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Formal and conceptual guidelines for manuscripts

This document provides you important guidelines for the drafting of manuscripts 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.

Conceptual Requirements

A clear and sufficiently distinct question should be developed in submitted manuscripts, reflecting the state of the scholarly discourse in the academic study of religion, and demonstrate expertise regarding essential perspectives and core issues of the discipline.

Contributions to the ZjR deal with religion(s) in a critical, analytical and trans-cultural way and must not follow a confessional or apologetic agenda. The developed questions and subjects of discussion must be related to their societal, historical, and cultural contexts and discussed employing a philological, historical, cultural scientific, cognitivist, social studies or trans-disciplinary approach.

We expect a reflected use established categories as well as terminology in the academic study of religion. Theories, methods and sources must be chosen consciously and considerably. Claims must be argued and proven consistently.

Length and Formatting

Manuscripts must not exceed the limit of 7,000 words, including notes, bibliography and appendices.

The following criteria of style must be complied with:

  • Format: Din A4

  • Font size: 12 pt; footnotes 10 pt

  • Single line spacing

  • Full justification

  • File type: Word document file (.docx)

The submitted text should be as unformatted as possible, except for the guidelines for referencing (below) as well as emphases made by the author (italics).

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 do not hold a doctoral degree at the time of submission.

A manuscript must consist of two separate files.

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

    • Title

    • Subtitle

    • Abstract (German and English; each 250 words max.)

    • Main text

    • Bibliography

    • If necessary: appendix, pictures, graphics, diagrams, tables etc.

  • The second file (supplementary document) must contain the following (in this order):

    • Title

    • Subtitle

    • The author’s/authors’ name/s

    • Information on the author/s, no longer than five lines, including an email address.

    • Abstract (German and English; 250 words max.)

    • Five keywords

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.

Quotation Guidelines

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

Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

»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 quotation marks.


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

Titles mentioned in the main text are to be set as in the bibliography (the title of a book in italics, the title of an encyclopedia entry in inverted guillemets etc.).


Citations must be accompanied by in-text references, using a short reference form in parentheses (author’s last name year, pp. – pp.) within the main text. If the author is unknown, one should use an institution instead. If both is unknown one must use a short title instead.

References for indirect quotations must include the abbreviation »cf.«.


»…« (Campbell 2013, 100-102)

»…« (ZjR 2015, 2-4)

»…« (Short Title 2010, 13-23)

»…« (cf. Campbell 2013, 100-120)


Footnotes should be avoided. Where necessary, however, footnotes should be numbered continuously. Generally, the footnote hook is placed at the end of a sentence, after the punctuation, unless the footnote refers to a certain word or part of a sentence, in which case it is placed after the referred word/part.


The style guidelines of the ZjR follow the »Chicago (author-date) 17th ed.« of the Chicago Manual of Style. The bibliography is not divided into different bibliographies for primary and secondary resources. It also includes all internet resources within the same bibliography. Furthermore, it must only contain references that have been mentioned in the text.

Below you find a list of few examples covering the most common types of references, normally referred to in academic articles. For further information see also the website of the Chicago Manual of Style:


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), degree theses, 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.

Online Resources

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

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.

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