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Open Theology is an international Open Access, peer-reviewed academic journal that welcomes contributions written in English addressing religion in its various forms and aspects: historical, theological, sociological, psychological, and other.
The journal encompasses all major disciplines of Theology and Religious Studies, presenting doctrine, history, organization and everyday life of various types of religious groups and the relations between them. We publish articles from the field of Theology as well as Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology of Religion and also dialogue between Religion and Science.
The Open Theology does not present views of any particular theological school nor of a particular religious organization. The contributions are written by researchers who represent different religious views. The authors present their research concerning the old religious traditions as well as new religious movements. 
The aim of the journal is to promote an international and interdisciplinary dialogue in the field of Theology and Religious Studies. The journal seeks also to provide researchers, pastors and other interested persons with the fruits of academic studies.

Aims and Scope

Why subscribe and read

Open Theology is an international journal that publishes research articles of established and emerging scholars in the field of religion, relevant from academic and practical points of view. The journal covers studies related to all theological subdisciplines, as well as to various forms of religious phenomena.

Why submit

Open Theology is a peer-reviewed, open access journal, which means that contributions can easily achieve worldwide readership. The papers accepted for publication are posted on the website promptly, without the necessity to wait for the publication of the whole volume.

Call for submissions

TOPICAL ISSUE ON Bible Translation
Mark L. Strauss, Bethel Seminary San Diego, USA

TOPICAL ISSUE ON Multiple Religious Belonging

TOPICAL ISSUE ON Religion and Racism – Intercultural Perspectives
Daniel White Hodge, North Park University, USA

Alternative Religiosities in the Soviet Union and the Communist East-Central Europe: Formations, Resistances and Manifestations
Rasa Pranskevičiūtė, Vytautas Magnus Universi
Eglė Aleknaitė, Vytautas Magnus University

for De Gruyter Open's book program on Theology and Religious Studies

Type of Publication:

Instructions for Authors


Manuscripts should be submitted to the journal via online submission system Editorial Manager available for this journal at In case of problems, please contact the Managing Editor of this journal via email

Manuscript submitted to this journal should:

  • contain original work - not published elsewhere in any medium (in the whole or in part) by the authors or anyone else and not under consideration for publication in any other medium;
  • focus on the aims and scope of the journal;
  • be clearly and correctly written - should contain all essential features of a scientific publication that is easy to understand for the target audience;
  • written in English - attention to detail of the language will avoid severe misunderstandings which might lead to rejection of the paper;
  • be delivered in electronic format.

The journal publishes:

  • Research Articles
  • Communications and Rapid Communications
  • Reviews and Mini-Reviews
  • Commentaries
  • Letters to the Editor and Amendments

Formatting Requirements

Our contributors are asked to make sure their submissions comply with rules governing the formatting. Although the journal can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to deliver a properly formatted electronic version of the article.

We accept submission of text, tables and figures as separate files or as a composite file. For your initial submission, we recommend you upload your entire manuscript, including tables and figures, as a single PDF file. If you are invited to submit a revised manuscript, please provide us with individual files: an editable text and publication-quality figures.

  • Text files can be submitted in the following formats: MS Word - standard DOCUMENT (.DOC) or RICH TEXT FORMAT (.RTF); PDF (not applicable for re-submitted or accepted manuscripts, see below)
  • Tables should be submitted as MS Word or PDF (not applicable for re-submitted or accepted manuscripts, see below). Please note that a straight Excel file is not an acceptable format
  • Graphics files can be submitted in any of the following graphic formats: EPS; BMP; JPG; TIFF; GIF or PDF. Please note that Powerpoint files are not accepted

Post acceptance, text files of the revised manuscript and tables are required for use in the production.

Authors should clearly indicate location of tables and figures in the text if these elements are given separately or at the end of the manuscript. If this information is not provided to the editorial office, we will assume that they should be left at the end of the text.

It is important that authors include a cover letter with their manuscript. Please explain why you consider your manuscript as suitable for publication in Open Theology, why will your paper inspire the other members of your field, and how will it drive research forward.

The letter should contain all important details such as: 

  • your full name (submitted by)
  • full title of article and short title
  • full list of authors with affiliations
  • e-mail of the corresponding author
  • contact address, telephone/fax numbers of the corresponding author
  • number of attached files, if there is more than one
  • status: new, reviewed or accepted (with reference ID if reviewed or accepted)

Cover letter should explicitly state that the manuscript (or one with substantially the same content, by any of the authors) has not been previously published in any language anywhere and that it is not under simultaneous consideration or in press by another journal. If related work has been submitted, then we may require a preprint to be made available. Reviewers will be asked to comment on the overlap between the related submissions.

Manuscripts that have been previously rejected, or withdrawn after being returned for modification, may be resubmitted if the major criticisms have been addressed. The cover letter must state that the manuscript is a resubmission, and the former manuscript number should be provided.

