Journal of Religious History

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Edited By: Jason Taliadoros and Joanna Cruickshank

Online ISSN: 1467-9809

Author Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in the Journal of Religious History. Please consult the following instructions for help in preparing your manuscript, and feel free to consult us with any questions. To ensure fast peer review and publication, manuscripts that do not adhere to the following instructions will be returned to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review. We look forward to your submission.


The Journal of Religious History is an international, fully refereed journal which publishes articles and reviews current work in the history of religions and their relationship with all aspects of human experience.


Papers submitted to the journal should not have been published or be undergoing consideration for publication elsewhere. The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are double-blind peer reviewed by two to four anonymous reviewers and the editor. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the editorial board, which reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.

Manuscripts should be in a clear, concise and direct style. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of content, the editor and the publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.

Committee on Publication Ethics. The Journal of Religious History is a member of, and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


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Style Guide. The Journal of Religious History follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. Contributors may also refer to Kate L. Turabian's short guide to the Chicago style, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations, 6th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996).

Spelling. The Journal of Religious History publishes in British English. For word usage and word division, please refer to the Oxford Concise English Dictionary.

Abbreviations should follow the Oxford Classical Dictionary.


The Journal of Religious History publishes original articles, review articles and book reviews. The length of published articles is restricted to a maximum of 10,000 words including footnotes. Except for brief quotations of no more than a line, the body of all papers should be in English.

Books for review and correspondence about reviews should be sent to the Review Editors, Dr Michael Thompson ( and Dr Clare Monagle (

Special Issues. The Journal publishes regular thematic issues on special topics. Correspondence about potential topics for future thematic issues should be directed to the Editor.


Title Page
The title page must contain both a descriptive and concise title of the paper; names and qualifications of all authors; affiliations and full mailing address, including e-mail addresses, fax and a contact telephone number.

Abstract and Keywords
Abstracts and keywords are required for original and review articles.

Tables and Figures
Illustrations, tables, maps and figures should appear on separate pages following the footnotes. They must be numbered consecutively and include captions which identify the source of any image or data. Glossy prints or digital images are required for publication. Authors are responsible for obtaining and paying for all copyright and reproduction charges.

Authors are urged to double check all references ensuring that they are complete and include accurate page numbers. References to manuscript, archival and printed government sources should follow recognised conventions and avoid ambiguous contractions. Subsequent citations to a work previously cited should provide only the author's last name and the page number(s) and, in the case of citations to more than one work by the same author, a short title of the work. Do not use Ibid. or other Latin contractions.

Footnotes should be numbered consecutively and follow Chicago 16th note reference forms (Turabian 'N') NOT previous issues of the Journal of Religious History. Some examples follow:

Journal Article:
      1. T. Swain, A Bicentenary of the Study of Australian Aboriginal Religion,' Religion 21 (1991): 165-195.

Modern Book:
(Include publisher)
      2. D. W. Bebbington, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain (London: Routledge, 1989), 35-36. and subsequently:
      3. Bebbington, 35.

Early Book:
(Publisher may be omitted)
      4. William Baldwin, A Treatise of morall philosophy Contaynynge the sayings of the wyse (London, 1579)

Government Publication:
      5. U. K. Parliamentary Debates, Lords, 5th ser. , vol.13 (1893), cols.1273-74. and subsequently :
      6. Parl. Deb. , Lords, 5th ser. , 13 (1893): 1273.

Archival Source:
      7. Report of the Committee into Convict Discipline, 24 March 1842, CSO 22/50, Archives Office of Tasmania, Hobart.

      8. Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 581, fols. 23-24v. and subsequently :
      9. Bodley 581, fol. 23.

Judeo-Christian Scriptures:
      10. Heb. 13:8, 12-13.
For standard scriptural abbreviations see Chicago Manual of Style, 14.34-35. Include edition only if NOT Revised Standard Version.

Classical and Medieval References:
      11. Abelard Epistle 17 to Heloise (Migne PL 180.375c-378a).
      12. Cicero De officiis 1.133, 140.

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