Critical Research on Religion
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Critical Research on Religion


Editors
Roland Boer University of Newcastle, Australia
Jonathan Boyarin Cornell University, USA
Warren S. Goldstein Center for Critical Research on Religion and Harvard University, USA
Book Review Editor
Rebekka King Middle Tennessee State University, USA

eISSN: 20503040| ISSN: 20503032|Current volume: 3|Current issue: 2 Frequency: 3 Times/Year


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Critical Research on Religion is a peer-reviewed, international journal focusing on the development of a critical theoretical framework and its application to research on religion. It provides a common venue for those engaging in critical analysis in theology and religious studies, as well as for those who critically study religion in the other social sciences and humanities such as philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, history, and literature.

A critical approach examines religious phenomena according to both their positive and negative impacts. It draws on methods including but not restricted to the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, Marxism, post-structuralism, feminism, psychoanalysis, ideological criticism, post-colonialism, ecocriticism, and queer studies.

The journal seeks to enhance an understanding of how religious institutions and religious thought may simultaneously serve as a source of domination and progressive social change. It attempts to understand the role of religion within social and political conflicts. These conflicts are often based on differences of race, class, ethnicity, region, gender, and sexual orientation – all of which are shaped by social, political, and economic inequity.

The journal encourages submissions of theoretically guided articles on current issues as well as those with historical interest using a wide range of methodologies including qualitative, quantitative, and archival. It publishes articles, review essays, book reviews, thematic issues, symposia, and interviews.

Submit your paper online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/crreligion.

Critical Research on Religion is a peer-reviewed, international journal focusing on the development of a critical theoretical framework and its application to research on religion. It provides a common venue for those engaging in critical analysis in theology and religious studies, as well as for those who critically study religion in the other social sciences and humanities such as philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, history, and literature.

A critical approach examines religious phenomena according to both their positive and negative impacts. It draws on methods including but not restricted to the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, Marxism, post-structuralism, feminism, psychoanalysis, ideological criticism, post-colonialism, ecocriticism, and queer studies.

The journal seeks to enhance an understanding of how religious institutions and religious thought may simultaneously serve as a source of domination and progressive social change. It attempts to understand the role of religion within social and political conflicts. These conflicts are often based on differences of race, class, ethnicity, region, gender, and sexual orientation – all of which are shaped by social, political, and economic inequity.

The journal encourages submissions of theoretically guided articles on current issues as well as those with historical interest using a wide range of methodologies including qualitative, quantitative, and archival. It publishes articles, review essays, book reviews, thematic issues, symposia, and interviews.

Editorial Board
Christopher Craig Brittain University of Aberdeen, UK
Néstor Da Costa Insituto Universitario CLEAH, Uruguay
Youzhang Geng Renmin University, China
Darlene Juschka University of Regina, Canada
Chin Kenpa Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan
Sergey Kozin Russian Christian Academy of the Humanities, Russia
Lauren Langman Loyola University, Chicago, USA
Vincent W. Lloyd Syracuse University, USA
Kenneth G. MacKendrick University of Manitoba, Canada
Carlos A. Manrique Universidad de los Andes, Columbia
Andrew M. McKinnon University of Aberdeen, UK
Seyed Javad Miri Institute of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Iran
Mika Ojakangas University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Jorunn Økland University of Oslo, Norway
Christina Petterson Humboldt University, Germany
Sarah M. Pike California State University, Chico, USA
Michael Puett Harvard University, USA
Jordana Rosenberg University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
Tatiana Senyushkina Taurida National University, Ukraine
Matthew Sharpe Deacon University, Australia
Paul-Francois Tremlett Open University, UK
Shuangli Zhang Fudan University, China
Editorial Advisory Board
Janet Afary University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Kevin B. Anderson University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
William Arnal University of Regina, Canada
David Chidester University of Cape Town, South Africa
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza Harvard University, USA
Francis Fiorenza Harvard University, USA
Jay Geller Vanderbilt University, USA
Peter E. Gordon Harvard University, USA
Marsha Hewitt University of Toronto, Canada
Amy Hollywood Harvard University, USA
Yang Huilin Renmin University, China
Milena Kirova University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Terence J. Lovat University of Newcastle, Australia
Michael Löwy Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
Eduardo Mendieta Stony Brook University, USA
Mansoor Moaddel University of Maryland, USA
Adi Ophir Tel Aviv University, Israel
Carsten Pallesen University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Rudolf J. Siebert Western Michigan University, USA
Randall G. Styers University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA
Kenneth Surin Duke University, USA
Stefanie von Schnurbein Humboldt University, Germany
Rhys H. Williams Loyola University of Chicago, USA
Lambert Zuidervaart Institute for Christian Studies, Canada

