Instructions for Authors
Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts online via the History of Religions Editorial Manager system at http://hr.edmgr.com. Detailed instructions are available below. If you do not have access to the Web, please send one hard copy of your manuscript and a CD-R containing all relevant electronic files to the editorial office. It is no longer necessary to submit a hard copy in addition to an electronic submission.
Statement of Policy
History of Religions publishes scholarship in several formats. Articles ought to make theoretical or methodological interventions in the study of religion; History of Religions will decline to review manuscripts that are better suited for an area-studies journal. Most articles are 7,000–15,000 words in length. History of Religions will also consider for publication short (less than 1,000 words) comments or replies to articles that have appeared in the past year; queries and submissions can be directed to the editorial office.
Review articles, which typically consider several recently published books on related topics, are sometimes invited by the editorial board but may also be proposed by interested scholars. Please direct queries to the editorial office. Book reviews are generally solicited by the editorial board according to guidelines that it provides.
Formatting Electronic Files
Please adhere to the requirements below when submitting a new or revised manuscript via Editorial Manager. The system relies on automated processing to create a PDF file from your submission. If you do not follow these instructions, your submission cannot be processed and will not be received by the journal office.
Microsoft Word (.doc)(any recent version)
Rich Text Format (.rtf)
If special characters in your Word file become corrupted during the online submission process, you may submit your own PDF of the file, in addition to the Word file.
Word documents should be submitted as a single file. In addition to the main manuscript file, submit your cover letter as a separate file in the same format as your main file. If you used any revision or editorial tracking tools in your word-processing program, be sure the final version of your manuscript does not contain tracked changes.
Revised and Final Versions of Manuscripts
If you are submitting a revised manuscript, please include your responses to the reviewers' comments as part of the cover letter file. The final version of your manuscript must be submitted in Word (doc.) or Rich Text (.rtf) format, because your keystrokes will be used in publication; a PDF does not contain usable character data and is thus not adequate. However, if special characters in your Word file become corrupted during the online submission process, you may submit your own PDF of the file, in addition to the Word file.
For revised or final versions of manuscripts, please observe the same formatting instructions outlined above.
History of Religions publishes only in English, although manuscripts may be submitted in other languages; funds exist for translating into English articles accepted for publication. Contributions submitted for review should not have been published previously in any form or language.
Manuscripts should be double spaced and in 12-point font; all pages should be numbered in the upper right-hand corner. Please remove all indicators of your identity from the text and notes. Submissions that do not conform to the appropriate style will not be sent out for review.
In general, formal aspects of submitted manuscripts should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition. You may also consult the most recent issues of History of Religions and model your practice on what you find there.
Use italics for rhetorical emphasis very sparingly and in general avoid using "scare" quotes for figurative usage.
Punctuation and Spelling
HR uses American English spelling and punctuation. This includes the use of double quotation marks (“ ”) to enclose quotations; single quotation marks (‘ ’) are used only for quotations within quotations. Periods and commas precede closing double and single quotation marks.
Numbers and Dates
Write outnumbers up to butnot including one hundred,except in percentages, dates,and page numbers. Usenumerals over one hundred, but spell out round numbers (except use numerals with millions). This general rule applies to ordinal numbers as well. Inclusive page numbers are written as follows: 66–67; 100–109; 101–15, 115–508.
Citation footnotes, numbered in sequence throughout the manuscript, should be gathered together and double-spaced at the end of the manuscript. Acknowledgment statements (which are optional) should be placed in the first unnumbered footnote.
The first citation footnote to each work must include full facts of publication. Subsequent references to a cited work are by surname, shortened title, and page number only, or, when appropriate, by "Ibid." (n.b., “Ibid.” should not be italicized).
Note that English titles in footnotes follow headline style capitalization.
Please see below for basic footnote examples:
1 John F. Sena, “Melancholic Madness and the Puritans,” Harvard Theological Review 66, no. 3 (1973):
5 Ibid., 30.
8 James Boon, The Anthropological Romance of Bali, 1597–1972 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977).
10 Boon, Anthropological Romance of Bali, 35.
With two dates:
33 Edward Stillingfleet, Origines Sacrae: Or, a Rational Account of the Grounds of Natural and revealed Religion (1662; Oxford: Clarendon, 1798), 345.
Article in an edited book:
7 Nicholas Phillipson, “Adam Smith as Civic Moralist,” in Wealth and Virtue, ed. Istvan
Hont and Michael Ignatieff (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983), 180.
Open Access Policy
Paid Open Access. Authors have the option to make their accepted paper freely available online immediately upon publication (“open access”). The fee is $2,500. Contact the managing editor at the editorial office for more information. UK authors should note that this option cannot be used to comply with RCUK regulations for “gold” OA, because the University of Chicago Press requires permission for commercial reuse. UCP does comply with the RCUK regulations for “green” OA.
"Green" Open Access. UCP supports green OA for all articles, as defined by the RCUK Open Access Policy. See UCP’s Guidelines for Journal Authors’ Rights.
Online Submission Instructions
Please have the following items readily available before beginning the online submission process:
- Manuscript in an acceptable format as described above
- Cover letter as a separate file
- Information from title page (to be typed into the peer review database): title, short title, list of authors and affiliations, and contact information for the corresponding author
Go to the History of Religions Editorial Manager system at http://hr.edmgr.com to submit your manuscript. If you do not have access to the Web, please send one hard copy of your manuscript and a CD-R containing all relevant electronic files to the editorial office. It is no longer necessary to submit a hard copy in addition to an electronic submission.