Religio – Guidelines for the authors
Submission of manuscripts
All contributions should be sent in electronic form to email@example.com in the correct format explained below. In the first version of the paper, it is admissible to use a different type of bibliographical referencing insofar as it is comprehensible, clearly organized and cohesive. However, in the case of the contribution being accepted for publication, the text must be adjusted to the Religio style of bibliographical references.
A necessary part of all contributions (with the exception of news and reviews) is an English summary (see below). Also, in the cover letter, please state the institution you are aligned to.
The editor will confirm the receipt of the contribution and will refer it to the peer review process.
The journal has two closing dates for submissions per year – 31st October (manuscripts submitted by this date, if accepted for publication, are usually published in the first issue of the next volume of the journal; however, the number of articles received and the degree of editing a particular text requires, etc. can postpone publication) and 30th April (submissions made by this date are usually published in the second issue of the current volume).
The peer review process
All contributions for the sections Special Feature, Articles, Commentaries and Discussions, and Materials are entered into a two-phase peer review process. In the first round, the text is assessed by the Editors in Chief and the Managing Editor (with the possible engagement of one or more members of the Editorial Board). They decide whether the contribution is to proceed to the second round, or whether its rejection (for reasons of insufficient quality or with regard to the profile of the journal) should be proposed to the Editorial Board. This proposal can be vetoed by any member of the Editorial Board. If the proposal is vetoed, the text proceeds to the second phase of the peer review process. Otherwise, it is rejected in the first round.
In the second round, the anonymous manuscript is evaluated – usually by two reviewers. Their reviews are then submitted to the Editorial Board, which decides whether the text will be accepted for publication, returned to the author for further editing, or rejected. The meeting of the Editorial Board takes place twice a year, usually in January and June. The Managing Editor will communicate the decision of the Editorial Board to the author within the following three weeks.
Preconditions for publishing in Religio
The preconditions for publishing a contribution in Religio include:
- submission of an original text that has not been published or offered for publication elsewhere;
- rigorous checking of the manuscript before its submission;
- rigorous checking of the accuracy of bibliographical references (including page numbers);
- rigorous checking of the accuracy of citations and paraphrases;
- rigorous and timely revision of the text in the proofreading phase and the making of necessary corrections with the use of standard proofreaders’ signs.
The editor accepts the following types of contributions:
(a) Articles. A comprehensive study with a length of 20 to 35 standard pages (36,000 to 63,000 characters including spaces and footnotes).
(b) Commentaries and Discussions. Shorter papers on a particular issue, analytical overview articles about a specific topic and the state of relevant research, review articles dealing with several books within the wider context of the state of research, or discussions having 10-25 standard pages in length (18,000 to 45,000 characters including spaces and footnotes).
(c) Materials. Shorter primary sources with an introduction, translations of original materials with a commentary, visual materials with a commentary etc. having 10-25 standard pages in length (18,000 to 45,000 characters including spaces and footnotes).
(d) News. Important news related to the subject area of the study of religions, reports from scientific conferences etc. having 2-5 standard pages in length (3,600 to 9,000 characters including spaces and footnotes).
(e) Reviews. Up to 7 standard pages in length (12,600 characters including spaces).
The section Special Feature is intended to comprise contributions dealing with a single topic, and thus to create a thematic section within the journal. Texts within this section are supposed to correspond to the parameters of articles.
The format of contributions
The editor accepts only contributions submitted electronically (sent as an attachment to the email address of the journal). The format .doc (Microsoft Word for Windows 97/2000) is preferred; however, the formats .docx and .rtf are also accepted. It is necessary to use the automatic numbering of footnotes. Manuscripts that do not comply with these criteria or which exhibit problems caused, for example, by conversion from non-preferred formats will be returned to the author for formal editing.
Citations in original languages different from the language of the contribution should be placed in footnotes (in italics). In the main body of the manuscript, translations into the language of the contribution should be used.
Transcription of languages using other than Latin alphabets
The journal accepts only texts using the Latin alphabet. Texts in which other alphabets are used should be transcribed or transliterated according to the conventions of the particular field of study.
While transcribing Semitic languages it is possible to use alef signs (we use a special sign for the aspiration instead of c in the form of the upper index), ajin signs, as well as letters with dots (see an example http://www.casr.cz/religio/transkripce-ukazka.doc, which can be used to copy the signs into your text; all these signs can be also found in text editors via the function Insert/ Symbol. Please use the Times New Roman font).
