Religion & Development is a peer-reviewed open access journal of the International Network on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development (IN//RCSD). It is hosted by the Research Programme on Religious Communities and Sustainable Development at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in cooperation with the Specialised Information Service in Religious Studies and Theology at Tübingen University. It is part of the Tübingen Open Journals programme.
The first issue of Religion & Development will be published in 2021.
Aims & Scope
Over the past years, a new interdisciplinary and dynamic research field on religion and development has emerged. A growing corpus of literature has begun to investigate the manifold relationships and interactions of religion and development. The topic is of cross-disciplinary interest, with research spanning from religious studies and theology to anthropology, sociology, politics, economics and development studies.
Religion & Development seeks to contribute to the religion and development research field by publishing original, peer-reviewed research in this field. The journal is interdisciplinary and welcomes contributions from across the social sciences and humanities.
Both religion and development are understood in a wide sense. Religion encompasses all forms of religious institutions, communities, networks, scenes, cultures, and phenomena. Development refers to manifold processes of social, economic, ecological, political and cultural dynamics in all parts of the world. One core frame of reference are the Sustainable Development Goals. Overarching questions are, for example, how religious communities contribute to processes of (sustainable) development, how social, economic, ecological, political and cultural dynamics affect religion and what understandings and notions of (sustainable) development exist in religious communities.
Peer Review Policy
Religion & Development is committed to publishing high quality research in the field. Each manuscript will undergo a rigorous peer review process. Submissions are first screened by the editors regarding formalities, academic quality and suitability for the journal. They are then sent to two anonymous expert reviewers for their review (double blind). Authors might be asked to revise their contributions based on the reviewers’ comments as well as potential further remarks by the editors.