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Edited By: Tamara Sonn
Online ISSN: 1749-8171
What is Religion Compass?
Religion Compass offers the quality of a scholarly journal combined with the speed and functionality of the Web.
Religion Compass publishes peer-reviewed state-of-the-field articles on a continuous basis, with new articles appearing in each monthly issue. The ideal Religion Compass article is an intervention in the field or sub-field, showing its present state and direction in the future. While our authors are leading researchers, we do not publish detailed primary research but rather an author’s position on the field or sub-field. As a Religion Compass article must be accessible to international and interdisciplinary scholars, teachers, and interested readers; we call it research with a public face.
Religion Compass adheres to the same quality control procedures as for any Wiley journal, both in terms of editorial and production standards.
Religion Compass articles allow scholars and advanced students to:
- keep up with new developments and trends in research
- teach in a new or unfamiliar area outside of their speciality
- ensure that students are exposed only to quality-controlled online content (as opposed to unvalidated content from search engines).
Benefits for authors include:
- Article published within 12-16 weeks after acceptance
- A citable, peer-reviewed article, with a permanent DOI
- International exposure / broad readership
- PDF offprint
The Religion Compass Audience
The Religion Compass audience consists of research and teaching faculty, graduate students and advanced undergraduates – from potentially any area of the discipline. This is a distinguishing feature of the journal, and a benefit to authors in terms of enhanced exposure. You are writing for your peers, but also for researchers and students from unrelated areas. It is therefore crucial that Religion Compass articles always remain accessible to non-specialists. The writing should be authoritative and lively.
Religion Compass readers will be able to cite your article in their publications, email details of the article to their colleagues, or use it in their class reading lists.
Article Length and Scope
In general, articles should run between 3000-5000 words (excluding references). Longer articles can be considered at the Section Editor’s discretion. The Section Editor will agree the topic of your article with you before you begin to write your piece.
The writing style should be crisp, concise and informative, and livelier than a research paper. Remember: you are writing for non-specialists from many different areas. Your article will be their gateway into a new subject. Your aim is to engage as well as inform the reader.
Articles will fall into at least one of the following three categories and will answer one or more of the questions below:
- Recent research and debates in your field – What debates are driving your field? What new research has been published? What does it add to these debates or the field more generally? Can you put that new research in context? Does a new school of thought or paradigm seem to be developing? Has a new controversy erupted?
- Comparative look across sections or boundaries – Are there related things happening in different fields? Can you suggest comparisons that have not been fully explored? Can one area provide an insight into another when used in teaching or research?
- State of the field – Can you offer a fresh perspective on developments in your field? Perhaps there are arguments or fads drawing attention away from what you think are the critical points? Perhaps the field is stagnating? Are students and teachers flocking to or fleeing from your field? Is your area well and fairly covered in the media? Are there resources or archives that are new or underused and are worthy of attention? Has the field been affected by or is it impacting on current affairs?
Please note that Religion Compass articles are about the state and future of the field or sub-field. They are not detailed individual research projects, although your article may make a personal intervention in the field.
Articles submitted to Religion Compass should not have been previously published or accepted to be published elsewhere. Papers presented at a conference or symposium may be accepted for publication by agreement with the relevant editor.
If you have not already done so, please feel free to visit the journal homepage, where you can see the most recent articles that have been published.
Writing Your Article
APA style should be used for in-text citations and the bibliography. Examples can be found towards the end of these guidelines.
Optimising Your Title and Abstract
Many students and researchers looking for information online will use search engines such as Google, Yahoo! or similar. By optimizing your title and abstract, you will increase the chance of someone finding it. This in turn will make it more likely to be viewed and/or cited in another work. In order to optimise your abstract, we recommend you:
- Ensure the key phrases for your article’s topic appear in the title and abstract e.g. ‘Rituals in Warfare.’
- Use the same key phrases, if possible, in the title and abstract. Note of caution: unnecessary repetition will result in the page being rejected by search engines, so don't overdo it.
