Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Religion and Gender is the first refereed online international journal dedicated to the systematic study of gender and religion in an interdisciplinary perspective. The journal explores the relation, confrontation and intersection of gender and religion, taking into account the multiple and changing manifestations of religion in diverse social and cultural contexts. It analyses and reflects critically on gender in its interpretative and imaginative dimensions and as a fundamental principle of social ordering. It seeks to investigate gender at the intersection of feminist, sexuality, queer, masculinity and diversity studies.

As an academic journal, Religion and Gender aims to publish high level contributions from the humanities and from qualitative and conceptual studies in the social sciences. It wants to focus in particular on contemporary debates and topics of emerging interest. Albeit international in scope, the journal takes seriously that it is situated in contemporary Europe. It seeks to reflect on this position, particularly from postmodern, postcolonial, and post secular perspectives.

The journal appears twice a year, each issue focussing on a specific theme. Scholars are welcome to submit articles for review or propose  topical issues under their guest editorship. Renowned scholars may be invited to submit keynote articles on specific topics. In particular, we welcome contributions which advance, broaden and innovate discourses, debates and paradigms by virtue of their originality, rigour and/or counter-hegemonial perspectives. All articles will be internationally refereed.

The editorial board of Religion and Gender also welcomes book reviews, comments, literature surveys, concise discussion papers, and announcements of academic events, academic networks, new publications, and relevant mailing lists.

Literature Survey

Literature surveys are papers that offer a overview and critical discussion of recent publications on a specific topic or question in the field of religion and gender. They should not exceed 6,000 words (incl. references). Literature surveys are subject to blind peer review and thus are as fully refereed.

Concise Research Papers

Concise research papers are mini-research articles, interim reports on research in progress, or proposals for future research. They should be between 2,000-3,000 words (incl. references and a 100-words abstract). Concise research papers are subject to blind peer review and thus are as fully refereed.

Discussion Papers

Discussion papers consist of comments on or responses to research published in the journal and elsewhere. Conference reports and notes on running discussions and debates can also be sent in as discussion papers. They should not exceed 3,000 words (incl. references). Discussion papers are reviewed by the journal editors before they are accepted for publication.

Book Reviews


Peer Review Process

Articles, concise papers and literature surveys submitted to Religion and Gender will go through a peer-review process in order to guarantee the academic quality of the journal’s publications.

The managing editors make an initial appraisal of each manuscript. If it seems potentially appropriate for the journal, the manuscript is send to at least two scholars with relevant expertise. They will assess the manuscript, make comments and give a recommendation about publication of the manuscript. On the basis of these review reports, the managing editors will decide on acceptance, minor revision, resubmission or rejection of the manuscript.

Religion and Gender has a “double blind” review process: authors are not informed about the names of the reviewers and vice versa.

Book reviews do not go through a formal blind peer-review process but are assessed by the managing editors.

Publication Frequency

Religion and Gender will be published twice a year. Each year a first issue will appear in March and a second in October. All articles of one issue will be published simultaneously. Each issue is divided in a thematic part and a section that contains other refereed articles, concise papers and literature surveys. The themes of the issues and the deadlines of sending abstracts and completed articles wille be announced one year before the appearance of an issue.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.