Information For Authors

Thank you for choosing to submit your article to the Journal for the Study of Religion (JSR).


Please note the following:

  1. For reasons of typesetting, articles should be submitted via the website of the JSR on the Open Journal System at the University of Johannesburg or by e-mail to the editor or sub-editors, using Microsoft Word. (Articles submitted in printed form will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.)
  2. The submission of a research or review article implies that it has not been previously published and is not simultaneously considered for publication elsewhere. The responsibility for opinions expressed and for the accuracy of facts published in articles and reviews rests solely with the individual author(s). The maximum length of articles is 10,000 words and for reviews 1,000 words.
  3. All articles should be submitted in American English.
  4. A submitted article must include, after the heading, an abstract of approximately 100 words, summarizing the main contentions of the article. It must also provide brief details about the author(s) and their e-mail addresses, and with at least 5 keywords added.
  5. Articles must be submitted in full, containing all the notes, bibliographical references and tables. Titled tables and captioned figures must be done professionally and must be legibly cited in the text. (The editors will not redraw any figure unless the author pays for the cost of such work.)
  6. The JSR supports the use of gender-inclusive language.
  7. Please use footnotes and not endnotes.
  8. Peer reviews: All article submissions to the JSR undergo a twofold review process.
  9. The editors reserve the right to copy-edit and proofread all articles accepted for publication. Authors will first receive their copyedited manuscripts in Word format (Compatibility Mode) and finally in PDF format. Acceptance of the article will imply assignment of copyright by its author(s) to the JSR.
  10. Article processing fees: Articles which are published in the JSR will be subject to an article processing fee of R400 per page. On acceptance, the author(s) of the article will receive an invoice for the amount due. Should the author(s) experience difficulties to afford these fees, they may contact the editor-in-chief. 
  11. All bibliographical references should be cited in the text with a full stop following the closing bracket: (Chidester 2000:34).; or: According to Chidester (2000:34). When referring to more than two authors, write out all the authors when referring to them for the first time; afterwards use et al.: Richter, Flowers, and Bongmba (2017:13) argued; According to Richter et al. (2017:14).
  12. Reference list: The reference list should be in Harvard style (please see below). This list should contain a full bibliography in ascending alphabetical order (only) of works cited inside the text.


Format for References

Journal article by one author:

Settler, F. 2012. Frantz Fanon’s ambivalence towards religion. Journal for the Study of Religion 25, 2: 5-21.


Journal article by two authors:

Simmonds, S. & C. Roux 2013. Engaging with human rights and gender in curriculum spaces: A religion and education (RaE) perspective. Alternation Special Edition 10: 76-99.


Book by one author:

Chidester, D. 1997. Savage systems: Colonialism and comparative religion in southern Africa. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Press.


Book by two authors:

MacKinnon, M.H. & M. McIntyre 1995. Readings in ecology and feminist theology. Kansas City MO: Sheed and Ward.


Book by one editor:

Webb, G.M. (ed.) 2000. Windows of faith: Muslim women’s scholar activists in North America. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.


Book by two editors:

Eaton, H. & L.A. Lorentzen (eds.) 2003. Ecofeminism and globalization: Exploring culture, context and religion. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.


Chapter in an edited book:

Ter Haar, G. 2011. Religion and development: Introducing a new debate. In Ter Haar, G. & G. Ter Haarem (eds.): Religion and development: Ways of transforming the world. London: Hurst & Company.


Translated book:

Foucault, M. 1977. Discipline and punish. Sheridan, A. (trans.). New York: Pantheon.


Edited book:

Luther, M. 1725. Sola Scriptura. Wolff, A. (ed.). New York: Pantheon.


Dissertation or Thesis

Amaechi, K.E. 2019. Violence and political opportunities: A social movement study of the use of violence in the Nigerian Boko Haram.  PhD thesis, Department of Religious Studies and Arabic, Unisa, Pretoria.


Online source:

Hobgood-Oster, L. n.d. Ecofeminism: Historic and international evolution. Available at: (Accessed on August 31, 2014.)


Album or YouTube:

Gaye, M. & E. Townsend 1973. Let’s get it on. Album. Available at: (Accessed on January 24, 2019.)