About the Journal

Arc is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published annually by the School of Religious Studies (formerly Faculty of Religious Studies), McGill University. Founded in 1973, the journal was restructured into a formal scholarly journal in 1990. In 2022 Arc shifted to a fully open-access format with the support of the McGill library. Accordingly, there are no fees associated with reading or publishing in Arc, and authors retain copyright over their articles (see the more detailed statements on these points below).

Scope: Arc offers a space for innovative and original scholarly work that engages with: theology; comparative studies in religion; theory and method in the study of religion/ theology; philosophy of religion; religion, law and politics; history of religions; sociology of religion; anthropology of religion; religious ethics; religion and literature; religion and art; religion and linuistics; studies of sacred texts; religion and health, interreligious studies.

Peer Review Process: After submission, all articles are evaluated by appropriate members of the editorial team to decide on whether they will be sent for review. Articles selected for review are evaluated by two experts in the subject area of the submission (reviewers must have a PhD, and must have recent, peer-reviewed publications in the area of the submission). In the case of a substantial disagreement between the first two reviewers, a third review is undertaken. The review process is double blind, so neither the reviewer nor the author know each other's identity.

The final acceptance or rejection decision on reviewed and revised manuscripts can be made by the Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor, or an appropriate Editorial Board Member.  After the acceptance of the article, the Publishing Team prepares the manuscript for publication, including all copy-editing and production tasks related to the final upload.

Publication Frequency: Annual

Open Access Policy:  This journal provides immediate open access to its content.

**Arc does not charge any subscription fees or article processing fees.**

Copyright: All content (articles/book reviews/editorial introductions) is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. For content published between 1973–2018, copyright rests with Arc. For content published between 2019–Present, the copyright remains with its author(s). For the Arc Supplements the copyright lies with the compiling editor, Edward J. Furcha, but Arc has gained permission from his estate to re-publish them here in digital form and make them accessible through a CC BY-NC-ND licence. If an author chooses to republish something previously published in Arc, they must acknowledge Arc as the original publisher by including a note with a citation and link to the original article. To make requests for additonal permissions not granted by the CC BY-NC-ND licence, please contact arc.relgstud@mcgill.ca and we will connect you with the appropriate person.

Self-Archiving Policy: Under the terms of the Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-ND, authors are permitted to post their work online in institutional/disciplinary repositories or on their own websites. Pre-print (submitted) versions posted online should include a citation and link to the final published version in Arc as soon as the issue is available; accepted versions (including the final publisher's PDF) should include a citation and link to the journal's website. 

Journal Archiving and Digital Preservation: Arc participates in the PKP Preservation Network (PKP PN) Archive via the OJS software platform. The PKP PN digitally preserves OJS journals under the LOCKSS program which offers decentralized and distributed preservation, seamless perpetual access, and preservation of the authentic original version of the journal's contents. Learn more here.

ISSN:  2817-1799 (Online); 0229-2807 (Print)

Sponsers: McGill University; School of Religious Studies.