About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Journal of the Council for Research on Religion is a semi-annual online peer-reviewed academic journal that was established in 2019 and is published on an open access platform by McGill University. The journal of the Council for Research on Religion (e-ISSN 2563-0288) is a web-based refereed interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles on all aspects of the scholarly study of religion. Subject matter ranges from the ancient to the contemporary and explores western and non-western perspectives and approaches.

Peer Review Process


The Journal of the Council for Research on Religion uses a bilingual peer-review system directly on the OJS platform, where authors, peer reviewers, and book reviewers can submit articles, evaluations, and book reviews online. From initial submission to finished proofs the OJS platform streamlines the publication process to make it easy and effective for authors, reviewers, and editors alike. When your article is ready for submission, you will submit it through your author account on the OJS platform.


The Journal of the Council for Research on Religion uses a double-blind peer review process, meaning that neither the reviewers nor the authors know each other’s identity. In addition, the reviewers are not aware of each other’s identity. Each manuscript is evaluated by at least two reviewers. Please remove any information that would identify you from the properties section of your Word file. To do this go to the document and click on file, scroll down to properties and delete any identifying information. If you are sending a PDF please remove your information before you create the PDF version of the review.

Manuscript reviewers are appointed by the Chief Editorial Team. Reviewers are selected based on their expertise in the subject matter of the submission. They must have some experience as authors of articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Reviewer reappointments are contingent upon reviewers fulfilling their responsibilities in a timely and effective manner.

Reviewers are responsible for evaluating manuscripts in a collegial, courteous and timely manner. Reviewers who are unable to honor their commitment to provide a review should notify the Chief Editorial Team as soon as possible so that a substitute can be found.

Publication Frequency

The Journal of the Council for Research on Religion is published semi-annually. Articles will be published collectively, as part of an issue with its own Table of Contents.


The opinions of our authors do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editorial team. The authors are solely responsible for the content of their submitted material.

Therefore we state:
By submitting written material to the Journal of the Council for Research on Religion, the author hereby agrees to assume full legal responsibility in any matter that may arise due to the publication of their submission(s). This can include, but is not limited to, issues of data falsification, libel/slander, moral misconduct, academic misconduct and plagiarism.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Note: There are no article processing fees or subscription fees.


All submissions published by the Journal of the Council for Research on Religion (JCREOR) are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. The copyright of an article published by JCREOR remains with its author(s). The author may republish their work upon the condition that JCREOR is acknowledged as the original publisher.


The Journal of the Council for Research on Religion - e-ISSN 2563-0288

Journal Archiving and Digital Preservation

JCREOR participates in the PKP PN Archive via the OJS software platform. The PKP Preservation Network (PKP PN) digitally preserves OJS journals and under the LOCKSS program which offers decentralized and distributed preservation, seamless perpetual access, and preservation of the authentic original version of the journal’s contents. Learn more here.


  • McGill University Library

Sources of Support

SSHRC Connection Grant for Religion and Violence 

SSHRC Connection Grant for Christian Theology After Christendom

SSHRC Connection Grant for Analyzing the Discourse of Religious Phobia

SSHRC # Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Lily Endowment Foundation - Who is My Neighbour? Theological Education in the 21st Century