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 guidelines for help in preparing your submission, and feel free to consult us with any questions.

Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the guidelines, please submit your manuscript to via Complete instructions for submitting a paper are available at the ScholarOne Manuscripts site. Further assistance can be obtained from:

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The Journal of Religious History is an international, double-blind, peer-reviewed journal that aims to publish high quality, impactful scholarship and research that makes original and significant contribution to the field of religious history. The scope of the journal is the history of all religions and their relationship with the human experience across all time periods; the journal explores religion and its related subjects, along with debates on comparative method and theory in religious history. For an indication of the scope and history of the journal, please consult John Gascoigne, 'The Journal of Religious History 1960-2010: The Changing Face of Religious History over Fifty Years,' Journal of Religious History 34, no 3 (2010): 262-71.


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, and the quality of scholarship. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are double-blind peer-reviewed by between two and four anonymous reviewers and the Editor. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editor, who 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 or a decision made not to publish it.

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 current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, with the specific variations as outlined below with some variations as outlined below regarding spelling and references.

Authors should use consecutively-numbered footnotes for all references. 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 the current edition of the Chicago Manual of Style and if no guidance is provided in that source, other recognised conventions. Authors must avoid using ambiguous contractions.

Note the following variations to the Chicago Manual of Style:

  • spelling: The Journal of Religious History publishes in British English. For word spelling, usage and word division, please refer to the Concise Oxford English Dictionary.
  • 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.
  • change first names of authors to initials, except with Spanish etc. names where this would lead confusion.
  • for footnotes with website references, the access date should come after the URL and in brackets.

Some examples follow of appropriate references that follow the above JORH/Chicago guidelines:

Modern Book:
      1. D. W. Bebbington, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain (London: Routledge, 1989), 35-36. . [Initials of first name of author; title of book; facts of publication, including place (for US place names, add two-word state identifier to avoid confusion with other places or if place not well known), publisher, and year.] [and subsequently:]
      2. Bebbington, 35. [If more than one work previously cited by the same author, include the author’s surname with a short title of the work, e.g. Bebbington, Evangelicalism, 35.]

Book Chapter:
      3. C. Donahue, Jr., “Ius in the Subjective Sense in Roman Law. Reflections on Villey and Tierney,” in A Ennio Cortese¸vol. 1, ed. D. Maffei (Rome: Il Cigno Galileo Galilei, 2001), 506-535. [Initials of first name of author; double quotation marks for title of article in headline style, followed by comma within quotation marks; volume, issue, and number of journal; first and last page of article if a reference to the article as a whole, followed by specific page(s), if specific reference—but provide only specific page number if reference is just to that page.]
      4. Donahue, Jr., 508. [If more than one work previously cited by the same author, include the author’s surname with a short title of the work, eg Donahue, Jr., “Ius in the Subjective Sense,” 508.]

Early Book:       
      5. W. Baldwin, A Treatise of morall philosophy Contaynynge the sayings of the wyse (London, 1579). [Publisher may be omitted]

Journal Article:
      6. T. Swain, "A Bicentenary of the Study of Australian Aboriginal Religion,” Religion 21 (1991): 165-95. [Initials of first name of author; double quotation marks for title of article in headline style, followed by comma within quotation marks; volume, issue, and number of journal; first and last page of article if a reference to the article as a whole, followed by specific page(s), if specific reference—but provide only specific page number if reference is just to that page.]
      7. Swain, 167.

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

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

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

Judeo-Christian Scriptures:
      13. Heb. 13:8, 12-13.
Include edition only if NOT Revised Standard Version.

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

Books consulted online:

16. E. Antokoletz, Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bartók (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365825.001.0001. [Provide doi if available; otherwise provide url.] Journal article in electronic format:
17. P. D. Bowen, “The Latino American Da’wah Organization and the ‘Latino/a Muslim’ Identity in the United States,” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion 1 (September 2010), 1 11.pdf (accessed 30 January 2013).
18. Frank P. Whitney, “The Six-Year High School in Cleveland,” School Review 37, no. 4 (1929): 268, (accessed 1 September 2016). 19. María de la Luz Inclán, “From the ¡Ya Basta! to the Caracoles: Zapatista Mobilization under Transitional Conditions,” American Journal of Sociology 113, no. 5 (2008): 1318, doi:10.1086/525508 (accessed 1 September 2016).


The Journal of Religious History publishes original articles, review articles/essays, and book reviews. The length of published articles is restricted to a maximum of 10,000 words including footnotes. Review articles/essays are generally 3-4,000 words including footnotes. Standard reviews are approximately 800 words and should not contain footnotes. Except for brief quotations of no more than a line, the body of all papers should be in English.

Enquiries regarding review articles/essays should be directed to the Editor. Books for review and correspondence about reviews should be sent to the following address:

Anna Haunton
The Religious History Association and The Journal of Religious History
Studies in Religion
School of Letters, Art & Media
A20 – John Woolley Building
University of Sydney, NSW, 2006

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 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.


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For any submission enquiries, please contact

Anna Haunton
The Religious History Association and The Journal of Religious History
Studies in Religion
School of Letters, Art & Media
A20 – John Woolley Building
University of Sydney, NSW, 2006

Updated 28 June 2017