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Nordic Journal of Religion and Society is an arena for all disciplines that study the field of relations between religion, churches, religious institutions, culture and society.

NJRS is the only Nordic journal devoted to these issues. Sociology of religion is a key discipline, but NJRS also includes contributions from scholars in psychology of religion, religious studies, church history and theology. The journal only publishes articles in English. NJRS is a referee journal, and is comes out with two issues per year.

The journal is published by Universitetsforlaget (Scandinavian University Press) in cooperation with the Editorial committee, and KIFO, Institute for Church, Religion and Worldview Research.

All research articles that are considered relevant for publication in the journal are reviewed by at least two anonymous academic referees with no ties to the author. In addition, the article is reviewed by the journal's editorial board and the final decision regarding publication of the article is made by the Editor-in-Chief. The journal practices "double blind" peer review, whereby both reviewers and the author remain anonymous to each other.

The journal is covered by the following indexing and discovery services:
  • Scopus
  • Google Scholar
  • Primo Central Index (Ex Libris) / Oria
  • The Summon Service (ProQuest)
  • Ebsco Discovery Services
  • WorldCat Lokal (OCLC)
All content in this journal is also exported to Portico, a preservation archive that safeguards perpetual access to e-journals, e-books, and digital collections.

The journal is authorized as a publication channel on level 2 in NSD – Norwegian Centre for Research Data (for Norway and Sweden), in the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Authorization list for serials (Denmark), and in Publication Forum (Finland).
Inger Furseth Professor, University of Oslo and Adjunct professor, KIFO, Institute for Church, Religion and Worldview Research
Mia Lövheim Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden

Netta Marie Rønningen Researcher, KIFO, Institute for Church, Religion and Worldview Research netta.marie.ronningen@kifo.no

Magdalena Nordin Senior Lecturer, Dep. of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion, University of Gothenburg, Sweden (Book Review Editor)
Kimmo Ketola Senior Researcher, Kyrkans forskningscentral, Tammerfors/Tampere, Finland
Lars Laird Iversen Associate Professor, MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society, Norway
Pétur Pétursson Professor, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Iceland, Iceland
Margit Warburg Professor, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Tomas Axelson Associate Professor, Dalarna University, Sweden

Inger Furseth
Mia Lövheim

Magdalena Nordin (Book Review Editor), magdalena.nordin@lir.gu.se
Nordic Journal of Religion and Society is a subscription-based scholarly journal. The journal is green open access. Authors are thereby permitted to archive their article in an open institutional archive, or on their own or their employer’s website. Archiving must occur after the article’s publication in the journal, and the archived article must be the version accepted for publication by the journal’s editors (accepted version).

Note that authors are not permitted to distribute or publish the final, published version of their article. Authors wishing to archive their article should therefor ensure that they keep a copy of the accepted version of their article. Authors may provide a link to the published version of their article on Idunn.

All content published in the journal is regulated by the provisions laid out in the standard contract for publication of literary work in journals (10th November 2010) agreed by the Norwegian Publishers Association and the Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Association. This agreement can be read in its entirety at NFFO.

Articles published in this journal will be made available on Idunn, Scandinavian University Press’ e-publishing database (www.idunn.no). 

The editors assume that the following conditions are met upon acceptance of an article for publication:
  • That the author accepts the provisions of the abovementioned standard contract
  • That the author understands that the publisher reserves the right to publish and distribute their article, and that the publisher must be contacted prior to the author entering into an agreement with a third party regarding republication of the same content
  • That the original publication be properly credited in the event that the author republishes said content with a third party.

Submitting a manuscript

Before you submit your manuscript, we ask you to read the guidelines closely, and ensure:
  • all info about the author is included
  • the number of characters does not exceed the limits stated underneath
  • notes and references complies with the authors guidelines
  • abstract and keywords in English is included
All manuscripts submitted to the Nordic Journal of Religion and Society should be sent as an attachment to the editors.

About the journal

Nordic Journal of Religion and Society seeks to publish original work of exceptional quality and interest in the area of religion and society. Manuscripts submitted to the journal may not be published or under review for publication elsewhere. Only manuscripts that follow the format and content listed below will be considered by the editorial staff.

Manuscript standard

The manuscript text should not be longer than 6000 words including footnotes, tables, figures and references.

Only articles in English are accepted. The manuscript must be proofread and adapted to an English-speaking audience by a consultant whose native language is English.

Use maximum three levels of headings, inclusive the title. Headings are not numbered.

Author anonymity: In the paper, please omit name(s) of author(s) elsewhere, except when citing previous work. Self cites should always be done in the third person and in such a way that reviewers cannot identify author(s).

Manuscript standard

Submitted manuscripts should contain the following:
  • Title
  • Abstract: Provide a brief abstract of 100 to 150 words
  • 3–5 keywords
  • The manuscript
  • Notes should be numerical and organized as footnotes
  • Literature references in alphabetical order
In separate documents:
  • Numbered figures and table (each one at a separate side)
  • Title page: Submit a separate title page with the following information: title, author(s) information (institution), date, number of words, and acknowledgements. 

Book reviews

Nordic Journal of Religion and Society seeks to publish book reviews for all disciplines that study the field of relations between religion, religious institutions, culture and society. The books reviewed either represent significant contributions to the field, or they analyze the role of religion in the Nordic countries, or they are authored by Nordic scholars. The journal only publishes book reviews in English.
  • Provide, at the beginning of the review, the name of the author, year of publication, title (in italic), place of publication, publisher, and number of pages. For example: Schmidt, Garbi. 2004. Islam in Urban America. Sunni Muslims in Chicago. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 256 pages.
  • Include your name, academic title and institutional affiliation at the end of the review.
  • Review length should be about 800-1200 words.
  • If English is not your native language, please have your review proofread by a native English speaking person.
  • Submit your review within six months unless otherwise agreed.

Reference system

NJRS uses the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual Style B (Author-Date System) for citation and referencing. Detailed referencing instructions are available here: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html.

Identify all sources within the text, using the author-date system as described in The Chicago Manual of style. Citations in the text must agree exactly with the list of references. All sources that appear in the one place must appear in the other.


References should always include a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) ​​if applicable. A DOI should be a clickable URL, inserted at the end of the reference in the literature list. If you are unsure of the DOI for a given reference, or whether a DOI for the reference is available, you can search for title, author name, etc. at http://search.crossref.org/.

Tables, figures and illustrations

All figures and tables in the manuscript must be allowed published. If someone other than the author has made a figure or table, the name of the source should be stated in the text. The author is responsible for obtaining the permission to use earlier published illustrations. Placing of figures and tables in the text should be marked in the manuscript: [table / figure 1 about here].

Each table/figure should be numbered and editable in Microsoft Word. Title of table is placed above and title of figure below.


Quotations of less than five lines are included in the sentence and marked by quotation marks (“). Quotations of five lines and more are written in 10 point and indented with no quotation marks.


Notes in the manuscript should be organized as footnotes, when using regular text processing software.

Notes should be kept to a minimum and used only for comment.


The editorial board ensures that content published in the journal maintains a high scholarly standard and complies with international ethical standards for academic publishing. The journal complies with the guidelines formulated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Referee process

The journal uses double blind reviewing of manuscripts. Manuscripts must therefore be anonymized by the author(s). Front side and information about the author(s) must be given in a separate document. All explicit self-references should be anonymized.


Copyright to articles published is held by Nordic Journal of Religion and Society.

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