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Information for Conference Reviewers

This document provides important guidelines for the drafting of manuscripts of conference reviews and the submission processes to the ZjR journal. If you have any special concerns or further questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the editorial board.

Request for a Conference Review and Deadline

If you are interested to write a conference review and submit it to the ZjR, we would like to ask you to inform us before or right after the respective conference. The manuscript should be prepared until three months after the conference.

Required Content of the Review

The category “conference reviews” entails reviews of different types of events, ranging from annual conferences of both the major and smaller associations to workshops, summer schools, and lecture series.

Conference reviews notably are not supposed to be an exercise in uncritical praise. Rather, they aim to provide a documentation of our field’s current state as it presents itself beyond journals and publication lists. What are the current topics, focusses and debates in our field and in what social forms do knowledge exchange and the creation of knowledge manifest themselves manifest? And what is happening “beyond the scenes” of academic hierarchies? Most interestingly for our journal are the perspectives of young researchers.

Overall, a conference review should provide a critical assessment of the respective event and succinctly summarise its contents. The following aspects might be especially relevant:

To what extent was the event relevant for scholars of religion? Which were the guiding topics and the main findings of the presentations? In what way did they relate to each other?

Further, the overall character of the event may be illustrated. Who was the audience and who the presenters?

Length and Formatting

Manuscripts must not exceed the limit around 1000 words.

Thereby the following criteria of style must be matched:

  • Format: Din A4

  • Font size: Normal font: 12 pt; footnotes10 pt

  • Single line spacing

  • Full justification

Besides the guidelines for referencing (below) as well as emphases (italics) the manuscript should constrain formatting to the absolute minimum.

Submission of Manuscripts

The ZjR is a journal for young scholars in the discipline of the academic study of religion. Therefore, we can only accept manuscripts submitted by persons, who have not received their doctoral degree at the time of submission.

A manuscript must consist of two separate .doc files.

  • The first .doc file (main document) should contain the following information (in this order):

    • Title of the Conference Review

    • Subtitle in the following pattern: Review of the Conference “Religion, Sexuality, and Identity in Africa and the African Diaspora” the 7th biennial Conference of the African Association for the Study of Religions (AASR). University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana, 26 – 29 July 2016

    • Main Text

  • A second document must be submitted containing the following information

    • Title

    • Subtitle

    • Name of the author(s)

    • Institution and email address of the author(s)

The main document must not contain any information about the author, whether it is in the main text or as part of the meta data of the file, for purposes of the double blind peer review at the ZjR.

Mentioning of Presenters

Presenters at the conference should be referred to by both their given and family name upon their first mentioning. Hereafter, the family name will be sufficient.

Quotation Guidelines

In-text quotations must be noted using inverted guillemets (»Quote«). Quotations longer than two lines, furthermore, must be indented.


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»Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.«

Omissions and insertions must be marked by square brackets.


»In this quotation a few […] words have been omitted, without significantly changing the meaning, of course; yet other [important] words had to be inserted.«

Quotations within quotations must be highlighted by single quotes


»This ›quotation‹ is part of another quotation.«


In case references need to be mentioned, one must provide the full reference (see below) in a single footnote for the first occurrence of the refereed work. Further reference to the same title is to be given in a footnote using the following abbreviated form:

Author’s last name l.c., pagenr.

Titles of works that are mentioned in the main text must be formatted according to the bibliography (see below).

The style guidelines of the ZjR follow the »Chicago (author-date) i6th ed.« of the Chicago Manual of Style. For full references, as mentioned above, you find a list of few examples covering the most common types of references. For further information see also the website of the Chicago Manual of Style:

The »Chicago (author-date) 6th ed.« style is also included in many free and open reference management applications (e.g. Zotero, Mendeley, etc.) or proprietary software ( e.g. Citavi, Endnote, etc.).


Beyer, Peter. Religions in Global Society. London: Routledge, 2006.

Edited books

Stausberg, Michael, and Steven Engler, eds. 2011. The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion. Abingdon; Oxon; New York: Routledge.

Journal Articles

Krüger, Oliver. 2007. »Gaia, God, and the Internet: The History of Evolution and the Utopia of Community in Media Society.« Numen 54 (2): 138–73.

Articles in Edited Books

Beyer, Peter. 2009. »Religion as Communication: On Niklas Luhmann, The Religion of the Society (2000).« In Contemporary Theories of Religion: A Critical Companion, edited by Michael Stausberg, 99–114. London: Routledge.

Articles in Encyclopaedia/Handbook

Cowan, Douglas E. 2011. »The Internet.« In The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion, edited by Michael Stausberg and Steven Engler, 459–73. Abingdon; Oxon; New York: Routledge.

Dissertations (not published as monographs), etc.

Höbsch, Julian. 2009. »Die Ebenendifferenzierung in gegenwärtigen religionssoziologischen Theorien: Methodische Vernachlässigung verborgenen theoretischen Potentials?« Master’s Dissertation, Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies, European University Viadrina.

Unpublished Presentations, Conference Papers

Baecker, Dirk. 2011. »Observing networks.« xmess, The Conference for the [Next] Society. Berlin, November 17th. Accessed: January 4th, 2012.

Online Resources

DFG. 2004. »DFG im Profil: Aufgaben: Interdisziplinarität ‒ Vernetzung.« Accessed: March 13th, 2009.

Heinz, Hanspeter, and Ernst-Ludwig Ehrlich. 2007. »Störung der christlich-jüdischen Beziehungen: Zur Wiedereinführung des tridentinischen Ritus.« Stellungnahme des Gesprächskreises »Juden und Christen« beim Zentralkomitee der deutschen Katholiken (ZdK). Accessed: April 18th, 2011.

»Good friday prayer for the jews.« Accessed April 17th, 2011.


Orthography and Grammar

All manuscripts must thoroughly comply with the standard requirements for grammar and orthography.


We expect conscious gender mainstreaming for all submitted manuscripts, yet due to the contentious and differentiated debate, we cannot standardise a certain way to do so. However, a footnote, stating the generic masculine refers to both, female and male, is not sufficient.

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