References are located in the automatically numbered footnotes (please do not create footnotes manually). We kindly ask contributors to observe the following guidelines:
The first appearance in the text (a full bibliographical reference):
Gerd Theissen, Studien zur Soziologie des Urchristentums, (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 19), Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck) ³1989 (1st ed. 1979), 47-53. [First names of authors (editors) should be specified, even in cases when they are not presented in the book itself. If there are more than three authors, only the first three are specified and “et al.” is attached. A subsidiary responsibility (e.g. that of a translator) follows after the title of the book, or after the name of the book series if applicable, and is separated by commas from the rest of the entry (e.g. “trans. Jindřich Vacek”); the specification of translators is welcomed even in the case of secondary literature. The subtitle of the book is attached after a colon. The specification of the book series (especially of those that are established) is welcomed; the serial number of the title is attached directly without a comma. The number of the edition appears in the form of the “upper index” and precedes (without a space) the year of edition. The abbreviation for “pages” is not used unless there is a threat of ambiguity. Entries of the same sort (co-authors, two or more places of publication or publishers, etc.) are separated by a dash (–).]
Repeated reference (the shortened version of referencing):
G. Theissen, Studien zur Soziologie..., 47-53. [First names of authors are substituted by initials. The full beginning of the title is kept, i.e. the title is shortened only at the end. The shortening of the entry is indicated by three dots after the abbreviated title; three dots are used even in cases when the title itself is not shortened and only the publishing information is left out. The entry for pages is cited without shortening, e.g. as “143-147” instead of “143-7”.]
An article in an anthology
First appearance in the text:
John Scheid, “The Religious Roles of Roman Women”, in: Pauline Schmitt-Pantel (ed.), A History of Women in the West, Cambridge – London: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 1992, 377-408: 395. [First names of authors are specified. The anthology is preceded by the Latin preposition “in” and a colon. The abbreviation “(ed.)” is used for one editor; in the case of more editors “(eds.)” is applied. In the case of the first appearance of the reference, the page range of the whole article is cited and after it the quoted page is added (e.g. “377-408: 395”). In the case of the second (or later) appearance of the reference, only the quoted page (or range of pages) is specified.]
J. Schneid, “The Religious Roles...”, 395. [The title of the article is shortened; the title of the anthology is omitted. If there is a reference to another article of the same anthology, the whole bibliographical entry has to be presented again.]
An article in a journal
First appearance in the text:
Luther H. Martin “The Roman Cult of Mithras: A Cognitive Perspective”, Religio: Revue pro religionistiku 14/2, 2006, 131-146: 137. [The title of the journal including its subtitle. The volume is followed by the number of the issue within the volume if applicable (volume/issue). Year of publishing, page range for the whole article, and after a colon the page quoted (or range of pages). In the case of journals that use no numbers for volumes but only the continuous numbering of issues, the issue is cited at the position of the volume.]
L. H. Martin, “The Roman Cult of Mithras...”, 31.
Materials published online
A web page:
Dennis E. Smith, “Response to Andrew McGowan’s Articles on Rethinking Eucharistic Origins” [online], <http://www.philipharland.com/meals/GrecoRomanMealsSeminar.htm>, [18 March 2010; 5 May 2013 already not available]. [The date of the page visit is in the square brackets; if applicable, the date of publication of the text is cited before the date of visit and without brackets. If the source is paged (e.g. a PDF file), the page range should be cited similarly to a journal article. If it is not paged but contains paragraphs that are numbered, a specific paragraph should be cited instead of the page number, e.g. “§ 1-4”.]
An article in an online journal:
Timothy Fitzgerald, “‘Religion’ and ‘the Secular’ in Japan: Problems in History, Social Anthropology, and the Study of Religion” [online], Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies 2003, <http://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/discussionpapers/Fitzgerald.html>, 10 July 2003 [7 December 2013]. [If the journal has volumes or issues, they should be cited similarly to the case of articles in printed journals. If the referenced document is paged (e.g. a PDF file), pages should be cited similarly to contributions in printed journals. If it is not paged but contains paragraphs that are numbered, the specific paragraph should be cited instead of the page number, e.g. “§ 1-4”.]
A chapter or an entry within the online item of higher order:
“Cognitive Science of Religion” [online], in: Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_science_of_religion>, 8 September 2014 [6 October 2014].
A shortened version of a reference: D. E. Smith, “Response to Andrew McGowan’s Articles...”; T. Fitzgerald, “‘Religion’ and ‘the Secular’...”; “Cognitive Science of Religion...”.
An unpublished manuscript, thesis
Unpublished and unavailable online: Paola Romagnoli (ed.), Summa contra hereticos: Edizione critica con saggio introduttivo e commento storico [manuscript of a Ph.D. thesis], Bologna: Università di Bologna 1992, 15-16. [Cited similarly to a book, with the specification of the kind of work in square brackets. Please state the name of the university or institution, not of the faculty or department.]
Published online: David Vaněk, “Mé náboženství”: K symbolice dítěte v myšlení Friedricha Nietzscheho [Ph.D. thesis, online], <http://is.muni.cz/th/18808/ff_d/>, Brno: Masarykova univerzita 2016, 12-13.
