UCLA Journal of Religion

The UCLA Journal of Religion is a student-run undergraduate journal dedicated to publishing papers on diverse topics in religious studies. We aim to engage and familiarize students with the process of journal publication–a cornerstone of academic life–and provide an opportunity for them to display their research in this fascinating field. We welcome submissions incorporating all methodological and theoretical approaches, and highly encourage interdisciplinary papers. Our goal is to publish superior work regarding the academic study of religion.

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Must be an undergraduate student or alumnus who has graduated in the past year. No previously published material will be considered. Open to submissions currently under peer-review for other journals, however, by submitting to UCLA Journal of Religion, we retain the first-right to publish your paper if selected by our editorial board.


Submission window for Vol 06: TBD.
  • Format: Word (.doc/.docx files) or Adobe/PDF document (.pdf files) – NO INFORMATION IDENTIFYING THE AUTHOR IN BODY OF THE WORK. Submissions are blindly reviewed and will not be accepted if the author’s name is anywhere on the document (this includes margins).
  • Title page: Should include author’s full name, institution, year, major, and a history of the manuscript (e.g. course for which the paper was written, derived from senior thesis, presentation of the manuscript etc.). Note: the title page is the only place where the author’s name must appear.
  • Style: Any standard citation format (MLA, APA, etc.) is permitted for submission, but accepted manuscripts must conform to Chicago Style with footnotes. The author must undertake this revision should it be necessary. Submissions must be in English.
  • Length: There is no minimum or maximum length; typically,  submission are 12-15 pages. Honors theses are especially encouraged.
  • Abstract and keywords: Please include a 150-word abstract and 5-7 keywords.
  • Editing: If your submission is accepted, we may require you to edit it before publication, according to suggestions by the editorial board.
  • Submission: When the call is open, please email your document files (submissions will include 2 documents: the main paper and separate title page) to uclareligionjournal@gmail.com. There is no submission fee. Please email questions to Professor Ryan Gillespie at rgillespie@ucla.edu. You will be notified when your submission is received, as well as if it is rejected or accepted.


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