Praxis: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Faith and Justice
Praxis is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes refereed articles, invited essays, and reviews of noteworthy gatherings and events. It was founded to advance the intersection of theory and practice in the pursuit of social justice. It has a particular focus on the contributions of practitioners and organizations to the Catholic social tradition and other religious traditions of social justice.
We ask that authors submit manuscripts and inquiries electronically to [email protected]. Articles submitted for blind review should be free of identifying information and should be accompanied by a separate cover page. Submissions should be made as Word documents (.doc, .docx, .rtf) and include the following:
Author’s Cover Page
- Essay Title
- Author’s Name (as it will appear, including titles and post-nominal letters as desired)
- Academic or Professional Affiliation
- Contact Information (including phone, email, postal address, and social media)
- Brief Bio (100 words, for use at the end of the published article, including desired contact information)
- Article Abstract (100 words)
- Essay Title
- Manuscript of appropriate length (usually 5,000 to 10,000 words)
- File prepared for blind review
- Double-spaced, using Chicago notes and bibliography citation per the Praxis Style Guide
- Confirmation that the manuscript has not been submitted or published elsewhere
For complete information, see: General Formatting Guidelines
Essays will be reviewed in the order in which they are received, and qualified submissions will be sent to at least two expert referees for review. Authors will receive notice of the outcome of the review process, indicating acceptance, acceptance with revisions, or a request to resubmit with changes or to another journal.
Praxis also publishes reviews and recounting of recent significant gatherings and events related to faith and social justice. Authors of these reviews are encouraged to contact the Managing Editor about the viability of a particular submission.
Praxis is committed to highlighting the work of individuals and institutions, past and present, that have made noteworthy contributions to the common good in their particular communities, and to exploring the ways in which they exemplify or expand the insights of the Catholic social tradition. In this way it supports the creative generation of practical solutions to pressing problems of social concern today by encouraging greater dialogue between the field and the academy, and brings greater attention to the ways in which the practical work of social justice in the field can contribute to the study and teaching of it in the academy.
The journal takes inspiration for its approach to social justice from the work and charism of Mother Cabrini: it consistently emphasizes the importance of the particular arrangements and provisions that have to be made in responding to the situation on the ground. This follows the granular attention given in CST since Rerum Novarum to “such associations and organizations as afford opportune aid to those who are in distress” (48). In keeping with this, the focus of the journal is on the practical application of received teaching to specific social problems in context, and the insights that practitioners can offer in return regarding enactment of this teaching in their work.
This focus on context and practical action fits well with a variety of disciplinary approaches, and the journal welcomes contributions from a wide range of fields, each bringing different tools to bear on the task. Some articles will be primarily descriptive of a particular set of practices, while others will make normative claims on or out of the work and experience of practitioners. The uniting factor behind these diverse contributions will be a concern to better grasp the challenge and accomplishment of justice.
Finally, the journal is Catholic in its founding and inspiration, and so also catholic in its commitment to the inclusion of diverse voices within its pages. The perspectives and commitments of all people who share the desire for a more just society in accordance with the dignity of the person have valuable contributions to make to this shared enterprise, and the journal welcomes comparative studies that examine individuals, practices, and institutions rooted in other religious traditions, or of Catholic justice work examined from other religious perspectives.