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Instructions for Contributors


Types of Articles Published

The Journal of Law and Religion publishes cutting-edge research on religion, human rights, and religious freedom; religion-state relations; religious sources and dimensions of public, private, penal, and procedural law; religious legal systems and their place in secular law; theological jurisprudence; political theology; and legal and religious ethics among other topics. JLR publishes articles from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives, welcomes discussions of all religious traditions, and encourages submissions from outside of North America and Europe.

General Interest Readership

JLR is an interdisciplinary and multi-faith journal. Articles that are likely to be accepted for publication will be accessible to non-specialists in the author’s field and individuals who are not co-religionists. JLR welcomes articles that treat topics specific to a religious tradition or religious legal system, so long as the article is not so technical or narrowly construed that it would be difficult to understand or of little interest to readers with personal or scholarly interest outside of that tradition. Authors are encouraged to write in such a way that a non-specialist who has developed an interest in the subject would find the article informative and accessible. Authors are also encouraged to write such that a non-specialist doing comparative work could incorporate the findings of the article into a broader discussion. Where an author sees connections to broader discussions in law and religion or comparative possibilities, the author is encouraged to develop these strands.


JLR uses the ScholarOne Manuscripts for online submission and peer review. Please submit your research article or essay through the JLR portal at

Any inquiries about Book Reviews should be directed to

Submissions should be double-spaced, set in 12-point Times New Roman font, and saved in the Word document format (.doc or .docx).

Submissions of full-length articles between 10,000 and 16,000 words are encouraged. Submissions in excess of 20,000 words are disfavored. Multi-book review essays should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words. Single-book reviews should be between 1,500 and 2,500 words.

In order to facilitate anonymous peer review, articles should be submitted without the author’s name or other identifying information; without acknowledgements; and without reference to the author’s previous work. During the submission process, author’s will be asked to provide: (1) the author’s name, title, and affiliation; (2) an abstract not to exceed 250 words; and (3) a minimum of five keywords.

Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission from the relevant copyright owner for reproduction of any material included in the submission, for which the contributor does not hold the copyright. Contributors are also responsible for including proper acknowledgments and attributions. Upon acceptance, authors will be asked to assign copyright to the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.


The author is responsible for ensuring that the article is fully and accurately cited and for ensuring that citations are in the proper format.


All citations should appear in footnotes. To further the interdisciplinary goals of the Journal, articles may be cited following either the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010) or The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 19th ed. (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds., 2010). Whichever citation style the author chooses, such style should be followed consistently throughout the article. Consistent with the Chicago Manual of Style (see 14.281–14.317), all citations to primary legal materials should conform to the Bluebook. Any editing of citations will be done in conformity with the style chosen by the author.

Book Reviews

Footnotes citing external sources are generally to be avoided for single-book reviews. Footnotes for multi-book review essays should be used sparingly, but should otherwise follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Parenthetical page cites, rather than footnotes, should be provided for citation to books under review in both single- and multi-book reviews. Parenthetical page citations in multibook reviews will be understood to refer to the book under discussion in a particular section or paragraph, but reviewers may use (short title, page) for clarity where the texts are not discussed seriatim. Citations to books and sources other than the books under review should be done as footnotes.


Articles submitted to the JLR are first evaluated internally for fit with the journal’s mission and completeness. Those submissions that do not fit the journal’s mission or that are not yet ready for external review, will be returned to the author.

If a submission is approved for external review, it is sent to a minimum of two external peer reviewers. External review is double-blind, and where appropriate an interdisciplinary work will be placed with external reviewers in different disciplines. Where the initial reviewers disagree on the merit of submission, the work will be sent to a third reviewer.

Articles solicited for symposium issues are sent to one external reviewer. Book review content, including multi-book review essays, are not peer-reviewed. JLR occasionally publishes essays that are not peer reviewed. All book review content and essays are labeled at publication, to distinguish peer reviewed content.

Last updated 12th July 2016