Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

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Edited By: Laura Olson

Impact Factor: 1.396

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 33/139 (Sociology)

Online ISSN: 1468-5906

Author Guidelines

All manuscripts submitted to the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion should be submitted via the JSSR's online web-based submission system, located at  Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit.  See detailed instructions below, or feel free to contact the Editorial Assistant at with any questions.

Getting Started

1. Launch your web browser (Internet Explorer 5 or higher, Netscape 7 or higher, Firefox 1.0.4 or Safari 1.2.4) and go to JSSR’s ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central) homepage (
2. Log-in or click the “Create Account” option if you are a first-time user of ScholarOne Manuscripts.
3. If you are creating a new account.
     a. After clicking on “Create Account”, enter your name and e-mail information and click “Next”. Your e-mail information is very important.
     b. Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click “Next.”
     c. Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your area of expertise. Click “Finish”.
4. If you have an account but have forgotten your log in details, go to “Password Help” on the JSSR’s ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage and enter your email address. The system will send you an automatic user ID and password reminder.
5. Log-in and select “Author Center.”

Submitting Your Manuscript

6. After you have logged in, click the “Submit a Manuscript” link in the menu bar.
7. Enter data and answer questions as appropriate.
8. Click the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
9. You are required to upload your files.
     a. Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer.
     b. Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button.
     c. When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the “Upload Files” button.
10. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) before sending to the Journal. Click the “Submit” button when you are finished reviewing.

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the “Submit” button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also access ScholarOne Manuscripts any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

If a paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an e-mail prompting them to log into Author Services. Via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS), corresponding authors will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected, the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected, the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDervis Licence OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements, please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK), you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and RCUK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal's self-archiving policy, please visit

Submission Fee
Authors who are not members of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion must pay a $25 processing fee (or may join the Society at time of submission and have the fee waived).  In the case of plural authorship, one author must hold membership. Credit card payments may be made via the Society’s website.

To submit credit card or Paypal payments or to join SSSR, click here.  You will be taken to the SSSR website.  Once you have placed an order and paid the fee, you will receive an email.  Just forward that email to  This will confirm that you have paid the submission fee or have joined the Society.  If you are already a member of SSSR, please indicate in the cover letter that you submit with your manuscript. 

Contact for more information.  Checks or other instruments must be drawn in U.S. dollars and made payable to SSSR. Send checks to:
Cavanaugh Hall 341
425 University Blvd
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Submission Guidelines
1. The journal reviews only those manuscripts that address an important topic in the scientific study of religion. Manuscripts should communicate to a broad social science audience. Research must contribute to the existing body of knowledge, use appropriate methods, and advance theories of religion.

2. Members of the SSSR may submit manuscripts at no cost, but there is a $25 fee for submissions by non-members. To waive the submission fee, at least one author must be a current member of the SSSR. Authors should indicate their membership on the title page (see #7) and as part of the online application.

3. Authors may recommend reviewers as part of the online application. Recommended reviewers should have particular expertise qualifying them to review the manuscript. Recommended reviewers should not be former doctoral advisors, co-authors, colleagues from the authors' institutions, family members, or persons with a possible conflict of interest. Reviewers may or may not be chosen from the list of recommended reviewers; the choice of reviewers is the prerogative of the Editor. Recommendations should include a contact email address.

4. Authors may request that certain potential reviewers be excluded from the review process. This recommendation should include a very brief statement explaining the reason(s) why the persons should not review the manuscript. The Editor will consider these recommendations, but such individuals may (or may not) be asked to be reviewers.

5. Papers should be 35 pages (articles) or 15 pages (research notes). Papers longer than 40 pages are likely to be rejected without review. Page limitations are inclusive of the main document, references, tables, and figures.

6. Submit a separate file containing the main document. Please omit name(s) of author(s) elsewhere in the manuscript, except when citing previous work. Self-citations should always be done in the third person and in such a way that reviewers cannot identify author(s). The journal will review all manuscripts for anonymity and may make changes if necessary. Manuscripts needing substantial changes will be returned to the authors.

7. Submit a title page containing the following information:

      a. Title
      b. Author information (position, affiliation); members of SSSR should indicate their membership (see #2 above)
      c. Date
      d. Word count
      e. Acknowledgements
      f. A statement necessary for replication and review by JSSR's readers. This statement must include information on whether any data used in the study may be obtained for purposes of replication and if so, where the data may be obtained. The statement must also include a report of any sources that funded the research. Finally, if there are any additional analyses or documentation noted in the text, the statement must include information on how these materials may be obtained.

8. Provide a brief abstract (150-200 words). The abstract should be included in the manuscript and submitted as part of the online application.

9. We recommend including tables and figures as separate files.

10. To help expedite and facilitate copy editing:

      a. Double space entire manuscript, including abstracts, extracts, notes, references, captions, etc.
      b. Leave margins of at least 1" on top, bottom, and sides.
      c. Do not justify right-hand margins or use automatic hyphenation.
      d. Keep format simple, minimizing the use of boldface, all capitals, centering, etc.
      e. Underline to indicate italicized material.
      f. Number all pages consecutively.
      g. Place tables, charts, etc. last, with one table/figure per page. Approximate the location of each within the text, e.g., "Table 1 about here."
      h. Footnotes will be allowed only for content - not references - and only when necessary. Prepare notes on separate pages (if your word processor has the capability for bottom-of-page footnotes, do not use that feature). Place notes at end of manuscript.

11. To facilitate an interdisciplinary format, JSSR continues to correspond closely with the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010). The following general rules apply:

Citations: Identify all sources within the text, using the author-date system as described in detail on pp. 787-92 of The Chicago Manual of Style (2010). Citations in the text must agree exactly with the list of references. All sources that appear in the one place must appear in the other.

Reference Format: List all references alphabetically, as shown in the examples below. For multiple sources by the same author(s), list chronologically from earliest to most recent. Make all references as complete as possible, including volume numbers for journals. If questions remain, refer to chapter 15 (pp. 786-810) of The Chicago Manual of Style (2010).

Reference Examples
Greeley, Andrew. 1972. The denominational society: A sociological approach to religion in America.. Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman.

Iannaccone, Laurence R. 1992. Sacrifice and stigma: Reducing free-riding in cults, communes, and other collectives. Journal of Political Economy 100(2): 271-91.

Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. 2012. Mormons iin America: Certain in their beliefs, uncertain of their place in society. Washington, DC: Pew Research Center. in America.pdf (accessed 3 February 2012).

Slee, Nicola. 1991. Cognitive development studies of religious thinking. In Stages of faith and religious development, edited by James Fowler, Karl Nipknow, and Friedrich Schweitzer, 130-48. New York: Crossroads.

World Council of Churches. "What is the World Council of Churches." World Council of Churches. (accessed 3 February 2012).

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