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Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review


The editors of the Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review always seek new articles and book reviews. If you are interested in contributing, please contact us with the subject of your article or the title of the book you would like to review. We prefer books published within the last decade, however, we will consider earlier titles. We especially encourage reviews of scholarly books on NRMs and religious violence published in languages other than English. The majority of our contributors are established scholars, but we also invite submissions from independent scholars, graduate students, and postgraduate students.

Guidelines for Articles

Article manuscripts should be approximately 7,000+ words, but we may accept upwards of 10,000 words as well. We also accept short notes from 1,000 to 5,000 words. Due to the many reference/footnote styles internationally, we accept any reference style as long as it is used consistently throughout. Article manuscripts are peer-reviewed. If you do not have an appropriate reviewer, we can suggest one for you.

Your article manuscript should begin with the title, your name, affiliation (if an independent scholar, name plus city and country of residence), an abstract (up to 150 words), keywords, and the body of the article. Article manuscripts should be submitted by email as attachments to [email protected].

Guidelines for Reviews

Book reviews fall into two categories: reviews of individual books (500 to 2,000+ words) and review essays (3,000 words to article length). Submissions may be written in any standard form of English (e.g., British English and American English) and any standard footnoting-citation style is acceptable as long as the style is used consistently throughout.

Reviews should provide a concise (though not overly-brief) overview of contents, while simultaneously highlighting the major issues addressed by the book and providing a constructive appraisal of its contents. ASRR's primary goal is to keep scholars abreast of developments in the field, and this purpose is best served if reviews give readers a fairly complete picture of the publication (within the limitations imposed by the book review genre). If relevant, the book should also be framed in terms of comparisons with other publications on the same or closely related topic(s).

Reviews should help readers understand why the book under review is worth reading. Reviewers can express their own views and preferences in a way that communicates their expertise. Any criticisms should be constructive and never personal. Page numbers should be provided for any quotation used in the review. For reviews of individual books, try to avoid footnotes or endnotes. Reviewers whose native language is not English should consult with the editor before submission to make sure their reviews are edited into idiomatic English.

Your review manuscript should begin with the book information, then the body of your review, and then your name and affiliation (if an independent scholar, name plus city and country of residence) at the end. Please cite your book in the following style:

Book Title and subtitle [English translation if necessary]. Author(s) or Editor(s). City, State or Country: Publisher and year of publication year. Number of front matter pages (roman numerals) + number of text pages. Format (hardback, paperback, ebook). Price (sometimes provided in multiple currencies). ISBN. All reviews should be submitted as email attachments to [email protected].

Copyright and Publication Agreement

Copyright to the Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review is held by Academic Publishing, Inc.

As a condition of publication in ASRR, authors must complete the Publication Agreement that gives the journal permission to publish the author's work. You can download the form below:

Completed format should be returned by e-mail to [email protected]. If necessary completed forms may also be returned to this address:

Academic Publishing, Inc.
c/o Philosophy Documentation Center
P. O. Box 7147
Charlottesville, VA 22906 - USA

Completed forms must be received prior to publication.

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