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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in an OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs/DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Author(s) have secured all necessary copyright permissions for the use of 3rd-party materials in the manuscript.
  • Authors should anonymize the body of their manuscript, removing references to themselves in the text as well as document metadata.

Author Guidelines

ARC considers two kinds of submissions:

  1. Articles.
    Article submissions should provide original contributions to any of the areas suggested in the journal’s scope / the most recent call for papers. Articles should fall between 5,000 and 10,000 words in length, including footnotes. Longer items may be considered, but should be discussed with the journal editors prior to submission. We do not accept submissions that have been published in full or in part elsewhere (unless you are submitting an authorized translation), and you must affirm that your submission is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

  2. Book Reviews.
    Book review submissions should address recently published works that fall within the interests of the journal’s scope or the most recent call for papers. By “recently” we mean within the last two years. Books that fall outside of this two-year window may be considered, but these should be discussed with the book review editors prior to submission, and it must be made clear why the book is relevant to review now (e.g., the book has not yet been reviewed, a new edition provides additions / critical context worth commenting on, etc.). Book review submissions should not exceed 1,500 words.

Submissions are welcome from any area within the study of religion, including: Theology; Comparative Religions; Theory and Method; Philosophy of Religion; History of Religions; Sociology of Religion; Anthropology of Religion; Psychology of Religion; Religious Ethics; Critical Race Theory; Religion and Literature; Religion and Art; Religion and Linguistics; Religion and Health; Textual Studies. Submissions may focus on traditions from any time period or geographic area.

Submission Format:

  1. ARC accepts electronic manuscripts submitted in the following document format: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). If your manuscript includes non-Latin fonts, please indicate which font(s) you are using. Email submissions should be sent to the following address:

  2. Submissions should use Canadian spelling (e.g., “favour,” “colour,” “radicalization,” rather than “favor,” “color,” “radicalisation”).

  3. Submissions should use gender-inclusive language, with the exception of direct quotations and translations of ancient texts, which should conform to the standards of the original language.

  4. All notes should appear as footnotes (not endnotes), numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals.

    For first-time citations, a full bibliographic reference should be given in a note:

    • Stanley Fish, Is There a Text in This Class? The Authority of Interpretive Communities (London: Harvard University Press, 1989), 123.
    • M. Jimmie Killingsworth and Jaqueline S. Palmer, “Millenial Ecology: The Apocalyptic Narrative from Silent Spring to Global Warming,” in ed. Carl G. Herndl and Stuart C. Brown, Green Culture: Environmental Rhetoric in Contemporary America (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996), 21–45.
    • Pierre Hadot, The Veil of Isis, trans. Michael Chase (Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006), 18.

    If a complete bibliographic reference has already been given in a previous footnote, use the following short form: author’s last name, abbreviated title, page number.

    • Fish, Is There a Text in This Class?, 124.
    • Killingsworth and Palmer, “Millenial Ecology,” 34.
    • Hadot, The Veil of Isis, 25.

    *Please avoid the use of “ibid” (See: Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed., 14.34).

  5. Commas and periods should fall within quoted material, while colons and semicolons follow closing quotation marks. Question marks and exclamation points follow closing quotation marks, unless they belong within the quoted matter (See: Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. 6.9-6.11).

  6. When using dashes to replace commas, parentheses or colons, use spaced “en” dashes rather than “em” dashes (See: Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. 6.83 & 6.85).

  7. When citing legal or archival documents, manuscript collections, scripture and other types of classical works, foreign language texts, multimedia mediums, etc. please carefully review the Chicago Manual of Style guidelines, particularly sections 14.221–14.305.

For questions of style, punctuation, and spelling not covered here, please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017); and the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2004). 


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