Double-blind peer review
Religion and Social Communication follows a double-blind reviewing procedure for all research articles. The author and the reviewers remain anonymous to each other throughout the peer review process. Author names, affiliations and any other potentially revealing information will be removed from the manuscript sent for review. Authors are asked to avoid citing their own published work or refer to their work in such ways that could reveal their identity. Reviews are carried out by qualified members of the Editorial Board or experts with suitable qualifications. The journal editorial staff make decisions in collaboration with one another and based on the results of the peer reviews. The review process for each submission takes approximately 4-6 weeks.
Original Manuscript Submission
All manuscripts submitted must be original and not being considered for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts with multiple authors can only be submitted when all co-authors have approved of the submission. There must not also be any conflict with the institutions in which the authors are affiliated. Any necessary permission must be acquired by the author(s) of the manuscript. In the case of conflict in these matters, the publisher will not be held responsible.
Channel of Submission
The file to be submitted must be in an editable WORD format (.docx). Tables and graphics can be included in the same file.
Length of Manuscript
Research articles. The length should range from 6,000 – 8,000 words including references. In some cases, exceptions may be made at the discretion of the editor.
Book reviews. Length of book reviews should range from 1,000 – 1,500 words. Books to be reviewed should be relevant to the concerns of the journal and should be a recent publication. Those who wish to submit a book review may inquire in advance about whether a book is appropriate for the journal.
The title page is to include the following:
· Title (should be informative but not excessively long)
· Author information (The name(s) of the author(s))
· Affiliation(s) of the author(s) (institution, department, city, state, country)
· Email contact of author(s)
· Abstract: Please provide an abstract of 200 to 250 words. The abstract should encapsulate the entire article rather than a repeat of the introduction. Do not use undefined abbreviations in the abstract.
· Keywords (4 to 6 keywords)
· Statements and declarations: Authors are required to disclose financial or non-financial interests that are directly or indirectly related to the work submitted for publication. Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. can also be included in this declaration. The names of funding organizations and their location should be fully indicated.
Both UK and American English are accepted as long as it is consistently used throughout the paper.
Both formats dd/mm/yr and mm/dd/yr are accepted as long as it is consistently used throughout the paper.
BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era) to identify the year is recommended, e.g. Plato was born in 428/427 BCE.
Gender-neutral (inclusive) language is highly recommended.
Foreign words/phrases must appear in italics and accompanied by English translation in the text or in the footnote.
All manuscripts are to be in Times New Roman font (12 pt) in WORD format.
All headings are to be numbered with numerals 1,2,3…
Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.
Avoid excessively long footnotes. Footnotes can be used to give additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. Do not include tables, figures, or other graphics in footnotes. Endnotes are not accepted.
All figures are to be consecutively numbered using Arabic numerals. Use only black and white, avoid shadings, outline letters, and other such effects. Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Include the captions in the text file of the manuscript, not in the figure file. Figures should be submitted within the body of the text.
All tables are to be consecutively numbered using Arabic numerals. For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.
Artwork and Illustrations
Supply all figures electronically in TIFF, or MSOFfice format. Only use black and white with no shading. Do not use faint lines and/or lettering and check that all lines and lettering within the figures are legible at final size. Scanned line drawings and line drawings in bitmap format should have a minimum resolution of 1200 dpi. Vector graphics containing fonts must have the fonts embedded in the files.
Religion and Social Communication uses the Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition). Both in-text citation and footnotes are allowed. However, the author should choose one or the other but not both in the same article. In the case in-text citation is used, only use footnotes for additional commentaries or information.
The list of references must be in Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition). It should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the main text or footnote. When possible, include DOIs as full DOI links in the reference list.
This Publication Ethics follows the guidelines of The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
Publication Decision. The journal editor, in collaboration with the editorial staff, expert reviewer, and the editorial board, makes decisions regarding publication of submissions based on the value of the contribution to researchers and readers. The journal editor must act in accordance with the provisions regarding defamation, copyright infringement, and plagiarism.
Assessment. The journal editor needs to maintain objectivity in evaluating manuscripts. Submissions are to be judged based on research value. Factors such as religion, gender, ethnicity, etc. should not play a part in the assessment.
Confidentiality. The journal editor and editorial staff must work to ensure that information about the manuscript is made available only to individuals directly involved in the review and editorial process.
Conflicts of Interest. The journal editor and editorial staff cannot use manuscript content and information received from the review process for personal gains. In the case that there is a conflict of interest, the editor should refrain from reviewing the manuscript.
Addressing complaints. Upon receiving any complaints about submitted manuscripts or already published articles, the editor must take steps to address the complaints and bring the issue to a satisfactory conclusion.
Role of reviewer. Peer review by qualified experts constitutes an important part of the academic and scientific research approach. It is particularly valuable to the decision-making process of the editor.
Efficiency. Timeliness is important in the success of publications. Reviewer should be conscientious of the deadline for peer review in order to ensure an effective process.
Confidentiality. Manuscripts sent for peer review are confidential documents and cannot be forwarded to or discussed with other individuals not directly involved in the decision-making process.
Objectivity. Reviewer comments must follow the guidelines of the journal. Clear arguments must be provided for any criticisms.
Transparency. If the reviewer discovers substantial similarities between a manuscript being reviewed and other previously published work, the reviewer shall inform the editor and provide the necessary documentation.
Conflict of interest. The reviewer cannot use manuscript content and information received from the review process for personal gains. In the case that there is a conflict of interest, the reviewer should refrain from reviewing the manuscript.
Professional writing standard. The articles must accurately represent the research carried out by the author with sufficient reference to support the studies presented in the article.
Originality and Plagiarism. The journal does not condone plagiarism in any form. The article submitted must represent original work with appropriate citations and quotations as needed. It is important for authors to acknowledge the work of others, including previous work of the author him/herself. However, excessive and inappropriate self-citation is highly discouraged. The journal may decide to use a software to screen for plagiarism.
Submitting to multiple journals. Submitting the same work to more than one publication is not acceptable.
Recognition of reference resources. Accurate presentation of resources (primary sources, secondary sources, personal communication, interviews, etc..) must be made. The author must also acquire the necessary permission for the publication of any information received.
Authorship. All individuals involved in the research process and the writing of the article need to be recognized accordingly.
Notification of error. The author must inform the editor of any major errors found in his/her published work in order to take the necessary steps to correct or retract the paper as needed.
Complementary hard copy. In addition to full access to the online journal, all contributors will receive 1-2 complementary copies of the printed version of the journal.