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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Preceding the article body should be (1) a title, (2) a 150-250-word abstract, and (3) a list of keywords.

The Journal of Interreligious Studies is now accepting submissions for our forthcoming issues. We welcome rigorous, analytical submissions from emerging and established scholars alike. As the field of interreligious and interfaith studies expands and evolves, we strive to be at the forefront of creative and innovative scholarly investigation. Rather than shying away from discourse on problematic exchanges that take place between religious groups, the JIRS seeks articles that approach these “trouble spots” from an informed, academic perspective in order to provide new insight into how difficulties may be overcome or at least better understood. Given the interdisciplinary nature of interreligious studies, we invite articles from a wide array of content areas and fields of study that can shed new insights into interreligious and interfaith work. On a case-by-case basis, we are open to publishing well-articulated and informative pieces from activists and practitioners whose experiences in the field illuminate interesting phenomena and create a platform for stimulating discussion.

The Journal is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to innovative research on and study of the interactions that take place within and between religious communities. Published online, it is designed to increase both the quality and frequency of interchanges between religious groups and their leaders and scholars. By fostering communication and study, the Journal hopes to contribute to a more tolerant, pluralistic society.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be the original, previously unpublished work of the author(s). Authors are also advised to read about the JIRS and the previous issue prior to submitting an article. Submissions should be between 2,500 and 8,000 words, including notes and a 150-250-word abstract. They should adhere to the Seventeenth Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style and utilize footnotes for citations and discursive elaboration. Co-authored articles are welcomed and encouraged.


One or two issues a year are reserved for open submissions, which we accept in a rolling process. Once submitted, it generally takes eight to ten weeks to hear back about the status of your submission. In addition, we have thematic calls, which are listed in the announcements. When submitting articles, please specify if you are submitting for a rolling issue, a particular thematic CFP listed in the announcement, or a particualr collaborative issue for which you were invited to submit a piece.