Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The Review of Religious Research (RRR) journal publishes empirical social-science research and provides a forum for research across multiple disciplines and approaches. The topics, religious groups, disciplinary approaches, methods, and types of analysis are detailed further in the Aims & Scope. The RRR welcomes articles of the following types.

Original Research Article: This is a scholarly and methodologically rigorous article (maximum 40 double-spaced manuscript pages, 10,000 words) that shows connections to other relevant published studies or theory in the area of the research topic. It should also have some new facts, theoretical perspectives, and insights in the area of the research done, based on empirical data. The authors of these articles are encouraged to structure them according to the commonly used major section headings of scientific studies: Introduction/Background, Methods, Results, and Discussion (which should include a Limitations section). In addition, a final section labeled Conclusions and Implications is mandatory. Authors should read the journal’s Aims & Scope before submitting a manuscript.

Research Note: This is a scholarly and methodologically rigorous article (maximum 30 double-spaced manuscript pages, 7,500 words) that does not have to be theoretical or be tied to all the salient research literature, etc. However, it needs to have something new to say based on empirical data. The authors of these articles are encouraged to structure them according to the commonly used major section headings of scientific studies: Introduction/Background, Methods, Results, and Discussion (which should include a Limitations section). In addition, a final section labelled Conclusions and Implications is mandatory. Authors should read the journal’s Aims & Scope before submitting a manuscript.

Review Article: This is a scholarly article that provides a comprehensive summary of relevant research and theory on one or more than one topical area that compares and contrasts the methods and findings of the included studies to offer a better understanding of, and where possible, a theoretical interpretation of their findings (maximum 40 double-spaced manuscript pages, 10,000 words). These articles should employ commonly used major section headings; a Methods section and a Conclusions and Implications section are mandatory. Authors should read the journal’s Aims & Scope and obtain the journal editor’s approval that the nature and scope of the proposed review is appropriate for publication in Review of Religious Research before submitting it.

Applied Research Abstract: This is a summary of an applied research study in the form of a structured abstract, with the following section headings: Background, Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusions and Implications (350-550 words). The abstract is invited to include a footnote that states: (a) whether a complete report exists and how it can be obtained; (b) whether the raw data are available in electronic form and how they can be obtained if the authors wish to make them available to other researchers; and (c) any additional information that is pertinent to providing readers with access to the applied research project results.

Book Review: This is a summary of a scholarly book that identifies the purpose and central themes, highlights important claims or contributions, and offers critical evaluation of the theories, methods, approach, or limitations (about 800 words). If you would like to review a book for the journal, contact the Book Review Editor, David Eagle, Ph.D. – david.eagle@duke.edu.

The Review of Religious Research is willing to consider special issue ideas on a case-by-case basis. To inquire about interest in a special issue, email the Editor-In-Chief at relig@iupui.edu

Editorial Process: Review of Religious Research is a refereed journal with an anonymized peer review policy. Review of Religious Research adheres to a double-blind, anonymized peer review process in which the authors are de-identified from the manuscript, and the reviewers names are in turn anonymized. The Editor-In-Chief will review manuscripts to assess whether they are relevant to the Aims & Scope of the journal. Authors are advised to carefully review the Aims & Scope prior to submitting and to directly address goodness-of-fit within manuscript cover letters. If a manuscript is relevant to the journal, it will be sent to qualified reviewers who are experts in their fields. Thoughtful keyword selection during the submission process will aid manuscripts in being reviewed by scholars that are most aligned with the topic, approach, and country of data collection in the study. Authors are advised to review the Editorial Board members to gain a sense of the types of expertise most readily available within the journal reviewers.

Manuscript Submission and Processing Fee: Manuscripts should be submitted via the Sage ScholarOne system. After logging in to ScholarOne and selecting “New Manuscript Submission,” authors will need to select the type of article, identify relevant keywords from the Aims & Scope, and follow the rest of the directions embedded in the submission system.

Authors who are not members of the Religious Research Association (RRA) are required to pay a $35 manuscript processing fee before their manuscript undergoes peer-review. The submission fee includes a year of free membership to the RRA.

Authors must submit a cover letter with their submission that includes the following information:

  1. A statement confirming that all the authors have read the final version of the manuscript and agreed to submit it to Review of Religious Research. (Do not submit your manuscript unless this is true.)
  • A statement confirming that the manuscript has not been published previously and that it is not currently being reviewed for publication by another journal. (Do not submit your manuscript unless this is true.)
  • A statement explaining how the manuscript fits into one or more of the topical areas listed in the journal’s Aims & Scope. This statement should also briefly identify at least one of the empirical research methods and analysis listed in the Aims & Scope, or specify an additional empirical method or analysis that is not listed.
  • The full name, institution, and email address of at least one author of the manuscript who is currently a member of the Religious Research Association, OR; A statement acknowledging the authors agree to pay the $35 fee for the manuscript to be peer-reviewed (if it is initially assessed to be potentially suitable for publication), if no author of the manuscript is a member of the Religious Research Association. See the Fee section below for more details. The waiver of the $35 fee only applies to manuscripts that are authored or co-authored by a member of the Religious Research Association. The fee will not be waived for any other reason.

Sample Letter 1

Dear Editor:

All the authors have read the final version of the manuscript and agreed to submit it to Review of Religious Research. The manuscript has not been published previously, and it is not currently being reviewed for publication by another journal.

The authors think the manuscript fits within the topical areas of Religious Leaders and Religion & Civics because it investigates the ways that people in faith-based organizations draw upon religious language in volunteer recruitment efforts. This is an empirical research study that utilized surveys to collect data for the quantitative analysis and in-depth interviews to inform the qualitative analysis.

[Name of Corresponding Author] of the [Affiliated University or Organization] (email@university.edu) is the corresponding author of the manuscript and a current member of the Religious Research Association.

Sincerely,

[Name of Corresponding Author]


Sample Letter 2

Dear Editor:

All the authors have read the final version of the manuscript and agreed to submit it to Review of Religious Research. The manuscript has not been published previously, and it is not currently being reviewed for publication by another journal.

The authors think the manuscript fits within the topic area of Religious Beliefs because it reviews how scholars attend to Muslim, Christian, and Jewish religious texts in published research. Although the manuscript does not appear to fit into any of the methods listed in the Aims & Scope, the authors think the manuscript is consistent with the Aims & Scope because the study employs bibliometric techniques to inform a quantitative and qualitative analysis of existing publications.

As none of the authors currently belong to the Religious Research Association, [Name of Corresponding Author] agrees to pay the $35 fee for the manuscript to be peer-reviewed if it is initially assessed to be potentially suitable for publication via the Religious Research Association website (payment will be confirmed with the RRA before proceeding with peer review).

Sincerely,

[Name of Corresponding Author]