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.
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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.
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.
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:
Communications and Rapid Communications
Reviews and Mini-Reviews
Letters to the Editor and Amendments
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.
Editor-in-Chief: 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, Yale University, USA Tomáš Halík, University of Charles, Prague, Czech Republic Paul Heelas, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands 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 Walter H. Wagner, USA Marc Vervenne, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium Dean Zimmerman, Rutgers University, USA Volker Zotz
Editors Chris Allen, University of Birmingham, England Alp Arat, London, UK Augusto Cosentino, Italy Majid Daneshgar, University of Freiburg, Germany Mehmet Karabela, McGill University, Canada Francesca Montemaggi, Cardiff University, UK Lukas Pokorny, Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna, Austria Rasa Pranskevičiūtė-Amoson, Vilnius University, Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies, Lithuania Nicola Spanu Jack Turner, Thomas Cooper Library Univeristy of South Carolina, USA Dobrosława Wiktor-Mach, Cracow University of Economics, Poland Saeko Yazaki, University of Glasgow, UK
Assistant Editors: Samuel Awuah-Nyameky, University of Cape Coast, Ghana Sanjay Merchant, Moody Bible Institute, USA
Language Editors Emily Eiben, Germany Michael L. Fitzgerald, Canada Philip Miti, University of Aberdeen, UK David A. Ogren, UK James Rehwalds Dean Skelley, USA
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