike. As the field of interreligious and interfaith studies expands and evolves, we strive to be at the forefront of creative and innovative scholarly investigation. Rather than shying away from discourse on problematic exchanges that take place between religious groups, the Journal seeks articles that approach these “trouble spots” from an informed, academic perspective in order to provide new insight into how difficulties may be overcome or at least better understood. Given the interdisciplinary nature of interreligious studies, we invite articles from a wide array of content areas and fields of study that can shed new insights into inter-religious and interfaith work. On a case-by-case basis, we are open to publishing well-articulated and informative pieces from activists and practitioners whose experiences in the field illuminate interesting phenomena and create a platform for stimulating discussion.

The Journal is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to innovative research on and study of the interactions that take place within and between religious communities. 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 and study, the Journal hopes to contribute to a more tolerant, pluralistic society. Our most recent issues have centered on multiple critical themes in interreligious studies, including “Bioethics and Inter-Religious Dialogue,” “Religion and Revolution,” and “Women, Feminism, and Inter-Religious Dialogue.”

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be the original, previously unpublished work of the author(s). Authors are also advised to read about the Journal and the previous issue prior to submitting an article. Submissions should be between 2,500 and 8,000 words, including references and a 100-word abstract. They should adhere to the Sixteenth Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, utilizing endnotes for citations and footnotes for discursive elaboration. Co-authored articles are welcomed and encouraged. Articles may be submitted via e-mail to jirs.submissions@hebrewcollege.edu.

Deadlines

One issue a year, usually in the fall, is reserved for open submissions, which we accept in a rolling process. Once submitted, it generally takes six to eight weeks to hear back about the status of your submission. Our next issue that will include papers accepted through our open call will be published in January/February 2017.

Peer-Review Process

At The Journal of Interreligious 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 Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education, Hebrew College, or Boston University School of Theology.

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