To ensure fair and objective decision-making, authors must declare any associations that pose a conflict of interest in connection with evaluated manuscripts (see Editorial Policy  for details). Authors may suggest up to two referees not to use and in such cases additional justification should be provided in the cover letter. Authors are encouraged to recommend up to five reviewers who are not members of their institution(s) and have never been associated with them or their laboratory(ies); please provide contact information for suggested reviewers. The Editors reserve the right to select expert reviewers at their discretion. 
For further instructions, please carefully follow the guidelines described in Instructions for Authors .

Open Access License

Authors have to sign an Open Access License  that is available on the webpage. We encourage the authors to send the signed license along with the manuscript. Please note, that no article will be published unless the Open Access License is signed.

Open Theology is covered by the following services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • CEJSH (The Central European Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities)
  • Celdes
  • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • DOAJ
  • EBSCO (relevant databases)
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Genamics JournalSeek
  • Google Scholar
  • J-Gate
  • JournalTOCs
  • Naviga (Softweco)
  • Primo Central (ExLibris)
  • ReadCube
  • ResearchGate
  • Summon (Serials Solutions/ProQuest)
  • TDOne (TDNet)
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WorldCat (OCLC)

Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College, USA

Managing Editor
Katarzyna Tempczyk, De Gruyter Open 

Editorial Advisory Board
Leslie Allen, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA
Dale Allison, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA
Peter Antes, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany
Stefano Bigliardi, Lund University, Sweden
Allen Brent, King's College, London / Lateran University, Roma  UK / Italy
Gerhard Bowering, Yale University, USA
Joseph A. Bracken, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Steve Bruce, University of Aberdeen, UK
Pierre-Yves Brandt, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Roberto Cipriani, Universita Roma Tre, Italy
James H. Charlesworth, Princeton, USA
Dan Cohn-Sherbok, University of Wales, UK
Robert J. Daly, Boston College, USA
Amir Dastmalchian, King's College, London, UK
Gavin D'Costa, Univeristy of Bristol, UK
Stephen Glazier, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
Tomáš Halík, University of Charles, Prague, Czech Republic
Paul Heelas, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Larry W. Hurtado, University of Edinburgh, UK
Ralph Wilbur Hood, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, USA
David Jasper, Oxford University, UK
Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Kapil Kapoor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Paul Knitter, Union Theological Seminary, New York City, USA
Oliver Leaman, University of Kentucky, USA
James R. Lewis, The University of Tromsø, Norway
Jacob Lessner, Northwestern University, USA
John McGuckin, Union Theological Seminary, New York City, USA
Francis Moloney, Australian Catholic University, Australia
George Newlands, University of Glasgow, UK
Graham Oppy, Monash University, Australia
Christopher Partridge, Lancaster University, UK
Tariq Ramadan, University of Oxford, UK
Peter Riddell, Melbourne School of Theology / University of London, Australia, UK
Arvind Sharma, McGill University, USA
Guy G. Stroumsa, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem / University of Oxford, Israel / UK
Bron Taylor, University of Florida, USA
Water H. Wagner, USA
Marc Vervenne, Catholic  University of Leuven, Belgium
Dean Zimmerman, Rutgers University, USA
Volker Zotz, University of Vienna, Austria

Section Editors
Daniel Barbu, Bern University, Switzerland

Steve Black, Vancouver School of Theology, Canada
Augusto Cosentino, Italy
Dyron B. Daughrity, Pepperdine University, USA
Toan Do, Sacred Heart School of Theology, USA
Russell Morton, USA
James Swan Tuite, Oberlin College, USA
Jack Turner, Thomas Cooper Library Univeristy of South Carolina, USA

Majid Daneshgar, Univeristy of Malaya, Malaysia
Mehmet Karabela, McGill University, Canada
Saeko Yazaki, University of Glasgow, UK

Eastern Religions
Lukas Pokorny, University of Aberdeen, UK
Saeko Yazaki, University of Glasgow, UK

Sociology of Religion
Chris Allen, University of Birmingham, England
Alp Arat, London, UK
Francesca Montemaggi, Cardiff University, UK
Rasa Pranskevičiūtė, Lithuania
Dobrosława Wiktor-Mach, Cracow University of Economics, Poland

Philosophy of Religion
Thomas Carroll

Assistant Editor:
Samuel Awuah-Nyameky, University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Moritz Deecke, Germany
Zoran Grozdanov, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Sanjay Merchant, Moody Bible Institute, USA
Jarosław Moeglich, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland / Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Germany
Wilson Tan, UK
Arash Zeini, University of St Andrews, UK

Language Editors
Emily Eiben, Germany
Amalia Jiva, USA
David A. Ogren, UK
Dean Skelley, USA
Wayne G. Smith, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Adam Walker, UK

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01-811 Warsaw, Poland
T: +48 22 701 50 15

Editorial Contact
Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk

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