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Author Guidelines

1. Submission of a research or review article implies that it has not been previously published and is not simultaneously being considered for publication elsewhere. Responsibility for opinions expressed, reliability of research and for the accuracy of facts published in articles and reviews rests solely with the
individual author(s). The maximum length of articles is 10 000 words, and for reviews 1000 words. (Longer articles may also be considered for publication.)
2. Article content headings must be numbered consecutively, double-spaced complete with all notes, bibliographical
references (see below) and tables. Titled tables and captioned figures must be professionally done and legibly cited in the text. The editors cannot redraw any figure unless the author pays for the cost of such work.
3. All bibliographical references should be cited in the text with a full stop following the closing bracket (Chidester 2000: 34). Where necessary, use endnotes for more elaborate notes. A full bibliography in ascending alphabetical order of works cited must be provided at the end of the article un “References”.
4. The editors reserve the right to copy-edit and proof all articles accepted for publication. Authors will
review their copy-edited manuscripts in pdf form. Acceptance of the article will imply assignment of copyright by its author(s) to the JSR.
5. Articles submitted must include after the heading, an abstract of about 100 words summarizing the main contentions of the article, keywords, and must provide brief details about the author and his/her academic and email
6. The journal supports the use of gender-inclusive language.
7. For reasons of typesetting, articles should be submitted via email, using Microsoft Word. (In exceptional circumstances, articles submitted in printed form could be considered).
8. Articles by authors at South African universities which are published in the Journal for the Study of Religion will be subject to a page charge of R250.00 per page. On publication such authors will receive an invoice for the amount due, which should be presented to the appropriate authority at their university for payment.
Format for References
Please note that all book, journal, newspaper and magazine titles must be italicized.
Journal article by one author
Settler, F. 2012. Frantz Fanon’s Ambivalence towards Religion. Journal for the Study of Religion 25,2: 5 - 21.
Journal article by two authors
Simmonds, S. & C. Roux 2013. Engaging with Human Rights and Gender in Curriculum Spaces: A Religion and Education (RaE) Perspective. Alternation Special Edition 10: 76 - 99.
Book by one author
Chidester, D. 1997. Savage Systems. Colonialism and Comparative Religion in Southern Africa. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press.
Book by two authors
MacKinnon, M.H. & M. McIntyre 1995. Readings in Ecology and Feminist Theology. Kansas City MO: Sheed and Ward.
Book by one editor
Webb, G.M. (ed.) 2000. Windows of Faith. Muslim Women’s Scholar Activists in North America. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
Book by two editors
Eaton, H. & L.A. Lorentzen (eds.) 2003. Ecofeminism and Globalization: Exploring Culture, Context and Religion. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.
Chapter in an edited book
ter Haar, G. 2011. Religion and Development: Introducing a New Debate. In ter Haar, G. (ed): Religion and Development: Ways of Transforming the World. London: Hurst & Company.
Translated book
Foucault, M. 1977. Discipline and Punish. Sheridan, A. (trans.). New York: Pantheon.
Online resource
Hobgood-Oster, L. n.d. Ecofeminism: Historic and International Evolution. Available at:
International%20Evolution.pdf. (Accessed on 31 August 2014.)


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

JSR holds the copyright of all publications in JSR.
If an author wishes to re-publish a published article, book review or any other communication that has appeared in JSR, or part thereof, a request to this effect must be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief. All such requests will be approved within reason.
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