An unpublished conference paper
Luca Fois, “Anselm of Alexandria’s Tractatus de Hereticis: New Perspectives beyond Dondaine”, International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 8 July 2014. [The full name of the author, the title of the contribution in quotation marks, the name of the event, the venue, the date of the conference presentation.]
Audio and video materials
A programme issued on a physical medium:
Joe Versus the Volcano [film on DVD], directed by John Patrick Shanley, Burbank: Warner Home Video 2002 (1st release in 1990), 0:10:23-0:11:23. [The title of the programme in italics, the type of programme and medium in square brackets, the full name of the director, the place of publication, the publisher, the year of publication, possibly the year of the original release in brackets, and, if applicable, the cited time range (hours, minutes, and seconds).]
A broadcast programme:
Joe Versus the Volcano [film], directed by John Patrick Shanley, American Broadcasting Company, 15 September 1993, 0:10:23-0:11:23. [Instead of the place of publication and the publisher, the name of the channel and the broadcast date are specified.]
A programme available online:
Joe Versus the Volcano [film, online], directed by John Patrick Shanley, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjsLqFohMjc>, 26 November 2015 [10 October 2016] (1st release in 1990). [The date of the publication of the programme online is without brackets and is followed by the date of the web page visit in square brackets.]
A broadcast episode from a series:
“Malinowski”, in: Tales from the Jungle III [TV programme], BBC Four, 21 June 2006, 0:02:23-0:02:32. [The title of the programme episode in quotation marks, the title of the programme (series) in italics, the number of the episode (if applicable), the type of programme in square brackets, the channel or producer, the date of production, and the cited time range (hours, minutes, and seconds)].
An episode from a series published on a physical medium or released online: similarly to the examples presented above.
Examples of references
Examples of bibliographical references using the citation system described above can be found in the current issue of Religio, which is available online from the Digital Library of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University.
The summary, key words, and contact address
An English summary of the text, titled as “Summary” and having from 900 to 1800 characters in length (approx. 15-30 lines), should be added to the ends of articles, commentaries and discussions, materials, or contributions to the thematic section of the journal. The summary should also contain (1) the title of the contribution in English and (2) key words in English separated by semicolons. Finally, the name of the institution you are affiliated to, a full correspondence address, and a contact email should be provided.
Book reviews should include the name of the author, title, place of publication, publisher, year of publication, total number of pages, and ISBN.
There are no footnotes in reviews; nevertheless, necessary references to literature can be cited directly in the body of the text in parentheses by means of the citation system described above. References to specific pages in the reviewed book are supplemented by the abbreviation “p.” (e.g. “as the author claims (p. 151)”).
It is recommended to inform the managing editor about the intended review in advance in order to prevent the situation in which two authors review the same book for Religio.
Pictures, tables, graphs
Images or any other supplements (tables, graphs etc.) should be provided with a number and a legend in the following form:
Fig. 1. Antichrist in the form of a surreal creature. It has a crown on the head. Taken from: M. Cherniavsky, Kniha..., 43.
Fig. 2. The ritual of initiation of the !Kung people. Photographed by the author, 27. 9. 2010.
Tab. 1. A comparison of typical features of two modes of religiosity.
The legend should be inserted directly into the body of the text on a special line at the place where the figure should ideally appear.
Images should be provided in special files (they should not be inserted directly into the manuscript). The titles of the files should contain the number of the figure (e.g. figure1.jpg). Images should be of a sufficient quality for printing and the author must have permission to publish them in Religio including the electronic open-access version of the journal.
Reactions to contributions
Reactions to published texts (or reactions to reactions) are entered into a standard peer review process and their publication depends on a vote of the Editorial Board. Even reactions that have been solicited by the Editorial Board can be returned to the author for further editing or rejected.
By the submission of the manuscript the author affirms that the text is her/his original work which has not been published or prepared for publishing elsewhere and that she/he transfers the right to the publisher of Religio to publish the text in Religio both in its printed and electronic versions including the open-access online version of the journal.
Proofreading is usually undertaken using the printed version of a contribution. The typeset text is sent to the author by post or by email. Corrections should be made with the use of standard proofreaders’ signs (if the author does not have experience with proofreaders’ signs, she/he will be provided with the manual upon request).
The editor will send the authors of contributions two copies of the issue in which their text has been published. In addition, an electronic version in PDF format can be downloaded from the Digital Library of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University. In the line of our open-access policy, the authors may freely publish this final PDF version of their articles (not of the whole journal) on their personal and/or institutional website, in any of their profiles in academic and non-academic social networks, etc. on the condition that the file remains unchanged and a full bibliographical reference to the original publication in Religio: Revue pro religionistiku is provided.
The journal does not remunerate authors for their contributions.