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Journal of Religion and Violence


The editors welcome new manuscripts. 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 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

All submissions undergo rigorous peer review. Submissions should be in Word and where applicable should utilize Word-compatible foreign fonts. All submissions should have full bibliographies and short-form citations in footnotes. Submissions should be written in polished American prose. A complete submission includes an abstract (max. 200 words) and six key terms. Author's name and affiliation should appear on a separate page and all self-references should be omitted from the text.  Send submissions as email attachments to [email protected].

Guidelines for Reviews

Reviews fall into two categories: reviews of individual books up to 2000 words and review essays which compare books on the same general topic (from 3000 words to article length). Submissions should be written in concise American prose.

A review should provide a concise (though not overly-brief) overview of contents, highlight the major issues addressed by the book, and provide a constructive appraisal of its contents. 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, 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 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 John Soboslai at [email protected] .

Publication Agreement

As a condition of publication in the Journal of Religion and Violence, authors must complete a publication agreement that gives the journal permission to publish and preserve the author's work. There are two options:

The Standard publication agreement ensures publication in the journal in all formats, and confirms the author's right to reuse the manuscript in any other publication the author may write or edit. The journal's Open Access Archiving Policy applies to articles published with this agreement. No payment is required for submission or publication.

The Open Access publication agreement ensures publication with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (CC-BY-NC) that gives everyone the unlimited right to copy, download or use the published version of the text for non-commercial purposes. This option is sustained by an open access publishing fee.

JRV is published on a non-profit basis by the Philosophy Documentation Center.

Philosophy Documentation Center
P. O. Box 7147
Charlottesville, VA 22906 - USA
[email protected]

Publication Ethics Statement

The editorial team of the Journal of Religion and Violence is committed to ensuring the integrity of the publication process. Conformance to standards of ethical behavior is therefore expected of all parties involved: Authors, Editors, Reviewers, and the Publisher.

Authors should present an objective discussion of the significance of research work as well as sufficient detail and references to permit others to confirm a chain of reasoning or experimental result. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable. Review articles should also be objective, comprehensive, and accurate accounts of the state of the art. The authors should ensure that their work is entirely original works, and if the work and/or words of others have been used, this has been appropriately acknowledged. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Authors should not submit articles describing essentially the same research to more than one journal. The corresponding author should ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the paper and its submission for publication.

Editors should evaluate manuscripts exclusively on the basis of their academic merit. An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

Reviewers must treat received manuscripts as confidential documents. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper. Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors or institutions connected to the paper.

The Publisher will respond to alleged or proven cases of research misconduct, fraudulent publication, or plagiarism in close collaboration with the editors. The publisher will ensure that appropriate measures are taken to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question if necessary. This may include the publication of an erratum, clarification or, in the most severe case, the retraction of the affected work. The publisher, together with the editors, shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, and under no circumstances encourage such misconduct or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place.