About the Journal
The Journal of Interreligious Studies (JIRS) is a forum for academic, social, and timely issues affecting religious communities around the world. Published online, it is designed to increase both the quality and frequency of interchanges between religious groups and their leaders and scholars. By fostering conversation, the Journal hopes to increase religious literacy, contribute to the field of interreligious hermeneutics, and address the issues surrounding interreligious relations, dialogue, theology, and communication. The JIRS solicits articles of an interdisciplinary nature and with the aim of producing resources for interreligious education, pedagogy, and cooperation. It is a collaboration between the Boston University School of Theology and Hebrew College. For regular updates, we invite you to follow the Journal on Facebook. A sign-up for a newsletter is in the works.
The Journal works to maintain the highest level of academic integrity. Managed and edited by a multifaith and diverse team of seminary and university students and established scholars, all articles undergo a double-blind peer review by the academics, theologians, and non-profit leaders who serve on either the Board of Advisors or the Board of Reviewers, or both.
As a premier electronic publication, The Journal of Interreligious Studies is poised substantially to impact interreligious dialogue and work. With the understanding that clergy and lay leaders greatly affect the dynamics within their congregations and religious movements, the JIRS offers a novel way to establish long-term dialogue and collaboration between religious communities.
More specifically, the Journal seeks to:
- Feature articles on cutting-edge research and scholarship taking place at theological seminaries and universities concerning the field of interreligious studies and comparative religion and theology.
- Promote innovative ideas, methodologies, pedagogies, and hermeneutics for interreligious work to ensure that best practices are shared and replicated.
- Express challenges facing religious communities and openly discuss interreligious disputes and their possible solutions.
- Provide a means for religious leaders to engage in interreligious work and learn about traditions other than their own.
- Utilize the increasingly "global" nature of religious communities to promote religious literacy and appreciation both within and beyond the United States.
At the Journal of Interreligious Studies, all submissions undergo a three-step review process. First, submissions are reviewed by our editorial staff to check for appropriateness and rigor, and to ensure that the material is a good fit with the mission and aims of the Journal. Then, submissions go through a double-blind peer review process. Our reviewers are members of our Board of Advisors or Board of Reviewers, and are experts in the field of interreligious and interfaith dialogue and studies, as well as comparative religion and theology.
Articles that are accepted through peer review are shared with our publishing editors, who examine each issue as a whole and with an eye to overall balance, quality, and the furthering of the Journal's mission. It is our intention that each issue share the best voices of scholars and practitioners, represent the diversity of voices of those in the wider field, and model dialogue, interfaith leadership, and careful, critical scholarship.
Finally, editors work with authors throughout the time leading up to publication to respond to any feedback from reviewers and to do any necessary copyediting. If an article fails to meet the standards of publication, or is not ready by internal publication dates, we reserve the right not to publish the article, though it may be resubmitted for future consideration. Since 2008, the Journal has sought to build an interreligious community of scholars in which people of different traditions learn from one another and work together for the common good. We welcome submissions and collaboration, and are thankful for the contributions of our authors.
The views, opinions, and positions expressed in all articles published by the Journal of Interreligious Studies are the authors’ own and do not reflect or represent those of the JIRS staff, JIRS Board of Advisors, JIRS Board of Reviewers, Boston University, or Hebrew College.