Example of Well-Optimised Title / Abstract
Genocide and Holocaust Consciousness in Australia
Ever since the British colonists in Australia became aware of the disappearance of the indigenous peoples in the 1830s, they have contrived to excuse themselves by pointing to the effects of disease and displacement. Yet although ‘genocide’ was not a term used in the nineteenth century, ‘extermination’ was, and many colonists called for the extermination of Aborigines when they impeded settlement by offering resistance. Consciousness of genocide was suppressed during the twentieth century – until the later 1960s, when a critical school of historians began serious investigations of frontier violence. Their efforts received official endorsement in the 1990s, but profound cultural barriers prevent the development of a general ‘genocide consciousness’. One of these is ‘Holocaust consciousness’, which is used by conservative and right-wing figures to play down the gravity of what transpired in Australia. These two aspects of Australian public memory are central to the political humanisation of the country.
This article appears on the first page of results on Google for ‘holocaust consciousness Australia.’
Poorly Optimized Title / Abstract
Australia's Forgotten Victims
Ever since the British colonists in Australia became aware of the disappearance of the indigenous peoples in the 1830s, they have contrived to excuse themselves by pointing to the effects of disease and displacement. Many colonists called for the extermination of Aborigines when they impeded settlement by offering resistance, yet there was no widespread public acknowledgement of this as a policy until the later 1960s, when a critical school of historians began serious investigations of frontier violence. Their efforts received official endorsement in the 1990s, but profound cultural barriers prevent the development of a general awareness of this. Conservative and right-wing figures continue to play down the gravity of what transpired. These two aspects of Australian public memory are central to the political humanisation of the country.
- People tend to search for specifics, not just one word - e.g. “women's fiction” not 'fiction'. So use key phrases rather than individual words in your article title and abstract.
- Key phrases need to make sense within the title and abstract and flow well.
- It is best to focus on a maximum of three or four different keyword phrases in an abstract rather than try to get across too many points.
- Finally, always check that the abstract reads well - remember the primary audience is still the researcher, not a search engine, so write for readers, not robots.
Figures, Illustrations & Multimedia
Since Religion Compass is online-only, there are almost no significant printing costs for colour visual material, and we have exciting opportunities to include supporting video and audio files. Supplementary files are an effective way to support your article, and they add valuable texture and interest to your article. However, please be aware of the guidelines below.
NOTE: Authors are responsible for obtaining copyright permissions and paying any related fees for any supplementary material they wish to include, be it images, video or audio. Please confirm with the Religion Compass Editorial Office that the supplementary material can be included before paying any such fees.
Authors are strongly encouraged to include as many illustrations, photographs, maps and diagrams as they wish. Detailed guidelines may be found at https://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/illustration.asp.
Religion Compass encourages authors to submit supplementary video files. We can accept a wide range of video file formats such as .AVI, .MOV, and .MPEG. If your video is not in one of these formats we may still be able to accept it - please let us know before submitting. Videos should have a maximum length of 10 minutes and maximum file size of 1024 MB. If you have larger files for inclusion, they should be split into two or more separate videos. All video files should be in their final form upon submission. The maximum file size that can be uploaded to Manuscript Central is 100 MB. If your file exceeds this, please email the Editorial Office for details on how to submit larger files through our FTP site.
Religion Compass encourages authors to submit supplementary audio files. Audio files can be submitted in .aac, .mp3 or .wma format. All audio files should be in their final form upon submission.
Submitting Your Article
All Religion Compass articles are commissioned by our team of Section Editors; unsolicited contributions are not considered. If you have an article you would like to submit, please refer to the Editorial Board for the list of current Section Editors and contact the relevant editor to see if they would be willing to consider the article for publication.
If you have accepted an invitation from a Section Editor, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to submit your article. If you have accepted an invitation but have not received a confirmation email, please follow the below instructions.
- Login to the Religion Compass Manuscript Central site at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/reco. If you have not yet created an account, click on ‘Create Account’ in the top right-hand corner to get started.
- Once you are logged in, the Main Menu will be displayed. Please click on the Author Center, where you will find the manuscript listed under "Invited Manuscripts."
- Just click on the "Continue Submission" button to begin manuscript submission.
