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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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Style Guide, a PDF of which is found in the below link.
  • I will provide a 75-word layperson's abstract for social media sharing in addition to the regular, academic abstract. You may add that to your document or to the "Abstract" text box during the submissions process.

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All submissions must be the original, previously unpublished work of the author(s).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 follow the guidelines in our Style Guide.

In addition to a regular, academic abstract, please provide a layperson's abstract. If your article is published, the layperson's abstract will be used to circulate your article via our Twitter and FaceBook accounts. You may include your Twitter handle in your abstract and follow us on FaceBook so that we may tag you if and when the time comes. 


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.