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Studies in Religion / Sciences religieuses

Protocol for contributors

    1. Manuscripts submitted to SR should not be under assessment by another journal at the same time.
    2. Send three copies of your article to:
      • Francis Landy
        Dept of History and Classics
        2-28 Tory Building
        University of Alberta
        Edmonton AB  T6G 2H4
      We encourage you to send an electronic version as well.
    3. Suggestions for books to be reviewed should be sent to:
    4. The manuscript will be submitted to qualified readers for judgment. See the editorial “Choosing our manuscripts” in SR, 14, 3 (1985): 280.
    5. The editors reserve the right to make editorial changes in all articles, solicited or unsolicited, in the interests of clarity, brevity or uniformity of style.
    6. Proofs will be sent to the author and must be returned promptly after necessary corrections are made. An author may be charged for excessive changes made in proof. The editors will decline to accept changes in proof judged to be non-essential.
    7. Ten offprints and two copies of the number in which the article appears will be supplied free of charge.
    1. The article should be limited to 12,000 words including Notes and References; shorter articles are welcomed. The text must be typed clearly and double-spaced throughout, leaving generous margins.
    2. The first page of each article must comprise the author's name and position, the name of his or her institution, and the full title of the article. The second page must consist of an abstract of the article in English and in French, each not exceeding 10 lines, with the exact mailing address of the author, including E-mail address.
    3. Footnotes are normally not used. If notes are absolutely necessary, they must be placed at the end of the article in a section entitled Notes which appears before the list of References.
    4. Tables and artwork are accepted only in exceptional cases. They must be submitted on separate sheets, and must be suitable for immediate photographic reproduction.
    5. Authors whose articles have been accepted must provide an electronic version, prepared in accordance with instructions that will be provided.
    1. SR's style conforms, in English-language articles, to The Canadian Style: A Guide to Writing and Editing, (revised and expanded ed., 1997). Spelling conforms to the Gage Canadian Dictionary (revised and expanded ed., 1997).
    2. All referencing must be meticulous and conform to SR's author-date system, which will commence with volume 28 (1999). References are enclosed in parentheses and placed in the text. Each reference must include last name of author(s), date of publication and, if precision demands, exact page number(s). The following examples illustrate the usual cases: (Barker 1986), (Anttonen 1996: 36), (Smith and Trottier 1965: 330-45); more than two authors (Parry et al. 1998); multiple references (Jones 1991, 1995: 234; Lawson 1980; cf. Roy 1970); original publication date, if necessary (Durkheim 1995 [1912]); plural references in the same year (Sperber 1996a, 1996b: 143-69); if an author is mentioned in the text, the reference indicates only date(s) and page(s), for example (1991) or (1966: 233-45).

      All references cited in the text--but only those cited--are placed alphabetically and chronologically in a section entitled References at the end of the article. Article titles appear in quotation marks and only the first word, first word after a colon and proper nouns are capitalized. Book and journal titles are capitalized and set in italics. The following examples illustrate format and some usual cases:

      Anttonen, Veikko

      1996 ``Rethinking the sacred: The notions of `human body' and `territory' in conceptualizing religion.'' In Thomas A. Idinopulos and Edward A. Yonan (eds.), The Sacred and Its Scholars: Comparative Methodologies for the Study of Primary Religious Data, 36-64. Studies in the History of Religions, 73. Leiden: E. J. Brill.
      Barker, Eileen
      1986 ``Religious movements: Cult and anti-cult since Jonestown.'' Annual Review of Sociology 12: 329-46.
      Durkheim, Émile
      1995 [1912] The Elementary Forms of Religious Life. Translated and with an Introduction by Karen E. Fields. New York: Free Press.
      Parry, Benita, Keith Ansell-Pearson and Judith Squires, eds.
      1998 Cultural Readings of Imperialism: Edward Said and the Gravity of History. New York: St. Martin's Press.
      Sperber, Dan
      Explaining Culture: A Naturalistic Approach. Cambridge, ma: Blackwell. ``Why are perfect animals, hybrids, and monsters food for symbolic thought?'' Method & Theory in the Study of Religion 8: 143-69.
    3. In references to scriptural and other ancient writings, use Arabic numbers unless Roman numerals are essential to avoid confusion (e.g., Rom. 5:16).
    4. Languages requiring non-Roman characters should be transliterated according to orthographical conventions recognized and in customary use among scholars in the field.
    5. The Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion has an inclusive-language policy. Some helpful suggestions for avoiding sexual, racial and ethnic stereotyping may be found in The Canadian Style, Appendix 2.
    6. The normal method of citing dates is B.C.E. and C.E., both of which come after the date.
    7. Do not capitalize pronouns referring to the divine.
  5. Readers are welcome to comment on or reply to the articles published in SR. For details on how to submit a réponse see the editorial “Something new: RÉPONSES / REJOINDERS” in SR, 14, 2 (1985): 135-36.

  7. Courants features articles that focus, in a timely (au courant) and critically reflective manner, on general intellectual, professional and institutional issues in the scholarly study of religion. Articles are normally solicited by the editors of SR. See the editorial in SR, 27, 1 (1998).
  9. Mélanges provides an opportunity to inform readers of some future event or program that will be of interest or to comment on something that has already happened. The maximum length is 600 words and should include an address which readers may use to get further information.

CCSR Book Publications

The Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion was founded to support publication in Canada of scholarly research in French and English in all fields of the study of religion. The Corporation currently publishes six series of books in collaboration with Wilfrid Laurier University Press and Les Presses de l'Université Laval:  Editions SR / Éditions SR (a general series), Studies in Women and Religion / Études sur les femmes et la religion, Studies in Christianity and Judaism / Études sur le christianisme et le judaïsme, Comparative Ethics / Collection d'éthique comparée, the Study of Religion in Canada / Sciences religieuses au Canada, and the University of Manitoba Studies in Religion.

To be published, a manuscript must be approved by scholarly assessors and funded by the Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences, a university or some other institution, or other grants.

General enquiries and enquires regarding the series Editions SR / Éditions SR may be directed to the Publications Officers of the Corporation and editors of Editions SR / Éditions SR:


Enquiries regarding the following series may be directed to their editors:

Comparative Ethics / Collection d'éthique comparée:

Paul Bowlby
Department of Religious Studies
St. Mary's University
Halifax, Nova Scotia  B3H 3C3

Studies in Christianity and Judaism / Études sur le christianisme et le judaïsme:

Peter Richardson
University College
15 King's College Circle
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario  M5S 3H7
Stephen Wilson
College of the Humanities
300 Paterson Hall
Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario  K1S 5B6

Studies in Women and Religion / Études sur les femmes et la religion

Eleanor J. Stebner
University of Winnipeg
Faculty of Theology
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3B 2E9
Tracy J. Trothen
Queen's University
Theological Hall
Rm. 233
Kingston, Ontario  K7L 3N6
E-mail: (English manuscripts)
Monique Dumais
Université du Québec à Rimouski
Rimouski, Québec  G5L 3A1
E-mail: (French manuscripts).

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