Please submit, in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format:
- An anonymous version of your article, incorporating the title, abstract, full text, Works Cited list, any figures, tables or captions. Please do not include references to yourself as the author of the paper.
- A separate title page (inc. your article title, name, affiliation and correspondence address / email address).
- Any separate figure files in .eps, .tiff or .jpeg format at 300 dpi.
- NOTE: If you do not use Microsoft Word, files in .rtf and plain text formats can also be accepted. If your article contains any special characters, it is advisable to submit a supplementary PDF version of your paper, for cross-checking.
- Further guidelines can be found on Author Services via this link.
We no longer require FAXs or other hardcopy of the Copyright Transfer Agreement. Instead we have introduced a convenient new process for signing your copyright transfer agreement electronically (eCTA) that will save you considerable time and effort. If your paper is accepted, the Author whom you flag as being the formal Corresponding Author for the paper will receive an e-mail with a link to an online eCTA form. This will enable the Corresponding Author to complete the copyright form electronically within ScholarOne Manuscripts on behalf of all authors on the manuscript. You may preview the copyright terms and conditions here.
OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/onlineopen#OnlineOpen_Terms.
Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/onlineOpenOrder.
Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.
Once submitted, your article will first be evaluated by the relevant Section Editor(s) to ensure it fulfils the journal’s principles and aims. If this is the case, the article is then reviewed by referees, chosen by the Section Editor for their specific subject knowledge.
Authors of submitted articles are asked to consider the criticisms, suggestions and corrections of the referees and Section Editor(s) and where possible, to address them. The Section Editor(s) will mediate any conflicting reviews.
If the author disagrees with the reviews, he or she is entitled to set forth their views and justifications. However, the Section Editor is entitled to decline publication if he or she feels the review criticisms have not been sufficiently addressed. The decision of the Section Editor(s) is final. An invitation to contribute an article does not guarantee acceptance.
How long to publication?
In general it takes around 12-16 weeks from acceptance to publication. However, prompt return of author proofs can speed up this process.
Once accepted, your article will be sent to the copyeditor. You will then receive your PDF proof via email. At this stage you should be correcting minor errors only. You will receive specific instructions with your PDF proof.
Once your article has been published, you will be sent a PDF version of your article via email, which you are free to distribute to your colleagues and students as you wish, as long as it is for standard, recognised academic purposes. Selling copies of the article is not permitted.
Religion Compass Style Guidelines
APA style should be used for in-text citations and bibliography. All articles must contain an abstract and a bibliography.
UK or US style?
UK or US spelling and punctuation may be adopted, but, whichever conventions are used, they must be followed consistently throughout (e.g. italicise OR –italicize, behaviour OR behavior, centre OR center, spectre OR specter, etc.).
Short prose quotations (30 words) should be indented by the normal paragraph indent and do not require quotation marks. They should be set smaller than the normal text type, with no extra space above or below.
Tables and Figures
Each table or figure is to be followed by a number (Figure 1, Table 1, etc.). Provide a caption for each table or figure, set in boldface. Ensure that tables and figures are numbered consecutively (one series for tables and another for figures). Place them at the end of your manuscript and indicate the main article text that is expected to follow immediately after the appearance of the table or figure, as illustrated here:
Table 2: Laboratory findings in common disorders
Insert Table 2 here
List all sources in the reference list alphabetically by author’s name. In-text citations should follow the author-date method. This means that the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998), and a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper.
References are styled according to the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. A sample of the most common entries in reference lists appears below. Please note that for journal articles, issue numbers are not included unless each issue in the volume begins with page one.
Melville, S. C. (2016) The Role of Rituals in Warfare during the Neo-Assyrian Period. Religion Compass, 10: 219–229. doi: 10.1111/rec3.12206
Bradley-Johnson, S. (1994). Psychoeducational assessment of students who are visually impaired or blind: Infancy through high school (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-ed.
Article/ chapter / essay in an edited volume:
Daftary, F. (2007). The Ismāʿīlīs. Their history and doctrines, 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
References should refer only to material listed within the text. Bibliographical references not mentioned in the text may be included in a separate list labelled “Additional Recommended Reading.”.