Submitting an Article Online

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Author Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts that fall within the focus of the journal. Please read the information on the Peer Review Process and follow the below guidelines.

All articles are to be submitted online. In order to guarantee a blind review process, all submissions should be anonymised with the name of and references to the author removed from the text. 

This journal does not charge Article Processing Charges (APC).

The Journal provides immediate open access to its content. Authors retain copyright of their articles. Articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 International License (CC-BY 3.0

If you have any questions you can contact the Managing Editor.

A. Article Guidelines

The submission file is in the format of Microsoft Word (preferable), RTF or Word Perfect.

Submissions should be between 5000 and 8000 words in length (including abstract, footnotes and bibliography).

Submissions should include an abstract of between 100 and 150 words.

Key words
A list of 2 up to 6 key words should be included.

Author details
Please include a short description including the author’s name, academic position and research interests.

Also provide an up-to-date correspondence address and email.

The text should be in a 12 point font. In order to put emphasis, italics should be employed rather than underlining.

Titles and headings should be in bold type, with all words being capitalized except for articles, conjunctions and prepositions.

The text is single-spaced. Pages should be numbered sequentially.

The first line of a paragraph should be indented from the left (using a tab, not spaces) without a blank line above, except when following a (sub-)heading.

Always single spacing between words.

Apart from the title, not more than two levels of headings should be used.

(Sub-)headings should be on a new line, with a blank line above and below.

Headings should be in bold type (first level) or in bold and italic type (second level).

Figures, illustrations and tables
Illustrations, figures and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Any copyright issue must be taken care of by the author.

Authors can follow either British or American spelling conventions, but should do so consistently throughout the paper.

Abbreviations are only allowed in footnotes (for example – e.g.; and so on – etc.).

Write centuries with ordinal numbers without superscript: 19th century.

Only institutional references get capitals: Faculty of Religious Studies, but general references to academic disciplines are in lower-case. ‘He was a scholar in religious studies.’

Authors are responsible for language editing. We strongly recommend non-native speakers to send their text to a language editor before submitting it to the journal. If the referees or journal editors feel that a submission needs additional language editing, the contribution will be referred back to the author. This also applies to the formatting of references, which should follow the guidelines below.

Quotes of less than 50 words should be enclosed in single citation marks and run-on in the text. Quotations of more than 50 words should be intended from the left, with a blank line above and below, using a 11 point font.

In the quotation, square brackets should be used to indicate letters or words not present in the original, while ellipsis indicate that words have been omitted from the original.

Articles in Religion and Gender should use in-text references, with a full reference list at the end of the article.

In-text reference

In the case of direct quotes or paraphrasing, add the relevant page numbers after the author’s surname and the publication year. When referring to the entire source, page numbers should not be added:

(Author’s surname, publication year: page numbers)

(Kamitsuka 2007: 105) or (Kamitsuka 2007)

If the author of a source is anonymous, replace the author’s surname with the title of the work, followed by the publication year. Add the page numbers when necessary.

When referencing multiple sources, use a semicolon to differentiate between the different sources. Add the page numbers when necessary:

(Author, year: page numbers; Author, year: page numbers; Author, year, page numbers)

(Abugideiri 2008: 255-258; Mahmood 2010; Simanovic 2012)

Electronic sources are referenced in the same way with the exclusion of page numbers. The author’s surname is followed by the publication date:

(Author, publication date)

(Bayat, 26-4-2012)

If the publication date is unknown, insert (n.d), wich stands for no date. If the author is unknown, replace the author by the title as with other anonymous sources.

Reference list

Include a list with all references at the end of the article.

  • Book

Author’s surname, first name(s) or initials. Year. Title in italics, Place: publisher.

If the book is edited, insert (ed.) after the author(s)’s name.

Example: Kamitsuka, Margaret D. 2007. Feminist Theology and the Challenge of Difference, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Chapter in an edited volume

Author’s surname, first name(s) or initials. Year. ‘Chapter Title’ in Editor(s)’ name(s) (ed./eds.), Collection Title in italics, Place: Publisher, full page numbers.

Example: Joy, Morny. 2005. ‘Postcolonial and Gendered Reflections: Challenges for Religious Studies’ in Ursula King and Tina Beattie  (eds.), Gender, Religion and Diversity: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, London: Continuum International Publishing, 28-39.

  • Journal Article

Author’s surname, first name(s) or initials. Year. ‘Title of Article’, Journal Title in italics volume:issue, full page numbers.

Example: Krondorfer, Björn. 2008. ‘Textual Male Intimacy and the Religious Imagination: Men Giving Testimony to Themselves’, Literature and Theology 22:3, 265-279.

In case of an e-journal, please include the unique DOI or URN code of the article:

Example: Hawthorne, Sian Melville. 2013. ‘Displacements: Religion, Gender, and the Catachrestic Demands of Postcoloniality’, Religion and Gender 3:2, 168-187. URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-114480

  • PhD thesis

Author’s surname, first name(s) or initials. Year. ‘Title’, PhD thesis, University.

Example: Den Dikken, Annika. 2011. ‘Body Enhancement: Body Images, Vulnerability and Moral Responsibility’, PhD thesis, Utrecht University.

  • Website

Author of site (person or organization), name of the site (if applicable) in italics, sponsoring organization (if applicable), accessed date-in-full, URL (as complete as possible).

Example: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Education: Video & Audio Gallery, accessed 27 September 2011,

  • Articles in online blogs or newspapers

obey the rules for articles in print, followed by the specific Internet information.

Example: Muth, Chaz. 2009. ‘Bishops Say Health Reform Should Include All Immigrants, Legal or Not’, Catholic News Service, 22 September, accessed 28 November 2010,

B. Book Review Guidelines

  • The review contains the full details of the book: author/editor, full title, series, place, publisher, date of publication, edition, pages, special features (maps, colour plates, etc), price and ISBN.

            See the following example:

 Mia Lövheim (ed.), Media, Religion and Gender: Key Issues and New Challenges (Media, Religion and Culture Series), London and New York: Routledge 2013, v + 214pp, ISBN 978-0-415-50472-0.

  •  The review introduces the book, its author and the book’s main thesis. 
  •  The review outlines the structure of the book and summarizes the argument presented in the book.
  •  The review engages critically with the argument in the book, evaluating its strengths and weaknesses.
  •  The review particularly focuses on the question what the book contributes to the broad field of the study of religion and gender.
  •  The review is to be submitted in about six months time after receiving the book.
  •  The review is 800 – 1200 words in length and does not use foot- or endnotes.

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, DOIs 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 peer review have been followed.
  7. The author declares the absence of any conflict of interest.
  8. The Author warrants and represents that the Work does not infringe upon any copyright, proprietary, or personal right of any third party. If the Work contains any material that is owned or controlled by a third party, the Author certifies that he/she has obtained permission for its use and that the material is clearly acknowledged within the text.
    This warrant concerns the entire manuscript, text as well as pictures, sound, video, data sets etc. The author also warrants to us that he/she has full authority to enter into this agreement and that the rights he/she is granting to R&G are done so without breaching any obligations he/she may have.
  9. All authors have given permission to be listed on the submitted paper. The corresponding author is authorized to speak on behalf of the authors.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

a) Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 (CC-BY 3.0) License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.

b) Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

c) Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (see The Effect of Open Access).

We encourage authors to deposit their article in their institutional open access repository and a subject-based repository, and to upload it on their personal websites, institutional webpages and professional platforms such as (no embargo period).

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