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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.
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Author Guidelines

Authors should submit their proposed manuscript online. We recommend that authors review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies first.

In submitting the manuscript the author agrees that the proposed manuscript: a) has been submitted only to JSRE; b) it is the author's original work; c) it does not reproduce any other previous published work, including the author's.

1. Registration:

Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting, or if already registered can simply  Log-in and begin the 5 step process.

During registration authors will be asked to fill out a form giving details on their name, affiliation, address, email, phone, discipline and a short bio statement. This data is used for internal communication and enables authors to foster their personal presence on the web (e.g. the bio statement and affiliation will be available with every article they will publish with our journal). Authors can administrate or update their profile at any time.

During registration authors may choose also to take on the roles of readers and reviewers. Readers will be notified about any new publication with our journal. Reviewers are asked to fill out their review interests. Reviewers might be asked to peer review submissions with our journal from time to time. Reviewing support is very welcomed and is a great contribution to strengthen the community of authors with our journal.

2. Submission:

2.1 Authors start with choosing the section they want to submit their paper to; check the submissions checklist and agree to the terms of the Copyright notice.

2.2 The authors data is automatically imported from the registration database. If a submission has multiple authors, additional authors should be entered now. The author has to add title, metadata for indexing (academic discipline and sub-disciplines, keywords, methodology or approach, and language), and, if appropriate, supporting agencies. Authors can administrate or update the metadata (important for visibility on the web) during the review process until the article is published online.

2.3 Authors upload the first draft of their paper. They must use our Word-template for formatting their contribution according to our formal guidelines. The template for Word can be DOWNLOADED HERE. In Submission Round 1 authors are not strongly bound to use the template. If accepted the author has to format the article within the layout template (at least in Round 2). Authors should have a close look at Ensuring a Blind Review before submitting their draft papers. The authors of the document have to delete their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.

3. Types of reviewing:

The Journal for the Study of Religious Experience operates a double- review process. In order not to disclose your identity to the peer-reviewers, you should remove all information that may refer to you in your first manuscript (including references and funding acknowledgements). You will need to include these references back in your final draft intended for publication. 

4. Title page:

  • Title (Arial 16 Bold)
  • Author's Name (Arial 12)
  • Author's Contact, Affiliation and Mailing Address (Department, Institution, City, State, E-Mail, Phone), (Arial 11 italics)
  • Abstract: 150 words
  • 5 Keywords separated by semi-colon.

The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines.

The title should be concise, informative, and should contain words that readers might be searching for.

The abstract should reflect the content of the article. It should state the aim of the research, the key issue addressed, the approach, and the main conclusions drawn from the data presented in the article.

5. Style and layout:

  • Text fully justified.
  • Single-spaced, 12 point body text in Arial font with a line space between each paragraph.
  • 3 levels of heading with a clear line space before each heading:

- Level 1 heading 14 point bold

- Level 2 heading 14 point bold  italic

- Level 3 heading 12 point bold

If authors use sections and subsections to structure their article, sections must be numbered with Arabic numerals (such as e.g.: 1. Introduction), and must be identified with section and sub-section numbers (e.g., 1.1. Subsection).

Please, use our TEMPLATE. The template defines format details such as style of continuous text, headings, subsection headings, footnotes, header, footer, etc.

Manuscripts are accepted in English.  British English spelling and punctuation are preferred.  Use the British spelling for all words ending in -ise or -sation (scandalise, organisation), and use spelt, travelled and towards (rather than the American variants spelled, traveled, and toward). Please use single quotation marks, except where a quotation is  in a quotation. Long quotations of 40 words or more should be indented without quotation marks. Foreign words (except proper names) should be italicised. All numbers under one hundred are to be spelled out in words. This rule does not apply if the reference is to a specific quantity (i.e. 50 cm). Dates should be written in the form of nineteenth century not 19th century. For decades, use 1920 not twenties.

Footnotes should be used instead of endnotes, and they should be Arial 11 point. They should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and should be typed at the bottom of the page to which they refer. Authors should place a line above the footnote, so that it is set off from the text.

6. Illustrations (tables, images, diagrams, charts etc.):

Illustrations must be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals (such as Table 1: Description of Table 1, or: Figure 2: Description of Figure 2). Text for tables should be italic 11 point, and italic 11 point caption should appear immediately below each figure, diagram, screenshot or table. Figures, diagrams and screenshots should be in colour jpg, tiff or eps format and of good quality. Illustrations should be inserted wherever they should appear in the text. Illustrations should not be inserted on separate pages, files or documents, or at the end of the document.

7. References:

The Journal for the Study of Religious Experience uses the Havard Referencing system

Reference citations are provided in the text, not in footnotes, following the author/date system (Surname date) indicating the page where needed (Surname date: page number). The Reference List should include only works cited in the text listed in alphabetical order. For multiple works by the same author use an em-dash in the list to replace the name.

Journal article: Surname, Initial. Year. Title of Article, Journal Title, Vol: pages.

Csordas, T. J. 1990. Embodiment as a Paradigm for Anthropology. Ethos, 18(1): 5-47.

Book: Surname, Initial. Year. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher.

Turner, V. 1974. Dramas, Fields and Metaphors: Symbolic Action in Human Society. New York: Cornell University Press.

Chapter: Surname, Initial. Year. Title of Chapter. In Initial Surname and Initial Surname. ed(s). Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher, pages.

Luhrmann, T. M. 2007, How do You Learn to Know that is God who Speaks?. In D. Berliner and R. Sarro, eds. Learning Religion: Anthropological Approaches. New York; Oxford: Berghahn, pp. 83-102.

Internet document: Surname, Initial. 2011. Title of document [Format description]. http://URL (Accessed Day Month Year).

Newspaper article: Surname, Initial. 2012, January 12. Title of Article. The Sunday Times, p. 1.

Thesis: Surname, Initial. 2012. Title of Thesis (Unpublished doctoral dissertation or master's thesis). Name of Institution, Location.

Conference: Surname, Initial, ËœTitle of Paper, paper presented at Name of Conference, Place, Days Month Year.

8. Word count limits:

Research Article: 7,500-10,000 words; Field Report: 2,000-4,000 words; Book Review: 400-700 words.

9. Max. upload filesize:

The max. upload filesize is 7 MB for server security reasons. If a submission has a lot of pictures enclosed, the pictures have to be resized to meet this upload limit.

10. Acknowledgements:

Acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your References. Authors may acknowledge the relevant external assistance with the publication of the article and the support received by funding bodies. Research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, "This work was supported by.." with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon. If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.

11. Permissions:

Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from copyright holders, prior to submission, for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. The permission granted to the author by the copyright holder must be acknowledged in each illustration.

12. Publication Charges:

There are no publication charges for JSRE. 


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