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Secularism and Nonreligion publishes research articles, short research notes, and book reviews. All of these are submitted using the same formatting and the same process. Submissions should be made electronically through this website. Once submitted, the author can track the submission and communicate with the editors via the online journal management system.
Guidelines for Research Articles and Research Notes:
Manuscripts submitted for review should be formatted in line with the Harvard guidelines. Basic information on manuscript preparation follows.
Your manuscript should be double-spaced with 1 inch margins on all sides. The manuscript should use 12 point Times New Roman font. A Title Page, separate from the rest of the manuscript, should also be submitted. The manuscript should include the following sections: Abstract, Main Body (may be labeled something else and may include subheadings; more below), and References.
While online publication means we do not have to follow strict guidelines on page length, we encourage authors to keep article manuscripts under 10,000 words and book reviews under 1,000 words. Manuscripts longer than the recommended lengths will need to include a justification for the extra content.
To ensure blind peer review, please only list the title and abstract on the submitted manuscript file.
The names of all authors, affiliations, contact details, biography (optional) and the corresponding author details must be completed online as part of the submission process. All authors must fit within the journal's definition of an author, available here.
Author names should include a forename and a surname. Forenames cannot include only initials.
The affiliation should ideally include ‘Department, Institution, City, Country’. However only the Institution and Country are mandatory.
The abstract should be between 150 and 250 words long and include a brief description of the question you are addressing in the manuscript, the methodology you use to address the question, and a summary of your findings. The Abstract should be on a separate page from the rest of the manuscript.
The specific section headings employed in your article are flexible. Standard headings include: Introduction, Literature Review, Theoretical Approach, Data, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion. Not all of the above headings have to be used. Additionally, subheadings up to three levels can be used. To aid typesetting, please make it visually clear when a heading is a 2nd or 3rd level subheading.
The Main Body of the manuscript should also include page numbers in the upper right-hand corner of the manuscript.
If data, structured methods or code used in the research project have been made openly available, a statement should be added to inform the reader how/where to access these files. This should include the repository location and the DOI linking to it. Read our reproducibility guide for more information on best practice and maximising the impact of your open data.
If data used in the research project has not been made available, a statement confirming this should be added, along with reasoning why.
The journal's data policy is available on the Editorial Policies page.
Acknowledgments can be included before the Reference list.
As noted, references should follow Harvard guidelines. Here are some example references to illustrate how references should be formatted:
Author, A. (year, date). Article title. Newspaper. Retrieved from www.URL
McMahon, S. (2010, July 19). Fund new Victorian era. Herald Sun. Retrieved from http://www.heraldsun.com.au/
Newspaper articles (print):
Author, A. (year, date). Article title. Newspaper. pp. page number
Parker, K. (2008, December 3). Plea for languages. Koori Mail, pp. 19-20
Tables, Charts, Illustrations, and Figures:
Guidelines for Book Reviews:
Book reviews need not be solicited. If you are reading or planning on reading a book related to the topics of interest to the journal, feel free to email the Editors of Secularism and Nonreligion to find out if we would be interested in a review of that book. Book reviews should be less than 1,500 words in length. References should be formatted using Harvard style, as detailed above for research articles. If you have any questions, please contact one of the Editors.
If you are a publisher and would like a book reviewed by Secularism and Nonreligion, please contact our Book Review Editor, Jonathan Jong, about where to send the book.
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.
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
Articles accepted for publication will be asked to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) to cover publication costs. This can normally be sourced from your funder or institution. This fee covers all publication costs (editorial processes; web hosting; indexing; marketing; archiving; DOI registration etc) and ensures that all of the content is fully open access. This approach maximises the potential readership of publications and allows the journal to be run in a sustainable way. For a breakdown of costs, please click here.
Many institutions have funds available to support open access publications by their staff, therefore we ask that you contact the relevant body to cover the APC.
If you do not know about your institution’s policy on open access funding, please contact your departmental/faculty administrators and institution library, as funds may be available to you.
If published, you will receive an APC request email along with information on how payment can be arranged. If you need to waive the APC, you will also have an opportunity to do it there.
If you do not have funds available to pay such fees then we can offer a discount or full waiver to authors whose institutions/funders will not cover the fee. Please contact us should you need to discuss waiver options or the APC in general. Editorial decisions are made independently from the ability to pay the APC.