NOTICE TO PROSPECTIVE CONTRIBUTORS
The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion welcomes a variety of contributions that further feminist and womanist theory, consciousness, and practice. The editors are interested in material that examines how categories of identity such as gender, race, sexuality, class, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, and structures of inequality are mutually constituted and must be understood in relation to one another. We are seeking to strengthen our international content and are looking for submissions of several types and formats: scholarly, critical, and constructive articles; review essays (of recent literature on a given topic); reports of significant feminist projects related to religion; liturgies; poetry; letters; and ideas for roundtable discussions.
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Manuscript Guidelines for Articles:
Manuscripts submitted should not be under consideration elsewhere or previously published. They should be typewritten in Times New Roman font (including any non-Roman characters), double-spaced, around 7,500 words (including footnotes). Articles that are significantly longer or shorter will not be considered. Please do not include a bibliography. Articles must include a 150 word abstract. Form should follow the footnote style in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010). In order to protect anonymity, no identifying information should appear anywhere in the document, including footnotes. Click here for JFSR’s Style Sheet.
We ask authors to transliterate foreign languages in the manuscript. If authors wish to use a non-Unicode font and the article is accepted for publication, then authors will be required to pay any extra fees associated with typesetting. Click here for information on manuscripts that include images.**
All submitted articles are initially screened by JFSR editors to determine whether a) they clearly focus on both feminism and religion, b) demonstrate scholarly excellence and c) incorporate some consciousness of the geopolitical context of the feminist and religious issues discussed. Papers that meet these criteria and are potentially appropriate for publication will then be sent out anonymously to at least two reviewers, on whose judgment the editors rely heavily. Authors will be notified once editorial and review decisions have been made. The average time for review is currently 4-6 months.
The JFSR welcomes material from and about all religious traditions—literate or nonliterate, traditional or contemporary, as well as articles that question the category of religion or consider religion from secular perspectives.
The JFSR is not restricted to any one conception of feminism and seeks to represent the widest possible range of feminist perspectives on religion, including womanist and mujerista perspectives. However, the editors are interested in articles that do not just focus on women but have a clear feminist framework. Authors should demonstrate awareness of feminism as a social movement, and/or offer a critical feminist analytic framework, and/or show a clear interest in the transformation of religious studies as a discipline or in broader social change. Reviewers are asked to evaluate manuscripts not only on the basis of their scholarly competence, but also on the basis of their contribution to feminist theory, their acquaintance with feminist scholarship on relevant subjects, their awareness of significant issues in the women’s movement, and their vision of social and/or religious change. Further, writing that is in any way sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise discriminatory will not be accepted. Click here for Further Content and Scholarly Considerations***
Poetry Guidelines: Poetry submitted should not be under consideration elsewhere. In order to protect anonymity, the poet’s name should appear only on a separate cover sheet.
All poetry appropriate for the JFSR will be sent out anonymously to at least two reviewers, on whose judgment the editors rely heavily. While the JFSR is a feminist journal, please note that the focus of the Journal is feminist studies in religion. As a feminist journal, JFSR is not restricted to any one conception of feminism and seeks to represent the widest possible range of feminist perspectives. Reviewers are asked to evaluate creative pieces not only on the basis of their poetical mechanics but also on the basis of their religious content, contribution to feminist theory, their acquaintance with significant issues in the women’s movement, and their vision of social and/or religious change. Writing that is in any way sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise discriminatory will not be accepted. All poetry is subject to editorial modification.
- The JFSR publishes material of several types: unsolicited scholarly, critical, and constructive articles form the backbone of each issue.
- Persons with an advanced academic degree who have not taught at the college or university level for more than four years postgraduation are eligible to submit articles for the Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza New Scholar Award. (Click for more information.) To enter an article into the New Scholar Award contest, please send an email to [email protected] after the submission is complete.
- The JFSR does not publish individual book reviews, but we do welcome critical review essays that make a sustained argument on a group of books on a given topic. Please contact the submissions editor if you would like to write a review essay.
- Roundtables gather either a group of short essays on a given topic (3000-5000 words) or offer several responses to a lead-in piece. Please contact the submissions editor with roundtable ideas.
- Essays in our Living It Out section discuss significant feminist projects and are focused on praxis. They help to link the journal as an outlet for feminist scholarship with wider feminist movements.
- Our In a Different Voice Section includes poetry, and liturgy that is relevant to more than a particular religious or denominational context.
- We are also happy to publish letters to the editor.
If an article includes images or artwork, the author is responsible for acquiring permission to publish forms for these images prior to publication. If the artist requires fees in order to publish the image, the author is responsible for those fees. Additionally, all images must be saved as high definition files (jpeg, etc.), and should not be included in the text of the file but saved separately. See the JFSR’s Style Sheet for more information. Click here for the art permission form which must be completed before publication.
The JFSR is also an academic journal, and it is important that submitted articles locate themselves in the context of larger scholarly conversations. In making their arguments, authors should demonstrate familiarity with the scholarly literature on their topic and support their claims by citing such literature where appropriate.
The editors recognize, however, that the structures of global academic life make access to resources deeply unequal and that different regions of the world have their own scholarly sources, feminisms, styles, and standards. What matters most is that articles offer critical or constructive, nuanced arguments. To that end, we suggest keeping the following points in mind:
- Rather than making sweeping or vague claims, be specific and give textual references. Cite particulars of scripture, commentaries, traditions, legal texts, or social scientific data. A scholar of Judaism, for example, rather than saying, “Judaism says X or Y” should give textual references. Instead of saying “According to Jewish law,” s/he should define which periods, places, texts, or authorities are at issue. Consider whether you are discussing ideals, realities, or the complex interplay between them.
- With any religious tradition, always be aware of complexity. It is rare that all persons of a particular faith are in agreement on all issues or practices, and it is typical that there is great diversity. Across historical periods too, particularly when the subject is women or gender, the range of past and present views can be staggering. When did some people come to hold the view you are describing? What social shifts may have facilitated or accompanied the development of this view?
- When disagreeing with existing studies, fairly cite those with whom you disagree, and provide clear reasons for your alternative view. Academic conversation moves forward through articulation of one’s own views in careful conversation with the views of others. For instance, a scholar of Islam might say, “Although Ali (2010) argues that early Muslim jurisprudence denies wives’ sexual rights, slightly later texts (cite them) shows that Jurist X and Jurist Y in fact provides avenues for unsatisfied wives to complain.”
When authors lack access to recent, relevant scholarship through libraries, or their access to common online sources is limited, we suggest several other ways to get a feel for recent scholarship:
- google.com/books, a site which allows one to search books for key words and topics. Usually there are limits to how many pages you are able to read, but you may still get ideas and current information from this site.
- scholar.google.com, where you can search topics, scholars, or keywords, and often are able to access pdf or book files.
- academia.edu, where scholars (you can search by name or keyword) may post their own forthcoming, recently published, or work in progress.
- writing directly to scholars to request copies of articles of interest.
- the Program Book for the American Academy of Religion and Society for Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, which lists unit sessions, or AAR and SBL websites.
- Following the work of bloggers on http://fsrinc.org/efsr and feminismandreligion.com.
- guest writing for the JFSR blog and soliciting comments from informed readers.
- contacting current co-chairs of relevant AAR/SBL program units to see whether they have a listserv and how to join.
All correspondence related to the submission of manuscripts should be sent to: Lauren D. Sawyer, Submissions Editor, [email protected].
All manuscripts should be submitted via the online system.