  1. Article types
  2. Peer review policy
    2.1 Authorship
    2.2 Acknowledgments
  3. Publishing Policies
    3.1 Publication Ethics
    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    3.3 Open Access and author archiving
    3.4 Permissions
  4. How to submit your manuscript
  5. Declaration of conflicting interests
  6. Other Conventions
  7. Acknowledgments
    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
  8. Manuscript style
    8.1 File types
    8.2 Journal style
    8.3 Reference style
    8.4 Manuscript preparation
    8.4.1 Your title, Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    8.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
    8.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    8.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    8.4.5 English language editing services
  9. After acceptance
    9.1 Proofs
    9.2 E-Prints and Complimentary Copies
    9.3 SAGE production
  10. Further information

 

Critical Research on Religion is a peer-reviewed, international journal focusing on the development of a critical theoretical framework and its application to research on religion. It provides a common venue for those engaging in critical analysis in theology and religious studies, as well as for those who critically study religion in the other social sciences and humanities such as philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, history, and literature.

A critical approach examines religious phenomena according to both their positive and negative impacts. It draws on methods including but not restricted to the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, Marxism, post-structuralism, feminism, psychoanalysis, ideological criticism, post-colonialism, ecocriticism, and queer studies.

1. Article types

Critical Research on Religion encourages submissions of theoretically guided articles on current issues as well as those with historical interest using a wide range of methodologies including qualitative, quantitative, and archival. It publishes articles, review essays, book reviews, thematic issues, symposia, and interviews.

  • Articles;
  • Review Articles;
  • Book Reviews;
  • Thematic Issues;
  • Symposia;
  • Interviews;

Full papers are generally restricted to a maximum of 8,000 words.

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2 Peer review policy

Critical Research on Religion operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. Please ensure that you have read the manuscript submission guidelines before submitting your manuscript. Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Critical Research on Religion will be accepted for review. We aim for each manuscript that is accepted for peer review to receive three reviews but in any event, each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible.

As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of X peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

  • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
  • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
  • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

2.1 Authorship

All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

2.2 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

2.2.1 Writing Assistance

Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communciations company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance”).

It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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3. Publishing policies

3.1 Publication ethics

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

3.1.1 Plagiarism

Critical Research on Religion and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

3.3 Open Access and author archiving

Critical Research on Religion offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

3.4 Permissions

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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4. How to submit your manuscript

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. For review purposes, authors are requested to supply a short biography, separated from their article, at the submission stage.

Critical Research on Religion is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/crreligion to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

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5. Declaration of conflicting interests

Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Critical Research on Religion does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None Declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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6. Other Conventions

None applicable.

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7. Acknowledgements

Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

7.1 Funding acknowledgement

To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Critical Research on Religion additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.

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8. Manuscript style

8.1 File types

Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.

8.2 Journal Style

Click here to review guidelines on Critical Research on Religion journal style.

8.3 Reference Style

Critical Research on Religion adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

8.4 Manuscript Preparation

The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

8.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

8.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

8.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

8.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

Critical Research on Religion does not currently accept supplemental files.

8.4.5 English Language Editing services

Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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9. After acceptance           

9.1 Proofs

We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

9.2 E-Prints and Complimentary Copies

SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway. We additionally provide the corresponding author with a complimentary copy of the print issue in which the article appears up to a maximum of free copies for onward supply by the corresponding author to co-authors.

9.3 SAGE Production

At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Critical Research on Religion with SAGE.

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8. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

Warren S. Goldstein
Critical Research on Religion
goldstein@criticaltheoryofreligion.org

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