HARTFORD, CT, July 25, 2011 – The world’s first journal dedicated to the exploration of secularism and nonreligion will begin publication in January 2012. The new journal is a partnership of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture (ISSSC) at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and the Non-religion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN), an international and interdisciplinary network of researchers founded in 2008.
The journal will be co-edited by Ryan T. Cragun, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Tampa, and Barry A. Kosmin, Research Professor of Public Policy & Law and director of the ISSSC at Trinity College. Lois Lee of NSRN and the University of Cambridge, England, will be associate editor.
The scope of the international academic journal, to be called Secularism and Nonreligion, will be interdisciplinary. Its aim is to advance research regarding all of the various aspects of “the secular” across societies and cultures.
Articles, written in English, will be accepted from experts in the social science disciplines of psychology, sociology, political science, women’s studies, economics, geography, demography, anthropology, public health, public policy, law and religious studies. However, contributions also will be considered from researchers in the fields of history, neuroscience, computer science, biology, philosophy and medicine.
Articles published in the new journal will focus on the secular at one of three levels: the micro or individual level, the meso or institutional level, or the macro or national and international level. Submissions should explore all aspects of what it means to be secular at any of the above-cited levels, what the lives of nonreligious individuals are like, and the interaction between secularity, nonreligion and other aspects of the world. Articles will explore the ideology and philosophy of the secular, secularism, nonreligion and atheism.
Although Secularism and Nonreligion will adhere to a traditional blind, peer-review referee process, it will be an open-access journal, meaning all articles will be freely available and able to be downloaded on the journal’s Web site: www.secularismandnonreligion.org.
The editors are now accepting submissions of academic articles and book reviews, with the first volume of the journal to be published in early 2012. Additional information about how to submit papers and publication procedures can be found on the Web site.
Members of the journal’s international editorial board include Kada Akacem at the University of Algiers in Algeria; Andrew Singleton at Monash University in Australia; Nathalie Caron at the Universite de Paris-Est Creteil in France; Stacey Gutkowski at the King’s College, London, in the UK; Stephen Bullivant at St. Mary’s University College, Twickenham, in the UK; David Voas at the University of Manchester in the UK; Will Gervais at the University of British Columbia in Canada; and Guy Ben-Porat at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.
Editorial board members from the United States are John Alcorn at Trinity College; Daniel Blackburn at Trinity College; Deborah Cragun at the University of South Florida; Joseph Hugh Hammer at Iowa State University; Karen Hwang at The Center for Atheist Research; Ariela Keysar at Trinity College; Juhem Navarro-Rivera at the University of Connecticut; Terry Parssinen at the University of Tampa; Frank Pasquale at the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture; Darren Sherkat at Southern Illinois University; Donald Westbrook at Claremont Graduate University; David Wulff at Wheaton College; and Phil Zuckerman at Pitzer College.